Blog Posts by Teresa.Lipus

Leadership Training Needs Assessment Summit

Summit participants match target audiences and unmet training needs

by Shirley Biladeau, continuing education consultant

Idaho Core Standards Information

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During the April Info2Go! webinar, Melissa McGrath, Idaho State Department of Education, provided an informative presentation on the Idaho Core Standards and the many resources available to libraries and parents.

Idaho Winners of Letters About Literature 2014

a photo of Parth Kashikar, Boise High and Pam Bradshaw, ICfL

The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) is pleased to announce the Idaho winners of the 2014 “Letters About Literature” contest. Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing promotion coordinated and funded by the Library of Congress Center for the Book.

New Databases

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Beginning July 1, 2014, the LiLI Databases – available at – will include new content from Ebscohost. The two new databases to be added are:

Outside the Lines Week

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Outside the Lines is a weeklong celebration—September 14–20, 2014—demonstrating the creativity and innovation happening 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:

ICfL Continuing Education Grants: What’s New?

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By Shirley Biladeau, ICfL Continuing Education Consultant

Apply for Elementary School Library Mini-Grants: Deadline May 28

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Application Deadline: May 28, 2014

The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) is pleased to announce that applications for the 2014-2015 Elementary School Library Mini-Grants are now available. Grants of $1,000 to $5,000 are available to purchase books to increase access for Idaho’s youngest students.

Notes from ICfL

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Good news: The Governor signed the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) FY2015 appropriation bill (HB 606) on March 26. We are happy to report that ongoing funding for LearningExpress Library has been officially approved.

USDA Rural Development Grants and Loans Available for Small, Rural Libraries

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The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Program has funds in the form of loans and grants available for the development of essential public community facilities in the most financially needy rural communities with a population of up to 20,000. This round of funding will focus on assisting public libraries in our small, rural communities of Idaho.