New technology training and grant opportunity for small and rural Texas libraries

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is excited to announce that applications for a third year to apply for Library Technology Academy are now open! This opportunity is a training and grant program for libraries serving populations of 30,000 or less. As the COVID-19 pandemic has shown, access to technology and the internet is…

Providing Socially Distanced Computer Help

Curious how other Texas libraries are providing technology assistance these days? Join Henry Stokes and Cindy Fisher for a facilitated interactive discussion on using technology to provide contactless library service in the age of COVID-19? Register here.  The urgency of providing computer help in the aftermath of the pandemic has meant that many library staff…

Research Shows COVID-19 Virus Undetectable on Five Highly Circulated Library Materials After Three Days

A recent scientific study from the Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) Project has found that the COVID-19 Virus was undetectable on the following items after three days: Hardback book cover (buckram cloth) Softback book cover Plain paper pages inside a closed book Plastic book covering (biaxially oriented polyester film) DVD case The Reopening Archives, Libraries, and…

Mobile WiFi Hotspot Resources

Communities all over Texas have experienced increased demand for WiFi connectivity due to normal connection locations, such as schools, libraries, and places of work, being closed or operating on limited hours in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Some public libraries have been lending mobile WiFi hotspots for a few years, while others are considering a…

Extending Your Library’s WiFi Reach

Interested in learning more about expanding digital access to your community and the library’s technology capacity? Sign up for Friday’s webinar: Towards Digital Equity and Technology Access in Texas Libraries. Register here.  Library parking lots were access points for WiFi even before social distancing requirements due to COVID-19 made them essential connection points for internet…