In spring 2020, the Dean of the Library, Kris Brancolini, commissioned a task force to draft recommendations for library access and services in the fall 2020 semester. The following is a summary of recommendations for three possible re-opening scenarios:
Guidelines from the university and local agencies are continually in flux as details about the pandemic emerge, so the following information may occasionally change in order to adapt to new information.
The following issues, largely determined by external guidelines, will impact library services and hours. Due to uncertainty around these questions, the library recommendations below are subject to change:
(The following section is based on work already completed by Harvard University Libraries).
It is important to note that many different kinds of activities occur in our physical space:
The development of this plan is based on the following guiding principles:
This option assumes the library would remain closed to LMU students, faculty, and staff, and access to campus is fairly limited.
It is worth noting that even if the building is closed to the public and the LMU campus community, the following tasks still require on-site access to the building by library staff so that we can provide essential services to LMU students, faculty, and staff.
If the building is closed to the public and the LMU campus community, the following essential services can still be provided to LMU students, faculty, and staff without on-site access to the library:
This option would be possible if county and university guidelines allow the library to operate in a limited capacity interacting with LMU users. This might involve appointments or pick-up services only, within short library hours. This option requires access to campus being granted for students, staff, and faculty to visit the library.
In addition to the above section services, this option would require:
This option would be possible if county guidelines allow for more normal use of the library, although with masking and possibly occupancy limitations. This option assumes there is a significant proportion of students living on campus or coming to campus daily, and that student employees can work at library desks and in other library departments.
ROW-TF is charged with recommending best-practices procedures and workflows to Management Council to manage COVID-19 safe practices for library staff providing public services and for the users inside the library. The Task Force will follow state and local guidelines while working with campus partners to ensure adherence to university policies.
Topics to address include but are not limited to:
The task force was made up of representatives from the units most impacted by public services.