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College and Career Advising - New Developments

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.

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TechTalk Available to Idaho Library Staff July 1, 2016

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.

State Librarian Ann Joslin gives Keynote at ILA Region 4 Conference

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State Librarian Ann Joslin gave a well-received keynote address at the Idaho Library Association (ILA) Region 4 Spring Conference on April 15, 2016.

Idaho Financial Education Summit Summary

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by Shirley Biladeau, continuing education consultant

2016 Legislative Session recap

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.

Celebrating Idaho's 2016 "Letters About Literature" Award Winners

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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.

LTAI Applications Due May 20

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Idaho public libraries are invited to apply for the 2016-2017 Let’s Talk About It (LTAI) series by completing this  application form. Applying is easy, and libraries work with a community partner to promote and host book discussion sessions.

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2016 CSLP Teen Video Challenge Winners Announced

The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) announced the winners of the 2016 Teen Video Challenge.  The Teen Video Challenge is a national competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library's summer reading program.  Winning videos were selected at the state level to be recognized as an official CSLP Teen Video Challenge winner for 2016.

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Summer Reading PSAs available now

2016 PSA pieces are now available. There are also a numberof PSA pieces featuring Summer Reading Champion Kate DiCamillo to promote summer reading to children or to community leaders.

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.