As vaccinations continue and the country moves closer to a return to pre-pandemic operations, one industry that faces unique challenges is our Public Libraries.
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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.