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The Idaho Commission for Libraries is seeking quotations for a contract for professional services to identify the needs of the Idaho library community regarding resource sharing and access to information.
With the current contract for the Idaho Education Network (IEN) ruled invalid, the State has issued a Request for Information (RFI) as a step to collect information prior to a full bidding process (see the IEN website at http://ien.idaho.gov).
We wanted to share the storytime model that Latah County Library District in Moscow is doing. They collected data showing that families on the west side of town were not as able to come to storytimes at the library because of transportation or other barriers. They created a storytime at a mall on that side of town to provide an opportunity for those families to participate in it.
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) counts flexible scheduling among best practices for school libraries. The other scheduling methods include fixed scheduling and mixed scheduling. Before discussing those options, it is best to set out definitions of the terms:
January 23, 2015
The CSLP is soliciting ideas from public libraries for:
Got a fabulous idea, but no money to implement? Check out the Sparks! Ignition grants from IMLS! School, public, and non-profit, tax-exempt libraries are eligible for these small grants that range from $10K-25K. Small is a relative term, and these grants are large enough to make a big difference.
As 2015 approaches, the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) is preparing for another year of helping libraries build the capacity to better serve their clientele. The Commission supports Idaho libraries in a variety of ways, by:
• maintaining online resources at LiLI.org available to Idahoans at a huge savings through our statewide contracts.
Outputs such as circulation, attendance at programs, or number of participants can tell you how much your program was utilized, but those numbers do not tell you how well your program worked.
Participants in the Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program are invited to join USAC for a series of webinars on various topics over the next few weeks. Each webinar covers different subjects related to the administration of the E-rate program. All events and resources are offered free of charge.
A subject guide is a set of resources designed to help patrons fully research and explore a topic. Since the patrons of a school library are teachers and students, it is best to keep both audiences in mind when creating one.
Ann Joslin’s 35 Years of Service
The 2014 Idaho Library Association (ILA) Annual Conference, “Riding the River of Change,” offered something for everyone, with workshops, business meetings, a legislative panel, presentations, a welcome and “year in review” from State Librarian Ann Joslin (see the ICfL blog), and an awards banquet.
The Idaho Commission for Libraries is again sponsoring the Letters About Literature writing competition for Idaho. The annual competition is coordinated and funded by the Library of Congress Center for the Book. Students write a personal letter to an author explaining how his or her work changed their perspective on the world. There are three competition levels:
By Gina Persichini, Patrick Bodily, and Shirley Biladeau, ICfL Consultants
See tour photos at www.flickr.com/photos/icflphotos/sets/72157646940178723/.
In 2015, district libraries will have, at a minimum, two trustee positions open.
by Erica Compton, project coordinator
The Big Read is currently accepting applications from nonprofit organizations to develop community-wide reading programs—to be held between September 2015 and June 2016. Organizations selected to participate in the Big Read receive a grant, access to educational and promotional materials, and online training resources and opportunities.
As part of its IMLS-funded Health Happens in Libraries program, OCLC is seeking up to five public libraries with which to collaborate to develop and implement community health activities with a local partner.
Congratulations to Erin Downey, District Librarian at Boise Independent School District, and to Carol Robinson, District Librarian at Joint School District 171 in Orofino, on their acceptance into the LiLead Fellows Program! The LiLead fellowship is an 18-month program through the University of Maryland, with the goal to create a network of school library supervisors w
During the 2014 Legislative Session, the Legislature established an official Idaho Day, to be observed each year on March 4 with a proclamation from the governor, ceremonies, programs, and activities to honor Idaho’s heritage.
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