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Pew survey finds Millennials have highest use of public libraries

A new study from the Pew Research Center shows a side of the generation that might surprise some people: It’s the generation most likely to use public libraries. The survey found that 53 percent of Millennials (ages 18 to 35) had used a public library or traveling bookmobile library center in the past year.

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Held's Reappointment to ICfL Board Approved by Governor Otter

We are very pleased that Governor Otter has approved the reappointment of John Held for another term to serve on the Board of Commissioners for the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL). John is the 1st Congressional District Representative.

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Order 2018 CSLP Summer Reading Program Manuals and Posters Now

A program manual for the 2018 Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) summer reading themes will be provided to each public library by the Idaho Commission for Libraries at no cost to your library. Manuals will be shipped to each library/branch in Fall 2017. The 2018 slogan for ALL ages is "Libraries Rock!" and the theme is music.

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SPLAT 2017 Summer Adventure

The Special Projects Library Action Team (SPLAT) will be visiting 8 Southwest Idaho Libraries on July 27, 2017. These libraries will include the towns of Council, Midvale, New Plymouth, Middleton, Notus, Homedale, Glenns Ferry and Grandview.

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Aspen Institute Colorado Dialogue on Public Libraries

The Colorado Dialog in Denver was a one-day event, fostering conversation among public librarians and representatives from public and private organizations.  Shirley Biladeau, Program Supervisor, Idaho Commission for Libraries, was invited to attend as an observer of the process. The participating attendees represented a wide range of public, private, and government entities.

Summer Reading Public Service Announcements (PSAs) Available Now

2017 PSAs promoting summer reading are available from the CSLP website for your use and distribution: www.cslpreads.org/2017-psas.

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Summer Reading for Everyone

Idaho's libraries have wonderful Summer Reading programs for the children, tweens, and teens in their communities.

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ICfL Programs and Services Funded Through LSTA

The following documents provide a summary of the programs and services found in Idaho communities which are funded through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) which is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). 

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Meeting with Idaho's Congressional Representatives in Washington, D.C.

Each May, the American Library Association (ALA) encourages state library leaders to visit their congressional representatives in Washington, D.C. during its National Library Legislative Day. The two-day advocacy event is being held May 1-2, 2017.

Summer STEM from Your Library Coordinator needed

Do you love working with kids, being outdoors in the summer, and all things related to STEM? If so, this temporary summer position might be perfect for you!

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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

WIOA (Congressional Act passed in 2014) is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. [https://www.doleta.gov/WIOA/Overview.cfm, Accessed 03/05/17]

Summary of 2017 Public Library Directors' Summit

The 2017 Public Library Directors' Summit was held on March 2 and 3 at the Red Lion Downtowner Hotel in Boise, Idaho. Fifty-one public library directors gathered for two days of focusing on re-thinking libraries and connecting with current library trends. Phil Eastman, Leadership Advisors, Inc., served as facilitator as well as led a discussion on leadership-driven strategic planning.

August 2017 - Trustee Connections Events

The Idaho Commission for Libraries will host Trustee Connections events for public library directors and trustees during the week of August 7 at four sites throughout the state of Idaho: Coeur d'Alene Public Library, Middleton Public Library, Twin Falls Public Library and Madison Library District in Rexburg.

ICfL offers grants for STEM summer learning-2017

The Idaho Commission for Libraries is happy to annouce a new grant opportunity for STEM learning this summer. 

National Library Week Is Here! Don't Forget Your Snapshot Day.

Idaho Snapshot Day 2017

National Library Week is April 9 - 15, 2017. First observed in 1958, National Library Week is a campaign sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country. Each April, the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians are celebrated and library use is promoted. All types of libraries -- school, public, academic, and special -- participate.

Happy 10th Birthday - SPLAT!

Happy Birthday to the Special Projects Library Action Team (SPLAT)! This summer marks the tenth year that the Idaho Commission for Libraries-sponsored group has been working throughout the Idaho library community.

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Registration for Summer Summit 2017 for School Librarians is now open!

Idaho School Librarians:  This year's Summer Summit for School Librarians will be July 18th-20th at the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel and Event Center in Fort Hall, outside Pocatello.  This 3-day summit is open to any school librarian from a publicly funded Idaho school.  Our guest speaker this year is Nikki D.

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ICfL Hiring Continuing Education Library Consultant for Boise Office

The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) is recruiting for a Continuing Education Consultant, to be based in its Boise, Idaho office. For information about the position and to apply, please visit:

Get to Know: Explora for Public Libraries

Take some time this month to Get To Know Explora for Public Libraries.  The LiLI installation of Explora is designed to be our one-stop-shop for database searching. That is to say, every database we CAN link to it, IS linked to it. So you won't be able to search all our databases at one time, but you can search most of them.

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ICfL Hiring Library Consultant for Northern Idaho Field Office

The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) is recruiting for a Library Consultant, to be based in its northern Idaho field office. For more information about the position and to apply, please visit:

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Libraries Impacting Economic Development

At a recent event I had the chance to talk with a number of library staff about their role in economic development. Have you ever taken a few minutes to think about all the library does for the local economy? I want to share a few examples of this, but let’s do it with a quiz. How many of these questions can you answer with a “yes”?

Get to Know: NoveList Plus!

Whether your patron is looking for a fiction or a non-fiction reading recommendation, NoveList Plus is there for you.

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Funding for Broadband Construction Available

The mechanism to partially fund the construction costs of bringing broadband Internet service to school and public libraries in Idaho is in place – and could reduce libraries’ cost to zero.

Known as BIIG, the broadband infrastructure improvement grant fund, was passed by the Idaho State Legislature in 2016, as Title 33, Chapter 910.