Wednesday, February 12, 2014: 15:20
A major winter storm is expected to move into Virginia later this afternoon and potentially drop 10 – 15 inches of snow and sleet. If we get sleet on top of snow, then there is a good chance we will have power outages. The library’s Service Continuity Team is ready to go in the event that the library is closed tomorrow. We will do our best to maintain our online content, our network, interlibrary loan (borrows), and library email. If our library is closed, our large after hours space will be available to anyone with a UVA Health System ID. Patrons who reserved a group study room or classroom tomorrow has been contacted.
All library staff know to call the university’s SNOW line to determine operating status. (They can also find operating status on the university’s website.) We will use our library’s voicemail and website to communicate the library’s operating status. I have a message ready to go, if needed, mentioning that the after hours space is open and that our Service Continuity Team members are home maintaining core library services and resources. The message also provides contact information for our library’s email address, which we will be monitoring during business hours.
Now we wait and see what happens.