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Our world appears blurry and confusing especially during this COVID-19 pandemic; but, thanks to an innovative, caring, and generous library community this deadly and dark event had a bright and comforting light shine through it. During this crisis, the world saw a disrupted supply chain accompanied with millions of uprooted lives, but libraries stepped up and helped solve many problems while working to keep their communities connected to library resources and services.

In this webinar:
Discover how library makerspaces helped design, in many cases 3D print, and distribute a variety of personal protection equipment (PPE) to health care communities to help flatten the curve.
Explore a variety of initiatives that gave people without access to technology opportunities to enroll in food benefits, file for unemployment, submit their census information, and register to vote.
Highlight innovative online programming that all types of libraries utilized during the pandemic to keep their communities engaged.

Slides

Original broadcast October 21, 2020

Presenter ~ Chad Mairn
Chad Mairn is an Information Services Librarian, Assistant Professor, and manages the Innovation Lab at St. Petersburg College.

While an undergraduate studying Humanities at the University of South Florida (USF), Chad was awarded a Library of Congress Fellowship archiving Leonard Bernstein’s personal papers. During his Library and Information Science (LIS) graduate work, also at USF, Chad became a technology liaison between the Bill Gates Learning Foundation and Florida public libraries.

Chad also plays drums in two bands: Low Season and It Will Flood.