1. We continue to compile resources to aid Kansas Libraries in making choices about reopening and helping keep their communities safe. The most recent updates can be found below, on our Librarian News blog, or on our Covid-19 Resources page. 

    Mask guidance for libraries:

    While the new guidance is a positive step, the vast majority of people need to be fully vaccinated before COVID-19 precautions can be lifted broadly. Until then, it is important that everyone continues to adhere to public health mitigation measures to protect the large number of people who remain unvaccinated.

    CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people continue to take these COVID-19 precautions when in public, when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple other households, and when around unvaccinated people who are at high risk of getting severely ill from COVID-19:

                 Wear a well-fitted mask.

                 Stay at least 6 feet from people you do not live with.

                 Avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings.

                 Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

                 Follow guidance issued by individual employers.

                 Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations.


    CDC statement on Surface transmission of COVID virus:


    New York Times article referencing CDC statement:


    NicheAcademy offers a large collection of tutorials geared toward assisting libraries during and after the pandemic:


    WebJunction has the following webinars:

    Understanding COVID-19 Vaccines: A REALM Project Webinar

    REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums: Materials Testing and Resource Overview

    REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums: Project Update and Community Reflections

    OSHA Guidance on Returning to Work


    From American Libraries:

     How Long SARS-CoV-2 Lives on Common Library Materials

    Where Are We: The Latest on Library Reopening Strategies


    From Library Journal:

    Where Are We Now?


    From School Library Journal:

    One Year Later


    From the OCLC REALM Project:

    Reopening considerations for LAMs (archives, libraries, and museums)

    Vaccines: Resource Roundup

    Social Distancing: Resource Roundup

    Virtual Programming: Resource Roundup