- SCLS HQ
In compliance with the May 13, 2020, Order of Public Health Madison & Dane County, SCLS HQ continues to remain closed and all staff are working remotely. The reopening date will be evaluated as the May 26 end-date of the most recent Safer at Home Order approaches.
- Heidi Moe is working limited hours at each week, but is regularly checking voicemail. The building is not open to visitors.
- SCLS staff are not authorized to visit a library, unless there is a mission-critical need.
- SCLS headquarters staff are meeting remotely every Monday morning at 9:30 am.
- All SCLS meetings will still occur just via remote technology.
- The All Directors meeting will be held remotely on Thursday, May 21, from 10 a.m. until noon.
The best way to contact a SCLS staff member is by email. If you need a phone call, just email us and we will call back or set up a time to talk. The exception is Technology and Help Desk support. See the "SCLS Help Desk Support" dropdown below for Help Desk contact information.
- SCLS Delivery
In compliance with the Safer at Home Orders, SCLS Delivery is in partial shut-down. Staff is limited to one or two people in the building at any one time to complete necessary tasks. Sorting and limited delivery will take place during the Safer at Home time period to facilitate the return of materials to member libraries and their local curb-side service. Delivery service is limited to the capacity at which our limited staff can operate and observe 72-hour quarantine periods. The designated staff is only managerial and supervisory staff for this phase.
The reopening date will be evaluated as the May 26 end-date of the most recent Safer at Home Order approaches.
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. However, the number to call is now (608) 571-7243. We no longer have easy access to our Voice Mail as staff are working remotely, so the old number is no longer operational. 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 .
- Pandemic Support for ILS
New items will be added to the top of each section
Curbside Pick-Up Information for Patrons
As of Friday, April 24, SCLS has done the following to provide information to patrons about Curbside Pickup:
- Launched the https://www.scls.info/
librariesbounceback page which indicates which libraries are offering curbside pickup and provides a link to their web site
- Sent out a press release to libraries which they can modify for local use
- Added slides to LINKcat, the SCLS web site and Facebook which point to the "bounce back" page
- Provided tips for patrons on https://help.linkcat.info/
- Email and hold notices have been modified to direct patrons to the "bounce back" page (we cannot modify phone notices)
(5/12) Curbside workflow for library staff
The date differential for Reduced Transportation Holds (RTH) in LINKcat was changed from 60 days to 365 days. This means that when a library is checking in returns or new items, holds available with that library as a pickup location will remain in the library as long as the hold was placed within 365 days from the first active hold in the queue. More items should remain to fill holds in your library.
If a hold is trapped for a patron at your library, hold notices will go out as usual. Email and text hold notices have been modified to refer patrons to the Libraries Bounce Back page for information on curbside pickup.
- Items Where Hold was Ignored
- If you previously checked in items that were initially trapped to fills holds elsewhere, and Ignored the hold, please follow these steps to see if they can fill local holds.
- Check the Holds list for the item’s BIB record
- If there is a local hold, check the item out to an Internal card at your library
- Check the item in again to trap for your local holds.
- If there are no local holds, check the item in, confirm the hold, place a Post-It note on the item and place it in a Delivery bin.
- If you previously checked in items that were initially trapped to fills holds elsewhere, and Ignored the hold, please follow these steps to see if they can fill local holds.
- Returns not previously checked in
- If you have materials that were returned by patrons, check them in as normal. The expanded RTH setting will trap them for local holds.
- Local holds: Confirm the hold and print the slip.
- Holds at another library: If there is no local hold, but there is a hold at another library, confirm the hold, place a Post-It note on the item and place it in a Delivery bin.
- Delivery returns and holds
- Check in all items received in Delivery bins as normal.
- Some items may be trapped to fill local holds due to the expanded RTH setting.
- Local items pulled using Holds Queue Report
- Check in all items as normal.
- Items will be trapped to fill local holds.
- Local items from the "Report for Filling Other Local Holds for Curbside"
- Follow documentation provided with the Local Holds for Curbside (Bibliovation Reports)
- New Items being checked in (processing new items)
- If the status is In Processing, checking in items should trap them for any local holds.
- If you previously changed the status to Available, you may need to check the items out to an Internal card and then check them back in to trap them for any local holds.
