From Directors Check-in: County Recovery Grants can help cover library PPE expenses

Mary (Ogema) said that the little town of Ogema received $11,000 and the town chair decided that the library can use it for PPE, as they will not use very much if any themselves.

Katherine (Rice Lake) shared the county list of Routes to Recovery grants: and the General overview of Routes to Recovery grants: pdf document. 

From Maureen: Waltco/IFLS/WVLS collaboration on new delivery guidelines

You can find these new guidelines on the IFLS website. There’s a link under the delivery toggle on the COVID-19 page, and they appear under the COVID-19 header in the Article Index.

In the News: OshKosh closes due to COVID-positive staff

The Oshkosh Public Library has suspended their curbside service due to a staff member having COVID.

This is a portion of the message to the community:

The library is temporarily suspending curbside pickup of library materials, after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. All staff who had contact with the employee who tested positive are being quarantined for 14 days, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Because the procedures for contactless curbside pickup were developed using CDC guidelines and were reviewed by the Winnebago County Health Department prior to implementation, it is unlikely that library patrons experienced exposure that would put them at risk.

Their full message can be found at

From John: It is a good reminder to proactive in messaging to the community and developing and following procedures based on guidelines and your local health department.

From Leah: highlights from check-ins and Niche Academy

I wanted to draw your attention to the Niche Academy’s new free crowd-sourced resource:  Reopening Lives with the Library.  You can contribute, or if you don’t have time to do that, you can take advantage of the great work that other librarians have put together by just looking at the resource.  There’s some great stuff for helping to answer reference questions and create resources with reputable sources.  Reb also put a link on our website!

Check-in summaries had 2 main themes

Reopening questions, concerns, discussions:

  • The libraries that have reopened reported that people are making visits short, there are not a ton of people, and they are being cooperative
  • Folks are closely monitoring the situation with the virus, some discussion of what threshold would allow for opening, or for further restricting access (no firm numbers)
  • Plenty of discussion of guidelines in the DPI’s re-opening information.  These are long, but worth consulting!
  • Discussion of messaging to help people know what to expect when they do come back to the library—look for some ideas coming from Reb in Marketing Monday this week

Responses to Racism

  • Pamela and her staff at Eau Claire released a powerful statement and the library has concrete plans to evaluate and make some changes.
  • Many people are thinking about what kinds of things they might be able to do, re-evaluating their programming, book displays, and more.  Reminder to check out the Inclusive Services Assessment and Guide for Wisconsin Public Libraries.
  • Per Maureen:  Overdrive has been ordering more titles about racism and antiracism, since there are MANY holds on these items in the past few weeks.  Now So You Want to Talk About Race by last year’s WLA Annual Conference Keynote speaker Ijeoma Oluo is always available on audio!  And Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad is always available as an ebook (also available on Freading).  Many more resources out there, too.
  • Watch for more resources on the IFLS website in coming weeks.

New on the website this week

  • DPI webinar next week: details in the IFLS calendar.
  • Same info, clearer title on the Operations toggle. I’m trying to keep up with changes, always reach out if information is confusing or missing.
  • Updated delivery schedule: any changes will be made before Monday each week.
  • Things to update: A new format for the internal staff directory (password is books) allows you to update information right on the web page! Please take a minute to confirm that your information is current. This is the primary way that other libraries and IFLS staff find and communicate with directors, teen and children’s librarians, circulation and ILL staff. Thank you!