News in Brief

Jun 10, 2020

ALA Partners with the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission to Donate 6,000 Book Sets to Libraries
The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to partner with the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission (WSCC) to distribute 6,000 women’s suffrage youth book sets to libraries across the country. Public and school libraries are encouraged to apply for the book sets by June 15, 2020. This generous donation celebrates the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment and highlights the importance of libraries as hubs of civic education and engagement.

Disaster Preparedness Resource from the American Red Cross
The Ready Rating programis a free, self-guided program designed to help businesses, organizations, and schools become better prepared for emergencies. It’s been recognized by preparedness experts as the much needed, easy to understand and non-intimidating solution for helping an organization take the steps to become prepared to respond to and successfully withstand a disaster and other emergencies. Members complete a ReadyGo or ReadyAdvance assessment and have access to tools, tips, and best practices to help improve their level of preparedness.

Survey: Libraries Examine Phased Re-openings, Prepare Summer Programs
A new American Library Association (ALA) survey of U.S. libraries documents a shift in services to support students, faculty, and communities at large during the crisis and phased preparations for the months ahead. While virtually all libraries (99%) report limited access to the physical building, survey respondents shared leaps in the use of digital content, online learning, and virtual programs. More than 3,800 K-12 school, college and university, public and other libraries from all 50 states responded to the survey between May 12-18.

Introducing the Law Library of Congress Legal Research Institute
In celebration of the 220th birthday of the Library of Congress, the Law Library of Congress has announced a new offering on designed to more quickly and easily connect patrons to their educational presentations and resources — the Law Library of Congress Legal Research Institute. On the Legal Research Institute homepage, users will see resources divided into four options: U.S. Law Webinars; Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Webinars; Onsite Classes; and Online Resources.

KidLit TV Launches KidLit At Home
In response to widespread school and library closures, KidLit TV has announced KidLit At Home, a free online learning resource created to support parents and educators during a time of increased need for learning enrichment, entertainment, and comfort. Styled as a “Netflix for Kid Lit,” this new resource brings together the best video content from around the web created for kids by diverse children’s book authors and illustrators.

PLA and NNLM Partner on New Digital Literacy, Citizen Science Tools
The Public Library Association (PLA), National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and the All of Us Research Program (All of Us) are working together to support health literacy by promoting the importance of digital literacy in health and wellness. Tools include a suite of digital health literacy resources for public libraries to help individuals strengthen their skills. In addition, NNLM has partnered with SciStarter to create an online course, “Introduction to Citizen Science,” for any member of the public who is interested in exploring their local community through citizen science.

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