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ALA Connect Live: COVID-19 and the Library Community Response - Shared screen with speaker view
Stephanie Grohol
59:16
Stephanie, Towanda Public Library....library closed...director of library told us to work from home by doing webinars to get our CE's..
Janice Greenberg
59:17
Looking forward to this webinar. Jersey City has had one of thr largest amounts of coronavirus cases in the US
Theresa Brader
59:17
Hello from LVPL TX
Lisa Johnston
59:19
Lisa Johnston, Director of Library Services, Eckerd College.
janet malliett
59:27
Hi, Winston Salem State University
Gretchen Elm
59:29
Hello from Georgia!
Jennisen Lucas
59:29
Hello from Cody, WY! We are hoping to find out this afternoon what the governor wants to do about school closings past April 30.
Gwynne Mccauley
59:29
Hello from Springfield Missouri!
Dan Kaplan (Booklist)
59:32
Hello from Evanston, IL
Ana-Elba Pavon
59:35
Hello! It's Ana-Elba Pavon from Oakland Public Library
Kytara Christophe
59:38
Hello from the State Library of Louisiana in Baton Rouge, LA
Marcia Divack
59:45
Hi again, I am with the Fulton County Library System, which covers the City of Atlanta and the surrounding cities in Fulton County.
Michele Green
59:45
Hello from WI! School librarian here
adrianne peterson
59:47
Hi from San Diego, CA!
Carrie Banks
59:52
We have a variety of virtual services at P.
David Sastre
59:57
Hello from the Willingboro Public Library, NJ!
Effuah Chisholm
01:00:03
Hi from DeKalb County Public Library in metro-Atlanta. We are programming virtually and looking at protocols to phase in service in the future.
Stephanie Grohol
01:00:07
i can hear...but a bit choppy
Danielle Gowen
01:00:23
Our library is doing about 7-8 virtual programs a day. Whew.
Craig Seasholes
01:00:24
Hello from Seattle, WA
Marcia Divack
01:00:25
We are offering a number of virtual services at this time.
Lindsay Gojcaj
01:00:26
Hello from Novi, MI!
Jeffrey McGill
01:00:29
Greetings from New Port Richey Public Library
Shannon DeSantis Gile
01:00:31
Shannon DeSantis Gile, VT school librarian
Loriene Roy
01:00:40
Loriene Roy, Professor, iSchool at UT-Austin, Austin, Texas
Ann Plazek
01:00:42
Wanda, Thank you for leading this!
Emily Bunyan
01:01:01
Hello from the Knox County Public Library in Vincennes, Indiana.
Janice Greenberg
01:01:22
Hi @Wanda
Ed Garcia
01:02:12
Hi Kaite!!!
Kathleen Bell
01:02:19
Emily Bunyan! Are you all ok? I heard about the bad storms that came through a couple weeks ago
Allie Lovette
01:02:24
Hello from South Carolina!
Ann Crewdson
01:02:30
Hello from Issaquah, WA!
Charles Diede
01:02:32
heya from Syracuse
Angel Suhrstedt
01:02:41
Hello from Metropolitan Library System - Oklahoma City
Debbie Luchenbill
01:02:50
Hi Tracie! So glad to have you with us!
Kathleen Bell
01:03:06
Hello from Alexandria, VA
Ryan Tamares
01:03:21
Hello from Stanford Law School, Stanford University
Delia Sanders
01:03:29
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Genny Carter
01:03:31
Hello from Jackson, Tennessee.
Ashley Daniel
01:03:40
HI From Atlanta!
Marcia Divack
01:03:54
Hi Ashley!
Stefanie Blankenship
01:04:04
Hello from RI! Hello Ed!
Melissa Walling
01:05:05
ALA Virtual Save The Date and information is now available: https://2020.alavirtualevent.org/
Denise van Zanten
01:05:21
Hello from Manchester, NH!
Stephanie Hlywak
01:06:19
Good question that we have an answer for: From Julia Nephew to All Panelists: 01:04 PMDoes ALA know how many librarians and library employees have been furloughed?
Stephanie Hlywak
01:06:47
City, county and state budgets are incredibly fluid during the current crisis—with change happening on a daily, if not hourly, basis. With more than 100,000 libraries nationwide reporting to different local jurisdictions and institutions, there is no single centralized federal agency tracking the information in real time. The information can come from news articles or from direct library/city announcements, school districts and higher education intuitions. Furthermore, layoffs and furloughs of municipal staff are often lumped together so that there is no way of determining which staff are from libraries. In some cases, findings are not necessarily reliable as many people conflate “furlough” with “layoff.”
