Recent Blog Posts

Talking Book Service in local news

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Karen Lehr, Anchor/Reporter for KIVI 6 On Your Side and KNIN Fox 9, came to Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) on April 29 to do a story on our Talking Books Service and volunteer program. She interviewed ICfL's Volunteer Coordinator Sheila Winther and Regional Talking Book Librarian Sue Walker.

Idaho Library Snapshot Day 2016 Results

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Idaho Library Snapshot Day 2016 Results

In April 2016, during National Library Week, 35 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.

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Summer Reading Project: Find Your Blog

Blogs are plentiful, free, and when you find a few that speak to you, never-ending sources for ideas, information, and opinion. If the blogger is also a tweeter, you might add a new member to your professional network, too. A few blogs have been mentioned and recommended here, and there are so many, it can be overwhelming.

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Meeting Notice - Idaho Board of Library Commissioners

A meeting of the Idaho Board of Library Commissioners will be held at the Blackfoot Public Library, on Friday, April 22, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. MDT,

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RFI Statewide Resource Sharing

The Idaho Commission for Libraries is seeking responses to a Request for Information for statewide resource sharing solutions. The purpose is to solicit information from organizations that can provide the services and/or tools for a statewide resource sharing service among Idaho’s libraries.

LiLI-D Survey for 2016

The Commission for Libraries is requesting the input of Idaho library staff on the LiLI Databases. 

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School Library Month, Poetry Month and so much more in April!

April is National Poetry Month! And it is National School Library Month! And National Humor Month!

Low Hanging Fruit news: STEM

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The March edition of Low Hanging Fruit is all about STEM.
Take a look at this one-page newsletter to get an overview of STEM resources for use with K12 students. From the Cardboard Challenge, the Makerspace Playbook, and LiLI STEM resources to learning all about the STEM Action Center. The March Low Hanging Fruit has got it all!

Notes from ICfL

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Appropriations: The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) appropriations bill for fiscal year 2017 is Senate Bill 1392.

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 teresa.lipus@libraries.idaho.gov.

Welcome to Tamra Hawley-House

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The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) is very pleased that Tammy Hawley-House joined our staff in December as our reading programs/teen activities coordinator.  Hawley-House, who works with the Read to Me and Make It at the Library teams, has worked in public libraries for over 20 years, with most of those years devoted to the service of children and their caregivers.

LiLAC Application Deadline: April 15

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The Library Leadership Advisory Committee (LiLAC), a collaborative effort between the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho Library Association, is recruiting new members. This 10-member committee of individuals from all types of libraries and  all Idaho geographic areas has made great strides toward cultivating a leadership environment within the Idaho library community.

ILA and ALA Offer Joint Membership for Students

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The Idaho Library Association (ILA) voted to join forces with the American Library Association (ALA) and offer a new membership for Idaho library school students. The Joint Student Membership Program gives students the opportunity to join both ILA and ALA for one low price of $38 a year (a savings of $23 a year).

The Collection: eBooks for Idaho Library Staff

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by Gina Persichini, technology & access services consultant

The Collection is a new service for Idaho library staff from the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL). It includes content of interest to library staff in the areas of management, leadership, maker spaces, programming, and technical services, and much more.

Sale of Tangible Goods by a Public Library is Taxable

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by Kevin Tomlinson, southwest/south central Idaho library consultant

Idaho Library Snapshot Day 2016

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Idaho Library Snapshot Day is being held during National Library Week, April 10-16, 2016.

What is it? Idaho Library Snapshot Day is designed to capture the impact that Idaho libraries have on their community on a typical day. Snapshot Day is also a great time to collect library user comments and take photos for your website or other promotional materials.

Resources for Developing Partnerships

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by Shirley Biladeau, continuing education consultant

Here are a couple of sites to explore to learn more about how to develop partnerships within and throughout your community.

LiLI Database Content Notes

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by Gina Persichini, technology & access services consultant
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SAT 2016 Preparation. LearningExpress has preparation materials for the newly updated SAT in the College Preparation Center.

Idaho Day at Idaho libraries

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Idaho Day, March 4, 2016, was celebrated at the Idaho State Capitol building and many other locations around the state.

Celebrating Idaho Day by Posting the Colors

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To celebrate Idaho Day, March 4, 2016, the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) had a posting of the colors with our new Idaho and American flags. The colors were posted by an honor guard consisting of ICfL staff members David Harrell and Tina Schilling, who is also a veteran.

My First Books Application for 2016-2017 Open Now

My First Books (MFB) is a Read to Me program that has been successfully implemented since 1997. This program strengthens partnerships between public libraries and local schools, preschools, Head Start sites, and child care providers. The program is designed to increase "underserved" children's access to quality print materials and strengthen family reading practices at home.

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ICfL and IDPR team up to offer State Parks Passes for Summer Reading 2016!

We are excited to announce that ICfL is once again partnering with the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) to offer free state park passes to Idaho libraries hosting summer reading programs.

2016 Read Me Treasure Valley Kick-Off

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Read Me Treasure Valley 2016 kicked off with a celebration on Tuesday, February 2, at the Children’s Home Society of Idaho. This year’s read is a bestselling novel, Christina Baker Kline’s Orphan Train.