COVID-19 Information and Resources
for Library Workers
Submit Info to the Texas Library Status Project
- Share the status of your library’s facilities and select services by taking this short survey:https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ldn/tslsurvey2020
- View the results and status of all participating libraries here: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ldn/TexasLibraryStatusSpreadsheet
- View a map of the responding libraries here: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ldn/TexasLibraryStatusMap
Reopening Resources for Libraries:
Texas State Library and Archives Commission Reopening Libraries: Resource Guide (PDF) -- Created in May 2020, this guide provides a series of questions to consider with the library’s governing authority when considering reopening the library’s physical space.
Planning for Libraries Communications during COVID-19 (PDF)- Worksheet from the webinar, Texas Libraries: Planning and Communicating the Library Message and Services under COVID-19.
Library reopening plans: early June (GoogleDoc)-- A compilation of Texas library responses to the Texas State Library regarding reopening plans in June 2020. Libraries are identified by population size.
Reopening Under COVID-19: A Space Planning Approach (Public Library Association) (PDF) -- A space planning guide published by the Public Library Association complete with specific idea and considerations when reopening the library’s physical space. The guide was written by David Vinjamuri and Joe Huberty
Library Development and Networking COVID-19 service updates:
- COVID Resource Page: The U.S. Census Bureau has a COVID Coronavirus Pandemic resource page to help government agencies, businesses, and communities make decisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The site includes an interactive data hub that brings together data useful in pandemic-related decision-making and will be updated periodically as the COVID-19 recovery evolves and changes. It also includes an impact Planning Report that allows users to browse dashboards with critical demographic and business data for the nation, states, and counties. Download the COVID-19 Hub: Demographic and Economic Resource (PDF) to learn more.
- Data concerns related to documented and undocumented persons: On January 12, 2021, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) wrote to the U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham and expressed concern regarding data on document and undocumented persons in the United States. Here is the link to download the correspondence. On January 13, 2021, U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham responded to the January 12 Office of Inspector General letter.
- Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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 publish TexShare passwords (includes in emails, online, and in print). We are updating https://texshare.net with a method for patrons to contact TSLAC by email to request a password.
- 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.
ILL / Courier
Each Texas library makes local decisions about offering or suspending ILL services at this time, there are no statewide mandates regarding ILL. Please contact Sara Hayes at email@example.com with any ILL questions or concerns.
- If your library is still suspending ILL services, please update your suspension dates in NRE:
- 1. Log into your library's NRE/Navigator account at https://texas.vdxhost.com/nre/
- 2. Select "Locations" from left hand menu
- 3. Select "Edit Own" from top of screen
- 4. Scroll down to "Local Holidays" and click on "New Holiday" on the far right-hand side of screen
- 5. Enter a description (ex: "Library Closure"), start date, end date, and closure type: "Suspended-No Requesting"
- 6. Click "Save & Close"
- If and when your library is ready to resume ILL services, please unsuspend your account in NRE.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- TAE/TExpress Courier service has resumed in most hubs. Please refer to the most recent listserv update for open hubs. If you are not currently receiving courier listserv updates, please request access at email@example.com.
- OCLC Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) Project research: https://www.oclc.org/realm/research.html
- The most recently updated member delivery status list can be accesses here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The due date for the submission of the 2020 Texas Public Libraries Annual Report has not changed; it is still April 30, 2021.
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 email@example.com.
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 Sonya Norris, 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.
To access editable summer reading challenges developed by the Texas State Library, view the recent blog post.
Continuing Education Workshops
Mental Health First-Aid: All Mental Health First-Aid workshops coordinated with Hill Country MHDD are now being offered online: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/workshops/mhfa/texas.
Family Place: The Family Place Training Institute will be provided online to grantees in spring 2021. If you have further questions, please contact Katherine Adelberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regional Discussion Information
Notes and information from the regional discussions held in April 2020 are archived here: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ldn/regionalcheckins
Updates from library associations and agencies:
- Texas Library Association - https://txla.org/tools-resources/covid-19/covid-19-resources/
- American Library Association - http://www.ala.org/tools/atoz/pandemic-preparedness
- Association of Rural and Small Libraries - https://arsl.info/
- Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) - https://www.imls.gov/coronavirus-covid-19-updates
Government and agency updates:
- Office of the Texas Governor - Press Releases: https://gov.texas.gov/news/category/press-release/P0
- Press Release - Governor Abbott Lifts Mask Mandate, Opens Texas 100 Percent: https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-lifts-mask-mandate-opens-texas-100-percent
- Executive Order GA-34 (PDF): https://open.texas.gov/uploads/files/organization/opentexas/EO-GA-34-opening-Texas-response-to-COVID-disaster-IMAGE-03-02-2021.pdf
- Texas State Public Health Emergency: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/docs/DECLARATION-PublicHealthDisaster.pdf
- TSLAC Service Updates page: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/services
- TSLAC Prepares for COVID-19 (Mark Smith): https://www.tsl.texas.gov/director/tslac-prepares-for-covid-19/
