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Recent Blog Posts
This year libraries are celebrating Teen Tech Week, March 9–15, with a “DIY @ your library” theme. More than 60 Idaho public and school libraries will offer teens an opportunity to extend learning beyond the classroom—where they can explore, create, and share content.
The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) is working with Boise State University Literacy Professor Dr. Roger Stewart to research whether opening school libraries over the summer, along with using a “Book Fair” model of providing free books toward the end of the school year, can maintain or increase children’s literacy skills over the summer months.
by Marjorie Hooper, Associate State Librarian
While we at the Idaho Commission for Libraries may be sad as Frank Nelson and Debby Wylie leave us after so many years, we wish them nothing but the best as they enter this new phase of life: Retirement!!
The Idaho Commission for Libraries is pleased to host the upcoming Grant Writing Workshop, by Grant Writing USA, at our Boise offices in the Capitol Mall area of Downtown Boise on May 12th and 13th, 2014.
A couple of years ago, you may recall I was bouncing around the state hosting a variety of sessions called Credible Connections. One of my community contacts from those days just got in touch with me and asked me to spread the good news for public libraries. The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Program has funds available to provide financial assistance to develop essential public community facilities in rural areas up to 20,000 population in the form of loan and grant funds for projects serving the most financially needy communities. This round of funding will focus on assisting public libraries in our small, rural communities of Idaho.
Rethinking Volunteerism, the 2014 Serve Idaho conference theme, is the perfect opportunity for library staff to examine their assumptions about volunteers and see firsthand how volunteering has changed in the last 10 years. The two day conference, March 4 and 5, at the Red Lion Hotel Downtowner in Boise, offers numerous opportunities to gain practical knowledge about all as
Are you looking for ways to expand the use of volunteers in your library? Libraries across the nation are successfully recruiting highly skilled volunteers to implement projects and programs that the library staff could never take on by themselves. An additional benefit is often the volunteers bring in their friends and families and become library advocates when they unders
Did you know there are a number of scholarships through the Idaho State Board of Education available to Idaho students? A well-kept secret! Check out the scholarship opportunities (and apply online) for high school seniors at the State Board of Education’s scholarship website.
At the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting last week, Gina Persichini, ICfL networking consultant, was among those elected by the ALA Council to the ALA Executive Board. Gina will serve a three-year term beginning in July 2014 and concluding in June 2017.
Boise Public Library is launching a new series of “Maker” classes this month, designed to help adults learn new skills and explore new technologies. Each month, the Library will partner with a different Maker within our community to offer a workshop for hobbyists, tech enthusiasts, or anyone who wants to learn something new.
“Read Me Treasure Valley 2014” kicked off February 3 at the Idaho Botanical Garden, an appropriate setting for this year’s read—The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean. The event featured remarks from the Associate State Librarian Marjorie Hooper--with the Idaho Commission for Libraries--and Boise City Council President Maryanne Jordan.
The Idaho Commission for Libraries does not administer the following award opportunities.
This year celebrate YALSA’s Teen Tech Week with the “DIY @ your library” theme March 9-15, 2014. Demonstrate the value your library brings to the community by offering teens an opportunity to extend learning beyond the classroom where they can explore, create and share content.
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.
Staff at the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfl) is off to a busy start in 2014, attending the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting, preparing for the Commission’s February 7 budget hearing before the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee (JFAC), participating in national initiatives, and shepherding ongoing projects.
ICfL’s Gizmo Garage – Closing the Digital Divide, One Device at a Time
By Jezmynne Dene, Director, Portneuf District Library, Chubbuck, ID
by Shirley Biladeau, Continuing Education Consultant
Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) begins the new year with a new web developer, welcoming Edgar Correa in early January. Correa, who graduated from Nampa High and attended Boise State University, has been in the web development world since 2001 when he joined HP as a contractor doing web support for a group of internal and external websites.
The Edge Initiative—created with the vision that all people should have opportunities to enrich and improve their lives through open access to information and technology services provided by public libraries—was developed and tested over several years by a national coalition of leading
On March 21, 2013 a three-year national public service campaign called EveryoneOn was launched. This campaign is run by the non-profit Connect2Compete (C2C), and is designed to promote the importance and value of digital literacy. Studies show that over 60 million Americans don’t use the Internet at all.
Thanks to the commitment of 41 Idaho libraries, the current LearningExpress Library (LEL) subscription is in place through June 30, 2014. The Governor has recommended ongoing funding for the LEL statewide license.
The Commission's pilot project to implement makerspaces in public libraries across Idaho had a successful and exciting first year.
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