Featured Reopening Resources
REALM Project Test 2 Results Available (OCLC, July 20, 2020)
"Results show that after two days of quarantine in a stacked configuration, the SARS-CoV-2 virus was not detectable on the archival folders.
After four days of quarantine in their stacked configuration, the virus was not detectable on the braille pages, glossy book pages, and board book.
The magazine pages showed a trace amount of virus at four days. Day four was the final timepoint tested."
Safety Standards and Checklist: Libraries (Mass.gov)
Mandatory reopening safety standards, recommended best practices and a checklist for libraries. Updated July 6, 2020. Phase 3.
Visit Reopening Your Library for more information.
Our blog features stories about how our member libraries are meeting the challenges of serving their communities in the current environment. We hope that these stories and tips will help other libraries across the state. If you have a service or program to share with your MA library colleagues, contact Kelly Jo Woodside.
Visit What Your Library Can Do Remotely for more ideas for your library.
Another way to share: From the Heart -- Do your have a story to share with the public? Even during the pandemic, Massachusetts libraries are finding creative ways to step up and support their communities and residents. The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) and the Massachusetts Library System (MLS) invite libraries to share their “From the Heart” stories here. They will be visible on the public From the Heart website and
Featured Library CE Opportunity
Develop Your Online Teaching Strategy with Gale (MLS)
Tuesday, August 11, 2:00pm ET -- Gale resources offer valuable tools and cross-curricular content to develop and enhance learning activities, whether your classroom is in person or online. In this session, we’ll explore ideas and best practices for incorporating Gale content into your lessons, class discussions, and more.
For More CE:
Visit COVID-19 Webinars and Forums for more CE and discussions addressing the current crisis.
Visit Online Library Training to access general library professional development opportunities online.
We're In This Together -- Free Digital Library (MBLC)
As the Covid-19 Crisis continues and more people are staying home, cultural institutions, nonprofits, and companies are making resources free for all to access. We have collected some of these for Massachusetts residents to use.
Visit Remote Library Resources for more library resources available to you and your patrons.
COVID-19 Public Resources Map (MEMA)
This map shows the location of resources available to the public during COVID-19 pandemic, such as food banks, houses of worship and Project Bread site locations. Please note that this map is not inclusive of all resources, and is only as accurate as the information provided to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.
Visit Information for Patrons for more critical resources on financial and social support, coping strategies, and mental health, as well as trusted information resources on COVID-19.
Virtual School Librarian
Statewide digital resources to ensure all students and teachers have the services of a school librarian to find high-quality information, tools and strategies to continue developing media literacy and research skills. Also includes a virtual "Ask a School Librarian" service. Simply fill out the form; all questions and comments will receive a response from participating school librarians.
Visit Youth & School Services for more resources.
Current Updates from MA