Your Name and Title:
Elizabeth Szkirpan, MLIS
Director of Bibliographic Services
Library, School, or Organization Name:
University of Tulsa McFarlin Library
Area of the World from Which You Will Present:
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Language in Which You Will Present:
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):
Libraries and librarians have been described as doomsayers in terms of library preparedness, but as demonstrated by the sudden onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, more preparation leveraged certain libraries to stay open, quickly pivot their services provided, and to better serve their patrons. As is the case with so many industries, the recent pandemic not only revolutionized the way that librarians are working, but the sudden change in library services and environment also pointed to inadequacies in workflows, staffing, documentation, and overall preparedness. COVID-19 is here to stay, but libraries can work to avoid future catastrophe by establishing 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 record the need for documentation, to analyze existing workflows, and to advocate for more robust staffing. This presentation will share examples of the types of templates libraries can utilize to begin their planning journey, as well as case studies on the impact of proper planning.
Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session:
Portfolio Website (Will contain a copy of the presentation and handouts): https://sites.google.com/view/szkirpan-web-portfolio/home?authuser=1