TRANSCRIPT: COVID-19 Directors' Chat - April 2, 2020

TRANSCRIPT
Directors' Chat
Thursday, April 2, 2020

 

  Jo - Greenville Public Library:Good afternoon!

  Ellen Popit, IHLS:It's about 1:00, so let's get this chat started.  Hope that everyone is enjoying a bit of sunshine!

  Carol Brockmeyer-Daugherty PLD:It is a beautiful day!

  Ellen Popit, IHLS:So we all need to take an appropriately socially distant walk!

  Lindsey (Wood River):Already got 2 miles in today!

  Ellen Popit, IHLS:Yea!  Lindsey!

  Debra Mason Paxton Carnegie Library:Good afternoon! I'm wondering how all of you are handling payroll. Are you continuing to receive your usual pay, are there those who are having to file unemployment?

  Mahomet John H:Did a 10 minute walk earlier.  It is really beautiful out.

  Lindsey (Wood River):Currently we are paying people as normal. My board meets on Thursday next week to discuss what we are doing moving forward.

  Mahomet John H:We are paying everyone for their regularly scheduled hours.  Full time and part time.

  Erin - Crab Orchard:Right now we're all getting our regular pay.  I think that may change with our next board meeting. 

  Kay Burrous  South Macon:We are getting paid.

  Teresa (Paris):We are paying everyone normal hours

  Carol Brockmeyer-Daugherty PLD:We are are paying everyone for hours that they would have normally worked.

  Jo - Greenville Public Library:We are paying everyone for regular hours - both full time and part time staff.

  Susan Colbert - Sparta Public Library:Staff and I getting paid.

  Diana_CentraliaRLD:Did anyone else attend  ILA Noon Network - Connecting with Staff Remotely w/Katie Hall yesterday? It was good and only 1/2  hour.

  Renee Wellborn:We are supposed to have our board meeting next week.  Are most of you having your board meetings in person or cancelling them?

  Lindsey (Wood River):We cancelled March but will use Zoom for April

  Mahomet John H:We will do our board meeting via Zoom most likely.

  Carol Brockmeyer-Daugherty PLD:Canceling  bd. meeting

  Susan Colbert - Sparta Public Library:We've cancelled our April 6 board meeting.

  Debra Mason Paxton Carnegie Library:Our mtg. for this week was put off to next week, however, I believe it will be conducted remotely!

  Diana_CentraliaRLD:We are all getting paid our regular hours.

  Lisa - Stinson Memorial PLD:We are paying everyone their regular hours and as of now our board plans to continue as long as needed.

  Brenda Gilpatrick-Red Bud Public Library:Paying everyone regular pay.

  Susan Mullen, Herrin City Library:We are paying everyone for regular hours - both full time and part time staff.

  Erin - Crab Orchard:We canceled March but will probably use Zoom for April.

  Debra Mason Paxton Carnegie Library:Thank you for answering my question! My board needs an idea of what's going on around the area!

  Mahomet John H:@Ellen  I have really been enjoying these chats.  Yesterday I thought it was chat day and when it wasn't I was sad.

  Jo - Greenville Public Library:We are cancelling April board meeting.

  Renee Wellborn:We are paying our staff as usual

  Susan Mullen, Herrin City Library:We did ZOOM for March Meeting and will do it again for April.

  Lori/Clifton:we have cancelled our board meeting for next week. Still working on it we will get our pay for April

  Teresa (Paris):We're going to do remote. My board president would rather not use Zoom, wants me to pick something else. Need one where my board member without internet can call in

  Joan - Germantown:using zoom for April board meeting next week

  Ellen Popit, IHLS:If you haven't already, please check our website on a regular basis.  Here's the link:  https://www.illinoisheartland.org/covid19

  Lindsey (Wood River):zoom you can call in..

  Lisa - Stinson Memorial PLD:We cancelled March, I am going to attempt Zoom for April.  But I set up email for all of my board and so far only 3 know how to acrively use it.... I may need a lot of luck for an actual meeting online.

