• Digital Library Services, Digital Immigrants, and COVID Quarantine

    Author(s):
    Sam Dodd (see profile)
    Date:
    2021
    Group(s):
    CityLIS
    Subject(s):
    Digital libraries, Information behaviour, Library and information science, Public libraries
    Item Type:
    Essay
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/4gjs-dg19
    Abstract:
    This essay examines the provision of digital library services by public libraries in the United Kingdom during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, specifically for the time frame 30th March 2020 to 30th April 2020, and how the library helped to address the digital divide for digital immigrants over the age of 70. It will assess how the closure of library buildings affected the ability of the public library to assist patrons and how they adapted to compensate; and how this may have changed digital library service provision both in general, and specifically in terms of the needs of patrons that are considered to be digital immigrants. At the time of writing, the official risk level of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom was ranked at ‘high’, and government mandated lockdown, including the blanket closure of public libraries, was still in force.
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