Blog Posts by Teresa.Lipus

Library News From Around the State

Cindy Bigler (L), Trustee Cora Caldwell (C), and Pat Hamilton (R) from Gooding

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Continuing the FY14 LEL Subscription

The Idaho Commission for Libraries recently mailed a letter to public, academic, and school libraries requesting voluntary contributions to cover a gap in the statewide subscription to LearningExpress Library (LEL). Since November 2010, Idahoans have had access to LEL through a statewide license as part of the “online @ your library” project.

Book a guided “Capitol of Light” Virtual Tour for your library!

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In an effort to provide all students and residents of Idaho with the ability to attend a Capitol Tour, the Idaho Legislative Services Office (LSO) and Idaho Public Television TV (IdahoPTV) have produced a Virtual Capitol Tour based on the current Idaho Capitol tour program that the LSO has been operating for many years.

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Libraries Super Wi-Fi Pilot

For those interested in the Libraries Super Wi-Fi Pilot being organized by the Gigabit Libraries Network, below is some information.

U.S. Bank Foundation supports "Let's Talk About It" program

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The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) and the Idaho Humanities Council (IHC) thank U.S. Bank Foundation for its support of the 2013-2014 season of Let's Talk About It (LTAI), the library reading and discussion program that brings people together with scholars in mostly rural community libraries for discussions of books exploring a variety of themes. U.S.

Commissioner from Northern Idaho Appointed to ICfL Board

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Pat Raffee, Kootenai County Chief Deputy Clerk, has been appointed by the Governor’s Office to the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) Board of Library Commissioners for a five-year term ending June 30, 2018. A lifelong library user, Raffee has served local libraries as a volunteer; as a Friend of the Library; and as co-founder, secretary, and current president of the Post Falls

Changing of the Guard in Gooding

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On Friday May 31, 2013, Gooding Public Library Director Pat Hamilton worked her last day at the library and handed the keys over to the new director, Cindy Bigler.

Innovation Award Presented to CdA Library Staff for First Books Work

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The Coeur d’Alene Public Library received the Edward Zigler Innovation Award presented by their area Head Start at a ceremony Thursday, May30.

This award reflects the innovation and determination of the person many consider to be the father of Head Start. Since Head Start's inception in 1965, Dr. Zigler has played a central role in the ongoing development of the program design.

Tel-A-Claim for unemployment insurance to be discontinued July 21, 2013

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The Idaho Department of Labor is discontinuing the option to call in to file weekly unemployment claims, effective July 21, 2013. After that, filing online using the Internet will be the only reporting method available. Below are links to “Tel-A-Claim Discontinued” flyers and posters you can post in your library to inform your library users who may come in to file a claim online.