Interesting Notes from Class:
This week the course covered book displays, which I already learned about in a previous class, so I’ve got nothing. However, I have been watching webinars to earn credits for my library license, and the most recent was about concerns libraries and museums might have when we re-open to the public. Both speakers, one an epidemiologist the other a health scientist, were from the Centers for Disease Control. You can listen to “Mitigating COVID-19 When Managing Paper-Based, Circulating, and Other Types of Collections” free here. Some takeaways:
- Cleaning and disinfecting are different. Staff should do both at least once per day.
- You can use alcohol wipes on books covered in plastic and DVD cases if you want.
- Paper, cardboard, and fabric are porous materials, meaning it’s hard for a virus to leave them. Materials returned to the library should be fine after 24 hours.
- A patron would basically need to hork a visible loogie on a book for libraries to be concerned about transmitting the coronavirus.
- Wash hands at least 20 seconds, cover sneezes and coughs with a tissue and throw it away, disinfect hard surfaces that are touched frequently.
- The epidemiologist basically repeated that libraries don’t need to worry about disinfecting books (literally) about half a dozen times. The librarians who joined the live discussion had a really hard time believing it.
- The CDC’s order of concerns for spreading COVID-19: being near other people way at the top, next is high-touch surfaces, and then much further down would be books, papers, soft furniture, shoes, etc. (The epidemiologist talked about all of these).
- If a symptomatic person enters the facility, close off the area they were in most for 24 hours so any droplets settle. Then, housekeeping can clean the hard surfaces. Open any doors or windows that go outside to increase airflow.
This Week’s Blog Posts:
Thanks for joining the conversation about physical limitations and reading. Many of you have your own aches that you’ve lessened through tricks of your own! I’m still keeping my eyes open for new technologies to help readers with mobility issues.
I was so pleased by the thoughtful questions and responses to my review of Ginger Gaffney’s memoir Half Broke. Any non-traditional prison setting is interesting to me, and the way the author explored her identity (mute until six, gender non-conforming, “untamed” with sexual partners) was beautifully done. The book was just published in February 2020.
Next Week’s Blog Posts:
I’m not sure about you, but this pandemic has changed me. I used to have barriers created when I would code-switch from home to work to public to family and then friends. Those barriers seem gone. I was crying to my mother and talking to my book club about my ovaries. Even my alone time has changed, which I realized when I admitted to Jackie @ Death by Tsundoku that instead of walking the neighborhood on the road like a normal human I am now dragging a stick around the yard. I put together a pandemic post that includes advice, humor, and a request. I hope you’ll check it out on Tuesday.
After it occurred to me that I hadn’t read a fiction book with a leading lady who is fat for a while, I picked up The F Word by Liza Palmer. The main character actually is quite skinny, but she used to be fat, and how does that affect a person? You know it’s a funny book when I’m practically braying. Come back Thursday for me review!
Book I’m Reading Aloud to My Spouse:
Still reading Tibetan Peach Pie by Tom Robbins. This famous author fell into a career as an art critic with zero knowledge of the field. You ever feel like Boomers had things way easier? I mean, the guy was in Richmond, Virginia, decided to go to grad school in Washington state, filled up his car and went there, casually dropped out of grad school and fell into a job as an art critic, decided he needed to move somewhere else to be a writer, drove to New York City, and lived for a year on the savings he generated while working as a newspaper art critic with zero credentials. The book is still fun, though. Allen Ginsberg just kissed Robbins on the mouth (surprise!).
Books Added to the TBR Pile: