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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.

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A new WordPress version of the eBranch program is now available. You can find more details at http://ebranch.lili.org.

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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.

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    2014 Public Library Broadband Access Report

    In Fall 2014, the Idaho Commission for Libraries in partnership with the Idaho Library Association conducted a survey of broadband access in Idaho's public libraries.  The report from the survey is available now.  The report includes conclusions and recommendations for the Idaho library community as "the needs continues to grow for additional bandwidth and wireless access in libraires

    My First Books Application for 2015-2016: Available Now

    My First Books is a Read to Me program that has been successfully implemented since 1997. Formerly titled "Read to Me First Book," this program strengthens partnerships between public libraries and local schools, preschools, Head Start sites, and child care providers.

    Governor’s Proclamation Will Kick Off First Idaho Day Celebration

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    March 4, 2015 marks the first official year of celebration of Idaho Day. In 2014 Representative Linden Bateman championed legislative action to annually commemorate Idaho Day on March 4th. Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter will help kick off and commemorate the first Idaho Day Celebration with a program in the Lincoln Auditorium in the Idaho State Capitol building.

    Read Me Treasure Valley 2015 Kick-off

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    Read Me Treasure Valley 2015 kicked off Wednesday, February 4, at the Idaho Veterans Home, in Boise. The event featured remarks from Associate State Librarian Marjorie Hooper, Idaho Commission for Libraries; Robert Seal, lifetime member and vice president of the Idaho State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America; and Boise Mayor Dave Bieter.

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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, February 13, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. MT, in the Table Rock Conference Room.

    Idaho's New Afterschool Network

    We are excited to announce the establishment of the Idaho Afterschool Network (IAN), a statewide network of out-of-school and summer program providers. After eight years, thanks to the vision and

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    February Best Practice of the Month: Develop the Graphic Novel Collection

    Hurray! The 2015 Youth Media Awards were announced earlier this week at the ALA Mid-Winter meeting! Another hurray!

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    2015 Libraries Building Community Summit

    If your public library is thinking of planning a community-based project for Summer Reading, Summer Slide, Make It or other library programming, consider participating in the 2015 Libraries Building Community Summit to be held April 29 and 30 in Boise.

    Dia 2015 Registration Opens

    El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), known as Día, is a celebration EVERY DAY of children, families, and reading that culminates every year on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

    Ten New Libraries Join the Make It at the Library Project!

    Make It at the Library- the Commission's project to implement makerspaces in public libraries across Idaho had another successful and exciting year in 2014. Each of the six new libraries and returning five libraries embraced "making" and pushed the boundaries of programming with tweens and teens.

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    Resource Sharing & Access Needs Assessment

    The Idaho Commission for Libraries is seeking quotations for a contract for professional services to identify the needs of the Idaho library community regarding resource sharing and access to information. 

    IDAHO EDUCATION NETWORK AND PUBLIC LIBRARIES

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    With the current contract for the Idaho Education Network (IEN) ruled invalid, the State has issued a Request for Information (RFI) as a step to collect information prior to a full bidding process (see the IEN website at http://ien.idaho.gov). 

    Storytime at the mall

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    We wanted to share the storytime model that Latah County Library District in Moscow is doing. They collected data showing that families on the west side of town were not as able to come to storytimes at the library because of transportation or other barriers. They created a storytime at a mall on that side of town to provide an opportunity for those families to participate in it.

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    January Best Practice of the Month: Flexible Scheduling

    The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) counts flexible scheduling among best practices for school libraries.  The other scheduling methods include fixed scheduling and mixed scheduling.  Before discussing those options, it is best to set out definitions of the terms:

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    Call for Ideas: CSLP Slogans 2017 and Theme 2018

    Submit by
    January 23, 2015

    The CSLP is soliciting ideas from public libraries for:

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    IMLS Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries

    Got a fabulous idea, but no money to implement? Check out the Sparks! Ignition grants from IMLS! School, public, and non-profit, tax-exempt libraries are eligible for these small grants that range from $10K-25K. Small is a relative term, and these grants are large enough to make a big difference.

    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.