January 27, 2022

Journal Article: “Canadian Collaborations: Library Communications and Advocacy in the Time of COVID-19”

The following article was published today by the Journal of Copyright in Education and Librarianship.



Christina Winter
University of Regina

Mark Swartz
Queen’s University/Canadian Association of Research Libraries< Victoria Owen University of Toronto

Ann Ludbrook
Ryerson University, Toronto

Brianne Selman
University of Winnipeg

Robert Tiessen
University of Calgary


Journal of Copyright in Education and Librarianship
Volume 5, Issue 1
DOI 10.17161/jcel.v5i1.14920


The COVID-19 pandemic forced libraries to unexpectedly and suddenly close their physical locations, necessitating a remote working environment and a greater reliance on digital and virtual services. While libraries were in a better position than most sectors due to decades of experience in licensing and acquiring digital content and offering virtual services such as chat reference, there still were some services and resources that traditionally had only been offered in a face-to-face environment, or were available in print only. There were questions in the Canadian library community about how, and if these programs could be delivered online and comply with Canadian copyright law. This article will describe the access and copyright challenges that Canadian libraries faced during the first nine months of the pandemic and will outline the collaborative efforts of the Canadian library copyright community to respond to these challenges.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) 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 Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.