Examination of Academic Library Websites Regarding COVID-19 Responsiveness
The COVID pandemic has affected all aspects of life including academic libraries. While many are now open, services have changed to accommodate social distancing such as limiting guests to those within the university community and requiring face coverings for those who enter and study. In order to determine a library’s COVID policy, users may examine the library website, but is this information easy to find? In a study of library websites from 132 "R2" academic libraries, it was found that most libraries displayed COVID-related services and hours directly on the library’s webpage or one click away. Opening status and hours were readily displayed on library webpages, however, user populations accepted in the library and face covering requirements were not as easily discovered. During this time of uncertainty, it behooves libraries to make their COVID policies clear on their websites.
Condic, K. (2021) Examination of Academic Library Websites Regarding COVID-19 Responsiveness. Journal of Web Librarianship, https://doi.org/10.1080/19322909.2021.1906823 .
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