Do school folks think this would cover school libraries as well? Does anyone know if anything's been discussed on that aspect or do you think school libraries will fall more directly under school guidelines or somewhere in between? Some school libraries are open in the summer, so I'm also wondering what those librarians/schools are considering?
Maybe a good topic for a MASL Zoom??
Library & Information Specialist
MSL Remote Reviewer for Children's Books
National Writing Project Teacher Consultant
Old Town Elementary School
576 Stillwater Ave.
Old Town, ME 04468
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Subject: [MELIBS-L] Checklists for Reopening Finalized
Checklists for Reopening Finalized
On May 20, 2020, the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development issued a Stage 2 checklist for Public and Community Buildings<https://www.maine.gov/decd/sites/maine.gov.decd/files/inline-files/COVID%20Checklist%20for%20ME%20Phase%202%20Public%20and%20Community%20Buildings.pdf>. Within this checklist, DECD stated:
Public and community settings include, but are not limited to, municipal and county offices and libraries. As local communities and governing bodies determine the best way to safely re-open services, this document and the COVID-19 Prevention Checklist General Guidance reflect baseline steps. Other governing bodies and associations may release further guidance for specific types of public and community buildings. Libraries, in particular, should refer to the checklist published by the Maine Library Commission for further guidance: COVID-19 Prevention Checklist -Public Library Guidance.
The process for public libraries to safely open is:
1. Review the Public and Community Buildings Checklist<https://www.maine.gov/decd/sites/maine.gov.decd/files/inline-files/COVID%20Checklist%20for%20ME%20Phase%202%20Public%20and%20Community%20Buildings.pdf> (all municipal, county, libraries, etc.)
2. Review the General Guidance Checklist<https://www.maine.gov/decd/sites/maine.gov.decd/files/inline-files/COVID%20Checklist%20General%20Guidance%20updated-1.pdf> (all businesses)
3. Review the Public Library Checklist<https://www.maine.gov/msl/about/commission/documents/LibraryChecklist-Approved-MaineLibraryCommission-May18.pdf> adopted by the Maine Library Commission.
4. Prepare a plan to open safely that is approved by your governing body
5. Fill out the COVID-19 Prevention Form<https://appengine.egov.com/apps/me/covidpreventionform> (select Public and Community Buildings)
6. Download a sign/badge to post on your door or in your library
We know there will be many questions forthcoming about the checklists.
The Public and Community Buildings Checklist is the minimum and overall guidance from a community perspective with the Maine Library Commission approved Public Library checklist more focused guidance for libraries specifically for services and materials.
There is much alignment between the two checklists. We have gently modified the Public Library Checklist to provide links to the Public and Community Buildings Checklist to make it easier to navigate.
It is gratifying that the DECD has acknowledged libraries and both recommended and linked to the approved Public Library Checklist. The checklist was reviewed by a team at DECD as well as the clinical public health review team with the following comments: "The Public and Community Buildings guidance will provide important provisions that generally apply across public buildings, but the library-specific guidance, of course, offers much more detailed info about how to adjust library operations."
I'd like to ask that you send questions and comments to your Maine State Library Regional Liaison<https://www.maine.gov/msl/libs/Regions.shtml> so we can address them at the Statewide Zoom meeting on Tuesday, May 26. This will allow us to structure the meeting around these questions and comments in a more organized way and hopefully be a more efficient process to address issues and answer all questions.
Although both checklists address safely opening, there is no requirement to open. Your governing bodies, readiness assessments and plans will determine the date when libraries open buildings to staff and then open buildings to the public.
We hope you all have a great holiday weekend and enjoy the sunny weather. Most Maine State Library staff will be taking Friday as a vacation day to take advantage of the weather and a long holiday weekend.
The Maine State Library thanks all of you for your patience, perseverance, and engagement through this process. Looking forward to the Tuesday Zoom meeting.
May 26 at 3:15 pm: MSL-Continuing the Coronavirus Conversation
Meeting ID: 998 6049 7492
Stay well all,
Director, Library Development
Maine State Library
230 State Street
Augusta, ME 04333
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