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Pandemic Resources for Academic Libraries: Preparing to Reopen
Updated information, professional development, and resources to support academic and research library personnel during a pandemic.
As colleges and universities consider reopening strategies and what higher education will look like in the wake of COVID-19, academic libraries need to prepare for what comes next. ACRL is working to develop resources to help you navigate this new landscape, and has curated some outside resources below that we how you find helpful in planning for possible scenarios. We will continue to monitor the shifting landscape of post-pandemic planning and update this page accordingly. Stay tuned for additional resources from ACRL coming soon.
Advocating for Your Library
Advocating for Library Workers During Uncertain Times Wednesday, May 13
The recent public health situation has created much uncertainty for higher education funding. Libraries are finding themselves in increasingly more complex fiscal situations, with layoffs, furloughs, and budget reductions being announced and anticipated. Our panel of library leaders from institutions of all sizes discusses practical strategies for engaging campus administrators in conversations that emphasize the importance of supporting library employees and the critical work they are doing for their students and organizations.
Kristin Henrich, Associate Dean and Head for User and Research Services, University of Idaho Library
Devin Savage, Dean of Libraries, Illinois Institute of Technology
Cynthia Simpson, Director of Library Services, Madonna University
Gary White, Senior Associate Dean, University of Maryland Libraries
Moderator: Cynthia Ippoliti, University Librarian and Director, Auraria Library
Advocating for Library Workers During Uncertain Times Blog Series
In this three-part series on Advocating for Library Workers During Uncertain Times, library leaders from institutions of all sizes discuss practical strategies for engaging campus administrators in conversations that emphasize the importance of supporting library employees and the critical work they are doing for their students and organizations. Additional information is available in the recording of our recent ACRL Presents webcast.
December 3, 2020. From the article: "When colleges shifted operations online in the spring because of Covid-19, so much remained in question. How did the new coronavirus spread? What were its ill effects? Could colleges open for in-person instruction in the 2020-21 academic year, and what would happen if they did? As the fall term comes to a close, we now have some hard-earned answers. These five lessons may shape institutions’ responses both to the coming spring semester and to pandemics and other public-health threats in the future."
In early April, ACE fielded the first of 12 monthly Pulse Point surveys to gather presidents’ insights and experiences with COVID-19 and its effects on their institutions and the larger higher education landscape. In this first survey, 192 presidents* shared their most pressing concerns and assessed their institution’s capacity and needs on prominent COVID-19 issues, including financial impact, remote learning, and student mental health.
This page seeks to compile information about the possible near- and long-term implications for the current coronavirus pandemic. It includes information about the possible ways communities will respond to the pandemic and implications for specific areas of society. Updated continually.
Covid-19 has created an opportunity to fundamentally transform the workplace in higher education. The steps you take now will determine whether you capitalize on new possibilities or simply waste this crisis. What are the new possibilities and opportunities? Here are five to consider.
As some institutes of higher education (IHE) open in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers the following considerations for ways in which IHEs can help protect students and employees (e.g., faculty, staff, and administrators) and slow the spread of COVID-19. These considerations are meant to supplement—not replace—any state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which IHEs must comply.
May 28, 2020. "I’m a librarian married to a molecular biologist who’s really good at explaining science to non-scientists. This is incredibly helpful when you’re in the middle of a pandemic. Our consortium of three community colleges in Seattle, WA, gathered information from my spouse, our institution’s environmental health coordinator, and several health agencies to develop our re-opening plans."
April 17, 2020 article in American Libraries Magazine. As stay-at-home orders extend deeper into spring, some public libraries are drafting plans for their eventual reopenings—even as it remains difficult to predict how and when those plans might be implemented.
The coronavirus pandemic has left higher-education leaders facing difficult decisions about when to reopen campuses and how to go about it. The Chronicle is tracking individual colleges’ plans. Updated daily.
Resource guide to the COVID-19 pandemic from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, including information on the outlook for higher education and reopening campus operations. The guide is updated regularly and focus primarily on Human Resources issues.
May 4, 2020. Interview with Beth McNeil, dean and Esther Ellis Norton Professor at Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies, who believes that a measured reopening of the Purdue University’s eight libraries is possible. LJ caught up with her to find out what that might look like.
Article on plans for reopening libraries. While the focus is on public libraries, the article looks at several questions for library leaders to consider while building plans to reopen that can also apply to academic libraries.
Website for a research project from OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle to create and distribute science-based information and best recommended practices designed to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to staff and visitors who are engaging in the delivery or use of museum, library, and archival services.
Interactive map and state guides that include the latest guidelines, timelines and other critical information for businesses aiming to restart safely and sustainably amid the pandemic, as well as the latest information for employers in that state.