COVID-19 and Academic Libraries

The following is a letter from Candise Branum, ACRL-Oregon President As many of you may already know, the World Health Organization has publicly classified COVID-19 as a pandemic. Across the country, K-12 schools are shuttering, colleges and universities are moving curriculum online, music festivals, conferences, and sporting events are cancelled or are proceeding without fans.

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ACRL Board of Directors Responds to ALA Budget Update

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At the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting, members received an update from ALA Executive Board on the financial standing of the association. You can read more about this update in the ALA Executive Board Document 12.39, “Budget Update – Financial Planning 2020 and beyond.” In brief, while ALA has substantial total assets, unplanned overspending has reduced its liquid assets to the point that it appears that Divisions’ net asset balances are being used to meet ALA’s operating needs.

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The Unsplash Database of Freely Usable Images Now Includes Items From the British Library, Boston Public Library, Europeana, Library of Congress, New York Public Library, and Others

From an Unsplash Post on Medium: Back in July, we launched Unsplash for Education — connecting students and teachers everywhere to powerful, inspiring visuals. [Clip] From historical images of soldiers during World War I to baroque paintings, we’re excited that these renowned institutions have shared rich content on Unsplash , making it easier for students and the general public to find new meaning in their archives, creating presentations, artwork, reports, and more.

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