The first thing is have an emergency plan. The second is to make sure it’s available when you need it. Bob Joly at the St Johnsbury Athenaeum carries his in his wallet.
The outline for the plan Bob uses comes from the State Archivists’ website. Here’s a brief description of the plan’s purpose from the Council of State Archivists site, below. CoSA also sells tyvek pockets to keep the plan dry.
The Pocket Response Plan (PReP) is intended to be customized for each institution and individual staff member. It is printed on both sides of a legal-size sheet of paper, then trimmed and folded to credit card size and stored in a Tyvek™ envelope that fits easily into a wallet.
On one side is an Emergency Communication Directory, with contact information for staff, first responders, emergency services, utilities, vendors and suppliers, disaster teams, and other essential individuals and agencies.
The other side contains an Emergency Response Checklist: an organized list of those actions that each individual should take in the first 24 to 72 hours following a disaster.
Bob adapted the back page to include a small incident report, where staff can jot things down during an emergency. He uploaded the Athenaeum plan to Google docs, so all staff have access and the entire plan is online. Bob notes that the plan is meant to be printed on legal size paper and then trimmed and folded to fit into the tyvek pocket.
Director Sharon Tanzer at the Whiting Library realized she needed to orient new employees with a lot of information– staff and trustee names, job descriptions, policies, holidays and work expectations. She pulled everything together in a handbook, below. Check out the table of contents for the short version.
E-Book Readers are increasing in popularity at libraries. Here is some advice and policies from libraries in Vermont and New Hampshire. Warning: this information may be outdated as soon as it is published.
“1. Remember you CANNOT download ebooks to a Kindle.
2. I have bought a Nook to show people and they may try it out in the library, but unless you have a large budget, I don’t think lending this piece of equipment is wise. You really can’t limit who you lend it to. Remember: If you can’t afford to give it, you can’t afford to lend it.” -Gail from Dorset Public Library
The Howe Library in Hanover, NH has been loaning e-readers for a couple of years, and here is their feedback:
“We don’t have a written policy per se, but patrons who check out our Kindles must be at least 18 years old. Kindles circulate for two weeks and do not renew. They come pre-loaded with a variety of books (you can see the list here), and patrons are not allowed to download additional content. While checking out a Kindle, we have the patron sign a form that indicates acceptance of the conditions and states that they will not leave the Kindle unattended in a public place and will be responsible for the entire replacement cost of the Kindle ($360) plus a packaging fee ($40) and a processing fee ($15) should the device be damaged or lost.”
The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum also requires patrons to sign a form before they are allowed to check out a Kindle:
The Barnet Public Library also has a form which outlines the responsibilities of both the patron and librarian and must be signed by both:
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Tagged Barnet Public Library, E-Reader, ebooks, Hanover, Howe Library, kindle, lending, Nook, policies, St. Johnsbury, St. Johnsbury Atheneaum, technology
We previously posted about how libraries are now lending expensive equipment (such as Kindles, MP3 players, Flip cameras, etc.). Here is a Kindle Contract that Barton Public Library has patrons sign before they can check out a Kindle.
Karen LaRue of the Townshend Public Library offers this list of websites suggested by Vermont libraries for information on swine flu issues.
Vermont 2-1-1 is working closely with the Vermont Department of Health and Vermont Emergency Management to help provide public information about H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu). General questions about H1N1 Flu or other health concerns related to the outbreak can be answered by dialing 2-1-1. Use the Vermont 2-1-1 link to reach other useful medical websites with information on Vermont and the world. The Vermont Department of Health link includes Vermont health alerts as well as good planning advice.
The CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has a long informative webpage on the vaccine, H1N1, and related issues. CDC free resources include public health posters on hand-washing and coughs, which the Norman Williams Public Library in Woodstock uses in their public restrooms.
Should public libraries ask patrons to leave if they are sick? LibraryLaw Blog says no. Librarians cannot diagnose H1N1. So, post signs, wipe down keyboards, and offer hand sanitizer and kleenex.
The Rockingham Free Public Library last year distributed a notice to parents. The message: if you’re too sick to be at school, you’re too sick to visit the library. Librarian Sam Maskell offers to select materials for pickup and reminds users of the themed bookbags with audio, video, and books. Sam is considering health programming, with a storytime about hand washing (“Germs are Not for Sharing”, by Elizabeth Verdick, “Wash your Hands!” By Tony Ross, or “Don’t You Feel Well, Sam?” by Amy Hest).
Posted in Book Lists and Collection Promotion, Children's Programs, Policies and Procedures
Tagged disease, flu, H1N1, health, legal issues, Norman Williams, public health, Rockingham, sanitation, swine flu, Woodstock
Susan Smolinski, director of the public library in Richford, started a great idea. She collected samples of public library fundraising letters and long range plans and posted them on a wiki honored with the library name, Arvin A. Brown. Link to them or copy them to your site.
Long range plans
Vermont librarians could also use a library policies link. Until one is built, try the WebJunction page,
Policies and Procedures