Anne Manly
01:07:05
Hello to all from ALA’s Development Office
Ellie O'Keefe
01:07:53
I don't see that post about number of furloughed librarians in the chat
Stephanie Hlywak
01:08:11
Does ALA know how many librarians and library employees have been furloughed? City, county and state budgets are incredibly fluid during the current crisis—with change happening on a daily, if not hourly, basis. With more than 100,000 libraries nationwide reporting to different local jurisdictions and institutions, there is no single centralized federal agency tracking the information in real time. The information can come from news articles or from direct library/city announcements, school districts and higher education intuitions. Furthermore, layoffs and furloughs of municipal staff are often lumped together so that there is no way of determining which staff are from libraries. In some cases, findings are not necessarily reliable as many people conflate “furlough” with “layoff.”
Elspeth Olson
01:08:52
@stephanie There are documents circulating around Twitter tracking layoffs, furloughs, and hiring freezes.
Elspeth Olson
01:09:39
Not coming from ALA, though. Individuals compiling them.
Maria McCauley, Ph.D.
01:11:03
Thanks, @Callan.
Melissa Walling
01:12:00
You can find a lot of these resources here: http://www.ala.org/tools/ala-covid-19-response
Colton Ursiny
01:12:06
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Stephanie Grohol
01:12:11
Glad there are a lot of webinars out there....
Sara Kelly Johns
01:12:16
It may have gone only to panelists
Maggie Rountree
01:12:28
Hi all from Arlington Heights, IL
Josette Dubois
01:12:45
Hello from Slover Library in Norfolk, VA
Craig Seasholes
01:12:52
"Collecting stories" both anecdotal and data-driven storytelling to libraries' responses to the current pandemic is an important role for libraries and librarians. It's what we do.
Maria McCauley, Ph.D.
01:12:53
Thanks, @Callan.
Allyson Mower
01:13:12
Hi from Salt Lake City! So glad to be here and connect with other librarians.
Callan Bignoli
01:13:39
Sorry, Zoom chat is astoundingly user-unfriendly. Sent this to panelists but now to everyone:
Callan Bignoli
01:13:44
Here is the main library layoff/furlough recording doc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ANtszQe-QS60BCuSX2EnbinwpUO1Rm2HDmCzCLAFWko/editThe state library agency in Massachusetts is collecting this data through statewide surveys. Not sure about other states.
Barbara Szutkowski
01:14:04
Please give us the link to the article on how to sanitize materials
Ellie O'Keefe
01:14:07
Thank you
Karen G. Schneider
01:14:13
https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/blogs/the-scoop/how-to-sanitize-collections-covid-19/
adrianne peterson
01:14:30
thank you @karen g. s.
Melissa Walling
01:14:34
https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/blogs/the-scoop/cares-act-federal-relief-package-supports-libraries/
Melissa Walling
01:15:16
http://www.ala.org/advocacy/
Melissa Walling
01:15:34
State Resources Pagehttp://www.ala.org/advocacy/state-local-resourcesContact Congresshttp://www.ala.org/advocacy/contact-CongressSign up to be an Advocateala.org/takeaction
Effuah Chisholm
01:15:46
Thanks. Great resources!
Melissa Walling
01:17:42
Questions?alawash@alawash.org
Melissa Walling
01:19:10
We will open for questions shortly, if you have a question for ALA's Executive Board, please add to the chat, or submit a question through the Q&A button at the bottom of the screen
Steven Yates
01:19:17
Thank you to the entire PPA team in DC and in Chicago!
Emily Wagner
01:20:21
Please take 5 minutes to contact your Senators now: http://bit.ly/LibraryFundingCovid
Nichelle Hayes
01:21:47
Can we place that dues info in the chat box?
Joy Whitfield
01:21:48
Will this include students who just graduated in December?
Karla Bradley
01:21:55
I like the idea of make semi annual payments.
Nichelle Hayes
01:23:20
I just contacted my representatives.
Danielle Gowen
01:24:02
Just contacted my Senators
Karen G. Schneider
01:25:04
Great job, panelists!! On to my next consecutive non-optional Zoom of the day.
Jennifer Drinka
01:25:13
Thank you! Well said.
Emily Bunyan
01:25:19
Kathleen Bell, Thank you for asking. There was much storm damage, including power outages for 5 days. There were fortunately no injuries.