- Texas State Library and Archives Commission Reopening Libraries: Resource Guide: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/sites/default/files/public/tslac/ld/ldn/COVID/TSLAC_Return_to_Work_Libraries_Resources_2020.pdf
- 2020 — A year of TSLAC in service to Texans (Mark Smith): https://www.tsl.texas.gov/director/2020-a-year-of-tslac-in-service-to-texans/
Texas Statewide Resources:
- To assist small businesses with loans: Federal Disaster Assistance (includes Texas)
- Read article summarizing plan (Texas Tribune)
- To assist newly unemployed with unemployment benefits and sick leave (Texas Workforce Commission)
- To connect with your local senior population connect with the Area Councils on Aging:
- To find free meals for school children: Texas Education Association Food Map
- More information on https://txschools.gov/
- To understand sick leave and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) (PDF)
- To connect local Governments on COVID-19 preparation (International City/County Management Association)
- To provide help on working from home: Quick Steps to Prepare a Remote Work Policy
- To find local and county health services: Where Can I Find Services? Dial 211 for local resources and organizations (Texas Health and Human Services)
- To debunk misinformation: Fighting Fake News in the Pandemic (ALA Programming Librarian)
- To assist Texans seeking electronic resources: Online Resources from TSLAC
- To find best practices for remote work and other cybersecurity information: COVID-19 Preparedness for Information Technology (DIR)
- To find current situation reports from the Texas Department of Emergency Management: Situation Reports
LDN Blog Posts:
- TSLAC blog post Update to Statewide Directives on Health Protocols:
- Is your library closed or modifying services? Let us know!: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/librarydevelopments/2020/03/17/is-your-library-closed-or-modifying-services-let-us-know/
- TSLAC CARES Grant Program is now accepting applications: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/librarydevelopments/2020/05/12/tslac-cares-grant-program-is-accepting-applications/
- It is not too late to complete the 2020 Census!: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/librarydevelopments/2020/05/14/it-is-not-too-late-to-complete-the-2020-census/
- Maanging Libraries during COVID-19: Interviews with Library Management: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/librarydevelopments/2020/05/07/managing-libraries-during-covid-19-interviews-with-library-management/
- Libraries reaching out to their patrons and communities: interviews with our home libraries: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/librarydevelopments/2020/04/22/libraries-reaching-out-to-their-patrons-and-communities-interviews-with-our-home-libraries/
- Resources for workplace preparedness: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/librarydevelopments/2020/03/12/resources-for-workplace-preparedness/
- Communicating the Value of Library Workers in a Library Temporarily Closed to the Public: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/librarydevelopments/2020/04/09/communicating-the-value-of-library-workers-in-a-library-temporarily-closed-to-the-public/
- HHH: Virtual Branch: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/librarydevelopments/2020/03/27/hhh-virtual-branch/
- Spread the word- not the germs!: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/librarydevelopments/2020/03/04/spread-the-word-not-the-germs/
- COVID-19 & Tech: Robots: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/librarydevelopments/2020/05/15/covid-19-tech-robots/
- Virtual Storytime and Copyright: Resources: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/librarydevelopments/2020/05/19/virtual-storytime-and-copyright-resources/
External Resources / Links
COVID-19 Resource Guides
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Massachusetts Libraries: News http://guides.masslibsystem.org/COVID19/Librarians
OSHA Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace: https://www.osha.gov/coronavirus/safework
Handling Library Materials and Collections During a Pandemic: http://www.ala.org/alcts/preservationweek/resources/pandemic (ALCTS)
CDC Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/reopen-guidance.html
COVID-19 Basics: Disinfecting Cultural Resources: https://www.ncptt.nps.gov/blog/covid-19-basics-disinfecting-cultural-resources/ (National Center for Preservation Technology and Training)
For Providers and Community Leaders: Helping People Manage Stress Associated with the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak: https://www.ptsd.va.gov/covid/COVID_providers_comm_leaders.asp (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)
E-Resource Offers and Updates
- TeachingBooks has developed a brand new Book & Reading Engagement Kit: Home Edition that is freely available anywhere in Texas. They have also developed a site with Virtual Teaching Ideas for Elementary, Intermediate, and High School teachers.
- EBSCO, Gale, and ProQuest provide open portals to current, accurate information on COVID-19. Logins or passwords are not necessary to access these resources and they can be shared on your library website for the duration of the current crisis:
- Gale, EBSCO, Infobase, and other TexShare and TexQuest vendors are offering additional free licensed resources to libraries during this time. We are developing a list of offers and open resources that will be posted soon.
- Vendor Love in the Time of COVID-19 is a list of vendors that have made content freely available to academic libraries during this period.
- The International Coalition of Library Consortia has a similar list of Information Services Provider offers, primarily focused on resources of interest to academic libraries.
- School Librarians Working From Home is a collaborative Google Doc started in Michigan with ideas about activities and lessons that can be done at home.
- The North Carolina Department of Education has a site for Open Remote Learning Resources as part of their #GoOpenNC project.
- Texas Youth Services COVID-19 Resources
- Resources Available During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Texas Home Learning- TEA
- PBS Learning Media
Mental Health Resources
- Texas Health and Human Services - COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line
- National Alliance on Mental Illness - NAMI COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide (PDF)
- NAMI Releases Spanish-language COVID-19 Mental Health Resource Guide
Potential Funding Opportunities
- Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM) Applicant Briefing and Request for Public Assistance
- FEMA’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Eligible Emergency Protective Measures fact sheet
- Humanitites Texas: Relief Grants