The COVID-19 World
At the time of this writing, most of the United States and much of the world is sheltering in place to prevent further spread of COVID-19. It is difficult to find any aspect of daily life that has not been dramatically changed, perhaps forever. The ESS Facebook page is one of many reflections of the unprecedented scope of this pandemic, which can be seen in the remarkable shift of postings almost from one day to the next. The postings before March 13, 2020, cover a variety of topics and geographic regions. Starting on March 13, 2020, all posts react to the crisis.
Below are the posts related to COVID-19, arranged in chronological order. The contents posted to the ESS Facebook page before March 13, 2020, are further below on this page, and they are organized by region and thematically.
- The first post about the COVID-19 crisis was posted the ESS FB on March 13, 2020: A Round-Up of Multilingual Resources on COVID-19 (Switchboardta.org). After that date, the overwhelming majority of the links that ESS members shared on Facebook (arranged chronologically, below) referred to the situation around the world as the virus and its effects became more widely known.
- COVID-19: Italian Librarians on the Lockdown (Programming Librarian) As U.S. libraries prepare for the novel coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the globe, our fellow librarians in Italy are in the thick of the outbreak. Shops, bars, and yes, libraries are closed to the public as Italians follow orders to stay at home and practice social distancing to minimize the virus’s spread.
- Publishing Perspectives Spring Magazine featuring “Publishing in Times of Crisis” and a host of stories from the world publishing industry.
- Use our Global Indicators Database to analyze international public opinion (Pew Research)
- The New Silences of Rome Under Quarantine (Lit Hub) Francesca Marciano on Life in a Quieting City.
- BnF: des millions de ressources en ligne gratuites et accessibles (Actualitte.com)
- ‘We Are Overwhelmed, We Are Exhausted’: Italy’s Publishers’ Coronavirus Alarm (Publishing Perspectives) In a battle for inclusion among Rome’s economic casualties, Italy’s books business fights to gain traction among the wounded creative industries.
- Chaos for European Exchange Students (Inside Higher Ed) Borders are erected and flights are canceled.
- Moocs have helped Italy keep teaching during the pandemic (Times Higher Education) Online learning content is being shared across universities and accessed by record numbers of users, say Valentina Reda and Ruth Kerr.
- Publishing Amid France’s Coronavirus Lockdown: ‘We Don’t Want To Panic’ (Publishing Perspectives) Under extended COVID-19 restrictions, French publishing companies grapple with salary and payment schedules, book release timing, and digital options.
- Welcome to EU-Citizen.Science The platform for sharing knowledge, tools, training, and resources for Citizen Science.
- French publishers win decisive battle against Google (Politico) Europe’s copyright directive proves its mettle as France orders the US search giant to pay for press content.
- Italy, Coronavirus Books Rush to Publication (New York Times) Doctors, novelists and other writers are exploring, as quickly as they can, the pandemic’s impact on a country that was among its earliest victims.
The World before COVID-19
These posts are a reminder of how quickly and irrevocably our world has changed. Now that libraries and bookstores are closed, grocery stores request customers to wear face coverings and practice social distancing, and universities and conferences are struggling to re-invent themselves online, these posts from before March 13, 2020, may seem quaint and innocent.
Roundup: In Case You Missed It
The focus of this column is on articles and topics posted by ESS members on the ESS Facebook page since the Fall 2019 ESS Newsletter. Separated by geographic region and arranged thematically, the following articles reflect our information sources and sharing practices. These articles do NOT reflect the scope of activity worldwide, but rather the information that ESS members are sharing internally.
Many of these articles are located behind firewalls or are under an embargo–unless your institution has paid for access, you may experience difficulty accessing them.
- Plans for a new Open Access Book Network take shape (SPARC Europe)
- Speaking the national language at home is less common in some European countries (Pew Research)
- On international literature and travel. Can international literature make us better travelers? (Words Without Borders)
- Europe’s Unauthorized Immigrant Population Peaks in 2016, Then Levels Off (Pew Research)
- Soup in Europe (Taste Atlas)
- Who’s stealing Christopher Columbus letters from libraries around the world? (CBSNews)
- What happens when college students discuss lab work in Spanish, philosophy in Chinese or opera in Italian? (Washington Post)
- Number of Enrolled International Students Drops (Inside Higher Ed)
- pen Data Maturity Report 2019 (European Data Portal)
- Linked Open Data: Impressions & Challenges Among Europe’s Research Libraries [Summary by Gary Price] (InfoDocket)
Just as in previous columns, Spain leads the number of postings, and the most commonly posted source is El Pais.
