VALA Events and Activities
Through the Covid-19 crisis, VALA extends a range of resources, offers and events in support of the Library and Information Services and GLAM sectors. This web page will be updated as new information becomes available. Please check back regularly to stay up-to-date with the latest news.
Leaning In Series
‘Leaning In’ is a series of informal, online meetings held in a Chatham House rules environment, for industry sectors to come together and share their journey during the Covid-19 crisis. Meetings will be unstructured, casual and without the rules and constraints of a formal meeting. To keep it conversational, inclusive and personal, we’re limiting numbers to 20.
Each series will be aimed at a new sector, and will provide a forum to discuss the impacts of the pandemic, how the sector has adapted to the challenges, share experiences, discuss and resolve problems and offer support and guidance to your library colleagues.
Meetings are FREE to attend but registration is essential. For more information and to register for a meeting, visit the VALA Events webpage.
Under the Hood - with Informit
We’ve been tinkering with this idea for a while, to work collaboratively with our vendor community and provide practitioners with a real look “under the hood” of technology solutions, products and works in progress. This is not a sales pitch, but a genuine opportunity to test drive, analyse and contribute to the development of real solutions for our industry.
Under the Hood will be delivered as a Zoom webinar, free to attend for anyone in the VALA network. We will enable live Q&A and the event will be recorded for free VOD at any time. For more information and to register for a webinar, visit the VALA Events webpage.
We know though that home and business budgets are under pressure and we want to keep our members connected and supported.
So we will extend the lapsing period for all memberships by 4 months to 30 September 2020. We will honour continuity of membership (essential to claim the VALA Conference member rates in 2022) for all renewals paid by 30 September.
Contact the VALA Secretariat at email@example.com to discuss payment plans and deferred payment.
At Home Learning
Some outstanding content was delivered and recorded at VALA2020 and is freely available for download and for VOD.
VALA has invited our generous VALA2020 sponsors and vendors to share with the VALA community the resources, services and support that they have extended during these unusual and challenging times.
Free Access from De Gruyter and our Publisher Partners
De Gruyter and our Publisher Partners will offer digital access to over 75,000 DRM-free eBooks available on degruyter.com through December 31, 2020. Libraries can provide their patrons with access to this premier content at no charge until 31 Dec, 2020. Contact us for further discussion.
Free access to IUPAC Standards Online until 31 Dec, 2020
Available as free access since January, IUPAC Standards Online has been helping many in the chemistry community to continue their research without disruptions. Researchers can enjoy immediate free access to the database by logging in or registering for an account on degruyter.com. Libraries can request for institutional access to this at no charge via email to De Gruyter team.
Free online access to academic databases
In our continuous effort to support the library community, De Gruyter has opened up access to 7 academic databases. From now until 31st December 2020, libraries can provide users with online access to the content by registering here.
Bloomsbury Digital Resources would like to help the library and educational community, by offering their resources available upon request, at no cost or obligation and on an unlimited access basis. To access these resources, click HERE.
Ex Libris, a ProQuest Company
During the Covid-19 pandemic crisis, Ex Libris is making a series of services and benefits more widely available to higher education libraries around the world. Offerings are made available at no cost for 3 to 6 months (depending on the offering). See more here: https://www.exlibrisgroup.com/covid-19-remote-learning-research-assistance/
Informit Media – Global Access
Informit have introduced the following temporary measures for existing subscribers to Informit Media products:
- Access to EduTV (informit.org/edu-tv) and TVNews (informit.org/tv-news) is permitted outside of Australia for remote campuses and students via the current sites for education purposes.
- Access to EduTV and TVNews is permitted outside of Australia for remote campuses and students via their LMS for education purposes.
- Faculty users have approval to download any Informit Media product (EduTV & TVNews) asset that is viewed locally. This file can then be sent to overseas students via their LMS (not email).
Informit will offer this solution as a temporary measure for the first semester of 2020 or until the crisis is over.
The efforts of research community will be critical to addressing the challenges of COVID-19. To support your work, SAGE has taken these actions:
- We have removed the subscription gateway to articles that we believe will be of value to researchers and practitioners at this time.
- We have signed and committed to the Wellcome coordinated statement on sharing research data and findings relevant to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
- We have created and will maintain a microsite that highlights freely available research from both the social and behavioral sciences and medical sciences on COVID-19 and more broadly on managing pandemics.
- We will fast track and publish open access, without any article publishing charges (APCs), research that is relevant to the current pandemic.
