LearnStorm Math Challenge Opens January 29, 2016

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LearnStorm is a free math challenge that celebrates student progress and hustle. Over nine weeks, students in grades 3-12 master math skills to earn rewards for themselves and their school. LearnStorm is powered by Khan Academy, a not-for-profit on a mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. LearnStorm is coming to the state of Idaho with help from the J.A.

March 4, 2016 is Idaho Day!

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In 2014 the Legislature established an official Idaho Day, to be observed each year on March 4 with a proclamation from the governor, ceremonies, programs, and activities to honor Idaho’s heritage. The theme for the second annual Idaho Day, March 4, 2016, is “Idaho Heroes: Past or Present.”

ILA Annual Awards

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(portions of the following info are from the Idaho Library Association (ILA) Conference Program and blog)

Updated Library Laws Manual is Online

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The 2015 edition of the Library Laws Manual is now online. It can also be accessed from the Trustees page (Idaho Library Laws) and the Publications tab. Important changes include new Title 74 (“Transparent and Ethical Government”) and the extension of the expanded income tax credit for charitable deductions.

Public Libraries: Statistical Report Due January 1


Public Libraries: Annual Library Statistical Report is Due January 1!
Due date for report and signed Board Certification page:  January 1, 2016
Available at http://collect.btol.com 
Login ID and Password: same as in previous years

LiLI.org Update

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by Gina Persichini, technology & access services consultant
We are very happy to share some improvements we made to LiLI.org.

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 me know at teresa.lipus@libraries.idaho.gov.

ICfL FY2017 Budget Enhancement Request for STEM Support

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As 2016 approaches, the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) is preparing for another year of helping libraries build the capacity to better serve their clientele. Recently, ICfL’s Board of Library Commissioners submitted budget enhancement requests (requests for new funding) to the State of Idaho Division of Financial Management (DFM) for the next fiscal year, July 2016–June 2017.

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Librarian Superheroes Use Journal Alerts!

It is a little known fact that Barbara Gordon, a.k.a. Batgirl, started her career as a librarian. It's true! Librarians can become superheroes outside Gotham City, too, by providing the right resources and information at the right time. Journal alerts are a great tool for the school librian's utility belt to achieve superhero status at school!

Here is how it works:

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LiLI Databases FY2015 Annual Report

  • 17% increase in use
  • 38 cents per login
  • 295 people trained

The Annual Report of the LiLI Database (LiLI-D) program for Fiscal Year 2015 was recently completed and can be found online at http://libraries.idaho.gov/files/LiLID-AnnualReportFY2015.pdf.