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Recent Blog Posts
The Idaho Commission for Libraries Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants for a term on the Board running through June 30, 2018. A resident of Northern Idaho is being sought.
My First Books is a Read to Me program that has been successfully implemented since 1997. Formerly titled "Read to Me First Book," this program strengthens partnerships between public libraries and local schools, preschools, Head Start sites, and child care providers.
As the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) wraps up the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant project, we continue to get the word out about online resources, evaluate the project’s impact, and support libraries’ efforts to bridge the digital divide.
Two toolkits for advancing broadband adoption and digital literacy have recently been made available:
Election dates are the third Tuesday in May (May 21, 2013) and the Tuesday after the first Monday in November (November 5, 2013) each year. On the Trustee page at http://libraries.idaho.gov/landing/trustees find the following election resources:
By Gina Persichini, networking consultant
Libraries using OCLC's interlibrary loan tools will see significant changes to the interlibrary loan (ILL) system in 2013. OCLC is currently migrating from WorldCat Resource Sharing (on the FirstSearch platform) to World Share ILL (on the worldcat.org platform). All Idaho libraries will begin the process of moving to the new platform in August 2013.
By Stephanie Bailey-White, networking consultant
The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) has opportunities for elementary school library staff that we wanted to make sure you knew about.
The Idaho Commission for Libraries is thrilled to welcome Jeannie Standal as our new school library consultant. After earning a Master of Library Science from East Carolina University, Standal became the media coordinator for a middle school of 800 students in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.
ABLE (available now): The newly updated, online Alternative Basic Library Education (ABLE) Program, provides basic library knowledge and skills for staff members who have no formal education in library science.
The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) proudly sponsored the 2013 “Letters About Literature” (LAL) contest, a national reading and writing promotion for young readers sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.
This year, Idaho’s Letters About Literature winners are:
Summer Associate - Literacy in the Park
Accepting applications until position is filled.
Idaho libraries are invited to apply for the 2013-2014 Let’s Talk About It series by completing the application now available on the ICfL website (http://libraries.idaho.gov/files/LTAI%20application%202013-2014.pdf).
The "Dig Into Reading" Public Service Announcement (PSA) is now available on the CSLP website. Here are some important points about the PSA, from CSLP PR and Marketing Chair Charlotte Johnston:
The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) announced the winners of the 2013 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 2013.
I have the great opportunity to be in Cape Town, South Africa to participate in a Peer Learning Meeting sponsored by Global Libraries of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. I'm here with 6 other US state library people as well as librarians, government officials, and non-profits from the numerous countries that have foundation grants for library services.
All publicly funded libraries in Idaho are invited to join the second year of the "Engaging Volunteers" Pilot Project.
Not ready for an MLS, but want to sharpen your skills and enhance your resume? The American Library Association's Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program will be offering a series of three webinars about its LSSC program. The webinars are free, but the program
Looking for ideas on programming for that tricky mid-life adult demographic? They are most definitely NOT seniors, but not Gen X'ers either. Here are some resources we compiled that are sure to get your creative juices flowing:
The Idaho Commission for Libraries is hosting a free half-day pre-conference at the Idaho Library Association's annual conference this October. The conference will be held at the Nampa Civic Center October 3-4, 2013. The preconference is scheduled for Wednesday, October 2nd from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
National Volunteer Week 2013, April 21-27, is an opportunity to recognize and thank the almost 100 volunteers at ICfL that complete many important tasks everyday. Many of the programs and services provided by the Commission would not be successful without volunteer support. Below is a partial list of the tasks they perform:
April is Financial Literacy Month, and Idaho's libraries are supporting the initiative with programs for all age groups.
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