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Notes from ICfL, July 2014

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Commission staff and Idaho librarians have been busy in the past few months with community building, literacy, professional development, and outreach activities.

Library News From Around the State

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 at teresa.lipus@libraries.idaho.gov.

Locally Recorded TBS Books Go National

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In April, the Idaho Talking Book Service (TBS) received an invitation from the National Library Service (NLS) to join the first pilot project to evaluate locally recorded books as a first step to adding these Idaho books to the Braille and Audio Reading Database (BARD).

Calls for Library Nominations

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2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service—all library types
Nomination deadline: October 15, 2014

Important LiLI Database Notices

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By Gina A. Persichini, technology and access services consultant

A few changes at LiLI.org:
1.   Please welcome LiLI to LiLI.org. The LiLI “Guide Me” option is now available on our the main site. LiLI is there to guide newcomers to a good place to start based on their information needs or task at hand.

Interlibrary Loan–A Few Tips to Save a Few Dollars

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By Gina A. Persichini, technology and access services consultant
With the migration to the new OCLC WorldShare ILL platform complete, it’s a good time for some interlibrary loan (ILL) tips. And, who doesn’t love reminders for saving money?

Idaho State Historical Society seeks input for expanded State Historical Museum

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The Idaho State Historical Society (ISHS) is expanding the Idaho State Historical Museum and developing world-class exhibits to inspire and invite exploration and discussion of Idaho's past, present, and future. ISHS needs statewide input now as they develop the museum. 

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Developing Volunteer Management Skills

If you need support as a volunteer coordinator, are considering creating a volunteer program in your library, or want to take your volunteer program to the next level, joining an organization especially for volunteer managers might be the answer.  Volunteer managers realize the important role they play in helping their organization meet its mission.  Participating in a volun

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MySocialSecurity

ICfL is partnering with the Social Security Administration to help Idahoans keep abreast of their Social Security benefits.

Registration open for LinkIDAHO Broadband Summit

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Registration is open for the LinkIDAHO Broadband Summit—August 19, 2014—put on by the Idaho Rural Partnership and the State of Idaho.

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Maker Programs for Adults!

Advocating for hands-on adult programming may be summed up by the following note left on a program evaluation sheet by a customer…

ALA's Dr. Barbara Stripling at Idaho's Summer Summit

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American Library Association Immediate Past-President Dr. Barbara Stripling was the opening speaker for the Idaho Commission for Libraries' “Summer Summit 2014” (July 15-17) for new Idaho school librarians. Dr. Stripling believes that librarians are in a perfect position to “lead from the middle,” as they have sight of the entire school.

Measure your public library's Internet speeds: August 1 deadline

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As part of its E-rate Program modernization effort, the Federal Communications Commission is gathering a range of data to better understand library and school broadband needs. The quality of broadband access inside library and school buildings is a leading concern that demands attention.

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Orientation Sessions for Read to Me Outreach Programs

If your library has been accepted to participate in any of the following outreach programs, or if you are interested in learning more about any of these programs, we ask that you attend an orientation session:

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TLA 50 FB Page Provides Great Ideas

HomeRemember Transforming Life After 50? They still have a couple of sites devoted to mid-life adults that are worth keeping an eye on!  

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New Online Resource for "Seasoned" Folks!

We are not old, we are seasoned! That's the tagline for a new resource we found online.  It ties in well
with our mid-life adult initiative and should prove a valuable resource. Seasoned Times is dedicated
to encouraging wise and healthy aging. You can visit often as new content is

ICfL's Kevin Tomlinson elected to ARSL Board of Directors

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Congratulations to ICfL Consultant Kevin Tomlinson, who was recently elected to the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) Board of Directors! Kevin will begin his new position at ARSL’s annual conference in Tacoma, Washington in September.

Other newly elected board members include:

ICfL Professional Opportunity: Public Library Consultant

The Idaho Commission for Libraries has an opening for a Public Library Consultant in our Eastern Field Office.

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"Get Caught Reading" Contest Winners

In the May issue of The Scoop we celebrated Get Caught Reading Month by asking Idaho library staff to submit the titles they were "caught" reading or listening to in May. We drew three names from those submissions to receive a prize. Congratulations to the following folks:

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Idaho's Winners for Library of Congress & Center for the Book Letters About Literacy Contest!

Idaho's winners for the 2013-2014 Letters About Literature Contest have been awarded at school assemblies and celebrations all over Idaho!  Check out the full list of Idaho's winners and mark your calendar for next year's entry deadlines.

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Skilled volunteer told our story

Do you need to find a newspaper article from 1945 about your grandfather’s return from World War II? We can do that. Are you interested in learning more about the history of your house? Let us show you where to start. You want to know when Tommy Lasorda coached Pocatello’s baseball team? Here’s our binder of local VIPs. How did the library begin and how did we get to where we are today?

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Board of Library Commissioners - Meeting Notice

A meeting of the Idaho Board of Library Commissioners will be held at the Idaho Commission for Libraries, on Friday, June 6, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. MDT, in the Table Rock Conference Room.

Copies of agenda items are available from the office of the State Librarian or http://libraries.idaho.gov/boarddoc.

    Legislation – 2014 Session Recap

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    by Jan Wall, northern Idaho field consultant

    Bills introduced during the 2014 Legislature that are of most immediate interest to the Idaho library community include the following:

    Summer Learning Loss: Spread the Word

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    by Staci Shaw, reading programs coordinator

    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 at teresa.lipus@libraries.idaho.gov.