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COVID-19 Resources

For Libraries

Texas State Libraries & Archives Commission
Information on accessing resources online and how to reach their team of specialists by phone or email for assistance and continued service. TSLAC public spaces and research rooms are temporarily closed, effective March 17.

Texas Public Libraries Closures/Modifications in Response to COVID-19
Spreadsheet tracking of closures and other modifications at libraries throughout Texas; information provided by individual libraries. Add your library’s information to the spreadsheet.

TLA 2020 Sponsors & Exhibitors Resources for Libraries
Temporarily unavailable. Will be re-posted April 21.

Distance Learning Resources & Ideas for K-12 School Closures
Tools for virtual and distance learning, free subscriptions from educational companies, picture-book read-alouds and more; resources collected by Texas Association of School Librarians (TASL) leadership.

Meal Finder Map for Texas Students
Texas parents can now visit the MealFinder Map to find locations near them where local school systems are offering free school meals—both breakfast and lunch—for pick-up while school buildings are closed because of COVID-19.

American Libraries Association pandemic preparedness resources

Disinfecting Circulating Books
Recommendations from the Northeast Document Conservation Center

Texas Agencies

Texas Department of State Health Services
Community information: what to do at work, in schools, and community mitigation strategies

Update on confirmed cases by Texas region provided by TSDHS

Texas Education Agency
COVID-19 support and guidance for Texas schools; includes a link to a document listing all of the (many) current school closures in Texas.

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Dedicated webpage for COVID-19 information relevant to higher education stakeholders; includes resources for transitioning to online learning.

International & Federal Agencies

World Health Organization
The best international authority on the global crisis of COVID-19.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Information for businesses and employers, keeping commercial establishments safe, travel resources and the latest updates on COVID-19 nationally

The CDC offers the following tools and guidance for free:

National Library of Medicine self-paced course on setting up a Continuity of Operations Plan

U.S. Department of Education COVID-10 Resource Page for school administrators and school personnel

Additional Crowdsourced Resources

U.S. public library closings
Libraries around the country that have closed temporarily due to COVID-19 (March 2020), created by Michael Sauers (Do Space) and Julie Erickson (Technology & Innovation in Education

U.S. college and university closings or shifts to online classes
Colleges and universities across the country that have closed or switched to online classes; created March 2020 by Brian Alexander (Brian Alexander Consulting, LLC)

Academic library LibGuides related to COVID-19 (March 2020), created by Emily Ford (Portland State University)

Have a resource to share?  Add it to the Google spreadsheet or email TLA.

Latest News
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Between the Lines: April Member Spotlight

Between the Lines: Member Spotlight, TLA News

Dennis Quinn Director of Library Services Cozby Library and Community Commons (City of Coppell, TX)     What inspired you to become a librarian? Seeing the library as a playground for the mind, and a hub of connection, and the great things that can come from both. I don’t think I fully realized that until […]

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Texas Library Association Elects New Executive Board

TLA News

Congratulations to the winners of our recent election and thank you to all of the candidates. The Texas Library Association is delighted to announce the new members of our executive board, as well as individuals elected to positions in several units which participated in the online election. TLA’s new President-Elect is Daniel Burgard. He is […]

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