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ICfL FY2016 Budget Enhancement Request

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As 2015 approaches, the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) is preparing for another year of helping libraries build the capacity to better serve their clientele. The Commission supports Idaho libraries in a variety of ways, by:
• maintaining online resources at LiLI.org available to Idahoans at a huge savings through our statewide contracts.

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Evaluating Your Summer Reading Program

Outputs such as circulation, attendance at programs, or number of participants can tell you how much your program was utilized, but those numbers do not tell you how well your program worked.

E-rate Program Webinars

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Participants in the Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program are invited to join USAC for a series of webinars on various topics over the next few weeks. Each webinar covers different subjects related to the administration of the E-rate program. All events and resources are offered free of charge.

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December Best Practice of the Month: Subject Guides

A subject guide is a set of resources designed to help patrons fully research and explore a topic. Since the patrons of a school library are teachers and students, it is best to keep both audiences in mind when creating one.

Notes from ICfL

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Ann Joslin’s 35 Years of Service

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.

ILA 2014 Annual Conference and Awards

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The 2014 Idaho Library Association (ILA) Annual Conference, “Riding the River of Change,” offered something for everyone, with workshops, business meetings, a legislative panel, presentations, a welcome and “year in review” from State Librarian Ann Joslin (see the ICfL blog), and an awards banquet.

Letters about Literature Contest Reminder

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The Idaho Commission for Libraries is again sponsoring the Letters About Literature writing competition for Idaho. The annual competition is coordinated and funded by the Library of Congress Center for the Book. Students write a personal letter to an author explaining how his or her work changed their perspective on the world. There are three competition levels:

All About the Surveys

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By Gina Persichini, Patrick Bodily, and Shirley Biladeau, ICfL Consultants

Libraries Inspiring Libraries

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The Inspiration: In October, the Idaho Board of Library Commissioners toured seven libraries in southwest Idaho.

District Libraries: 2015 Election Calendar

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In 2015, district libraries will have, at a minimum, two trustee positions open.

Public Libraries Nurture Entrepreneurship

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by Erica Compton, project coordinator

Lewiston Library Foundation receives Nonprofit Excellence Award

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Building a Dream with Dedication and Determination: The Lewiston Library Foundation was one of six organizations to receive the “Nonprofit Excellence Award” from the Idaho Nonprofit Center.

The Big Read accepting applications until January 28, 2015

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The Big Read is currently accepting applications from nonprofit organizations to develop community-wide reading programs—to be held between September 2015 and June 2016. Organizations selected to participate in the Big Read receive a grant, access to educational and promotional materials, and online training resources and opportunities.

Public libraries: apply to participate in Community Health Engagement program

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As part of its IMLS-funded Health Happens in Libraries program, OCLC is seeking up to five public libraries with which to collaborate to develop and implement community health activities with a local partner.

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2 Idaho School Librarians Accepted to LiLead Fellowship!

Congratulations to Erin Downey, District Librarian at Boise Independent School District, and to Carol Robinson, District Librarian at Joint School District 171 in Orofino, on their acceptance into the LiLead Fellows Program!  The LiLead fellowship is an 18-month program through the University of Maryland, with the goal to create a network of school library supervisors w

Idaho Day: March 4, 2015

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During the 2014 Legislative Session, the Legislature established an official Idaho Day, to be observed each year on March 4 with a proclamation from the governor, ceremonies, programs, and activities to honor Idaho’s heritage.

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Best Practice of the Month: Self-Selection

 Do you have a roommate in your library? Did you decide it would be a good arrangement, or did you realize one day that you had extra software on the computer and a drawer full of colored dot stickers that were not yours? Have you found reading level numbers in the front of books that boss you and your students around?
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Adult Manual 2016: Call for Ideas

Theme:  Wellness, Fitness, Sports
Slogan:
  Exercise Your Mind – Read
Deadline:
 Friday, November 23, 2014

Send to:
Rhonda K. Gould, editor
rhondakgould@gmail.com

812 North Steele Street
Tacoma, WA  98406

2014 "What a Deal" Idaho Tax Credit fact sheet available

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To receive a deduction for 2014, individuals or corporations must donate to the library by December 31, 2014.

ICfL Welcomes New Eastern Idaho Field Consultant

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Patrick Bodily hit the ground running as Idaho Commission for Libraries’ new eastern Idaho field consultant. In early October he attended the Idaho Library Association Annual Conference in Lewiston, meeting librarians and getting to know the Idaho library community.

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Laura Bush Foundation Grant Application for School Libraries is Open!

The Laura Bush Foundation funds $5,000 grants for  school libraries to expand their book collections.  Go to their website at http://www.laurabushfoundation.com/ to get the details and see if your school meets the eligibility requirements.  Submission deadline is December 15th, 2014.  Good luck!

    Bridging Library Cultures

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    One of the positive results from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association's Grant "Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys Bookshelf" and two “Let’s Talk About It" (LTAI) book discussion series, themed  "Points of View" and "Connected Histories", is a  collaboration of local libraries.

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    Teen Manual for 2016: Call for Ideas

    If you have ideas for programs, displays, or other teen activities relating to fitness/exercise/wellness, click here to see what the committee is looking for. Submissions are due by October 31.