Workshops & COVID-19

Keep on eye on this space for the latest in CLiC updates involving Spring Workshops…

MARCH 17, 2020

CLiC’s approach to COVID-19 remains focused on planning, pragmatic action and no hysteria.  Things are changing quickly as closures are happening across the state – quite possibly including YOUR library.

We’ve made the decision to cancel ALL Spring Workshops, including Pueblo which was scheduled for April 27 & 28.

We’re communicating this additional cancellation of Pueblo Spring Workshop to you within hours of our decision so that you can do your part.

  • If you reserved lodging in Pueblo, we advise you to cancel immediately, before any penalty is assessed. If you reserved through discounted room blocks at either of the two hotels identified by CLiC, here are those contacts:
    • La Quinta Inn & Suites Pueblo: 866-527-1498 or 719-542-3500
    • SpringHill Suites Pueblo Downtown: 719-546-1234
  • We are currently working on plans to provide a virtual alternative to the Spring Workshops.  Right now all library staff are busy with local responses to COVID-19.  Any virtual workshop will be planned for late spring or early summer.  Not to worry – we’ll keep you up to date on new plans.

Our decision was easy, because it was NOT based on emotion, and certainly NOT in reaction to the recent deluge of media reports, announcements of closures, and event cancellations from businesses, sports leagues and entertainment industries.

Primary factors behind our decision:

We’re informed by FACTS, along with scientific and medical information from the CDC & NIOSH, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and the Tri-County Health Department (Adams, Arapahoe & Douglas Counties).

When a credentialed and experienced infectious disease expert, epidemiologist, or other scientific specialist or public health official knowledgeable about this topic speaks, we listen. As seen through the eyes of these credible sources, there are two fundamental facts about viral outbreaks of this nature:

  • There is a clear mandate for all of us to slow the onset of a virus like COVID-19, systemically.
  • Organizations like CLiC are responsible for eliminating opportunities for a virus like COVID-19 to spread rapidly through our communities. We take that responsibility seriously.

An additional factor: in monitoring communications among Colorado libraries, we see an emerging trend – library staff members are simply focused on taking care of local affairs, trying to figure out what the “new normal” will look like, and how to best serve their communities right now.

Now, to address key questions you likely have:

Do I need to do anything about requesting a refund for my previously-paid registration?

Nope, we have you covered, and CLiC will be issuing those refunds as a routine matter. We’ll contact you individually if necessary.

Has CLiC considered alternatives, like a virtual conference?

Definitely. We’ve already laid the groundwork for what that virtual experience would look like, and planning the logistics. Presenters: stay tuned. While we don’t think it’s feasible to offer the exact equivalent of a multi-track, multi-session, in-person conference like a Spring Workshop, we do believe online versions can still be jam-packed with quality content.  You’ll hear more on this in a few weeks after we firm up plans.

Is CLiC shutting down courier services?

No, that’s a local library-by-library decision. And there’s so much more to unpack in that question. Please rest assured that our organization has been communicating directly with ILL staff, directors, library leaders and others concerned about our state’s resource-sharing infrastructure. To see the latest on this, visit our Library Closures Update & Courier Services page.

 


MARCH 12, 2020

As we’ve communicated previously, CLiC’s approach to COVID-19 is all about planning, pragmatic action and no hysteria.

We’ve made the decision to cancel Spring Workshops in Grand Junction (March 19-20) and Fort Morgan (March 27). As of today, the Pueblo workshop is still scheduled, but we’ll continue to monitor this evolving situation. More about the factors for our decision to cancel the first two workshops can be found further down in this message.

We’re communicating to you within hours of our decision so that you can do your part.

  1. If you reserved lodging in Grand Junction, we advise you to cancel immediately, before any penalty is assessed. If you reserved through discounted room blocks at either of the two hotels identified by CLiC, here are those contacts:
    • Hampton Inn Grand Junction: 970-243-3222
    • SpringHill Suites Grand Junction: 970-424-5777
  2. Since you already committed to attending and/or presenting, consider holding these dates open in your schedule…because CLiC is already planning virtual/online conferences to replace these two in-person events. These would be held on the same dates as the in-person conferences: March 19-20 and March 27. More details to come soon.

Our decision was easy, because it was NOT based on emotion, and certainly NOT in reaction to the recent deluge of media reports, announcements of closures, and event cancellations from businesses, sports leagues and entertainment industries.

Primary factors behind our decision:

We’re informed by FACTS, along with scientific and medical information from the CDC & NIOSH, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and Tri-County Health Department (Adams, Arapahoe & Douglas Counties).

When a credentialed and experienced infectious disease expert, epidemiologist, or other scientific specialist or public health official knowledgeable about this topic speaks, we listen. As seen through the eyes of these credible sources, there are two fundamental facts about viral outbreaks of this nature:

  • There is a clear mandate for all of us to slow the onset of a virus like COVID-19, systemically.
  • Organizations like CLiC are responsible for eliminating opportunities for a virus like COVID-19 to spread rapidly through our communities. We take that responsibility seriously.

An additional factor: in monitoring communications among Colorado library leaders and various public employers, we see an emerging trend — toward barring unnecessary business travel by employees. If the organizations that employ our valued workshop presenters mandate such travel restrictions, that will have an impact. We believe it is prudent to stay ahead of the curve.

Now, to address key questions you likely have:

Do I need to do anything about requesting a refund for my previously-paid registration?
Nope, we have you covered, and CLiC will be issuing those refunds as a routine matter. We’ll contact you individually if necessary.

