Upon returning to regular operating hours and in-person programming, libraries may have concerns about how to navigate COVID-19 restrictions such as capacity limits and health guidelines. This webinar will outline what one library learned in reopening after their 12-week closure in 2020. The approach was to adopt a cautious, phased return to programs and services, including new cleaning procedures, attendance caps, and creative virtual and take-home programs.
This webinar examines how any library can safely and successfully adapt their traditional services under nontraditional circumstances. Attendees will learn what worked (and failed!) for one suburban library. Library staff will gain the tools to promote healthy practices for employees, patrons, and the community when returning to fully-operational services.
Finally, the webinar will offer an analysis on what COVID-19 era services and procedures are worthwhile to carry on, post-pandemic.
Original broadcast November 16, 2021
Presenter: Lauren Tolman received her Master of Education degree with a literacy emphasis from California State University, Fullerton. Lauren has worked in libraries for 15 years, beginning as a page and progressively moving up in various positions. She currently works as the head of youth services for Springville Public Library in Springville, Utah, where she has been for five years. Springville Library serves a population of 33,000 citizens in a growing community 45 minutes outside of Salt Lake City. It has been named Best of State for five years running, being acknowledged for its service to the community. Lauren’s passion is to serve the youth of Springville and make them feel at home in their library.