For immediate release | April 13, 2020

ALA praises IMLS for rapid release of COVID-19 relief

WASHINGTON - Today the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced measures to award the first $30 million of $50 million appropriated to the agency in the CARES Act. The American Library Association (ALA) issued the following statement by ALA President Wanda Brown:

"The American Library Association is excited that the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is delivering CARES Act funding to libraries so swiftly. These funds, which focus on digital inclusion, will boost libraries’ continued efforts to prepare for and respond to a vast array of community needs as a result of the coronavirus – especially for those who rely on libraries for an internet connection to access unemployment benefits, distance learning, and other critical areas of relief.

"Libraries demonstrate their value to decision makers year-round, but rarely do we witness such a rapid response to ALA advocacy—it is no doubt a reflection of the volatility of the moment we are in now, and the stability libraries offer before, during, and after. We offer thanks to Congress for recognizing that America’s libraries are a rock for their communities in this time of uncertainty and change."

Contact:

Shawnda Hines

Assistant Director, Communications

American Library Association

Public Policy and Advocacy

shines@alawash.org