May 24, 2022

British Columbia: “Demand For Online Library Content Soars During Pandemic”

From the CBC:

When the District of North Vancouver closed its libraries in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, e-book use immediately increased by about 60 per cent.


Vancouver Public Library director of collections and technology Kay Cahill says more than a thousand new members signed up for cards in the weeks after they closed.

“A lot of people have been hit really hard by this pandemic,” she said.

“They maybe can’t afford subscription services and we can provide a lot of what’s provided on those services without charge.”

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.