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COVID-19 NEWS: 'Libraries Around the World Prepare for a New Normal'
bibliotheca published an article stating the following:
Across the world, many countries have begun a gradual reopening of public life in an attempt to return a sense of normalcy to residents’ lives and diminish the economic impact of the Covid-19 global pandemic. …
[L]ibraries are struggling to figure out the best course of action to safely resume providing services to their communities. The Australian Library and Information Association sums it up nicely: ‘Reopening will not mean going back to the way things were pre-COVID-19; it will mean putting in place the “new normal” approach to library services.’ …
In British Columbia, the Vancouver Public Library allows users to schedule a time to pick up holds. Users provide identification through a window, then back up beyond 6 ft. while library staff leave a bag of requested materials outside the door to be retrieved. When materials are returned through the book drop, staff members leave them untouched for 72 hours as a safety precaution. …
Additionally, remote holds pick-up solutions further reduce user/staff contact while still providing access to physical library materials. Ulsan Metropolitan City Library in South Korea has been using bibliotheca’s remoteLockers to provide access to physical materials during the pandemic. …
Continued social distancing concerns mean it will be a while before libraries are again the bustling centers of community activity, full of story time tots, book clubs, and study groups. Still, as some businesses begin to reopen at limited capacity, it may be helpful for libraries to take cues from those that have begun to reopen as they determine their own process for a phased approach.
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