Please excuse cross postings
As we've communicated previously, CLiC's approach to COVID-19 is all about planning, pragmatic action and no hysteria.
We've made the decision to cancel Spring Workshops in Grand Junction (March 19-20) and Fort Morgan (March 27). As of today, the Pueblo workshop is still scheduled, but we'll continue to monitor this evolving situation. More about the factors for our decision to cancel the first two workshops can be found further down in this message.
We're communicating to you within hours of our decision so that you can do your part.
1) If you reserved lodging in Grand Junction, we advise you to cancel immediately, before any penalty is assessed. If you reserved through discounted room blocks at either of the two hotels identified by CLiC, here are those contacts:
* Hampton Inn Grand Junction: 970-243-3222
* SpringHill Suites Grand Junction: 970-424-5777
2) Since you already committed to attending and/or presenting, consider holding these dates open in your schedule...because CLiC is already planning virtual/online conferences to replace these two in-person events. These would be held on the same dates as the in-person conferences: March 19-20 and March 27. More details to come soon.
Our decision was easy, because it was NOT based on emotion, and certainly NOT in reaction to the recent deluge of media reports, announcements of closures, and event cancellations from businesses, sports leagues and entertainment industries.
Primary factors behind our decision:
We're informed by FACTS, along with scientific and medical information from the CDC & NIOSH, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and the Tri-County Health Department (Adams, Arapahoe & Douglas Counties).
When a credentialed and experienced infectious disease expert, epidemiologist, or other scientific specialist or public health official knowledgeable about this topic speaks, we listen. As seen through the eyes of these credible sources, there are two fundamental facts about viral outbreaks of this nature:
* There is a clear mandate for all of us to slow the onset of a virus like COVID-19, systemically.
* Organizations like CLiC are responsible for eliminating opportunities for a virus like COVID-19 to spread rapidly through our communities. We take that responsibility seriously.
An additional factor: in monitoring communications among Colorado library leaders and various public employers, we see an emerging trend -- toward barring unnecessary business travel by employees. If the organizations that employ our valued workshop presenters mandate such travel restrictions, that will have an impact. We believe it is prudent to stay ahead of the curve.
Now, to address key questions you likely have:
Do I need to do anything about requesting a refund for my previously-paid registration?
Nope, we have you covered, and CLiC will be issuing those refunds as a routine matter. We'll contact you individually if necessary.
Has CLiC considered alternatives, like a virtual conference?
Definitely. We've already laid the groundwork for what that virtual experience would look like, and planning the logistics. Presenters: stay tuned. While we don't think it's feasible to offer the exact equivalent of a multi-track, multi-session, in-person conference like a Spring Workshop, we do believe online versions can still be jam-packed with quality content.
Is CLiC shutting down courier services?
That's off topic. And there's so much to unpack in that question. Please know that our organization has been planning and taking pragmatic action with no hysteria on ALL of our service fronts... from courier to AspenCat, from Colleague on Call to cooperative purchasing, and beyond.
We hope you'll consider joining us next week and later in March... online!
Jim Duncan | Executive Director
Sara Wright | Deputy Director
CLiC (Colorado Library Consortium)
7400 East Arapahoe Road, Suite 75 | Centennial, CO 80112
Office: 303.422.1150 | Direct: 720.739.3679
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