The Mountain Plains Library Association supports and endorses the statement made by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, their “Statement Condemning Increased Violence and Racism Towards Black Americans and People of Color,” which was later endorsed by the American Library Association and the Association of Research Libraries. MPLA also supports the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association in condemning violence, racism, and xenophobia towards Black people and all people of color. MPLA also supports the statements made by our member State Associations regarding antiracism, violence, and xenophobia.
The Mountain Plains Library Association commends the steps being taken around the twelve states in our region to prevent the additional spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Libraries act as social hubs within our communities, bringing together large and diverse groups of people. While we all share a commitment to our communities, we must balance that commitment with the safety of our patrons and staff. While a number of libraries in our region have closed in order to protect their communities, many libraries remain open. The Mountain Plains Library Association is encouraged by the steps that all libraries in the region are taking to suspend operations, including closing for a period of time. This recommendation coincides with the CDC’s recommendation that all gatherings with 50 people or more be cancelled.
Additional information on COVID-19 may be found at the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
The White House, with the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 website: https://www.coronavirus.gov/
The Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA) is a twelve state association of librarians, library paraprofessionals and friends of libraries in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. Its purpose is to promote the development of librarians and libraries by providing significant educational and networking opportunities.
Mountain Plains Library Association President