*Important links for PA Librarians
Guidance & Resources for Public Libraries: https://www.statelibrary.pa.gov/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx
Job changes due to COVID-19?
Information for employees: https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/Pages/UC-COVID19-FAQs.aspx
Information for employers:
Fundraising During COVID-19
May 5 is "Giving Tuesday - Now" day.
PA Association of Nonprofit Organizations: https://pano.org/covid-19-resources/
Official PA notices: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx
Library related resources for pandemics: http://www.ala.org/tools/atoz/pandemic-preparedness
Centers for Disease Control on COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
Public Libraries Remain Closed Until Further Notice!
the time comes to carry out plans to re-open libraries, the Office
of Commonwealth Libraries will provide libraries with a preparation
period prior to any formal re-opening to the public. This will give
libraries time to develop staffing plans, quarantine and sanitize
returned materials for at least one day, re-shelve returned materials,
provide staff with training, address facility issues, etc.
you have recommendations about the amount of time your library might
need to prepare for re-opening or ways in which services might be
phased-in, please share your ideas with your District Library
Consultant. Office of Commonwealth Libraries will consult with them to
discuss your ideas as the elements of a sound re-opening plan are
considered. See News & Notes for full details.
Libraries Closing Through at Least April 6
the closure of K-12 schools is extended, public libraries are asked to
close for routine, in-person library service through April 6. See News & Notes for full details.
3/20/2020 PA Library Association is here for you
Our small staff of four (4) are working to maintain
operations during this evolving time. If possible, we ask that you
communicate with us via email as we tele-work. Our business hours are
8:30 am - 4:30 pm, and we will do our best to respond to you in a timely
manner. Email addresses can be found on our staff page at https://www.palibraries.org/page/staff
Libraries to Observe Governor Wolf's Order to Close Businesses That Are Not Life-Sustaining
Governor Tom Wolf today ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to close their physical locations as of 8 p.m. March 19, to slow the spread of COVID-19. Enforcement actions against businesses that do not close physical
locations will begin at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 21.