Pandemic pressures in universities and their libraries: a view from Australia

Kay Tucker, Becky Batagol

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has heavily impacted Australian universities and their libraries but has been felt most strongly by students and staff who are already marginalised. This article, written by Kay Tucker and Becky Batagol, draws upon both published literature and the authors’ own experiences as a librarian and academic employed at Monash University, Australia’s largest university. Important lessons from the pandemic for universities and university libraries at times of crisis and disaster include: actively recognising and responding to structural inequalities amongst students and staff; organising services so that all can participate to their fullest ability; providing students with opportunities for social connection, enhanced digital capabilities, safe and inclusive spaces and accessible materials; as well as flexible employment practices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-145
Number of pages17
JournalLegal Information Management
Volume21
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021

Keywords

  • Universities
  • university libraries
  • Libraries
  • Covid-19
  • Australia
  • Gender equality
  • racism
  • student
  • pandemic
  • workplace gender equality

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