This exploratory study examines the instructional practices of two-year institutions located in rural areas during the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020 and the two academic years that follow. Since the virus commonly known as COVID-19 first made its way to the United States in March 2020, three classes of community college students have had an introduction to higher education unlike any other in living memory. The mixed method approach consists of a survey aimed towards rural college librarians and subsequent in-depth interviews. This study identifies attempts to retain connections with faculty and students, as well as adjustments in instructional practices created both during the pandemic and in response to the return of in-person instruction.

Document Type


Source Publication

Internet Reference Services Quarterly


Accepted Version

Publication Date


First Page


Last Page



© The Author(s) This is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in VanDyne, H. P. (2024). Information Literacy Instruction Services at Rural Community Colleges, Fall 2019 Through AY 2021/22. Internet Reference Services Quarterly, 1–16. https://doi.org/10.1080/10875301.2024.2347929. It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.


For questions contact ScholarsRepository@fhsu.edu