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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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Learning for You: Do This in November

As you look to the month ahead, I bet you have a lot on your plate.  In November, our to do lists start to grow with competing demands for our time and attention. I've heard this time of year referred to as the Bermuda Triangle of the holidays in a number of contexts. A common theme among them is that this is an easy time to forget about our own needs. 

SPLAT Wants You!

SPLAT

The Special Projects Library Action Team (SPLAT), sponsored by the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL), has several openings to fill at the end of 2017. ICfL is currently soliciting applications from individuals working in the Idaho library community to serve a three-year term on SPLAT.

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Do Overdue Fines Short-Change the Library?

Who loves to collect overdue fines from students?  Nobody.  But fines are necessary, aren't they?  And for some school libraries, aren't they a needed revenue stream?  What if collecting the overdue fine costs more than the fine itself?