Blog Posts by Teresa.Lipus

LearningExpress Library 3.0 and GED® Content Now Available

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Thanks to the commitment of 41 Idaho libraries, the current LearningExpress Library (LEL) subscription is in place through June 30, 2014. The Governor has recommended ongoing funding for the LEL statewide license.

SWIM Graduates: Where are They Now?

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In 2010, four states—South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana (SWIM)—collaborated to provide education scholarships for librarians and library media specialists to work in the region’s rural communities through the SWIM Regional Collaborative Library Education Project.

Your Health Idaho: updated fact sheets and upcoming events

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Open enrollment to apply for insurance in Idaho is open until March 31, 2014.

Declaring the Right to Libraries

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The American Library Association and ALA President Barbara Stripling have created a great way to support America’s right to libraries. The Office of Library Advocacy launched an online declaration in October.

Library News From Around the State

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Find out what is happening in Idaho libraries. Do you have news about your library that you’d like to share in an upcoming Nexus e-newsletter? Please let Teresa Lipus know at

ILA 2013 Annual Conference and Awards

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The 2013 Idaho Library Association (ILA) Annual Conference, “Idaho Libraries: Making Our Mark,” offered something for everyone, with workshops, business meetings, panels, presentations and a banquet.

Congratulations to the following people, who were recognized at the 2013 Awards Banquet and Ceremony for their contributions to Idaho libraries:

Letters About Literature Deadline Approaching!

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The Deadline for Level 3 (Grades 9-12) submissions for Letters About Literature was December 10, but there is still time to enter Level 1 (Grades 4-6) and Level 2 (Grades 7 & 8).

Help Promote TumbleBooks™ and

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By Erica Compton, Project Coordinator

A recent survey aimed at parents of Idaho preschoolers who are participating in the Books to Go program found that very few are aware of two new resources available to their families. We are pretty excited about both of these great services and want you to be too!

Information about Idaho Core Standards

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Do some of your library users, especially parents, wonder what the Idaho Core Standards are all about? The Idaho State Department of Education has a parent brochure available with a high-level overview of the Idaho Core Standards. The electronic version is also available online at:

Grant Writing USA Workshops at ICfL

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by Kristina Taylor, grants/contracts officer

Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) recently hosted two grant workshops offered by Grant Writing USA at our Boise office. Library staff from around the state; ICfL employees; and other state, county, and city employees who work with grants were invited to attend.