Jun 26, 2020
Join directors from public and academic libraries for a discussion on leading through a pandemic. Our panelists will be Jake Grussing (Scott County), Karen Pundsack (Great River Regional), Jon Neilson (Concordia University, St. Paul), and Elissah Becknell (Minneapolis College). The discussion will be hosted by MnPals and Minitex. Register today!
Jun 26, 2020
A study conducted by Batelle found no SARS-CoV-2 virus (the coronavirus that causes COVID-19) on library materials after 72 hours. The study was an initiative of the REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) project led by OCLC, the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Batelle. The project's goal is to provide science-based information to libraries and museums as they consider reopening amid the pandemic.
Jun 22, 2020
The Minitex courier service restarted on Monday, June 22, for those direct courier locations able to accept delivery. Many libraries have different hours, days open, building access locations, and procedures. We will do our best to accommodate all of these changes.
May 18, 2020
The REstarting Physical Delivery Safely (REDS) Taskforce brings together library leaders from across Minnesota to formulate a plan to restart the physical delivery of library materials statewide. While we don’t yet have an anticipated start date, a vigorous conversation is underway, including libraries of all shapes and sizes. We’re focusing on safety for staff and patrons, logistics, and how to reshape delivery to meet today's circumstances. Please review our Working Document, and reach out to me (my contact information is listed below) with your thoughts and ideas.
Apr 30, 2020
The COVID 19 pandemic has tested our limits as people and as library organizations. The staff at State Library Services hopes that the following documents will be useful as you and your community start to talk about reopening. As always, your decisions are locally made, and we support you and your library as you work to balance health and safety with public service.
Mar 16, 2020
Minitex Resource Sharing and Delivery services will be suspended as of Tuesday, March 17. All Minitex delivery routes will be cancelled through Friday, March 27. Minitex and the University of Minnesota Libraries agreed to this decision in consultation with the Minnesota Department of Education and Minnesota Office of Higher Education.
Mar 13, 2020
In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the University of Minnesota has cancelled all staff travel, foreign and domestic, and eliminated in-person classes in favor of online instruction through April 1. Minitex Resource Sharing & Delivery services are currently suspended, but all other services are functioning as normal. Please fill out this form if your library's operations have been or will be disrupted in any way.