Blog Posts by Kevin.Tomlinson

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RIPL 2018 Scholarship Opportunity for Rural and Small Library Staff

RIPL 2018 Scholarship Opportunity for Rural and Small Library Staff:

New: Listserv for Trustees: TruIdaho

TruIdaho is brought to you by the Idaho Library Association

TruIdaho is an e-mail discussion list for the trustees of Idaho's public libraries.  Membership is not limited to trustees, Idaho residents, or ILA members, but the list will be of greatest interest and value to those who are serving as library trustees in Idaho.  TruIdaho is provided by the Idaho Library Association (ILA).  ILA welcomes respectful discussion of professional issu

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Who Is Responsible for Those Who Cannot Be Responsible for Themselves at the Library?

Public libraries endeavor to create a welcoming and safe environment for all.  In order to lay the groundwork for this atmosphere, most libraries have rules of conduct or an acceptable behavior policy.  These policies often do not take into account the fact that the responsibility for the care, safety, and behavior of children and vulnerable adults using the library rests with the par

I wish I could sit and read all day, but I have a column to write

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Public library directors in Idaho are known for their resourcefulness. One of the tools they often make use of is the local or area newspaper. Writing a weekly or monthly newspaper column is an effective — and cost-effective — way of reaching your community and shaping its view of the public library. Reaching out to the community on a regular basis is important for several reasons.