ALA COVID-19 News

Jun 19, 2020

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.

Jun 9, 2020

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 www.ala.org/united/survey.

Jun 9, 2020

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: “

Jun 3, 2020

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.

Jun 1, 2020

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.

May 14, 2020

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.

Apr 28, 2020

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.

Apr 28, 2020

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. 

Apr 28, 2020

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.

Apr 21, 2020

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: