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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.'s picture

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    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.

      Celebrating Letters About Literature 2015 Contest Winners

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      The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) honored the Idaho winners of the 2015 “Letters About Literature” contest during an Awards Luncheon at the Capitol Dining Room in the Statehouse on Friday, May 1.

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      Weeding: April Best Practice of the Month

      Ah, Spring! The sun is shining (sometimes), the wind is blowing (always), and bulbs are sending up early blooms that assure us that winter is almost over.  Gardeners are itching to get going. So, while pulling all those winter weeds out of the vegetable patch, it is a good time to consider weeding the library collection, too.

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      2015-2016 School Library Access Mini-Grants - Open Now!

      Applications are currently open for the 2015-2016 School Library Access Mini-Grants, due by May 6, 2015.  These school library grants range from $1,000 to $5,000 and are aimed at addressing acces to print in the home for our earliest readers (pre-K through 1st grade).

      Notes from ICfL

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      In January, the Governor’s FY2016 budget recommendation for the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) included our request for a $100,000 permanent increase for Read to Me (RTM) Mini-Grants for more elementary school libraries to increase convenient access to quality, age-appropriate books for young children.

      New Technical Records Specialist at the Commission

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      Baxter Q. Andrews joined the Idaho Commission for Libraries staff in December as our Technical Records Specialist. She has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, 15 years of experience as a paralegal, and a wide-ranging background in data gathering and record keeping.

      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 Teresa Lipus know.

      Aspen Report: Rising to the Challenge

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      Last October, the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries released a report stemming from work done over the last year, including conversations and explorations with Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) members.

      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.

      More Press for Make It at the Library

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      Idaho's Make It at the Library program through Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) continues to garner regional, state, and national attention.

      Idaho Library Snapshot Day 2015

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      By Hailey Roberts
      Idaho Library Snapshot Day will be held again this year during National Library Week (April 12-18), an annual, nationwide celebration of the work and contributions of libraries and library personnel sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA).

      Here We Have Idaho Day

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      The first Idaho Day, March 4, 2015, kicked off at the Idaho State Capitol building and many other locations around the state.

      eBranch WordPress Websites Now Available

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      A new WordPress version of the eBranch program is now available. You can find more details at

      Some of the new features include:

      How to Celebrate Idaho Day

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      • Snap a selfie with your favorite Idaho landmark/scenery/building in celebration of Idaho Day on March 4. Use  #myidaho.  (Prizes for best photo of what makes Idaho special to you! Use the #myidaho to enter.)
      • Come celebrate Idaho Day at the Capital Building on March 4th. The fun starts at 12pm.
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      LiLAC News

      The Library Leadership Advisory Committee, a joint effort between the Idaho Library Association and the Idaho Commission for Libraries has published its first newsletter! LiLAC Spring 2015 NewsletterLiLAC

      You will find the latest info from a collaborative team of librarians from around the state who have been working on gathering resources for library leadership. You may subscribe to the newsletter to be sent directly to your email box. This will be a great resource for tips on leadership as well as upcoming leadership workshops.