Urban Librarians Unite sent a library focused political questionnaire to all candidates running for New York City political office in 2021, including for Mayor, Comptroller, Public Advocate, Borough President, and 51 City Council seats. We are please to share that over 100 candidates returned the questionnaire, and the responses are now available on our website. … Continue reading Check out the NYC Candidate Questionnaire!
Urban Librarians Unite is in support of the inclusion of all library workers in public libraries in state and local Phase 1b vaccine distribution plans. Including library workers will protect library staff and help minimize risks to library users and visitors. Libraries are community hubs that are still serving our communities throughout the pandemic, any delay in inoculating librarians and library workers will continue to expose our colleagues to unnecessary risk and delay the reopening of our treasured institutions.
It's a difficult time for library advocacy Physical library buildings are closed, local budgets are heavily impacted by a lack of revenue, and while the NYC Library budget is largely flat, the future is uncertain. As the Covid-19 pandemic drags on, continued revenue shortages may make libraries a tempting target for budget cuts which could … Continue reading NYC Library Budget Advocacy and You
From the Board of Urban Librarians Unite,Urban Librarians Unite echoes the call made by Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer this afternoon: Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Public Library should follow the same plan of action as New York Public Library, and close all units until at least March 31st. We understand the vital role public libraries … Continue reading NYC Library Closures and Covid-19
*Updated March 12, 2020 There are a number of guides for library administrations and individuals regarding safety with COVID-19, but not as many for mid level managers. ULU Board Members Lauren Bradley and Scott Jarzombek have put together this guide to fill that void and help branch managers make decisions in their own locations. Branch … Continue reading COVID-19 and Library Managers