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ISSUE 158, 1 DEC 2020
Innovations and Adaptability in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Role of Library and Information Science (LIS) Professionals in Bangladesh


How librarians in Bangladesh are playing a vital role in ensuring access to reliable information about Covid-19 and the pandemic for their diverse range of patrons.

Empathy Daleks

Hugh Rundle/ Information Flaneur

After attending the annual CRIG virtual seminar, Hugh Rundle considers validation as a pedagogical tool. He also argues that, rather than creating a fairer system, the use of learning analytics in universities is alienating students and setting a narrow standard of what 'student success' looks like. 

Makerspaces get creative during coronavirus pandemic

Stanford News

How can the hands-on, collaborative, knowledge-sharing ethos of makerspaces continue in an era of Covid-19? Taylor Kubota describes Stanford University's new flexible approaches to making and makerspaces that keep the maker spirit alive. 

Guest Post - What Does it Take to Move a Highly Successful Face-to-face Workshop into the Online World?

Mark Thomas/ The Scholarly Kitchen

Mark Thomas of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) shares his experience of successfully moving face to face workshops online in this step by step guide. 

The 2021 Guide to Social Media for Libraries: Instagram

Super Library Marketing.

Part three of a useful six part guide to social media best practice for libraries.  This week Angela Hursh shares her knowledge of Instagram. 

Faculty: Do This! Working with Your Academic Librarian for Student Success

Mr. Library Dude

8 tips for college tutors on building successful relationships with academic librarians to ensure support and success for students.  

How German Librarians Finally Caught an Elusive Book Thief

Atlas Obscura

The fascinating story of a cunning book thief who stole rare and valuable maps from libraries, and how two German librarians finally caught him. 

User Behavior Access Controls at a Library Proxy Server are Okay

Disruptive Library Technology Jester

Are publishers really planning to spy on university libraries to protect copyrights? In this useful article, Peter Murray explores the implications and ethics of tracking user activity to keep copyrighted data secure.

Public Libraries Can Help Companies Survive The Coronavirus Crisis


Edward Segal points out that libraries provide a wealth of resources to help both the public and businesses recover from the effects of the pandemic. The article also includes some examples of the services that local libraries are offering to businesses. 

Anticipating the future: Narrative writing workshops for library staff

InfoToday Europe

Neil Dixon writes about his experiences running training workshops at Anglia Ruskin University Library to explore the impact of AI on libraries.

15 Resources for Teaching Hour of Code Online in December

SLJ School Library Journal

For the past 7 years, Hour of Code have aimed to empower students to get involved in writing code rather than just consuming digital content. SLJ pick a selection of age-appropriate resources for either online or face to face teaching of code. 

Plan S releases beta backed by our data.

Open Access Button 

Journalcheckertool is a new tool from Plan S to help with open access publishing, and they are asking for your feedback!

12 Best Websites To Source Amazing Free Public Domain Videos For Your Projects

Best Blog Tools

This resource for digital bloggers curates a list of the best places to get free stock video clips plus tools to create your own content for your project. 

Twitter for Academic Purposes: How to Guide Students

Sarah-Elizabeth Byosiere, The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, November 19, 2020

A complete assignment to help students develop skills and understanding in science communication, and in particular to join the Academic Twitter community who disseminate peer reviewed research that is accessible to the public. 

Content strategy in LibGuides: An exploratory study

The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 47, issue 1, January 2021

The results of a survey of academic libraries using LibGuides in fall 2019.  Librarians were asked how their library governs their LibGuides, and also what requirements, guidelines or protocols their institution had in place for the creation, publication, and maintenance of their LibGuides.

Centering Accessibility: A Review of Institutional Repository Policy and Practice

Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 25th November 2020.

A survey of repository managers that looks at accessibility practices in relation to institutional repositories.

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