Are there things you are doing now that you may continue doing when the Library reopens for in-person use?
J N: OverDrive is a great example. That, we hope, will stay with us, along with some more electronic resources.
If you are looking for examples of things that have changed, one of the things that we were able to say in the past was: we aren’t going to force you into reading online, if we can get you a book, we will get you a book. In a way that’s still true, but we may not have as much success, or it may not come as quickly – we might not be able to get it as fast. Now, in some cases, the only way we can provide some materials through the library service is electronically. I very much believe that people deserve to read in the medium they are comfortable with. During Covid we don’t have that much flexibility, but when we return to the building, I believe that we will extend that same offer.
T M: When everyone else is back in the building, everything that we have been developing now will be in addition to, and not in place of, our traditional resources and services that we have always offered.
J N: And we have had this opportunity to adjust our collection a little. We have been able to collect titles more focused on our school’s offerings, for example, adding a fair number of books in visual art.
TM: We are in the middle of a big project now actually. A large, anonymous donation of books came our way from an art teacher. We didn’t have much in our collection in ceramics and now we have some twenty new titles including some classic pottery books, which I was excited to find as a hobbyist potter!