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VIVA: Member Spotlight: Sweet Briar College

Virginia's Academic Library Consortium

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Transformation through Pandemic: 

Sweet Briar College

October 2020

Share a success story from your library’s shift online in response to the pandemic in the spring. How did your library change when campuses went online in the spring of 2020?

  • We provided scanned chapters of library items requested by students and faculty to assist with successfully completing the spring term. 

What are you most proud of in your library’s response to the rapid shift to online services?

  • We quickly set up staff zoom meetings to keep everyone organized and discuss and assign new tasks required by remote learning. We were able to set up systems to meet the needs of our campus community while maintaining efficiency and patron privacy. 

What is a creative solution your library staff came up with to meet users’ needs in this environment?

  • We created a curbside pick by utilizing our document delivery system. 

How did VIVA, either through resources or its collaborative network, support your community during the emergency switch to online learning? 

  • Helped provide guidance with evolving ILL policies during the pandemic. 

Is there anything else you’d like to share about your library’s experience supporting and/or collaborating with your campus community in the spring?

  • While library spaces have, at times, been used for class meeting locations we found ourselves needing to covert library spaces into classrooms to accommodate social distancing for larger classes.