COVID-19

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.’

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:

ALA Neal-Schuman releases free e-book on disaster planning, response, and recovery

CHICAGO — During this time of uncertainty library workers are finding new ways to provide crucial information and services. To bolster their efforts, ALA Neal-Schuman is pleased to offer a free PDF e-book of the resource Library as Safe Haven: Disaster Planning, Response, and Recovery. Published in cooperation with the Medical Library Association (MLA), this nuts-and-bolts manual by Deborah Halsted, Shari Clifton, and Daniel Wilson covers such topics as: