COVID-19 Information and Resources
for Library Workers
Has your library closed or modified services? Tell us in our COVID-19 Closure Tracking Workbook.
New! 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:
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.
- Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
- TexShare Card Program
- The TexShare Card Program has been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Libraries are not currently issuing or renewing TexShare Cards.
- Find-A-Library will not be updated with library closures. Patrons should call or email the library before visiting.
- 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.
- 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
- 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 email@example.com.
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Place: The Family Place Training Institute will be postponing trainings in April and May. If you have further questions, please contact Kyla Hunt at email@example.com.
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:
- 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/P8
- 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
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:
- 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
Handling Library Materials and Collections During a Pandemic: http://www.ala.org/alcts/preservationweek/resources/pandemic (ALCTS)
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.
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
- National Endowment for the Humanities NEH CARES: Cultural Organizations
- Humanitites Texas: Relief Grants