Contactless Services

A Survey of the Practices of Large Public Libraries in China

Keywords: China, public libraries, contactless services, mobile services, smart libraries, COVID-19

Abstract

Contactless services have become a common way for public libraries to provide services. As a result, the strategy used by public libraries in China will effectively stop the spread of epidemics caused by human touch and will serve as a model for other libraries throughout the world. The primary goal of this study is to gain a deeper understanding of the contactless service measures provided by large Chinese public libraries for users in the pandemic era, as well as the challenges and countermeasures for providing such services. The data for this study was obtained using a combination of website investigation, content analysis, and telephone interviews for an analytical survey study of 128 large public libraries in China. The study finds that touch-free information dissemination, remote resources use, no-touch interaction self-services, network services, online reference, and smart services without personal interactions are among the contactless services available in Chinese public libraries. Exploring the current state of contactless services in large public libraries in China will help to fill a need for empirical attention to contactless services in libraries and the public sector. Up-to-date information to assist libraries all over the world in improving their contactless services implementation and practices is provided.

Author Biographies

Yajun Guo

Yajun Guo, Professor of Information and Library Science at Zhengzhou University of Aeronautics.

Zinan Yang, Zhengzhou University of Aeronautics

Master of Information and Library Science

Yiming Yuan, Zhengzhou University of Aeronautics

Master of Information and Library Science.

Huifang Ma, Zhengzhou University of Aeronautics

Master of Information and Library Science.

Yan Quan Liu

Yan Quan Liu, Ph.D., Professor of Information and Library Science at Southern Connecticut State University, and Special-hired Professor at Tianjin University of Technology.

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Published
2022-06-15
How to Cite
Guo, Y., Yang, Z., Yuan, Y., Ma, H., & Liu, Y. Q. (2022). Contactless Services. Information Technology and Libraries, 41(2). https://doi.org/10.6017/ital.v41i2.14141
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