Blog Posts by Teresa.Lipus

SPLAT Corner

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The Special Projects Library Action Team (SPLAT) acts in the “crow’s nest” capacity, searching for innovation, proposing and leading experiments and pilot projects, and discovering new opportunities. SPLAT members pledge to build their own expertise in innovative practices and share their expertise and experiences with their colleagues in the Idaho library community.

Outside the Lines Week

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Outside the Lines is a weeklong celebration—September 13–19, 2015—demonstrating the creativity and innovation in libraries. Whether your organization is large or small, a school library or a public library, you can participate by hosting at least one event or campaign that:

Upcoming Leadership Development Opportunities

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The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) is pleased to announce two leadership development opportunities that will be available for staff working in publicly-funded libraries in Idaho. This is part of the Library Leadership Advisory Committee initiative that has developed since the April 2014 Leadership Training Needs Assessment Summit.

Online Donations to Your Public Library

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Have you thought about collecting donations through your public library website? Here are a couple of options to consider:
- Use your existing payment processor. If you already have an online payment option for collecting fines, your customer rep should be able to provide you with a web interface for adding an online donation option.  

Upcoming Annual Conferences

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  • PNLA 2015 Annual Conference (Pacific Northwest Library Association); “Pushing the Boundaries;” August 5-7; Hilton Vancouver; Vancouver, WA:  REGISTER by July 3, 2015 to save on the registration.

ICfL Grieves Over Passing of Board Member Larry Weeks

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Commissioner Larry Weeks passed away on June 6, 2015. Weeks served on the Idaho Board of Library Commissioners for 19 years and was recently honored for 25 years of volunteering at the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL).

Read to Me Program Receives ICIRA Award

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The Idaho Council of the International Reading Association (ICIRA) recently honored the Idaho Commission for Libraries’ (ICfL) Read to Me program for advancing early literacy statewide. ICIRA officers presented ICfL staff with a check for $500 that will be used to purchase books for Literacy in the Park and other Summer Reading outreach efforts.

More Idaho Schools to Receive Funds to Help Serve Youngest Readers

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Elementary school libraries play a vital role in ensuring that children develop strong literacy skills, starting in the earliest grades. Unfortunately, many Idaho elementary schools haven’t had the resources to allow children in developmental preschool programs, kindergarten, and even first grade to check out books to take home.

Living the Community’s Vision

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by Shirley Biladeau and Teresa Lipus

ICfL Commissioner Honored for 25 Years of Volunteering

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Commissioner Larry Weeks was honored recently for 25 years of volunteering at the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL). During that time, Weeks has narrated local and regional books for the Idaho Talking Book Service, recording 23 books--including a two-volume, 28-hour recording of the History of Idaho, which took over a year to record.