As we see a growing number of real-time updates from the media about the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and news that some of our TBLC member libraries are making adjustments in their services, we are moving quickly to adjust some of our immediate plans, services, and offerings at TBLC.
Effective today, all in-person programming, continuing education opportunities, and community partner events have been suspended through and including April 10th, in response to rising concerns about public gatherings and restrictions on business related travel of library staff.
When possible, we will announce the online version of our events, specifically, our conversations of the Strategic Planning for TBLC, we hope in early April. We understand this is a rapidly changing situation and we will continue to look to local, state and federal health organizations, as well as our members to give us an indication of the needs for our members from TBLC at this time.
TBLC StaffDuring this time, email is the best way to contact TBLC staff. Please excuse any missed calls or delays in phone communications during this time. All of our emails are listed here on our website: https://tblc.org/about/
All in-person workshops have been postponed through April 10th. We are working diligently to reschedule these in the summer and beyond, and we appreciate your patience as those plans are made. All updated information will be sent to current registrants and posted on the event pages.
Our Technology Conference on May 20 is still on track to proceed. We will announce any changes to this plan to registrants and through our email lists.
All webinars will continue as scheduled and can be viewed at https://tblc.org/training-2/
Florida Library Webinars
All of our upcoming Florida Library Webinars offerings will still be held. We will notify attendees if anything is cancelled or rescheduled. You can sign up for all of our upcoming webinars and view recordings/podcasts here: https://floridalibrarywebinars.org/
Ask a Librarian
Ask a Librarian has always been a way for your users to reach out digitally for answers and access to resources and we will continue to operate the chat, email, and SMS services for that use. Please keep us in mind as you all make contingency plans within your systems. We will remain available and open for as long as there are people able to staff the chat desks.
Staff have put together this FAQ page for common COVID-19 questions you may encounter: https://info.askalibrarian.org/coronavirus-faq/
- IMLS-hosted webinar: Mitigating COVID-19 When Managing Paper-Based, Circulating, and Other Types of Collections
- Academic vendors response to COVID-19
- ALA Executive Board Recommendation on Closing
- Statement on ALA Chicago
- Rescheduled FLA 2020 in Orlando
- Tips for Parents, Families, and Tech During COVID-19
- Tampa Bay Times Coronavirus in Florida
Publisher, Vendor, and Educational Resources
- BiblioBoard offers a free, Open Access platform that you can promote to your patrons today, no subscription needed! This platform includes an assortment of rich historical and carefully curated multimedia content, as well as high-quality open access journals, textbooks, and other open educational resources. Feel free to promote this by sending users to:
- FAU Libraries Homeschooling LibGuide
- Khan Academy is providing free interactive learning materials for students ages 4-18 and free tools for teachers and parents. Visit
khanacademy.org for more information
- Random House Instagram will be offering live, virtual events featuring illustrious authors, chefs, and inspiring leaders. View schedule here:
Covid news from Inside Higher Ed: https://www.
insidehighered.com/news/2020/ 03/24/live-updates-latest- news-coronavirus-and-higher- education
- Check for free Spectrum wifi hotspots: https://www.
- A good read for all: https://hbr.org/2020/03/
- Federal guidelines to pay those students with grants based on their previous paychecks: https://ifap.ed.
gov/electronic-announcements/ 030520Guidance4interruptionsre lated2CoronavirusCOVID19
- ALA guidelines regarding materials: http://www.ala.org/
tools/sites/ala.org.tools/ files/content/NEDCC% 20recommendations%20for% 20disinfecting%20books_ Mar2020-converted.pdf
Florida Library COVID-19 Resources and Activities
|Citrus County Libraries||Digital Resources Available|
|Clearwater Public Library||Library News|
|Florida Atlantic University||Homeschooling Lib Guide|
|Hillsborough Community College||Coronavirus resources|
|Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative||Visit the Library From Home|
|Pasco-Hernando State College||Library Services During COVID-19|
|Pasco County Libraries||Library Resources During COVID-19|
|St. Petersburg College||Learning Resources Services for Students: COVID-19 Impact|
|University of Central Florida||Continuity of Library Services|
|University of South Florida||Florida COVID-19 Hub|
|University of South Florida||Continuity of Library Services|
|University of South Florida||Digital Learning Objects & Tools to Enhance Instruction|