Blog Posts by Teresa.Lipus

IMLS Study: Use of Small and Rural Libraries Grows in the Digital Age

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Rural and small public libraries in the United States are community anchors, providing critical services and resources to meet a variety of local needs.

Celebrating Idaho’s Literary Heritage at the National Book Festival in D.C.

Marj Hooper, Idaho’s associate state librarian and Susan Hildreth, IMLS director

The Idaho Commission for Libraries celebrated Idaho’s literary heritage at the 13th annual National Book Festival. The Festival, sponsored by the Library of Congress, was held Saturday and Sunday, September 21‒22, 2013 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. An estimated 200,000 attendees explored the Festival, which featured authors, poets, illustrators, and a variety of pavilions. The U.S.

Participating in Digital Inclusion Survey

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We encourage all public libraries to participate in the new Digital Inclusion Survey at, which is available through November 15, 2013.

Idaho Maker Movement Garnering Global Attention

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Makerspaces have been launched in five public libraries across the state through “Make It at the Library,” a pilot project implemented in 2012‒2013 by the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL).

Libraries Helping Users With Health Information Needs

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There are many opportunities for libraries to help users with their health information needs. Libraries have long been a source to learn about health topics.

Idaho Public Library Statistics FY2012 Now Available

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The Idaho Commission for Libraries annually releases Idaho Public Library Statistics, a compilation of statistical data from all publicly-funded Idaho public libraries.

2014-15 Let’s Talk About It Program

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Sixteen libraries were selected to participate the 2013-2014 Let’s Talk About It (LTAI) series and were provided book copies and theme materials for use in the program. Each library also provided a $100 match paid by the library, its community partner, or friends of the library.

ILA Annual Pre-Conferences 2013

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The 2013 Idaho Library Association (ILA) Annual Conference will be held October 2–4, 2013 at the Nampa Civic Center in Nampa. The conference is a great way to attend relevant workshops and network with peers.

Pre-conferences on Wednesday, October 2, include:

Guided Virtual Tour of Capitol for Libraries

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To provide more students and residents of Idaho the opportunity to participate in a Capitol Tour, the Idaho Legislative Services Office (LSO) and Idaho Public Television (IdahoPTV) produced a Virtual Capitol Tour based on the current tour program that the LSO operates.

Idaho Elementary Schools Receive Funds to Help Serve Youngest Students

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by Stephanie Bailey-White, reading programs coordinator