Taking precautions for COVID-19 and the courier

There is a wealth of information available regarding the current coronavirus.  The KLE Courier will continue to provide service to libraries at their regularly scheduled days and times.  Libraries and drivers will do their best to adhere to social distancing guidelines and non-contact service exchanges.  Library staff and drivers are strongly encouraged to wear a mask during the exchange process.   All materials will quarantine for 96 hours upon arrival from the courier, before they are handled and processed.  Here are some “common sense/best practices” for courier processing:

1) Wash hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water after handling courier bags and materials.
2) Refrain from touching eyes, nose, mouth and face while processing items for the courier.
3) Wipe down courier processing surfaces with disinfecting wipes often.
4) Please notify the courier coordinator right away at, courier@nekls.org or caroline@nekls.org, if your KLE courier services need to be paused due to the pandemic.
5) If your library closes, it could take about 1 week for items already in transit to filter through the courier system. Talk with the courier coordinator, Caroline Handwork, about managing that.
6) ‘Time’ is the best disinfectant for courier bags, tubs, and ILL items.  Let them quarantine for 96 hours before processing.  Do not attempt to disinfect with wipes, sprays, etc.
Notes from the State Library of Kansas regarding Interlibrary Loan and the Coronavirus:  If a library is going to close for an undetermined period, do the following;

1. Enter holiday dates in SHAREit ASAP so requests don’t get delayed
2. Notify Caroline at the courier office so courier deliveries are stopped via courier@nekls.org or caroline@nekls.org
3. If you can use SHAREit from home, be generous in requesting and granting renewals