The German University Library system between digital transformations and the "Corona-­shutdown"

Journal title SOCIETÀ E STORIA
Author/s Klaus Kempf
Publishing Year 2022 Issue 2022/175
Language Italian Pages 9 P. 157-165 File size 156 KB
DOI 10.3280/SS2022-175010
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The Covid-19 pandemic has suddenly and unexpectedly imposed a new range of challenges to research libraries and especially to public libraries. Both typologies, as well as all other public institutions, have been largely hit by lockdown measures. Their traditional services, in particular the use of media in reading rooms, as well as loan services, including inter-library loans, had to stop. Only contactless services could carry on. This means that digital services have flourished, if they were already part of the offer, but also if they were not. It is therefore arguable that, on the one hand, the pandemic has performed as an accelerator for a sizeable part of the pre-existent library functions, in particular, those that were already developing - such as digital services. On the other hand, it has suggested that other (analogical) services had to be abandoned or at least temporarily set aside.

Keywords: research libraries, public libraries, digitisation, adjustment.

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Klaus Kempf, Il sistema bibliotecario di ricerca tedesco tra trasformazione digitale e "Covid lockdown" in "SOCIETÀ E STORIA " 175/2022, pp 157-165, DOI: 10.3280/SS2022-175010