- Gulf between the EU’s rich and poor continues to widen despite economic recovery (El Pais)
- Why I voted for Vox. EL PAÍS travels to the places where Spain’s far-right party made the greatest gains at the November 10 election to find out what its supporters are like, and what they hope to gain from their vote. (El Pais)
- Spain’s scientists burdened by legal uncertainty and lack of funding (El Pais)
- Why an American photographer is fighting for Madrid’s Romani community (El Pais)
- Why does (Spanish pop musician) Rosalía cause so much controversy? (El Pais)
- 500 years after the expulsion of Spain’s Jews, medieval Bible comes home (The Guardian)
- Happy Ladino Day — How To Celebrate An Endangered Language (Forward.com)
- Los escritores sin librerias (El Periodico)– The article (in Spanish) notes the fate of authors from Africa writing in Spanish (Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel, Donato Ndongo-Bidyogo and Guillermina Mekuy), whose works are difficult to find in Spanish bookshops.
- The murdered ‘handsome’ priest with a decades-long secret (BBC.com)
- Spain’s New Bookish Habits Report: 68.6 Percent Reading (Publishing Perspectives) New data released on trends in Spain’s reading habits shows that among those who don’t read books, ‘lack of time’ is the most frequently asserted reason.
- The Prado Museum’s Unsung Workers Step Into the Limelight (New York Times) An Instagram video series that puts the artistic insights of guards and moving staff on equal footing with those of curators has become a hit.
- Venice flooding: Salt threatens frescoes and paintings (DW.com)
- Venice Floods: World’s Most Beautiful Bookstore Underwater (Wanted In Milan)
- Venise: la sublime librairie Acqua Alta inondée par une marée inédite (Actualitte.com)
- Italy’s Publishers Report 2019 Foreign Rights Sales Up 8.7 Percent (Publishing Perspectives)
- Italy is experiencing a piracy problem with ebooks (Good e-Reader)
- Italian Booksellers Face New Law’s Discount Restrictions (Publishing Perspectives) Already struggling with newly quantified levels of piracy and a diminished cultural allowance for young citizens, the Italian publishing industry faces new constraints on bookselling discounts.
- Italian Book and Newspaper Publishers Reveal Scale of Piracy (Publishing Perspectives) Costing the books industry as much as €528 million, piracy is a major target for Italian book and news publishers in 2020.
- How Italy’s Art Crime Squad Has Protected Cultural Artifacts for Five Decades (Artsy.net)
- Vatican opens archives of Holocaust-era Pope Pius XII (BBC.com)
- Been All Around This World: Lessons Learned from the International Partnership between the American Library Association (ALA) and the German Library & Information Association (BID) (Duke Library Blog)
- The Frankfurt International Book Fair 2019. Part 1 (Duke Library Blog)
- Welcome to the VUCA World! The Frankfurt International Book Fair 2019. Part 2 (Duke Library Blog)
- New Content Providers from Germany (Archives Portal Europe Blog)
- No longer welcome: the EU academics in Britain told to “make arrangements to leave” (LSE)
- Spaniards still eager to study in British universities in spite of Brexit (El Pais) Student applications have risen 30% since the 2016 referendum, but uncertainty remains over the future of the Erasmus exchange program.
- The Brexit Newsletter by Rosie Goldsmith (European Literature Network)
- Rent rises force revered LGBT bookshop out of Paris’s gay district (The Guardian)
- At France’s Festival d’Angoulême: Barcelona’s Bang Ediciones and Mamut Comics (Publishing Perspectives) An independent publisher from Barcelona, Stéphane Corbinais says his comics house must be at Angoulême—or ‘you don’t exist’ in the bande dessinée world.
- ‘Language Death’ in Denmark (Inside Higher Ed) Educators say 32 foreign language programs have closed in the last five years.
- Transmemo Project: a study on Second World War memories and family transmission in Belgium (Archivoz Magazine)
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