Your Name and Title:

Elizabeth Szkirpan, MLIS

Director of Bibliographic Services

Library, School, or Organization Name:

University of Tulsa McFarlin Library

Co-Presenter Name(s):


Area of the World from Which You Will Present:

Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

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Target Audience(s):

Librarians of all career levels, levels of expertise, and job types

Short Session Description (one line):

This session will cover the basics of library planning, library planning documents, and provide case studies for the importance of good library planning in the wake of COVID-19.

Full Session Description (as long as you would like):

As is the case with so many industries, the COVID-19 pandemic not only revolutionized the way that libraries are working, but the sudden change in library services and environment also pointed to inadequacies in workflows, staffing, documentation, and preparedness. COVID-19 may not be going anywhere for the time-being, but libraries have the option to establish better documentation and planning practices now.

Rooted in best practices for business continuity and project management principles, libraries can rely on a suite of freely available templates to begin recording the need for better documentation, to analyze existing workflows, and to advocate for more robust staffing levels. This presentation will share examples of the types of templates libraries can utilize to begin their planning journey, but also case studies on the importance of proper planning and its resounding impact.

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