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ILF's COVID-19 Tools and Resources for our Library Community

Indiana Library Federation shares key resources as our members provide certain, limited library services across our state while social distancing and shelter-in-place practices are maximized. We care about our members and the people libraries serve. Libraries play critical roles in helping patrons and students discern factual information from misinformation and in providing critical services in times of crisis (internet, eBooks, electronic resources, continuity of certain services, trusted community partner, online community).

About the Coronavirus-2019 (COVID-19)

Important guidance documents (government memos & info) 

About Indiana Library Federation’s (ILF) Activities - ILF is opening its pandemic response services to all people in the Indiana library community, regardless of personal or institutional membership in ILF during the crisis period. Our services include: 

  • Communications – Bookmark this page. Check our newsletters, or these VIDEO updates. We are OPEN and are here to support our members and the Indiana library community, which serves our neighbors.
  • Member Services – We continue networking and learning opportunities through “virtual exchanges” and "networking and sharing sessions" (open to all). We continue member, mentor, and director connections; and placement of member volunteers in positions throughout ILF.
  • Conferences – ILF’s conference events for 2020 and 2021 are in various stages of planning. For in-person gatherings, we are talking with leaders and venues about staff training, increased cleaning, packaged food options, and social distance seating. We understand these precautions may not relieve your fear or anxiety. We ask anyone who feels ill, has a fever, or who has compromised immunity, to stay home from ILF events.  
    • We cancelled five Regional Conferences through April.  We are providing full refunds to the paid registrants, and are exploring ways to deliver certain planned content via webinar.   
    • The Budget Preparation Workshop (May 19), Youth Services Conference (August 16-17), and Annual Conference (November 16-18), are moving forward, and we will continue to make decisions as the situation evolves. 
  • Advocacy – ILF monitors state and federal policies year-round and is positioned for action on behalf of libraries as needed. We are providing guidance about SB410 which will be effective 7/1/2020. Watch email.

Public Library Planning Resources  (though many libraries may benefit)

 ILF Planning Tools and ResourcesILF Tool to Assess Library Resources and Define Essential Services
Plan Outline for Phases of Library Closure to Reopening (Working document last updated 3/28)

Assess Resources and Define Essential Services (download this)

Download or add your ideas to this crowd-sourced Doc version of above (not all ideas will apply to all libraries)

ILF compilation documents (for your convenience)Various samples of activities during Phase 2-3 of Library Closure (see plan above for phases)

Sanitation Measures with link to IMLS/CDC Webinar (THE guidance for libraries)
Facilities Tips or add your own here
Sample letter for staff re essential services

Task for library staff working remotely  (crowdsourced)
Ways to support other gov't units & NGOs or add your idea in this doc

Blood Drive in the Library 

 HR ResourcesKey Ideas from PL Director ONLY meetings (Highlights from PL director ONLY meetings)

 Poster re FFRCA - Updated (paid leave during pandemic); Updated DOL FAQs on FFRCA (3/31)
From RE Sutton/Brown & Brown - Furloughs and Layoffs, and HR and legislative resource page (includes recordings) See ISL Memo on Library HR issues 3/31

 PL Director Only Meeting Highlights
Sample Messages to PatronsPandemic Policies

Hamilton East Public LibraryIndianapolis Public LibraryLake County Public Library . Muncie Public Library NoticeKnox County PL Closure Notice.Pendleton Community Public Library Staffing ProtocolBartholomew Co Addendum to Emergency Closure and Barth Co Addendum to Sick PolicyJackson County Business Continuity PlanJackson County Pandemic Plan.  Hamilton East Public Library pandemic policy.


Assistance for People affected by COVID-19

* Apply for unemployment online or by telephone. Learn about new unemployment rules or view this overview video. More info coming soon about how libraries can help.
* Apply for SNAP Food Assistance, TANF Cash Assistance, and Health coverage online or by telephone. See message for current enrollees. See info from Feeding Indiana's Hungry about SNAP and COVID-19 and ABAWD (Able-bodied Adults Without Dependents) provisions. More info and video coming soon about how libraries can help. 

General Library Resources (some apply across libraries)

Indiana State Library's activities and resources page
MCLS' things to do when feeling boxed in.

Shared ideas from ILF's Networking and Sharing Sessions (see calendar to join one) 
School Librarian
Youth Services

School Library Sample Resources

Please view and add to this crowd-sourced doc.  School librarians and school library staff are invited to ILF's Monday Meet-ups during this situation, where we share best practices and support each other. 

Academic Sample Library Resources
Sample messages from Academic Libraries
IUPUI University Library ,  Purdue University Libraries.

Professional Development and Learning Opportunities

Indiana Library Federation offers online virtual exchanges and possible webinars during the pandemic crisis. Check out archived micro-trainings on Intellectual Freedom, Public Library Series (members only), and more. 

Indiana State Library offers regular webinars and an array of archived webinars. 

Other Quality Resource Compilations

* American Library Association (ALA) - American Library Association Pandemic Planning Resources page

Questions? Have a question or a creative idea? Please email us.

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