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COVID-19 pandemic and role of libraries

Kanwal Ameen (University of Home Economics, Lahore, Pakistan) (Department of Information Management, University of the Punjab, Quaid-i-Azam Campus, Lahore, Pakistan)

Library Management

ISSN: 0143-5124

Article publication date: 24 February 2021

Issue publication date: 20 May 2021

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose was to address the role of libraries in the worst-case scenario, with specific reference of developing countries like Pakistan.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper is based on the author's observations, readings, and personal communications with colleagues

Findings

The paper provides a viewpoint on how a developing country like Pakistan has been dealing with the situation and highlights the opportunities provided by this unusual situation. It highlights that various stakeholders have realized the need to bridge the digital divide in order to meet future challenges.

Practical implications

The paper is limited generally to developing countries and specifically to Pakistan. It establishes the dire need for innovative approaches in library services to meet the seen and unforeseen challenges. If suggestions are considered, then the libraries may be in a better position to serve under challenging circumstances.

Originality/value

This is an original work written to address the worst-case scenario of a developing country.

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Acknowledgements

This paper in this Special Issue was specifically invited because of the expertise of the author to respond to the issues raised in the Editorial at https://doi.org/10.1108/LM-04-2020-143. The paper is part of the Issue of the Worst Case Scenarios and the Virus. Each paper has been formally reviewed and the author has responded to the comments in the customary manner.

Citation

Ameen, K. (2021), "COVID-19 pandemic and role of libraries", Library Management, Vol. 42 No. 4/5, pp. 302-304. https://doi.org/10.1108/LM-01-2021-0008

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