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Librarians During Lockdown

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Over the past few weeks and months, and likely for some time to come, many of our members are working in very different circumstances from before. Some will be doing their jobs in different and innovative ways, others may be redeployed or furloughed and some may be finding their particular role challenging because of the nature of their job.

Whatever your situation we completely recognise how difficult it is and are available to offer advice and support where needed (check out our resources page for more information).

We are also keen to start sharing some content from our members about what they have been working on in lockdown – what sort of things have you been doing? Have you been doing something online or reaching your service users in a different way? Have you been collaborating with others to provide resources? Have you any advice for others on dealing with the challenges around mental health when working from home?

Share your updates with us and the wider profession via either a blog piece or short video – if you would like to write something or record a short video that we could use on social media then contact us on

Blogs can be anything from 300 and 600 words and if you can include any pictures that would be great.

Videos should be no more than one minute long if possible so they can be shared easily on social media. Videos do not need to be anything fancy, it could simply be you talking to the camera. There is no need for any expensive equipment either. You should be able to film a good quality video with the camera on your mobile phone or laptop/PC/tablet. Just make sure you are in a quiet and well-lit room. We would love to collect some interactive content like this so if you would be comfortable getting in front of the camera then go for it!

Whilst we are keen to highlight good practice and innovation we also realise that some members will be feeling anxious and worried or may feel that they are not able to carry out their job in the same way. Rest assured, many others will be feeling the same way just now so don’t feel pressure to contribute to this. Whilst CILIPS has been pleased to see so much innovative practice over the recent weeks we believe that a physical service is required across the different sectors. We will be keen to see that return as soon as it is safe to do so and this should be complimented by the digital advances that have been made.

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