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National Emergency Library to Provide Digitized Books to Students and Public

Internet Archive Blogs: “To address our unprecedented global and immediate need for access to reading and research materials, as of today, March 24, 2020, the Internet Archive will suspend waitlists for the 1.4 million (and growing) books in our lending library by creating a National Emergency Library to serve the nation’s displaced learners. This suspension will run through June 30, 2020, or the end of the US national emergency, whichever is later.  During the waitlist suspension, users will be able to borrow books from the National Emergency Library without joining a waitlist, ensuring that students will have access to assigned readings and library materials that the Internet Archive has digitized for the remainder of the US academic calendar, and that people who cannot physically access their local libraries because of closure or self-quarantine can continue to read and thrive during this time of crisis, keeping themselves and others safe.   This library brings together all the books from Phillips Academy Andover and Marygrove College, and much of Trent University’s collections, along with over a million other books donated from other libraries to readers worldwide that are locked out of their libraries…”

COVID-19, Copyright, and Library Superpowers

Kyle K. Courtney, COVID-19, Copyright, & Library Superpowers (Part I), KyleCourtney.com (March 11, 2020): “If you work in any of the higher ed institutions that are preparing to move online – maybe your copyright world has exploded in a range of questions on fair use, e-reserves, online access, scanning, digitization, and more! I am sure… Continue Reading

Little Free Libraries share food and paper goods with neighbors

Mental Floss – via LitHub: “Across the nation, people are stocking their Little Free Libraries with food, toilet paper, and other necessities as a creative way to lend a helping hand to neighbors in need without breaking the rules of social distancing. Many of the makeshift pantries encourage people to pay it forward with handwritten… Continue Reading

Free Webinar Thursday: Business Sources from the Federal Government

“In this free webinar, we will discuss why Government Information is sometimes better than commercially-available business information. We’ll also talk about the differences between the public domain and open access; when to use Government information; how to identify the types and uses of business information from the Federal Government; and how to create local, business-specific… Continue Reading

The case for books as “essential” in a time of pandemic

Quartz – “Food, water, and medicine are obvious essentials right now. We rely on these things to survive. Technically, however, we don’t need lots of the other stuff that was a given before the coronavirus pandemic made shut-ins of a huge chunk of the global population. Thus, what is essential has become a matter of great… Continue Reading

Readers stuck at home need books and community. Here’s how to access them.

Washington Post – “If there’s a silver lining to the sudden need to hunker down as the novel coronavirus upends normal life, it’s that maybe — finally — you’ll have time to read. Provided you have enough books. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to access new reading material without leaving the house, and to… Continue Reading

Now Is the Time for Open Access Policies Here’s Why

Creative Commons: “Over the weekend, news emerged that upset even the most ardent skeptics of open access. Under the headline, “Trump vs Berlin” the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag reported that President Trump offered $1 billion USD to the German biopharmaceutical company CureVac to secure their COVID-19 vaccine “only for the United States.” In response, Jens… Continue Reading

Scribd is giving away 1 month of unlimited access for free

Good e-Reader: “Reading subscription service Scribd is offering free access to its library of over one million ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and more for the next 30 days (no commitment or credit card information required). Scribd told Good e-Reader that “With the spread of COVID-19 and new regulations put into effect, we know many people are… Continue Reading

JSTOR unlocks set of resources during COVID-19

“To support our institutions during this challenging time, JSTOR and our participating publishers are making an expanded set of content freely available to our participating institutions where students have been displaced due to COVID-19. First, we are expediting the release of a new set of 26 journal archives in Public Health, making them openly accessible… Continue Reading

LibGuide – Legal Responses to Coronavirus

“Lynn McClelland has created a new LibGuide on the U.S. legal responses to COVID-19.  Many units of government at all levels have issued, and continue to issue, legal responses to the coronavirus epidemic, and some states have laws pre-dating the epidemic but that have become more relevant, such as quarantine statutes and requirements for paid… Continue Reading

Library of Congress, US Capital, SCOTUS. most venues in NYC, many colleges, schools closed – concerts cancelled

Library of Congress Announces Limited Access to Facilities until April 1, 2020 “Out of an abundance of caution, all Library of Congress buildings and facilities will be closed to the public starting at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 12, until Wednesday, April 1, 2020 to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus. Library employees, contractors, authorized… Continue Reading