Covid-19

Temporary access to additional electronic resources

The current global COVID-19 pandemic affects the worldwide information community and therefore several publishers are offering temporary access to additional electronic resources.

In addition to all content that we’re already subscribing to, here’s the list of resources that are now accessible with a library card of the National Library, University Library, LIST or LIH. The list will be updated regularly.

How to obtain a library card
BnL: please check https://bnl.public.lu/fr/actualites/articles-actualites/2020/prevention-COVID-19-service-public.html

University: If you are a university student or staff member and do not have a library account yet, please request access by sending an email to askalibrarian@uni.lu from your University email account.

Elsevier ScienceDirect Textbooks

The 256 textbooks currently on ScienceDirect will be automatically entitled to all active ScienceDirect customers until mid-June 2020.

Access: https://www-sciencedirect-com.proxy.bnl.lu/browse/journals-and-books?contentType=BK&accessType=subscribed

JoVe – Journal of Visualized Experiments

JoVE is offering free access to several collections until 15 June 2020.

JoVE Core – This peer-reviewed journal combines high-quality video demonstrations of experiments with a detailed text protocol, allowing researchers around the globe to learn from each other easily and efficiently. Access will be open for biology biology and psychologie sociale.

JoVE Science Education – Educators and students use these innovative video collections in the JoVE Science Education Library to better teach and learn key concepts and fundamental techniques at the undergraduate course level. These simple, easy-to-understand video demonstrations cover a wide range of STEM subjects including Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Psychology, Clinical Medicine and Engineering.

JoVE Lab Manual – Comprehensive, curriculum-focused videos for both instructors and students in introductory biology lab courses.

More information

Access: https://www.jove.com.proxy.bnl.lu

Annual Reviews

Annual Reviews has made their journals available to all (without access control) through Thursday April 30, 2020. On that date, the publisher will assess the need to extend this policy.

Access: https://www.annualreviews.org/action/showPublications

Cambridge University Press

All 700 textbooks published and currently available in HTML format on Cambridge Core can now be accessed free until the end of May.

CUP is also providing free access to research related to the coronavirus: More than 80 relevant book chapters and journal articles are available. Future articles will be added to the collection once they have been published.

MIT Press Ebooks

The MIT Press is offering libraries complimentary access to its catalog of 2,770 eBooks on MIT Press Direct through the end of May 2020 to support faculty and students who are working and learning remotely.

Access: https://direct-mit-edu.proxy.bnl.lu/books

Remote access for law databases

You may now access the following databases from home and don’t need to be logged in to the library network. Please note remote access will only be available as long as the National Library and University library (LLC) are closed!

Librarians all over the world are collecting information about the different initiatives from scientific publishers. You may find the overview here

 

Update on access to digital library

We are busy enabling remote access for all products that were limited to in-house access, so that you can continue working now that all libraries have closed. Publishers are extremely helpful but this will take another few days. If you urgently need access to a product, please get in touch via help@findit.lu.

Update: If you are a registered user of the National Library, University of Luxembourg, LIST or LIH you may now access the following databases from home and don’t need to be physically at the library. Please note remote access will only be available as long as the National Library and University library (LLC) are closed!

More content updates: https://www.consortium.lu/?p=8082

Any support questions can be sent as usual to help@findit.lu.

All our products can be found via the National Library’s main search engine a-z.lu. There is online help available at the top of the page in English, French and German. To limit your search to digital material, select “Digital Library” and then refine further in the second drop down:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Help with downloading and reading eBooks is available on the ebooks.lu site, again in English, French and German.

Finally, we strongly recommend that you install our Library Access Browser extension. It automatically redirects you to licensed content from the library, while you normally browse the internet. With over 700.000 eBooks and 80.000 eJournals and almost 400 databases and reference platforms, this may happen more often than you think. The Library Access Browser extension saves you time, as you do not need to search manually in a-z.lu.

Again, if you need help, do not hesitate to get in touch via help@findit.lu!

 

More information about services of the National Library during the next time: https://bnl.public.lu/fr/actualites/communiques/2020/mars2020/covid19_ressourcesenligne.html

ICOLC Statement on the Global COVID-19 Pandemic and Its Impact on Library Services and Resources

This statement, written on behalf of the many library consortia across the world that participate in ICOLC (International Coalition of Library Consortia), and the individual libraries these consortia represent, has two purposes. It is intended to help publishers and other content providers from whom we license electronic information resources and purchase printed content (hereafter simply referred to as publishers) understand better how the current global COVID-19 pandemic affects the worldwide information community. Its second purpose is to suggest a range of approaches that we believe are in the mutual best interest of libraries and the providers of information services.

