Following Governor Northam’s Stay at Home order (Executive Order Fifty-Five) and subsequent communication to the Mason community by Drs. David Farris and Lisa Park (on 3/31/2020), and ever more heightened concern for the health and safety of library faculty and staff, the University Libraries is preparing to suspend those tasks which would require the on-site presence of library faculty and staff; among these, scanning of materials from our physical collections.
For continuity of instruction purposes, we request that faculty and students submit any remaining scanning requests by noon, Saturday, April 4 via ILLiad. Scanning of physical items will only be provided for Fenwick Library holdings. Items from our branch library locations on the Arlington and SciTech campuses, as well as any items in the collections of our Washington Research Library Consortium partners, are currently unavailable.
To serve the needs of both faculty and students, the Libraries has ramped up a “triage team” approach, where all requests received requiring staff inter-mediation will be reviewed by a team of specialists who will exhaust all available resources. While some traditional methods of fulfilling requests are not available to us at this time, we continue to explore and employ all possible options to provide needed access. We have also allocated additional financial resources to expand our options and ensure continuous operations and access during this most difficult time.
Per the university’s emergency plan and the Libraries’ continuity of operations plan, we will maintain network access to electronic resources and facilitate related service requests.
The Libraries’ extended Virtual Reference hours, virtual research consultations, and other virtual activities will not cease. For more information, please see our FAQs.
We appreciate that this is a unique situation and will continue to support your academic/research needs to the best of our ability as you conclude the spring semester. We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates as needed.
Thank you for your understanding and we hope you continue to stay safe and healthy.