The Story of a Library Keeper
The director of Paiknam Academic Information Center and Library guards students from the coronavirus
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While most universities stopped opening their libraries or reduced operating hours due to the coronavirus, Paiknam Academic Information Center and Library is keeping their hours the same as before. “We thought that maintaining the library as the students' studying place would be safer, rather than having them gather outside,” said Professor Han Hyun-soo (Director of Paiknam Academic Information Center and Library, Division of Business Administration). In order to maintain the opening hours, Han and other librarians are making extra efforts to prevent the virus inside the library.
As COVID-19 become more serious, it is Han's daily duty to patrol the library day and night. He guides the students to keep their masks on at all times and to practice social distancing. Han has also posted announcements around the building telling students to notify him if someone is not wearing a mask or is not following social distance guidelines. Once he receives a note, he rushes to the spot – even during our interview.
Han also checks students' temperatures at the entrance of the library. If their temperature exceeds the normal (36.5 degrees), students are not allowed to enter the library.
Patrolling the library, Han said he feels a sense of admiration, seeing how hard the students are studying, and pride as the director of the library frequented by such great students. “I hope everyone works together and overcomes this situation safely. For that, I would like to sincerely thank the library staff, who place the students’ safety as their utmost priority,” said Han. He added, “I'm also very sorry to the students that I have had to force to leave.”
The librarian prepared some hopeful news for after the coronavirus. “With a donation from the president, we were able to afford to build a music hall and a small movie theater on the second floor, in place of where the director's room and the president's rooms are currently located.” Construction will start once the coronavirus epidemic is over. Private lockers are also being installed on the second basement floor. “There will be more places to rest and study pleasantly by the time students come back to the library. Until then, I hope they do their best to study while staying safe,” said Han.
Hwang Hee-won email@example.com
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