COVID-19 Information and Resources
for Library Workers

New! Texas Library Status Project

Texas library staff ask TSLAC for information on what decisions other libraries across the state are making about re-opening and providing services during adjusted hours and limited physical access as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. To assist libraries and their governing bodies in decision making, we have developed a short, voluntary survey for libraries to share the status of their facilities and select services here. The results will populate a locked document showing the status of all participating libraries, available to view here. You may retake the survey anytime to reflect any updates or changes to the library’s status.

New! Reopening Resources for Libraries:

Have questions? Use the Continuing Education and Consulting page and the Contact page to find our information.

Library Development and Networking COVID-19 service updates:

Census 

The U.S. Census Bureau self-response deadline has been extended until August 14, 2020. Field operations have been delayed an additional two weeks until April 15. For the full list of operational changes to the 2020 Census, please view the U.S. Census Bureau: 2020 Census Operational Adjustments Due to COVID-19 fact sheet. All households can continue to respond to the census online at my2020census.gov, over the phone, or by paper form (if one was received). For updates and more information visit the LDN Census 2020 page: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ldn/census2020.

TexShare

  • Please contact texshare@tsl.texas.gov with questions.
  • TexShare Card Program 
    • The TexShare Card Program will begin re-opening on a voluntary basis on August 15, 2020. Additional information for librarians is available at https://www.tsl.texas.gov/texshare/librarianinfo_card.html
    • TexShare Card Lending Policies are no longer available from the Find-A-Library service on the TSLAC website. Participating libraries are encouraged to update their websites with current information about local TexShare Card Program policies for patrons and visitors.
  • TexShare Databases Program
    • Do not post passwords to web pages. We are updating https://texshare.net with a method for patrons to contact TSLAC by email to request a password.

TexQuest

  • Please contact TexQuest@ESC20.info with questions.
  • Do not post passwords to web pages. We are updating the TexQuest Navigator with a method for students to contact TSLAC by email to request a password.
  • Visit TexQuest.net for resource updates.

School Libraries

Questions on copyright? Contact Liz Phiippi at lphilippi@tsl.texas.gov. You may also refer to the following resource from School Library Journal.

ILL / Courier

Navigator ILL:  

  • If your library is still suspending ILL services for the time being, please update your suspension dates in NRE if necessary.
  • If your library is ready to resume ILL services, please unsuspend your account in NRE under Locations -> Edit Own -> Local Holidays.
  • A crowdsourced list of libraries worldwide and their return and lending statuses is available from OCLC here: https://libraries.oclc.org/

TExpress Courier: Please contact Amigos Library Services with any questions about the information below at tae@amigos.org.

  • Drivers will begin delivering backlogged material on 6/15, in the following hubs: AUS, CRP, DAL, HOU, HRL, SAT, WAC, OKC and TUL. Please note the addition of the OKC and TUL hubs.
  • If you had communicated your “open for delivery” status by noon on 6/11, are staffed for your full business day, and are able to receive deliveries in the same manner as prior to service suspension, you should expect to see drivers on their regular schedule starting 6/15.
  • We are not yet in a position to resume service in the following hubs but hope to begin those opening discussions soon: ABI, AMA, ELP, HKB, LBB, LTR, MAF, TYL. Your “open” status replies have been very valuable to us in charting that course!
  • We are not yet resuming connections with MALA, MOBIUS, and KLE, but hope to soon.

Grants

Financial reporting deadlines will be suspended until further notice for libraries that have closed due to the public health crisis. For libraries operating with reduced staff or hours, reporting deadlines will be set on a case-by-case basis.

For assistance and more information, please contact Erica McCormick at grants@tsl.texas.gov.

Annual Report

The due date for the submission of the 2019 Texas Public Libraries Annual Report has not changed; it is still April 30, 2020. 

For tips, tools, forms and information, see: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ldn/annualreport.  Remember, enough information must be entered to lock the form by April 30 for accreditation purposes; you will have until July 31 to make changes and corrections.

Questions on the Annual Report? Contact Valicia Greenwood at vgreenwood@tsl.texas.gov.

Ploud

Has your library closed temporarily due to COVID-19 and you’d like to update your Ploud homepage to reflect these changes? Watch this short video from my colleague Sonya who manages the Ploud libraries in Michigan. This method will work for all Ploud sites. It also gives instructions for looking up written instructions in the Knowledge Base.

How Ploud libraries can turn on a message about library closure (3½ mins).

Youth Services

For information on youth services including COVID-19 response information, go to https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ldn/youthservices. Email Katherine Adelberg at kadelberg@tsl.texas.gov with questions.

To access editable summer reading challenges developed by the Texas State Library, view the recent blog post.

Continuing Education Workshops

Events Canceled Through May 2020 at Texas State Library and Archives Commission: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/node/67475.

Mental Health First-Aid: All Mental Health First-Aid workshops coordinated with Hill Country MHDD have been cancelled. Contact Naomi DiTullio with questions at nditullio@tsl.texas.gov.

Family Place: The Family Place Training Institute will be postponing trainings in April and May. If you have further questions, please contact Katherine Adelberg at kadelberg@tsl.texas.gov.

Regional Discussion Information

We are investigating our next steps based on what we learned from your participation in the conversations. Review the notes from our regional conversations: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ldn/regionalcheckins


Updates from library associations and agencies:

Government and agency updates:

Texas Statewide Resources:

LDN Blog Posts:

External Resources / Links

COVID-19 Resource Guides

E-Resource Offers and Updates

Educational Links

Mental Health Resources

Potential Funding Opportunities

 

Page last modified: October 9, 2020