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Expanded Database Access

Many databases (notably, Ancestry Library Edition) have made their services more easily accessible during this time. A good list is being maintained by OPLIN at


One of our sister ORGs, NEO-RLS, has an excellent resource page at:

And they have put together a great resource guide for online and digital programming, including who has opened up their resources for free at:


Continuing Education Resources

SWON - Self-directed Learning Modules 

Check back as we have access to dozens of these modules - they just take time to upload! These self-guided courses deal mostly in soft skill and supervisor/managerial topics. They are produced by HRDQ and not specific to libraries. 

SWON Archived Webinars

We are also adding archived webinar links to the calendar as fast as we can. Please check back!

TechSoup Courses for Nonprofits and Libraries

TechSoup is a great resource any time for free and paid courses, some of which are specifically aimed at libraries. There's also great courses to improve your use of common products in MS Office.

Library 2.0 - Steve Albrecht Security Trainings

Dr. Steve Albrecht is internationally known for his expertise in high-risk HR issues. He specializes in workplace and school violence awareness and crisis response programs for private-sector firms, municipal and state government, K-12 schools, and colleges and universities. 

PCI/Library 2.0 Joint "Mini-Conference"

This conference has already passed but archives are being made available for free. More info:

RECORDINGS: We've posted the a video recording, an audio-only recording, and the chat lot for each of the four sessions. Additionally, where provided, we've posted presentation slides and handouts. All are available at You do need to be a member of Library 2.0, but there is no cost to join.

ACTION GROUP: Library 2.0 member Eman Khereba created a mini-conference action group, "Tell Your story: Library in Action ( Covid 19)" on Library 2.0. She writes: "This group is an invitation for people who attended library 2.0 or not attended mini-conference to: 1- Tell their followup actions and stories. 2. Support each other 3. Share achievements 4- Sharing ideas, experiences, useful materials, useful links 5- Ask Questions and the community will answer."


     OELMA Digital Learning LiveBinder

This binder contains a comprehensive list of digital resources submitted by OELMA members.  It contains lots and lots of resources for the K-12 age range.


Can Coronavirus Live on Books?

Per the OH Health Department:

"A study was released yesterday by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reporting that this novel coronavirus is detectable in aerosols for up to three hours, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel. An Ohio Department of Health epidemiologist I consulted with said that the highest risk would be close proximity to a contagious individual as well as exposure to shared surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, touchscreens and faucets/sinks. The risk of contracting the virus from books is likely low. However, it might be worth considering a recommendation to patrons and staff to wipe off a book before handling it. 

CDC offers general recommendations for routine cleaning and disinfection of households, which would be applicable to libraries, too: Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks) with household cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface, following label instructions. CDC also offers environmental cleaning and disinfection recommendations for community facilities with suspected/confirmed COVID-19 cases at

You can go to the Ohio Department of Health's website for more information and resources."


Videoconferencing, Screensharing & Streaming


Google Meet

Awesome Screenshot


Local Info

Closings and Delays

Current Cases in Ohio

Current Cases in KY (green box on right)


Handwashing Posters (including for Kids and Teens!)

Cover Your Cough Poster

Cover Your Cough for Kids

Social Media

Buttons and Badges

Pre-formatted messages

Health Departments

Ohio Department of Health

NKY Health Department

Hamilton County Department of Health


Helpful Links

OLC Resource Page

ALA Guide

CDC Resources for Community Events & Mass Gatherings

CDC Handwashing Training & Education

PBS "How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus"

Fear and Anxiety Fact Sheet (UC Berkeley)


COVID-19 Basics

OH Dept. of Health FAQ (PDF)
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