Message from Karla Palichuk, YRL Director.
This update includes information on:
- Public Library Services Branch (PLSB) curbside delivery service update
- The Alberta Library (TAL) resources
- Library Association of Alberta (LAA) update
- Created While Isolated website
- Online storytime and copyright
- How to Run Coding Programs at Your Library webinar from Marigold Library System (MLS)
PLSB curbside delivery service update
- We know that public libraries are working hard to get readers resources in innovative ways. Some libraries in Alberta have been offering curbside delivery services since our Chief Medical Officer of Health prohibited Albertans from visiting public libraries as of March 17. Following inquiries about the service, we are sending out information that may be useful in your decision making. It is really up to you as a public library board, working with your library director/manager, whether or not to offer curbside services at this time. Some questions to ask when considering this service:
- How do we protect employees from the risk of transmission?
- How do we limit the risk of spreading in the workplace?
- How do we ensure critical aspects of service continue if possible?
- Safety should be at the forefront of any decision to provide curbside delivery or have staff in a building. This also includes vehicle and road safety if you are providing curbside delivery/pick-up. The Provincial Operations Center shared the following information about curbside delivery services:
- Libraries can operate but cannot allow public access into the facilities:
- While public access into libraries is restricted as per Order 02-2020, nothing specifically prohibits a library from offering the delivery or curbside pick up of books and other items.
- The safest option is for any library is to expand its online offerings and limit the handling of books and other items.
- As a workplace, a library that offers curbside pick up is responsible for keeping both patrons and workers safe from virus transmission. This means that the library must put measures in place to prevent transmission from handling books and other items.
- Risk mitigation strategies should address the latest knowledge relating to the risk of transmission of the virus from inanimate objects.
- The COVID-19 virus can survive up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to 2-3 days on plastic and stainless steel. As books cannot be effectively cleaned and disinfected, it may be wise to store books for a minimum of 24 hours before making them available to a new user. Plastic or stainless-steel items should be cleaned and disinfected immediately upon their return to the library.
- Patrons should be advised to wash hands before and after handling books and other items, avoid touching their face while reading and to avoid sneezing or coughing onto the page while reading.
- Patrons who are immune compromised or otherwise susceptible to COVID-19 infection should not take out items from the library.
- Books and other educational resources can help to maintain basic societal function, however the library should consider limiting the types of items they make available to the public for pick up.
- Also, a reminder that the Public Library Services Branch in Manitoba has produced a communication on the sanitation/safe handling of books that may be of use during your decision-making.
- TAL has created resources that may be of interest with topics including:
LAA temporary office closure
- The LAA office will be closed from April 15 to July 15. The LAA board is available if you need to reach out for support or information.
Created While Isolated website
- Created While Isolated is a collaborative creativity journal from the Howard County Library System in Maryland. Thank you to Leah from Drayton Valley Municipal Library for bringing this site to our attention!
Online storytime and copyright
- When it comes to copyright and online storytimes, there isn’t one blanket answer. However, author Kate Messner has created a comprehensive webpage about publisher guidelines during COVID-19.
- Additionally, Canadian publishers are extending their rights to schools and libraries as well through their Read Aloud Canadian Books Program with more publishers being added each day.
How to Run Coding Programs at Your Library webinar from MLS
- Tuesday, May 5; 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Join Grant Stewart on a lesson on how to teach kids coding. Grant will show you the basics of the coding program he organized and delivered to dozens of patrons throughout multiple summers working for MLS. He will go over the resources that are the most useful, fun games, and coding toys like the Sphero and Code-a-Pillar that teach kids while they play! Register
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