- Not doing Curbside Pickup
- If you are checking in items and an item is trapped for a hold for pickup at your library, click Ignore and set it aside for check-in later.
- If they are not trapped for a local hold but there is a hold at another library, confirm the hold, place a Post-It note on the item and place in a Delivery bin.
Holds Queue Report
- Run your holds queue report to fill local holds for pickup at your library
- The “Send To” and “Patron Name” columns have been added to the Holds Queue report.
- Enter your library’s agency code in the “Send To” column to limit the report to holds for pickup at your location only. You can then use the report to fill holds as usual.
- If you discover items owned by other libraries on your Holds Queue report, and you cannot locate them within your building, you may mark them “Trace”. This is a temporary measure until Delivery resumes their normal schedule.
- Libraries should not use the Pass function on their Holds Queue report.
- Checkin items to fill holds as normal.
- Libraries that are not doing Curbside Pickup should not run the Holds Queue report and/or process items off of the Holds Awaiting Pickup report.
Report for Filling other Local Holds for Curbside
A new report, Local Holds for Curbside, has been added to the list of On Demand reports in Bibliovation. This report may be run after you’ve filled the local holds from your regular Holds Queue report. It will list active holds for pickup at your library where your library owns an available copy of your item, but may have been already trapped for a hold at another library on your Holds Queue Report. You can fill more holds at your library with local materials while delivery is running a reduced schedule.
- The link for this report, including the instructions for running this report, are located in the On-Demand section of the Reports page: Local Holds for Curbside (Bibliovation Reports)
- Follow directions provided with the report.
- (5/27) May due date extension. Based on responses to a survey sent out last week, twelve libraries requested that all materials checked out from their location have the due date extended to July 1, 2020. Twenty-two locations requested due date extensions to August 1, 2020. We will offer the option to extend due dates again in mid-to-late June.
- Closed dates were added to all library calendars through May 31. The expiration dates of all Active holds on hold shelves is now June 1. Libraries must add additional Closed days to their individual Bibliovation calendars if they want to extend the hold expiration date or extend the due dates for curbside checkout.
What has been done in LINKcat
- (6/3) 54,045 patron records had their expiration date extended to October 1, 2020. These records had expiration dates between June 1 and September 30, 2020. This total included records that were given an expiration date extension to June 1 back in mid-March.
- (3/19) LibLime has extended the patron record expiration dates to June 1, 2020 for all patron records that had an expiration date between March 1, 2020 and May 31, 2020. 17,974 patron records were updated.
- Unique Management Services [UMS] is the collection agency that some libraries are contracted with for assistance in retrieving materials and money owed from patrons with balances over 50.00 that have been owed for more than 60 days. UMS has suspended processing any accounts that were submitted to them as of 3/17/2020. We have not set a re-start date as that will depend on when libraries start re-opening to the public.
All regular reports are being run and posted on the reports page with the exception of the Long in Transit report.
- The Long In Transit report will not be run until 2 weeks after all libraries have re-opened. We want to give everyone time to process all materials following re-opening.
- There are no restrictions on Technical Services activity (Cataloging/Linking, Serials, and GetIt Acquisitions).
- Libraries may order and process materials, send POs from GetIt, receive magazines in serials, create BSEs and link items, batch edit and delete items, etc. (if desired).
- There are no restrictions on importing bib records (Madison Catalogers only).
- Launched the https://www.scls.info/
- Remote support for Bibliovation
Services that are accessible outside the SCLS network
- Access to Help Desk ticketing: available using email which has been documented on the "SCLS Help Desk Support (for member libraries only)" section of this webpage.
- All regular reports continue to be posted to the web site except for the Long in Transit and the Purchasing Alert reports.
- Online webinars and tutorials are available remotely.
Accessing Bibliovation Remotely
- Each library needs to determine whether they will allow access to staff functions
- If you are going to allow staff to access Bibliovation remotely, make sure staff have the login and password. Staff may contact the Help Desk to “re-set” the password if it has been forgotten but this re-set will affect everyone who uses that login. If you must request a password re-set, make sure you share the updated information with all staff that are using that login.
- All areas (Cataloging, Circulation, Serials, GetIt Acquisitions) of Bibliovation are available when working remotely.
- Reports – Staff can continue to run the On Demand reports through Bibliovation. These are the reports that were previously run through Crystal Reports; which has been discontinued.
