As I write this, people everywhere are isolating themselves to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The physical Harrell Health Sciences Library space closed as of 5 p.m. March 17. Our entire faculty and staff is working from home.
Many libraries are closing their doors to help prevent the spread of the disease.
Libraries tend to be the heart of an institution or community; the place where everyone is equal and access is for all. It is hard for us as librarians to stop serving our communities. And although we are not in the "space" we call a library, we haven’t stopped serving.
For our community, our resources are 99% digital. Access to thousands of journals and databases are still there for the community we serve.
Our librarians are watching the library’s email (email@example.com). We can still help via email or online/video chat services for any reference question or help needed. You can also reach out directly to your department’s liaison librarian.
We are continuing to teach information literacy, critical thinking, using a database or evidence-based resource and other topics from our home to yours via video learning/meeting software.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
The library is filling ILL requests for our users as much as we can, but only in digital formats - no print. We rely on other libraries to be operating in a digital capacity as well.
The world is a different place right now. All we can do is take it day by day. Hopefully we will be moving back toward the library as "space" again in the near future.
Stay safe, everyone.
Kelly Thormodson, MLIS
Associate Dean for Library and Information Services
Harrell Health Sciences Library: Research and Learning Commons
- COVID-19 resources available at Harrell Library
- Library explains what University’s new Open Access Policy requires of faculty and staff
- Harrell Health Sciences Library faculty and staff news: March 2020
- Library hosts Penn State Health eLearning Meetup Group quarterly
- Library offers space for teaching with virtual reality