Library associations underscore importance of IMLS COVID-19 efforts

Library associations underscore importance of IMLS COVID-19 efforts http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2020/04/library-associations-underscore-importance-imls-covid-19-efforts For Immediate Release Tue, 04/28/2020 Contact: Steve Zalusky Communications Specialist Communications and Marketing Office American Library Association szalusky@ala.org 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. “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact library service, we stand in support of our nation’s more than 324,000 library leaders, staff, and faculty. Safeguarding the health of library workers and the communities they serve is of the utmost importance, especially as we begin to consider what libraries may look like in a post-COVID world. “As our focus turns to reopening, we believe strongly that we must develop science-based protocols so that visits to libraries can resume safely for the benefit of patrons, staff and our communities. While there is a need to develop these protocols quickly, we also believe it is essential to be accurate and provide the best possible guidance with the information we have available at the current time. “We will continue to collaborate with each other and partner with federal and state officials to make sure the unique needs of libraries are addressed.” Signed by: American Association of Law Libraries American Library Association Association of Academic Health Science Libraries Association of Research Libraries Medical Library Association Special Libraries...

PLA and Microsoft Public WiFi Access Micro Grant Program

I am checking if Canadian PLA members are eligible… and they’re not: Unfortunately, no, the funds are only available in 28 US states and select counties within those states. This is a condition of the funding, which is aligned with some of Microsoft’s other projects. So it’s not a case of PLA membership, but simply if the library is not in one of those counties, it’s not eligible. Sorry about that! Hope your library is doing ok. Scott Scott G. Allen, MS Deputy Director, Public Library Association a division of the American Library Association 50 East Huron St., Chicago, IL  60611 312.280.5858, fax 312.280.5029 sallen@ala.org PLA and Microsoft Public WiFi Access Micro Grant Program The Public Library Association (PLA) and Microsoft Corp. are working together to increase access to technology in rural communities during the COVID-19 crisis. In April 2020, Microsoft will provide $120,000 to help public libraries in rural communities with hardware and support to install public WiFi access points on or near library grounds. Libraries have been and continue to be essential to the nation’s digital safety net, connecting communities to the internet and teaching computer skills. The American Library Association (ALA) has recommended that libraries can and should leave their WiFi networks on even when their buildings are closed wherever possible. On March 25, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a public notice confirming community use of E-rate supported WiFi networks. In PLA’s COVID-19 survey of public libraries, over 80% of respondents report they leave on their public WiFi access when the library building is closed, and 12% have added or expanded this service since the COVID-19 crisis began. About...

ALA Webinar: Increase Your Circulation with Visual Merchandising: Bookstore Display Principles

Increase Your Circulation with Visual Merchandising: Bookstore Display Principles With Allison Fiscus. A 90-minute workshop. Wednesday, July 1, 2020 2:30 pm Eastern | 1:30 pm Central | 12:30 pm Mountain | 11:30 am Pacific Research shows that people visit physical spaces that make them feel comfortable, are easy to use, and provide some level of entertainment—and a well-merchandised library does all these things.   In this workshop, library manager Allison Fiscus covers the science behind retail merchandising, why it works, and practical strategies for applying merchandising concepts to a public library environment. You’ll learn how to create a well-merchandized physical space that is enticing, entertaining, and welcoming. This webinar helps solve many of the preliminary issues that libraries face when attempting to make this...