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Recent Blog Posts
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.
Find out what is happening in Idaho libraries.
Bruneau Valley District Library welcomed new director Michelle Ward in mid-June.
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
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.
by Shirley Biladeau continuing education consultant
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.
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.
I Love My Librarian Award
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.
The Collection: eBooks for Library Staff has grown with the addition of over 40 new titles.
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.
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.
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.
by Shirley Biladeau, continuing education consultant
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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,
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.
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