Surviving COVID with the Breakfast Club: Task Management & Communication Tools for Multi-Generational Telework

As librarians around the world scrambled earlier this year to set up physical spaces to work from home, at UGA Law Library we were fortunate to have a few apps already in place. In this session we put our recent and personal experiences to use, as well as adding a newer tool into the mix, and successfully pivoted employees, teams, departments and services all online within a week.  Individuals and small teams had been using various platforms for years to collaborate more effectively and track progress on long-term objectives, all while maintaining business as usual. Our library is also made up of a range of age groups including Boomers, Gen-X'ers and Millenials. Each presenter will share one of the tools they had a hand in implementing and are driving for our library's teleworking space in addition to giving their personal generational perspective. We will present the why and how of three primary applications used over the past 2 months and which will guide us as we transition to reopen. We have used these tools to assign and monitor critical workflows leading up to and during our institution closure, including schedules for essential staff, and enabling access to key electronic resources. We will discuss how we are also using the tools to interact and collaborate while teleworking, and how they're helping us make up for our collective lack of socializing in these time of extreme social distancing. The three tools, including specific examples of each, are:

  • Trello
  • Slack
  • Zoom




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Metadata Services & Special Collections Librarian
UGA Law Library
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UGA Law Library
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Student Services Librarian
UGA School of Law
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Associate Director for Collection Services
University of Georgia

Session Time Slot(s)

06/04/2020 - 13:00 to 06/04/2020 - 14:00