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COVID-19 Resources

TLA Talks Recordings

May 12 | Open Texas, Libraries and COVID-19
Recording       Chat

May 19 | Small Community Libraries COVID-19 Response
Recording       Chat

May 26 | School Library Advocacy in the Days of COVID-19
Recording        Chat

June 9 | Summer Reading Programs
Recording       Chat

June 16 | Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in Times of COVID-19
Recording          Chat

June 23 | Navigating & Understanding Budgets Amid Economic Uncertainty
Recording        Chat

June 30 | Safety & Managing Risk When Reopening
Recording       Chat         Slides


Governor’s Report to Open Texas
Specific information for libraries on page 35 – 38.

Texas State Library & Archives Commission Reopening Libraries Resource Guide
Includes sample reopening plans, questions and issues to discuss with your governing authority, materials and resource list, and general resources for reopening

Sample Service Level – Phased Reopening Plan

CDC Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes

Higher Education COVID-19 Recovery Guide, University of Nebraska Medical Center

ALA Planning for Reopening Resources

Other Resources

Texas State Library & Archives Commission Communications During COVID-19 Crisis Plan

Texas State Library & Archives Commission
Information on accessing resources online and how to reach their team of specialists by phone or email for assistance and continued service.

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.

Pandemic Resources for Academic Libraries (ACRL)

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.

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

CDC Database of research articles on COVID-19 developed by the CDC Library.

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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July Summer of Learning Event Focused on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

TLA Annual Conference, TLA News

The TLA 2020 Virtual Summer of Learning live event on July 7 began with a heartfelt and honest opening address by Charlotte Moore, Executive Director of the Black Bodies Project. “I want you to listen with your heart,” she told virtual attendees in her live address. Moore is a print and television news journalist, filmmaker, […]

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Between the Lines: July Member Spotlight

Between the Lines: Member Spotlight, TLA News

Elizabeth Hollenbeck Librarian III-Outreach and Instruction South Texas College Library in McAllen, Texas   What inspired you to become a librarian? In my past career, I was relatively successful but I didn’t feel that passion. I was stuck in that proverbial rut. What I really wanted to do was make a larger impact on society, […]

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