News and announcements from the Office of Governor Charlie Baker. For a complete archive of Governor's orders related to COVID-19, visit the State Library of Massachusetts collection linked in the box below.
Information from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Includes current cases and public health advisories. For a complete archive of DPH case reports, visit the State Library of Massachusetts collection linked in the box below.
The State Library is cataloging and archiving resources from state agencies related to COVID-19. Includes updates from various state agencies by date, as well as dedicated archives for several frequently updated resources:
-- MEMA Response Command Center Daily Situation Reports
-- Dept. of Public Health Daily Reports
-- Orders from Office of the Governor
Our blog features stories about how our member libraries are meeting the challenges of serving their communities in the current environment. We hope that these stories and tips will help other libraries across the state. If you have a service or program to share with your MA library colleagues, contact Kelly Jo Woodside.
Another way to share: From the Heart -- Do your have a story to share with the public? Even during the pandemic, Massachusetts libraries are finding creative ways to step up and support their communities and residents. The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) and the Massachusetts Library System (MLS) invite libraries to share their “From the Heart” stories here. They will be visible on the public From the Heart website and
Video of the Week
The original cast of Hamilton joins Jimmy and The Roots to perform a social distancing version of Hamilton's "Helpless" with instruments found at home while in quarantine. The Hamilton movie, recorded with the orginal 2016 Broadway cast, will stream on Disney Plus starting July 3.
Wednesday, July 1, 2:00pm ET -- 2020 is proving to be a pressing year in terms of civic engagement and equality. The decennial census will shape the country's resource distribution and governance for the next 10 years. Now more than ever, libraries are needed to disrupt the longstanding trend of Black communities being under counted. In this session, participants will learn about key library resources, ways of promoting a complete count, as well as the latest Census 2020 operations in the wake of COVID-19. Target audience: Public, K-12, Academic, Special Librarians
Tuesday, July 7, 3:00pm ET -- This webinar will provide public librarians a status report and guidance regarding services provided by the Massachusetts court system and other organizations whose mission it is to provide meaningful legal assistance. Just as with public libraries, the court system’s legal reference and referral resources have been affected by the pandemic and are in the process of adapting their service models. The webinar presenters will provide an overview of accessible services and resources readily available during this crisis. The session will also feature a generous Q&A period for your specific questions. The professionals on the panel will draw on their expertise to help you provide guidance to your patrons regarding legal services and resources during the pandemic.
As the Covid-19 Crisis continues and more people are staying home, cultural institutions, nonprofits, and companies are making resources free for all to access. We have collected some of these for Massachusetts residents to use.
This map shows the location of resources available to the public during COVID-19 pandemic, such as food banks, houses of worship and Project Bread site locations. Please note that this map is not inclusive of all resources, and is only as accurate as the information provided to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.
VisitInformation for Patronsfor more critical resources on financial and social support, coping strategies, and mental health, as well as trusted information resources on COVID-19.
Statewide digital resources to ensure all students and teachers have the services of a school librarian to find high-quality information, tools and strategies to continue developing media literacy and research skills. Also includes a virtual "Ask a School Librarian" service. Simply fill out the form; all questions and comments will receive a response from participating school librarians.
The Public Library Association (PLA) is seeking a new round of feedback about the work of libraries as they respond to the COVID-19 crisis, releasing a survey and requesting feedback by 11:59 p.m. CDT, Monday, May 18, 2020.
Although PLA is conducting this survey, all library types are encouraged to respond.
PLA and its ALA partners know that libraries across the United States are taking unprecedented steps to answer the needs of their communities, and this survey will help build a better understanding of those efforts. PLA and its ALA partners will use the results to advocate on behalf of libraries at the national level, communicate aggregated results with the public and media, create content and professional development opportunities to address library staff needs, and share some raw, anonymized data elements with state-level staff and library support organizations for their own advocacy needs.
Additional information about the survey: All library types are encouraged to respond. We are surveying at the library administrative entity level and are not collecting outlet/branch data. Financial-related data will only be used in aggregate and not shared in raw data format. Any raw data that is shared with states or other library support organizations outside of ALA will be anonymized. The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete and all completed respondents will be automatically entered to win one of ten $30 gift certificates to the ALA Store.
Special thanks to the Colorado State Library’s Library Research Service and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Public Library Data Alliance partners, Association of Research Libraries, and the Academic Library Trends & Statistics Survey Editorial Board.
While we wait for 'normal' to return, now is an excellent time to reach out to your local legislators to remind them of the importance of libraries. This Engagement urges our legislators to suppor the FY21 MBLC Legislative Agenda. This agenda has a focus on State Aid to Public Libraries and the message stresses the importance of this resource for our local libraries.
"As public, academic, school, and corporate library workers have been watching their workplaces close and striving to adjust to self-quarantining, another type of librarian faces additional challenges as a result of COVID-19."