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Reopening Libraries Webinars

This page will provide information and resources on safely reopening libraries during the COVD-19 pandemic, including recordings and slides from the Directors Forums on Reopening Libraries.

On Wednesday, June 24th, PASCAL held a second Directors Forum on Reopening Libraries with presentations by Christa Poparad, Associate Dean for Access, Instruction, & Assessment and Heather Gilbert, Associate Dean of Collection & Content Services, College of Charleston Libraries, on their reopening plans.


  • Christa Poparad, Associate Dean for Access, Instruction, & Assessment, College of Charleston Libraries
  • Heather Gilbert, Associate Dean of Collection & Content Services, College of Charleston Libraries


On June 22, 2020 PASCAL hosted a Directors Forum on Reopening Libraries featuring Christopher Cox, Dean of Libraries, Clemson University & Tom McNally, Dean of Libraries, University of South Carolina. Our thanks to Dean Cox and Dean McNally for volunteering to share their reopening plans with the PASCAL community.


Resources on Reopening and Safe Handling of Materials:

Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) Project page - COVID-19 Research Project by OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle:

Guidelines for Libraries Considering Curbside Service and/or Phased Reopening May 2020 Guide created by RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Library System):

Handling Library Materials and Collections During a Pandemic – Resources compiled by ALCTS:

LOUIS Phased Reopening Guide for Libraries – from The Louisiana Library Network (LOUIS):

Pandemic Resources for Academic Libraries: Preparing to Reopen Guide from ACRL:

Returning to Service: Libraries and COVID-19 - Guide created by the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC):

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