Stay-At-Home Stir Crazy? Library Crowdsourcing Projects Provide Productive Distraction at a Social Distance

Stay-At-Home Stir Crazy? Library Crowdsourcing Projects Provide Productive Distraction at a Social Distance

Consider these library (and library-adjacent) crowdsourcing projects as a fun way to connect to the community and make a difference during the COVID-19 outbreak.


Libraries Fight Misinformation on Coronavirus

Elisa Shoenberger, Apr 02, 2020
Public and academic libraries alike have been educating their users, holding seminars, and doing Q&As to help people learn about the disease as well as dispel misconceptions.

On Pause? Time for Professional Development

Manda Carr, Mar 31, 2020
While some librarians find themselves busier than ever during the COVID-19 crisis, scrambling to develop and deliver new and expanded remote services, others find themselves with downtime in their remote workday. Turning to continuing education resources can not only help library workers level up their skills for when the doors reopen but also connect those feeling isolated to the larger libraryland community.

Libraries Offer Virtual Meeting Rooms on Zoom

Mary Bakija, Apr 03, 2020
With most library buildings temporarily closed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, some libraries are combining the need for meeting space with the shift to digital service delivery.

LJ Survey: U.S. Public Libraries Mostly Closed, But No Consensus on Who Works and Where

Elliot Riley, Mar 26, 2020
Deciding whether—and when—to close doors to the public is merely the first of countless decisions that librarians have had to make during the COVID-19 outbreak. Library Journal’s survey of public library responses to COVID-19 captures the myriad behind-the-scenes choices, such as whether or not staff will continue to report to work in person after libraries are closed, that public libraries are facing as they handle the crisis.

Alexandra Chassanoff, Apr 12, 2018
During the week of March 19–23 MIT Libraries convened experts from across disciplines and domains to identify and address grand challenges in the scholarly communication and information science landscape.
Mirco Tonin, Jan 03, 2018
Suppose a librarian receives an email from a man named Greg Walsh, wanting to become a cardholder or simply inquiring about the open hours. Would the librarian reply? And, if so, would the reply be polite, including for instance some form of salutation, such as “Hello” or “Good morning”? Does your answer change if the guy is called Tyrone Washington? Is a librarian treating Jake Mueller differently from DeShawn Jackson?
LJ Reviews, Apr 11, 2018
A detailed look at pain management implementing the use of medical cannabis rather than opioids; A complex look at the issue of opioid abuse backed up with research and first hand stories; A valuable addition to the conversation about addiction filled with case studies illustrating the complexities of the disease
Mahnaz Dar, Jan 20, 2018
Editor Sarah Janssen discusses editing The World Almanac in an age where being attuned to "fake news" is especially vital.
Gary Price, Apr 07, 2020
From NEH:  The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced $22.2 million in grants for 224 humanities projects across the country. These grants will enable the production of a 90-minute documentary on singer and civil rights pioneer Marian Anderson, support a Norman Rockwell Museum exhibition on Rockwell’s Four Freedoms series, and bolster the digital infrastructure of the Walt […]
Gary Price, Apr 07, 2020
From LC: Poisoned Pen Press, the mystery imprint of leading independent publisher Sourcebooks, worked closely with the National Library Service (NLS) for the Blind and Print Disabled at the Library of Congress to ensure a simultaneous print and braille release of “That Affair Next Door” by Anna Katharine Green, the debut title in the new […]
Gary Price, Apr 07, 2020
From KU: The Open Research Community (ORC), an interactive platform which launched today after a test phase, offers users worldwide the opportunity to expand their professional networks on the topics of Open Access (OA), Open Research and Open Science. In addition to blog posts and up-to-date information in the form of policy papers and research […]
Gary Price, Apr 07, 2020
Building and Reconnecting MIT in Minecraft (via MIT News) COVID-19 Broadband Usage “Reaching a Plateau,” Says OPENVAULT New App from the University of Cambridge Collects the Sounds of COVID-19
Gary Price, Jan 31, 2020
Update from March 16: COVID-19 Reports from the Congressional Research Service; Searchable Video From C-SPAN; and More Added to infoDOCKET Roundup

Cailynn Klingbeil, Mar 25, 2020
With public libraries across Canada suddenly shuttered in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, library leaders and workers across the country are quickly adapting to still serve people, primarily online.

Matt Enis, Mar 31, 2020
Demand for popular ebooks, digital audiobooks, comics, music, and streaming video has spiked as library branches close and patrons are asked to stay at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Barbara Hoffert, Mar 24, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has radically upended the book industry, but business continues robustly online.

Neal Wyatt,  Apr 07, 2020
The PEN/Faulkner award for 2020 goes to Sea Monsters by Chloe Aridjis. Also in award news, The Kitschies are announced. Pennie Clark Ianniciello picks The Yellow Bird Sings by Jennifer Rosner. J.K. Rowling tweets she has experienced coronavirus symptoms. Authors writing about their bucolic quarantine experience are experiencing backlash.

Kiera Parrott,  Apr 07, 2020
Looking for your next great read? Here’s a list of brand-new fiction, memoirs, cookbooks, and more, publishing this week—and all are available as ebooks.

Barbara Hoffert,  Apr 07, 2020
Print book sales showed some significant shifts in the week of March 22–29, with the future unclear. 

Lisa Peet,  Apr 07, 2020
Nora Burmeister appointed Content Strategy Librarian at University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, Traci Engel Lesneski named CEO and President of MSR Design, Hartford PL Director Bridget Quinn-Carey honored with one of Hartford Business Journal's 2020 Women in Business Awards, and more library people news.

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