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TxLa Webinar on Disaster Preparedness

From Wendy Woodland, Director of Communications of the Texas Library Association:

Libraries in southeast Texas are just now beginning the long process of recovery after Hurricane Harvey, and this disaster has made many libraries around the state questioning their readiness in the event of a natural disaster.

Join us for a FREE webinar on Wednesday, September 27 at 2pm. to learn how to bring damaged libraries back after a disaster. Our special guest is Susan Quinn, director of Ocean Beaches Public Library in New Jersey. Her community was devastated by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and she has critical advice and insights into recovery, and preparing for future disasters.

Wednesday, September 27
2-3pm central time
REGISTER<https://join.onstreammedia.com/register/80146595/harveyreg>

TSLAC opens “Rebuilding Texas Libraries” Disaster Relief Grants Program

From the TSLAC website:

Rebuilding Texas Libraries Grants

These grants funds Texas library services and programs to aid libraries that sustained damage by Hurricane Harvey in August 2017. They assist libraries in restoring services and programs to their patrons.

This grant program will fund operating expenditures such as library supplies and materials, technology, furniture, and contractual services. To be eligible, grant expenses must be reasonable and in accordance with appropriate state or local operating policies and procedures. Further, all grant expenses must be designed to respond directly to the disaster.

For further information on grant amount, eligible activities, and libraries that are eligible to recieve funds, please visit this page of the TSLAC website.

TSLAC to offer “Rebuilding Texas Libraries” Disaster Relief Grants

From Mark Smith, Director of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission:

On September 18 we will open applications for “Rebuilding Texas Libraries,” disaster relief grants to public, school, and academic libraries in Texas counties affected by Hurricane Harvey. We will make at least $300,000 in Library Services and Technology Act Funds available to libraries in counties declared a disaster area or a sheltering jurisdiction by Governor Greg Abbott.

More information on Rebuilding Texas Libraries grants in included in this press release issued today:https://www.tsl.texas.gov/news/2017/tslac_disaster_relief__grant

We appreciate the flexibility and support of the Institute for Museum and Library Services for working with us to be able to make these funds available on an emergency basis. Guidelines will be issued on September 18 and streamlined grant applications will be due by October 16.

Texas Library Recovery Connection

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!

Weathering the Storm

We sincerely hope that all of your libraries and communities are safe and receive little damage from Hurricane Harvey over the weekend. The Texas Library Association has a list of Disaster Relief Resources as well as their application to receive Disaster Relief Funds. If you would like to make a donation, you can purchase a TLA Coloring book whose proceeds benefit disaster relief or donate directly to the Disaster Relief Fund here.

If any of your libraries begin an online fundraising campaign to help with recovery, please send them to us so that we can help spread the word.

Stay safe!

 

Quotable Facts About America’s Libraries Has Been Updated

Earlier this year, ALA updated their advocacy tool Quotable Facts about America’s Libraries with new information and research.

 

For instance, you had probably heard before that there are more public libraries, including branches, than McDonald’s in the United States. But did you know that there are also more public libraries than Starbucks? Also, there were 96.5 million attendees at public library programs in 2013, which is more than all Major League Baseball and National Basketball Association games combined! Now those are some impressive facts!

You can purchase the pocket-sized fold out cards by emailing advocacy@ala.org, or you can download them in English and Spanish here. There is also an annotated version here so we can cite our sources.

Come See Us at #txla17!

Safe travels for everyone headed to the Texas Library Association’s annual conference in San Antonio! CTLS and Tocker will be sharing a booth in the exhibit hall. All CTLS staff will be at conference so our office will be closed Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week. If you need us, come by the booth and say hello! We will be giving away packets of 10 solar viewing glasses per library while supplies last.

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