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Written in the summer and fall of 2020, and revised and published in 2021, the articles in this special issue of Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery and Electronic Reserve offer examples of how the library community has been meeting local and global needs for information during this pandemic. They highlight the challenges and issues that have regrettably, but understandably, limited information sharing, as well as some best practices that have emerged. They also report on local activities and details for which there is not yet a consensus. This journal issue is not the first word on the subject; we have been communicating and connecting with each other from the beginning, with daily listserv messages, webinars, online conferences that have enabled more attendance than ever, and (possibly too many) online meetings. And, this is also not meant to be the last word, or to offer the most comprehensive of investigations. A complete and considered critical analysis of our work, while we are still in the depths of a crisis, is simply not possible. Rather, these articles, offering the perspectives of dozens of contributors, have been collected and published in the same spirit of support that always informs our community of practice.


This is the author's accepted manuscript of: Beth Posner (2021) JILLDDER Special Issue: Sharing Library and Information Resources during a Global Pandemic Introduction from the Guest Editor, Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve, DOI: 10.1080/1072303X.2021.1934223



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