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COVID-19 Resources

As the coronavirus situation changes quickly, WVLS is posting up-to-date information about the status of our member libraries’ closings, ways we can support our member libraries, and additional resources.
WVLS has suspended courier service, effective 3/18 – 4/3. We will do a reassessment on or before April 1.

NEW 3/31: COVID-19 Information for Wisconsin Public Libraries

Status of WVLS Member Libraries

Abbotsford Public Library:Closed until further notice.

Antigo Public Library: Closed until further notice; If you don’t have a library card please email either Dominic director@antigopl.org or Maria mpregler@antigopl.org, so one can be issued. 

Colby Community Library: Closed until further notice.

Crandon Public Library: Closed until further notice.

Dorchester Public Library: Closed until further notice.

Gilman, Western Taylor County:
Closed until further notice. Staff working limited hours to maintain basic procedures.

Granton Community Library: Closed until further notice. Staff working limited hours to maintain basic procedures. Patrons can call the library or contact the director at director@granton.lib.wi.us.

Greenwood Public Library: Closed until further notice.

Laona, Edith Evans: Closed until further notice.

Loyal Public Library: Closed until further notice.

Marathon County Public Library & branches: Closed until further notice; Online and telephone reference services and assistance available.

Medford, Frances L. Simek: Closed until further notice.

Merrill, T.B. Scott Free Library: Closed until further notice.

Minocqua Public Library: Closed until further notice.

Neillsville Public Library: Closed until further notice.

Owen Public Library: Closed until further notice.

Rhinelander District Library: Closed until further notice.

Rib Lake Public Library: Closed until further notice.

Stetsonville, Jean M. Thomsen Memorial Library: Closed until further notice.

Thorp Public Library: Closed until further notice.

Three Lakes, E.U. Demmer Memorial: Closed until further notice.

Tomahawk Public Library: Closed until further notice.

Wabeno Public Library: Closed until further notice.

Westboro Public Library: Closed until further notice.

Withee Public Library: Closed until further notice.

 

 

Staying Together Discussions

 
 

 

Next Meeting: April 3, 10 a.m.: Log-in information will be posted here.

V-Cat Notices, Holds, Circulation, Due Dates & Patron Cards

 

If your library should need to close for any reason, please contact WVLS at help@librarieswin.org and courier@wvls.org with the following information:
1) Library location(s) to be closed.
2) Anticipated length of closure and/or date to re-open.
3) Contact person and email/phone number where they can be reached during the closure.

Here is a document that outlines the steps WVLS will take to manage holds, transits, due dates etc. once we are made aware of a library closing. If you have additional questions or concerns after reviewing the document, please let us know.

 

Training Resources

For Patrons:
Ancestry at Home (Stephanie, Crandon)
Libby (Stephanie, Crandon)
Video on Absentee Voting (April, Three Lakes)

For Library Staff:
Scanning Documents on Your iPhone (Jamie, WVLS)

 

Professional Development Related to COVID-19

Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: Successful Ways to Work Remotely
Thursday, 4/2/2020

2:00 PM–3:00 PM (Eastern)
1:00 PM–2:00 PM (Central)
12:00 PM–1:00 PM (Mountain)
11:00 AM–12:00 PM (Pacific)

With library closures and mandated quarantines, public library staff may be struggling to transition from a public-facing role to working from home. In this webinar, participants will learn about software and technology options, gain best practices for being a successful remote employee or manager, and have the opportunity to share and ask questions.

Facilitators:
Cindy Fesemyer, Adult and Community Services Consultant, Public Library Development, Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction
Toby Greenwalt, Director, Digital Strategy & Technology Integration, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA
Angela Maycock, PLA Manager, Continuing Education

Registration Information

Wisconsin Libraries

Library Closure Procedures

If your library should need to close for any reason, please contact WVLS at help@librarieswin.org and courier@wvls.org with the following information:
1) Library location(s) to be closed.
2) Anticipated length of closure and/or date to re-open.
3) Contact person and email/phone number where they can be reached during the closure.

Here is a document that outlines the steps WVLS will take to manage holds, transits, due dates etc. once we are made aware of a library closing. If you have additional questions or concerns after reviewing the document, please let us know.

You also might want to consider adding your closure to the Wisconsin state-wide list, as well as the National list.

 
 

Closure Information For Your Library:

WVLS Operations

  1. The WVLS Office is closed until April 6 (subject to change, if necessary). This means:
    • Staff are required to work remotely or take paid time off. Limited staff members will be allowed in the office area during this time. 
    • There will be no travel for WVLS staff to member libraries, meetings or conferences during this time.
    • All scheduled meetings from WVLS will be virtual.
    • Phone lines and emails by WVLS staff will be monitored as usual. 
    • The WVLS Board of Trustees meeting scheduled for Saturday, March 21 has been tentatively rescheduled for Saturday, April 18.