Recent Blog Posts

Training for Youth Services staff; Sept. 13, 2016

Read to Me

Idaho library staff are invited to attend a day of free training hosted by ICfL’s Read to Me program and the Meridian Library District on September 13, 2016.

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Notice of Idaho Board of Library Commissioners Meeting

A meeting of the Idaho Board of Library Commissioners will be held on Friday, August 26, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. MDT at the Idaho Commission for Libraries, 325 W. State Street, Boise, ID 83702, in the Table Rock Conference Room on the main floor.

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Robots in the Library!

Idaho Libraries, are you interested in having a robotics
team in your library?

Idaho has received some funding for expanding the
national FIRST Robotics
program through the Idaho Afterschool Network.

ICfL Board Library Tour

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The Idaho Board of Library Commissioners visited seven libraries in southeast Idaho in April. The Board tours libraries annually, choosing a different area of the state each year.

Library News From Around the State

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Find out what is happening in Idaho libraries.

Bruneau Valley District Library welcomed new director Michelle Ward in mid-June.

Public Libraries: Recent Broadband Legislation and Funding

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The 2016 Idaho Legislature passed the Education Opportunity Resource (EOR) Act (SB 1334), which makes available state resources to support Idaho’s E-rate eligible entities—including public libraries. This support includes guidance on technical, E-rate, security, contracting, and procurement practices as w

TumbleBooks Service Continues

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Idaho Commission for Libraries is happy to announce that we have secured funding to extend the subscription to TumbleBooks™ talking picture books for all publicly-funded public libraries.

A Staff Development Tool

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by Shirley Biladeau continuing education consultant

FY15 Annual Public Library Statistics are Available

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The FY15 Idaho Public Library Statistics are available in Excel and PDF formats on the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) website at libraries.idaho.gov/stats.

Welcome to Jenner Flowers

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The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) is pleased to welcome Jenner Flowers as our new technical records specialist. She will help ICfL comply with state records regulations and work with the state data coordinator to gather and compile data for the annual public library statistics.

Sue Walker Recognized at NFB Conference

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Idaho Commission for Libraries Talking Book Service consultant Sue Walker received the first “Jan and Harry Gawith Award” at the National Federation of the Blind’s Idaho state chapter meeting in April. Jan and Harry Gawith are long-time members and active supporters of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) at both the state and national levels.

ICfL Board Seeks Applicants from 2nd Congressional District

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The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) Board of Library Commissioners is seeking applicants for a term on the Board running through June 30, 2021. A resident from Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District is being sought. Deadline for application is June 27, 2016.

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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.