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July 1 Changes to Idaho Code

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Effective July 1, 2015:

Title 74:  Transparent and Ethical Government takes effect.  The link to this new title is now live.

ICfL wins May in Motion Platinum Level Award

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This year, after a "May in Motion" month of busing, biking, ride-sharing, and walking, Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) earned the Platinum Level Alternative Transportation Champions award! Criteria for reaching the Platinum level are:
1. Five smart transportation incentives and subsidies

Library News From Around the State

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Find out what is happening in Idaho libraries. Do you have news about your library that you’d like to share in an upcoming Nexus e-newsletter? Please let me know at teresa.lipus@libraries.idaho.gov.

Idaho Library Snapshot Day 2015 Results

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In April 2015, during National Library Week, 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.

Living the Community’s Vision: A Summary

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by Shirley Biladeau and Teresa Lipus   (Full article is posted at libraries.idaho.gov/blogs/living-community-vision.)

SPLAT Corner

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The Special Projects Library Action Team (SPLAT) acts in the “crow’s nest” capacity, searching for innovation, proposing and leading experiments and pilot projects, and discovering new opportunities. SPLAT members pledge to build their own expertise in innovative practices and share their expertise and experiences with their colleagues in the Idaho library community.

Outside the Lines Week

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Outside the Lines is a weeklong celebration—September 13–19, 2015—demonstrating the creativity and innovation in libraries. Whether your organization is large or small, a school library or a public library, you can participate by hosting at least one event or campaign that:

Upcoming Leadership Development Opportunities

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The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) is pleased to announce two leadership development opportunities that will be available for staff working in publicly-funded libraries in Idaho. This is part of the Library Leadership Advisory Committee initiative that has developed since the April 2014 Leadership Training Needs Assessment Summit.

Online Donations to Your Public Library

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Have you thought about collecting donations through your public library website? Here are a couple of options to consider:
- Use your existing payment processor. If you already have an online payment option for collecting fines, your customer rep should be able to provide you with a web interface for adding an online donation option.  

Upcoming Annual Conferences

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  • PNLA 2015 Annual Conference (Pacific Northwest Library Association); “Pushing the Boundaries;” August 5-7; Hilton Vancouver; Vancouver, WA:  REGISTER by July 3, 2015 to save on the registration.

ICfL Grieves Over Passing of Board Member Larry Weeks

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Commissioner Larry Weeks passed away on June 6, 2015. Weeks served on the Idaho Board of Library Commissioners for 19 years and was recently honored for 25 years of volunteering at the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL).

Read to Me Program Receives ICIRA Award

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The Idaho Council of the International Reading Association (ICIRA) recently honored the Idaho Commission for Libraries’ (ICfL) Read to Me program for advancing early literacy statewide. ICIRA officers presented ICfL staff with a check for $500 that will be used to purchase books for Literacy in the Park and other Summer Reading outreach efforts.

CSLP Executive Director Announcement

MASON CITY, IA – (June 2, 2015) The Collaborative
Summer Library Program (CSLP) announces Sherry Siclair as its first Executive
Director.

More Idaho Schools to Receive Funds to Help Serve Youngest Readers

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Elementary school libraries play a vital role in ensuring that children develop strong literacy skills, starting in the earliest grades. Unfortunately, many Idaho elementary schools haven’t had the resources to allow children in developmental preschool programs, kindergarten, and even first grade to check out books to take home.

Idaho State Park Passes available for your summer reading program!

Through an exciting new partnership with Idaho State Parks, ICfL is offering free state park passes to Idaho libraries hosting summer reading programs.

Living the Community’s Vision

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by Shirley Biladeau and Teresa Lipus

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Meeting Notice - Idaho Board of Library Commissioners

A meeting of the Idaho Board of Library Commissioners will be held on Friday, June 5, 2015 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.

ICfL Commissioner Honored for 25 Years of Volunteering

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Commissioner Larry Weeks was honored recently for 25 years of volunteering at the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL). During that time, Weeks has narrated local and regional books for the Idaho Talking Book Service, recording 23 books--including a two-volume, 28-hour recording of the History of Idaho, which took over a year to record.

Nominations open for "Best Small Library in America" Award

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If your public library demonstrates outstanding service to a population of 25,000 or less, Library Journal and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation want to hear from you. Library Journal's annual award for the Best Small Library in America was founded 10 years ago to encourage and showcase the exemplary work of small libraries.

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Leadership Accelerator Workshop

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The Library Leadership Advisory Committee (LiLAC), a collaborative effort between the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho Library Association, announces the Leadership Accelerator Workshop, presented by Phil Eastman of Leadership Advisors Group. This will be a full day pre-conference (September 30) before the annual Fall Meeting of the Idaho Library Association to be held at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho (October 1 and 2).

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Teen Tech Week 2015

Libraries from all over Idaho celebrated Teen Tech Week during March.  Participating school and public libraries submitted their favorite teen projects highlighting the theme "Libraries are for making..." Teens interpreted this year's theme in diverse ways as evidenced by the creative entries.

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LiLAC News - Summer 2015

Check out the latest edition of LiLAC News.  Great information about Read2Lead discussions, Accelerator Leadership Workshop, and Library Journal's Lead the Change.  This project is a collaborative effort between the Idaho Library Association and the Idaho Commission for Libraries to create a culture of leadership throughout the Idaho library community.

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    Corrected image on CSLP DVD clip art

    Oops, the word, "volunteer" was spelled incorrectly on the CSLP DVD image, found in Teen program, "Additional Clip Art." Corrected version is below.

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      May Best Practice of the Month - Encourage Summer Reading

      What's on your summer reading list? Recreational reading? Some serious reading? Tackling a project read (War and Peace, anyone)?  Whatever reading is on deck for your summer break, share those reading plans with your students, and ask about the books are on their summer reading lists.