IFLS COVID-19 Courier Delivery Guidelines

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Based on the reopening guidelines and the REALM study data along with input from IFLS Library Directors, IFLS has the following delivery guidelines in place as of 8/3/2020.

Libraries are encouraged to:

  • Vacate the delivery exchange area if staff are present when deliveries are made.
  • Clean door handles and any other surfaces touched by the delivery driver after the driver leaves.
  • Have the same staff work with each other each day, as much as possible, if multiple sorters are working at the same time.
  • Contact the library system representative if delivery practices do not feel safe.

Waltco, Inc., the delivery service provider for IFLS and its member libraries, will NOT be quarantining bins before sorting due to the following factors:

  • IFLS Libraries are expected to quarantine their returned materials for 96 hours before check in.
  • Library staff will wear masks and either wear gloves or sanitize hands before paging and while packing outgoing bins.

Waltco, Inc. Drivers Will:

  •  Wear masks when entering and exiting libraries.
  • Sanitize their hands before and after every delivery.
  • Maintain a six-foot distance from others inside the library or wait until people clear a pathway inside.
  • Log where they have been, noting approximate times, to facilitate contact tracing.
  • Not require a signature from a librarian upon delivery.
  • Be sent home for 72 hours if they are showing flu-like symptoms.
  • Contact the terminal manager and library system representative if delivery practices do not feel safe.

Waltco Sorters Will:

  • Have the same staff work with each other each day, as much as possible, if multiple sorters are working at the same time.
  • Be sent home for 72 hours if they are showing flu-like symptoms.
  • Wear masks & gloves while sorting all library materials.

IFLS libraries will determine the amount of quarantine for incoming bins based on the above information as well as their staff risk factors.  If libraries have any questions, please contact Maureen Welch, IFLS Reference & ILL Coordinator.