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Special Interest Group Archive: Reference 05/06/2020

These are the notes from meetings dating back to 2015.

Reference SIG 05/06/2020

The Reference SIG met online via Zoom. The convener was Sharon Fetters from St. Thomas Aquinas College. These are the notes and links from the meeting:

Notes from the meeting

Brief Introduction

  1. Name
  2. Library
  3. If you were a part of a circus what job would you like to have or what act would you like to perform?

Summary of Last Meeting

  • Most libraries (public and academic) working remotely 
  • Going to library is limited (depending on location)
  • Managing working from home - did you create your work from home folder in your email?

How is everyone doing?

Any new updates? 

  • Dominican is brainstorming plans and gathering ideas about what reopening will look like
  • Adriance has been staffed at 25% since the start with designated essential staff. Now they are at 50% max occupancy, which is 40 people! They can use social distancing because of the size of the building. The district provides some masks, and the county provided some as well. They have wireless keyboards for staff that shares computers. They have plans to put up plexiglass shields. 
  • RCLS is putting together guidelines for re-opening in phases. 
  • Cary Institute: I've also been asked by our safety officer to put together a back-to-work/re-opening protocol with applicable information sources (e.g. IMLS guidelines) . It will be pretty easy for me, harder for  our other departments (e.g. laboratory and  physical plant staff)
  • Tracy from Nyack: My director asked all the department heads to work on a list of mortifications etc. we need for reopening. She's working on putting it all together in a plan now. The library system also started a Reopening Committee (RCLS). We're likely also going to open in phases. Ie: curbside pickup, masks etc. No programs for the foreseeable future. We're planning to do programs all online for now.
  • Notes from Bri at NYLA from the all call:

Any library printing materials with 3D printers?

-POK library has staff members making masks and ear loops for PPE. They are ear protectors so the masks aren’t held on your ears!


How did you celebrate National Library Week?

-A few Zoom parties, a few canceled things. 

-We had the staff take pictures for the patron with miss you messages on our homepage

Recent topic at our library: Handling physical items

  • put things in a cart with a date, and dealing with them two weeks later. 
  • the book drops are closed in a number of places. They re-opened at Dominican, and added boxes in the residence halls. 
  • West Point is having the books put on carts from graduating seniors. There probably isn’t enough staff on hand to shelve them, so they’ll just stay on carts anyway. 
  • I'll find the document and share it--IMLS recommends NOT sanitizing books to avoid damage.  That air will cause the virus to die. Quarantining items for (--?) days should do it.
  • Gloves and the workplace, of  course, it's  not just your own comfort + safety at stake (it's also your coworkers).  Just a reminder.

Curbside Pick Up

How is your library looking to handle physical items?

-Logistics are still being figured out… There will not be ILLs, just direct members of the branch will be allowed to pick up. Dropbox for returns.


Next Meeting? 

Would anyone like to convene?


Links To Some Interesting Reads or Videos

“Why You Shouldn’t Do Curbside During COVID-19”- Katelyn Attanasio


Edsurge Podcast - Jeffrey R. Young & Jessamyn West (Academic)


“Staying Open during COVID-19

Library services during the pandemic highlight the digital divide, worker safety issues”


Handling Materials 

Institute of Museum and Library Services

Disinfecting library books/materials being circulated



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