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Libraries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic: drawing a science map of published articles

Somayyeh Nadi-Ravandi (Health Information Management Research Center, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan, Iran)
Zahra Batooli (Social Determinants of Health (SDH) Research Center, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan, Iran)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 16 September 2022

Issue publication date: 18 April 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The lockdown of libraries has led to changes in the delivery of services. Reviewing many studies in this regard appears to be of great importance. Thus, this study aims to analyze the articles related to libraries and COVID-19 using the co-occurrence analysis.

Design/methodology/approach

The current study is applied in terms of purpose and scientometrics in terms of type, which has been conducted using a retrospective bibliometric analysis method and drawing a science map. The relevant keywords were searched in the Scopus and 225 articles were reviewed in terms of author, year of publication, journal, organization and subject. Then, the VOSviewer software was used to analyze and illustrate the keywords and draw the scientific map of the articles.

Findings

The results showed that 225 articles by 496 authors from 66 countries and 379 organizations were published in the subject area of libraries and COVID-19. These articles have received 620 citations. The co-occurrence analysis of words showed that these scientific productions are classified into four clusters: “The role of libraries and librarians”, “The use of media, social network and communication technologies in order provide library services”, “Online Library Services” and “Infodemic and misinformation in the COVID-19 Pandemic”.

Originality/value

It is the first time during the COVID-19 pandemic that a scientific map has been drawn up of studies that have examined the role of libraries in this pandemic. The results of the present study may help libraries to access what they need to consider in any crisis.

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Citation

Nadi-Ravandi, S. and Batooli, Z. (2023), "Libraries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic: drawing a science map of published articles", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 41 No. 1, pp. 42-58. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHT-04-2022-0209

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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