- We are fast tracking the publication of books sharing social and behavioral science expertise on different aspects of the pandemic. We released the book Together Apart: The psychology of COVID-19, which uses social identity theorizing to provide an integrated analysis of the psychology of the pandemic, as a free-to-read uncorrected proof. The title will be published in full later this year along with new pandemic-related titles as part of the “SAGE Swift” series.
- We are hosting a hub at our Social Science Space website focused on sharing what social and behavioral researchers can tell us and teach us – in real time – about public health, mitigation measures, social distancing, and other issues that are important in dealing with COVID-19.
- For authors and early career researchers who are preparing articles for publication in remote and challenging circumstances, we have a range of resources here on our Journals Author Gateway.
Existing customers, which includes most of the Australian and NZ universities, get free access to all World Scientific journals. We will also provide unlimited free access to research relevant to COVID-19 for the duration of the outbreak. More information on this page: https://www.worldscientific.com/page/coronavirus.
To fight against the epidemic of 2019 Novel Coronavirus, researchers around the world are working hard to bring pieces together for a clearer picture of the virus and possible solutions. iGroup Australasia is glad to inform you that we have collated content on the new 2019 novel coronavirus and is providing free access to it. More free resources information on this page: http://www.igroupanz.com/freeresources/
EBSCO has worked with its content partners to help expand access to resources and has opened up some of its own content as well. These resources are designed to help librarians and staff support remote work and research and manage stress; they include expanded access offers, open resources and a webinar series. Resource Website: https://www.ebsco.com/covid-19-resources. Webinar Series: Evolution and Transition: Join the discussion in our webinar series starting September 9, 2020. We want to include you in our vision for EBSCO’s current and future research solutions, the evolution of our products and our support for FOLIO : https://more.ebsco.com/global-webinar-series-anz.html
Wiley has made more than 5,000 COVID-19 related articles freely available in support of the global efforts in diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. As always, you can access our Wiley Online Library Training hub should you need any tips on the platform. Free, real-time feed of the latest research and news on COVID-19 from Scitrus, powered by Atypon’s AI-driven personalized discovery application. Wiley is also making a collection of journal articles and our book chapters on coronavirus research freely available to the global scientific community. Visit https://novel-coronavirus.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/
In response to the call to action from OSTP and other governments, Wiley is also feeding content into PubMed Central as it comes in and licensing it to maximize discoverability and usability.
IGI Global are publishing a weekly trending topics series, with free access to research articles and chapters. The latest pieces are below, and we will be posting more within the coming weeks focused around transitioning to online education models, COVID-19 effect on small business and economics, fake news, hospital management, and remote working.
IEEE is prepared to support you through this challenging time by providing free access to below:
- Free Access to COVID-19 Related Research in IEEE Xplore https://innovate.ieee.org/covid-19_related_research/
- OnDemand Webinar: Using eLearning to Support Distance Learning https://innovate.ieee.org/distance-learning-on-demand-webinar/
- IEEE Spectrum Special Report: Technology and Coronavirus https://spectrum.ieee.org/tag/coronavirus
- IEEE Journal Fast Tracks COVID-19 Research https://bit.ly/OJEMBFastTrack
- IEEEtv http://ieeetv.ieee.org/
- Pre-University Resources https://tryengineering.org/
- Stay Connected to IEEE Xplore When Working Remotely https://innovate.ieee.org/tips-to-access-your-organizations-ieee-xplore-subscription-when-working-remotely/
- Free five eLearning Courses for Academic customers https://innovate.ieee.org/access-select-ieee-elearning-library-courses-free/
“As a way to support our customers, colleagues and communities, Emerald has brought together a number of freely available research resources related to the Coronavirus group of viruses, and epidemics more broadly. In addition, this content explores the wider impact on society including research on healthcare, education, homeworking and tourism.” Visit https://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/promo/coronavirus.htm
“Emerald Works has created a Support Pack of free content that we believe is relevant and practical, and aimed at maintaining your physical and emotional well-being. You will find articles and videos with tips on areas such as working from home, dealing with anxiety, crisis management and virtual meetings”. Visit https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/covid-19_support_pack.htm?trackingtag=hp_qc&utm_content=hp_qc
Cambridge University Press
Cambridge University Press has made a collection of over 70 relevant book chapters and journal articles freely available on its website. Research in the collection has been drawn from journals including Epidemiology & Infection; Prehospital and Disaster Medicine; Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, and from Animal Health Research Reviews, among others. https://www.cambridge.org/core/news/free-access-to-coronavirus-research.
Free Access to book chapters and journal articles
The Press has made a growing collection of more than 750 relevant book chapters and journal articles freely available on Cambridge Core. We also joined the Wellcome Trust and more than 30 leading publishers in committing to making all of our COVID-19 and coronavirus-related publications, and the available data supporting them, immediately accessible in PubMed Central (PMC) and other public repositories. Articles are drawn from journals including Epidemiology & Infection, Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, and from Animal Health Research Reviews, among others. Future articles will be added to the collection once they have been published. View the full collection here.
