COVID-19 Updates and Resources for IFLS Libraries
These resources are the best current info that we’ve pulled together specifically for you. There’s a list of libraries and their current status, updated as it changes. There is a list of useful links, and a searchable blog that is collecting information from e-mails and other sources. Feel free to contact IFLS staff with any questions, concerns or suggestions.
Thank you all for your dedication to your libraries and communities. We have all entered uncharted territory and are having to make some difficult choices. I wanted to let all of you know how much I appreciate you and the jobs all of you are doing. John
Links and Resources
(followed by the blog)
- DPI’s COVID-19 page including the latest information on Safer at Home
The Office of Open Government in the Wisconsin Department of Justice has issued two advisories indicating that governmental bodies may meet remotely during the COVID-19 public health emergency and still comply with the open meetings law.
- IFLS is compiling a list of professional resources available to librarians—many temporary offers now available for free, including professional journals, technology, and more. If you come across something to share, please pass it on to Leah at email@example.com and she will add it!
- Libraries for Everyone’s list of Professional Development opportunities
- There’s a lot going on over at the Iguana Face Library System facebook group.
- Checklist for Closing the library due to COVID-19 (Word doc) and Checklist for closisng Library for COVID-19,(Excel spreadsheet) created by Barb from Deer Park.
- Recording of March 17 Director Discussion webinar.
- State and National self-listings of closings:
- Wisconsin Public Libraries: COVID-19 Updates
- National List of Public Libraries Closed for COVID-19 (Click on “Submit a Listing”)
- Reb will be putting some digital graphics to share on the Marketing Page.
- Rated online video conference resources
- List of free software and services, shared by Kris Schwartz.
Telling Fact from Fiction:
- Sarah Brandt (VP-News Literacy Programs for Newsguard) a list of websites known for publishing misinformation on COVID-19.
- Collection of websites where you can go to get credible and helpful information on COVID-19
- FTC scam page: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov
Online Programming Resources:
- Online programming and copyright, by Leah
- Keeping Up with Kids Blog post about online programs for kids AND adults.
- The YSS Blog has an excellent post about doing online storytimes during COVID-19, with ideas of authors who have given permission for libraries to share their work online, along with a list of authors who are doing their own storytime or other offerings.
- The Upper Hudson Library System in New York has created a few other resources for youth services librarians—there are google documents that can be easily and quickly updated:
- Want to stream online? If you don’t want to use Facebook Live, here are some other companies that are offering free access for the time being.
- Programming Librarian has a series about Programming during COVID 19 Resources for At-Home Learning:
- Check out this Google Document with suggestions of things for free things for kids to do at home, most of them are virtual experiences. Send suggestions for additions ideas to Leah at IFLS.
- And this Google Document has suggestions of online experiences for adults.
- Options for remote meetings with staff or other people:If you are looking for online meeting suggestions, here is an article with information about which companies are providing free services during the outbreak.
Blog: Information about COVID-19 from e-mails and other communications
Working from home is weird, huh? For some folks, working from home means we have some extra time to work on professional development. To that end, I'm going to try to pull together some resources on a variety of topics to help you if you want to really dig in to a...
Recording is here: https://vimeo.com/400619967 Summary is here (this has even more information about legal things that we added after the fact): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ndAe7Yze1EcomGs0rFeUbmuKWJQyAgFLyCq_FbRho-I/edit?usp=sharing March 24 Adult Services...
This, just in from Shannon Schultz – DPI At 10:30 a.m. on March 24, 2020, the State of Wisconsin issued a press releaseregarding Emergency Order #12, the “Safer at Home Order,” that prohibits all nonessential travel, with some exceptions as clarified and defined in...
Friday got away from me, and today nearly did too! I just want to post the link to a summary of the Youth Services Check-In we had today. If you want to listen to a recording (it will be listening only, there is no visual on this one) that is also available.
March 20 Director Check-in Summary
Here is a list of a few virtual conference sites out there. The first one on the list – Free Conference Call – is completely free and provides a telephone number that can be used to call into the meeting: Free Conference Call ( recommended , positive limited testing...
Continuing to conduct meetings in these times. The Office of Open Government in the Wisconsin Department of Justice has issued two advisories indicating that governmental bodies may meet remotely during the COVID-19 public health emergency and still comply with the...
The first in an intermittent series of blog posts detailing ways to keep up professional development (PD) efforts in these uncertain times. This curated list will also be posted shortly to the “Professional Development for Library Staff” tab found near the bottom of...
Like many of you, I've been working from home starting this week. That presents a set of challenges for folks, particularly those who have young or school age children at home. Even if you don't have kids at home, setting up an office space or figuring out a new...
Check the calendar for updates on virtual meetings and check-ins.
IFLS has asked WALTCO to suspend courier delivery starting Monday, March 23.
SCLS will suspend delivery service for all member libraries and statewide network customers until further notice.
Library Closing and Program Cancellations
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Closed libraries in red (all re-open dates are tentitively April 26)
Program cancellations in green
Altoona Public Library
Amery Public Library
Augusta Memorial Public Library
Baldwin Public Library
Balsam Lake Public Library
Barron Public Library
Bloomer – G.E. Bleskacek Family Memorial Library
Boyceville Public Library
Bruce Area Library
Cadott Community Library
Cameron Public Library
Centuria Public Library
Chetek, Calhoun Memorial Library
Chippewa Falls Public Library
Clear Lake Public Library
Colfax Public Library
Cornell Public Library
Cumberland – Thomas St. Angelo Public Library
Deer Park Public Library
Dresser Public Library
Durand Community Library
Eau Claire – L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library
Ellsworth Public Library
Elmwood Public Library
Ellsworth Public Library
Fairchild Public Library
Fall Creek Public Library
Frederic Public Library
Glenwood City Public Library
Hammond Community Library
Hawkins Area Library
Hudson Area Joint Library
IFLS Library System Office: No Non-essential travel, staff working remotely.
Ladysmith Public Library
Luck Public Library
Menomonie Public Library and Elk Mound Branch
Milltown Public Library
New Richmond Frida Memorial
Ogema Public Library
Osceola Public Library
Park Falls Public Library
Pepin Public Library
Phillips Public Library
Plum City Public Library
Prescott Public Library
Rice Lake Public Library
River Falls Public Library
Roberts – Hazel Mackin Community Library
St. Croix Falls Public Library
Sand Creek – Clarella Hackett Johnson Public Library
Somerset Public Library
Spring Valley Public Library
Stanley – D.R. Moon Memorial Library
Turtle Lake Public Library
Woodville Community Library