Continuing to Manage the Impact of COVID-19 on Libraries

Tuesday, 6/9/2020 - Wednesday, 6/10/2020
  • 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.

Over the past several months, COVID-19 has significantly impacted libraries and library technical service units and departments, including requiring staff to work remotely and determining what services they can provide. As states begin to reopen, libraries face challenges as they determine how to re-open and begin providing in-person services, while still providing a safe environment for staff and patrons. In this special joint ALCTS/LITA/LLAMA e-Forum. we will discuss any changes in how everyone is coping, as well as providing an opportunity to discuss re-opening concerns and challenges.

Learning Outcomes

In this e-Forum, attendees will explore:

  • strategies for long-term telecommuting;
  • concerns about re-opening safely for staff and patrons; and
  • future implications for our work

Who Should Attend

All librarians and staff faced with working during the pandemic and concerned about getting back to “business as usual.”


Alyse Jordan serves as Associate Librarian at Arizona State University. Her library and higher education experience includes assessment, teaching, research, collection development, and instructional technologies. Alyse offers a commitment to actively mentoring colleagues and students in their discovery of information, professional development, and personal growth opportunities.

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.

Steven Pryor is Digital Scholarship Librarian at the University of Missouri. He studies faculty publication activity, promotes open access and institutional repository participation, and leads Software Carpentry initiatives and other work to promote digital research skills for students and faculty.

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.




How to Register

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Once you have registered for one e-Forum, you do not need to register again, unless you choose to leave the list. Find instructions for unsubscribing.

ALCTS Code of Conduct

Please review the ALCTS Statement of Conduct before registering.

Tech Requirements

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




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