THRAB Presents Free Workshops on Emergency Response and Salvage

Find a site near you and register now for the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board (THRAB) workshop, Emergency Response and Salvage. Cultural Heritage Preservation Consultant Rebecca Elder presents at multiple locations an all-day, hands-on workshop on recovering collections from disasters. Registrants will be asked to view recordings from previous webinars on emergency planning before attending…

Upcoming TSLAC Webinar: New TSLAC Grant Programs

On Wednesday, September 1 from 2 to 3 p.m., join TSLAC staff for a live webinar to learn about three new competitive grant opportunities for libraries made possible by emergency pandemic funding through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA): 1. Texas Supports Libraries Grant Program is designed to help communities respond directly and immediately to the pandemic…

Help Your Community and Patrons Get Low-Cost Internet and Affordable Devices

The Federal Communications Commission has launched a temporary program to help families and households struggling to afford Internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands.…

New Winter Storm Recovery Grants for Humanities Programming and Collections

Humanities Texas invites Texas cultural and educational institutions that suffered losses or damages to humanities collections as a result of the February 2021 winter storm, or incurred costs related to resuming humanities programming that was postponed or cancelled as a result of the storm, to apply for fast-track Recovery Grants. For more information about eligibility,…

Updated Information from FEMA

Sharing at the request of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF). On February 19, 2021, President Biden approved a major disaster declaration for the State of Texas to provide: Individual Assistance to disaster survivors in 108 counties. This assistance…

Responding to Water Damage in Libraries

With the catastrophic winter weather that has been affecting Texas, libraries may be responding to freezing pipes and resulting water damage. Prioritize your safety and that of your staff. Once you all are safe, consult your local governing authority for more information about their requirements or directives. Step one: Caring for staff Prioritize Safety: Blog…