There won’t be a Daily Digest on Monday, May 25. Enjoy your holiday.

From Leah: Adult Services Check-In Round-up

  • Discussion of re-opening and how that might look in stages, referred to Demco webinar with Dr. Dipesh Navsaria
    • One quibble Lori Roholt had with that webinar was a suggestion about cleaning materials, which she does not think is sustainable in any way (staff time, waste)
    • Reminder that many guidelines and help will be coming soon from the state
    • WPR had a program about library service yesterday with the director of the South Central Library System and the director of the Spooner Public Library.
    • Be sure to check out the wonderful resources and ideas created by Rebecca Kilde for IFLS in Marketing Monday!
  • Some discussion of how to promote/launch/celebrate the Summer Library Program and Beanstack
    • Getting information out with grocery orders—flyers
    • Posters/flyers in gas stations, grocery stores, laundromats
    • Social media
    • Staff training/public training on Beanstack—Leah will share information and ideas Beanstack administrators.
    • Looking for inspiration about Beanstack challenges?  Caroline from Ellsworth shared her library’s plan for younger kids and for teens and adults.

From Leah: Update on LAWDS (Libraries Activating Workforce Development Skills)

  • Many people in our communities are going to be looking for work and the Department of Workforce Development and Job Centers are looking to libraries for help.
  • If you missed the webinar on applying for Unemployment Insurance, watch for the link to the recording, coming soon.  In the meantime, check out the FAQ about Unemployment Benefits.
  • Please consider job seekers’ needs as you think about re-opening your libraries and how the stages will work—computers will be critical for job search tasks, and time limits might be difficult.
  • Watch for upcoming webinars about resume building tools and other resources on the Wisconsin Job Center website
  • Librarians might want to register for a Wisconsin Job Center account so you can see how it works
  • DWD and libraries both are exploring ways to help people with computers without needing to be close.  Some options discussed:
    • High Tech:  Software that will allow you to see the other person’s computer screen
    • Low Tech:  Laser pointers so you can stand farther away but still point things out on the screen

From Kathy: A Mask Study

This study from Hong Kong suggests that masks can reduce the spread of the corona virus. The study was done on hamsters, because they have similar nasal biology to us. I thought the idea of hamsters in tiny little masks was fun enough to mention. Here’s the link: https://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Study-Surgical-masks-reduce-spread-hamster-hong-ko-15281491.php

From Reb: While We’re Talking About Masks

I ran across this on Facebook and decided to share it. It’s not an expert position or any kind of advice or guidance. It is a reminder that there’s always another side to any discussion:

I can understand why people see it as a “slippery slope” situation in places like Illinois, where you can’t shop unless you’re masked. I think Americans, generally, are big on civil liberties, so all of us tend to see certain government actions as a slippery slope towards losing bigger rights. We just have different opinions about which rights are important given which circumstances. I don’t mind wearing a mask during a pandemic, but it annoys me that I can’t legally purchase raw milk, because other people say science says it’s too dangerous for me to consume. This may be totally “unscientific” of me, because even a fairly staunch libertarian has defended milk pasteurization regulations to me, in horror that I suggest easing these regulations, because *science.* But my neighbor’s fresh unpasteurized goat milk is *amazing,* and I feel protective of my right to consume it if I want to.

Also, what is accepted as mainstream “science” evolves over time, so I think people get to be skeptical. For instance, I think from a public health standpoint the government should ban glyphosate and similar pesticides, and especially delivery systems like crop dusting, and make what’s now called “organic farming” the default. But the USDA’s 20th century “science” said chemical farming was not only perfectly safe but actually *the only way to feed the world.* For decades “organic” was fringe and people rolled their eyes and said, stop being so paranoid, it’s fine, shut up and eat your GMO grains and CAFO bacon like the rest of us. That’s slowly changing (after the near decimation of diversified family farms over the course of a century) but believing the still-minority science I believe, about the food system, I have sympathy for people who are skeptical of the intersection of big business, government, and science, even where their conspiracy theories sound wacko to me.