The USMAI Council of Library Directors (CLD) has been preparing for disruptions in operations and staffing during the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. As part of our contingency planning, the CLD agreed on March 13, 2020 that in the event of any potential operational interruptions among any of our member libraries, all of the consortium's libraries will waive or suspend the accumulation of any user fees or fines for affected institutions and users, for the duration of the interruption. Such interruptions might include:
1) full or partial institutional or library closures of physical facilities,
2) other related decisions that might significantly reduce physical staffing of libraries, or
3) other circumstances that would interrupt full regular access to library services and resources by authorized users.
In support of this decision, Library Directors will instruct their library’s access services and resources-sharing teams to coordinate through USMAI's Consortial Library Applications Support (CLAS) Team and appropriate consortium working groups to develop simple and effective plans that can be put into effect as needed. The plans will include timely notifications among CLD members about operational interruptions/closures and appropriate communication between each library and CLAS. This will allow CLAS, for example, to enact system-level, programmatic changes that will disallow requesting and shipping of books to and from closed member libraries.
Related page: COVID-19 Continuity of Operations