Ed Garcia
01:25:34
• All members have a 5-month grace period on their dues to give you additional time to renew• We offer a discounted $53 membership rate for those earning less than $30,000 annually• Currently all members paying more than $135 in membership dues can opt into semi-annual payment installments. We are working diligently to remove this minimum threshold during this time at make it available to all members.• And graduating LIS student members can renew their membership at the student rate for another year
Kathi Kromer
01:27:01
https://imls.gov/news/covid-19-research-partnership-inform-safe-handling-collections-reopening-practices-libraries
Effuah Chisholm
01:27:16
Most definitely. It has expanded our reach.
Kathi Kromer
01:27:47
ALA is on the advisory committee with IMLS to help get scientific evidence to guide us going forward.
Christine Shelton
01:27:55
Some of our Montana libraries are reopening Monday. Two weeks curbside service and by appointment only, two weeks curbside then open for four hours, then regular hours.
Michelle Jeske
01:29:06
Ensuring we are delivering service via phone and not just online since so many people don’t have Internet
Ann Plazek
01:29:13
We are doing lots of story times online for younger kids. Yesterday we did our first Choose Your Own Adventure on FB Live
Joseph Winberry
01:29:28
Great question, Dr. Bossaller.
Effuah Chisholm
01:29:34
COVID-19 Resources, Library FAQs and Virtual Programming readily accessible on webpage.
Nichelle Hayes
01:29:41
It's important to remember the digital divide. Not everyone has a computer/device or access to the internet.
Deb Sica
01:29:53
So happy to see the Johns Hopkins Report footnote was added to the low risk status of libraries! The public libraries had a collective sigh of relief! But also, how fragile and subject to these types of studies we could be in the future; those who don't understand our work... (at least in public libraries) determining risk factors
Effuah Chisholm
01:30:23
Looking into phone storytime line.
Ann Plazek
01:30:27
We have been calling and sending cards to all of our Outreach folks that we usually deliver to.
jennifer moffroid
01:30:39
Deb Sica do you have a link for that Johns Hopkins report? Thanks!
Tasha Nins
01:30:45
what is ALA doing to light a fire under state library associations that are reluctant to stand up for library staff safety?
Juliann Adams
01:30:46
We are a rural library, so we compiled a list of all local businesses still open/operating and released it on our Facebook, webpage, and to our local newspaper.
Jillian Wentworth
01:30:48
Here are the links to the recent United for Libraries webinars Traci mentioned:"Advocacy for Your Library During a Crisis": http://www.ala.org/united/crisis"Engaging Library Supporters During the COVID-19 Pandemic": http://www.ala.org/united/covid
Laura Keyes-Kaplafka
01:30:51
I'm happy to share Adult/Family Virtual Programming ideas, if anyone would like them. Director@Dunlaplibrary.org
Sue Miller
01:31:13
For libraries that have a reopen date, I am interested in learning what your opening procedures will Be, like @Christine Shelton
Cynthia Lowe
01:31:54
We are doing virtual storytimes, virtual resource videos, curbside pickup of holds, express library access, Ask MN 24 hour reference, ask a librarian chat, and Friends Freebees (carts of books from the booksale put out for patrons to take with opportunity for a free will offering) to name a few things.
Maureen Herman
01:31:57
Our state is nowhere near ready to re-open so our concerns now deal with how we'll start preparing for a virtual summer
Carrie Banks
01:32:05
When you are thinking about on-line platforms and equity, please remember to include accessibility and the need of people with disabilities.
Maggie Farrell
01:32:41
great response Tracie!
Deb Sica
01:32:48
Here ya go - page 16 is the foot noteL https://www.centerforhealthsecurity.org/our-work/pubs_archive/pubs-pdfs/2020/200417-reopening-guidance-governors.pdf
Emma Semrau
01:32:50
I could listen to you talk for an hour on that, Tracie. Thank you
Callan Bignoli
01:33:34
I am really wondering how communities that are still seeing continued increase in infections and death, as we are in Massachusetts and particularly in Boston, can expect to open when we are nowhere near the recommended "wait 14 days after infection rates decrease" advice from many public health officials. Also, for those of us in states where daycares and schools will remain closed for longer than our stay-at-home order, what do we think that's going to look like for public libraries? Lastly, are we at a point where we can justify using PPE in libraries when there is a countrywide shortage of it for essential workers?
Steven Yates
01:33:36
Tracie, thank you for connecting your responses to current practice. Our profession is listening and appreciates this! I know I do.
jennifer moffroid
01:33:41
Thanks Deb Sica!
Sue Miller
01:34:02
Thank you @ Deb Sica!