The ICOLC participating consortia consider the current crisis of such significance that we cannot simply assume that libraries and publishers share a common perspective about the magnitude of the crisis and the best approaches to cope with it. ICOLC members have been exchanging perspectives about how the global COVID-19 pandemic will impact consortia and their member libraries.

At this time according to UNESCO, partial or complete university and school closures in 49 countries have canceled or suspended classes for 391 million students.

Many college and university students will be completing the current academic term in an entirely on-line format, so the campus communities can practice social distancing as recommended by the World Health Organization and many other national and global health agencies.

We ask that Publishers immediately consider:

  1. Making any relevant content and data sets about COVID-19, Coronaviruses (regardless of species affected), vaccines, antiviral drugs, etc. currently behind subscription-only paywalls Open Access immediately to facilitate research, guide community public health response, and accelerate the discovery of treatment options.
  2. Removing and waiving all simultaneous user limits to an institution’s licensed digital content during this period when universities are going all online in order to allow research, discovery, and learning to proceed.
  3. Lifting existing contractual ILL restrictions or photocopying limits temporarily so that libraries may assist our students to complete their term.
  4. Allowing the maximum extent of copyright limitations, exception and fair use, even if contractually restricted, to enable institutions to continue their vital teaching missions as campuses transition to an online, remote format.

We ask that publishers begin planning to:

  1. Allow flexible renewal periods and lengthened payment due dates as we do not know the future impacts on health or business operations for either consortium staff who facilitate the renewal, or for the librarians at our member institutions. If the regular renewal cycle is disrupted, we ask that publishers keep access on for our member libraries, even though the consortium’s or institution’s current agreement may have expired.
  2. Delay or minimize any planned price increases until the upheaval and disruption that we are seeing in our user communities, public health systems, and stock markets all over the world calms. The financial impacts on institutions of higher education and the global economy are as yet unknown, and price increases will add even more pressure to already-stressed universities and municipalities. In stable times, standardized pricing and terms may work relatively well. But today, libraries will be under heavy pressure to divert financial resources to other areas of immediate concern within the institution or local government.
  3. Develop plans to temporarily lift paywalls or develop alternative methods of authentication to allow access to subscribed content if traditional campus authentication mechanisms (VPNs, proxy servers) are overloaded under the increased traffic.
  4. Lift campus-only restrictions, so that teaching activities can continue online and remotely, despite University closures.

We encourage publishers to work together with consortia and libraries for the benefit of all communities. Library consortia are uniquely positioned to be the most effective and efficient means to preserve the customer base for publishers and create solutions that provide the greatest good for the greatest number.

It is in the best interest of both publishers and consortia to seek creative solutions that allows critical access to publisher content for the research and public health communities.

In combination, we suggest these approaches as a way to advance the conversations among libraries, consortia, and publishers, who all hope to provide as much information as possible to the users who need it. We believe our recommendations provide a solid foundation for the information community, including the publishers of scholarly information, to go forward together in these difficult times.

We want to express appreciation to the information services community for steps they are taking to address the global crisis.

Source: https://icolc.net/statement/statement-global-covid-19-pandemic-and-its-impact-library-services-and-resources

Contact Persons:

ICOLC Coordinating Committee Members:

  • Rick Burke, Chair (2018-2021), Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium | SCELC | USA
  • Anita Cocchia (2019-2022), British Columbia Electronic Library Network | BC ELN | Canada
  • Teri Gallaway (2018-2021), The Louisiana Library Network | LOUIS | USA
  • Lucy Harrison (2019-2022), GeorgiA LIbrary LEarning Online | GALILEO | USA
  • George Machovec (2017-2020), Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries | Colorado Alliance | USA
  • Sandrine Malotaux (2018-2020), Consortium unifié des établissements universitaires et de recherche pour l’accès aux publications numériques | Couperin | France
  • Patrick Peiffer (2020-2022), Consortium Luxembourg | Luxembourg
  • Pim Slot (2020-2022), SURFmarket | UKB | The Netherlands
  • Glenn Truran, South African National Library and Information Consortium | SANLiC | South Africa
  • Celeste Feather, ex officio for administration, LYRASIS | USA

About ICOLC:

The International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) is an informal, self-organized group currently comprising approximately 200 library consortia in North and South America, Europe, Australia, Asia, and Africa. The member consortia serve all types and sizes of libraries. ICOLC has been in existence since 1996.

ICOLC supports participating consortia by facilitating discussion on issues of common interest. Twice per year ICOLC conducts meetings dedicated to keeping participating consortia informed about new electronic information resources, pricing practices of electronic information providers and vendors, and other issues of importance to directors, governing boards, and libraries of consortia. From time to time ICOLC also issues statements regarding topics which affect libraries and library consortia.

More information about ICOLC can be found at http://www.icolc.net.