When Dr. Shaundra Walker, interim director of the Russell Library at Georgia College, first learned that the University System of Georgia (USG) would be transitioning to online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, her first thoughts centered around Georgia College faculty and students: How could the library assist in making the transition as smooth as possible?
Given the unprecedented nature of the situation, Walker said she was concerned, but not alarmed. Libraries are forerunners in providing resources online, she explained, and the Russell Library is no exception.
“Libraries are traditionally associated with buildings and thought of as repositories of knowledge, particularly as knowledge exists in books. We are increasingly providing content online, in a way that is accessible to students and faculty wherever they are. From electronic articles to ebooks, thanks to projects like GALILEO, we’ve been delivering materials virtually for over 25 years.