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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Bit off topic but my most reliable and I have been using this time to do some weeding of books and other housekeeping tend to put off. Today we each took home a reusable shopping bag to put in our recycle barrels at home. Why? Because in the past when tried to weed or were given unusable materials and we put them in the church dumpster they came back with a know you didn't mean to toss this!

Don't worry we only toss what we know can't exchange with other library or take to used bookstore Most of it was old Bible studies that had been written in and had been put in by a previous librarian more than 10 yr ago


We have both a FaceBook closed page for our church library and a library website.  Also, we have our library catalog on LibraryThing.  With these in place, our people can view online and make a selectiion(s), post a request, and I then set up an appointment for pickup or delivery.  When the book(s) are returned, they are wiped down and placed in a box for a quarantine for one week, then returned to the shelf.  Our church is closed, so we have Zoom church services.  When we reopen, I plan to have hand sanitizer at the door and must be used before entering.  I'm still praying about whether masks will be required.  Returned books will be quarantined as mentioned above. 

That's one of the ideas I thought of too.   By appointment only- one of the previous posts said that.   

Missouri relaxed restrictions today (May 4) and our church will be holding worship services beginning May 10 with social distancing and projecting to other rooms for overflow from the the reduced capacity of the worship center.

The library will begin Carry-Out.  Books returned to the bookdrop will be quarantined for one week before reshelving.  Librarians will bag media that was reserved from our OPAC online.  Bags with names will be available for pickup at our church's Welcome Center.  Patrons will not be allowed in the library.  In searching for the lifespan of the Covid 19 virus on paper, we have found that there is no established time limit.  It could be hours to days.

This has required us to put together video tutorials on the features of the OPAC.  It also requires that patrons email us requesting a username and password to establish an account on OPAC.

We are Atriuum users. 

A link to our first tutorial:

The CDC said 24 hours should be plenty of time to quarantine paper materials, as it does not live long on paper and is very low risk to transmit the virus by handling materials. 

CDC doesn't recommend sanitizing paper or cloth products, as the virus does not live long or transmit via paper.  It is the hard non-porous surfaces and coughing/sneezing people we have to worry about.

As for our library, it is also a conference room/Sunday School room and always open, not monitored by staff. Apart from signs to notify patrons, I have no way to monitor materials coming in and out. It will have to be the honor system.

Adding to our research. Source: Demco.

COVID-19 & Libraries: Your Questions Answered

Wow- someone who appears to know what he is talking about.  That's very refreshing.    I'm going to listen to the webinar while I iron tomorrow.

What webinar are you referring to?  I am new to this network.

look up in your feed to May 19th- Covid-19 and Libraries.  The person doing the webinar is practical in his advice- He is both a pediatrician, and has a degree and experience in library science.  Good combo.  I felt better immediately.

The article that Martha is referring to here mentions a webinar in the article I posted on the 19th.

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".

I've also heard a lot of mis-information-  Because things are moving so fast around the world, there is also information that is old news.    I think I will quarantine for 7 days- Sunday to Sunday, charge no fines, and pre-order.   That's what I'm thinking currently.  I'm going to listen to the webinar this morning.



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