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IDEA FILE for Virtual Services & Phased Reopenings of Illinois Libraries
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an open and shared idea file for the libraries of Illinois - PLEASE SHARE YOUR IDEAS
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ideas for services during stay-at-home orders, partial openings, and full "new normal" openings
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SubjectIdeasSubmitting Library (Optional)
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SAMPLE PLANShttps://www.illinoisheartland.org/covid19/resources-for-librarians#ReturningToService-SamplePlansIllinois Heartland Library System
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Curbside deliveryHolds placed by phone or online via ILS (local holds only), patron calls before they come, and materials are places in bin outsideIllinois Heartland Library System
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Curbside deliveryMy idea of curbside pick up is this....1) Patrons have to tell me exactly what they want, or maybe an author and then I will retrieve the books for them 2) The items will be bagged with their name on it 3) The bags will be set outside the library by the door 4) They will be given an designated or approximate time to pick up the books to limit contact. (No going out in person to give it to them). 5) When books are returned they stay in the box for 2-3 days, then I wipe them off with clorox wipes for my own protection and I wear gloves. Then I let them sit an additional day or so before shelving.Hillsboro Public Library
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Library servicesInformation services by website, email, instant messaging, phoneIllinois Heartland Library System
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Library servicesOur programs will be online and take-home packets (no movies or summer reading performers)Fairview Heights Public Library
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Library servicesusing book mobiles as mobile hotspotsIllinois Heartland Library System
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Library servicesTeaming up with schools to have books available at meal pickup locationsIllinois Heartland Library System
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Sanitatizing booksIMLS, CDC Offer Guidance for Disinfecting Returned Library Books - School Library Journal article - https://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/?detailStory=IMLS-CDC-offer-guidance-for-disinfecting-returned-books-library-journal-coronavirus-covid19School Library Journal / Illinois Heartland Library System
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Post-pandemic new normal"Clean Me" mesh collection bag for parents to deposit toys put in mouths; daily wipedowns of all hard-surface toysIllinois Heartland Library System
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Social distanced spacesRemoving chairs and disabling some computers to increase social distancingCarbondale Public Library
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Social distancing staffOur maintenance manager is building a plexiglass barricade around the circulation desk and hanging clear shower curtains around staff desks in public areas. I know some people think we should not open as long as such measures are necessary, but until there is a vaccie (12-18+ months from now), such measures will most likely be necessary.Carbondale Public Library
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Social distancing staffSneeze guard barrier such as this one: http://www.rcsplastics.com/Cashier-Protection-Sneeze-Guard-at-Convenience-Store-Checkout-Counter-28x30smaller-hole_p_133.htmlFairview Heights Public Library
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Staff projectsContinuing education for staffIllinois Heartland Library System
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Staff projectsPlanning & running virtual programs - Zoom book clubs, Zoom kids programs, live streaming storytimes, Google Groups eventsIllinois Heartland Library System
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Staff projects/Board MeetingsList in monthly board reports what staff are working onMahomet Public Library
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Phased reopeningPhase I: Virtual-services only (virtual programming, information services throguh website, ask a librarian email or instant messaging service. Phase II: Add curbside delivery, limited staff in building, masks and gloves and hand sanitizer for staff. Phase III: Lobby (only) open to limited number of people, sneeze guard around circ desk, loitering areas corded off, patrons reminded to keep 6-8 feet apart. Phase IV: Library open but no programming; rigorous sanitation, chairs only every 8 feet apart (8 ft to account for natural movement). Phase V: interlibrary delivery resumes, possible small-group socially distanced programming???
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Board MeetingsVirtual meetings via Zoom or similar, post access details on building and on website but NOT on social mediaIllinois Heartland Library System
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Virtual Programmingcraft how-tos
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Virtual programmingcookbook club: everyone makes a dish and then meets online to talk about their dish, how they made it, and what they thought about the cookbookIllinois Heartland Library System
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Virtual programmingvirtual read alouds: what's legal under copyright? The SLJ COVID-19 Publisher Information Directory has compiled a list children's publishers that have temporarily altered policies. https://docs.google.com/document/d/113E-0ffElTRoI7zsvk6gjxrAgepeD-JGAD55-ftSfrc/previewSchool Library Journal
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Phased ReopeningA Phased Reopening Plan for Libraries as COVID 19 Restrictions Are Lifted (article) - https://medium.com/@john.alan.thill/a-phased-reopening-plan-for-libraries-as-covid-19-restrictions-are-lifted-2d96885c0c1dMedium / Illinois Heartland Library System
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Curbside service proceduresPatron calls us they are on the way.
Patron calls us when they arrive. Patron stays in car.
Staff takes bag of books out to bench and sits bag on the bench. Staff goes back in the door.
Staff monitors bag from inside our front door.
Patron gets out and picks up the bag once we are back inside.
All returns will still go into the outside bookdrop which we will empty 1 or 2 times a day.
This minimizes interactions between patron and staff.
St. Joseph Township Library
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