Canadian academic nursing librarians: Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on librarianship practice




Objective: This study explored changes in the practice of academic nursing librarianship during the COVID-19 pandemic with a particular focus on academic nursing librarians’ work with nursing graduate students and nursing faculty.

Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with eleven academic nursing librarians about changes to their librarianship practice during the Covid-19 global pandemic. Interviews were conducted between April 20 and May 14, 2021, discussing experiences during the study period March 2020 to May 2021.

Results: Canadian academic nursing librarians experienced 1) the adoption of the completely virtual library; 2) changes to the type and prevalence of online instruction; 3) the discovery that online consults work well; 4) the discovery of the extent to which relationships are valued and intentional; 5) an increase in requests for instruction and co-authorship of knowledge syntheses; and 6) the benefits and challenges of remote work

Discussion: Experiences were divergent, shaped in part by the institutions’ pre-pandemic practices. The temporary transition to the completely virtual library revealed benefits of online consults, opportunities for reaching more students through asynchronous learning, the importance of relationships to nursing liaison work, and value to the flexibility of working remotely.

Conclusion: The Covid-19 global pandemic continues to evolve. With a return to in-person classes at Canadian universities there is much to learn from the experiences during the first 18 months.




How to Cite

Miller, K., & Janke, R. (2022). Canadian academic nursing librarians: Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on librarianship practice. Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association Journal De l’Association Des bibliothèques De La Santé Du Canada, 43(2).



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