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JFAC to Set ICfL Budget

The Joint Finance-Appropriations (JFAC) Committee is scheduled to set the budget for state fiscal year 2019 for the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) on Friday, February 23, 2018. The proceedings begin at 8 a.m., with the ICfL scheduled to be the second agency on the agenda.

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    Natural History Workshops from Idaho Dept. of Parks and Rec

    This teacher workshop series is open to Idaho library staff, and will be offered in six locations throughout Idaho this spring and summer. Learn about Idaho history, flora and fauna, and geology with Idaho’s state parks as your classroom.

    Cost: $50 ($60 for continuing education credit)

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    AASL National School Library Standards - Shared Foundations

    The AASL National School Library Standards are actually three sets of standards: one for learners; one for school librarians; and one for the school library program itself.  All three of the standards sets, called Frameworks, use the same Shared Foundations, which reflect the core values of school librarianship.  They are at the highest level of the Stan

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    Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign

    The annual Child Abuse Prevention Month is in April and every yearorganizations (including many libraries) throughout Idaho participate.

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    AASL National School Library Standards - Where to Start?

    Sometimes when a new set of standards is introduced, it is difficult to know where to start, how to apply them, and how a set of standards fits with existing curriculum and everyday practice.  Luckily, there are some helpful tools included in AASL’s new National School Library Standards to help us unpack the standards and start using them in the most useful way.

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    Community Engagement - Where to Start?

    If you have been in the same room as I for any length of time,you have heard me talk about “community engagement” as an important task for all library staff and board members to be engaged. Community engagement is an ongoing commitment every library director and library board member, should consider incorporating into in their workflow.

    Summer STEM from your Library

    Are you ready to start thinking about Summer Fun?
    Have you
    been dreaming about a STEMazing summer of learning?
    We are here to help!

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    Legislative Outreach Tips by State Librarian Ann Joslin

    The American Library Association (ALA) recently invited me to contribute a piece about legislative outreach, which was placed in ALA’s magazine, American Libraries.

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    Wikipedia’s 2018 #1lib1ref Campaign*

    Imagine a World where Every Librarian Adds One More Reference to Wikipedia. If every librarian in the world added one citation to Wikipedia, Wikipedia wouldn't have anymore [citation needed] tags. Libraries are critical allies to Wikipedia’s mission: collecting and disseminating the sum of all knowledge.

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    The 2018-2019 Mini-Grant Application Window is Open!

    Over the past six years, the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) has funded mini-grants to 121 Idaho elementary school libraries, who then increased access to books for their youngest students. This year, ICfL is pleased to add a School Library Access (SLA) Mini-Grant to support older elementary students, as well. 

    Meet Idaho’s State Archivist David Matte

    David Matte

    David Matte enjoys the challenges of managing the Idaho State Archives and serving on the Leadership Team of the Idaho State Historical Society, an extraordinary system of cultural and historic resources comprised of the Idaho State Museum, Idaho State Archives, Idaho State Historic Preservation Office, the Old Idaho Penitentiary and Historic Sites Program.  The Idaho State Archives (ISA)

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    Learning for You: Do This in November

    As you look to the month ahead, I bet you have a lot on your plate.  In November, our to do lists start to grow with competing demands for our time and attention. I've heard this time of year referred to as the Bermuda Triangle of the holidays in a number of contexts. A common theme among them is that this is an easy time to forget about our own needs. 

    SPLAT Wants You!

    SPLAT

    The Special Projects Library Action Team (SPLAT), sponsored by the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL), has several openings to fill at the end of 2017. ICfL is currently soliciting applications from individuals working in the Idaho library community to serve a three-year term on SPLAT.

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    Do Overdue Fines Short-Change the Library?

    Who loves to collect overdue fines from students?  Nobody.  But fines are necessary, aren't they?  And for some school libraries, aren't they a needed revenue stream?  What if collecting the overdue fine costs more than the fine itself? 

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    Boundary County Library District Named the Best in the U.S.

    The Boundary County Library District (BCLD), in Bonner’s Ferry, was named the best small library in America by Library Journal magazine, the premier publication for the industry.

    Welcome Allison Floyd, ICfL's LiLI Librarian

    Allison Floyd

    Allison Floyd recently joined the staff of the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) as the LiLI librarian. Allison will manage the statewide Libraries Linking Idaho (LiLI) program, which includes the newly revamped ShareIdaho resource sharing service.

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    Idaho Libraries as Network Partners in American Job Centers Idaho

    Idaho Libraries as Partners with the
    American Job Center

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    Leadership To Make A Difference Institute - Boise

    The Library Leadership Advisory Committee (LiLAC), a collaborative effort between the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho Library Association, will be hosting the second University of Idaho Extension Service Leadership To Make A Difference Institute in Boise on November 9 and 10. The two-day event will be facilitated by Kathee Tifft and Mary Schmidt.

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    Live Better Idaho

    Live Better Idaho is a collaborative effort among multiple groups, including government agencies, non-profits, faith-based organizations, and other community services creating online access to available services to all Idahoans.  Initiated by the Idaho State Department of Health and Welfare, it provides an avenue for government and non-profit organizations to provide online access to servi

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    Trustee Connections Workshops

    August 7-11, 2017, the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) hosted four Trustee Connections workshops for public library directors and trustees at sites in Coeur d’Alene, Twin Falls, Rexburg, and Middleton. (Thanks to the respective libraries that provided meeting space for the events.).

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    How does the library respond to the impact of automation on the job market?

    In the future, the job market will change and libraries can play a role to shepherd our communities through it successfully. An article from the Institute for Spatial Economic Analysis (ISEA) in May 2017 reported that “job automatic will hit certain metropolitan areas significantly harder than others” (Chen, 2017).

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    RIPL 2018 Scholarship Opportunity for Rural and Small Library Staff

    RIPL 2018 Scholarship Opportunity for Rural and Small Library Staff:

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    Welcome Back to School!

    Welcome back to school, and welcome back to The School Zone!  It has been a fun (if smoky) summer here in Idaho, and we hope everyone is returning refreshed, recreated, and ready to take on a new year.

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    Volunteers in libraries: a growing trend

    The Corporation for National and Community Service reports that in 2015 Idaho ranked fifth in the nation for percentage of its population that volunteered (34%), second in the nation for the number of volunteer hours per resident (43.5), and fifth in the naton with a volunteer retention rate of 73%.  Is your library taking advantage of  the skills and willingness of Idahoans