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Comment Period Open Through July 25 for Proposed Changes to Rules Affecting ICfL

As a state agency, the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) must conduct its business in accordance with the current Idaho Administrative Code.

The Idaho Commission for Libraries has submitted a notice of proposed rulemaking under the Idaho Administrative Procedures Act. The proposed changes address two ICfL programs:

July 12 is Summer Learning Day in Idaho

Governor Otter proclaimed July 12, 2018 to be “Summer Learning Day” in Idaho.'s picture

Kindergarten Readiness Grants for Public Libraries

The ICfL has funding to support library-led, community-based efforts to help get preschoolers ready for kindergarten.

Public libraries can apply for up to $10,000, in increments of $2500, to support programs and partnerships that meet the following goals:

Is Your Internet Traffic Gridlocked?

Is Your Internet Traffic Gridlocked?

Do your staff and patrons travel the internet like they’re cruising down the open road in a sports car — with the top down, the tunes blasting, and not a care in the world? Or is trying to use your library’s internet more like a Southern California freeway at rush hour — gridlock.

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Short-term renewal of existing contracts

As our purchasing process for is still in progress, we will be
renewing our existing database contracts for a short term effective July 1,
2018. This is all I am at liberty to disclose at this time. Please be aware
that I will be communicating upcoming developments for as soon as I am
able to.

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STEAM in Storytimes: Compiled Resources

Our friend and storytime expert Saroj Ghoting recently put out a call for storytime resources that involve science, technology, engineering, art, and math. She generously compiled all the responses and shared them via the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) listserv.

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Forthcoming changes to

There has been much talk recently about upcoming changes to I am aware that a vendor has reached out to several libraries concerning these. As our purchasing process has not yet concluded, I am not at liberty to discuss the outcome. I will advise libraries not to make any purchasing decisions until the databases are released to the public.

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Net Neutrality Repealed

On June 11, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) repealed the internet’s net neutrality rules, which went into effect in 2015. Is the repeal the beginning of internet Armageddon or no big deal? Like most hot topics, it depends on whom you ask.

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ICfL is Recruiting for a Program Supervisor and Youth Services Consultant

The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) is recruiting for a Program Supervisor and a Youth Services Consultant. The positions are based in Boise and both require travel -- locally, regionally, and nationally -- as needed.

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Notice of Board Meeting

A meeting of the Idaho Board of Library Commissioners will be held at the Idaho Commission for Libraries, 325 W. State Street, Boise, on Friday, June 1, 2018, at 10:00 am MT in the Table Rock conference room on the main floor.'s picture

Summer Reading "Youth Explorer Passes" from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation available now

We are happy 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.

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Register for Summer Summit 2018 for School Librarians!

There is plenty of room on the waiting list for school librarians who are interested in attending Summer Summit 2018!  This year's Summit will be held in Boise on July 17, 18, & 19 at the Riverside Hotel.  We are pleased to we

Governor proclaimed April 8 - 14 to be Idaho Library Week

Governor Otter issues proclamation for Idaho Library Week.

A group of librarians were in the house . . . the Statehouse, that is. On April 11, Governor Otter proclaimed the week of April 8 - 14, 2018 to be Idaho Library Week. The text of the proclamation is here.

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Changes to Idaho's Open Meetings Law: An Opportunity to Try Something New

Effective July 1, 2018, Idaho's Open Meetings Law (chapter 2, title 74, Idaho Code) will contain two additional requirements for public library board meeting agendas.

First, in addition to posting requirements for meeting agendas, meeting notice and agenda notice must also be posted electronically, if the library board has an online presence.

Library Week and Snapshot Day

Snapshot Day 2018

During National Library Week, which is April 8 - 14, 2018, libraries select one day that best represents their activities to document all of the happenings.

Called Snapshot Day, the event is designed to capture the impact libraries have on their communities during a typical day.

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Federal Funding for IMLS Approved by Congress for FY2018

You don’t read this every day -- there was great news out of Washington D.C. last week!

Study reveals voter perceptions of libraries

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OCLC, the American Library Association (ALA) and its Public Library Association (PLA) division partnered to investigate current perceptions and support among US voters and how they may have shifted since 2008 when OCLC published From Awareness to Funding: A Study of Library Support in America, a national study of the awareness, attitudes, and underlying motivations among US voters for supportin

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AASL National School Library Standards: Domains and Competencies

In February, we discussed the Shared Foundations (Inquire, Include, Collaborate, Curate, Explore, and Engage)AASL Infographic and their Accompanying Key Commitments.  This month, we'll cover the next level of detail in

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ICfL Budget Set

In regard to the state budget for fiscal year 2019 for the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL), the Joint Finance-Appropriations (JFAC) Committee CONDITIONALLY approved a one-time amount of $200,000 for the Talking Book Service (TBS) . . . IF the agency’s federal* funding were eliminated.

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JFAC to Set ICfL Budget

The Joint Finance-Appropriations (JFAC) Committee is scheduled to set the budget for state fiscal year 2019 for the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) on Friday, February 23, 2018. The proceedings begin at 8 a.m., with the ICfL scheduled to be the second agency on the agenda.'s picture

    Natural History Workshops from Idaho Dept. of Parks and Rec

    This teacher workshop series is open to Idaho library staff, and will be offered in six locations throughout Idaho this spring and summer. Learn about Idaho history, flora and fauna, and geology with Idaho’s state parks as your classroom.

    Cost: $50 ($60 for continuing education credit)

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    AASL National School Library Standards - Shared Foundations

    The AASL National School Library Standards are actually three sets of standards: one for learners; one for school librarians; and one for the school library program itself.  All three of the standards sets, called Frameworks, use the same Shared Foundations, which reflect the core values of school librarianship.  They are at the highest level of the Stan's picture

    Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign

    The annual Child Abuse Prevention Month is in April and every yearorganizations (including many libraries) throughout Idaho participate.