Clarivate launches resource centre with insights and tools to support Coronavirus research. Access the world’s leading research and late-breaking news on this rapidly evolving health emergency. To find out more visit https://clarivate.com/coronavirus-resources/
Given the current environment, Docuvan is pleased to offer the Bookeye V2 Professional Archive Scanner as a Rental. This means you can undertake your own scanning in your own time in your own office without the outlay of purchasing a scanner. This would be perfect for small book scanning projects. We also have other scanners available for rental. Please give Richard a call if you are interested. 0417 633 333. For more information visit https://www.docuvan.com.au/bookeye-4-v2/
McGraw-Hill is offering a new free to use “COVID Central” resource centre hosted (before the paywall) on AccessMedicine: https://accessmedicine.mhmedical.com/. COVID Central will be a source of weekly updated developments and analysis in clinical medicine, public health, and industry and will be aimed at healthcare professionals, trainees and students, and librarians. It will be open to all viewers regardless of Access subscription status. As you may be aware Dr Anthony Fauci is the leading spokesperson to the US government on COVID-19 and is also one of our editors of Harrisons Principles of Internal Medicine. “COVID Central” will have daily contributions and resources contributed from across our author and specialist professional community. Included will be resources to support instructors and students on distance learning.
American Psychological Association
In an effort to support our community, APA and APA Publishing is providing free publishing resources in response to COVID-19. We hope these services help to provide both professional and personal assistance as you navigate this pandemic.
- APA Publishing resources: https://www.apa.org/pubs/covid-19-resources (For libraries and librarians)
- APA Style resources: https://apastyle.apa.org/instructional-aids/tutorials-webinars
- APA Pandemic Information page: https://www.apa.org/pubs/covid-19-resources
- APA Support resources: https://www.apa.org/topics/covid-19 (psychologists, health-care workers, and the public)
Visit the JAMA Network COVID-19 Resource Center for the latest free, open access information on coronavirus diagnosis and treatment. Updated as soon as new content is published, the site features the latest research, commentary, and video and audio interviews with frontline experts. Learn more at https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/pages/coronavirus-alert.
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc has collected all published articles from our journals relevant to coronaviruses, viral immunology, biomedical research, telemedicine, and public health crises and made them freely available in a dedicated Coronavirus Resource Center here.
SAE has opened up access to specific SAE standards (at no cost) to assist conversion of passenger planes to enable material and supply transport in support of COVID-19 relief. These standards can be found here – Cargo Standards – COVID-19
As more EndNote users are now working / studying from home, we are endeavouring to update our Help Pages to include the latest information and links to tutorials. We are also starting to create simple video tutorials for the most common issues. https://www.crandon.com.au/endnote/faq/help.html
IOP Publishing acknowledges the devastating impact COVID-19 is having worldwide and will do whatever we can to assist researchers, medical professionals and others who are working to address this public health emergency. All relevant articles have been made freely available with rights to enable text mining, re-use and secondary analysis. Visit https://ioppublishing.org/news/coronavirus-articles-free-to-access-content-from-iop-publishing/
ProQuest continues to work to provide programs that give you additional access to digital resources as well as help you convert your print collections to electronic. Find out more about these programs, as well as access resources from our dedicated website. Our priority will continue to be supporting you and your users and we invite you to review our full schedule of training, product and insights webinars. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supporting coronavirus research with FREE access to over 17,000 Global Health records. CABI’s Global Health international public health database has made relevant content available free of charge to support the international effort to fight the COVID-19 outbreak. For more information, and instructions on how to access, please click here. Alternately, if you would like access to the full Global Health database until end 2020, please contact email@example.com.
Yewno offers web-based research solutions powered by Artificial Intelligence. By mimicking the way the human mind ingests, processes and associates information, Yewno allows users to perform intuitive research, making unexpected connections between topics. Yewno’s knowledge map visually represents these connections, and directs users to millions of scholarly books and articles – many of which are free to read. Available via login anywhere you have internet access, Yewno makes an ideal distance-learning tool. Visit www.yewno.com
Britannica Digital Learning
To support teachers and schools in their remote learning amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Britannica is offering free and full access to all content and features of its’ LaunchPacks in Humanities and Social Sciences and Science. For more information visit https://elearn.eb.com/
Taylor & Francis Group
Taylor & Francis remains committed to ensuring all relevant research is available to those who are at the forefront of research into mitigating its impact.
