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The management of public libraries during COVID-19 pandemic: a systematic literature review through PRISMA method

Petros Kostagiolas (Department of Archives, Library Science and Museology, Ionian University, Corfu, Greece)
Anna Katsani (Public Central Historic Library of Corfu, Corfu, Greece)

Library Management

ISSN: 0143-5124

Article publication date: 9 September 2021

Issue publication date: 4 November 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the literature regarding the impact of global coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) pandemic on PLs and their management responses during COVID-19 pandemic as well as for the post-pandemic era.

Design/methodology/approach

The systematic literature review is based on preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analyses (PRISMA) method and includes publications in the English language published at online scholarly resources during the period of COVID-19 outbreak, i.e. from January 2020 to June 2021.

Findings

The number of the eligible and relevant studies for the COVID-19 impact on PLs was 79, which were included in the literature review profiling and in the qualitative analysis.

Originality/value

The systematic review provides a useful overview of existing PL management paradigms that could be contemplated at an organizational, national or international level while developing a strategy for public libraries in the post-pandemic era.

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Citation

Kostagiolas, P. and Katsani, A. (2021), "The management of public libraries during COVID-19 pandemic: a systematic literature review through PRISMA method", Library Management, Vol. 42 No. 8/9, pp. 531-549. https://doi.org/10.1108/LM-08-2021-0068

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