  Teresa (Paris):He's worried about the free version and the zoombombing

  Ellen Popit, IHLS:We're trying to keep you informed as we get information and you'll find links to what our colleagues at ILA, ALA and RAILS are also sharing.  It's a lot of information to take in, but it is all so helpful.

  Lindsey (Wood River):I thought with the free one you can still us a password. I could be wrong though

  Lisa - Stinson Memorial PLD:There was a great email earlier about safety precautions for Zoom, I can't remember who sent it though.

  Lindsey (Wood River):I didn't put it out there. I said they must email me for the instructions. I am trying to prevent that very thing

  Mahomet John H:I believe that we have a moral and ethical obligation to continue paying our staff.  Because our funding is not based on sales or customers I don't see how we can justify not paying.  Not only for the well-being of our staff, but for the good of society.  Our societal safety net is going to be stretched to its breaking point in the coming year. I Don't see how we can justify adding people to the  une,ployment and  food pantry lines when our funding has not changed.

  Anna-IHLS:I am still trying to absorb what I heard on two webinars on all the new federal laws.

  Rick Meyer--Decatur Public:I'm with Anna--the Ancel Glink webinar made my head spin

  Celeste - Urbana Free:We will likely Zoom our April 14 Board meeting. We need the Board to pass the FY21 budget...

  Ellen Popit, IHLS:One of the ones we attended referred to the law as "evolving," so there's more to come.

  Rick Meyer--Decatur Public:I agree with you John. I hope that our Boards and the public agree.

  Lisa - Stinson Memorial PLD:The amount of information is mind boggling. It makes my head spin just keeping up with emails. The webinars  are overwhelming sometimes.

  Mahomet John H:Yes, for public participation in our zoom meeting we are going to ask them to contact us for the login info.  I feel that is the safest way.

  Mahomet John H:As opposed to putting our zoom meeting info online.

  Anna-IHLS:@ John I would give the PAC officer a quick call to mak

  Kathleen Bennett - Catlin Public Library:@John And you are communicating this through your website or posting a notice  on your building or both?

  Celeste - Urbana Free:here is one article https://www.theverge.com/2020/3/27/21197090/zoombombing-zoom-stop-how-to-porn-trolls-video-chat-screen-sharing

  Lindsey (Wood River):I did both. It's at the bottom of my agenda along with if someone is in need of accommodations, just like every agenda.

  Mahomet John H:Alternately I could open my meeting room and have the meeting on the big screen.  But....stay at home order makes this a bad idea.

  Mahomet John H:We will do both - just because it is easy for my business manager to walk over to the building.

  Anna-IHLS:Sorry hit send too quickly, It makes sense to have people ask for connection but I would check with the PAC  to make sure. It might be considered a barrier or way to limit articipation.

  Susan IHLS:Troy, earlier today, said there were several updates to Zoom now to make it more secure. So be sure to update.

  Mahomet John H:Anna I will do that but honestly, the stay at home order is already limiting participation.  That's not our fault.

  Celeste - Urbana Free:http://municipalminute.ancelglink.com/2020/03/conducting-meetings-during... from Ancel Glink

  Anna-IHLS:@John true, but everything I have hear in regards ot OMA is to keep it as open to the public as possible.

  Celeste - Urbana Free:"Instructions for how members of the public can see, listen, and/or participate in meetings should be listed at the top of each agenda. In addition, instructions for how members of the public can submit public comments should also be listed on the agenda."

  Celeste - Urbana Free:just as one option.

  Lindsey (Wood River):@celeste- CRAP guess I need to redo my agenda.

  Ellen Popit, IHLS:@Lindsey  We're all learning as we move through this very unique time.

  Anna-IHLS:@Celeste thank you for sharing that

  Celeste - Urbana Free:@Linsdey - sorry!

  Lindsey (Wood River):Ha. Not your fault. That's what I get for trying to prevent people from doing nasty things!

  Mahomet John H:In the end, I am not too worried about trolls. 

  Celeste - Urbana Free:has anyone heard whether the Governor extended the relief from the "you have to have a quorum in person" section of the OMA?

