New Michigan COVID-19 Webpage

A new state tool shows which activities are still not allowed in Michigan due to the coronavirus pandemic and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders.

With over 160 coronavirus executive orders in Michigan, the new online webpage shows a chart of activities and indicates if the activity can resume or not in each Michigan region.

The site includes a map of the eight regions, revealing which phase each is in for the state’s MI Safe Start Plan.

Read the article on MLive.com

$8.55 Million in COVID-19 Workplace Safety Grants Available

With employers across the state working to keep their employees, customers, and communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, the State of Michigan has launched the Michigan COVID-19 Safety Grant Program. These grants will provide small businesses matching funds of up to $10,000 to decrease the risk of COVID-19 spread through the purchase of safety and health-related equipment and training in response to COVID-19. Grant applications will be available until Friday, August 7, 2020.

Learn more and apply.

Congress Introduces Library Stabilization Fund Act

ALA asks advocates to urge cosponsors for new legislation

Library Stabilization Fund Act (S.4181 / H.R.7486

The spread of COVID-19 has caused significant financial losses for America’s libraries, resulting in disruption to core library services, thousands of furloughs and layoffs. The Library Stabilization Fund Act would allow libraries across the country to retain staff, maintain services, and safely keep communities connected and informed. Introduced by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Representative Andy Levin (D-MI), respectively, on July 2, 2020, the bicameral legislation calls for $2 billion in emergency recovery funding for America’s libraries through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Additional resources—including a one-page explainer on LSFA, sample social media posts, and a sample letter for state and local library associations/ boards of trustees—are available at www.ala.org/advocacy/library-funding.

Looking Ahead, Planning for Reopening Webinar

Friday, April 24, 1:00 p.m. central (2:00 pm Eastern)

Even as many are working overtime to provide remote and adapted services to their communities, librarians, library staff and boards are planning for reopening when it becomes safe to do so. There are many considerations, from patron and staff safety to dealing with materials, equipment, and space; from bringing staff onsite to restarting programs. Has your state established a task force or working group to launch the planning process? Join a conversation with colleagues from states across the country, share information, ask questions, hear what resources are available and let ALA know what help you need. Please register here.

This conversation is being convened by ALA’s Public Policy and Advocacy Office and the Chapter Relations Office.

Megan Murray Cusick, MLIS
Assistant Director, State Advocacy
American Library Association
mcusick@ala.org

Good news! Macmillan Embargo Canceled

On Tuesday, 3/17/2020 , Macmillan Publishers announced that it would return to the library e-book pricing model that was in effect on October. 31, 2019, canceling the embargo on sales of new titles to libraries, a policy which went into effect on November 1, 2019.   See ALA’s press release: http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2020/03/ala-welcomes-cancellation-macmillan-embargo?utm_source=alanews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=031720&utm_content=pressrelease