Looking through the COVID fog: Toward resilient, reimagined libraries | Cox | College & Research Libraries News

“The pandemic has accelerated trends in collection building, access, and delivery. The challenges of delivering physical content coupled with moving classes online resulted in more demand for online access. Even with classes moving back to in-person this fall, libraries will continue to invest heavily in ebooks and streaming media, while focusing their physical collections on subjects of local interest. Consortia agreements will help fill in the gaps. Challenges in the delivery of physical textbooks and course materials have led to greater advocacy and investment in e-textbooks and open education resources (OER), providing faculty flexibility in delivering course-specific content while making education more affordable. Libraries can also support the speedy dissemination of research data by developing platforms for sharing content and advocating for open access….”

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