The COVID-era challenges to library funding are just starting to come into focus. From school funding cuts to austerity budgets for states and municipalities, the economic shocks will be real and significant. These organizations and associations need resources to advance their local legislative and advocacy priorities, and libraries need to be seen and funded for what they are — solutions to the real problems threatening literacy, economic prosperity, and equity.
The rapid shift by public libraries to digital, online, and virtual services during COVID must be measured and reported in order to create new advocacy narratives and budget justifications for the coming budget crisis.
The library industry is under threat from a number of major crises simultaneously during these uncertain times, particularly the loss of financial and voter support. The COVID-19 crisis has decimated the fundamental municipal tax base that funds school and public libraries. Even libraries that were doing well before the crisis may be facing new challenges. Without community support, libraries will continue to drastically lose funding in the coming years.
COVID19 has presented public libraries with a unique set of challenges -- libraries across the country closed their doors and/or restricted/limited access to their spaces. As such, traditional measures of library value and usage (the ones that required in-library visitations) came to a grinding halt. For example physical reference questions have become remote reference questions and programs are being delivered via video conferencing software.
Join PEN America and The EveryLibrary Institute for an exclusive two-part media literacy training for library educators on Wednesday, May 27 and Thursday, May 28 at 2:00pm Eastern time.
Join us for a three-part series on how school librarians can play a role in the educational development of their students in the time of COVID-19.
You can now buy some great quirky and cute things for you, your kids, and your home from this Etsy store and all proceeds will go to support library workers!
The "Help a Library Worker Out" Fund has raised and distributed over $22,000 to help over 100 library workers, librarians, and staff in 22 states who need a little financial help during these trying times.
The EveryLibrary Institute and the Friends of the Dallas Public Library are partnering to present a webinar uniquely focused on the business of running a nonprofit 501c3 library support organization during the Coronavirus crisis. Friends groups, foundations, mission-driven nonprofits, and membership organizations will learn about best practices for management during the crisis, key provisions in the Stimulus Bill for non-profits, and how to best position your organization during the restart and recovery.
The EveryLibrary Institute is proud to offer our premium advocacy webinars (typically $25) to library workers for any donation amount of just $1 or more.
Your contributions help us ensure that we can continue to pay our presenters for their hard work during this time.
We currently have 5 premium advocacy focused webinars scheduled for April with more scheduled in the coming months.