COVID-19 Updates & Resources for Illinois Libraries

COVID-19 Updates and Resources for the Libraries and Central and Southern Illinois (text on image of coronaviruses, blue cast to image)

last updated: 9/27/2021 10:42 AM CT

Illinois Heartland Library System does not offer legal or medical advice. The information provided here is for informational purposes only. Libraries should contact their attorneys regarding any legal requirements and their local or state health departments for medical guidance.

The resources on this page were curated for the Libraries of Central & Southern Illinois.

 

Metrics, News & Updates

Vaccine Metrics

Illinois Vaccinations by Zip Code

Virus Metrics

Illinois State Metrics

Illinois Regional Metrics

Illinois County Metrics

U.S. State & Global Case Rates

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center Interactive Heat Map

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) COVID-19 U.S. State-by-State Projections

COVID-19 Vaccines

Illinois Department of Public Health

U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

Delta Variant, Coronavirus, and COVID-19

Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

REALM Project: REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

Ventilation

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

REALM Project: REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums

 

 

    Library Operations

    Sample Employee Policies

    IHLS COVID Workplace Procedures FAQs IHLS Staff COVID Travel Policy Memo

    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Cleaning

    Sourcing PPE

    Team One PPE Order Page for IHLS, RAILS, and ILA Members - As a federal government contractor, Team One can provide Personal Protection Equipment such as masks, gloves, and clear acrylic shields. They have created a dedicated webpage for IHLS, RAILS, and ILA members ordering PPE products. Stock levels are impacted by demand, and out-of-stocks are indicated on the Team One webpage. Team One will fulfill orders on a FIFO basis. For further info and questions contact the sales and customer service team at library@teamonerepair.com.

     

    PPE Use for Library Staff Webinar

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      Guidance on Materials Handling, Social Distancing, & Curbside

      REALM Project: REopening Archives, Libraries & Museums: A COVID-19 Research Project - "OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle are working to create and distribute science-based information and best-recommended practices designed to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to staff and visitors who are engaging in the delivery or use of museum, library, and archival services. This research collaboration will provide information on how long the virus survives on surfaces and how—or if—materials can be handled to mitigate exposure."

      Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - Official, evolving guidance by the CDC, including preparing workplaces for an outbreak, reducing transmission among employees, maintaining healthy business operations, maintaining a healthy work environment, and a summary of recent changes to the CDC's guidelines

      Curbside Delivery and Reopening Considerations (RAILS) - A guide that includes questions that need to be considered and answered by libraries considering and planning curbside services during the pandemic

      IDEA FILE: Phased Reopenings and Virtual Services (IHLS) - An open idea file by IHLS and contributors. See what others are thinking about doing and add your own ideas to the list.

      Colorado Library Consortium: Returning to Service – Libraries and COVID-19

      MOBIUS's COVID-19 Library Reopening & Resource Sharing/Courier Safety Concerns - A summary of best practices conversations by MOBIUS and other consortia.

      CDC's Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes - "This guidance is intended for all Americans, whether you own a business, run a school, or want to ensure the cleanliness and safety of your home."IMLS, CDC Offer Guidance for Disinfecting Returned Library Books - (4/9/2020) article by School Library Journal 

      How to Sanitize Collections in a Pandemic - (3/27/2020) "Conservators weigh in on the mysteries of materials handling during COVID-19" in this article by American Libraries Magazine

      COVID-19 Basics: Disinfecting Cultural Resources - A video by the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) sharing the basics of cleaning and handling cultural resource materials

      Disinfecting Books and Other Collections - Evolving guidance from the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NDCC) as to disinfecting books, "based on the current research available from the medical and scientific communities regarding COVID-19"

      Recommendations for Library Services During The Covid-19 Pandemic (April 2020, Regents Public Library Advisory Council) - Guidance about reopening that includes a template Pandemic Service and Staffing Plan

      Missouri Libraries Reopening Guidelines (April 2020, Missouri State Library)

      Getting ahead of the next stage of the coronavirus crisis (April 2020, McKinsey & Company)

      Operation Plans

      What Are IHLS Libraries Doing Now?

