Blog Posts by sue.walker

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Mid-Life Adult Advisory Committee membership

ICfL's Mid-Life Adult Advisory Committee needs 2-3 public library staff to help develop programming for those 50-65. 

Committee Goal: Create a state-wide initiative for designing, increasing, and/or enhancing services for mid-life adults in publicly funded public libraries throughout the state of Idaho.

 Responsibilities include:

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Why volunteer?

Ever wonder why people volunteer, and more importantly, why they don't?  How about those volunteers who leave a specific volunteer placement? Each year, more than 35% of volunteers drop out of their volunteer placement; many choose not to volunteer in another location.

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Volunteer Contributions

There are a variety of ways to measure the value volunteers add to your library.  If you're trying to gauge financial impact, there are several web tools to help.

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Volunteering: Two Different Perspectives

Two different aspects of the benefits of volunteering are currently posted on the VolunteerMatch website.

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How Innovative are You?

Most of us would respond to that question with "not very" (or possibly "who has time to be innovative?!")  4 Ways to Be More Innovative at Work, a recent Next Avenue  blog by Richard

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Next Avenue: A New Resource for Mid-Life Adults

Adults between the ages of 50-65 years are one of the fastest growing groups in Idaho, and the ICfL is partnering with Idaho Public Television to highlight an online resource to meet their diverse needs: Next Avenue. Twin Cities Public Television developed the site in collaboration with state and national partners and shared&nb

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Summer Reading for Students Unable to Read Standard Print!

Talking Book Service users are encouraged to participate in Summer Reading.

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Community Assessment: What Does Your community Want?

Boise Public Library's Fall 2011 survey to learn more about library service needs in the Boise area is complete and contains  interesting insights into what residents like about the library as well as potential areas for change.  1156 residents completed the survey (893 users and 263 non-users)  

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Be a Voter!!

Voting in the May 15th primary is more complicated than in the past.  Some polling places have changed and regulations for voting in the party primaries have changed.  Secretary of State Ben Ysura shares all the information you need to vote in audio format.  Contact the

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Transforming Life After 50 PLA panel

Idaho was well represented at PLA in Philadelphia.  Sarah Kelley-Chase from Boise Public Library and ICfL's Erica Compton, both fellows in the 2009-2010 Transforming Life After 50 Fellowship, participated in a diverse panel focusing on services to mid-life adults.  Panel members discussed how this and succeeding generations differ from our current perceptions of seniors, how serving t