Janice Greenberg
01:34:13
Zoom and Google Hangout can receive regular phone calls.
Deb Sica
01:34:14
Thank Ann Ewbank! She got them to add it!!
jennifer moffroid
01:34:36
Will do!
Barbara Alonso
01:35:01
At Middle Country Public Library on Long Island (NY) our buildings are closed We are posting a lot more online content both live programming and videos on YouTube and Facebook. We are reaching out to our homebound patrons and continuing to send them materials. We are also putting out information on social media.
Rachel Ayers
01:35:03
mobile wifi hotspot?
Allie Lovette
01:35:03
We have school buses being wifi hotspots here for students to do homework.
Carrie Banks
01:35:45
Brooklyn Public Library checks out mobile hot-spots.
Raquel Donahue
01:35:50
The Johns Hopkins report's update suggests that they still believe most libraries are low-contact/low-intensity spaces and that only a minority utilize "social activities or community gatherings into their services." This reveals an ongoing obliviousness by the Johns Hopkins report writers/researchers to the daily operations of libraries across the U.S.
Deborah Stefano
01:36:00
We have been using our front doors at the branches as public information bulletin boards, posting contact phone numbers for social services.
Janice Greenberg
01:36:01
We at Jersey City are distributing a limited number of hotspots
Deb Sica
01:36:03
MiFi are on back order in NorCal -- we can't get them. Shortage here, but at least our schools (mostly) to them to their students.
Kathleen Phillips
01:36:05
Unused bookmobiles for WOW is a must
Jessica Conley
01:36:16
As we start to plan for reopening, we are having to take social distancing into our planning. If we have to limit the number of people in the building at once (as well as having less computers operational for spacing), any suggestions or examples on how to equitably manage this? How to we manage amount of time people are in the library without infringing on rights? Are libraries planning to require customers to wear masks ?
Stephanie Grohol
01:36:51
I know whenever I go back to work...I plan on wearing a mask....
Alysa Hornick
01:37:11
Re "ongoing obliviousness by the Johns Hopkins report writers/researchers" WELL SAID
Nichelle Hayes
01:37:14
I think all staff should wear masks.
Deb Sica
01:37:15
We have a team of mask sewers as "essential workers"
Janice Greenberg
01:37:16
We are reaching out to our Interfaith Coalition & public housing office
Carrie Banks
01:37:22
Some of those digitally underserved communities are in urban and suburban areas.
Janice Greenberg
01:37:50
Jersey City is trying to get citywide free wifi
Callan Bignoli
01:38:10
This sounds like a lot of vocational awe to me.
Kathleen Bell
01:38:16
Has the executive board read Fobazi Ettarh’s paper on vocational awe?
Deb Sica
01:38:20
Lots of the PLs are activating Maker Spaces for all sorts of PPE
Janice Greenberg
01:38:22
we can use tv and radio to also do programs
Callan Bignoli
01:38:23
+1 Kathleen
Mary Ghikas
01:38:33
@Janice Green -- great idea -- we'll keep watch on that effort.
Kathleen Bell
01:38:41
High five Callan! Same time!
adrianne peterson
01:38:44
@Raquel Thanks for the heads up! Yes, oblivious of today's libraries being a hot spot of interaction and programming.
Callan Bignoli
01:38:49
These "do more with less," "go the extra mile" comments are not great
Ann Plazek
01:38:54
There was great article on medium: https://medium.com/@john.alan.thill/a-phased-reopening-plan-for-libraries-as-covid-19-restrictions-are-lifted-2d96885c0c1d
Elspeth Olson
01:39:06
Curbside pickup isn't safe yet.
jennifer moffroid
01:39:08
Thanks Ann Plazek
Maureen Herman
01:39:10
We circulate 10 hotspots and when we closed, those that weren't currently checked out to patrons were requested by the local school district for them to loan to students w/o wifi access
Ann Plazek
01:39:28
Whoop Whoop Bookmobilers:)
Deb Sica
01:39:32
Elspeth - we have concerns wit curb side, too. Trying to figure it out
Deb Sica
01:39:45
Yay - Tracie -- EXACTLY!! You rock!
Loida Garcia-Febo
01:39:46
Maria, can you share the name of your library?
Janice Greenberg
01:39:52
Have our state library and library association get time slots for different libraries to present programming
adrianne peterson
01:39:56
@Elspeth - totally agree
MacKenzie Inez Ledley
01:39:56
The world was never safe, but we found ways to meet the world. We need to find ways to serve in this new world.
