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Emergency Preparedness Information: COVID-19 Info for Libraries and Library Staff

Language Learning - Coronavirus

On March 12, 2020, Pronunciator published a self-directed online language course in 101 languages that teaches vocabulary (e.g. “quarantine,” “pandemic,” etc.) and phrases (e.g. “I’m having difficulty breathing,” “Is it an emergency?”, etc.) relevant to the coronavirus crisis. Directions on finding the coronavirus information is here:
Pronunciator can be found on the LaLIBCON page of Databases:
Or here:

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Expanded State Library Services

EBSCO has made available 3 databases  through June 30, 2020:
  • eBook Public Library Collection – This offers full text titles, including many non-fiction titles, that can used by elementary and college students during this time of online learning.
  • Job & Career Accelerator – Information on over 1,000 occupations as well as resume and cover letters, interviewing and networking techniques, and more.
  • Points of View – Great resource for high school and college students to debate, develop arguments, write position papers, and develop critical thinking skills.
They can all be accessed on the Louisiana Library Connection,

The State Library is pleased to share that [HomeworkLA] has expanded their live tutoring hours for HomeworkLouisiana to provide additional support for students in our communities impacted by COVID-19.
The new Louisiana one-to-one live tutoring hours are Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to midnight. Saturday and Sunday live tutoring hours will continue as 2 pm to midnight as usual. These expanded hours will continue until May 31, 2020.
As a quick reminder, the HomeworkLouisiana landing page is
The additional resources page is

Coronavirus-Impacted Libraries Get Unlimited Access to Ebook Central Holdings: ProQuest has partnered with more than 100 publishers to support libraries in providing unlimited access to Ebook Central holdings for all patrons – at no extra charge.

Information and Free Resources for Schools and Public Libraries Impacted by COVID-19 - from EBSCO

COVID-19/Coronavirus Info for Young People/Graphic Presentations

A LibGuide by State Library of Louisiana Staff
A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
From the NPR web site
BrainPOP has a surprisingly entertaining, at time humorous, basic explanation of COVID-19 and needed precautions for elementary age children and young teens.
Little Puddins Blog has a nice, English language "Coronavirus Social Story." 
LittlePuddins Blog
Kids Health has information on COVID-19 for children in English and  Spanish and available in audio.  Other sections of their website have information for parent.  
Kids Health form Nemours

For Libraries & Schools

IMLS webinar "Mitigating COVID-19 When Managing Paper-Based, Circulating, and Other Types of Collections" is archived on their web site along with links to the information cited. Both a recording and a transcript are available.
Disinfecting circulating books - from the Northeast Document Conservation Center
Serving Library Users during Quarantine - from the Connecticut Library Consortium (CLC)
COVID-19 Resource Center - information and links from Gale
Coronavirus Information and Resources 2020 - from School Library Systems Association of NY
Pandemic Preparedness - Links and advice from the American Library Association
Pandemics: Library Planning and Responding - Links from Library 2.0
What Public Libraries Need to Know about the Coronavirus - from Library Journal 2/5/2020
4 Resources on Coronavirus for K-12 Schools - from THE Journal
Tool Kit (Resources) - from the District of Columbia - flyers and posters in multiple languages
A Guide to COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) for Public Libraries - from NIH/NNLM [National Institutes of Health/National Network of Libraries of Medicine] 
Coronavirus Resoruces for Librarians - from the Massachusetts Library System
How Wikipedia Prevents the Spread of Coronavirus Misinformation - from Wired

Preservation Links
NEDCC's 24/7 Emergency Hotline remains fully staffed and available
NEDCC's Free Resources including the new Digital Preservation Assessment publications, Preservation Leaflets, Preservation 101 Textbook, and Fundamentals of Audiovisual Preservation Textbook

Sample Library Blog Post/Announcement
Greenwich Library (CT)
Sample Library Emergency Response Protocol/Policy
Saratoga Springs Public Library (NY)

Libraries and Copyright

Publishers Adapt Policies To Help Educators - School Library Journal
Guidelines from some publishers of children's books on copyright - compiled by author Kate Messner
Public Statement of Library Copyright Specialists: Fair Use & Emergency Remote Teaching & Research
Virtual Copyright Office Hours - Times when copyright experts will be available for consultation
COVID-19, Copyright, & Library Superpowers (Part I) - Kyle Courtney's Blog

Privacy concerns
What You Should Know About Online Tools During the COVID-19 Crisis - from the Electronic Frontier Foundations

General Remote Working Advice

Pivoting to Remote Work — COVID-19 Response Course Track for Nonprofits - from Tech Soup

These are courses which have been made available at no cost, during the crisis.

Guidance for Libraries from other State Library Administrative Agencies

COVID-19: Information for Oregon Libraries

COVID-19 Information and Resources for Librarians [Texas]

Special Offers from Library Vendors

A listing here does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by the State Library of Louisiana or any of its staff. It is listed to provide information to public libraries in Louisiana.
  • COVID-19 Offer of Support to Public Libraries from Artfilms.  They are offering public libraries access to up to 1700 streaming videos at the very heavily discounted price of $200 per library site.

Cultural Resource Preservation

Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative
was created to protect cultural heritage threatened or impacted by disasters and to help U.S. and international communities preserve their identities and history
The Heritage Emergency National Task Force is co-sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Smithsonian Institution, and is a partnership of 42 national service organizations and federal agencies. The agency has compiled a COVID-19 Resource Hub:
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Listings specifically for Libraries