I was going to write about all of the constant upheaval being created by the newest surge related to the Delta variant – Who has mask mandates again for all staff and customers and how are they enforced? Who is or isn’t distributing COVID testing kits and why or why not? How do we create equitable situations for staff that can work from home and those that can’t? Should we or should we not offer incentives to staff to encourage vaccination? This is a small sampling of the many conversations and questions swirling around us at the moment in our libraries. Thinking about writing about the situation and related questions left me feeling a bit overwhelmed. However, my recent library visits helped put things into perspective and left me feeling encouraged that our libraries, as always, are talking about these issues, are sharing information with each other and their communities, are actively working to protect their staff and customers, all while continuing to evolve, innovate and transform. At NEO-RLS we continue trying to do our best to support you through all of the uncertainty and change by focusing on programs about self-care
and by providing forums
on a regular schedule for discussion with your colleagues. Equally important, we hope that we are supporting your continued innovation and community impact by responding to your development and training needs as quickly as we can. If you have ideas for other ways in which we can assist, please let us know. Together we are maximizing library potential.
Thanks and have a wonderful week!