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AASL National School Library Standards - Where to Start?

Sometimes when a new set of standards is introduced, it is difficult to know where to start, how to apply them, and how a set of standards fits with existing curriculum and everyday practice.  Luckily, there are some helpful tools included in AASL’s new National School Library Standards to help us unpack the standards and start using them in the most useful way.

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Community Engagement - Where to Start?

If you have been in the same room as I for any length of time,you have heard me talk about “community engagement” as an important task for all library staff and board members to be engaged. Community engagement is an ongoing commitment every library director and library board member, should consider incorporating into in their workflow.

Summer STEM from your Library

Are you ready to start thinking about Summer Fun?
Have you
been dreaming about a STEMazing summer of learning?
We are here to help!

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Legislative Outreach Tips by State Librarian Ann Joslin

The American Library Association (ALA) recently invited me to contribute a piece about legislative outreach, which was placed in ALA’s magazine, American Libraries.

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Wikipedia’s 2018 #1lib1ref Campaign*

Imagine a World where Every Librarian Adds One More Reference to Wikipedia. If every librarian in the world added one citation to Wikipedia, Wikipedia wouldn't have anymore [citation needed] tags. Libraries are critical allies to Wikipedia’s mission: collecting and disseminating the sum of all knowledge.

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The 2018-2019 Mini-Grant Application Window is Open!

Over the past six years, the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) has funded mini-grants to 121 Idaho elementary school libraries, who then increased access to books for their youngest students. This year, ICfL is pleased to add a School Library Access (SLA) Mini-Grant to support older elementary students, as well. 

Meet Idaho’s State Archivist David Matte

David Matte

David Matte enjoys the challenges of managing the Idaho State Archives and serving on the Leadership Team of the Idaho State Historical Society, an extraordinary system of cultural and historic resources comprised of the Idaho State Museum, Idaho State Archives, Idaho State Historic Preservation Office, the Old Idaho Penitentiary and Historic Sites Program.  The Idaho State Archives (ISA)

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EatPlayGrow™ - Micro-Grant now open!

We’ve sweetened the pot to encourage Idaho public library staff to apply for the final year of the EatPlayGrow™ program. Your library can receive up to $500 to support health programming efforts aimed at preschoolers and their parents. Applications for this micro-grant program are open now through January 10, 2018.

Apply Now for Bright Futures Summer Outreach Programs

The Commission is now accepting applications for Bright Futures Summer Outreach Programs. These opportunities are designed to reach more children with library summer reading programs, especially those considered "underserved." Each program is designed to achieve specific outcomes and participating libraries mus report results in the ICfL annual summer reading programs report.'s picture

Read to Me Rendezvous 2017: Idaho Libraries Rocked!

Approximately 80 public and school library staff attended the Read to Me Rendezvous on November 2 – 3, 2017 in Boise. Because there are so many new faces in the Idaho library community, the Read to Me staff wanted to create an agenda that would benefit the wide-range of experience currently existing among those who serve children, especially pre- and beginning readers.