Jeffrey McGill
01:39:59
We circulate 30 hotspots. Some were already out before the pandemic, but we haven’t been able to get the others out…
Elspeth Olson
01:40:00
What sort of support/resources will there be for those of us in special collections, who can't sanitize materials?
Raquel Donahue
01:40:01
I only see five questions in the Question and Answer tool for this Zoom session. I'd be very grateful if the ALA panel could address even those questions for the remaining 20 minutes. Thank you.
Nichelle Hayes
01:40:44
Yess! Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. A movement not a monument. I am a proud member!!!
Janice Greenberg
01:40:57
Mention Diversity office & ethnic caucuses
Cathi Fuhrman
01:40:58
Our school district has purchased enough hot spots for every family that doesn’t have the internet and made sure every student has their 1:1 device. School Librarians are making sure our students have resources all over the country. This is helping us show how vital we are for school districts especially for our students with special needs. Those districts without school librarians are struggling.
Raquel Donahue
01:41:38
Thanks for linking that Ann Plazek.
Colton Ursiny
01:42:10
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Callan Bignoli
01:42:14
I feel like R+D kinda has to come after like, saving lives and stuff
Deb Sica
01:42:15
Mental health and self care of our workers is so important. I'm glad Loida got that kicked off in her presidency.
Mary Ghikas
01:42:34
Cathi Fuhrman - congratulations to your school district and to school librarians -
Loida Garcia-Febo
01:42:45
Maria, can you let us know the name of the library playing Loteria?
kYmberly Keeton
01:43:05
I host virtual genealogy one-on-one sessions with patrons daily to learn more about their history, as the African American Community Archivist & Librarian, Austin History Center, Austin Public Library. It has been a great asset in the (Virtual) African American Community - not just in Austin, Texas - but there have been inquires from all over the United States to be a part of this genealogy project/initiative. #allmyfriendsreadbooks
Mike Marlin
01:43:17
Not only is universal broadband access needed, but for patrons with disabilities, particularly those on the lower side of the economic and digital divide, we will need dispersal of easy to use technology. Of the nearly half million patrons with print disabilities currently registered in the U.S., only 15% are actively downloading our content. Library of Congress has a wireless braille and audio book machine in development but it will be several more years before that is an option.
Deb Sica
01:43:43
CARES funding is being talked about for us
Rebecca Hawk
01:44:06
Reaching out to local health officials is key, since the answers nationally are not going to be the answers locally.
Deb Sica
01:44:09
State Library are trying to sort out that for CA
Maggie Farrell
01:44:11
IMLS h
Loida Garcia-Febo
01:44:12
Gracias, Maria!
Eileen M. Palmer
01:44:21
We've been told that there may be FEMA funding for things like plexiglass shields
Juliann Adams
01:44:31
Is that CARES money automatically distributed or would we have to apply for the funding?
Allie Lovette
01:44:37
Mike I work for Talking Book Services which provides the audio talking books for the print disabled. Many do not use our downloading service and are suffering with the mail not being sent out. The wireless refreshable braille is in progress but you
Tracie D. Hall
01:44:41
@Mike Marlin: Yes!! We must do more around Universal Access. We must renew our efforts there!
Allie Lovette
01:44:43
are right it will be a few years.
Deb Sica
01:45:47
One of the things we are doing in the unknown is TRACKING costs, hours, etc. everything connected to COVID related work just incase we get the opportunity to recoop budgetary losses. It's not perfect, but pre-emptive.
Maggie Farrell
01:45:50
IMLS distributing the funds to State Libraries
Mary Ghikas
01:46:15
Thanks, @ Deb Sica
Deb Sica
01:46:17
Thanks, Maggie!!
Kim Nevins
01:46:24
We will be working from home and in the library to limit interactions between staff. Opening the library building in stages. Creating barriers between staff and the public. Zion-Benton PL Zion, IL
Tracie D. Hall
01:46:26
@Rebecca Hawk: Have you seen working with public health and libraries in action in an effective way?
Tasha Nins
01:46:26
libraries don’t have cleaning standards so that’s a huge difference.
Deb Sica
01:46:30
And mary!
Julius C. Jefferson, Jr.
01:47:05
@Tuesday that is the challenge We always knew that broadband access is a human right and now we must all push to ensure everyone has access
Allie Lovette
01:47:11
For those who have patrons who are visually impaired or physically unable to hold a book, the National Library Service does a free mailing service of audiobooks and players as well as a downloading service. Many states are closed at the moment but there are many working from home and at least pushing digital book downloads for those who are able to do so. https://www.loc.gov/nls/
Tracie D. Hall
01:47:14
can we hear from School and Academic libraries about specific impact/innovations you are seeing?
