The Mansfield Library will be cancelling some collection resources to align expenditures with our FY2021 budget. Feedback about proposed cancellations will be solicited through September 21, 2020. Please access the Fall 2020 ML Proposed Collections Cancellations List (a NetID is required if you are off campus) to view the lists of impacted resources and to use the feedback form. Thank you for your comments and suggestions.
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The Mansfield Library is using a quarantine period of 72 hours for mail received, for orders placed through Paw Print, and for materials returned through the book drop and at course reserves. At this time 72 hours represents an appropriate balance between mitigating risk to library staff and users from any COVID-19 virus that might be on the surface of a material, and getting those materials to our patrons as soon as possible. Obviously we encourage everyone to follow safe handling practices related to COVID-19, including frequently washing hands. The library is using several sources to guide our decision-making about quarantine periods, including data from the REALM (Reopening Archives, Libraries and Museums) Project and recommendations from the Northeast Document Conservation Center. Actively disinfecting or sanitizing most library materials, including books and journals, is not recommended because disinfecting solutions can damage materials. Although some plastic-based materials are being sanitized by the library for rapid turn-around, such as those provided by TechLending and the anatomy models placed on course reserve, others plastic materials, such as CDs and DVDs on reserve, are being quarantined because most include labels or paper inserts that may not survive sanitization. The library is paying attention to the evolution of knowledge about COVID-19 and the viability of the virus on library materials, and may choose to alter its practices as new information becomes available." #mansfieldlibrary #universityofmontana