‘Responding When COVID Comes to Your Library: Learning from Real Stories’ webinar on Sept. 28 to explore lessons learned and tips

For Immediate Release
Tue, 09/22/2020


Jillian Wentworth

Manager of Marketing & Membership

United for Libraries


CHICAGO — The ALA Chapter Relations Office and United for Libraries will present the free webinar “Responding When COVID Comes to Your Library: Learning from Real Stories” on Monday, Sept. 28, noon-1 p.m. Central. Register at www.ala.org/united/responding.  

Despite best efforts and planning your library may be faced with the reality of a positive COVID exposure.  Hear from three public libraries on how they responded when they were confronted with a positive case situation. How had they pre-planned? How did they handle the challenge? How did the Director and Board work and communicate with staff, health department, government officials, and the public?  What tips, lessons learned, and insight do they have?

Featured speakers will include:

  • Alissa Williams, Library Director, Morton Public Library, Illinois
  • William Shorter, Jr, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Anne Arundel County Public Library, Maryland
  • Skip Auld, Chief Executive Officer, Anne Arundel County Public Library, Maryland
  • Amanda B. Jackson, Library Director, Chesapeake Public Library, Virginia

Alissa Williams has served as director of Morton Public Library District for the past five years and has more than 15 years of experience in library marketing and collection development.

Skip Auld has been Chief Executive Officer of Anne Arundel County Public Library since 2010. He has also served as a library administrator in North Carolina and Virginia libraries.

William Shorter, Jr., is Chairman of the Anne Arundel County Public Library Board of Trustees. He previously served as Second Vice Chairman of the Board. At 23, he is believed to be the youngest head of a library board in the nation.

Amanda Jackson has served as Director of the Chesapeake Public Library System (Virginia) since 2018. Prior to that she was the Director of the Gadsden Public Library (Alabama) with 15 years’ experience in public library leadership.

This webinar will be recorded and made available to registrants who may not be able to participate on September 28 due to observances  or conflicts.

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association with approximately 4,000 personal and group members representing hundreds of thousands of library supporters. United for Libraries supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries, and brings together library trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. To join, please visit www.ala.org/united or call (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161.