Blog Posts by Shirley Biladeau

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Community Engagement - Where to Start?

If you have been in the same room as I for any length of time,
you have heard me talk about “community engagement” as an important task for
all library staff and board members to be engaged.  Community engagement is an ongoing commitment
every library director and library board member, should consider incorporating
into in their workflow.  What it will

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Wikipedia’s 2018 #1lib1ref Campaign*

Imagine a World where Every Librarian Adds One More Reference to Wikipedia. If every librarian in the world added one citation to Wikipedia, Wikipedia wouldn't have anymore [citation needed] tags. Libraries are critical allies to Wikipedia’s mission: collecting and disseminating the sum of all knowledge.

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Idaho Libraries as Network Partners in American Job Centers Idaho

Idaho Libraries as Partners with the
American Job Center

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Leadership To Make A Difference Institute - Boise

The Library Leadership Advisory Committee (LiLAC), a collaborative effort between the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho Library Association, will be hosting the second University of Idaho Extension Service Leadership To Make A Difference Institute in Boise on November 9 and 10. The two-day event will be facilitated by Kathee Tifft and Mary Schmidt.

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Live Better Idaho

Live Better Idaho is a collaborative effort among multiple groups, including government agencies, non-profits, faith-based organizations, and other community services creating online access to available services to all Idahoans.  Initiated by the Idaho State Department of Health and Welfare, it provides an avenue for government and non-profit organizations to provide online access to servi

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Trustee Connections Workshops

August 7-11, 2017, the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) hosted four Trustee Connections workshops for public library directors and trustees at sites in Coeur d’Alene, Twin Falls, Rexburg, and Middleton. (Thanks to the respective libraries that provided meeting space for the events.).

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SPLAT 2017 Summer Adventure

The Special Projects Library Action Team (SPLAT) will be visiting 8 Southwest Idaho Libraries on July 27, 2017. These libraries will include the towns of Council, Midvale, New Plymouth, Middleton, Notus, Homedale, Glenns Ferry and Grandview.

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Aspen Institute Colorado Dialogue on Public Libraries

The Colorado Dialog in Denver was a one-day event, fostering conversation among public librarians and representatives from public and private organizations.  Shirley Biladeau, Program Supervisor, Idaho Commission for Libraries, was invited to attend as an observer of the process. The participating attendees represented a wide range of public, private, and government entities.

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ICfL Programs and Services Funded Through LSTA

The following documents provide a summary of the programs and services found in Idaho communities which are funded through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) which is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). 

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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

WIOA (Congressional Act passed in 2014) is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. [https://www.doleta.gov/WIOA/Overview.cfm, Accessed 03/05/17]