One Year After (Muted by the pandemic)

365 days is upon us since Covid-19 imposed itself on us. When the library and the University closed their doors to in-person activities on March 17, 2020, we never imagined what was ahead of us. Libraries are one of the unique services that did not grind to a complete halt when the lock down came into effect. All electronic resources continued to be available to our users 24/7 globally.

How many buzz words and phrases have you added to your vocabulary? Here is a snapshot of mine:

A word cloud that reads "Pandemic, Curbside, Frontline workers, Lockdown, Contact Tracing, Virus Symptoms, Virtual, Synchronous, COVID-19, Immunity, Masks, Distancing, 2 Metres, You’re On Mute, Asynchronous, Corona, Frontline Workers, Epidemiologist, Herd Immunity, Virtual Party"

What lessons have you learnt? For me, I've learnt not to take things for granted let alone the opportunity to have access to the library either to work, browse, study or see others in our community.

For us in the library, we have learnt to restructure our services and how to reach our users following Provincial and York University public health guidelines. Nonetheless, some materials are not available to libraries electronically due to publisher practices. Not all the books have been made available to us to purchase as e-books while some journals and law reports are exclusively in print. This is when the Curbside Pickup Service becomes an option.

Note that any request for materials located at other York University Libraries have to be submitted through their portal.

These videos will help you understand some of the Law Library services and resources.

Our Reference Desk moved to the virtual space and Reference Librarians continue to be available for consultations over Zoom. Feel free to unmute your microphones and drop-in at the Virtual Reference Desk:
Monday - Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm.

Talking about doing things differently and adjusting, limited study seats are available upon request. Monday - Thursday 10:00am - 4:45pm.

Kudos to the frontline workers in the libraries who continue to show up to ensure that all these services are up and running. It's too early to predict what the future will be like but we are looking forward to the time when you can come back into Room 1011.

Till then be safe and healthy!

About ydina

Yemisi Dina is Chief Law Librarian at the Osgoode Hall Law School Library, York University, Canada.