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 The Nexus Newsletter Idaho Library Community
Vol. 4 No. 3  Fall 2011 Issue
online @ your library update
Activities continue with the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) project. Now into the second year of the two-year "online @ your library" project, the majority of Idaho's least connected public libraries have seen connectivity increases from an average of 1.5 Mbps to an average of 11 Mbps. In addition, 485 BTOP-funded computers have been installed in those libraries.
Library news from around the state

Read about recent developments in the Idaho library community

"Maximize Your Job Search" tools
Many job search tools and resources are available from the Idaho Department of Labor at, including the following recent additions:
Scout, an online media encyclopedia
Both Scout, Classroom Edition and Scout, Library Edition will contain an Idaho-specific collection of cataloged videos from IdahoPTV productions. Look for videos on Idaho history, culture, geology, geography, wildlife, government, natural science, and more.
The Commission is pleased to announce that will be the new name and face for Libraries Linking Idaho, previously known as LiLI Databases or LiLI-D. The Commission opted for a new look and name for the statewide online resource in order to reach a wider Idaho audience.
Save the date: Credible Connections workshops
online @ your library announces late-winter workshops for all public libraries.
Credible Connections will be coming to a location near you in late January through mid-March 2012. This will be an opportunity for public libraries (staff and trustees) to connect with a wide range of other local and state agencies. These connections will serve to strengthen the role that libraries play in their communities, especially in regard to community education and workforce development. Check out the Idaho Commission for Libraries’ Events calendar at for the locations near you and watch for more information in the coming weeks. You won't want to miss this event!

College and Career Ready concept
Nearly 5,800 students did not graduate from Idaho's high schools in 2010; the lost lifetime earnings in Idaho for that class of dropouts alone totals over $1.5 billion(1).

Idaho ranks 46th of all states in college completion at 22.3 percent(2).

Nearly 1 in 4 Idaho students fails to graduate from high school with a regular diploma in 4 years(3).

Recent additions to the Commission website

Mid-life adults: Did you know that by 2014, 65% of current library customers will be between 50 and 75 years of age?

ELL @ your library: Part of Idaho Commission for Libraries' vision is for all parents and caregivers to nurture children's early literacy skills and for all children to develop as independent readers and lifelong learners.

Keeping up on library youth services

Want to stay informed about library youth services in Idaho? Check out these sources: ICfL Website.

Summer Reading:
Read to Me:
Tweens and Teens:

Internet filtering—resources for public libraries
Beginning October 1, 2012, all public libraries receiving public money and governed by the provisions of Chapter 26 or Chapter 27 of Title 33 of Idaho Code will need to comply with Idaho Code 33-2741 regarding Internet Use Policies.
National Book Festival
The Commission promoted Idaho's literary heritage at the 11th annual National Book Festival on Saturday, September 24 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. At Idaho's table in the Pavilion, ICfL's Marj Hooper and Teresa Lipus, along with Stephanie Bacon from the Idaho Center for the Book, visited with attendees and distributed information about Idaho authors and how Idaho promotes reading, books, literacy, and libraries.
Talking Book Service (TBS) campaign


The Commission's "Never Stop Reading" campaign to promote the Talking Book Service (TBS), began in October and will run through June 2012. This statewide outreach, intended to provide information about TBS to potential users and their family and friends, features a 30- second public service announcement (PSA) that focuses on the variety of titles available to TBS users. A PSA highlight is that all five people in it are either current or former TBS users.

ICfL Board of Commissioners tours Idaho libraries
Idaho Board of Library Commissioners met for a regularly scheduled meeting on Friday, October 14, 2011 in American Falls after touring the Idaho State University library and the Century High School library in Pocatello—as well as public libraries in McCammon, Lava Hot Springs, Soda Springs, and Malad—on Thursday. The Commissioners toured the American Falls District Library on Friday during the board meeting break.
Idaho Library Association Awards
Congratulations to the following people, who were recognized at the October 6, 2011 Idaho Library Association's Annual Conference Awards Banquet and Ceremony for their contributions to Idaho libraries.
Jump Start program gets the word out
The Jump Start program encourages parents of children registering for kindergarten to "Get a Jump Start on Reading @ Your Library." Participating libraries visit local elementary schools where they provide early literacy packets to parents and a free copy of Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come! by Nancy Carlson to each child during kindergarten registration. Librarians also promote their summer reading programs, story hours, and other local resources.

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In this issue
•  online @ your library update
•  Library news from around the state
•  "Maximize Your Job Search" tools
•  Scout, an online media encyclopedia
•  Reintroducing
•  Save the date: Credible Connections workshops
•  College and Career Ready concept
•  Recent additions to the Commission website
•  Keeping up on library youth services
•  Internet filteringóresources for public libraries
•  National Book Festival
•  Talking Book Service (TBS) campaign
•  ICfL Board of Commissioners tours Idaho libraries
•  Idaho Library Association Awards
•  Jump Start program gets the word out
State Librarian
Ann Joslin

Ann Joslin

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