COVID-19 Information and Resources for Librarians
Texas State Library and Archives Commission Library Development and Networking Division: Resources regarding library response to COVID-19
Please note: Has your library closed or modified services? Tell us in our COVID-19 Closure Tracking Workbook: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5502431/Library-Closures-Due-to-COVID-19
Library Development and Networking service updates:
The U.S. Census Bureau has suspended field operations until April 1. As of now, there are no plans to extend the 2020 Census deadline. 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 email@example.com 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
During library closures, please suspend your ILL activities in your NRE/Navigator account using the instructions found here: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/landing/ill.html.
Contact Sara Hayes with questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amigos Library Services suspended statewide TExpress/TAE courier services as of March 23, 2020. An update on resuming service will be provided by April 12, 2020.
Libraries should keep all materials intended for the courier in-house, both borrowing and lending materials, and all items currently in transit will be stored in the subcontractor’s warehouse until service resumes. Please direct questions to Amigos directly at TAE@amigos.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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)
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/
Resources for workplace preparedness https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/librarydevelopments/2020/03/12/resources-for-workplace-preparedness/
Spread the word- not the germs! https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/librarydevelopments/2020/03/04/spread-the-word-not-the-germs/
Information gathering surveys https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5502431/Library-Closures-Due-to-COVID-19
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.