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 Staff
During 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/

Continuing Education

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/

Delivery

Please notify tblcdelivery@tblc.org if you wish to suspend your delivery service. Without notification of closure, delivery service will continue.

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/

Notification of Library Closures

If you would like to report your library closures to us, please email elise@tblc.org and we will add you to a list. If you would like the list of which libraries in our region are closed, please email elise@tblc.org.

ALA Executive Board Recommendation on Closing

Publisher, Vendor, and Educational Resources 

 

Florida Library COVID-19 Resources and Activities

 
Citrus County LibrariesDigital Resources Available
Clearwater Public LibraryLibrary News
Florida Atlantic UniversityHomeschooling Lib Guide
Hillsborough Community CollegeCoronavirus resources
Hillsborough County Public Library CooperativeVisit the Library From Home
Pasco-Hernando State CollegeLibrary Services During COVID-19
Pasco County LibrariesLibrary Resources During COVID-19
St. Petersburg CollegeLearning Resources Services for Students: COVID-19 Impact
University of Central FloridaContinuity of Library Services
University of South FloridaFlorida COVID-19 Hub
University of South FloridaContinuity of Library Services
University of South FloridaDigital Learning Objects & Tools to Enhance Instruction

 

 

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