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

Topic Talks


Join us for informal conversations with colleagues from around the state!

Every Wednesday from 12:00 to 1:00pm 
Meeting ID: 931 3084 9896
Use computer audio or dial-in to 346-248-7799 or 408-638-0968   

Upcoming Sessions
  • 6/10: Status check - how's it going?; hosted by Tamara Ottum
  • 6/17: PL stats (COVID-specific) - an update; hosted by Ross Fuqua
  • 6/24: Employee morale and self-care; hosted by Greta Bergquist and Tamara Ottum
Past Sessions

Upcoming Webinars

Libraries Reopening: A Perspective of Best Practices from Around the World in the Time of COVID-19 (ALA/IRRT) June 4-5, June 11, June 16-17, 2020, various times. Please visit: for complete information. ALA International Relations Roundtable (IRRT) Webinar Committee will run a series of free webinars focusing on perspectives from libraries around the world dealing with COVID-19. Presenters will address the following questions: What risks are libraries expecting to be associated with the reopening? What is the library strategy to protect their users, the library staff, the building, and the materials? What are the safety measures that libraries are putting in place? What is the training the staff need? What communications channels are you using or plan to use to communicate the staff safety?

The Library Community Moving Forward in the New Normal (ALA) June 4, 2020 11:00 am (PT) - Join us for insight and discussion with leaders from state, public, academic, and school libraries on the continued efforts and strategies to reopen library facilities across the country. Attendees will benefit from hearing about preliminary results from the recent national “Libraries Respond: COVID-19 Survey,” and have the opportunity to ask questions and compare and contrast planning and guidance across the range of library types to inform your own robust planning and services responses.

COVID-19 and Collections Care (FDLP Academy) June 5, 2020, 10:00 am (PT) - This 90-minute webinar will include background information on the coronavirus and CDC guidelines while introducing participants to recommendations for mitigating risks related to handling and care of collections materials. Participants will consider how the current crisis affects continuity of operations within their institutions and will leave with resources to help keep their organizations moving forward. The presentation will include a 30-minute question and answer session with an NEDCC Preservation Specialist and a Conservator to address specific concerns from attendees.

What Resilient Companies Do Differently (Harvard Business Review) June 11, 2020, 9:00 am (PT) - Even before COVID-19, Wall Street analysts were speculating about when the next recession would begin. Warning signs included ballooning corporate debt and slowing GDP growth in China. And then came COVID-19. Now, economists are wondering how bad this recession will be and how long it will last. Mihir Mysore will share lessons about resilient companies from previous downturns and describe what he expects the most resilient companies to do in this downturn—which includes using digital tools and advanced analytics along with strengthening their balance sheets.

Libraries Prepare to Answer Civil Legal Questions in Times of Crisis (WebJunction) June 11, 2020 12:00 pm (PT) - With the economy staggering, unemployment soaring to unprecedented heights, and families reeling from weeks of confinement and uncertainty, people are turning to their libraries for help. Many of the issues people are struggling with involve civil legal information; questions related to unemployment, debt/money issues, foreclosures and evictions, or family stressors are all on the rise due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this webinar, two law librarians highlight the most common civil legal issues they are seeing, provide guidance on key ways for public libraries to respond to civil legal needs, and discuss best practices for online reference services. Let’s work together to re-empower our struggling communities and demonstrate just how essential libraries are in times of crisis.

Providing Library Senior Services in a COVID-19 World (National Network of Libraries of Medicine) June 17, 2020, 9:00 am (PT) - How to provide library service to seniors, the most vulnerable population affected during COVID-19, has been the question raised by outreach librarians across the United States. While we might not be able to visit our seniors or facilities in-person for the foreseeable future, libraries can reach this population while we shelter in place. During this webinar, please find tips and tricks that David J. Kelsey of the St. Charles (IL) Public Library District (SCPLD) and Glenna Godinsky of the Gail Borden (IL) Public Library District recommend in serving the senior demographic during COVID-19.

Community Foundations as a COVID-19 Resource: How to Leverage Donor-Advised Funds (GrantSpace) June 17, 2020, 11:00 am (PT) - Community foundations play a key role in the development of local communities. Join the San Francisco Foundation, the Denver Foundation, and Candid to learn how their donor-advised funds (DAFs) are creating a positive impact in their communities. The presenters will also share some strategies that nonprofits can employ to access this funding during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and after the pandemic is over.

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