COVID-19 Related ILA/ACRL Initiatives

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A variety of new initiatives have been sprouting from the ILA/ACRL chapter in response to rapid changes within the library profession resulting from COVID-19. Here is a snapshot of what ILA/ACRL has to offer during these unprecedented times:

  • Weekly virtual town hall meetings

    • What: A space for library workers to discuss and solicit feedback on COVID-19 related changes, or just to build camaraderie in stressful times!

    • When: Every Thursday at 10am Central via Zoom

  • May Day virtual meeting for library leaders

    • What: A conversation about advocating for library staff, those fulfilling critical roles at colleges and universities across the state and across the country, during COVID-19. Lead by John Culshaw, the Jack B. King University Librarian at the University of Iowa, including a brief presentation of the strategies he has learned advocating for libraries over the years. 

    • Look for a recording from ILA-ACRL for those of you who couldn't join us on Friday!

  • List of COVID-19 library resources

    • A spreadsheet of COVID-19 resources on topics such as online instruction, library responses, online conversations, and other relevant material. 

    • Thank you Maggie Halterman-Dess for creating this!

  • Virtual ILA/ACRL events (in lieu of cancelled spring conference)

    • What: A one-hour webinar led by Sara Goek from Project Outcome, a presentation on the Open Textbook Network by Teri Koch, as well as separate IPAL and ILA/ACRL business meetings.

    • When: May 21st & 22nd, details on this blog post

  • A more active blog!

    • Keep following the blog for more posts on new events, news, tips, etc.

On behalf of the ILA/ACRL Membership Committee, thank you for being a member of ILA/ACRL. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if there are any other ways we could be helpful to you at this time.


ILA/ACRL Membership Committee