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The Idaho Early Years Conference is a two-day statewide conference for early childhood educators, practitioners, parents, library staff, and library trustees. This year the conference is scheduled for November 15-16, 2016 and will be held at The Riverside Hotel in Boise. There are two options for assistance:
Idaho library staff are invited to attend a day of free training hosted by ICfL’s Read to Me program and the Meridian Library District on September 13, 2016.
Sandpoint, Idaho – The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) Talking Book Service (TBS) recently presented its Postal Carrier of the Year Recognition for 2015 to Postal Carrier Vicky Shilling, of the Ponderay Post Office in Ponderay, Idaho.
BOISE, ID – The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) awarded $200,000 to 47 elementary schools throughout Idaho for the purchase of books to serve students pre-kindergarten through first grade and to allow five schools to open their libraries during the summer. The funds were in the form of mini-grants, for amounts between $1,000 and $5,000, each.
On December 15, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which will replace No Child Left Behind (NCLB) effective July 1, 2017. Why is this a big deal for school libraries? Because it is the first time in years that school libraries and school librarians have been mentioned in education legislation. In ESSA they are mentioned a number of times.
A meeting of the Idaho Board of Library Commissioners will be held on Friday, August 26, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. MDT at the Idaho Commission for Libraries, 325 W. State Street, Boise, ID 83702, in the Table Rock Conference Room on the main floor.
The Idaho Board of Library Commissioners visited seven libraries in southeast Idaho in April. The Board tours libraries annually, choosing a different area of the state each year.
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Bruneau Valley District Library welcomed new director Michelle Ward in mid-June.
The 2016 Idaho Legislature passed the Education Opportunity Resource (EOR) Act (SB 1334), which makes available state resources to support Idaho’s E-rate eligible entities—including public libraries. This support includes guidance on technical, E-rate, security, contracting, and procurement practices as w
Idaho Commission for Libraries is happy to announce that we have secured funding to extend the subscription to TumbleBooks™ talking picture books for all publicly-funded public libraries.
by Shirley Biladeau continuing education consultant
The FY15 Idaho Public Library Statistics are available in Excel and PDF formats on the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) website at libraries.idaho.gov/stats.
The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) is pleased to welcome Jenner Flowers as our new technical records specialist. She will help ICfL comply with state records regulations and work with the state data coordinator to gather and compile data for the annual public library statistics.
I Love My Librarian Award
Idaho Commission for Libraries Talking Book Service consultant Sue Walker received the first “Jan and Harry Gawith Award” at the National Federation of the Blind’s Idaho state chapter meeting in April. Jan and Harry Gawith are long-time members and active supporters of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) at both the state and national levels.
The Collection: eBooks for Library Staff has grown with the addition of over 40 new titles.
The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) Board of Library Commissioners is seeking applicants for a term on the Board running through June 30, 2021. A resident from Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District is being sought. Deadline for application is June 27, 2016.
A new initiative mandated by the Idaho State Legislature during the 2016 legislative session is the support for expanded college and career advising in schools. While it focuses on the school districts, there are opportunities for public libraries to participate in the implementation of College and Career Advising.
Announcing that as of July 1, Idaho library staff who would like to have a weekly technology-focused e-newsletter may request access to TechTalk! These subscriptions are supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Library Services Technology Act. TechTalk has been creating e-newsletters on technology topics since 1997.
by Shirley Biladeau, continuing education consultant
2016 legislation that may affect ICfL or the Idaho library community includes the bills summarized below. The Idaho Library Association (ILA) was instrumental in building recognition of library staff in education-related bills, and the legislation enables school library staff to be involved in school district reading and literacy improvement plans.
The twelve Idaho students who won at the state level of the 2016 “Letters About Literature” Contest were honored Friday, May 6, during an Awards Luncheon in the Capitol Dining Room of the Statehouse. State Librarian Ann Joslin congratulated the students and thanked them for their thoughtful and heart-felt letters.
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