Professional Bodies

American Library Association: ALA Pandemic Preparedness for Library Services

A pandemic is an outbreak of a disease that occurs over a wide geographic area and affects an exceptionally high proportion of the population. (Merriam-Webster Online). This page provides information about preparing for a pandemic, including library-specific policy suggestions and more universal resources on pandemic education, prevention and preparation. Some of the resources are specific to influenza outbreaks but can be used more universally to help educate and inform decisions on pandemic prevention and preparedness.  [Last Checked: 27/04/20]

Association for Library and Information Science Education

The Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Board of Directors has been monitoring the rapidly changing situation related to the spread of COVID-19.

Our top priority continues to be the health and safety of our members, faculty, students, institutions, and the library and information science (LIS) community. We are witnessing aggressive and preventative measures being taken to protect our individual and collective health.

Reliable information from trusted sources is critical. ALISE offers the following resources for your use:

American Library Association (ALA) Pandemic Preparedness

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resources for Institutions of Higher Education

American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Coronavirus Information for Higher Ed

For those of you are suddenly having to move your teaching online, we recommend the following sources.

“Teaching Effectively During Times of Disruption,” by Jenae Cohn and Beth Seltzer, Stanford University

“Quick Start Guide to Remote Teaching,” by the University of Missouri System

“Asynchronous and Synchronous E-Learning,” by EDUCAUSE

CILIP Coronavirus Information Service

CILIP is committed to supporting our members in all aspects of their work, including understanding and managing the emerging impact of COVID-19 and coronavirus on library, information and knowledge services.

We will be keeping this hub regularly updated with information, guidance and best practices from across the sector as the situation develops. [Last checked: 27/04/20]

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

Key Resources for Libraries in responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic. The information and resources below are provided on a non-exhaustive basis but will be updated regularly. It is based on publicly available information, and that submitted to We welcome additional ideas, references, suggestions and corrections to this address.


Professional Literature

Links to the professional literature highlighting the work that Health Librarians are doing during the pandemic.

Reflections on the Roles of Librarians and Information Professionals:

Ashrafi-Rizi H, Kazempour Z. Information Typology in Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis; a Commentary. Arch Acad Emerg Med. 2020;89(1):e19. (Open Access)

Naeem SB, Bhatti R. The COVID-19 ‘infodemic’: a new front for  information professionals. Health Info Libr J. 2020 (Open Access)

Shokraneh F. Keeping up with studies on COVID-19: systematic search strategies and resources. BMJ 2020;369:m1601. (Open Access)

Shokraneh F, Ruseel-Rose T. Lessons from COIVD-9 to future evidence synthesis efforts: first living search strategy and out of date scientific publishing and indexing industry. J Clin Epi. 2020. (Open Access)

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