Mutual Aid & Other Resources
The following is an incomplete list of resources for additional support, particularly geared at library workers. Many other websites and guides exist to this end, but please email us if you have anything you'd like us to add to the list.
- #LIBREV Discussion Community
Join us for tips and solidarity. We are trying to build a library organization that focuses on workers first and foremost.
- Notes from Library Labor Organzing Call, 4/9/20
Very useful tips for organizing in library environments, particularly during the time of COVID. Includes information about National Labor Relations Act and OSHA protections, advice about how to contact people safely and strategically for solidarity efforts, and hope for folks in right-to-work states.
- When No Public Means No Paycheck
An unemployed librarian presents lists, nationwide and state by state, for helping people connect with mutual aid, food banks, and other resources.
- It's Going Down: COVID-19 Mutual Aid
List of U.S. mutual aid resources organized by region and state.
- EveryLibrary HALO (Help A Library Worker Out)
Donations to HALO help librarians, library staff, and library workers who need help with housing expenses, child care, groceries, or other expenses during this crisis. We are all in it together.
- #awefund (Archival Workers Emergency Fund)
"Our group formed in March 2020 to organize aid for archival workers experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. Since then, we have worked with the SAA Foundation to establish the Archival Workers Emergency Fund (or AWE Fund, for short). Applications to the AWE Fund are open. All archival workers are eligible. SAA membership is not required. Support up to $1,000 will be given."
- Exactly Where to Report Employers for Violating Shelter-In-Place Orders, By State
From the Ask A Manager blog. It's what it sounds like.
- COVID4GLAM Discord
A place for strategizing and solidarity with other Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums (GLAM) workers. Discord is like a chatroom/messageboard space, somewhat similar to Slack.
- Labor Notes: Organizing in a Pandemic Resources
Information about strikes, demands, and organizing tips from fellow union and labor organizers/activists.
- #CLOSETHELIBRARIES List of Open Libraries
Folks are keeping this document updated and annotated with updates and news about known libraries that are still expecting employees to staff buildings.
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