The Covid-19 stay-at-home policy is about to end in many states. Let’s share what we are finding on how to handle reopening libraries whenever that comes our way: preparing the collection? Promotion? Communicating with our congregations? What else do we need to consider?
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Any ideas for Summer Reading Club??? That is one of the favorite things for our kids as they are rewarded with medals at the end of the summer. I am thinking to call it Quarantine Summer Reading Club.
Fay Hudnall, Blue Valley Baptist Church, Overland Park, KS
We are doing curbside checkout, also. It has been such a blessing for our congregation! At least that's what patrons tell us. We just have patrons email the library account with their requests and the other librarian and I try to have their selections ready when patrons pull up under the canopy by the front doors. If requested items are not available, we try to tell people in advance so they are able to make other selections or give us a general idea of what they would like. Our catalog is not online as we have not yet finished inputting our entire collection into Concourse.
Question: Am I able to put what I currently have online while still adding to the OPAC?
You can absolutely upgrade from Concourse to Atriuum without all of your items cataloged. Once you decide to convert, you will send your data to Book Systems so they can move it from Concourse to Atriuum. During that process you do not add anything to Concourse. After the conversion is done and you have successfully moved to Atriuum, then you can start cataloging again. There is a learning curve (as there is with any new software), but you will be able to do so much more with Atriuum than you can with Concourse. If you want your library to be fully accessible to your patrons, Atriuum is the way to go.
Thanks so much. This is exactly what I needed to know. Here in the Chicago area we will not be holding in-person services until probably July at our church, but would like the congregation to have access to our OPAC as it is slowly available. One of my continuing projects. It is also great to know an upgrade to Atrium would be worth the cost.
Thanks, everyone for your assistance.
Yes. Adding items to our catalogs happens all the time. No problem to OPAC.
You're right, items are being added all the time. I was just thinking I have about 3/4 of my collection to add to the OPAC yet. Maybe it would be better to upgrade to Atrium now rather than waiting to finish adding everything to Concourse first.
Fay Hudnall is the library team leader with Blue Valley Baptist Church in Overland Park, KS. On June 2, she sent me the following to post for her:
Adding to our research. Source: Demco.
COVID-19 & Libraries: Your Questions Answered
It's interesting this article discusses an arbitrary 72 hours quarantine when the IMLS and CDC webinar said paper materials are not at risk and a 24 hour max quarantine should suffice. They also recommended not wiping down paper products with wet things, because there is the risk of damaging them. I worked in a Children's hospital and they always wiped down the covers with a Clorox wipe (most were laminated covers, not cloth, but some paperback) and left them to dry, then reshelved. Still a lot of conflicting info out there even by "experts".