Colton Ursiny
01:47:26
Tracie, you're set to just chat panelists, FYI!
Kathleen Phillips
01:47:33
Not sure why WIFI is controlled by phone companies :(
Deb Sica
01:47:56
I'm very concerned about spaces and places; safety is one thing, but access and interpersonal relationships is our wheelhouse. Banks and Post offices with plexi really send a different message than librarian direct access; heartbreaking to think about BUILDING barriers after doing so much to break them down!
Maggie Farrell
01:48:32
our preservation specialist says to let special collections sit in isolation - virus will die off after a period
Maureen Herman
01:48:46
I'm trying to imagine our computer area - I imagine we'll have to remove half our terminals to accommodate social distancing … ugh
Jennisen Lucas
01:48:50
My thoughts, too, @Deb Sica
Michelle Jeske
01:48:56
That is all true for public libraries too who support everyone
Eileen M. Palmer
01:49:12
Could ALA create a place where we could collect the number of new cards we have distributed during the shut down -- I think it would help make our case. In our consortium we have given our 1000 new cards. The national number must be an impressive one!
Julius C. Jefferson, Jr.
01:49:26
At Deb Good point Deb. We will have to focus on rebuilding relationships
Kathleen Phillips
01:49:28
we will have to bring back the study carrols (sp)
jennifer moffroid
01:49:32
thanks Tracie!
Maggie Farrell
01:49:40
we are holding materials in secure space/boxes for a determined period based on format
Maggie Rountree
01:49:42
@Maureen — Good point, that is something I had not thought about. A lot of people rely on our computers for a multitude of reasons.
Rebecca Hawk
01:49:45
IMLS did a really good webinar for people concerned about sanitization of circulating materials: https://www.imls.gov/webinars/mitigating-covid-19-when-managing-paper-based-circulating-and-other-types-collections
Karen Canary
01:49:46
Yes Tracie! We have many first generation students in our university. We have loaned out over 130 laptops and hotspots to students and faculty.
Sara Kelly Johns
01:49:55
Thank you, Tracie, for thinking about school libraries at this time. There is real fear that with schools being closed, there will be a huge number of school library positions that will be cut by next fall. ALA can get our in front of that.
Deb Sica
01:49:58
Also, glad many of us dropped fines BEFORE this; made people feel better about keeping items at home
Ed Garcia
01:50:03
That is a good idea Eileen let's discuss how we can implement a survey
Sara Kelly Johns
01:50:04
Get out, not our!
Eileen M. Palmer
01:50:19
Thanks Ed!
Ann Plazek
01:50:31
Great question about advocating with publishers!!!
Cathi Fuhrman
01:50:42
Pennsylvania is going to gather videos of school librarians and the impact they’ve made during school closures. I can share once we finish gathering them by May 18.
Elspeth Olson
01:50:47
and in special collections, there's a lot that can't be or haven't been digitized. It's an expensive, time-consuming process. It's also important to remember that not all of the information of a resource can be communicated through a digital image. Tactile information, particularly, can be very important in our materials.
Aiden Street
01:50:59
we are assessing computer areas and removing those that don’t allow 6 feet of difference and moving some furniture off the public floors and into meeting rooms.
Oscar DeLong
01:51:00
The trick will be making safety measures not feel like a barrier
Tasha Nins
01:51:01
that IMLS webinar said materials are okay if no one sneezes on them so take it with a grain of salt. no one knows how libraries work
Deb Sica
01:51:14
I heard printing will have a gap; any word about fate of print availability?
Sara Kelly Johns
01:51:23
That’s great, Cathi Fuhrman!
Cynthia Hohl
01:51:24
We have a working group on digital content that will look at that as well
Maureen Herman
01:51:35
uhhhh sneezing is probably one of the LEAST of the problems in returned materials :-0
Julius C. Jefferson, Jr.
01:51:46
At Deb Good point Deb. We will have to focus on rebuilding relationships
adrianne peterson
01:51:51
LOL @maureen
Ann Plazek
01:51:54
@Maureen :)
Mary Ghikas
01:52:00
@Deb Sica -- you mean print books?
Cathi Fuhrman
01:52:16
@sara kelly johns - We are also worried about losing positions as school budgets are going to be impacted greatly with the economy.
Noreen Bormet
01:52:21
Our YS librarian has contacted the publishers of books on our virtual programs and we have been told that if we start with saying we have permission they are ok with it. Contact the publishers - they have been very understanding.