  Celeste - Urbana Free:it was set to expire the other day and I haven't kept up with that.

  Julia, IHLS:Tomorrow's American Libraries Live is libraries dealing with digital resources and copyright issues

  Ellen Popit, IHLS:Thanks, Julia! 

  Ellen Popit, IHLS:What other issues are you working through or wondering about?

  Anna-IHLS:I think we just need to fall library law and the usual practices  with the modifications the governor gave us  and do the best we can. I will check on changes to governors exceptions.

  Mahomet John H:So I am assuming taht we are all remaining closed until at least April 30?

  Brenda Gilpatrick-Red Bud Public Library:Afraid so.

  Celeste - Urbana Free:@John, Urbana Free is

  Rick Meyer--Decatur Public:Yep

  Teresa (Paris):yes

  Debra Mason Paxton Carnegie Library:Yes, we will remain closed.

  Rick Meyer--Decatur Public:<----Leaning into the "at least" part

  Lisa - Stinson Memorial PLD:Yes

  Debby Nokomis Public Library 2:Yes, we will be closed.

  Diana_CentraliaRLD:“The only thing he changed in his executive order was the 'physical quorum' requirement, so all or most members can be remote,” said Don Craven, legal counsel to the Illinois Press Association. Quote found at https://www.newstrib.com/2020/03/20/how-does-the-change-to-illinois-open-meetings-act-affect-us/alzff2b/

  Mahomet John H:So has anyone come up with original and creative projects that your employees can work on from home?

  Ellen Popit, IHLS:Lots of webinars!  I watched a good one yesterday on Ethics!

  Susan Colbert - Sparta Public Library:We'll remain closed until April 30th.

  Lindsey (Wood River):One of my staff is pulling an overdue report daily and renewing items. Another is deleting expired patrons

  Renee Wellborn:Yes we are closed until at least April 30

  Mahomet John H:I have a number of employees willing to work but for various reasons I'm struggling with what they can work on aside from continuing education.

  Mahomet John H:We have created a Google form where they can report what CE they have done, what they learned and how it might apply to Mahomet PL.

  Lindsey (Wood River):One is working on daily streaming suggestions using a variety of platforms. hes a movie buff so its right in his wheelhouse

  Lindsey (Wood River):Jeremy from Cahokia has someone working on a new website.

  Lisa - Stinson Memorial PLD:We've been doing continuig ed and trying to come up with resources and programs to share.

  Ellen Popit, IHLS:@Lindsey----I bet patrons love that!

  Lindsey (Wood River):Many do, yes.

  Lindsey (Wood River):We also started a virtual book club using Facebook Groups.

  Lindsey (Wood River):Our social media is BOOMING currently. It's about all we can do for our patrons..

  Lisa - Stinson Memorial PLD:We are continuing our monthly bookclub online. We will see how that goes, our first is next week.

  Celeste - Urbana Free:@Linsdey we renewed everything at one time into May, staggering the dates so everything so it wasn't all due at once

  Lora - Ogden Rose:my technology is stretched to it's limits just attending these meetings fru

  IHLS, Julia:WebJunction share an article Youth Programming Goes Virtual—Storytimes, Crafts, Teen Activities, and More  and it includes remote services libraries can provide that contains some fun ideas for staff to work on

  Rick Meyer--Decatur Public:Social media, database cleanup, Dewey reclasses, website, story times, craft class

  Lora - Ogden Rose:om home.

  Rick Meyer--Decatur Public:Looking at some digitization of Local history stuff

  Lora - Ogden Rose:Plese

  Mahomet John H:@Celeste have you found a way to do that(change due dates) in batch in Polaris?  Or have staff have to do it a patron at a time?

  Anna-IHLS:Sounds like you guys are doing some great things.

  Rick Meyer--Decatur Public:pushing census participation

  Celeste - Urbana Free:Amy at Champaign did it for us. I don't know the details.

  Erin - Crab Orchard:@Celeste - how do you renew everything at one time? That sounds like a great idea.

