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College and Career Advising - New Developments

A new initiative mandated by the Idaho State Legislature during the 2016 legislative session is the support for expanded college and career advising in schools. While it focuses on the school districts, there are opportunities for public libraries to participate in the implementation of College and Career Advising.

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TechTalk Available to Idaho Library Staff July 1, 2016

Announcing that as of July 1, Idaho library staff who would like to have a weekly technology-focused e-newsletter may request access to TechTalk! These subscriptions are supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Library Services Technology Act. TechTalk has been creating e-newsletters on technology topics since 1997.

State Librarian Ann Joslin gives Keynote at ILA Region 4 Conference

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State Librarian Ann Joslin gave a well-received keynote address at the Idaho Library Association (ILA) Region 4 Spring Conference on April 15, 2016.

Idaho Financial Education Summit Summary

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by Shirley Biladeau, continuing education consultant

2016 Legislative Session Recap

2016 legislation that may affect ICfL or the Idaho library community includes the bills summarized below. The Idaho Library Association (ILA) was instrumental in building recognition of library staff in education-related bills, and the legislation enables school library staff to be involved in school district reading and literacy improvement plans.

Celebrating Idaho's 2016 "Letters About Literature" Award Winners

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The twelve Idaho students who won at the state level of the 2016 “Letters About Literature” Contest were honored Friday, May 6, during an Awards Luncheon in the Capitol Dining Room of the Statehouse. State Librarian Ann Joslin congratulated the students and thanked them for their thoughtful and heart-felt letters.

LTAI Applications Due May 20

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Idaho public libraries are invited to apply for the 2016-2017 Let’s Talk About It (LTAI) series by completing this  application form. Applying is easy, and libraries work with a community partner to promote and host book discussion sessions.

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2016 CSLP Teen Video Challenge Winners Announced

The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) announced the winners of the 2016 Teen Video Challenge.  The Teen Video Challenge is a national competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library's summer reading program.  Winning videos were selected at the state level to be recognized as an official CSLP Teen Video Challenge winner for 2016.

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Summer Reading PSAs available now

2016 PSA pieces are now available. There are also a numberof PSA pieces featuring Summer Reading Champion Kate DiCamillo to promote summer reading to children or to community leaders.

Talking Book Service in local news

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Karen Lehr, Anchor/Reporter for KIVI 6 On Your Side and KNIN Fox 9, came to Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) on April 29 to do a story on our Talking Books Service and volunteer program. She interviewed ICfL's Volunteer Coordinator Sheila Winther and Regional Talking Book Librarian Sue Walker.