ALA receives nearly $300,000 federal humanities relief for pandemic-era library programming resources, program support

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded the American Library Association (ALA) $278,000 in emergency relief funds to support humanities projects, including the creation of humanities content and resources for library workers in the face of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

The funding, awarded through the NEH Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, will support the development of professional development materials to help libraries present virtual and socially distanced programming for their communities.

‘Moving Forward: Key Findings from New Libraries’ COVID-19 Response Survey’ webinar on June 12 to explore results, trends, and reopening practices

CHICAGO — The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), the Public Library Association (PLA) and the ALA Chapter Relations and Public Policy & Advocacy offices, with support from United for Libraries, will present the free webinar “Moving Forward: Key Findings from New Libraries' COVID-19 Response Survey” on Friday, June 12, 1-2 p.m. Central. Register at

ALA's IFC Approves New Guidelines on Contact Tracing, Reopening Libraries, Video Surveillance

Responding to health and privacy concerns during the reopening of libraries and recent discussions of video surveillance and filming in libraries, the Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) and its Privacy Subcommittee have approved guidelines to assist library workers: “

Survey: Libraries examine phased building re-opening, prepare summer programs

CHICAGO—Most years, June marks a shift for students from classroom learning and research to summer vacations, internships, and packed public libraries for reading and learning programs. This year is different, and libraries are rising to the challenge.

PLA’s COVID-19 webinar series highlights need for sharing, new ideas

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA) recently wrapped up its free webinar series, Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19, which included six webinars that took place between March 26 and April 23, 2020. The webinars covered topics of immediate need to the field, such as addressing the digital divide, managing anxiety, and responding to community needs through innovative solutions and services. More than 9,000 public library professionals registered for the series.

House Speaker unveils plan for fifth COVID-19 relief bill

On May 12, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) released the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, a $3 trillion COVID-19 relief plan focused on emergency funding for states. The 1,800-page legislation is the latest proposal in Congress for what will eventually become the fifth economic stimulus bill.

United for Libraries to present free May 7 webinar on ‘How Foundations and Friends Can Support Their Libraries During COVID-19’

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will host the webinar “How Foundations and Friends Can Support Their Libraries During COVID-19” on Thursday, May 7, at 1 p.m. Eastern. Featured presenters will be Jonna Ward, CEO, Seattle Public Library Foundation; Michelle Jeske, city librarian, Denver Public Library; Nanci Morrison, president, Friends of the Palm Springs Library Board of Directors, and Karen Pierce, director, Slippery Rock Community Library.

Library associations underscore importance of IMLS COVID-19 efforts

CHICAGO — The library organizations listed below released the following statement today in response to the new collaboration announced by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to support the nation’s libraries and museums as they consider safe reopening practices in light of COVID-19. 

The Public Library Association and Microsoft announce initiative to help expand internet access in rural communities during COVID-19 crisis

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) and Microsoft Corp. announced a new initiative today to increase access to technology in rural communities during the COVID-19 crisis. Microsoft will provide funding to help public libraries in rural communities extend WiFi access by installing public WiFi access points on or near library grounds.

On National Library Workers Day, ALA Executive Board reaffirms need to protect safety and well-being of library workers during COVID-19 pandemic

CHICAGO – Today, in honor of National Library Workers Day, a celebration during National Library Week, the American Library Association (ALA) Executive Board issued the following statement:

"The American Library Association stands in solidarity and support of library workers. As we said last month when we recommended and urged all libraries to close to the public, ‘The health of our library workers and the communities we serve is of utmost and equal importance.’