COVID-19 Educator Help Desk

library book loans

  • 1.  library book loans

    Posted 12-13-2020 18:44
    Hi there,
    I was curious if any media specialists are loaning out books to students during the pandemic; if so, what are your procedures that have been put in place?
    Thanks in advance.

    Oriana Kopec
    Library Media Specialist
    Manasquan Elementary School
    The Perfect Blend: A Practical Guide to Designing Student-Centered Learning Experiences

  • 2.  RE: library book loans

    Posted 12-14-2020 04:40
    I am in Italy and live in the boarding section of my school's building (a former monastery in historic Rome.)  Last spring the govt closed school buildings, but since I live here I was able to check out books requested via email and arranged to meet people at the gate.  All books were returned in June and we just left them in the auditorium all summer and checked them in during August.  This fall we were present in the building until mid-November and put into place a supervised browsing policy (a gloved librarian handled books for the student on appointment) and a 96-hour quarantine based on the OCLC REALM2 tests.   The library space became a supervised study hall to encourage students to work outside at additional picnic tables, etc., whenever possible.  Once back in remote in November, we set up individual accounts in Follett, and students and faculty place holds on books and we are back to handoffs at the gate.  We also added Overdrive for ebooks and additional databases for research.  We are an IB secondary school so lots of research, about 12% fiction in 15,000 titles.

    Elizabeth Nye Di Cataldo

    Ai sensi del D.Lgs. 196/2003,  del Regolamento UE 2016/679 in materia di protezione dei dati personali, e dell'l'articolo 616 del codice penale, si precisa che le informazioni contenute in questo messaggio sono riservate ed a uso esclusivo del destinatario. Qualora il messaggio in parola Le fosse pervenuto per errore, La invitiamo ad eliminarlo senza copiarlo e a non inoltrarlo a terzi, dandocene gentilmente comunicazione al o telefonando al +39065750605. Grazie.
    In accordance to the Legislative Decree No. 196/2003, GDPR UE 2016/679, and article 616 Penal Code, you are hereby informed that this message contains confidential information intended only for the use of the addressee. If you are not the addressee and/or have received this message by mistake, please delete it and notify us immediately at or +39 06 5750605. Any dissemination, distribution or duplication of this communication without prior written consent from St. Stephen's School is strictly prohibited. Thank you.

    The Perfect Blend: A Practical Guide to Designing Student-Centered Learning Experiences

  • 3.  RE: library book loans

    Posted 12-14-2020 08:01
    Hi, Oriana - We modeled our process after the public libraries in our area.
    Students are allowed to walk around the shelves (encouraging distancing) but are asked not to touch the books.  Anything they want, we can take off the shelf for them to check out.  We also highly encourage putting books on hold through Destiny; again we get them off the shelves and deliver them.  When books are returned, they are wiped down, checked in and then "quarantined" on a rack for 3 days before being reshelved.
    My school is grades 3-5 and this seems to be working well.

    Media Specialist
    Oxford Center School

    The Perfect Blend: A Practical Guide to Designing Student-Centered Learning Experiences

  • 4.  RE: library book loans

    Posted 12-14-2020 08:11
    Our libraries were totally closed in the spring but have been back to business this fall. Per guidance from the local health department, kids sanitize their hands as they enter and leave the library and books are held in quarantine for three days upon returns. We're also enforcing distancing (to the extent possible) and masks, just like we do anywhere in the school. While we're remote again here around the holidays, our staff is working from the buildings and our libraries are open by appointment for kids to come in and exchange books.

    Jennifer Chance Cook
    Instructional Technology Specialist
    Perry Township Schools
    Indianapolis, IN

    The Perfect Blend: A Practical Guide to Designing Student-Centered Learning Experiences

  • 5.  RE: library book loans

    Posted 12-14-2020 11:09
    I think there are a number of librarians doing physical book checkouts.

    I roll a cart outside the building for 2 hours once a week.  Students can preorder (I'll have it checked out and ready to go for them) or they can choose - 1 at a time - from the cart.  I usually don't handle the books - just ask them for their student ID number and the barcode.

    When I check in, they are automatically placed in quarantine (3 days) on my system (Follett Destiny).  In reality, I put them on the bottom of the cart, and they're available for checkout the next week.

    Our biggest problem is that students can't get to the school to get books. We're working on having high schoolers that need community service hours to take books to various grocery store shopping centers in the area to have books picked up there.  The thought is to have them pre-checked out, in a brown bag with the student's name on it. 

    Not giving up!

    HS Teacher-Librarian

    The Perfect Blend: A Practical Guide to Designing Student-Centered Learning Experiences