Nominations Sought for LSTA Advisory Council

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The Idaho Board of Library Commissioners is seeking nominations for two seats on the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Advisory Council. These positions include the Eastern Idaho Public Library seat and one At Large Member seat.

Incumbents are seeking reappointment for both seats. Appointments become effective July 1, 2013 and run through June of 2018.

When the Eastern Idaho Public Library seat became vacant a year ago, Cindy Erickson, the director at Soda Springs Public Library was appointed to complete the remainder of the term. Currently, she is seeking the full term appointment for this seat.

Lisa Zeiter, director of the Garden City Public Library, is seeking reappointment for the At Large Member seat. Candidates eligible to apply for this seat may be from any type of library (public, school, academic, or special) from southern, south/central, or eastern Idaho.

The LSTA Advisory Council is appointed by the Board of Library Commissioners in accordance with the Library Services and Technology Act, P.L. 104-208. The Council broadly represents the library community and library users, and serves to advise the Board on the development of the state plan for the Library Services and Technology Act, the annual LSTA program, and evaluation of LSTA grant applications and projects. The Board of Library Commissioners may also seek Council advice on other matters related to library services.

Council members, both individually and as a group, are expected to advocate for the improvement of library services in Idaho. Individual members may also be asked to represent the Council’s interest on other Commission-appointed advisory groups. More information about the Council is available at http://libraries.idaho.gov/page/advisory-council or by contacting Marj Hooper at marj.hooper@libraries.idaho.gov, 208-334-2150 for local area Boise calls, or toll free 1-800-458-3271.

The LSTA Advisory Council meets once a year in Boise for two days; additional input is solicited as needed via conference call or e-mail. Members are reimbursed for travel expenses.

Individuals interested in applying should send a letter to Ann Joslin, State Librarian, ann.joslin@libraries.idaho.gov describing his or her interest in and experience with libraries. When sending an email notice of interest, please also include a mailing address and phone number where you may be reached. Letters may also be sent to: 325 W. State St., Boise, ID, 83702.

Council members are appointed for terms of five state fiscal years (July-June). Appointments are scheduled to be made at the June 7, 2013 Board of Commissioners meeting.

All letters must be received at the Idaho Commission for Libraries by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 13, 2013.