Statewide Interlibrary Loan : Current Considerations

Libraries are across Texas are in various states of reopening as we adjust—and readjust—to life during the COVID pandemic. During changes to library services related to COVID, it is  a local decision whether and when  your library is ready to borrow and lend materials through ILL.  We hope you find the information below helpful in decision making regarding ILL and other services moving forward:

1, TSLAC has created a tool for libraries to report and view facility openings and service availability, including ILL, in libraries across the state. Please see information on the Texas Library Status Project, and add your library’s information, on our COVID-19 Information page here: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ldn/covid-19

2. The REALM project is a research project conducted by OCLC, IMLS, and Battelle focused on how long the COVID-19 virus survives on materials that are prevalent in libraries, archives, and museums. The project draws upon the research to produce authoritative, science-based information on how materials can be handled to mitigate exposure to staff and visitors. Please see their research results here: https://www.webjunction.org/explore-topics/COVID-19-research-project.html

3. OCLC provides a crowd sourced list and map that includes the ILL borrowing and lending status of participating libraries across the country, and world, here: https://libraries.oclc.org/

4. A new listserv for Navigator ILL users is now available. Any staff that might benefit from Texas ILL news, updates, and/or a place to ask and respond to questions about ILL can register here: https://lists.state.tx.us/mailman/listinfo/navigator-ill (Please check both your inbox and spam/junk folder for your registration confirmation email!)

As your library makes any changes to ILL services, please make sure any updates are reflected in your Navigator NRE account by suspending or unsuspending your library under: Locations—Edit Own—Local Holidays. 

Please contact Sara Hayes at shayes@tsl.texas.gov with any questions or concerns.

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