David Sastre
01:52:31
Sanitization of computer spaces and peripherals between uses will also be a concern
Deb Sica
01:52:31
One of our new Biggest safety fears! People will leave kids at libraries if we are open and schools are still closed.
Michelle Jeske
01:53:14
True Deb! They already did that before!
Ed Garcia
01:53:16
good point to address Deb at local planning level.
jennifer moffroid
01:53:21
I should think non-medical grade gloves and masks would be sufficient along with disinfecting wipes/liquids
Tracie D. Hall
01:53:24
@Deb Sica: That is a real concern. We have to be thinking about wrap around services for entire families>
Kathleen Phillips
01:53:25
a never ending story
Beth Helstien
01:53:26
Helping people use computers? will be harder if we can't touch the mouse
Effuah Chisholm
01:53:29
Our county has offered an extended FMLA for parents. Not sure how long it will last.
Deb Sica
01:53:31
We are not in loco parentis!
Maureen Herman
01:53:34
@Deb yes definitely - it happened before COVID with kids home sick from school, first stop doctors office, 2nds stop library
Deb Sica
01:53:58
sure did -- that was what made closing so urgent for us.
Ed Garcia
01:54:43
Effuah what state are you in? That's an interesting option
Melissa Walling
01:55:04
let's go ahead and close after this question. We can leave the chat open if people want to continue to add questions.
Callan Bignoli
01:55:18
I'm saying this from a place of friendship and respect: We sure would love to see some leadership from ALA on topics like the question I asked re: daycares and schools being closed and PPE. Not saying it's not important for us to do this at the state level or more locally, but people are desperate for leadership right now.
Emma Semrau
01:55:33
I know a lot of new librarians are experiencing a sort of "buyer's remorse" with this degree right now.
Margaret Ellingson
01:55:50
The PPE that library workers likely need, at least the masks, is different than the PPE needed by healthcare workers. We don’t necessarily need N95 masks but something much more “low level,” especially if we ask library users to wear masks, as well. There are many videos online re: making masks that are the equivalent of the disposable surgical ones, even from t-shirts, handkerchiefs & other kinds of readily available fabrics.
Linda Rowan
01:55:54
Can the library require that everyone in the library patrons and workers alike wear a mask?
Callan Bignoli
01:55:57
The way things are being presented in this discussion is that we should all go out and do this work and then bring it back to you--but we need you to contribute to that work as well. Desperately. Badly. Please.
Tracie D. Hall
01:56:06
@Callan, we hear your concern around PPE.
Deb Sica
01:56:10
We had a local system lay off all but 3 staff; draconian cuts. Cities and townships that were looking to cut smaller public systems before are leveraging this moment.
Stephanie Grohol
01:56:38
Thinks libraries need to follow retail etc....in having patrons wearing masks too....no masks...no service
David Sastre
01:56:51
Finding full-time, decent-paying jobs for LIS students was already hard. This will make it harder
Rebecca Ryan
01:56:55
I started library school right before the 2008 financial collapse, and the professors all said "This is a great time to be in school - all the librarians are retiring." Just one semester later it became "This is an awful time to be in school. The librarians who still have jobs aren't retiring." This is going to happen again now.
Jennifer Wertkin
01:56:57
+1 Callan
Juliann Adams
01:57:00
We planned on only our staff being required to wear masks once we stage reopening. Don't think we can legally require patrons to do so.
Jessica Conley
01:57:13
About the PPE, I am working (on National Guard orders) with the PPE logistics. Yes, it is the same supplies! Libraries would be in direct competition for PPE.
Tasha Nins
01:57:13
+1 to Callan’s points. please please please talk about concerns and plans CONCRETELY. It’s unprecedented, yes, but you are the leaders we are looking to
Margaret Ellingson
01:57:35
Gloves actually aren’t essential as long as there’s access to soap & water (preferred) &/or hand sanitizer.
tiffwise
01:57:44
+1 to Callan and Tasha’s points.
Maureen Herman
01:57:45
good question re calling patrons
Angel Suhrstedt
01:57:50
thanks for pointing that out Jessica! +1
jennifer moffroid
01:58:06
It can be hard to wash hands between patrons...I would want to be able to change gloves between patrons.
Deborah Caldwell=Stone
01:58:30
We can certainly develop guidance....please write us at oif@ala.org.
Jessica Conley
01:58:46
Gloves, procedural masks, cleaning supplies, all of these are needed by frontline workers.