      What are IHLS Libraries Doing Now? Shared Spreadsheet

      Most recent timeframe surveyed: Dec. 3-10, 2020. Historical data included on subsequent tabs within the document.

      Reopening Plans

      Public Library Reopening/Operation Plans

      IDEA FILE: Idease for Phased Reopenings and Virtual Services

       

      Illinois Library Reopening/Pandemic Plans

      The following reopening/pandemic operation plans were provided by libraries to be shared with other libraries:

      Funding

      State Library Awards IHLS $125K for E-Resource Purchases for Members (11/23/20, IHLS) - The Illinois Secretary of State (IL SOS)/Illinois State Library (ISL) awarded IHLS $125,000 for the purchase of e-resources for members. The grant funds will allow IHLS to purchase ebooks and e-audiobooks for users of the SHARE cloudLibrary, one of the largest and most heavily utilized digital collections in the state. Users of Axis 360, another large, system-managed digital library, will also see more resources.

      New ISL Grants Announced--Apply Now! - A series of grants available to Illinois system-member libraries for books, PPE, and digital network access--two of which are available due to CARES Act Funding

      IHLS Grants page - A collection of time-limited and ongoing grand opportunities by the Illinois State Library, American Library Association, and more

      Network of the National Library of Medicine Funding Opportunities - A collection of funding opportunities by the NNLM and other organizations

      $15 Million in IMLS CARES Act Grants Now Available for Museum and Library Services (5/8/20, IMLS) - Applications for Pandemic Response Funding Due June 12, 2020

      IMLS Announces New Stimulus Funding for Communities Across America (4/13/20, IMLS) - $30 Million Infusion to Provide Emergency Relief Through State Libraries

      Federal Government Invests $50M in Museums, Libraries to Address Digital Divide During COVID-19 (3/27/20) - CARES Act Designates Funds to Expand Local Internet and Technology Access

      FEMA Public Assistance: Local, State, Tribal and Private Non-Profit - "The purpose of the Public Assistance (PA) Grant Program is to support communities’ recovery from major disasters by providing them with grant assistance for debris removal, life-saving emergency protective measures, and restoring public infrastructure. Local governments, states, tribes, territories and certain private nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply."

      Information from IEMA regarding Public Assistance (PA) opportunities relating to COVID-19 - (3/31/20) Received by the Illinois Library Association via the Illinois State Library on 3/31/2020

      ILA Legal, Financial, and Library Board Governance Resources - "President Trump declared the FEMA-4489-DR-IL major disaster declaration for Illinois on March 26, 2020, as a result of COVID-19 pandemic response that started January 20, 2020 and is continuing. FEMA has designated all counties in Illinois as eligible for funding under Public Assistance (PA) Program, Category B – Emergency Protective Measures. If an eligible organization has or may have at least $3,300 in eligible extraordinary uninsured Category B – Emergency Protective Measure costs, the organization should submit a FEMA Request for Public Assistance (RPA) form to IEMA."

       

      Legal & Employment Issues

      Open Meetings Act

      Senate Bill 2135 and Required Steps for Virtual Meetings — ​​(6/3/2020) This bill amends the Open Meetings Act and addresses remote participation in meetings of public bodies while under disaster proclamations. These procedures should be adopted immediately. Attorney Phil Lenzini has outlined the required steps for virtual meetings in this article.

      Illinois Executive Order 2020-7 / COVID-19 Executive Order No. 5 — ​​(3/16/2020) Among other items, this order suspends the provisions of the Illinois Open Meetings Act (OMA) relating to in-person attendance by trustees and members of the public at board meetings and allows remote (audio or video) meetings to be streamed to the public.

      Have additional questions about OMA compliance? Contact the Public Access Officer for the Illinois Attorney General's Office.

       

      Employment

      Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) webinar by the Wage & Hour Division of the U.S. Dept. of Labor — (date unknown; 5/14/20 or earlier)

      Workplace Health and Safety Guidance for Employees and Staff of Businesses — (4/30/20) Notification from the Illinois Attorney General's Office to employees on what employers should be doing to protect their employees, including social distancing, personal protective equipment, what to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or a coworker has the disease, and how to handle employers who are not adequately protecting employees through this guidance. This is a required posting for employers.

