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 Healthy Order (6/11) and moving to Phase 4 of the Reopening Phases. Our lobby is open to the public and most staff will be in the office. Reach us at 208-334-2150 or 208-639-4145 or by email (staff emails are on our website at https://libraries.idaho.gov).
Take care all,
Stephanie Bailey-White, State Librarian
ICfL hosted a series of themed online chats to share information and ideas about how libraries are addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Teen Services During a Pandemic
- Youth Services – Streaming Storytime
- Make It at the Library – Library Makerspaces and PPE
- Reopening and Disinfecting Strategies
- Info2Go! – Self-care During a Pandemic
- Re-imagining Summer Reading
- Impact on Your Library’s Stats
- Connecting with Adults
- Online Learning, Programming, and Platforms
Governor Brad Little announced with the Stay Healthy Order that Idaho is moving to Phase 2 in the reopening plan on May 16th. Additionally, small businesses have a new resource to access masks, gloves, and sanitizer as the state enters Stage 2 of the four-stage Idaho Rebounds plan to safely and responsibly open Idaho’s economy.
Idaho small businesses can obtain a 30-day supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) for their employees and patrons at supplies.idaho.gov.
Library related COVID-19 resources and articles […]
Digital content may include eBooks, audio books, comics and graphic novels, movies, music, and television programs.
CARES Act Mini-Grants
The ICfL received $161,477 as Idaho’s portion of the funds appropriated to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This funding is being used to address digital inclusion and related technical support in the context of workforce development and/or broadband availability.
The first portion of this funding (approximately $100,000) was made available immediately as competitive mini-grants ($250-$1,000 per location) to address digital inclusion needs for public libraries (including branches and bookmobiles) and special libraries (including tribal, military, corrections, and archives). (See our full grant eligibility requirements for more details.) Applicants were encouraged to be creative in identifying their needs for these funds.
Applicants will be notified of their grant status by June 15, 2020. Grantees can anticipate receiving grant funds by approximately July 1, 2020. For grantees, an interim report will be due January 1, 2021, and a final report will be due June 30, 2021. If you have any questions about this program or your application, please contact Jamie Mott at the Idaho Commission for Libraries, (208) 639-4164 or at email@example.com. Idaho CARES Grantees
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 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.