Week 167: October Updates and Looking Ahead

Emergency Planning

For the January staff meeting, Luciana has invited Scott Lawson, Billy DeSimone, and Michael Stroud who represent HMS Security and Facilities, and Longwood Safety Services to come speak to the Countway staff on emergency procedures. If there is anything specific you need clarification on regarding emergency preparedness, please send Luciana a note and she will add it to the list of items we wish to discuss. The team is working together to give a well-rounded presentation on overall emergency procedures.

Opening to Visitors

We met with Security about letting visitors into the library. When the Countway team is ready to open to visitors, there will be a system in place where the Security guard will print badges on demand. So far, the team is thinking about opening the library up to visitors on Saturdays from 10am-4pm. The logistics are still being worked on and the Countway team will be meeting sometime in the next month to finalize procedures and hopefully pilot this before this semester ends.

Goals FY24

This is a reminder to please enter your goals/priorities into PeopleSoft by October 31st. Please work with your managers to measure, assess, and recognize your goals/priorities for this upcoming fiscal year.

AAHL Stats

It is that time of year to collect AAHL stats, and I wanted to share with you that Countway had 190,259 total persons physically entering the library during the past fiscal year. Wahoo!

HMS Town Hall Meeting

This is a reminder that the Countway Tall Hall meeting on October 25th was cancelled due to the HMS Town Hall for all staff. I encourage you to use the time to join the event on campus.

Emergency Contact Information

Please go into PeopleSoft and update your emergency information and emergency contact information by November 1st. The administrative team is working on updating this list, which was created during the start of the pandemic. This will only be given to the managers—your information will not be shared with anyone else. This information will be used in case of emergency.

Upcoming Meetings

Next Countway Strategic Planning Meeting

Wednesday, November 29th 12:00 to 2:00pm Classrooms 102/103, lunch will be served

Next Countway Town Hall Meeting

Wednesday, January 10th 1:00 to 2:00pm Classrooms 102/103

Next Countway All-Staff Meeting

Wednesday, January 24th 1:00 to 2:00pm Classrooms 102/103

Below is the schedule for the upcoming all-staff meetings. If you wish to join the schedule for future dates, please reach out to MJ to be placed on the list of presenters.

  • January 24th – Emergency preparedness

  • February 28th – Outreach Team

Holiday Party

The Countway Holiday Staff Party will take place on Wednesday, December 13th in the 1st floor classrooms. Contact MJ by today to join the planning team!

Upcoming Holidays

  • Friday, November 10th Veterans Day*
  • Thursday, November 23rd Thanksgiving
  • Friday, November 24th (Observed Holiday)
  • Friday, December 22nd – January 1st Winter Recess

* The library will be open for student study (LHTs and Security will be present)


Have a nice weekend!