Blog Posts by ann.joslin

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Boundary County Library District Named the Best in the U.S.

The Boundary County Library District (BCLD), in Bonner’s Ferry, was named the best small library in America by Library Journal magazine, the premier publication for the industry.

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Held's Reappointment to ICfL Board Approved by Governor Otter

We are very pleased that Governor Otter has approved the reappointment of John Held for another term to serve on the Board of Commissioners for the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL). John is the 1st Congressional District Representative.

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Meeting with Idaho's Congressional Representatives in Washington, D.C.

Each May, the American Library Association (ALA) encourages state library leaders to visit their congressional representatives in Washington, D.C. during its National Library Legislative Day. The two-day advocacy event is being held May 1-2, 2017.

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ICfL 2016 Highlights Video

The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) assists libraries in building the capacity to better serve their communities.

We produced a highlight video of our 2016 accomplishments that we hope you will take a few minutes to watch.

Perhaps you will get some ideas of ways the ICfL can facilitate the realization of your goals.

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Peer learning from Cape Town, South Africa

I have the great opportunity to be in Cape Town, South Africa to participate in a Peer Learning Meeting sponsored by Global Libraries of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. I'm here with 6 other US state library people as well as librarians, government officials, and non-profits from the numerous countries that have foundation grants for library services.

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ICFL is Awarded BTOP Grant Project

The Commission’s Public Computing Center BTOP project was among the grant awards announced by Vice President Biden today. The grant of $1,907,531 will expand broadband and computing capacity in Idaho’s least connected libraries and expand LiLI online resources statewide for K-12 students and job seekers. Our content partners include the Idaho Department of Labor, Adult Basic Education, Idaho Public Television, and the Idaho Regional Optical Network. Read the press release and official announcement for more details.

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    Public Library Opportunity - imPACt survey

    Idaho public libraries have an opportunity to offer a web survey to their patrons to assess the impact public access computing (PAC) has on their lives and on their communities.

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    Digital TV toolkit for libraries

    From American Libraries Direct (7/9/08):

    The National Association of Broadcasters, with whom the American Library Association has joined as a part of the DTV Transition Coalition, has put together an excellent educational toolkit for librarians. The toolkit includes several useful links and is well worth bookmarking.

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    SL Futures TT Followup

    This is a request to the SL staff members who attended the Futures Think Tank last month. Jan, I’m including you because you are a Steering Committee member, participate in the blog, and attended both northern regional meetings so I’m sure you have some thoughts on this.

    One of my initial responses after the Think Tank was that I wished we had resources (primarily staff time) to get started on several new things. My second thought was that we have some outstanding staff, so what can we stop doing or do differently so that staff can do something new?

    While the futures process isn’t completed yet, I’m curious what you see on the horizon that would be new for us to take on. My intent is to start a discussion based on our collective reactions to the process so far. It’s also opening up the staffing needs discussion even wider before coming back to the already-identified need for more IT and web staff.

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    Futures Reading

    Our Futures reading list is growing (Links and Recommended Reading), but as is often the case, reading "Tomorrow Now" has to compete with today’s deadlines. However, what I have read is permeating my thinking. Suddenly a lot of my normal work/newspaper/magazine reading seems related to our futures discussion.