Idaho Commission for LibrariesAddress: 325 W State St., Boise, ID 83702
Phone: (208) 334-2150 | In-State Toll Free: (800) 458-3271
Printed from the Idaho Commission for Libraries website: http://libraries.idaho.gov
A short story: Long ago, a library started working with teens to provide a space, services, and programs for them and their peers. It all proved popular. Library policiies evolved, making the library a comfortable and welcoming third place for teens (and kids, and others who like a comfortable free place to meet and hang out where they aren't expected to buy anything.)
As I am preparing for a Wimba session exploring the Technology Tab on WJ Idaho, I found this article which may be useful for small libraries -- although it is dated 2005, the links are still good and information solid. So if you are having Technology concerns (hardware/software) this may be helpful!
An Excel file of the preliminary FY08 Public Library Statistics is available now. This file is in alphabetical order. Please note that population figures are still from FY2007.
At yesterday's SWILA conference, participants in the Digital Trailer session commented how useful it would be to post their trailers and view those created by others. WebJunction (http://id.webjunction.org/) is a great place to share library related ideas, discussion, and all types of media.
Users can join or create a group on a specific topic and then keep up with information pertinent to that topic, or follow a specific discussion thread. A book discussion group already exists (http://www.webjunction.org/743/resources/overview), or one specific to digtal trailers can be created and others invited to join it. View existing groups and how to create new groups at: http://www.webjunction.org/membercenter and check out "New Groups"
Kudos to the planners and presenters for the 2009 Southwest Idaho Library Association Conference. The well-organized conference offered an abundance of sessions, which made it hard to choose! I loved learning more about technology and social networking, and the awesome ways that librarians are hooking teen readers. It was great to network and meet new people in the library field.
The Idaho Board of Library Commissioners will meet in a regularly scheduled conference call meeting on Friday, April 10, 2009, at 10:00 AM MDT at the Idaho Commission for Libraries.
Agenda items are available from the office of the State Librarian or this web site at: http://libraries.idaho.gov/boarddoc/bymeeting/2009-04-10.
Does your library offer “financial literacy” resources or workshops on topics such as home-buying, foreclosure intervention, debt elimination, loan qualifying, or investing? If so, here is a chance to highlight another valuable service that Idaho libraries provide to their communities:
The Idaho Commission for Libraries will host its first online conference -- Libraries = Learning Organizations --on May 14, 2009 from 9 AM to 12 Noon MDT.
Registration for Libraries=Learning Organizations is now open.