May 18, 2022

Statements, Closings, Cancellations, and Updates Due to COVID-19 Concern

Latest Additions to Roundup
Last Update: April 29, 2020; 4:50 p.m. EDST

DORA Statement on Hiring, Promotion, and Funding Decisions During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Library Organizations Announcements and Updates

ACRL: Academic Libraries and COVID-19

ALA COVID-19 Federal Relief Package Supports Libraries’ Role in Digital Inclusion

Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) Condemns Rise in Xenophobia and Racism Due to the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

Association For Rural & Small Libraries Issues Statement on COVID-19

Association of Research Libraries: Mitigating COVID-19: The Contribution Research Libraries Are Making

Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) Board of Directors Asks Members to Immediately Cease Shipments of All Physical Materials Between Libraries 

Council of State Archivists: Government Archives’ Online Resources Remain Available

Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR): A Message to Our Community About COVID-19

IFLA COVID-19 and the Global Library Field: Statement by the IFLA President and Secretary (via IFLA)
From the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions

IMLS Federal Government Invests $50M in Museums, Libraries to Address Digital Divide During COVID-19

Modern Language Association (MLA) Releases Statement of Support for Libraries and Library Workers

NARA Message to the Archival Community by David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States

NLM National Library of Medicine is Open For Business

Urban Libraries Council North America’s Public Libraries Implement Bold Measures to Serve Communities During COVID-19 Outbreak

OCLC Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition: FCC Empowers Schools, Libraries to Open Wi-Fi to Community Use

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

United Kingdom: Statement From Libraries Connected on COVID-19 and Public Libraries

Urban Libraries Council: Statement on the Need for Public Library Closures During the Coronavirus Pandemic 

Library of Congress and National Archives

UPDATE March 17, 2020: Library of Congress Cancels Public Events Until May 11

All Library of Congress Buildings and Facilities Will Be Closed to the Public Starting at 5 P.M. March 12, 2020 Until Thursday, April 1, 2020 

ALL National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Research Rooms, Museums, and Presidential Libraries are Closing Until Further Notice ||| Complete Announcement/Details

Public Libraries Closed

infoDOCKET would like to thank Michael Sauers, Director of Technology for Do Space in Omaha for allowing us to embed the spreadsheet that he created of COVID-19 related public library closings. infoDOCKET has added the closings that were previously in this space and not already listed on the spreadsheet. We will also be contributing new listings to the spreadsheet.

National Libraries That Are Closed
We’ve accumulated this list using various sources and is not comprehensive. Links provide updates/additional info direct from the library.

Conferences and Meetings Postponed, Cancelled, Going Virtual 

March 18-March 20, 2020
RDA (Research Data Alliance) Cancels 15th Plenary Meeting

March 24-March 27, 2020
Texas Library Association Cancels 2020 Annual Meeting in Houston, Will Hold Virtual Event

March 30- March 31, 2020
CNI (Coalition for Networked Information) Cancels Spring 2020 Meeting in San Diego, Will Hold Virtual Meeting

April 20April 24, 2020
COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories) Cancels Annual Meeting, Will Hold Virtual General Assembly

April 23-April 24, 2020
Center For Research Library (CRL Annual Meeting) Will Be All Virtual Event

May 4-5, 2020
National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) 2020 Cancelled

May 4-6, 2020
Library Publishing Forum in Worcester, MA Cancelled

May 5-8, 2020
2020 Ex Libris Knowledge Days, ELUNA Developers Day+, and ELUNA Annual Meeting

May 18-20, 2020
PASIG (Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group) 2020 Postponed

May 27-31, 2020
BookExpo, UnBound and BookCon Postponed

June 9-12, 2020
European Library Automation Group Conference (ELAG2020) is Postponed to 2021

June 1-4, 2020
Open Repositories 2020 (OR 2020) Postponed Until May 31 – June 3rd 2021

June 8-10, 2020
UXLibsVI: Postponed to June 2021

June 13-15, 2020
Association of University Presses (AUPresses) 2020 Annual Meeting Cancelled, Virtual Event in the Works

June 17-20, 2020
CRIS 2020 Conference Postponed

June 23-26, 2020
RBMS 2020 Conference Cancelled

August 15– 21, 2020 

IFLA WLIC 2020 Cancelled

October 18-20, 2020
Designing Libraries for the 21st Century IX Conference Postponed

Other Items

arXiv Responds to COVID-19 Uncertainties

ORCID Halting Out of Country Travel and Moving to Web-Only Meetings

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