As we near the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies are actively planning strategies to return to regular operations for their office personnel. But if there is anything we have learned from the past year of lockdown, it’s that the traditional model of working in an office, Monday through Friday, is in need of a vital update.
As you’ve likely heard, the American Rescue Plan has recently been signed into law by President Biden. This landmark legislation opens the doors for so many Americans to get the help they need to continue moving through this pandemic.
The continuation of the global pandemic has been difficult for everyone in the country. Shutdown conditions and working from home have proven challenging for many but have been necessary in the goal of staying safe and reducing the chances of exposure.
Modern day library services have been focused on streamlining their processes for many years, even before the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of limited operating budgets and small numbers of on-site working staff – finding ways to improve workflow have become a top priority. This is especially true when faced with special requests for book holds, which requires extra time and effort versus day-to-day library work.
With isolation conditions because of the global COVID-19 pandemic still in place, safety concerns remain top of mind for many families. While having some extra time to read might be an unexpected benefit of the situation, being able to take advantage of the convenience of your local public library with limited open hours and an added need to avoid crowded spaces create unique challenges for library patrons to solve.
For many families, the public library has provided a reliable source of reading materials, research and study tools, and entertainment media that are conveniently available for borrowing and enjoying at home. The ease of visiting your local public library, searching the available catalog via computer, or simply perusing is a comfort many have been forced to forgo amidst concerns brought about because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Tennessee University partnership with UPS Store is promising evidence that students are amendable to paying monthly fees for package-delivery to safe and secure on-site smart lockers.
Belmont University and UPS Will Recoup Investment in Less Than Three Years with Luxer One Lockers
With more than 10 billion packages delivered in the U.S. annually by the top package carriers, smart package lockers have become one of the fastest-growing amenities among universities and other schools with on-campus housing. Already fully integrated into non-academic residential settings, the density of student dormitories makes multi-unit smart lockers an essential service. They eliminate extra labor, theft, and are completely contactless, benefiting student and staff health.
School districts across the United States are being required to adapt and change to serve their student populations while they shelter at home. For Rochester City School District in New York, that not only means maintaining daily lessons, but also distributing thousands of laptop computers to students and teachers for homeschooling and supporting the demanding technology needs of a 23,000 student school district. The idea of continuing these students’ education without being in class seemed like an impossible challenge.