Staff Highlight: Patrick Lloyd, TSLAC’s Community Resilience Consultant

As part of our effort to make sure you know who the staff here at the Texas State Library are, we would like to periodically highlight staff members that you may at some point come in contact with! For our next staff highlight, I interviewed Patrick Lloyd, Library Development and Networking (LDN)’s new Community Resilience Consultant and part of the Continuing Education and Consulting (CEC) team)!

Portrait of Patrick Lloyd
Patrick Lloyd, Community Resilience Consultant

What projects are you excited to get started with?
I hope to build a cohort of libraries interested in ongoing, regular training around issues of trauma, antiracism, and community partnerships. I envision this cohort working and learning together for a period of time—perhaps a year. I think this pilot could help us understand what is possible when an entire library staff invests deeply in this work and how such training can positively affect the community the library serves.

What was the last book you read/movie you watched/podcast or song you listened to that you enjoyed?
The last great book that I read was The Devil’s Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea. It’s not exactly an enjoyable read but an extremely informative and important one. This book helped me understand the realities of immigrants who cross the southern border with a clarity I had not encountered before. It is a sad, beautiful, and nuanced book on the issue of immigration.

I also very much enjoyed Lawrence Wright’s God Save Texas. I’ve lived in Texas my entire life, but I still learned many things about our state from politics to nature (Rio Grande Cichlids mate for life!) to culture. I’ve read several of Wright’s books and I always appreciate his ability to insert humor and surreality into serious topics. It also helps that he himself is as Texan as Saturday morning brisket.

What is something about you that people don’t know?
I love bubble baths, massages, facials, and related spa services. When I’m not providing training, I tend to present as something of a tattooed grump; a former supervisor once asked if I was into motorcycles (I have never ridden a motorcycle). My love of bubble baths tends to surprise folks.

What drew you to this position?
Over the last several years, I’ve been privileged to have presented in front of many audiences. As an introvert, it’s been something of a surprise to find that I enjoy it! I’m excited to offer training to folks around the state and to help push the conversation within the library field towards whole-person services.

I also collaborated with TSLAC and my new coworkers several times in the past; I knew that I liked and respected them. The opportunity to work with the rest of the Continuing Education and Consulting team everyday was also a big draw.

Virtual Mental Health First Aid Training available free of charge for Texas public library workers

Thanks to a grant from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Hill Country Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Center (Hill Country MHDD), in partnership with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, is offering free online classes in Adult and Youth (Adults Assisting Youth) Mental Health First Aid for the next five months for Texas public library workers, Texas public library board members, and Texas public library volunteers.

Ten classes will be offered for three of those months, eleven classes will be offered one of those months, and one month will offer twelve classes. Each month will include one evening class and one Saturday class for maximum flexibility.

We hope that you will take advantage of this important and timely training opportunity.

What is Mental Health First Aid

MHFA is an early intervention tool an adult can use to help connect another adult or youth who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge to appropriate treatments and supports. 

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) can give library workers the tools they need to provide this type of assistance to friends and family members, fellow library workers, and library patrons. Library workers will learn:

  • To identify the signs and symptoms of mental illness
  • A five-step action plan to help someone in need
  • About the risk factors and warning signs of mental illness and drug and alcohol use
  • About local professional and self-help resources

These classes contain newly updated curriculum including expanded content on trauma, addiction, and self-care, as well as the impacts of social media and bullying (in the Youth class).

How will these classes work?

The Adult Mental Health First Aid course will require the completion of a two-hour, self-paced online course a day or two prior to a 5.5-hour, instructor-led videoconference class held on Zoom.

The Youth Mental Health First Aid course will require the completion of a two-hour, self-paced online course a day or two prior to a 4.5-hour, instructor-led videoconference class held on Zoom.

Library workers who regularly interact with both youth and adults are encouraged to take both classes.

More information, including the links to register, may be found at our Mental Health First Aid for Texas Public Libraries page.

Questions or concerns?

Please contact:

Naomi DiTullio, Library Development and Networking Division
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
1-800-252-9386 (toll free in Texas)

Upcoming Webinar – The Connected Library: Vetting and Partnering with Social Service Providers

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, May 14 at 10 a.m. titled “The Connected Library: Vetting and Partnering with Social Service Providers.”

As we can anticipate the social, financial, and mental health challenges of our patrons to escalate during and following this pandemic, libraries must connect and build relationships with local providers focused on these needs so that we may serve our communities as effectively as possible.

This session will explore why it is imperative that libraries connect with social service providers in their communities, how to cultivate these connections, and tips to make sure the agencies you work with are effective, ethical partners.

Presented by Patrick Lloyd, LMSW, Community Resources Coordinator for the Georgetown Public Library in Georgetown, Texas.

You can register for this webinar here:

Please join us!

Free Mental Health First Aid Training for Texas Public Library Staff – Adult and Youth Sessions Begin March 3

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has partnered with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and Hill Country Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Center (Hill Country MHDD) to provide free Mental Health First Aid training for Texas library staff, board members, and volunteers. Training sessions begin March 3 and currently run through April 30, 2020. Registration is now open.

