From Wendy Woodland, Director of Communications of the Texas Library Association:
As the long slow process of recovery begins, we are beginning to hear about libraries facing tremendous damage and total devastation. Librarians are returning to determine their most immediate and long term needs for assistance.
The Texas Library Association developed the Texas Library Recovery Connection an online information<http://www.txla.
org/library-recovery> sharing system to help connect those offering assistance to libraries in need. The Google spreadsheet<https://docs. google.com/spreadsheets/d/1x_ iuLXoK79MAeQMes5cD9_viCR- j9n4h7dzWOmyjdq0/edit#gid=0>, similar to those developed by other grassroots groups, is a tool where librarians and library supporters can enter pertinent information.
There are two worksheets in the Google spreadsheet – one for libraries needing assistance, and one for companies/organizations and others offering assistance. Our hope is that this simple information sharing system will help connect those offering assistance to libraries in need.
Please share this link with your colleagues: www.txla.org/library-recovery. The webpage has general information and links to the Google spreadsheet.
The outpouring of support from the library community in the wake of Hurricane Harvey is truly inspiring. Thank you!