Trends, Challenges and Opportunities at University of Manitoba Libraries during the COVID Pandemic

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Xuan, W., & Shaw, C. (2022). Trends, Challenges and Opportunities at University of Manitoba Libraries during the COVID Pandemic. International Journal of Librarianship, 7(1), 66–78.
Received 2022-02-25
Accepted 2022-06-28
Published 2022-07-18


The COVID-19 pandemic brought rapid and radical changes to higher education, and academic libraries adapted and devised solutions.  This article will review the initiatives that the University of Manitoba Libraries (UML) implemented prior to the pandemic, as well as the library’s response, focusing on the performance of these initiatives in the past two years. These initiatives are new service models including a fully virtual library, new technologies, such as self-service lockers, and structural reorganization, for example, the creation of functional teams. The review will demonstrate how the above initiatives ensured the continuity of library services during the pandemic. The pandemic is viewed as a touchstone that tested the trends of the academic library community in an extreme situation. The success of the library services provided by the UML inspires positive thinking about the forward direction for public research university libraries.


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