Ten New Libraries Join the Make It at the Library Project!

Make It at the Library- the Commission's project to implement makerspaces in public libraries across Idaho had another successful and exciting year in 2014. Each of the six new libraries and returning five libraries embraced "making" and pushed the boundaries of programming with tweens and teens.

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Resource Sharing & Access Needs Assessment

The Idaho Commission for Libraries is seeking quotations for a contract for professional services to identify the needs of the Idaho library community regarding resource sharing and access to information. 

IDAHO EDUCATION NETWORK AND PUBLIC LIBRARIES

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With the current contract for the Idaho Education Network (IEN) ruled invalid, the State has issued a Request for Information (RFI) as a step to collect information prior to a full bidding process (see the IEN website at http://ien.idaho.gov). 

Storytime at the mall

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We wanted to share the storytime model that Latah County Library District in Moscow is doing. They collected data showing that families on the west side of town were not as able to come to storytimes at the library because of transportation or other barriers. They created a storytime at a mall on that side of town to provide an opportunity for those families to participate in it.

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January Best Practice of the Month: Flexible Scheduling

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) counts flexible scheduling among best practices for school libraries.  The other scheduling methods include fixed scheduling and mixed scheduling.  Before discussing those options, it is best to set out definitions of the terms:

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Call for Ideas: CSLP Slogans 2017 and Theme 2018

Submit by
January 23, 2015

The CSLP is soliciting ideas from public libraries for:

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IMLS Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries

Got a fabulous idea, but no money to implement? Check out the Sparks! Ignition grants from IMLS! School, public, and non-profit, tax-exempt libraries are eligible for these small grants that range from $10K-25K. Small is a relative term, and these grants are large enough to make a big difference.

ICfL FY2016 Budget Enhancement Request

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As 2015 approaches, the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) is preparing for another year of helping libraries build the capacity to better serve their clientele. The Commission supports Idaho libraries in a variety of ways, by:
• maintaining online resources at LiLI.org available to Idahoans at a huge savings through our statewide contracts.

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Evaluating Your Summer Reading Program

Outputs such as circulation, attendance at programs, or number of participants can tell you how much your program was utilized, but those numbers do not tell you how well your program worked.

E-rate Program Webinars

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Participants in the Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program are invited to join USAC for a series of webinars on various topics over the next few weeks. Each webinar covers different subjects related to the administration of the E-rate program. All events and resources are offered free of charge.