      Summary of the Core Points of the U.S. Department of Labor's Guidance on Paid Leave Under the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act & the Emergency Family & Medical Leave Expansion Act — (3/25/20) Attorney guidance drafted for the Illinois Library Association

      U.S. Department of Labor Employee Rights Poster — (3/2020) This updated poster reflects the changes to the Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Act under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This is a required posting for employers, to be posted before April 1, 2020.

      Proclamations & Orders

      Illinois COVID-19 Proclamations & Orders

      >>> Illinois Disaster Proclamations: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response —  View all of the State of Illinois disaster proclamations regarding the pandemic; most proclamations are available in English, Arabic, Polish, Chinese, Spanish, Hindi, and Tagalog

       

      Federal Acts and Guidelines

      Guidelines for Opening Up America Again — President Trump has unveiled Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts. These steps will help state and local officials when reopening their economies, getting people back to work, and continuing to protect American lives.

      H.R.6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act — (3/18/2020) Public Law No: 116-127 — "This bill responds to the COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) outbreak by providing paid sick leave, tax credits, and free COVID-19 testing; expanding food assistance and unemployment benefits; and increasing Medicaid funding."

      Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) webinar by the Wage & Hour Division of the U.S. Dept. of Labor

      American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021

      Economic Impact Payment Information Center

      CARES Act (Coronavirus Air, Relief, and Economic Security Act)

      Families First Coronavirus Response Act

      Coronavirus.gov

      USA.gov COVID-19

       

      Communication Tools

      Pre-Made Infographics

      BJC Healthcare Infographic: How Risky are Common Activities Curing the Pandemic?

      Template Collections

      CDC's COVID-19 Social Media Toolkit

      U.S. Chamber of Commerce Communication Toolkit

      Canva Coronavirus Awareness Collection

      Venngage COVID-19 Templates To Communicate Effectively and Make an Impact

      PosterMyWall Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus with Free Resources

      Individual Templates

      U.S. Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 "Your Health is Our #1 Priority. Here are the actions we are taking" customizable flyer

      IHLS Resources for Illinois (and All) Libraries

      TO DOWNLOAD AN IMAGE

      FROM AN IPHONE/IPAD: Tap-hold image >> tap Save Image 
      FROM AN ANDROID DEVICE: Tap-hold image >> tap Download Image
      FROM A MAC PC: Control-click image >> tap Save Image As WINDOWS PC: Right-click image >> tap Save Image As...

       

       

      12 Ready-to-Print & Ready-to-Color Designs for Social Distancing Scavenger Hunts. Images of two hearts that say "We got this!", two teddy bears, and two hearts that say, "Smile." Of each pair, one is black and white like a coloring page and the other is full-color. Brought to you by IHLS Illinois Heartland Library System and Your Library.

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      12 Ready-to-Print & Ready-to-Color Designs for Social Distancing Scavenger Hunts. Images of two hearts that say "We got this!", two teddy bears, and two hearts that say, "Smile." Of each pair, one is black and white like a coloring page and the other is full-color. Brought to you by IHLS Illinois Heartland Library System and Your Library.

      POST TEXT 1:
      Want to promote #SocialDistancing AND physical activity this weekend? Join the Heart Hunters and Bear Hunters movement with these 12 Ready-to-Print and Ready-to-Color Designs from @Illinois Heartland Library System​ and YOUR LIBRARY https://www.illinoisheartland.org/blog/040320SocialDistancingScavengerHunts
      ​ Alternatively, put the links on your library's site and use your own link!

      FROM AN IPHONE/IPAD: Tap-hold to highlight part of the text, then drag selection markers to highlight text >> click Copy icon   OR   Tap-hold to highlight part of the text, then drag selection markers to highlight text >> click Copy from menu FROM AN ANDROID DEVICE: Tap-hold to highlight part of the text, then drag selection markers to highlight text >> tap Copy MAC PC: Click-drag cursor to highlight desired text >> Right-click highlighted text >> COMMAND+C WINDOWS PC: Click-drag cursor to highlight desired text >> Right-click highlighted text >> Copy   OR   Click-drag cursor to highlight desired text >> Right-click highlighted text >> CTRL+C

       

      Woman with forlorn expression covered in books. Can't place interlibrary loan holds or pick up library materials? Don't despair. Check out your library's digital branch! Logo 1: SHARE: Sharing Heartland's Available Resources Equally. Logo 2: IHLS: Illinois Heartland Library System. Together providing resource sharing, interlibrary delivery, and other services for the libraries of central and southern Illinois.

