APL Director Advocates for Phased Approach to Reopening
APL Executive Director Scott C. Jarzombek wrote an article for the New York Library Association advocating for a thoughtful, nuanced approach to safely reopen public libraries.
“Reopening is not flipping a switch. It will be slowly adjusting a dial,” Jarzombek wrote.
“We turn it up and down, slowly, based on data and expertise. The baseline is closing the library, and you gradually go from there. Clear protocols and procedures will be necessary. The better we are at following this course, the closer we are to getting ourselves back to promoting a free and informed society.”
APL has a dynamic continuation of service plan, consisting of several phases, that is regularly refined based on new data and guidelines from the federal, state, and county governments. The plan is reviewed by the library’s Board of Trustees reviews the plan at every board meeting. The next board meeting is set for Tuesday, May 12, at 6 pm, and it will be livestreamed on YouTube.