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'Hard-Won Victories and Lessons Learned During the Pandemic' by Dana Mannino
Dana Mannino writes the following for the Spokane County Library District (SCLD) in Washington:
Without minimizing the negative impact that the pandemic has had on our lives, I’d like to take a moment to share some of the ways that I think the pandemic has changed my librarianship for the better. …
While the library was closed, no one could browse the shelves to find new reads. People quickly discovered how limiting it is to only read books you’ve already heard of. Enter Book Butler.
To use Book Butler, customers fill out a form describing their reading tastes, and we place several books on hold for them. When we rolled out the system, which also used curbside service, we received 35 requests in a single day. I spent a full shift responding to them. …
Zoom fatigue is real, and I can hardly wait to get back to in-person programs. But it appears that there are situations where virtual programs are actually better than in-person ones. … [T]here may be information out there that you need, but you don’t need it badly enough to put on pants, or maybe a screen is a more comfortable way to talk about uncomfortable topics. Either way, I’m happy we can now connect you to live experts from the comfort of your home.
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