Has CLiC considered alternatives, like a virtual conference?
Definitely. We’ve already laid the groundwork for what that virtual experience would look like, and planning the logistics. Presenters: stay tuned. While we don’t think it’s feasible to offer the exact equivalent of a multi-track, multi-session, in-person conference like a Spring Workshop, we do believe online versions can still be jam-packed with quality content.

Is CLiC shutting down courier services?
That’s off topic. And there’s so much to unpack in that question. Please know that our organization has been planning and taking pragmatic action with no hysteria on ALL of our service fronts… from courier to AspenCat, from Colleague on Call to cooperative purchasing, and beyond.

 


MARCH 10, 2020

Everywhere you turn there’s news of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus that has made its way into Colorado. Inevitably, whether you’re a scheduled presenter or registered attendee, you’ve no doubt wondered, “What’s happening with the CLiC Spring Workshops?”

Here’s the latest.

We’ve been watching this evolving situation for months, staying abreast of the latest credible information published by a variety of sources. So we’re NOT scrambling. Our mantra: Planning, Pragmatic Action, NO Hysteria.

As of March 10, the Spring Workshops are still rolling. With these caveats:

  1. We strongly suggest that any individual who is sick, or has contact with someone else is sick, should NOT attend. This applies to presenters and attendees equally.
  2. Any individual who is concerned about attending, for any reason, should feel free to make that personal decision – with no judgment and no penalty from CLiC.
  3. Registration will be fully refunded by CLiC to any person who has already paid, no questions asked.

We simply ask that individuals communicate. If you’re registered to present or attend, and decide not to, please send email to clichelp@clicweb.org or use our online form.

Now, to address key questions you likely have:

Is CLiC staying the course no matter what?
No, that would be stupid. We’re actively monitoring this evolving situation, AND we are in communication with the venues where spring workshops are hosted. For instance, if Colorado Mesa University were to close its venue, that would be a determining factor involving the Grand Junction event.

But what about protecting those with underlying health conditions? Isn’t CLiC endangering them?
Please refer to caveats 1, 2 & 3 above.

Has CLiC considered alternatives, like a virtual conference?
Absolutely. In fact we’ve already laid the groundwork for what that virtual experience would look like, how we would pivot and potentially deliver a modified version of a spring workshop through our online platform.

Is CLiC shutting down courier services?
Uh, that’s off topic. But again, know that our organization has been planning and taking pragmatic action with no hysteria on ALL of our service fronts… from courier to AspenCat, from Colleague on Call to cooperative purchasing, and beyond.

CLiC is Closed – January 20

A friendly heads up that the CLiC office will be closed Monday, January 20 for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

This is a day to reflect on and celebrate the achievements of one of America’s greatest leaders.

Learn more by visiting: https://thekingcenter.org/about-dr-king/

– CLiC Staff

 

CLiC is Closed – Dec 24 & 25, Jan 1

Source: https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/discover/animals/general-animals/cats-that-ruined-christmas/

A friendly heads up that the CLiC office will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

Some of us will be relaxing. Others will be dealing with unruly cats. Read more examples at:

Cats that Ruined Christmas

Happy Holidays to all Colorado libraries!

– CLiC Staff

 

Is This CLiC’s Newest Employee? Nope.

Thanks to our own Katherine Weadley for alerting us to this individual who claims to work at CLiC…

…presumably from our international field office in India?

Although the profile (below) has been reported to LinkedIn as fake (this is NOT our organization’s newest employee), YOU may be interested in our open position as our Regional Consultant for Western Colorado. See our job ad on Library Jobline.

LinkedIn-Fake-Profile

This individual does not work at CLiC, nor for our organization.

Water: The Bain of Books

[A message for our eagle-eyed, copy-editing colleagues: as soon as we sent this message we caught our mistake. Bane, not bain! And then we learned bain is French for bath. So we’ll just “pretend” our misspelling was intentional. Wordplay… 🙂 ]

A thunder & lightning storm is blowing through Centennial as we send this message. How fitting…

Recently CLiC received two bins containing a variety of heavily water-damaged books. It’s still a mystery how these arrived at our offices, and where these bins have been held. See below for a list of owning libraries; we WILL be reaching out directly to these libraries to share specific details involving their materials.

  • Auraria (C105)
  • Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility (C367)
  • CSU Pueblo (C422)
  • Denver Public Library (C132)
  • Sterling Correctional Facility (C808)
  • Western State College (c532)
  • Woodruff Memorial Library (C410)

But the key reason we’re writing today is to share a best-practice approach to handling reporting material damage involving water and MOLD. Yes, this could even be black mold. Ewww. Nasty. Dangerous.

Preservation experts shudder when they see paper material with damage like this. At CLiC, we mask-up, glove-up and do a bit of forensics work. And then we take the material straight to the dumpster.

Here’s why: most often with damage like this there’s little anyone can do to salvage the item. Again, CLiC strongly recommends that libraries NEVER send rare, irreplaceable material through the courier system. With nearly 3 million items transported every year, the system is not flawless, and unlike UPS, Fedex or the USPS — our carrier cannot provide item-level tracking nor insurance protection.

If YOUR library were to ever receive items in this condition, we strongly recommend taking precautionary action. Gloves and masks at minimum. Disinfecting material for cleaning non-porous hard surfaces.

Our process:

  1. Note details like the item title, author last name, and owning library 2. Take photos to sufficiently document the extent of damage.
  2. Submit a report using our Contact Library Courier page (https://www.clicweb.org/library-courier/contact/). If it’s an entire bin, rather than submitting item-by-item the online form, consider simply sending us a single email to courierhelp@clicweb.org AND attach your photos and a spreadsheet/file with those items’ details.

CLiC’s commitment is to review your report thoroughly and respond in a timely fashion.

Now, for the main event… some graphic images… Please see enclosed (click to see closer). Viewer be warned.