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

Have questions? You can find our contact information on our Continuing Education and Consulting page  and on our Contact page.

Library Development and Networking service updates:

Census 

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.

TexShare

  • Please contact texshare@tsl.texas.gov 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.

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

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 shayes@tsl.texas.gov.

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

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 Bethany Wilson at bwilson@tsl.texas.gov with questions.

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.


Updates from library associations and agencies:

Government and agency updates:

Texas Statewide Resources:

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

E-Resource Offers and Updates

Educational Links

 

Page last modified: March 31, 2020