ALA Public Policy and Advocacy Activity Related to COVID-19
Funding, broadband equity, and fair use of copyrighted material is more important than ever as libraries continue to serve their communities amid rapidly changing circumstances.
As the immediate impacts of the COVID-19 come to light, many of America's 120,000 libraries are already on the front lines of serving individuals and communities, even if their doors are closed. Libraries continue to serve on the forefront of digital equity by supporting home broadband access, devices, and technical support. Likewise, libraries are poised to lead communities in their recovery in the coming months, and they are ideal locations for the distribution of community relief resources, materials, and information.
The American Library Association is working to support public policies critical to best serving all people in the following areas:
- Library Funding
- Broadband Equity
- Fair Use and Balanced Copyright
- Equitable Access to Digital Content
Here's a round-up of our recent activity:
- July 13 Coalition letter to Congressional leaders regarding COVID-19 relief for nonprofit organizations
- July 2 Senator Reed Floor Statement on introduction of Library Stabilization Fund Act
- July 2 House Library Stabilization Fund Act - H.R. 7486
- July 2 Senate Library Stabilization Fund Act - S. 4181
- July 1 ALA Summary of Library Stabilization Fund Act
- July 1 Letter to House Appropriations Subcommittee urging library funding increase
- June 30 Letter to House Leadership supporting library provisions in Moving Forward Act
- June 1 2-Pager for libraries: Libraries Respond to COVID-19
- May 22 Comments to Senate Appropriations Committee supporting library and school library funding
- May 20 Coalition Letter to Congressional Leadership advocating for economic relief funding for cities, towns, and villages.
- May 13 Letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recommending additional funding for libraries in stimulus packages
- May 11 Coalition Letter to Congressional Leadership led by ALA calling for emergency stabilization funding for libraries
- May 8 Coalition Letter to Congress supporting emergency funding to support professional development for educators during the COVID-19 pandemic
- May 1 Dear Colleague Letter led by Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) calling for emergency library funding in COVID-19 round 4 legislation
- April 23 Dear Colleague Letter led by Representatives Andy Levin (D-MI), Don Young (R-AK), and Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) calling for emergency library funding in COVID-19 round 4 legislation
- April 22 Coalition Letter to House leadership supporting legislation for emergency E-rate funding expansion
- April 16 Coalition Letter to Congressional Leadership advocating for public service loan forgiveness to be part of COVID-19 relief
- April 16 Coalition Letter to Labor HHS Subcommittees calling for increased education funding
- April 4 Letter to Department of Education urging libraries be part of their CARES Act funding
- April 3 Joint letter to World Intellectual Property Organization on the importance of IP in finding solutions to the COVID-19 crisis
- March 27 American Libraries: "Federal Relief Package Supports Libraries"
- March 23 Statement from the ALA Executive Board recommending libraries leave WiFi open during closures
- March 23 Testimony to House Labor HHS Subcommittee regarding library funding
- March 20 Dear Colleague Letter led by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) calling for emergency library funding in response to COVID-19
- March 20 Dear Colleague Letter led by Representative Andy Levin (D-MI) calling for emergency library funding in response to COVID-19
- March 19 Letter to FCC requesting clarification and rule waivers to allow libraries to increase public broadband access
- March 18 Letter urging Congress to support funding through Title IV-A of Every Student Succeeds Act
- March 18 Letter from National Council of Nonprofits urging stimulus to help the nonprofit sector
- March 17 Letter to FCC urging quick action as COVID-19 Threatens Healthcare, Education
- March 17 Response to cancellation of Macmillan embargo
- March 13 Public Statement written by ALA and Copyright Librarians acknowledging the strength of Fair Use for Emergency Remote Teaching and Research
- March 12 Letter to FCC urging quick action to ensure home internet equity in light of COVID-19
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