Canada: Global Library Reactions to COVID-19

Interesting  selection of posts from Library Boy blog in Canada.. detailing library reactions, responses and research in North America.

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The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has created a webpage devoted to COVID-19 and the Global Library Field:

“The information and resources below are provided on a non-exhaustive basis but will be updated regularly. It is based on publicly available information, and that submitted to [email protected]. We welcome additional ideas, references, suggestions and corrections to this address.”

The page is divided into sections on topics such as:

  • Understanding COVID-19 and its spread
  • Library closures around the world
  • Managing different approaches to restrictions
  • Staying safe at home and work
  • Providing services remotely
  • Managing remote working
  • Reassigning library resources
  • Actions by Associations, National Libraries and Library Partners


Library of Parliament Publications About COVID-19

The Library of Parliament blog HillNotes has posted a number of articles about the COVID-19 pandemic.

So far, there have been texts about:

  • Health Outcomes During Pandemics in Different Population Groups in Canada
  • The Movement of Goods and People In and Out of Canada in a COVID-19 World
  • Human Rights in Emergency Situations
  • Continuity in Canada’s System of Government During a Crisis
  • Income Supports and Labour Protections Available to Federally Regulated Employees During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Federal Authorities During Public Health Emergencies



Law Library of Congress Report on Continuity of Legislative Activities during Emergency Situations

The Law Library of Congress in Washington recently published a report on the Continuity of Legislative Activities during Emergency Situations:

“This report by the foreign law research staff of the Global Legal Research Directorate surveys the law of 36 foreign jurisdictions on the functioning of legislatures under emergency measures, arrangements in legislatures for a designated sub-group to constitute a kind of ’emergency parliament’ with devolved powers from the whole legislature, and arrangements made by national legislative bodies to ensure their work during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“In the vast majority of countries surveyed, legislatures have adopted preventative measures in response to the public emergency posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, no country surveyed has explicitly invoked the powers of an “emergency parliament” with devolved power from the whole legislature. However, several countries surveyed give various other emergency powers to the legislature in times of emergencies.  “

Canada is on the countries examined in the report.


COVID-19 Reports from Legislative Research Organizations

The US-based infoDOCKET website has posted a list of Reports From the Congressional Research Service and Legislative Research Organizations in Australia, Canada, EU, and UK:

“Below, find a growing list of reports from the Congressional Research Service (U.S) as well as legislative research organizations in Australia, Canada, EU, and UK. We update this page several times a week.”

The non-American research organizations referred to include the Parliamentary Library in Australia, the Library of Parliament in Ottawa, the via European Parliament Research Service and the House of Commons Library in the United Kingdom.


April 2020 Issue of In Session – E-Newsletter of Canadian Association of Law Libraries

The April 2020 issue of In Session is available online.

It is the monthly e-newsletter of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) and contains news from CALL committees and special interest groups, member updates and events.