Thriving Through COVID-19

thriving through covid-19

Join us for an insightful discussion series and learn how specialized libraries are dealing with the challenges of COVID-19.  Focusing on building safety, library strategies, challenges and opportunities, speakers will share what they are doing to keep the physical and virtual doors open to their library communities.

This event is being hosted in coordination with World Bank and IMF libraries and DC-SLA.   All are welcome.

We would like to encourage registrants to aid the Help A Library Worker Out (HALO) fund which aims to help librarians impacted by COVID-19. If you are a library worker in need and would like to attend, but cannot afford the fee, please reach out to us at dcslacommunications[at]gmail[dot]com. 





Session 1: COVID-19 Safety in Libraries

DATE & TIME:

Thursday, September 17, 2020

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET


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DESCRIPTION:

How can we figure out ways to balance our commitment to serving our communities while keeping our staff and patrons healthy?


  • Moderator: Sai Chinnaswamy, Section Chief, International Monetary Fund Library

  • Caro Cook, Chief, Facilities and Workplace Management Division, International Monetary Fund

    Caro will discuss what visitors and employees expect when they visit the IMF Buildings.  This session will cover what the Fund is doing to safeguard its visitors and employees during the pandemic and foreseeable future. You will have the chance to see many of the things that have been implemented already and are working but also the challenges and what may be some of the possible solutions. 

  • Kendra Morgan, Senior Program Manager, OCLC WebJunction
    Kendra will discuss the  Reopening, Archives, Libraries and Museums (REALM) project, which will test materials commonly found in these institutions to determine how long the coronavirus can survive on surfaces.  The REALM project aims to provide information to help library staff make decisions about handling of materials for staff and public. 


After their presentations, there will be time for a short discussion.






Session 2: How COVID-19 Impacts Library Planning and Strategy

DATE & TIME:

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET


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DESCRIPTION:

As we consider opening strategies during the pandemic, libraries need to consider what’s next. How can we plan for an uncertain future?

  • Moderator: Eliza McLeod, Head, World Bank Group Library

  • Donna Scheeder, President, Library Strategies International

    Donna will share highlights of how IFLA is tracking and assisting libraries and library associations around the world as they meet this COVID challenge.

  • Alexander Cohen, MLIS Library Consultant at Aaron Cohen Associates

    Alex will share a list of future considerations for library programming, including examples of strategies to provide safe library spaces and techniques to benchmark future services.

  • Jason Yasner, Deputy Director, National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, Library of Congress

    Jason will discuss how can the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) plan for better online service delivery to its patrons given that its primary service model is based on a national network of cooperating libraries? Providing better product and self-service delivery will be essential in future crises.

    After their presentations, there will be time for a short discussion.




Session 3: Overcoming Challenges and Embracing Opportunities

DATE & TIME:

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET


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DESCRIPTION:

Despite the challenges caused by COVID-19, libraries are eager to reconnect with their patrons and with each other. How can we help each other thrive in the new normal?


  • Moderator:  Elena Maslyukova, Senior Info Officer, Librarian, The World Bank Group
  • Cy Behroozi, Library Director,  Brookings Institution

    Cy will speak about optimizing communications with patrons.  During remote work, the Library has kept the Brookings community engaged by enhancing, targeting, and carefully editing communications.

  • Karen Krugman, Federal Reserve Board

    Karen will discuss how the library handled the transition to remote work, including an increased patron demand for data, a shift to eBooks, preparing for a physical move in 2021, and staying connected as a team.

    After their presentations, there will be time for a short discussion.

     






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