Standish Library re-opening plans for August

Starting on August 3 the Standish Library will open exclusively for faculty, staff and administrators to support preparations for the start of the Fall semester courses on August 24.  Between August 3 and August 21 library hours will be Monday through Thursday 8:00 am to 4:15 pm and Friday 8:00 am to 12 noon.  An important change to note is that entering the library will now require a Siena ID card swipe.  Student access will be implemented on August 24.  Hours for the rest of the semester will be Monday through Thursday 7:30 AM to 1:00 AM, Friday 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Saturday 12 noon to 5:00 PM, Sunday 12 noon to 1:00 AM. Patrons from the general public without a Siena ID will not be permitted without permission authorized by the library.

Librarians and library staff will assist in accessing collections and services while aligning with COVID19 guidelines and College protocols and also supporting courses in various formats (in-person, online, remote, hybrid). An emphasis will be on making information resources available digitally.  Please explore the many e-resources the library already subscribes to.  If you would like help in finding those best suited to your needs and how to make them accessible to your students, please contact a librarian for an appointment.

Reserves items in digital formats will be supported.  Print materials cannot serve as reserves due to a 4-day quarantine period between users to be COVID free.  However, if a print reserve is essential, we have investigated various fair use practices currently promoted that allow a digital copy of a print item owned by the library if we remove the print copy from circulation.  Under “Controlled Digital Lending” provisions such digital copies may only be used by one student at a time, for a set period of time and cannot be copied, downloaded or shared.  Digital reserves remain available to online-only students, or courses that may become remote or online. 

All book returns should be left in the new book drop outside of the library.  We will be offering paging from the stacks.  We are strongly encouraging paging materials from the stacks for you.  That will reduce the number of people in the stacks handling materials.  We will avoid closing the stacks if people ask for items to be paged.  Advance notice to the circulation desk will be helpful.  If you do handle any library items, wash or sanitize your hands before and after use. 

Interlibrary loan requests will be filled only with digital resources as available.  If you only need a chapter or a copyright-compliant portion of a book Document Delivery/ILL will scan them for you and deliver via ILL account. At this time, most libraries are not lending print materials.

Library Information Literacy Instruction will be adjusted as needed to support the format of a course.  We anticipate that the library’s instruction room (L-29) may be scheduled for in-person courses and generally unavailable to us for one-time sessions as usual.  If you teach on-campus, we can come to your classroom.  If you are using Zoom, we can work with you on a Zoom session.  We are looking at other possibilities including short videos.  Please remember to look at the library's research guides.  Many have recently been updated, keeping online learning in mind. To schedule a session, or discuss the possibilities, contact Librarian Catherine Crohan.

Reference services will be supported via chat, email & Zoom as well as in-person consultations by appointment. As a reminder, also consult our many LibGuides, Library FAQ’s and updated notices on the Library’s website.

In response to students’ questions about using the library to join online or remote classes in the library we suggest using their own laptops and earphones and finding a quiet place or a study room if available.  The library computer stations in reference or elsewhere in the library will not be available for such use to remain available for library research.  The 24/7 lab may be an option as may other computer labs on campus; consult IT policies for those.