  Lisa - Stinson Memorial PLD:@Lindsey we using social media a lot too. Sometimes I'm afraid I'm going to give our patrons the same information overload I'm feeling. But it's the only way I can think to provide resources and stay in contact.

  Jo - Greenville Public Library:Did IHLS reset all patrons' expiration date?  We noticed they had changed.

  Lindsey (Wood River):I think my circ manager is contacting anyone she can via email so people wont forget. we locked our bookdrop

  Lindsey (Wood River):I agree, we actually have a google doc to schedule evetything so we don't overload at once. ITS HARD

  Anna-IHLS:I think I will do a blog post on what everyone is doing. I will look at this transcript and may have questions for you.

  Lora - Ogden Rose:Please ignore my typing! Things are not working as they should! (And by things, I mean my fingers!)

  Rick Meyer--Decatur Public:E-card verification

  Celeste - Urbana Free:@Ellen, I found the answer in yesterday's Executive Order. https://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/Executive-Orders/ExecutiveOrder2020-18.aspx "Section 5.  During the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamations, the provisions of the Open Meetings Act, 5 ILCS 120, requiring or relating to in-person attendance by members of a public body are suspended. "

  Rick Meyer--Decatur Public:helping patrons with access and card issues

  Debby Nokomis Public Library 2:We are renewing items, social media, census participation, looking into grants, continuing ed, etc.

  Ellen Popit, IHLS:@ Jo.  That was a topic at the SHARE executive council meeting yesterday and I do think that was done.  Diana or Rick, am I correct?

  Jo - Greenville Public Library:@Ellen, thank you to whoever did it.  Very helpful.

  Diana_CentraliaRLD:Cassandra is checking with Polaris to request a global reset on all due dates

  Rick Meyer--Decatur Public:Yes, Ellen

  Anna-IHLS:Thanks Celeste and Diana about the board meeting information.

  Rick Meyer--Decatur Public:We are cleaing up OCLC holdings

  Lindsey (Wood River):We also are doing safety training videos.

  Lindsey (Wood River):And I had a staff compile a list of resources relating to COVID19

  Lisa - Stinson Memorial PLD:@Ellen, you sent an email earlier today about setting up a program concerning Summer Reading Programs during this crazy time.  That will be next week correct? Again my brain is on constant information overload.

  Ellen Popit, IHLS:Summer Reading came up during yesterday's SHARE Executive Council meeting.  I reached out this morning to Ashley Stewart from Caseyville, who will be attending an IREAD meeting tomorrow.  The plan is to schedule a zoom meeting designed to allow people involved in summer reading to discuss their options for 2020.  We'll try to announce a date and time on Monday, with enough lead time to allow people to plan to attend.

  Ellen Popit, IHLS:So, when we have a date and time, please share broadly with youth services people!

  Mahomet John H:So here is something that we may all want to be thinking about.  I discussed this with my staff yesterday and asked them to start thinking about it.  We will be re-opening our libraries into a very different economic environment than when we closed.  We can reasonably expect a lot of people to be out of work, either temporarily or long term.  I think we will want to be ready and have resources available for people who have to upadate resumes, do online job applications, apply for unemployment, etc.

  Diane Foote, Illinois Library Association:Yes, please, iREAD would very much like to be in this loop. I think Lindsey will also be attending the iREAD Committee meeting tomorrow?

  Lindsey (Wood River):Yes, ma'am

  Lisa - Stinson Memorial PLD:@Ellen, thank you so much.  That is always our biggest program and Beth and I have been a little stressed brain storming.  It doesn't help her baby is due in the middle of the program.

  Joan - Germantown:@ Ellen Popit, and share with directors, as some small libraries don't have youth services staff

  IHLS, Julia:They have also started discussing summer reading on the Facebook page: SIL CHLS (Southern Illinois Children's Librarian )

  Ellen Popit, IHLS:GREAT!  The more information in this loop the better.  Thanks Lindsey and Diane!

  Diane Foote, Illinois Library Association:And on the Libraries Step Up (In Times of Crisis) Facebook group.

  Rick Meyer--Decatur Public:@John--agreed, assistant Director and I are chatting about this.

