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Resource Sharing @ South Central Regional Library Council: COVID-19 Resources

Resource Sharing services and opportunities from SCRLC


COVID-19 is the official and abbreviated name for Coronavirus Disease 2019 named by World Health Organization (WHO) in February 2020, formerly called 2019-nCov. The virus that causes the outbreak of COVID-19 is named "severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2" or SARS-CoV-2 by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) Coronaviridae Study Group.

NY State Department of Healthincludes the latest announcements about the virus, contact information for the department, and other resources on the situation in the state.

CDC on COVID-19: the CDC’s up-to-date report about COVID-19. 

The World Health Organization and COVID-19Research and Guidance; Situation Updates; News and FAQs from the WHO.

Recorded OCLC Webinars


A 90-minute OCLC recording, April 13, 2020. The live event featured WebJunction and OCLC Research Library Partnership program staff and four guest panelists from public, academic, special, and school libraries who shared their experiences with the shifting landscape, including how libraries are moving services, programming, and learning online. Please visit the event page on WebJunction to see additional resources, including slides, chat, captions and resources and links referenced during the town hall.


The latest information from the CDC about COVID-19, from March 24, 2020. 

Meditation with Jellyfish


Please enjoy this guided meditOcean with Pacific sea nettles. Courtesy of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. March 18, 2020.

Self-Care Webinars/Articles

Whether you are working remotely or within the library building, COVID-19 has changed the way we work and live. In a profession where the desire to serve the public often subsumes the needs of library workers, our panelists will share strategies for self-care as well as tips for overcoming challenges related to (re)creating a work-life balance that can be done for free, remotely or in the building. Presented by the NLM, recorded April 28, 2020.


Settling in for the possibility of an extended shelter-in-place order, use these six “Daily Quarantine Questions” to help structure your days—and check in with yourself, to make sure you're doing OK. From the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.

ILL Resources during COVID-19

IDS Project COVID-19 Resources: includes information, updates, and trainings from Atlas Systems ILLiad, OCLC, Ex Libris (Rapid), as well as additional webinars and information.

IMLS: The Institute of Museum and Library Services' COVID-19 Updates.

OCLC COVID-19 Resources: Information, resources,and support during the COVID-19 crisis.

OCLC Partners Free eContentOCLC is maintaining a growing list of this freely available content from such partners as Elsevier, Cambridge University Press, and the American Medical Association. They continue to update this list as new information becomes available, so please check back often. 

WebJunctionLibraries and the Coronavirus - Evolving Information and Resources. The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak is having a global impact, and affecting local communities. Staff in libraries of all types, geographic locations, and sizes are learning the facts about this public health crisis and helping to inform their patrons. Last update, April 28, 2020. 

ILL during COVID-19

  • This spreadsheet from Georgia Southern tracks the changes in ILL services for academic libraries across the country.
  • RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Library System) Guidelines for Libraries Considering Curbside Service and/or Phased Reopening, April 2020.
  • Physical ILL Return and Lending Status (map): OCLC is providing support to libraries during the COVID-19 pandemic by collecting and displaying physical ILL return and lending status. If you'd like other libraries to know if your library or mail room is processing physical ILL returns and/or lending physical materials, please complete this brief form.
  • You can find the current spreadsheet with libraries’ up-to-date responses here.
  • Resource Sharing During COVID-19 (RSCVD): Interlibrary Loan professionals in not-for-profit libraries can request access to materials from volunteering libraries.
  • These publishers have made articles relating to COVID-19 free of charge to users.
  • There is a Facebook group specifically for Interlibrary Loan staff that anyone can join. Info from vendors, helpful resources, community and levity.

Public Health and Safety Articles


From Prof. Erin Bromage, Comparative Immunologist and Professor of Biology (specializing in Immunology) at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, blog entry: "The Risks - Know Them- Avoid Them".

Information on Safe Handling of Collections



REALM (Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums) Project update: (June 22, 2020) Research Shows Virus Undetectable on Five Highly Circulated Library Materials After Three Days. Find the complete report here.



Presented by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Dr. David Berendes and Dr. Catherine Rasberry from the Centers for Disease Control presented an overview of the CDC’s guidance for community settings and environmental disinfection, and a discussion of how libraries, archives, and museums can help mitigate COVID-19 when working with paper-based, circulating, and other types of collections. The materials and links mentioned in the webinar have been added to the IMLS website under "Official Government Information and Resources."

Preservation and Conservation at Yale University Library: COVID-19 and Collections: a LibGuide from Yale University on preservation and conservation of items during the time of COVID-19



COVID-19: Safety Tips for Reopening Your Library, from DEMCO. This webinar discusses the reopening of libraries, with an empasis on good signage, kindness, and being okay with "grey areas". Helpful time markers: only approx: 2 min intro. thoughts, 9 min basic COVID facts, 16  min virus prevention, 21:20 patrons, 26:50 customer service desks, 29:30 books, 34:35 curbside pickup/deliver then special poulations, 36:40 cleaning other stuff, 37:35 bathrooms, 43:15 dealing with staff.

Webinars/Articles for Working from Home


Are you, like many others, working from home right now? This sudden shift of work may find you feeling less focused and productive. This webinar will provide some practical tips such as: Suggestions for working at home with children; Focusing through tech distractions; Suggestions for focusing; Prioritizing your work-at-home tasks: Deep vs Shallow Work. Recorded 4/23/2020. Presented by SCRLC. with Carrie Rogers-Whitehead.



How to Work From Home: 20 Tips From People Who Do It Successfully. At the home office, it's easy for you to become your own worst enemy. Here is a compilation of work-at-home tips and tricks from WFH professionals. From HubSpot.

This project is administered by the South Central Regional Library Council with funding from the Institue for Museum and Library Services.