News in Brief

Jul 7, 2020

Library Advocacy and Funding Conference September 14-16
EveryLibrary will hold a virtual Library and Advocacy Conference from September 14-16, 2020. Presenters will be political, advocacy, and fundraising strategists and tacticians from cause-related organizations. Learn how to navigate the world of library funding and build the support you need to serve your community.

ALSC 2020 Institute to be Held Virtually
Due to the continuing concerns of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has announced that the 2020 National Institute will be held virtually, in lieu of the originally planned in-person event in Minneapolis, MN, October 1-3, 2020. The virtual event will feature a variety of key author and illustrator panels, programs, trainings, and virtual networking opportunities. The National Institute Task Force is working closely with ALSC staff to transition to a virtual platform. More information regarding registration, schedules, and specific panels and programs will be available in the coming weeks.

ALA Receives $300,000 for Pandemic-Era Library Programming Resources
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded the American Library Association (ALA) $300,000 in CARES Act 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. Library workers will be able to access free articles, webinars and interviews sharing best practices and resources for developing, promoting and hosting humanities-based programming that align with health and safety precautions of the COVID era. All content will be freely available on, a website of ALA’s Public Programs Office. Sign up for the Programming Librarian newsletter here.

Mental Health Resource for Library, Archive, and Museum Workers
LIS Mental Health creates a space where all library workers and information professionals can connect with each other to discuss issues relating to mental health. The site is intended for anyone who works or volunteers in a library, archive, or museum (currently or formerly); are working towards a library degree; are faculty or staff at an LIS instruction program; or are otherwise involved in library- or GLAM-related work.

Join the National Archives for a Virtual Vacation
Summer is officially upon us, and while many of us may have put our vacation plans on hold this year, you are invited to explore the country through the National Archives Catalog. Explore scenic byways and more from their photo collections — there’s even some road construction in there to make it feel like a real road trip.

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