As your library moves many of its services online in response to the coronavirus pandemic, you may be wondering about the legality of posting recorded story times to your Facebook or YouTube page. The answer lies in “fair use.”
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coronavirus closures in public libraries
As U.S. libraries react to the coronavirus pandemic this week — and prepare for an increasing number of cases, as experts predict — many library workers are faced with a difficult question: when should they cancel in-person programs at the library?
Because the severity of the outbreak varies widely from region to region, there is no easy answer, says the American Library Association.
As U.S. libraries prepare for the novel coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the globe, our fellow librarians in Italy are in the thick of the outbreak. Shops, bars, and yes, libraries are closed to the public as Italians follow orders to stay at home and practice social distancing to minimize the virus's spread.
But not all librarians have stopped working just because the libraries are empty. Many are finding creative ways to serve their communities from afar. Here, we speak to two librarians about what the lockdown means for them.