Just as CPR can help save someone who is having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training (MHFA) can help someone who might be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Why is MHFA important?
Mental illness is common. Approximately 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness and 50% of mental health issues can be identified by age 14.

Who should take MHFA?
Anyone who wants to help someone in crisis. Texas public library staff can make a difference in the lives of library patrons and coworkers by taking MHFA.

Those who regularly interact with adults should take Mental Health First Aid for Adults. Those who regularly interact with youth should take Youth Mental Health First Aid. Those who regularly interact with both groups should consider taking both classes.

What will you learn by taking MHFA?

Mental Health First Aid for Adults teaches people how to recognize signs of mental health or substance use challenges in adults ages 18 and older, how to offer and provide initial help, and how to guide a person toward appropriate care if necessary. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach people how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

For more information and to register, please visit: Mental Health First Aid for Texas Public Libraries.

Questions? Please contact or please call Naomi DiTullio at 1-800-252-9386 (toll free in Texas).

Resources for Libraries to Help Communities Heal after a Mass Shooting

As community centers and social connectors, and as providers of trusted information, libraries can play an important role in helping their communities heal after mass shootings. In this blog post we share a few resources and documents that library staff may be interested in using when assisting community members, co-workers and themselves.

ASPR TRACIE’s Post-Mass Shootings Programs and Resources Overview
ASPR is the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. TRACIE is the Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange operated by the ASPR. This document, recently updated in April 2019, contains both programs and resources that are available to communities affected by mass shootings. Please note: Spanish language resources on pages 6 and 7.

APA Resources for Coping with Mass Shootings, Understanding Gun Violence
Resources from The American Psychological Association (APA) related to coping with mass shootings and understanding gun violence. 

APA What Happens to the Survivors
“Long term outcomes for survivors of mass shootings are improved with the help of community connections and continuing access to mental health support.” An excellent article that reiterates the importance of community-based events and community connection in healing after a mass shooting. 

Colorín Colorado – 15 Tips for Talking with Children About Violence
“These suggestions for parents and educators provide guidance on how to talk about school violence or mass violence in a community, discuss events in the news, and help children feel safe in their environment. These resources were originally compiled following the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The article has been updated as new resources are made available.” Please note: links to a downloadable tip sheet from the National Association of School Psychologists on how to talk to children about violence and safety, translated into multiple languages.

The Healing Library
“The Healing Library is a series of kits designed to make a family’s journey of healing following a trauma easier to navigate and personalize. Designed with the intention of being lent out by libraries, the materials for these scalable kits are available for free to download and assemble yourself.” In the aftermath of a mass shooting, libraries may be interested in the kit, “The Death of a Loved One.”

How Communities Can Begin to Heal in the Wake of a Tragedy: A Three-Step Plan for School Administrators, Teachers and Community Members
This article was written by David Schonfeld, a professor of practice in social work and pediatrics at the University of Southern California, as well as a developmental-behavioral pediatrician who serves as the director of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement.

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: Incidents of Mass Violence
A popular resource linked from several of the resources cited above, we include this link because it contains more detailed information about the Disaster Distress Helpline for those who might be deaf/hard of hearing and/or Spanish speakers. It also contains downloadable helpline brochures and wallet cards (see the links along the right side of the page).  

Please contact us any time with questions about this or any other topic at, 1-800-252-9386, or 512-463-5465. Libraries are the cornerstones of strong, resilient communities, and TSLAC is committed to supporting the important work you all do every day.

Emergency Bleeding Control Training Coming to TLA Annual Conference

A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes. While emergency responders will arrive as quickly as possible, bystanders are almost always there first. In the case of disaster and high-casualty incidents, emergency services are often spread thin. This is where Stop the Bleed comes in to play. This training program will teach you to stop severe bleeding and save a life!

“Stop the Bleed” is a nationwide campaign to empower individuals to act quickly and save lives. Bystanders – including library staff – can take simple steps to keep the injured person alive until appropriate medical care is available.

This hands-on training event is being brought to you by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission through a partnership with the Capital Area Trauma Regional Advisory Council (CATRAC). The session can accommodate up to 200 attendees and will be taught by CATRAC trainers. Attendees will learn the initial steps needed to care for someone who is bleeding, how to apply a tourniquet to the arm or leg, and how to pack a wound and apply pressure to control bleeding.

Stop the Bleed: Emergency Bleeding Control Training
Wednesday April 17, 2019
9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

To ensure an appropriate number of trainers, please preregister by March 31 at .

Questions about the session? Please contact or call 1-800-252-9386 (toll-free in Texas).

They’re baaaaaack! TSLAC, libraries and the 86th Legislature

A reminder to please join us online tomorrow – Thursday, February 28 – from 2 to 3 pm CST when Mark Smith and Gloria Meraz will report on the status of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission in the 86th Legislative Session, including the agency’s funding request and sunset reauthorization. Mark and Gloria will also review any other library-related legislation being considered this session.

Attendance at the program qualifies for 1 hour of Texas State Library Continuing Education credit (SBEC provider number 500799).

To register, please visit: .

Questions? Please email or call 1-800-252-9386 (toll-free in Texas).