  Lora - Ogden Rose:@Joan, agreed.

  Ellen Popit, IHLS:Absolutely, Joan!  It will go out on the Director's List!

  Anna-IHLS:@Howard and John I agree and I think many small businesses will also be suffering.  I think we will need to be prepared to coneect people to resources right away.

  IHLS, Julia:Yes, Diane, on Facebook The Libraries Step Up (In Times of Crisis) is very active.

  Anna-IHLS:Sorry to many webinars in a row. that is supposed to be Rick and John

  Rick Meyer--Decatur Public:@Anna---Rick/Howard--doesn't really matter between friends

  Mahomet John H:Yes, I think I should probably meet with the head of our Chamber of  Commerce to discuss in what way the library can be of assistance to small business in this time period.

  Tammy - Chester Public 2:I thought about children's programs and how they should not share anything - crayons, scissors, etc....   I guess all will need individual supplies. 

  Ashley - CaseyvillePLD:Those are fantastic groups to follow!

  Anna-IHLS:@Rick Thanks (typed with a red face) John that is a great idea. When you have6.6 million and counting people file for unemployment you know that will be a great need.

  Ellen Popit, IHLS:@ Tammy, my gut tells me that as we begin to see thelight at the end of the tunnel, we'll see lots of guidelines appear regarding sharing and group managment..

  Anna-IHLS:Are people anticipating angry comments from your patrons? How do you think you will respond?

  Diana_CentraliaRLD:@ Ellen I agree

  Lindsey (Wood River):I had one tell me we are ruining things. Not my finest moment when I told him I didn't have the patience to listen to it at that moment and that it was for everyone's well being

  Mahomet John H:I want to come out of the gate being as relevant as possible for my community when we reopen.  Programs and resources for people whose employment was affected by the crisis will be a good way to do so.

  Anna-IHLS:@Lindsey I think these are stressful times and they may become even more stressful. That is why now is the time to start planning for our reopenings.

  Lisa - Stinson Memorial PLD:We have had some angry patrons already, I've tried to handle it by explaining the importance of social distancing for all of our safety, and all the usual talking points. But because we don't have many diagnosed cases in our area this isn't always working. But most patrons completely undersatnd.

  Brenda Gilpatrick-Red Bud Public Library:I haven't heard any angry comments, but I can't help but wonder what is being said "out there". Honestly, at this point I don't have time to worry about. I think I'm working harder than if we were open. My brain won't stop spinning!

  Teresa (Paris):@Brenda  Me too.

  Lindsey (Wood River):@Brenda agreed! I feel like I am living a constant state of nearly panic attack every day. At the end of the day, if I have to, I will direct them to the trustees

  Lisa - Stinson Memorial PLD:@Brenda, I completely agree with feeling like I'm working more and definitely more stressed.

  Mahomet John H:I'm sure a lot of our patrons are out there applying for unemmployment for the first time.  Anyone find any good resources for helping them please share.

  Ashley - CaseyvillePLD:What is everyone recommedning for the patrons that call needing to print/fax/scan documents in order to file for unemployment?

  Ellen Popit, IHLS:Please everyone, be good to yourselves!  One step at a time.  Let yourself turn your computer off and step away from texts and e-mail.  Take advantage of the nice days.

  Teresa (Paris):ILAO has a good post about applying for unemployment

  Debra Mason Paxton Carnegie Library 2:Stress is huge here, especially since my board president is looking into employees filing for unemployment, and to do so, they technically have to be laid off :(

  Mahomet John H:A good rule of thumb right now is to keep your Board well informed of what is going on, and what you are working on.  Patricularly if you are worried about your board continuing to pay people.

  Mahomet John H:@Theresa what is ILAO?

  Anna-IHLS:I find working at home challenging and hard to turn things off.  I think trustees should help with crafting the message we tell our public. What are things you are all doing to keep sane.

