Navigating the Impact of COVID-19 on Library Technical Services

Tuesday, 4/21/2020 - Wednesday, 4/22/2020
  • 10:00 AM-6:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 9:00 AM-5:00 PM (Central)
  • 8:00 AM-4:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 7:00 AM-3:00 PM (Pacific)
ALA and ALCTS are committed to supporting our members, staff, and all librarians and library workers during these uncertain times. We will continue to offer online learning opportunities, including webinars and the Exchange 2020, and will do our best to accommodate the remote needs of our attendees. Please contact ALCTS with any questions or concerns.

The COVID-19 virus is having a significant impact on library technical services units and departments. This has included figuring out how to work remotely while many libraries around the country are closed or semi-closed. Come and discuss with your colleagues your ideas and plans for working, managing, and collaborating during this time.

Learning Outcomes

In this e-Forum, attendees will explore:

  • Ways to effectively telecommute
  • Planning technical services projects to do from home
  • How to keep in touch with colleagues while practicing social distancing
  • Best practices for managing a remote team

Who Should Attend

Technical services librarians and staff who may need help managing remote work during library closure.


Jeremy Myntti is Head of Digital Library Services at the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library. He oversees a department with twenty librarians, full-time staff, and part-time student employees, who are all now required to telecommute full-time.

Julene Jones is the interim assessment librarian at the University of Kentucky. Prior to this she was the Head of Database Integrity at the University of Kentucky where she was responsible for many things, but primarily for running reports, maintaining the consistency of the database, and authority control.

Nicole Lewis is Lead Cataloger at the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library. She is responsible for coordinating cataloging workflows and is one of the library’s ILS system administrators. She currently prepares database cleanup projects, including supplemental training, for several cataloging and acquisition staff to work on during the library closure.

Rebecca Uhl is Principal Cataloger at Arizona State University. She is coordinating remote work for 13 catalogers in three different units within technical services, including providing training and coaching catalogers in new and different tasks.




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Tech Requirements

Internet connection with email address. You can manage your subscription to this list following the online instructions.




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