The Advisory Council (AC) met on Friday, February 19 via Zoom. Discussion topics included campus updates regarding services and the ongoing pandemic, the 2021 Annual Meeting, 2021–2023 program plan and work priorities, and planning for the Governing Board meeting on Thursday, March 4.
During the spring semester, most TRLN libraries are continuing to offer the same modified services that were offered in the fall due to COVID-19. Buildings remain largely closed or with minimal access. Though campuses differ in the level of building access for students and the larger community, all TRLN libraries have similar rules of mask wearing, no eating, and using reservation systems for study space. Users must request materials to be delivered via takeout, and staff continue to scan a high volume of materials. Most staff work on rotating schedules consisting of in-person and remote work to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Three years ago, the AC held a one-day planning retreat to set priorities as a consortium, develop a three-year work plan (2019–2021), and revisit the organizational structure of TRLN. This year, TRLN staff have drafted an update of that three year plan and added guiding principles. We have solicited and received input from many of those involved in TRLN working groups and interest groups. The AC is working on a process for finalizing this document. Once the document is finalized, we will share the program plan and work priorities via the newsletter and the website. The updated plan will be revisited every year.
The TRLN Governing Board meeting will be held on Thursday, March 4. The AC helped to develop talking points for the Governing Board related to the impact of the pandemic on library collections and services. The next Advisory Council meeting will be held on May 21.