Good afternoon, everyone,
As a preventive measure against the ongoing COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus pandemic, PNLS headquarters will be shutting down at the end of today, Monday, March 16th, with current tentative plans to reopen on Tuesday, April 14th.
All placement of local-level PNLS holds, and interagency SILS holds, will be disabled during this time. Any holds that have already been shipped will be held on the shelves until such time as libraries reopen and holds are reactivated, including a grace period afterwards. All library materials currently checked out will be extended for six weeks, and fine accrual will be disabled during this time, so we ask that you please hold onto your checked-out library materials for the time being. We also encourage you to make use of our digital resources, such as e-books, audiobooks and databases, which will continue to remain available.
To avoid unnecessary backlogs for area postal employees, we ask that any shipments or mail bound for PNLS be held until we reopen. Incoming mail will be received at headquarters once a week, on Mondays, until further notice. As PNLS is a federation of member northern libraries, each library maintains decision-making autonomy at the local level. That said, it is our strongest recommendation that all member public and school libraries follow the closure schedules set by their schools, band offices, town offices or other partnering agencies. We also recommend that our member public library employees contact their boards and board chairs as soon as possible regarding individual closure schedules, working arrangements, and any other pressing administrative details.
Please note that all provincial schools will be closing indefinitely on Friday, March 20, as per today’s announcement by the Premier. First Nations and band schools are currently rolling out their pandemic responses as well; Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation and Fond du Lac have closed their schools, and Meadow Lake Tribal Council has closed three schools thus far. The COVID-19 story is, of course, rapidly evolving and developing, so please contact and monitor communications from your respective school divisions and educational authorities accordingly.
Up-to-the-minute information, resources and best practices on the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus are available on the Government of Canada website at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html and on the Government of Saskatchewan website at https://saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus.
PNLS headquarters staff will continue to monitor their email from their homes, so please feel free to contact us if there is anything that we can help with during this time.
James Hope Howard, Director, Pahkisimon Nuyeʔáh Library System