ALA Public Policy and Advocacy Activity Related to COVID-19
Funding, broadband equity, and fair use of copyrighted material is more important than ever as libraries continue to serve their communities amid rapidly changing circumstances.
As the immediate impacts of the COVID-19 come to light, many of America's 120,000 libraries are already on the front lines of serving individuals and communities, even if their doors are closed. Libraries continue to serve on the forefront of digital equity by supporting home broadband access, devices, and technical support. Likewise, libraries are poised to lead communities in their recovery in the coming months, and they are ideal locations for the distribution of community relief resources, materials, and information.
The American Library Association is working to support public policies critical to best serving all people in the following areas:
- Library Funding
- Broadband Equity
- Fair Use and Balanced Copyright
- Equitable Access to Digital Content
Here's a round-up of our recent activity:
- May 1 Dear Colleague Letter led by Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) calling for emergency library funding.?
- April 22 Coalition?Letter to House leadership supporting legislation for emergency E-rate funding expansion
- April 16 Coalition Letter to Congressional Leadership advocating for public service loan forgiveness to be part of COVID-19 relief
- April 16 Coalition Letter to Labor HHS Subcommittees calling for increased education funding
- April 4 Letter to Department of Education urging libraries be part of their CARES Act funding?
- April 3 Joint letter to World Intellectual Property Organization?on the importance of IP in finding solutions to the COVID-19 crisis
- March 27?American Libraries: "Federal Relief Package Supports Libraries"
- March 23 Statement from the ALA Executive Board recommending libraries leave WiFi open during closures
- March 23 Testimony to House Labor HHS Subcommittee regarding library funding
- March 19 Letter to FCC requesting clarification and rule waivers to allow libraries to increase public broadband access
- March 18 Letter urging Congress to support funding through Title IV-A of Every Student Succeeds Act
- March 18 Letter from National Council of Nonprofits urging stimulus to help the nonprofit sector
- March 17 Letter to FCC urging quick action as COVID-19 Threatens Healthcare, Education
- March 17?Response to cancellation of Macmillan embargo
- March 13 Public Statement written by ALA and Copyright Librarians acknowledging the strength of Fair Use for Emergency Remote Teaching and Research
- March 12?Letter?to FCC urging quick action to ensure home internet equity in light of COVID-19
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