The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic: reflections on the roles of librarians and information professionals

Muhammad Yousuf Ali, Peter Gatiti

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Abstract

This Regular Feature explores the role of health science librarians in the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 has spread rapidly all over the world. All major cities around the globe are in lockdown. In Pakistan, the first case was diagnosed on 26 February 2020, and currently, there are more than 2039 diagnosed cases and 26 deaths as on 31 March 2020. Across the country, there are further 12 000 suspected cases. This will undoubtedly increase if precautionary measures are not taken. Pakistani universities, colleges and schools were in lockdown. The role of university librarians in this emergency included raising awareness through public health education, providing support to medical staff, researchers and providing ongoing traditional services to regular library patrons in Pakistan. The Regular Feature also provides links to useful resources. JM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)158-162
Number of pages5
JournalHealth Information and Libraries Journal
Volume37
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2020

Keywords

  • South Asia
  • global health
  • librarianship, health science
  • public health, Pakistan

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