May 24, 2022

Urban Libraries Council: “Public Libraries Innovate to Serve Vulnerable Populations on the Front Lines of COVID-19”

From the Urban Libraries Council:

Public libraries across the U.S. and Canada are taking bold and innovative measures to mitigate the inequitable impact of COVID-19 on children, low-income families, communities of color, people experiencing homelessness and other high-risk populations. Through dynamic partnerships with local government, new digital service models, reimagined library spaces and other innovative approaches, these new efforts reflect a rapid evolution of the public library’s essential role in the era of COVID-19.

“Public libraries are first responders in the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. As COVID- 19 magnifies the systemic gaps between the haves and have nots in our societies, libraries are bravely stepping up – and into new frontiers – in order to fulfill their core function of ensuring equitable access to information and services,” said ULC President & CEO Susan Benton.

Read the Complete Announcement, Includes Examples of Innovative Services From:

  • San José Public Library
  • Toronto Public Library
  • Richland Library (S.C)
  • Kansas City (MO) Public Library
  • San Francisco Public Library
  • Los Angeles County Library
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