Applications Open for ARSL Leadership Institute

The Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) has announced the Outstanding in Their Field Leadership Institute. The Institute is for library workers who are currently working in rural and/or small libraries from various backgrounds and ethnicities. Applications are due February 24. ARSL encourages applications from folks who may not have a Master of Library…

Managing Libraries During COVID-19: Interviews with Library Management

The current COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges to all library staff, including library managers. To reflect these challenges, we interviewed library managers last week from around the state to see how they are handling the changes. Special thanks to: Valerie Jensen, Chambers County Library System Allison Shimek, Fayette Public Library Judith Bergeron, Smithville Public Library…

Communicating the Value of Library Workers in a Library Temporarily Closed to the Public

Say it again louder for those in the back: Library workers are more than the people who check out your books. Libraries are important, and this message has been expressed in Mark Smith’s recent blog post, “The importance of libraries during and after coronavirus.” With many libraries shuttering their doors or modifying services to assist…

Service in the Time of COVID-19 (coronavirus): Suggestions from Texas Library Workers, Plus Local, Statewide, and Federal Resources

(Please note, this is not a complete list, but serves as a snapshot of what’s happening across different library environments in Texas. Services and news are changing quickly.) Services to Consider Technology Keep your Library’s WiFi on 24/7 if not already. Enables safe social distance and does not put library staff at risk. Purchase repeaters…

Resource Guides: Long Range Planning, Library Policies, and Beyond!

The Continuing Education and Consulting group at the Texas State Library provides training and consulting for library workers throughout Texas. This includes our webinar, youth services, and technology programs. It also includes the Small Library Management Training Program which will be back on the road in 2020. To better provide the information that you need…