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This incremental shift is likely to play a role in how VDOT employees return to office spaces, which may play a role in how patrons who have borrowed library materials ship them back. Since the pandemic started we have seen dramatically increased "renewals" for overdue books, which we speculate is being driven by patrons who are not "back at the office" on a regular basis (where items can be freely and easily shipped), and who don't want to pay for shipping out of their pocket.
This quarter Gil Kenner joined Barb Neyman in "solo-staffing" the library one day a week. Barb returned one day a week last quarter. Becky Ernest and Ken Winter continue working remotely. In-person activities at the library have been almost non-existent since the pandemic started. On multiple occasions we have relied on help from a non-staffer at VTRC to locate an item, scan a resource or do similar library tasks. While library collections have remained well organized, some processes (Eg. reshelving) have been postponed. As staff return to the library they will have some clean-up chores.
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