Friday, August 14, 2020

Safe Reopening Plans

In the fall, library services will be provided in phases.

First Phase
In the first phase, in support of the Seminary’s online instruction, the library will continue digital services, including electronic remote access, fully online course reserves, instruction, research consultations, and the Online Help Desk - 

Continuing students who need printed books for their courses are encouraged to contact the Student Office which administers the CARES funds. Contact: Gina Kuzuoko. Student Assistance Funds to help with costs associated with learning  technology and access ($300 maximum) for all students are also available. Contact Jessica Bowman.

In this first phase, the building and its print collections will be open only to library staff. Library staff will deliver digital services and are busy planning new and enhanced library services to support the online instruction. Starting in September, we are planning to offer Online Open Office Hours on three days a week from noon to 1 pm. Virtual chats, online sign up for workshops and consultations are being tested. Details will be available by the start of Fall semester.

Second Phase
In the second phase, the library building and its printed collections will be open to current LPTS employees and students. We anticipate reduced hours, limited spaces, and no contact services. This means the number of people in the building, computer lab, study carrels, group study rooms/spaces, photocopying, scanning, ILL services, will be reduced and or unavailable.  Besides conforming to Seminary guidelines, we are also monitoring state health guidelines, and testing results from the REALM project out of an abundance of caution and care. Safe reopening also depends on the library being fully staffed.

When will this happen? I want to check out print books and study in the library!

We miss you! I cannot wait for the time when we have patrons back in our beautiful library but safety comes first. Safe book borrowing without staff-patron contact is being investigated. So are practices, procedures and equipment for disinfecting high touch areas, book quarantines, and social distancing.

We don't know when exactly this will happen because we are also short-staffed. Be assured we're working as creatively and as hard and as fast as we can to restore the traditional library services. 

Thanks for your support!

A complete list of our services and plans for safe reopening of each one is available upon request.