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By Gina Persichini, Technology & Access Services Consultant has seen a lot of changes this year. Here is a recap of new content, and information about what you might see for the LiLI Portal in the near future:

Publications Available from Office of Attorney General

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The Office of the Attorney General recently published several manuals of interest to public libraries:

Registration open for Labor's 2015 Career Development Workshops

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Idaho’s Career Development Workshop tour will start Sept. 23 in northern Idaho and conclude on Oct. 16 in Nampa.  Session choices include an overview of PTE SkillStack and Advanced Opportunities, Basic CIS and CIS Portfolio Use and Administration, and College Planning with Next Steps Idaho.

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Is Your Library's Web Presence Making the Grade?

“Google had always been around….”
“Email is formal communication…”
“WiFi is an expectation…”

SPLAT Summer Adventure 2015

The 2015 SPLAT Summer Adventure is in the history books! "What is a SPLAT Summer Adventure?" you might be asking yourself.

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Meeting Notice - Board of Library Commissioners

A conference call meeting of the Idaho Board of Library Commissioners will be held on Friday, August 14, 2015 at 10:00 AM MDT. The meeting may also be attended at the Idaho Commission for Libraries, 325 W. State Street, Boise, ID 83702, in the Table Rock Conference Room on the main floor.

Share your thoughts about ICfL's Overview video

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The Idaho Commission for Libraries recently put together an overview of the State of the State’s Libraries. Commission staff members encourage public library trustees, directors, and library staff to view this 17-minute video and provide some feedback so we can see if video presentations are a tool that you find useful.

Call for Nominations: 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

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The Institute of Museum and Library Services is now accepting nominations for the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service award, which recognizes libraries and museums that make significant and exceptional contributions in service to their communities.

ICfL Closed July 16 for Staff Development

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Idaho Commission for Libraries will be closed on Thursday, July 16, for staff development. We will reopen Friday for our usual hours.

    Host a WATCH PARTY for July 13 "White House Conference on Aging"

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    Recently, the White House announced the 2015 White House Conference on Aging to be held July 13. This event occurs only once every 10 years.

    July 1 Changes to Idaho Code

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    Effective July 1, 2015:

    Title 74:  Transparent and Ethical Government takes effect.  The link to this new title is now live.

    ICfL wins May in Motion Platinum Level Award

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    This year, after a "May in Motion" month of busing, biking, ride-sharing, and walking, Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) earned the Platinum Level Alternative Transportation Champions award! Criteria for reaching the Platinum level are:
    1. Five smart transportation incentives and subsidies

    Library News From Around the State

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    Find out what is happening in Idaho libraries. Do you have news about your library that you’d like to share in an upcoming Nexus e-newsletter? Please let me know at

    Idaho Library Snapshot Day 2015 Results

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    In April 2015, during National Library Week, Idaho libraries from around the state tracked their activities with statistics and photos, creating a snapshot of a day in the life of Idaho libraries and capturing the impact they have on their communities.

    Living the Community’s Vision: A Summary

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    by Shirley Biladeau and Teresa Lipus   (Full article is posted at

    SPLAT Corner

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    The Special Projects Library Action Team (SPLAT) acts in the “crow’s nest” capacity, searching for innovation, proposing and leading experiments and pilot projects, and discovering new opportunities. SPLAT members pledge to build their own expertise in innovative practices and share their expertise and experiences with their colleagues in the Idaho library community.

    Outside the Lines Week

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    Outside the Lines is a weeklong celebration—September 13–19, 2015—demonstrating the creativity and innovation 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:

    Upcoming Leadership Development Opportunities

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    The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) is pleased to announce two leadership development opportunities that will be available for staff working in publicly-funded libraries in Idaho. This is part of the Library Leadership Advisory Committee initiative that has developed since the April 2014 Leadership Training Needs Assessment Summit.

    Online Donations to Your Public Library

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    Have you thought about collecting donations through your public library website? Here are a couple of options to consider:
    - Use your existing payment processor. If you already have an online payment option for collecting fines, your customer rep should be able to provide you with a web interface for adding an online donation option.  

    Upcoming Annual Conferences

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    • PNLA 2015 Annual Conference (Pacific Northwest Library Association); “Pushing the Boundaries;” August 5-7; Hilton Vancouver; Vancouver, WA:  REGISTER by July 3, 2015 to save on the registration.

    ICfL Grieves Over Passing of Board Member Larry Weeks

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    Commissioner Larry Weeks passed away on June 6, 2015. Weeks served on the Idaho Board of Library Commissioners for 19 years and was recently honored for 25 years of volunteering at the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL).

    Read to Me Program Receives ICIRA Award

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    The Idaho Council of the International Reading Association (ICIRA) recently honored the Idaho Commission for Libraries’ (ICfL) Read to Me program for advancing early literacy statewide. ICIRA officers presented ICfL staff with a check for $500 that will be used to purchase books for Literacy in the Park and other Summer Reading outreach efforts.

    CSLP Executive Director Announcement

    MASON CITY, IA – (June 2, 2015) The Collaborative
    Summer Library Program (CSLP) announces Sherry Siclair as its first Executive