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COVID-19 NEWS: 'ALA Executive Director Tracie Hall Releases Statement on COVID-19'
On March 13, Tracie Hall, ALA’s executive director, said the following:
We are closely monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 developments. We know that in times of crisis, libraries of all kinds play invaluable roles in supporting their communities both in person and virtually. We are stewards of accurate information. We connect library users with local public health resources and services. Libraries can be key partners in empowering members of our community to fight the spread of the coronavirus.
ALA is continually updating this resource page for the library community about pandemic prevention, including guidance on disinfecting workplaces and what individual staff and their library users can do to reduce risk of contagion. …
Libraries should follow local health department and CDC guidelines about whether to remain open during the pandemic. …
Libraries and librarians are trusted information specialists, and we can play a role in not only slowing the spread of the disease but also the spread of misinformation. Point library users to vital websites like the World Health Organization, CDC, local public health websites, and other trusted sources. Consider putting up COVID-19 resources on your library’s home page (see, for example, Seattle Public Library’s digital response.) Ensure that library users and non-users alike know about the valuable resources libraries have to offer, such as support for teachers and students engaging in online instruction; access to hotspots, eBooks, subscriptions to online magazines and news sources; and curated lists to COVID-19 news and examples of best-practice responses.
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