Consortial initiatives and resources supporting instructional and library continuity at AMICAL member institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
🔒 Some of the links on this page require an AMICAL account to access. Faculty and staff from member institutions can sign up for an account. It only takes two minute and will allow you to participate in AMICAL Connect, our community forum, as well as use members-only features.
A member-led forum series
AMICAL is organizing a series of live online forums under the theme of “Continuity during COVID-19”. The focus and target audience of these online forums will rotate to a different area each week – e.g. information literacy, pedagogy and faculty development, library management/collections/services. This will help avoid taking too much time each week from any one group, and ensure that the conversations are as focused, and immediately practicable and useful, as possible.
Upcoming forums will be announced on AMICAL Connect and listed on our events page. The event pages of past forums link to recordings, notes and discussions.
For easier access, AMICAL members may view a playlist of all recordings 🔒 from the forum series.
Curating resources on continuity
We are curating an open list of resources supporting continuity of instruction and libraries during COVID-19. There are many similar lists available on the web; these have been selected for clarity, comprehensiveness, usefulness and relevance to AMICAL members.
Tracking pro bono access to resources
We are cataloging pro bono vendor offers and have put together a list of subscription or licensed content that is being made available for free (or on significantly reduced/discounted terms) for a short amount of time, and which are available to AMICAL members.
Panopto is a highly regarded solution for lecture capture, and is already used by a number of AMICAL institutions. We have organized a free trial for member institutions that may be interested in trying out Panopto for their faculty, from now through the end of May 2020. If there is interest among members, we’ll be working with them too keep pricing as reasonable as possible for AMICAL members. View more details on the trial 🔒.
How AMICAL members can contribute
Share relevant resources
AMICAL members are invited to share resources of relevance to members on our forum:
(Both links require an AMICAL account.)
Propose a forum
We invite AMICAL’s Committees, Interest Groups, and individual members to propose facilitating future forums in our series. If you’re interested, send us an email:
- Provide a brief description of the questions/issues you’re hoping to address in the discussion
- Suggest a date and time for the event: aim for scheduling your event after most AMICAL members have ended their normal working days (e.g. 18:00 Paris time or later), unless you have polled your target audience and determined that there’s a clear preference for an earlier time
- For each broad profile identified as part of your primary target audience (e.g. faculty developers, librarians, etc.), there should be someone from that profile helping actively to moderate the event.
If your topic clearly relates to one of the AMICAL Standing Committees or Interest Groups, but you’re not part of that group, please contact the group so that they’re at least aware of what you’re proposing and have the opportunity to collaborate with you on facilitating the forum.