  Teresa (Paris):Illinois Legal Aid Online

  Lindsey (Wood River):Walking. Working only in my office so I don't mix the two. Going INTO the library on occasion to GET OUT. Putting away my phone and playing with the kids. and I FINALLY GOT SOME PUZZLES. haha

  IHLS, Julia:https://www.illinoislegalaid.org/

  Teresa (Paris):Here's their post on legal issues in general https://www.illinoislegalaid.org/about/our-work/blog/legal-issues-during-coronavirus-pandemic

  Anna-IHLS:If you are laying people off you need to keep in mind any benefits they may need to be paid  as they exit, the cost of unemployment and to have a process and criteria so it doesn't look like you are discriminating against anyone.

  Brenda Gilpatrick-Red Bud Public Library:@Ashley- Our banks, grocery store, and drug store fax. We have a newspaper and they will print. I'n not sure who will scan.

  Debra Mason Paxton Carnegie Library 2:I hope the board decides to continue pay and not lay off!

  Lindsey (Wood River):@Brenda- with the banks' lobbies closed will they do that from the drive through?

  Celeste - Urbana Free:OK, just for fun, this: https://www.sadanduseless.com/recreated-art/?fbclid=IwAR1jpnHsc3qjmTPtn50_fFfGBdgy1_FDdpxYIHKRtpL8XsM4RMDk17XXhJQ

  Brenda Gilpatrick-Red Bud Public Library:@Lindsey- I think so but not positive.

  Ashley - CaseyvillePLD:Readers Digest published a great article about the different ways that libraries are stepping up during the pandemic: https://www.rd.com/culture/3-things-libraries-across-america-are-doing-to-fight-the-coronavirus/?fbclid=IwAR0uI-b9fNtvwfr5pIxhkQFbgLMPaQje0KcHkCDke93qsk_nnuswc_YG-Pw

  Lindsey (Wood River):i'll call around and  our banks.

  Celeste - Urbana Free:do your libraries offer Employee Assistance programs? Ours does, and the EAP staff are working via telephone to still have social distancing but to help during this stressful time.

  Diana_CentraliaRLD:@ Celeste I've been seeing those in my Facebook feed. Some of them are really good.

  Ellen Popit, IHLS:We do at the system and we've been sharing that information with staff on a very regular basis.

  Lisa - Stinson Memorial PLD:In the information Phil Lenzini gave, it sounded to me as if laying employees off would be potentially more expensive in the long run due to the increase we have to pay in?

  Joan - Germantown:@Ashley, our bank and insurance offices will do these services for people (we were always cheaper!) But people can call them and see how to handle, drive through, employee comes out to your car, etc.

  Debra Mason Paxton Carnegie Library:I've not heard of an EAP here, I will ask!

  Ashley - CaseyvillePLD:Thank you so much Joan!

  Brenda Gilpatrick-Red Bud Public Library:If you haven't read Phil Linzini's legal comments, you might want to. He comments unemployment my cost the library more than just paying us. I'm sending it to our board. I think I have that correct.

  Mahomet John H:I need to run to my next online meeting.  Thanks for all the wisdom everyone.

  Anna-IHLS:@Lisa, that seems to be the consenses among many sources.  There are costs to what ever action is taken.

  Lora - Ogden Rose:I sent an email to my board about postponing our meeting that was supposed to be last night, and I got 0 acknowledgement. And at our February meeting we had just discussed that I would like feedback when I message them. I don't know how y

  Anna-IHLS:@Lora I swear I will visit your board as soon as things get back to normal.

  Lora - Ogden Rose:Sorry, hit enter instead of shift. I am at a loss in all of this.

  Lisa - Stinson Memorial PLD:@Lora I have the same problem, and it is so time consuming to call them with everything changing almost daily. I want them informed on a regular basis and I haven't figured out how to accomplish that yet.

  Lora - Ogden Rose:Thanks, Anna!

  IHLS, Julia:The HealthAdvocate blog may have some interesting articles for staff: http://blog.healthadvocate.com/

  Anna-IHLS:I always enjoy these discussions. I admire all of you and the work you are doing. Be kind to yourselves.

  Anna-IHLS:We are past 2 and need to wrap this up.