- Print Notices - As all due dates have been extended to May 1st, new notices are not being generated.
- Technology Support
Planning for re-opening
As you begin to plan for your library’s eventual re-opening to the public, you’re likely evaluating what equipment you have available, your library’s PC placements, and how best to increase the distance between staff and patrons.
- you are considering moving PCs to increase the distance between people
- SCLS re-purposed your patron laptops for staff use during the closed time and you need the laptops to be converted back for patron use
- you have other questions about your re-opening related to technology
… please submit a SCLS Help Desk ticket well in advance so we can help you get ready.
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
Support during closures
- (3/24) The SCLS Technology Team has updated the guidelines of our temporary remote access service.
- Info from WI Department of Public Instruction (DPI)
The latest version of reopening guidelines for public libraries has been released. 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 decision about how and when to reopen a library remains a local decision.
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.
Please NOTE these documents replace the previous reopening guidelines due to the cancellation of the DHS Safer at Home orders and the Badger Bounce Back Plan, this guide is no longer aligned with such orders. Further, while the Reopening Guide will evolve as additional information becomes available, scaled service levels no longer exist.
A walkthrough webinar has was held June 4 and a recording is available. In-depth webinars will follow as needed.
- (3/30/20) Materials Quarantine: No More than 24 Hours Needed, per CDC Epidemiologist
- (3/24/20) Wisconsin COVID-19 Coronavirus Information Webpage
- (3/24/20) Safer at Home Order in Effect on March 25, 2020
- (3/19/20) Professional Development Opportunities in the Time of COVID-19
- (3/18/20) Library Closures & Service Priorities in Response to COVID-19
- 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
- SCLS member library statuses
The decision to close 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 keeping the library open is the best decision at this time, in light of statewide public school closures. DLT cannot make specific recommendations for libraries, only provide this guidance.
Wisconsin libraries are being asked to take a moment and update a new Division for Libraries and Technology (DLT) online resource that tracks library service status. You can do this by completing the brief Wisconsin Public Library Status during COVID-19 form. The current service status of Wisconsin libraries is available from the DLT online.
We also ask that you be sure to update SCLS about any service status changes at your library so we can update the information on this page.
SCLS Library Status (for curbside pickup status visit the Libraries Bounce Back page)
- Adams County Public Library – Opened May 26, still offering curbside pickup.
- Albertson Memorial Library, Albany - Closed until further notice, but offering curbside pickup.
- Lettie W. Jensen Library – Opened June 1, but offering curbside pickup.
- Lester Public Library of Arpin – Closed until further notice, but offering curbside pickup.
- Baraboo Public Library – Opened May 26, still offering curbside pickup.
- Black Earth Public Library – Opening June 22, but offering curbside pickup.
- Brodhead Memorial Public Library – Opening July 1, but offering curbside pickup.
- Belleville Public Library – Closed until further notice, but offering curbside pickup.
- Jane Morgan Memorial Library, Cambria – Closed until further notice, but offering curbside pickup.
- Cambridge Community Library – Opened June 15 with express service, and still offering curbside pickup.
- Columbus Public Library – Opened May 26, still offering curbside pickup.
- Rosemary Garfoot Public Library, Cross Plains - Opened June 15, but offering curbside pickup.
- Dane County Library Service – Suspending Bookmobile and Dream Bus service until further notice, but offering curbside pickup.
- Deerfield Public Library – Closed until further notice, but offering curbside pickup.
- DeForest Area Public Library - Closed until further notice, but offering curbside pickup.
- Fitchburg Public Library – Closed until further notice, but offering curbside pickup.
- LaValle Public Library – Opened June 22, but offering curbside pickup.
- Lodi Public Library – Opened June 1, but offering curbside pickup.
- Madison Public Library & Branches – Opened June 22 for limited computing only (except Monroe Street Branch), but offering curbside pickup.
- Marshall Community Library – Opened June 1, but offering curbside pickup.
- Mazomanie Free Library – Closed until further notice, but offering curbside pickup.
- Middleton Public Library – Closed until further notice, but offering curbside pickup.
- Everett Roehl Marshfield Public Library – Opened May 29, but but pickup window service continues.
- E.D. Locke Public Library, McFarland – Closed until further notice, but offering curbside pickup.
- Monona Public Library – Closed until further notice, but offering curbside pickup.
