Blog Posts by Shirley Biladeau

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New! Social Media Kit for Libraries!

Trying to identify the best way to use today's social media is a struggle at best!  If you are feeling a bit left out and wondering where to go -- no worries, you are not alone!

To help ease the confusion and give Idaho libraries a competitive edge, the Idaho Commission for Libraries through its online @ your library project (funded by the Broadband Technology Opportunities Project, Broadband USA), has commissioned the development of a Social Media Kit.

In this kit, you will find information on successfully using Facebook and Pinterist as marketing/media tools.  This will be followed by a Libguide on social media which will expand to other resources such as Twitter and newer tools as they evolve.

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    Info2Go! January 14, 2013

    Introducing a new monthly webinar which provides a platform for you to share your knowledge, connect with other library professionals, and get your questions answered.  Join Idaho library community guest experts from 12:30-1:30 pm MT (11:30-12:30 pm PT) to explore new library trends and services (no registration required ~ all sessions will be archived).  The first one is January 14, 2014 - What's New at LiLI?  Join Gina Persichini in exploring the new facets of Libraries Linking Idaho!  Log in at http://icfl.adobeconnect.com/ce  ~ More information at http://libraries.idaho.gov/freetraining

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      Infopeople and Amigos

      The Idaho Commission for Libraries, through a grant from the Library and Services Technology Act, Institute of Museum and Library Services, is now providing access to Infopeople and Amigos courses for members of the Idaho Library Community.  Read further to find out how to qualify and access the courses:

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      WebJunction Workshops - Spring 2013

      In March and April of 2013, libraries around the state will be hosting WebJunction workshops.  Last spring, WebJunction changed to a new platform for both the content and the courses.  In this two-hour workshop, we will explore the tips and tricks for navigating the two new sites.  Join us if you can!   If your library would like to host a workshop for staff and colleagues from neighboring libraries, please contact Shirley Biladeau at shirley.biladeau@libraries.idaho.gov to check on available dates.  More information at http://libraries.idaho.gov/freetraining

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        Credible Connections - A Rousing Success!

        This week saw the beginning of Credible Connections - a networking opportunity for all libraries and rave reviews are rolling in!  These 2-hour networking sesions in Mountain Home, Hailey, Burley, Twin Falls and Buhl enabled representatives from libraries, Department of Labor, Adult Basic Education, economic development groups and local interested community members to discover the vast array of resources and develop a connection for the next successful partnership to strengthen their communities.

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        Credible Connections – An Outreach Opportunity

        What are the burning issues in your community?  Economic Development?  Jobs?  Education?   The Idaho Commission for Libraries through its online @ your library grant project and in collaboration with Idaho Department of Labor and Adult Basic Education/PTE will be hosting a 2-hour networking session in a community near you to connect with individuals who have resources to address those burning issues.  Join in the conversation and get connected with the resources that will make a difference for your library, your community. 

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        Training Resources

        I attended Training Program Curricula' on Public Access Technology Community webinar today ~ which I found very informative. Club Digital, TEAL and DigitalLiteracy.gov are three resources I would encourage all Idaho libraries to review and and use as training tools, either for staff or for patrons.

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        Did You Know!? 6

        Library Conferences is a list of annual meetings/conferences that you might consider as part of your continuing education plan. As a Idaho library employee you may be eligible to apply for LSTA grant funds to assist in your attendance at a national or regional conference.

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        Did You Know!? 5

        WebJunction Idaho is made available to all publicly-funded library staff throughout our great state of Idaho.  Here you will find a wealth of self-directed learning resources, from library management and technology, to collection development, technical services and reference.  This resource is brought to you through a grant from

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        Did You Know!? 4

        Did you know competencies as related to library jobs have been compiled by several entities -- these lists are available at http://libraries.idaho.gov/page/competencies.  What is a competency? That is the skill and/or knowledge needed to successfully complete the workflow of an individual position.