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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.