PHOENIX – The Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Arizona Department of State, has been allotted $657,694 of CARES Act funding to “expand digital network access, purchase internet accessible devices, and provide technical support services to citizens.”
The funds are administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums. IMLS will provide additional details and anticipated timelines for this funding availability.
Additionally, staff at the State Library are gathering and analyzing data such as unemployment statistics and broadband availability to prioritize efforts and inform decisions, and recently compiled a map of libraries that are providing Wi-Fi after business hours. The list is available to view here: http://go.azsos.gov/mgt2.
“During this difficult time, it is increasingly necessary to help communities have internet access to complete important tasks, such as filing for online unemployment and online schoolwork,” said Secretary of State Katie Hobbs.
“The State Library also looks forward to being able to provide additional support for digital inclusion services that are especially beneficial in small and rural libraries” said Holly Henley, State Librarian and Director of the Library Services, Archives & Public Records Division.
As plans are formalized, updates will be posted on the State Library’s COVID-19 Resources page.