  Debra Mason Paxton Carnegie Library:I emailed the entire board here with a meeting change for this monthy approved by the president, and got zero response.

  Debra Mason Paxton Carnegie Library:Thanks everyone! Stay well!

  Lisa - Stinson Memorial PLD:Thank you everyone for all of the great information.  Stay safe and healthy.

  Carol Brockmeyer-Daugherty PLD:We're in this together. Thank you

  Debby Nokomis Public Library 2:Thank you for an interesting and informative session!

  Susan IHLS:Stay positive. Take care.

  Lora - Ogden Rose:Bye, everyone!

  Ellen Popit, IHLS:Is an hour a good time for these or would you like to go longer?  Do you still want two each week?

  Ellen Popit, IHLS:Julia will leave the room open if you'd like to share an opinion.

  IHLS, Julia:I will leave the room open until 2:30

  Kay Burrous  South Macon:Yes.

  Janeth 2:one hour, twice a week

  Anna-IHLS:ellen reminded me these are actually scheduled until 2:30. As I said two intense webinars back to back and the brain is fried

  Jo - Greenville Public Library:@Ellen, I think an hour is good and yes, please, twice a week is great!

  Lisa - Stinson Memorial PLD:@Ellen, this is the first I've attended but I feel it's very helpful. I don't feel so alone in this now.

  Ellen Popit, IHLS:Great, Lisa!  This is just what they are intended to do.

  Jo - Greenville Public Library:Thank you for all the information.  Ellen and Anna, you are doing a wonderful job.  I appreciate you.

  Lora - Ogden Rose:@Lisa, these are good!

  Lisa - Stinson Memorial PLD:@Jo, definitely.  A hughe thank you to Ellen and Anna and everyone else keeping us as sane as possible and well informed :)

  Lora - Ogden Rose:What Jo said!

  Anna-IHLS:Thanks Jp and it is like Carol said we are in this together. It is all new ground and the only way to get through it is to support one another

  Ellen Popit, IHLS:How about opinions regarding the format?  Do you like this chat or would you prefer moving to zoom and incorporating audio & video?

  Lisa - Stinson Memorial PLD:@Lora, yes they are. I needed this so much today.

  Lisa - Stinson Memorial PLD:I like the chat format, but I'm open to what everyone else prefers.

  Anna-IHLS:Do you all know how to find the transcripts?

  Lisa - Stinson Memorial PLD:I saw a link to the last one I missed in an email, but I'm sure there's an easier way to find all of them.

  Jo - Greenville Public Library:Yes, I like the chat format.  I can answer the phone like I just did and not miss anything.

  Anna-IHLS:Just go to our website https://www.illinoisheartland.org/covid19

  Lisa - Stinson Memorial PLD:@Anna, thank you!!

  Anna-IHLS:You will see a link for the directors Chats

  Ellen Popit, IHLS:Anyone have any weekend projects coming up that could be a pleasant distraction?

  Lisa - Stinson Memorial PLD:Weeding flower beds actually sounds like fun this year.

  Jo - Greenville Public Library:Mowing my yard, weeding and raking, taking walks, reading on the front porch, sewing, video conference call with my Bible study group, ...  Life is still good.

  IHLS, Julia:The transcripts are now on the COVID-19 page under Resources for Librarians - Covid-19 Informational Events

  Ellen Popit, IHLS:I've been calling people with whom I'd like to catch up in the evening----spoke with a friend from college last night.

  Lisa - Stinson Memorial PLD:That sounds like a great idea.  I'm not a phone person but I have been in touch more with old friends through social media and email.   There have been some benefits from this horrible crisis. A reminder of how much the little things really matter.

  Ellen Popit, IHLS:Exactly!

  Lisa - Stinson Memorial PLD:Thank you again! This was wonderful.

  Ellen Popit, IHLS:Looks like the conversation is winding down.  We'll see you next Monday at 1:00 p.m. and run through 2:00.  Hope we all have a restful weekend!

  Lisa - Stinson Memorial PLD:Have a great weekend!

  Anna-IHLS:Yes have a great weekend all.