Recent Blog Posts

SPLAT Wants You!


The Special Projects Library Action Team (SPLAT), sponsored by the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL), has several openings to fill at the end of 2017. ICfL is currently soliciting applications from individuals working in the Idaho library community to serve a three-year term on SPLAT.

Dian.Scott's picture

Notice of Board Meeting

A meeting of the Idaho Board of Library Commissioners will be held on Friday, October 20, 2017, at 9:00 am MT at Library! At Bown Crossing, 2153 E. Riverwalk Drive, Boise. Copies of agenda items are available from the office of the State Librarian or at

    Jeannie.Standal's picture

    Changes Coming to School Library Access Mini-Grants!

    Big change #1: Schools that have received the Elementary School Library Access Mini-Grant will be able to apply again if it has been three years or more since you received any SLA Mini-Grant from ICfL.'s picture

    Read to Me Rendezvous 2017: Idaho Libraries Rocked!

    Approximately 80 public and school library staff attended the Read to Me Rendezvous on November 2 – 3, 2017 in Boise. Because there are so many new faces in the Idaho library community, the Read to Me staff wanted to create an agenda that would benefit the wide-range of experience currently existing among those who serve children, especially pre- and beginning readers.

    Jeannie.Standal's picture

    Do Overdue Fines Short-Change the Library?

    Who loves to collect overdue fines from students?  Nobody.  But fines are necessary, aren't they?  And for some school libraries, aren't they a needed revenue stream?  What if collecting the overdue fine costs more than the fine itself? 

    ann.joslin's picture

    Boundary County Library District Named the Best in the U.S.

    The Boundary County Library District (BCLD), in Bonner’s Ferry, was named the best small library in America by Library Journal magazine, the premier publication for the industry.

    Welcome Allison Floyd, ICfL's LiLI Librarian

    Allison Floyd

    Allison Floyd recently joined the staff of the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) as the LiLI librarian. Allison will manage the statewide Libraries Linking Idaho (LiLI) program, which includes the newly revamped ShareIdaho resource sharing service.

    Shirley Biladeau's picture

    Idaho Libraries as Network Partners in American Job Centers Idaho

    Idaho Libraries as Partners with the
    American Job Center

    Shirley Biladeau's picture

    Leadership To Make A Difference Institute - Boise

    The Library Leadership Advisory Committee (LiLAC), a collaborative effort between the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho Library Association, will be hosting the second University of Idaho Extension Service Leadership To Make A Difference Institute in Boise on November 9 and 10. The two-day event will be facilitated by Kathee Tifft and Mary Schmidt.

    Shirley Biladeau's picture

    Live Better Idaho

    Live Better Idaho is a collaborative effort among multiple groups, including government agencies, non-profits, faith-based organizations, and other community services creating online access to available services to all Idahoans.  Initiated by the Idaho State Department of Health and Welfare, it provides an avenue for government and non-profit organizations to provide online access to servi

    Shirley Biladeau's picture

    Trustee Connections Workshops

    August 7-11, 2017, the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) hosted four Trustee Connections workshops for public library directors and trustees at sites in Coeur d’Alene, Twin Falls, Rexburg, and Middleton. (Thanks to the respective libraries that provided meeting space for the events.).

    gina.persichini's picture

    How does the library respond to the impact of automation on the job market?

    In the future, the job market will change and libraries can play a role to shepherd our communities through it successfully. An article from the Institute for Spatial Economic Analysis (ISEA) in May 2017 reported that “job automatic will hit certain metropolitan areas significantly harder than others” (Chen, 2017).

    Kevin.Tomlinson's picture

    RIPL 2018 Scholarship Opportunity for Rural and Small Library Staff

    RIPL 2018 Scholarship Opportunity for Rural and Small Library Staff:

    Jeannie.Standal's picture

    Welcome Back to School!

    Welcome back to school, and welcome back to The School Zone!  It has been a fun (if smoky) summer here in Idaho, and we hope everyone is returning refreshed, recreated, and ready to take on a new year.

    Idaho Family Reading Week 2017 now open for registration!

    The third week of November is Idaho Family Reading Week, when families are encouraged to read together. This year's theme, "Tell Me a Tale," will be celebrated at public and school libraries across the Gem State, November 12-18, 2017.

    sue.walker's picture

    Volunteers in libraries: a growing trend

    The Corporation for National and Community Service reports that in 2015 Idaho ranked fifth in the nation for percentage of its population that volunteered (34%), second in the nation for the number of volunteer hours per resident (43.5), and fifth in the naton with a volunteer retention rate of 73%.  Is your library taking advantage of  the skills and willingness of Idahoans

    Stephanie Bailey-White's picture

    Pew survey finds Millennials have highest use of public libraries

    A new study from the Pew Research Center shows a side of the generation that might surprise some people: It’s the generation most likely to use public libraries. The survey found that 53 percent of Millennials (ages 18 to 35) had used a public library or traveling bookmobile library center in the past year.

    ann.joslin's picture

    Held's Reappointment to ICfL Board Approved by Governor Otter

    We are very pleased that Governor Otter has approved the reappointment of John Held for another term to serve on the Board of Commissioners for the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL). John is the 1st Congressional District Representative.'s picture

    Order 2018 CSLP Summer Reading Program Manuals and Posters Now

    A program manual for the 2018 Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) summer reading themes will be provided to each public library by the Idaho Commission for Libraries at no cost to your library. Manuals will be shipped to each library/branch in Fall 2017. The 2018 slogan for ALL ages is "Libraries Rock!" and the theme is music.

    Shirley Biladeau's picture

    SPLAT 2017 Summer Adventure

    The Special Projects Library Action Team (SPLAT) will be visiting 8 Southwest Idaho Libraries on July 27, 2017. These libraries will include the towns of Council, Midvale, New Plymouth, Middleton, Notus, Homedale, Glenns Ferry and Grandview.

    Shirley Biladeau's picture

    Aspen Institute Colorado Dialogue on Public Libraries

    The Colorado Dialog in Denver was a one-day event, fostering conversation among public librarians and representatives from public and private organizations.  Shirley Biladeau, Program Supervisor, Idaho Commission for Libraries, was invited to attend as an observer of the process. The participating attendees represented a wide range of public, private, and government entities.

    Summer Reading Public Service Announcements (PSAs) Available Now

    2017 PSAs promoting summer reading are available from the CSLP website for your use and distribution:

    sue.walker's picture

    Summer Reading for Everyone

    Idaho's libraries have wonderful Summer Reading programs for the children, tweens, and teens in their communities.

    Shirley Biladeau's picture

    ICfL Programs and Services Funded Through LSTA

    The following documents provide a summary of the programs and services found in Idaho communities which are funded through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) which is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).