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University Libraries Reopening Plan

This guide provides information on the staged reopening of Kent State University Libraries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

University Lower Tower - Staff Only

KSUL leadership and the KSU Reopening Steering Committee have determined that the University Library tower above floor five will be closed to start the semester. Public safety is the major reason, but cleaning, staffing and budget challenges also played a role in this. The floors will not be physically closed. The closure will be communicated through signage and soft barriers. Some of you can recall other times we have needed to temporarily close floors due to renovations or collections moves. This closure will be handled similarly. We are developing a pathway for scholars to request special access to the stacks, which will be evaluated on a case-by-base basis by the Dean’s office.

KSUL Flashes Safe Seven Compliance Guidelines

Rob Kairis is leading a small task force to develop Flashes Safe Seven compliance guidelines for KSUL.

The task force consists of:

  • Rob Kairis, Chair 
  • Nick Fagan
  • Kelly Shook
  • Amy Thomas
  • Tom Warren
  • Cynthia Williams
  • Yuening Zhang

The task force is working on three goals: 

  1. To develop guidelines for how KSUL staff and faculty can respond to questionable user behaviors. These include:
    1. Advice for when to interact (not all situations will require interaction)
    2. Guidance for how to interact (making it an educational not confrontational exchange)
    3. Assistance for how to report the behavior, when compliance cannot be achieved and the problem persists
  2. Deliverables
    1. Diagram for staff describing where certain behaviors fit on the spectrum
    2. Information we provide to educate people
    3. How to provide a deliverable in a safe manner
  3. Training
    1. Making staff comfortable in engaging with people for the purpose of compliance
    2. Providing basic information (perhaps a LibGuide and large staff meeting), and specialized training for those more likely to encounter problems  Behavior Assessment Chart

The task force expects to have goals 1 and 2 accomplished by mid-August with training to follow. Thanks to all the task force members for their help with this important work.

Social Distancing and Signage Planning

Ron Bammerlin has been leading efforts to remove and arrange furniture in public spaces on floors 1, 2, and 4. He has been working with a small team of students to accomplish this. University movers have also been on site moving out old furniture for disposal. He is following social distancing recommendations from the architect's office. 

Ron, Cynthia Williams and Matt Merten have been creating a signage plan. They are working with the architect’s office to understand which signs will be centrally produced and installed and which signs we will be responsible for. The University has partnered with an outside vendor (Riot Creative Imaging) to install signage related to social distancing around service points, main entrance, elevators, escalator, bathrooms, print stations and seating. Cynthia and Matt will be present during installation, and they will continue their work creating and installing supplemental signage specific to our the University Library and the branch libraries. 

Safe Computing

KSUL is working with IT and University Architects to modify computer labs, develop cleaning guidelines, and explore remote access options.

Space Occupancy Limits

Study rooms=1
SMS = by appointment only

KSUL Volunteers Update

In the interest of health and safety, KSUL will not be utilizing volunteers for the remainder of this calendar year. If you have questions, please reach out to Kara Robinson.