University Libraries Publications and Scholarship


In March 2020, work at libraries nationwide was upended as COVID safety measures closed public buildings and sent librarians home, often with little support or guidance as to what they could or should do during lockdown. Thankfully, the Digital Initiatives and Web Services team at Mississippi State University Libraries had already laid a foundation that made the transition to remote work quick and easy. From our home offices, we accomplished more work than we ever had in the library: a full redesign and deployment of the MSU Libraries website; usability testing and discussions with library faculty, staff, and student assistants; implemented a new helpdesk system for library departments; set up a new institutional repository platform and began migrating content; and even hired a new developer. In this session, we’ll explain how we made the transition to remote work, how we stayed busy and productive, whose support made it possible, and why we’d do it again in a heartbeat.


Presentation delivered at Mississippi Library Association Virtual Annual Conference, October 13, 2021.

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University Libraries


Library and Information Science

MSU-Libraries-DIWS-Student-Expectations-PreCOVID.pdf (8 kB)
MSU Libraries DIWS student assistant expectations - pre-COVID

MSU-Libraries-DIWS-Student-Expectations-COVID.pdf (6 kB)
MSU Libraries DIWS student assistant expectations - revised for COVID

MSU-Libraries-DIWS-Sample-weekly-log.pdf (380 kB)
MSU Libraries DIWS sample weekly log