- Monroe Public Library – Opening July 1.
- Monticello Public Library – Opening July 1, but offering curbside pickup.
- Mount Horeb Public Library – Closed until further notice, but offering curbside pickup.
- Charles and Joann Lester Library, Nekoosa – Opened May 20, but offering curbside pickup.
- New Glarus Public Library – Closed until further notice, but offering curbside pickup.
- North Freedom Public Library – Opened June 15, but offering curbside pickup.
- Oregon Public Library – Closed until further notice, but offering curbside pickup.
- Angie W. Cox Public Library, Pardeeville – Closed until further notice, but offering curbside pickup.
- Pittsville Community Library – Closed until further notice, but offering curbside pickup.
- Kraemer Library & Community Center, Plain – Opened June 1, but offering curbside pickup.
- Portage County Public Library (Stevens Point main library, Almond, Plover, and Rosholt branches) – Closed until further notice, but offering curbside pickup (except the Plover Branch).
- Portage Public Library – Opened May 26, but offering curbside pickup.
- Poynette Area Public Library – Opened June 11, but offering curbside pickup.
- Ruth Culver Community Library, Prairie du Sac – Opened June 8, but offering curbside pickup.
- Hutchinson Memorial Library, Randolph – Opened June 8, but offering curbside pickup.
- Reedsburg Public Library – Opened June 1, but offering curbside pickup.
- Rio Public Library – Opened June 15, but offering curbside pickup.
- Rock Spring Public Library – Opened June 15, but offering curbside pickup.
- Lester Public Library of Rome – Opened June 3, but offering curbside pickup.
- Sauk City Public Library – Opening July 6, but offering curbside pickup.
- Spring Green Public Library - Closed until further notice, but offering curbside pickup.
- Stoughton Public Library – Opening July 6, but offering curbside pickup.
- Sun Prairie Public Library – Opened June 15 with express service, and still offering curbside pickup.
- Verona Public Library – Opened June 15 with express service, and still offering curbside pickup.
- Lester Public Library of Vesper – Opened June 1, but offering curbside pickup.
- Waunakee Public Library – Closed until further notice, but offering curbside pickup.
- Kilbourn Public Library, Wisconsin Dells – Opened May 26, but offering curbside pickup.
- McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids – Opened June 15, but offering curbside pickup.
- Wyocena Public Library – Opened June 1.
Resources to share
- Online resources & databases during COVID-19 pandemic
- Director Meetings During Closure and Weekly Youth Services Check-ins (recordings of remote meetings)
- A Phased Reopening Plan for Libraries as COVID 19 Restrictions Are Lifted by John Thill (Medium.com)
- WPLC Receives IMLS Funds!
- Ancestry Access Has Been Expanded -- SCLS staff have worked with ProQuest to set up remote access for SCLS libraries that subscribe to Ancestry Library.
- To access Ancestry from outside the library: https://www.scls.lib.wi.us/cgi-bin/libauth.cgi?connectto=AL.
- Remote access will be available until the end of April and will be re-evaluated monthly as needed. Usage statistics by library will not be available for this special remote access.
- BadgerLink vendors’ and partners’ offer distance learning materials during COVID-19 Pandemic
- New, Temporary Resources Now Available in BadgerLink
- BadgerLink Resources for Public Libraries
- EBSCO Information and Free Resources for Schools and Public Libraries Impacted by COVID-19
- Health & safety resources
These resources are provided as a way of helping library staff educate themselves about the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) that is officially a worldwide pandemic. The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person (see current data).
- Emergency Order #28 -- Safer at Home Order effective until May 26, 2020 (04/16/2020)
- Emergency Order #12 -- Safer at Home Order effective until April 24, 2020 (03/25/2020)
- Wisconsin Department of Health Services
- Gov. Tony Evers Declares State of Health Emergency
- Gov. Tony Evers Issues Statewide K-12 School Closures (effective March 18, 2020)
- Gov. Tony Evers Mass Gathering Restrictions FAQ (March 17, 2020)
- Ebling Library research guide (by UW Hospital)
- 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)
- Persistence of coronaviruses on inanimate surfaces and their inactivation with biocidal agents (Journal of Hospital Infection)
- 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)
- Webinar: Librarians Respond to Coronavirus and Other Pandemics (March 26)
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