In spite of the pandemic, the Jeanette Albiez Davis Library at the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College continues to transform its services to ensure that high quality academic support is still available and delivered safely to students, faculty, and other patrons no matter if they choose to visit the library in-person or online.

Thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), awarded through the State Library of Ohio (SLO), Davis Library received $3,000 in stimulus funds in September 2020 to assist with a variety of safety modifications required for its reopening process.

IMLS has been responsible for distributing Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds to all types of libraries across the United States through the various State Library Administrative Agencies. The SLO Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) CARES Act Mini-Grant was awarded to Davis Library to enhance services and help prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the award, Davis Library has purchased personal protective equipment (PPE) such as, plexiglass shields, alcohol wipes, hand sanitizer and touchless dispensers as well as easy-to-move and clean furniture to make social distancing and disinfecting its public spaces easier.

These items allowed the Davis Library to make its physical spaces and collections more accessible and readily available to its users.  A lot of members of the campus community rely on the Davis Library for dependable internet and computer access as well as print resources they can take home. The SLO LSTA CARES Act has helped Davis Library make access to both print and electronic resources as well as personal assistance a safer and less stressful experience for many.

While the increased availability of vaccines might bring about some easing of certain COVID-19 preventive measures and restrictions, Davis Library will continue to diligently promote the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and protocols for COVID-19 prevention in colleges, universities, and higher education as well as those established by the local Gallia County Health Department and Rio Grande’s Student and Health Services Departments to ensure the utmost safety for its users.

The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. The network advances, supports and empowers America’s museums, libraries and related organizations through grant-making, research and policy development. The group’s vision is for a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To learn more, visit www.IMLS.gov, and follow the IMLS on Facebook, facebook.com/USIMLS, and Twitter, #US_IMLS.

The SLO is a state agency that serves state government, all types of Ohio libraries and residents. The vision of the SLO is a Smarter Ohio where every Ohioan can access the necessary resources to be engaged citizens, excel at their jobs, participate in the workforce, and pursue their passions and interests. For more information on the SLO, visit library.ohio.gov and follow Facebook, facebook.com/StateLibraryOhio, and Twitter, #statelibohio.

Jeanette Albiez Davis Library supports Rio Grande’s mission and vision by providing access to high-quality resources and services designed to meet the information needs of both the campus and larger community. For complete details, visit library.rio.edu and follow Facebook, facebook.com/jadavislibrary.