Blog Posts by Shirley Biladeau

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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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    Make Credible Connections

    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.

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    Did You Know!? 3

    Did you know that ICfL provides a wealth of professional development opportunities for Idaho library staff?  Regardless of your learning goals -- there is something for you.  Don't know where to start?  Take a look at the CE Guide for tips on where to start depending on your current level of expertise!

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    Did You Know!? 2

    Alternative Basic Library Education is a series of 12 online, self-directed courses that cover Collection Development, Technical Services, and Public Services.  This is perfect for anyone who is even remotely interested in entering the world of librarianship!  Designed to meet the information needs of individuals who h