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Resources about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) epidemic for those working in Oregon libraries

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Engaging Frontline Civic Leaders in Responding to COVID-19 (Harwood Institute) July 30, 2020, 10:00 am (PT) - The Harwood Institute recently completed a nationwide questionnaire of frontline civic leaders. We heard from libraries, United Ways, foundations, nonprofits, and faith leaders from across the country. They shared valuable insights on what they’re wrestling with, their role in the community and their aspirations for moving forward. This webinar will provide a break down the insights and what they mean for your work in community.

REALM: An Overview of the COVID-19 Research Project (OCLC) August 5, 2020, 10:00 am (PT) - Learning Outcomes: OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle have partnered to produce science-based information on how long the COVID-19 virus survives on materials that are prevalent in libraries, archives, and museums. The webinar will describe the project activities, point to information resources, and discuss findings from the first phase of laboratory testing. Speakers: Kendra Morgan, REALM Program Manager, OCLC and Sharon Streams, REALM Project Director, OCLC. 

COVID-19: How to Cope with Ongoing Isolation (SirsiDynix)  August 5, 2020, 10:00 am (PT) - Wondering how COVID-19 is affecting your mental health? Looking for strategies to reduce feelings of stress and loneliness during COVID-19? Join Brigham Young University psychology and neuroscience professor Julianne Holt-Lunstad as she shares her insight into how social distancing practices are affecting our minds, why relationships are important, and helpful habits we can implement to cope. Professor Holt-Lunstad has been researching the long-term health effects of social connection for over a decade, and she currently serves as a scientific advisor for the Australian Coalition to End Loneliness and the Foundation for Art & Healing.

Library Tech Staff Response to COVID-19 (LITA) August 5, 2020, 11:00 am (PT) - Libraries are taking the necessary precautions to create a safe environment during the pandemic. Social distancing isn’t the only solution, but providing access to loanable technologies, including handling and quarantine of equipment, cleaning, and other safety and health concerns are just some of the measures put in place. With the ongoing disruption to library services caused by COVID-19, what reopening planning policies should be considered for usage? In this free 90-minute presentation, our presenters will share tips that might be helpful to other librarians before they reopen. The presenters will also talk about the evolution of the phased plan from the establishment of a temporary computer lab in the library as COVID-19 began to spread in March 2020, to the current phased approach for gradual reopening. Justin will also offer insight into managed access, technology and services, workflows, messaging, and expectations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Power of Your School Librarian in a COVID-19 World: Harnessing Technology, Literacy, and Community (Saddleback Educational Publishing) August 5, 2020, 12:00 pm (PT) - As you prepare for a school year like no other and seek resources to effectively utilize technology, develop literacy, and build community relationships, look no further than your school librarian. Join Washington, D.C., public school librarians K.C. Boyd, Sherri Jones, and Christopher Stewart for this FREE webinar where they will highlight the extraordinary knowledge and tools librarians bring to our new schooling reality. From rolling out digital learning plans to distributing books and supplies, this webinar will open your eyes to the power of these often overlooked professionals during these unpredictable times.

COVID-19 and Collections Care: Part Two (Federal Depository Library Program) August 25, 2020, 10:00 am (PT) - This 90-minute webinar will include background information on the coronavirus, the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, and research coming out of the cultural heritage field, while introducing participants to recommendations for mitigating risks related to handling and care of collections materials. This session is an update to a webinar recorded on June 5, 2020, COVID-19 and Collections Care.


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