online @ your library update

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The Idaho Commission for Libraries’ (ICfL) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) project, “online @ your library,” is in its second year. In 55 of Idaho’s least connected public libraries, Internet connectivity is up from an average of 1.5 Mbps to an average of 11 Mbps, with 530 new computers installed to date.
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How do we learn what our community wants?

 How do we learn what our community wants?  Many times I find myself assuming that I know my own community, so surely I know what we want.  It seems like just about every time I say, “I know my community,” I only get it partially correct.  In the fall of 2010, I had an outstanding opportunity at the “Transforming Life After 50” fellowship to learn the tools necessary to cond

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Pump Up your Volunteer Program

ICfL recently signed a one year contract with VolunteerMatch and began plans for a statewide initiative to increase the use of volunteers in Idaho's public libraries.  The initiative begins with a pilot project of up to 30 libraries who will receive training in developing volunteer programs and using VolunteerMatch's database to recruit volunteers to help meet their needs.  In additio

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How Healthy Is Your Brain?!

Piggybacking on Rebecca Melton's earlier blog, Dr.

Encore Careers

I have been a bit nostalgic lately, thinking fondly about the TLA50 Fellowship experience in Portland and the wealth of information disseminated. I remember being very impressed with the presentation that Judy Groggin of Encore Careers gave and so I revisited their site.

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Dr. Laura Carstenen, Stanford Center on Longevity TedTalk

Dr. Laura Carstensen Director of the Stanford Center on Longevity spoke at the Transforming Life After 50 Fellowship in Portland. Her presentation was one of my favorites of the two day event. I have tried to follow her periodically to keep current on what she and other researchers are doing in the field of longevity. Today I came across this TedTalk event that Dr.

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Volunteer webinar

I participated in a fantastic webinar on the changing face of volunteers today.  The presenter was Jill Fixler, a long time Volunteer Coordinator and consultant.  I was surprised to learn Idaho ranks really high in both the percentage of persons who volunteer (34%) and the average number of hours volunteered.  Jill provided wonderful insights into how volunteers can be used

Idaho Youth Corps/ Digital Literacy Coach program open to all public libraries in 2012

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The  Idaho Youth Corps (IYC)/ Digital Literacy Coach program is open to all Idaho public libraries this year.

100% of the wages for your IYC Digital Literacy Coache(s) will be paid for with Idaho Department of Labor Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funds and Idaho Commission for Libraries BTOP funds!