COVID-19 pandemic: Architecture librarians respond

Rose Orcutt, Lucy Campbell, Maya Gervits, Barbara Opar, Kathy Edwards

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Abstract

Librarianship is a resourceful profession, but COVID-19 created new challenges for everyone, especially those working in public service with architecture students and faculty. Unlike in STEM disciplines, many architectural materials remain print-based, which impacted the quick change faculty needed to make to online teaching and classroom instruction. It impeded timely reference by even seasoned librarians and student access to necessary resources to complete their assignments. With libraries closed, librarians innovated and soldiered on, ordering new and different resources, applying new methods, learning new tools, and taking advantage of new vendor access models. This article documents the initial impact of COVID-19 on architecture libraries and librarians, supplemented by survey input from architecture librarians and faculty, and suggests strategies for navigating an uncertain future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-140
Number of pages18
JournalArt Documentation
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Library and Information Sciences

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