Transforming Life After 50 Fellowship

Idaho Commission for Libraries, the California State Library, Oregon State Library, and Washington State Library collaborated to offer librarians a year-long Fellowship opportunity funded by a grant from the U.S. Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. The response from Idaho was tremendous and all 17 of our Idaho applicants (listed below) were accepted into the Western Regional Fellowship, Transforming Life After 50:

  • Karri Alderson, Library Clerk, Chubbuck and North Bannock County, Chubbuck
  • Valerie Bame, Children's Librarian, Burley Public Library, Burley
  • Amy Campbell, Library Assistant, Marshall Public Library, Pocatello
  • Erica Compton, Project Coordinator, Idaho Commission for Libraries, Boise
  • Rachel Grimmett, Library Assistant, Snake River School Community Library, Blackfoot
  • Jennifer Hills, Reference Librarian, Twin Falls Public Library, Twin Falls
  • Sarah Kelley-Chase, Librarian, Boise Public Library, Boise
  • Sharon Kimber, Library Director, DeMary Memorial Library, Rupert
  • Rebecca Melton, Assistant Director, Post Falls Public Library, Post Falls
  • Barbara Nolan, Outreach Services Coordinator, Coeur d'Alene Public Library, Coeur d Alene
  • Twylla Rehder, Outreach Coordinator, Kootenai‚ÄźShoshone Area Libraries, Hayden
  • Diane Rice, Reference Librarian/Program Coordinator, Ada Community Library, Boise
  • Heather Stout, Community/Youth Services Librarian, Lewiston Library, Lewiston
  • Janna Streibel, Library Director, Lizard Butte Library, Marsing
  • Edie Waite, Adult Services Librarian, Jerome Public Library, Jerome
  • Sue Walker, Library Consultant, Idaho Commission for Libraries, Boise
  • Julie Woodford, Library Director, Burley Public Library, Burley

The Fellowship was completed as of June 30, 2011 and introduced 93 selected public library professionals from eleven states to a new framework for serving and engaging midlife adults, ages 50+. Fellows re-examinex traditional views on aging and explorex innovative ways in which public libraries can become centers of lifelong learning and civic engagement. The year-long program was funded by a grant from the U.S. Institute for Museum and Library Services, Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.

Fellows will now focus on implementing Transforming Life After 50 (TLA50) approaches in their own libraries, such as implementing locally appropriate programs and engagement strategies; disseminating the TLA50 concepts through professional and public presentations, conferences, and/or contributions to written resource materials; and becoming active members of the TLA50 community of practice by sharing experiences and insights on the TLA50 Ning online community.

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