The Wisconsin Library Association wants to commend the libraries and local officials who have made the very hard decision to close their doors to the public and at the same time, encourage others to take action. WLA is using our role as a leader and advocate of libraries to recommend all public libraries in Wisconsin to close their doors for the foreseeable future. 

This is staying in line with Governor Evers's Executive Order to close all K-12 public schools until further notice. We are living in an unprecedented time of uncertainty as we face this worldwide pandemic, and public libraries must do their part to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and protect our citizens from exposure. 

We believe that school closures put an increased burden on public libraries as children and families turn to us for social, educational and even childcare needs. Increased dependence on our spaces and resources for children and families displaced by school closures will contribute to the continued spread of the coronavirus. 

This is a challenging time for us, the nation and the world as we respond to this pandemic and the uncertainty surrounding it. WLA will do our best to stay on top of this quickly evolving and fluid situation and to communicate with you regularly and fully as conditions change. 

Let’s keep Wisconsin safe and well. 


RESOURCES FOR LIBRARIES & LIBRARIANS

YSS Blog
With over 35 linked posts, contains continuously updated COVID-19 resources to help WI youth staffers with virtual services and programming, family resources, fair use & copyright information, professional development opportunities and more.

Grants Now Available for Museum and Library Services


UPDATES AND TIPS ON COVID-19

WLA members who have questions about COVID-19 are encouraged to visit the following website for more information:

Opinion on Local Health Officers’ Ability to Issue Health Orders

Best Practices to Reopen

UPDATED: EMERGENCY ORDER #28 Safer at Home Order

UPDATED: Safer at Home FAQs

Gov. Evers Announces Badger Bounce Back Plan

Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) technical guidance (WHO)

Five tips to know about COVID from National Public Radio

Department of Public Instruction

COVID-19 Projections

Resources from the office of Governor Evers


COMMUNICATIONS & POSITION STATEMENTS

WLA Executive Director Letters to Senator Baldwin and Senator Johnson on Shortcomings on PPE

WLA Response to Supporting Library Workers During COVID-19

WAAL Annual Conference Cancellation Memo

WAPL Annual Conference Cancellation Memo

SSCS Annual Conference Cancellation Memo