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Friday, November 6 • 9:00am - 9:50am
Neither Rain, Nor Sleet, Nor Gloom of Night: Maintaining Library Operations During a Large Scale Medical State of Emergency

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In March 2020, the governor of one Midwestern state declared a State of Emergency after several individuals were diagnosed with COVID-19. Universities within the state quickly made the decision to suspend all face-to-face classes for a minimum of several weeks, with coursework to be carried on through online tools. In most cases, students were encouraged to leave campus; in some cases, students were actually required to leave campus with 24 hours’ notice. Initially (at the time of writing), campus services were expected to continue. This session will share the experiences of a multi-location library system at one institution.  Within the week following the emergence of COVID-19, the libraries began to piece together scenarios for:
  • Remaining available to faculty and students staying on campus [albeit without some student employees]
  • Developing procedures for making books, videos, and textbooks available to students who chose to leave the University for the duration of the emergency
  • Being sensitive to the needs of employees who belong to one or more high-risk groups or who have such individuals in their households
  • Quarantining materials received from areas where there is community transition of COVID-19
  • Preparing for the possibility that the institution will escalate to essential staff only or require some/all employees to work remotely
The question and answer portion of the presentation will include time for members of the audience to share their experiences with similar situations and to ask questions.

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Rob O'Brien Withers

Access Services Librarian, Miami University
I've worked in varying sizes of academic libraries (ranging from college to ARL) and in various types of positions (access services, technical services, web development, and a 10 year run as Assistant to the Dean. I've never found a library position that I didn't like. For the past... Read More →

Friday November 6, 2020 9:00am - 9:50am CST