- We are supporting researchers, journals and funders to ensure that all research findings and data relevant to COVID-19 are shared rapidly and openly to inform the public health response and ultimately help save lives. Visit www.taylorandfrancis.com/coronavirus
- We do not anticipate any disruption to service on our Taylor & Francis Online and Taylor & Francis eBooks platforms, and are proud to be working with several partners to support access to our eBooks and eTextbooks.
Safe Checkout – The Patron Mobile checkout lets your library’s patrons checkout items from their own mobile phone. It minimises contact with communal surfaces (such as self checkout stations) and hand-to-hand contact with library staff (for manual checkout); protecting both patrons and staff (Patron App FREE to current FE Technologies Libraries until 31.12.2020). Visit https://www.fetechgroup.com/mobile-apps/patron-mobile-checkout-app/
Duke University Press
Duke University Press can provide 60 days of complimentary electronic access to our book and journal content to support online instruction. To enable access for your institution, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We would like to share our reading lists, including Navigating the Threat of Pandemic and Care in Uncertain Times.
Since January 2020 Elsevier has created a COVID-19 resource center with free information in English and Mandarin on the novel coronavirus COVID-19. You can find our Cononavirus information center here: https://www.elsevier.com/connect/coronavirus-information-center . To continue to support the extraordinary efforts of the health and research communities combatting coronavirus, we have created a range of free resources, including evidence-based clinical guidance and more than 41,000 research articles to read, download and data mine. This directory provides a complete overview of those resources, access the free resources here: https://www.elsevier.com/novel-coronavirus-covid-19. For more information, please contact Macy Lee email@example.com.
Need extra copies of the latest blockbuster? Looking for an obscure patron request? Here at All Access we are mindful that you would like to keep your collections current during these uncertain times. Contact us for all your DVD, CD, Console Games and board Game needs. We are shipping now!
As part of our commitment to Libraries and their patrons, Adilam are offering solutions to help libraries reopen and deal with issues resulting from Covid-19. Visit www.adilam.com.au.
- Arcus self-service that does not require touch.
- People counting that alerts staff when a designated number of people are in a building.
- Bluetooth people tracking in a facility, indicating contact with Covid19.
Bezi Publishing Services
Free access is now available to the following resources from Bezi’s publishers: Brill’s COVID-19 Collection, De Gruyter’s Research on Coronavirus (COVID-19), and CEIC Data’s COVID-19 Outbreak & Impact Monitor. Multi-collection trial access is offered by British Online Archives, De Gruyter and Readex. Please contact Bezi for details.
Quantum Library Supplies
In these times of social isolation and closed Libraries, QLS has the perfect example of a Compact Isolated Library. The LibCabinet will hold upwards of 250 RFID tagged items and can be installed in any weatherproof location such as shopping centres, train & bus stations or even outside the local supermarket as Ipswich City Council has recently completed at Karalee. View at https://www.ipswichlibraries.com.au/using-the-library/karalee-library-pod/. Once you open the link, scroll to the bottom of the page and watch an automated video. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if youd like more information.
Accucoms works closely with several publishers that have signed the Wellcome Trust-coordinated initiave for making COVID-19 content freely available to help the pandemic. Visit https://accucoms.com/covid-19-resources/ for a great list of freely available resources from different publishers.
CAVAL launched a number of initiatives during this period such as a Library Advocacy webinar series and have made them available to all our members and community via CAVAL’s YouTube channel – https://short.caval.edu.au/YouTube
Adam Matthew Digital
Adam Matthew Digital is providing guidance on how to move classes online, how to make the most of digital primary sources at this time and has also created an online teaching support hub. Visit the Adam Matthew support hub here – https://www.amdigital.co.uk/support/support-hub
OCLC, a global library cooperative, supports thousands of libraries in making information more accessible and more useful to people around the world. OCLC is here to provide support as your library finds new ways to serve users and your broader community during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re actively evaluating relevant resources to help you navigate through these challenging times. Please visit the OCLC website for the list of resources and details.
COVID-19 TOOLS & RESOURCES FOR CLINICIANS
At Wolters Kluwer we understand the unprecedented challenges hospitals are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and want to provide support to the clinicians and administrators facing these trials on a daily basis. COVID-19 resources for front-line clinicians and medical researchers are available in response to the global pandemic at https://tools.ovid.com/coronavirus/.
Lucidea, leading global provider of library and knowledge management software, continues to support the special library community during COVID-19. Visit the Lucidea Virtual Booth to explore SydneyEnterprise, Inmagic Presto, or GeniePlus, look at exciting new client-driven product enhancements, download eBooks and whitepapers, watch webinars, and chat with experts.