The IFLA Rare Books and Special Collections Section is offering a panel discussion on the different experiences, plans, and lessons learned about providing services and continuing operations during a pandemic. Learn how special collections librarians from Spain, Sweden, Singapore, and the United States, representing national libraries, university libraries, and archives have thought about strategies for both remote and in-person work under COVID-19.

This will be an opportunity for the broader IFLA rare books and special collections community to talk about what wehave learned this year – and how we expect to operate in the future. There will be time for questions and discussion.


  • Makeswary Periasamy
    Senior Librarian, National Library Board, Singapore
  • Stephanie Stillo
    Curator of the Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection, Library of Congress, United States
  • Adelaida Caro Martín
    Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts, National Library of Spain
  • Peter Sjökvist
    Curator, Uppsala University Library, Sweden

Moderator: Meg Phillips, External Affairs Liaison, National Archives and Records Administration, United States

This 60-minute webinar is free and open to the public. Please share this invitation openly.

Join the webinar on 10 February 2021 at 14:00 – 15:00 CET

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Suggested audience: Rare books librarians, special collections librarians, archivists, any interested person

Level of interaction: Panel (3+ speakers) discussion with Q&A

Language(s) subtitling and translations available: English – with AI subtitles, translation into 7+ IFLA Languages

Organiser: Meg Phillips –

Sponsored by: IFLA Rare Books and Special Collections Section