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.

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Got Plans the Week of Dec. 7th - 13th? Participate in the Largest Learning Event in History!

Register your Hour of Code event and learn to code with the likes of Minecraft, Star Wars, Frozen, Flappy Bird, and more - there is something for everyone and kids of all ages!  Plus, your event will be registered on the Global Map, and educators are eligible for prizes!

Commissioner from SW Idaho Appointed to ICfL Board

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Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) is pleased to announce that Mark Alldredge, a Boise certified public accountant, has been appointed by the Governor’s Office to the Board of Library Commissioners for a five-year term ending June 30, 2019.

ICfL Volunteer Coordinator Wins 2015 Excellence in Volunteer Management Award

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Idaho Commission for Libraries' volunteer coordinator, Sheila Winther, has been awarded the Southwest Idaho Directors of Volunteer Services (SWIDOVS) 2015 “Excellence in Volunteer Management” Award! This award recognizes volunteer administrators for their outstanding contributions to the profession and for their promotion of quality volunteer experiences in Idaho.

Teen Read Week activities

School and public libraries celebrated Teen Read Week during October with a variety of activities and events.  Some libraries built on YALSA's "Get Away @ your library" theme by challenging teens to share their dream get away from a book in any media they found appropriate.  Teens submitted their ideas via Facebook, PowerPoint, sculpture, and videos.  All of the  submis

The Big Read accepting applications until January 27, 2016

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Books have the power to bring communities together and ignite conversations. The Big Read is now accepting applications for its 2016-17 grant program, which will award 75 organizations grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000. Applications are being accepted from nonprofit organizations to develop community-wide reading programs—to be held between September 2016 and June 2017.

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PD and Jammies Can Happen at the Same Time - No Travel Required

Finding school library-specific professional development (PD) can be hard to manage. The big conferences and formal courses are expensive and most involve travel.  To further complicate the matter, getting time away from school, arranging a substitute (if that's an option), and myriad other obstacles make this best practice not practicable for many school librarians.