COVID-19 Resources for Libraries
A place for Idaho library staff and their communities to find resources and support
The staff at the Idaho Commission for Libraries are following Governor Little’s “Stay Home Order” and closing our building until April 16. We ARE still working and available for online or phone appointments. Reach us at 208-334-2150 or 208-639-4145 or by email (staff emails are on our website at https://libraries.idaho.gov).
Talking Book delivery may be delayed until April 16.
For those who have asked if libraries are considered essential services under COVID-19 orders, as the order states, “Employers that do not provide essential services as defined in order must take all steps necessary for employees to work remotely from home. Grocery stores, medical facilities, and other essential businesses as defined in the order will remain open.”
Based on this order, contact with all other state libraries, and the State Board of Education’s closure of public schools, libraries are not defined as essential services.
If you have questions, please contact your local health district or call 2-1-1 anywhere in Idaho.
Take care all,
Stephanie Bailey-White, State Librarian
Look for weekly chats from ICfL on the Virtual Events Calendar
Washington, D.C., March 27, 2020.
The CARES Act, signed into law today by President Trump, offers relief to state and local governments, individuals, small and large businesses, hospitals and public health agencies, the federal safety net, and educational institutions affected by the coronavirus crisis. It authorizes direct payments to individuals and companies whose livelihoods and businesses have been affected by the pandemic.
Some of a the provisions of the new law:
- Appropriates $1,200 for every American earning less than $75,000 per year and $500 to the parents of every child.
- Authorizes payments directly to state governments to strengthen their unemployment […]
Library related COVID-19 resources and articles ICfL staff think you will find useful!
“Spanish-language resources for Grades K-12 from PBS LearningMedia”
A selection of multimedia resources, in Spanish, for teachers, students, and their families, sorted by grade and subject. (Allison)
“NASA at Home”
With many of us indoors, let this site be your window into the universe. NASA at Home is your one-stop-shop with podcasts, educational activities, do-it-yourself projects and more.
Do you have a bit more time for continuing education? We’re here to help!
The Continuing Education resources listed an the CE for COVID-19 Guide are available to all library workers in Idaho for free. An abundance of webinar recordings, online courses, and various online resources are listed by subject.
Some vendors are opening up or expanding access to their products, and where available we have added their resources to LiLI.org. Some of those expansions are listed below:
- Expanded access to World Book Online until April 30, 2020
- Includes: Early World of Learning, eBooks, Activity Center, Dramatic Learning, Kids eLearn, L’Encyclopédie Découverte, Science Power, and Social Studies Power
- Expanded access to Tumblebooks resources until August 31, 2020
- Access to EBSCO’s Faculty Select OER Portal is openly available until June 30, 2020
- BiblioBoard is offering free access to their platform of high-quality open access journals, textbooks, and other open educational resources, as well as historical and carefully curated multimedia content.
- Gale is offering a COVID-19 Resource Center, which contains:
- Curriculum-aligned resources to support online learning from pre-k through undergraduate
- Live and on-demand training materials
- Professional development eBooks
- Authoritative resources on health-related topics
- EBSCO created an information portal to support the immediate need for trusted information around COVID-19
- PBS is sharing:
- PreK-12 Resources for Emergency Closings, from PBS LearningMedia
- Making Sense of Coronavirus Through Media and Storytelling, from PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs
- Distance Learning Tips From One Teacher to Another, from the PBS Teachers Lounge
- Amigos Library Services is offering 3 months of SimplyE access at no charge
- DPLA offers free access to the SimplyE app, available for iOS and Android. Simply choose DPLA as your library and tap on the DPLA Collection.