COVID-19 Pandemic Response and Resources

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RESOURCES

CORONAVIRUS DASHBOARDS

New York Times Tracking Covid at U.S. Colleges and Universities

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RE-OPENING

COVID-19 RESEARCH

RESPONSES

REMOTE TEACHING & LEARNING & OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

WORKING REMOTELY

  • Archivists at Home: Link to Google Doc

  • Pomodoro Method (recommended for time management): Link to web site; Wikipedia page

  • ACRL: Work-From-Home: Part-Timers & Student Workers

  • Recommendation for imaging teams: Review Photoshop

  • Mental health resources (copied from UT Austin Libraries HR):

    • Zoom Fatigue. Teams Exhaustion:
      Video chats and meetings can be depleting for some, but why?

      • We’re required to focus more intently to absorb information, and it’s simultaneously easier to lose focus.

      • Because we can’t rely on other cues, we have to be more engaged and more “on” to show people we’re paying attention.

      • The only way to show we’re paying attention is to look at the camera, but in in-person interactions we don’t maintain uninterrupted eye contact. It makes people uncomfortable and tired.

      • We’re distracted by the view of ourselves.

      • We feel chained to our screens and we’re trying to make these interactions fit the expectations of in-person ones.

      So what are some practical things I can do, for myself or for others?

      • Quit other programs/apps that might distract you while you’re in a meeting.

      • Schedule meetings for 25 or 50 minutes so there’s a natural break between meetings. (Zoom/Teams forces meetings to be in 30-minute increments, but the meeting that populates in Outlook can be changed.)

      • Hide your self-view. Zoom instructions here. There’s no option to do this yet in Teams, but a handy stickie note works too.

      • Give people the option to turn off their camera. Or suggest that only the speaker has their camera on.

      • Consider a phone call instead.  

       

      Mental Health & Well-Being in a Telework Environment

      • Shine has created a website around coronavirus and mental health.  It includes expert advice, resources to take care of yourself, and an eclectic collection of links for taking breaks. Take a look here.

      • The Center for Workplace Mental Health has created this resource page for helping managers and employees balance their health and well-being right now. 

      • There are many free mental health apps with a variety of approaches.  Consider browsing your app store for an app that fits your needs.

      • Read about adaptive and maladaptive coping approaches during the pandemic and isolation here.

      • And finally, check in with each other.  On chat, at the start of meetings, over email.  Lots of people are doing well, and some people aren’t, so don’t make assumptions and just go ahead and check in on each other in the way that makes sense for your team.

CONFERENCES

FUNDING

WORTHY DISTRACTIONS

STANDING MEETINGS

All of the meetings listed below take place virtually via Zoom, Bluejeans, or Adobe Connect.

Regional conversations with TSLAC

WEEKLY: TDL HANGOUTS

  • Wednesdays from 1-2pm Central time

  • Contact info@tdl.org for information and an invitation.

MONTHLY TDL MEMBER FORUMS

  • Third Wednesday of each month, 10:30-11am Central time

  • To join the TDL Forum, log-in to Adobe Connect: https://meeting.austin.utexas.edu/forum/ 

  • A screen will prompt you for a guest name but no other login is required to enter the meeting

MONTHLY DSPACE USER GROUP MEETING

MONTHLY INFOMAINTAINERS MEETING

TRAINING & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT