Academic Libraries of Assam in the Changing Environment: a survey based on the services provided in the crisis of COVID-19
Keywords:Academic library, Digital Repository, E- resources, COVID-19, Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has invariably changed human life. But it is not possible to close down all the services for the libraries. The paper is prepared to find out the issues faced by the library professionals to provide their normal services and some recommendations that will be helpful to provide required information to the users. The main objective of the paper is to find out the role played by the professionals of the academic libraries of Assam during the pandemic as well as to discuss the problems faced by them. The online survey method is used to collect the data among the academic library professionals of Assam. The data analysis is based on the 22 responses that had been received. The findings of the paper show that most of the academic libraries of Assam don’t have adequate
facilities to cope up with the pandemic situation and lockdown. Some of them have internet facilities, digital repositories and library consortium membership, but most of them failed to manage it. The library professionals are trying to improve their skills by attending various online programmes like webinars, workshops, etc.