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Covid-19: Impact and Response

Meet the Team

This resource has been compiled by a collaborative team of Library staff and student volunteers.

Our student volunteers:

Flavia Haryanto
Based in the School of Biomedical, Nutrition and Sports Sciences within the Medical School, Flavia is a final year Nutrition student.

Dorothy Kelso
Graduated in July 2020 with a Sociology BA Hons, Dorothy is hoping to continue into the field of youth work & counselling.

Antalya Reid
Antalya is a recent Sociology graduate pursuing a Master of Public Health at Newcastle University.

Staff team:

Aimee Cook
Based at the Walton Library, Aimee works with the medical liaison team, helping academic staff and students to make the most of the Library's  information resources.

Martyn Hurst
Based at the Philip Robinson Library, Martyn works with the SAgE and HASS liaison teams, assisting staff and students with access to electronic and print library resources and the production and maintenance of online reading lists.

Elizabeth Moffett
While at work at the Walton Library, Elizabeth dabbles in a bit of everything: assisting with queries at the front desk, creating and maintaining reading lists, monitoring the Walton’s social media, classifying and processing new books and materials, handling reservation requests and creating physical displays within the Library.

Helen Shaddock
Helen is based at the Walton Library offering frontline services to staff and students. When Helen is not assisting students on the front desk with enquiries such as interlibrary loans, and reservations, she may be found labelling books, creating new social media content, assisting with displays and art and crafts events or amongst the books, shelving. 

Christina Taylor
Christina is based in the Philip Robinson library and works in the Liaison Team and Customer Services. Her role in the Liaison Team includes supporting staff and students’ access to library resources and producing and maintaining online reading lists and subject guides. In Customer Services, she assists with face to face and online enquiries, as well as producing marketing materials. She creates content and monitors social media accounts for both teams.

Welcome to our Library guide of curated resources on the impact of, and responses to, the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Undoubtedly COVID-19 has had a big impact on the day to day lives of millions of people around the world, and while R-numbers wax and wane across different territories, the international community looks towards the longer term recovery from the crisis. What does the future hold in the coming months and years? The pandemic has the potential to make its effects felt for years to come.

With our Impact and Response guide, we have pulled together differing perspectives on the longer term implications of the crisis, spanning the impact on education, mental well-being, the economy, travel, law & order, arts & cultures and on different groups of society. While many other resources have chosen to focus on current medical research and knowledge, we have taken a wider perspective that takes in the impact felt across the spectrum of daily life. We hope this will be of interest to staff and students across the University, including anyone looking to formulate research and study projects around the topic of COVID-19. We have drawn on a range of different types of information, from podcasts to interviews, news articles, editorials and academic articles. We will aim to update this over the coming months, but also welcome feedback and suggestions for resources from the academic community.

The Coronavirus pandemic has provided fertile ground for misinformation and conspiracy theories. During the past year, fake news around the origins of the virus and the efficacy and side effects of the vaccines have spread rapidly.  Our Fake News Guide will help you sort fact from fiction.

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For further reading, take a look at our Covid-19 reading liist

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