Melissa Walling
01:58:47
We will keep the chat box open for 10 additional minutes once we close, please feel free to add any additional questions you have.
Stephanie Grohol
01:58:47
That is where hand sanitizer comes in handy...
Michelle Jeske
01:58:50
Thank you for your support.
Allie Lovette
01:58:51
Gloves really are not that helpful. Think of it like having raw chicken on your hands and then continuing to touch things. Carrying a small bottle of hand sanitizer is way more effective
Linda Ballard
01:58:55
you can use hand sanitizer between patrons.
Melissa Walling
01:59:00
We will keep the chat box open for 10 additional minutes once we close, please feel free to add any additional questions you have.
Joseph Winberry
01:59:02
Thanks to all the librarians/information professionals, everyone on this call and not (as well as our ALA leadership), for your role in moving us forward. Despite the challenges that libraries and all of society are facing, I feel confident that we will rise up and continue to ensure that our communities are strong and resilient!
Nichelle Hayes
01:59:04
We will need to make time to stop and wash our hands and use hand sanitizer.
Sara Kelly Johns
01:59:05
Can APA and AASL work together to develop proactive advocacy campaign on the value of school libraries at this time of umcertainty?
Anna Fillmore
01:59:06
local municipalities where I live are mandating masks must be worn by all workers and people going into stores, etc.
Callan Bignoli
01:59:15
Please give us concrete advice and leadership around safe reopening and SHOW us that you care about library workers and don't just tell us that you do. Thank you for taking the time to do this
Deb Sica
01:59:16
Julius - The beard looks good on you! Wise, wise man. May we all go back to work!! :)
Alesia McManus
01:59:16
Thank you so much for offering this live chat!
Mary Ghikas
01:59:20
That question (about calling library patrons) likely has state law aspects. We'll likely need to do some research here. There may be differences from state to state.
Maureen Herman
01:59:22
We had patrons filling personal containers with our hand sanitizer before we closed. ….
Stephanie Grohol
01:59:29
Thank you....
Ann Plazek
01:59:31
This has been wonderful!
Halimeh Shatara
01:59:34
Thank you all s much
Deb Sica
01:59:35
Library STRONG!
Noreen Bormet
01:59:39
Thank you - great ideas and helpful thoughts.
Eileen M. Palmer
01:59:41
Thank you all. ALA support at this time is so important.
Melvia Walton
01:59:43
Thank you! Very informative
David Sastre
01:59:44
Thank you all for this discussion!
Steven Yates
01:59:46
Thank you everyone! Let's keep the conversation going!
Allie Lovette
01:59:50
Thank you all so much
Karen Canary
01:59:50
Thank you!
Theresa Brader
01:59:54
Thank You!
Mary Keeling
01:59:57
Thank you!
Adrienne Girard
01:59:58
Thank you all.
adrianne peterson
01:59:59
Thank you
John Burke
02:00:00
Thank you!
Jennifer Drinka
02:00:03
Thank you!
Alysa Hornick
02:00:04
Thank you all!
Sharon Rawlins
02:00:05
Thanks very much.
Michelle Swadish
02:00:07
Thank you!!!!
Ryan Tamares
02:00:08
Thank you
Callan Bignoli
02:00:09
#ProtectLibraryWorkers gathering more and more resources for libraryworkers.net
John Zachman
02:00:11
Thank you everyone!
Kim Nevins
02:00:12
Thank you for all of the links and advice in chat. Thank you ALA staff.
Renu Khurpa
02:00:14
Thank you!
Sara Kelly Johns
02:00:16
Thank you Tracie, Wanda and Exec Board members!
Kytara Christophe
02:00:19
Well done! Thank you all so very much!
Andrew Gerber
02:00:21
Thanks! I love Mr. Jefferson's Shakespeare's birthday-themed background
Kris Zoleta
02:00:22
Thank you everyone!
Nichelle Hayes
02:00:23
Awesome!
jennifer moffroid
02:00:25
We got this team! Thank you all!
Cynthia Lowe
02:00:25
Thank you
Tamika Barnes
02:00:33
Thank you Julius, Tracie and Wanda!
Casey Williams
02:00:33
Thank you!
Deb Sica
02:00:34
Rock on ALA!!
Emily Bunyan
02:00:35
Thank you so much.
Jeffrey McGill
02:00:36
Thanks everyone for your input. Lots of great ideas thrown around here...
Ann Crewdson
02:00:37
Thank you Wanda, Tracie, Julius, and executive board and your tremendous work. Much needed discussion.