Providing Library Services During COVID-19

Find best practices and discover ways to provide alternative and new services to your community.

Library Management During COVID-19

Library Management During COVID-19

ALA’s COVID-19 Recovery Resources

This pagedeveloped and updated by units across the American Library Association, will help communities, library workers, and library supporters plot the best course forward for their libraries. 

 

COVID-19, Employers, and Facilities

Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM): A COVID-19 Research Project on how long the COVID-19 virus survives on materials that are prevalent in libraries, archives, and museums. View findings and updates.

Sample Positive Case Protocol Policy from Library of Michigan

Count on Me NC is an innovative partnership with NC Department of Health and Human Services to help businesses protect their customers and their employees. This is part of Governor Cooper’s pledge for public safety and an effort to provide a consistent level of confidence around the state. Count on Me NC provides free online training to protect customers and employees in Phase 2 and beyond. It includes evidence-based practices on social distancing, employee health and sanitation to protect people’s health. Each module takes about half an hour to complete. Of particular interest are the modules "Cleaning and Disinfecting Surfaces for COVID-19 Management" and "General Best Practices for COVID-19 Management." Check back as more modules continue to roll out.

Department of Labor's COVID-19 and the American Workplace

CDC Guide for Employers, including cleaning recommendations

EPA's Disinfectants for Use Against Coronavirus

 

Public Wi-Fi In Libraries

ALA Recommends Leaving Wifi On

Community Use of E-Rate Network Permitted

To extend Wi-Fi’s reach, move access points to a window facing the parking lot. For more help extending the outdoor reach of your Wi-Fi, you can contact Glenn Knox of the NC Department of Information Technology's Broadband Infrastructure Office. 

To be added to North Carolina's map of free Wi-Fi, send an email to COVID.vendor.ideas@nc.gov.

 

Other Resources

How to Keep Your Hours Current in Online Searches

Library Technology Vendor Responses to COVID-19

Why Wear a Mask Signs from Wyoming State Library

Continuing Education Opportunities

Continuing Education Opportunities

COVID-19 Recovery Learning Resources

ALA COVID-19 Recovery Education Resources

Count on Me NC is an innovative partnership with NC Department of Health and Human Services to help businesses protect their customers and their employees. This is part of Governor Cooper’s pledge for public safety and an effort to provide a consistent level of confidence around the state. Count on Me NC provides free online training to protect customers and employees in Phase 2 and beyond. It includes evidence-based practices on social distancing, employee health and sanitation to protect people’s health. Each module takes about half an hour to complete. Of particular interest are the modules "Cleaning and Disinfecting Surfaces for COVID-19 Management" and "General Best Practices for COVID-19 Management." Check back as more modules continue to roll out.

TechSoup: Community Events and Webinars

Library 2.0: Libraries Stepping Up! Serving the Needs of the Community in Crisis (must make an account to view)

OCLC Works in Progress Series

 

Past COVID-19 Webinars and Courses

Open Culture: Free Courses on the Coronavirus

Wyoming State Library List of COVID-19 Webinars for Librarians

Coronavirus Frauds and Scams: What You Need to Know Federal Depository Library Program

Keep Calm and Carry On-Maintaining Your Composure During the Coronavirus Outbreak Recorded Webinar from Workplace Options

In Case of Emergencies: Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning Course from National Institutes of Health

Preparing your Digital Branch for Increased Use Recorded Webinar from Library 2.0

Covid-19: What You Need to Know Course from Rise

Managing the Impact of COVID-19 on Nonprofits Recorded Webinar from TechSoup

 

Other

The Reality of Covid-19 Is Hitting Teens Especially Hard Article from Wired about how the coronavirus is affecting teens.

Project READY - This is a self-paced, free, online course for library staff – both public and school. Project READY to address this existing gap in professional development opportunities for youth services library staff.

 

Ideas for Programming While Building is Closed

Ideas for Programming While Building is Closed

Articles and Ideas for Alternative Programming

The Healing Library's Guide to a DIY COVID-19 Kit

Virtual Programming During a Pandemic --a SLJ blog post about programming for teens

Serving Patrons Experiencing Homelessness in a COVID-19 Shutdown --Ideas from Programming Librarian

Online Storytime Resources

ALSC's Virtual Storytime Services Guide

Tracked open access announcements from publishers and authors providing permissions for libraries to use their books in virtual storytimes and other programming

Tackling Copyright Concerns When Taking Storytime Online from School Library Journal

Kid Lit Authors Step Up To Help Educators, Students, and Parents This School Library Journal article addresses copyright issues in virtual storytimes, as well as lists a growing number of fun resources that authors and illustrators are creating.

Streaming Storytimes (How-To) from Library Journal

Copyright Tips for Programming Librarians: Storytimes  from Programming Librarian

Miscellaneous Vitural Program Ideas For Adults

  • Online book club using Facebook or Goodreads

  • Chapter-a-day readings

  • Adult crafts

  • Cooking demonstrations

  • Digital literacy demonstrations

Platforms for Virtual Programming

Platforms for Virtual Programming

Virtual Programming Technology Tools Guide from ALSC

Comprehensive guide to tools used for streaming, recording, posting, and marketing virtual programs and how to choose a tool using factors like accessibility, privacy, audience, and more. Written for virtual storytimes, but relevant to many virtual programs.

Zoom

WebEx

  • Host up to 50 participants

  • Unlimited 1 to 1 meetings

  • 40 minute limit on group meetings

  • Additional features with paid subscription

Facebook Live

Help documentation
 

YouTube Live

Help documentation