[Libs-Or] Public Library response to COVID-19 (at this moment....)

Pierina Parise pparise at g.emporia.edu
Fri Mar 13 09:48:25 PDT 2020

This is what the Timberland Regional Library system in WA is doing as of
today, and I am posting it only as an FYI -

Timberland Regional Library (5/12/20)
In response to the rapidly evolving coronavirus health crisis, Timberland
Regional Library is enacting important health and safety measures to keep
the public and library staff as safe as possible.

Go to trl.org/health-safety-updates for daily info on Emergency Response

As of Friday, March 13th we enter Stage Two:
Library Services shift to (self service) Circulation Only to limit public
- Library facilities are open under limited (self service) use.
- Programs, meetings, or prolonged use of any kind; including study,
reading, and public computer use are cancelled.
- Library locations become holds pick up, checkout & return, and quick
browsing sites only.
- Seating areas will not be available to the public.
- Public is informed about limited access and measures being taken via web
and social media.
- Management begins preparations for Stage Three and keeps all staff

Staff will be happy to assist you through local library Facebook pages,
over the phone, and through our trl.org website.


On Fri, Mar 13, 2020 at 9:35 AM KRIST OBRIST <KOBRIST at ci.monmouth.or.us>

> Good Day,
> This is such a fluid, rapidly changing environment we find ourselves in.
> While we want to be here and available for our patrons we need to consider
> all angles of this complex global event. What are your plans regarding
> programming and your open hours for a 2 week and/or 4 week period?
> In light of the Governor's closing schools as of Monday it seems prudent
> to cancel library programming.
> What are your plans in regards to keeping your doors open?
> Considerations -
>    - kids out of school may equal more kids visiting the library (usually
>    a good thing).
>    - Often people come to the library when they're sick (and/or bring
>    their sick children).
>    - Vulnerable populations - eldery, immune compromised, etc. -
>    regularly visit the library.
>    - We have so many touch points - doors, computers, books, dvds,
>    magazines, newspapers, furniture, etc.
>    - Staff handles a lot of material and directly handles items patrons
>    hand them.
> Our City, as I am certain all other city's and governing boards, are
> brainstorming and planning. This conversation may help in those planning
> activities.
> Thanks....Krist
> Oh, and as of this moment in time we have not yet 'officially' cancelled
> programs, but I am fairly certain that will happen shortly. We are looking
> at how we address our open hours to the public to best help slow down the
> growth of this virus There has been one Officially tested positive case in
> our county (Polk) which to me indicates there are many more positive cases
> that have not been tested since they are not testing everyone
> Thanks again...Krist
> ___________________________
> Krist Obrist, Library Director
> Monmouth Public Library
> 168 Ecols St. S., Monmouth, OR 97361
> 503-751-0193 || Facebook: MonmouthPublicLibrary
> kobrist at ci.monmouth.or.us
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