Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Webinar - Responding When COVID Comes to Your Library: Learning from Real Stories

 “Responding When COVID Comes to Your Library: Learning from Real Stories’

Free recorded webinar (one hour and 15 minutes)


To view, register at http://www.ala.org/united/webinars/responding


Despite best efforts and planning your library may be faced with the reality of a positive COVID exposure.  Hear from three public libraries in the United Sates on how they responded when they were confronted with a positive case situation. How had they pre-planned? How did they handle the challenge? How did the Director and Board work and communicate with staff, health department, government officials, and the public?  What tips, lessons learned, and insight do they have? 

Featured speakers:

·       Alissa Williams, Library Director, Morton Public Library, Illinois 

·       William Shorter, Jr, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Anne Arundel County Public Library, Maryland 

·       Skip Auld, Chief Executive Officer, Anne Arundel County Public Library, Maryland 

·       Amanda B. Jackson, Library Director, Chesapeake Public Library, Virginia 

Alissa Williams has served as director of Morton Public Library District for the past five years and has more than 15 years of experience in library marketing and collection development.

Skip Auld has been Chief Executive Officer of Anne Arundel County Public Library since 2010. He has also served as a library administrator in North Carolina and Virginia libraries.


William Shorter, Jr., is Chairman of the Anne Arundel County Public Library Board of Trustees. He previously served as Second Vice Chairman of the Board. At 23, he is believed to be the youngest head of a library board in the nation. 

Amanda Jackson has served as Director of the Chesapeake Public Library System (Virginia) since 2018. Prior to that she was the Director of the Gadsden Public Library (Alabama) with 15 years’ experience in public library leadership.



(This webinar was presented on Sept 28, 2020)



Michael Dowling


International and Chapter Relations Offices

American Library Association

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