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.

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December Best Practice of the Month: Subject Guides

A subject guide is a set of resources designed to help patrons fully research and explore a topic. Since the patrons of a school library are teachers and students, it is best to keep both audiences in mind when creating one.

Notes from ICfL

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Ann Joslin’s 35 Years of Service

Library News From Around the State

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Find out what is happening in Idaho libraries. Do you have news about your library that you’d like to share in an upcoming Nexus e-newsletter? Please let Teresa Lipus know at teresa.lipus@libraries.idaho.gov.

ILA 2014 Annual Conference and Awards

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The 2014 Idaho Library Association (ILA) Annual Conference, “Riding the River of Change,” offered something for everyone, with workshops, business meetings, a legislative panel, presentations, a welcome and “year in review” from State Librarian Ann Joslin (see the ICfL blog), and an awards banquet.

Letters about Literature Contest Reminder

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The Idaho Commission for Libraries is again sponsoring the Letters About Literature writing competition for Idaho. The annual competition is coordinated and funded by the Library of Congress Center for the Book. Students write a personal letter to an author explaining how his or her work changed their perspective on the world. There are three competition levels:

All About the Surveys

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By Gina Persichini, Patrick Bodily, and Shirley Biladeau, ICfL Consultants

Libraries Inspiring Libraries

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The Inspiration: In October, the Idaho Board of Library Commissioners toured seven libraries in southwest Idaho.