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April 1, 2020
Excerpt from "Library Advocates Stay in Motion"
"...[American Library Association] pivoted to launch a second, simultaneous funding campaign pushing for libraries’ inclusion in the largest economic stimulus package in history. As a result, the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes $50 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for digital inclusion projects and more than $30 billion in relief for schools and colleges.
This funding is a vital first step in helping people in rural and urban communities stay connected during this crisis; however, libraries themselves need support to avoid widespread layoffs and cuts in services.
ALA is advocating for the next stimulus package (Phase 4), which lawmakers are constructing now, to include an additional $2 billion for IMLS to flexibly support libraries facing major revenue losses, emergency needs such as increased cleaning costs, and library programs to support economic recovery in local communities..."
April 7, 2020
Excerpt from "Amid the COVID-19 Crisis, Libraries Urge the FCC to Expand Broadband Access"
"With schools and businesses across the United States closing to slow the spread of COVID-19, internet access is more important than ever. People need to go online in order to work, attend school, and stay connected, but millions of Americans don’t have a broadband signal at home. With that in mind, libraries and advocates are calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to help them expand internet access in their communities.
The FCC’s E-rate program makes more than $4.5 billion available annually to support internet connectivity in libraries and schools. But with libraries having to close their doors to the public, it’ll take additional support and innovative solutions to continue to provide internet access while maintaining social distancing. In a proposal backed by the American Library Association, FCC member Jessica Rosenworcel has asked for added funding for libraries and schools to purchase Wi-Fi hotspots to loan out to students and others in need. For people without their own internet connections at home, these hotspots would serve as a crucial lifeline to the digital world, making it possible to study, work, and connect with loved ones while staying safely indoors.
Libraries are also calling on the FCC to permit them to extend their building Wi-Fi signal further out into their communities. Many libraries are already maintaining strong internet connections in their parking lots so that locals can access the internet from their cars, but this proposal would allow them to help even more people stay connected..."