Monday, May 18, 2020

Global Library Plans for Reopening After COVID-19

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has created a webpage devoted to COVID-19 and the Global Library Field.

One of the sections is about the reopening of libraries:
"Most examples so far focus on a phased approach, with new services, activities and parts of the library only resumed when this can happen safely, with some associating the shift from one phase to the next to wider progress in tackling the pandemic, while others are more cautious in setting dates. As the Australian Library and Information Association has set out (see below), a useful approach is to start by assessing risk, then developing plans, and only then setting timings for resuming different services. It may also be the case, of course, that partner organisations are not yet open, which will also have an impact."

"Broadly, the library field has warned against any rush to re-open physical buildings. Furthermore, given uncertainty about how the situation will develop, it is possible that stricter rules will need to be implemented subsequently, and so the possibility of returning to lock-down should be borne in mind (indeed, West Virginia recommends continuing to work from home one day a week so that the habit is not lost). At the end of this section, you will find a selection of plans already established."
The page is divided into other sections on topics such as:
  • Understanding COVID-19 and its spread
  • Library closures around the world
  • Managing different approaches to restrictions
  • Staying safe at home and work
  • Providing services remotely
  • Managing remote working
  • Reassigning library resources

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 8:16 pm

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