COVID-19 Director Survey: Resuming Resource Sharing

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Added by Dawne Tortorella (06/11/2020 - 14:31) , last updated by Dawne Tortorella (06/11/2020 - 16:33)

Based on discussion at our Tuesday Fireside/Poolside Chat on June 9th and the announcement provided by the Illinois State Library via their E-news on June 8th, it is important that we hear from all SWAN Library Directors. 

While there will be differences in our numerous reopening schedules and services, returning to pre-COVID resource sharing hold maps and full reciprocal borrowing privileges requires coordination amongst our SWAN libraries. We will use the results of this survey to develop a plan and timeline for restoring resource sharing amongst our libraries.

We ask Library Directors or designate to complete a short 2-question survey by Monday, June 22nd

as published in the Illinois State Library E-news on June 8, 2020:

Emergency Rule Temporarily Suspends Resource Sharing Requirements

Even while most libraries in Illinois are experiencing facilities closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the library community have come together to design and expand services that do not require the public to enter the building. After the issuance of Executive Order 2020-32 on April 30, 2020 by Governor J.B. Pritzker, library boards and governing bodies have considered providing services that they consider essential, such as curbside delivery of library materials. Because of staffing, hours of service, and library collection limitations when implementing these temporary service models, a library may need to restrict access to their own patrons. Recognizing this need, the Secretary of State and the Illinois State Library filed an emergency rule effective May 7, 2020 to temporarily suspend resource sharing, reciprocal borrowing, and interlibrary loan requirements for library system membership in the Illinois Library System Act (23 Ill. Adm. Code 3030). Due to the extension of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation issued on May 29, 2020, Section 3030.200 (2) (C), (E) and (F) remain suspended until August 12, unless the proclamation is extended.