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VIVA: COVID-19 Telework Resources

Virginia's Academic Library Consortium

This guide has variable layouts and houses the majority of the "sub" pages for VIVA's website.

COVID-19: Translating Library Work to the Telework Environment

Library Instruction

  • Pandemic Pedagogy: Resources for Library Instruction at a Distance: A facilitated conversation about tools, resources, and strategies for shifting information literacy to support remote teaching and learning presented by Jenn Kelley, Associate Professor/Reference Librarian at the College of DuPage. (March 18, 2020, from ACRL Presents)
  • Information Literacy Instruction at a (Social) Distance: Strategies for Moving Online: A crash course with Melissa Wong in moving your library instruction online. Melissa addresses options for both synchronous and asynchronous instruction, discusses how to engage students in active learning while online, and provides a short list of best practices. (March 17, 2020, from ACRL Presents)
  • ACRL Distance Learning Section Instruction Group: Virtual Poster Session: Visit this page between April 13-17, 2020 to view and comment on over 35 virtual posters related to teaching and learning online. Presenters will be available during that week to respond to comments on their posters! After April 17th, all virtual posters will remain publicly available as an archive.

Public Services

  • Work From Home Assignments for Frontline Academic Library Workers (COVID-19): a crowdsourced list of suggested assignments for frontline academic library workers.
  • Tips for Suddenly Switching to Online Reference and Access Services: K-State Libraries' main library had a fire on May 22, 2018. They suddenly lost access to millions of physical resources and could no longer deliver in-person services. During this facilitated discussion, their Head of Library User Services, Head of Special Collections, and Interlibrary Services Coordinator share what they did then to help connect patrons to information resources that would have previously been delivered in-person. (March 27, 2020,from ACRL Presents)
  • This can be a good time for data cleanup projects, such as following migrations to a new ILS or discovery service, or working on documentation or policy documents.
  • Non-public services departments may have backlogs that all library workers can help with, such as Special Collections projects in transcription work and finding aid updates.


Interlibrary Loan

Technical Services

  • ALCTS e-Forum: Navigating the Impact of COVID-19 on Library Technical Services, April 21-22, 2020.
  • List of Cataloging/Metadata Remote Work.
  • This can be a good time for "backburner" projects, such as: evaluating local notes fields for consistency in field selection and wording; evaluating records for selected material types; correcting bibliographic records without holdings/location records; evaluating records for policy changes, such as single record to multiple record changes or the use of new/obsolete MARC fields; or evaluating records flagged for further review during a system migration.

 General Resources