COVID-19 Information and Resources
for Library Workers

Submit Info to the 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.

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 

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    • Do not publish TexShare passwords (includes in emails, online, and in print).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.

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:  

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 shayes@tsl.texas.gov 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 tae@amigos.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 tae@amigos.org.
  • To inform your materials quarantining policies, you may wish to review results from the REALM project:  https://www.oclc.org/realm/research.html
  • The most recently updated member delivery status list can be accesses here.

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 Bethany Wilson at grants@tsl.texas.gov.

Annual Report

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 accreditation@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 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.

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

In-person workshops have been cancelled until further notice. Live webinars and online training are available for free to Texas library staff.

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 kadelberg@tsl.texas.gov.

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:

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: January 15, 2021