Analyzing Covid-19 Resources on Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries’ (AAHSL) LibGuides

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This article analyzes the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) member libraries’ COVID-19 LibGuides to determine volume and origin of links included. This is a manuscript version of the article.

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Sterling, E. Bailey; Cleveland, Ana D., 1943- & Philbrick, Jodi September 12, 2021.

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This article analyzes the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) member libraries’ COVID-19 LibGuides to determine volume and origin of links included. This is a manuscript version of the article.

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Abstract: Objective: The authors analyzed AAHSL member libraries’ COVID-19 LibGuides to determine volume and origin of links included. Methods: Through stratified sampling based on total enrollment of health sciences academic institutions, 51 of 147 (34.7%) eligible AASHL library websites were selected for inclusion in the study. Data from COVID-19 LibGuides were captured on a spreadsheet from April 3-April 21, 2021. LibGuide content was analyzed, and the origin of each link was categorized. Results: The majority (43/51, 84.3%) of sampled AAHSL libraries have at least one COVID-19 LibGuide, with 8 of 43 (18.6%) libraries having two or more. 8 of 51 (15.7%) libraries have no published COVID-19 LibGuide. A total of 8848 links within examined LibGuides were visited. Links to academic institutions (2439/8848, 27.6%) including universities' own internal links were most common while news outlets (220/8848, 2.5%), social media (169/8848, 1.9%), and international government (49/8848, 0.6%) were linked least. Regarding individual organizations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (575/8848, 6.5%) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) (529/8848, 6%) were most frequently linked. Conclusions: The overwhelming majority of sampled health sciences libraries use LibGuides to share COVID-19 information with their users, but great variation exists in how and why LibGuides are utilized. It is necessary to further investigate how libraries can optimize LibGuides to benefit their users. These results and conclusions are consistent with those reached by researchers investigating academic libraries’ LibGuides in 2020.

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Sterling, E. Bailey; Cleveland, Ana D., 1943- & Philbrick, Jodi. Analyzing Covid-19 Resources on Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries’ (AAHSL) LibGuides, article, September 12, 2021; (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1836467/: accessed September 19, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Information.

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