“All library staff should be sent home with pay until further notice,” said Alison Macrina, a Philadelphia-based librarian and founder of the Library Freedom Project, a collective of librarians who campaign against surveillance.“We don’t have sufficient information about how long the virus can live on certain surfaces,” Macrina said. “And librarians don’t have the cleaning supplies or training to deal with hazardous materials.”The 220 Hennepin library workers had not been offered any alternative reassignments outside of the 50 roles in the hotels being used as homeless shelters.Let our news meet your inbox. The news and stories that matters, delivered weekday mornings.In a statement, Hough, the Hennepin County administrator, said that the county had spent millions of tax dollars for unanticipated expenses to prepare for and fight the pandemic and that it was “no longer feasible” for the 220 librarians, plus another 81 clerical workers, to “continue working from home without work to do.”“This was a difficult action to take for our organization and it was not done lightly,” he said.Over the last month, Macrina has been drawing on her existing network to help coordinate the #closethelibraries campaign, which calls to close library buildings not only to the public but also


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