As the pandemic continues, libraries have had to constantly adapt to rapidly changing conditions. Some libraries have had to close their doors altogether, while others have needed to find new ways to fulfill requests from patrons who may not be able to come into the building due to quarantines or other restrictions. How can libraries meet patron needs amidst these challenges? This session will address several different tools or strategies that librarians can use to assist patrons with finding and using materials during the pandemic. Topics covered will include Open Access, Creative Commons licenses, Rights Statements, Fair Use, and Controlled Digital Lending (CDL). Librarians who are familiar with these concepts should be able to utilize one or more of them to provide remote access to or usage guidelines for the vast majority of their holdings, and these tools will retain their relevance beyond the end of the pandemic.
Cromwell, Josh, "Always Open: Creative Approaches to Providing Materials in Virtual Environments" (2021). University Libraries Workshops and Presentations. 17.