- SCLS HQ
SCLS Headquarters is open 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. SCLS is located in Dane County and is subject to its health regulations. https://publichealthmdc.com/coronavirus.
- Heidi Moe, Office Manager, Kerrie Goeden, and Martha Van Pelt are working 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Other SCLS staff are in and out of the building as work requires.
- SCLS headquarters staff are meeting in person the second and fourth Monday of each month at 9:30 am.
- All SCLS meetings will still occur and use hybrid remote technology.
- SCLS Delivery
SCLS Delivery is now open five days a week, employing a 24-hour quarantine of all picked up materials. Saturday service and twice daily service continue to be suspended. Resumption will be based on volume analysis.For libraries, that means that dropped off materials shall be held on your site for the quarantine period you have determined.
- Corey Baumann, Delivery Services Coordinator, is handling all delivery issues.
- SCLS Help Desk Support (for member libraries only)
(SCLS member libraries only)
The SCLS Help Desk is available as usual M-F from 8:30-5 pm. The number to call is (608) 242-4710 or toll free at (855) 583-2148. After Hours Support for emergencies will continue as usual.
The Helpdesk Portal is still the preferred way to submit tickets, but Library Staff members who are working from home without remote access to the SCLS network can submit a ticket by sending an email to .
- Technology Support
The Helpdesk Portal is still the preferred way to submit tickets, but library staff members who are working from home without remote access to the SCLS network can submit a ticket by sending an email to
- Info from WI Department of Public Instruction (DPI)
Changes in service level for a Wisconsin public library is a local decision according to State Statute. At this time, the Division for Libraries and Technology (DLT) encourages library administration to consult with local municipal and education officials to determine whether expansion or reduction of service is the best decision at this time. DLT cannot make specific recommendations for libraries, only provide this guidance.
SCLS Library Status (for curbside pickup status visit the Libraries Bounce Back page)
The Wisconsin Public Libraries Reopening Guide, a collaborative effort between the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and the Wisconsin public library community, provides a process to help libraries develop their own reopening plans. This reopening guide focuses on the safety of staff and the community and is specific to the needs of libraries and library services during this COVID-19 public health event.
The overview document offers an “At-A-Glance” view of the process, presented as steps in decision-making at the local level, while the full Reopening Guide provides a “deep dive” into different aspects of reopening, including an occupancy calculator, which can help a library determine how many people it will allow in the library or a specific space.
A walkthrough webinar has was held June 4 and a recording is available.
- COVID-19 Information for Wisconsin Public Libraries: https://dpi.wi.gov/pld/boards-directors/disaster-planning/coronavirus
- Pandemic Flu Planning: https://dpi.wi.gov/pld/boards-directors/disaster-planning
- Pandemic Flu Planning Tools (school oriented): https://dpi.wi.gov/sspw/pupil-services/school-nurse/communicable-diseases/pandemic-flu/planning-tools
Resources to share
- Online resources & databases during COVID-19 pandemic
- Health & safety resources
These resources are provided as a way of helping library staff educate themselves about the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) -- see current data.
- On Oct. 6, Gov. Tony Evers directed Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to issue Emergency Order 3, limiting public gatherings to no more than 25 percent of a room or building's total occupancy, with some exceptions. This directive is effective at 8 a.m. on Oct. 8, 2020, and will remain in effect until Nov. 6, 2020. (frequently asked questions).
- Gov. Evers Issues Executive Order Declaring Public Health Emergency and Requiring Face Coverings Statewide (07/30/2020)
- Wisconsin Department of Health Services
- Ebling Library research guide (by UW Hospital)
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) hosted an event on Nov. 9 with the U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy about a new toolkit to help address health misinformation related to COVID. The links below were provided by the U. S. Department of Health & Human Services (not DPLA).
- Press release
- Overview of toolkit and resources
- “Health Misinformation Checklist” Infographic—English (PDF, 257KB) - PDF
- “Talk to Your Community About Health Misinformation” Infographic—English (PDF, 322KB) - PDF
- Community Toolkit: A 22-page overview of health misinformation and resources to stop it—English (PDF, 2.6MB) - PDF
- Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) Information Hub: A COVID-19 Research Project (OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle)
- Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Fighting Products (Center for Biocide Chemistries, American Chemistry Council)
- The Science of Soap – here's how it kills the coronavirus (by Pall Thordarson in The Guardian)
- Case data about the worldwide spread of Covid-19
- Coronavirus and libraries: Staying safe and staying relevant (a Danish perspective)
- Johns Hopkins University has developed an interactive web-based dashboard to visualize and track confirmed coronavirus cases in real-time. The dashboard illustrates the location and number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, deaths and recoveries for all affected countries. It was developed to provide researchers, public health authorities and the public with a user-friendly tool to keep tabs on the outbreak as it unfolds.
Resources for Children
- A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus by Malaka Gharib, Editor NPR. Download and print a comic book or a 3 min. Podcast for listening
- Brain Pop Coronavirus Helping Kids Navigate Scary News Stories (PBS)
American Library Association (ALA)
National Library of Medicine
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
- Mitigating COVID-19 When Managing Paper-Based, Circulating, and Other Types of Collections -- Please join Dr. David Berendes and Dr. Catherine Rasberry, from the Centers for Disease Control, for an overview of the CDC’s guidance for community settings and environmental disinfection, and a discussion of how libraries, archives, and museums can help mitigate COVID-19 when working with paper-based, circulating, and other types of collections. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer period.
- About Coronavirus Disease, 2019 (COVID-19)
- Stigma Related to COVID-19
- Information Sheets
Technology - Cleaning Electronic Equipment
- (CDC) Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Institutions of Higher Education
- (CDC) Recommendations for Election Polling Locations
- (NY Dept of Health) Interim Cleaning and Disinfection Guidance for Primary and Secondary Schools for COVID-19
- (Apple) How to Clean your Apple products
- (Dell) How to Clean the LCD Panel on your Dell Laptop, All-In-One Computer or Monitor
- (Bibliotheca) Cleaning methods for Bibliotheca solutions
- Financial hardship due to COVID-19
- CARES Act – Federal Stimulus Bill Public Information - An FAQ page from Wisconsin's Department of Workforce Development about expanded unemployment benefits
- Unemployment COVID-19 Public Information – An FAQ page from Wisconsin's Department of Workforce Development for people laid off during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.
- Financial Resources to Help Get Through COVID-19 – Compiled by UW-Extension.
- Coronavirus Information and Resources – Compiled by 211 Wisconsin. Call '211' or Text your zip code to '898211' for assistance. (Help available in 180 languages).
- Protect yourself financially from the impact of the coronavirus (English) – Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
- Proteja sus finanzas del impacto del coronavirus (Español) – Oficina para la Protección Financiera del Consumidor (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)
- Information for small businesses
- COVID-19 Business Resources – Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)
- Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Small Business Guidance and Loan Services – US Small Business Administration
- Preparing for Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Farms – UW Extension Farm Management