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      Woman with forlorn expression covered in books. Can't place interlibrary loan holds or pick up library materials? Don't despair. Check out your library's digital branch! Logo 1: SHARE: Sharing Heartland's Available Resources Equally. Logo 2: IHLS: Illinois Heartland Library System. Together providing resource sharing, interlibrary delivery, and other services for the libraries of central and southern Illinois.

      POST TEXT 1:
      Looking for e-books or e-audiobooks? If you have a [library name] library card, you can instantly access hundreds of titles through [Hoopla, cloudLibrary, Libby, rbDigital, Kanopy, TumbleBooks, etc.]. Learn more by visiting the [library] virtual branch at [link]

      POST TEXT 2:
      You may not be able to place holds on items from other libraries - nope, they don't save - but you CAN place holds on items at your library, which will be processed whenever libraries reopen and @Illinois Heartland Library System delivery services resume. Meanwhile, check your library's website to see all of the e-books, e-audios, and movies that may be available at your library!

      ...then paste the text into your social media post.

       

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      Sample Library COVID-19 Response Pages

      Six Mile Regional Library District (IHLS member)

      Schaumburg Township Public Library District (RAILS member)

      Chicago Public Library

      Library of Congress

       

      Patron Resources

      E-Resources & Virtual Programming

      Illinois Heartland Library System & Members

      Contributable Database: Virtual & At-Home Resources for PatronsContributable Idea File: Ideas: Phased Reopenings & Virtual Services

      Amazing Educational Resources - Database of education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings

      5 Remote Services Libraries Can Provide - Another library (source unknown, unfortunately!) created a list of remote services your library can provide. 

      Resources for Patrons - Looking to expand e-resources? View our searchable and filterable database of Resources for Patrons. Many of the resources are discounted or free while schools are not in session and workers are at home due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

      SLJ COVID-19 Publisher Information Directory - Virtual read alouds: what's legal under copyright? This directory is a compilation of children's publishers that have temporarily altered policies.

      Agencies & Departments

      Illinois Department of Human Services - find help regarding food, shelter, help at home, medical, recovery, and emotional/mental health

      Economic

      Illinois Department of Employment Security, 1-800-244-5631

      Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

      Mental Health

      Call 4 Calm - Call 4 Calm is a free emotional-support text line where you can speak with a mental health professional. Text “TALK” (English) or "HABLAR" (Spanish) to 552020.

      Domestic Violence Helpline - 1-877-863-6338

      National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255

      Illinois Suicide Prevention Hotlines - Suicide prevention hotlines by Illinois county

      Temporary Discounted or Free Internet Access

      Comcast and Xfinity Internet - 60 days free "Internet Essentials" service for new customers

      Xfinity Wi-Fi Hotspot Access - Free Wi-Fi hotspot access for all at all existing business hotspot locations; find one using their interactive map

      Charter Spectrum Internet - 60 days free Internet access for new K-12 and college student households

      ARTICLE: American Library Association recommends libraries leave WiFi open during closures

       

      Library Staff Continuing Education

      Continuing Education Resources

      Contributable Database: Continuing Education for Library Staff

      developed by IHLS and contributors

       

       

      An additional database, IHLS's COVID-19 Webinars database, is still accessible but is no longer supported

       

      Organizations' COVID-19 Response Pages

      State

      State of Illinois Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

      Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO)

      Phase 5 Reopening Guidelines

      Frequently Asked Questions on Masking for Businesses

      Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)

      IDPH COVID-19 Guidance

      Federal

       

      Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration (OSHA) -- Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace

      U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) -- Coronavirus and COVID-19 page

      U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) -- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

      Libraries

      Illinois Library Association (ILA)

      Illinois State Library

      Reaching Across Illinois Library System

      Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

      American Library Association (ALA)

      Illinois State Board of Education

      American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
      Pandemic Resources for School Librarians

      U.S. Department of Education

       

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