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Can Libraries Bridge the COVID-19 Access Gap?

Due to safety concerns during the pandemic, many libraries have resorted to “quarantining” textbooks for two or even three days -- which exacerbates the access gap already faced by students who may not have been able to afford costly course materials. But while the humble library is rarely thought of as a hotbed of innovation, some librarians are pioneering new ideas to close that gap. Learn from the librarians and technologists who are rethinking the role of the library in the age of COVID-19.

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  1. Explore the role of libraries in expanding access to course materials during the pandemic.
  2. Understand the impact of COVID-19 on access to critical resources, especially for low-income and first-generation students.
  3. Discuss the emerging technologies that are helping students and institutions both expand access to course materials and reduce costs for students.



Briana Bell, Communication Associate, Whiteboard Advisors

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  • Tags: accessibility, libraries
  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Talk
  • Track: Emerging Tech
  • Session Focus Area
  • Level: Basic Understanding
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