online @ your library update

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The Idaho Commission for Libraries’ (ICfL) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) project, “online @ your library,” is in its second year. In 55 of Idaho’s least connected public libraries, Internet connectivity is up from an average of 1.5 Mbps to an average of 11 Mbps, with 530 new computers installed to date.
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Credible Connections - A Rousing Success!

This week saw the beginning of Credible Connections - a networking opportunity for all libraries and rave reviews are rolling in!  These 2-hour networking sesions in Mountain Home, Hailey, Burley, Twin Falls and Buhl enabled representatives from libraries, Department of Labor, Adult Basic Education, economic development groups and local interested community members to discover the vast array of resources and develop a connection for the next successful partnership to strengthen their communities.

"Scout" for info at Scout, Video Collections

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Scout Video Collections, at is provided by Idaho Public Television for learners of all ages. It offers thousands of multimedia resources as part of the Commission’s Libraries Linking Idaho (LiLI) service. Scout Video Collections includes Scout, Classroom Edition and Scout, Idaho Collection.

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Make Credible Connections

Credible Connections – An Outreach Opportunity

What are the burning issues in your community?  Economic Development?  Jobs?  Education?   The Idaho Commission for Libraries through its online @ your library grant project and in collaboration with Idaho Department of Labor and Adult Basic Education/PTE will be hosting a 2-hour networking session in a community near you to connect with individuals who have resources to address those burning issues.  Join in the conversation and get connected with the resources that will make a difference for your library, your community. 

"Maximize Your Job Search" tools available

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Many job search tools and resources are available from the Idaho Department of Labor, including the following recent additions: 

BTOP Kick-offs at Connectivity Libraries

BTOP Kick-offs at Connectivity Libraries

Idaho public libraries are holding “online @ your library” Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) celebrations  to showcase their expanded broadband and public access technology.  See photos at

Classroom and Library Editions of Scout

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Teachers and students in Idaho now have immediate access for
their lessons and homework to more than 14,000 research-based instructional
resources—including videos, interactives, images, audio files, mobile apps,
lesson plans, and worksheets--through Scout, Classroom Edition. Find it at

online @ your library update

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We are almost halfway through the “online @ your library” Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant period.

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Apangea for Public Libraries

Beginning this month, Idaho’s public libraries have been provided administrative access to Apangea Math. This information is a reminder and follow-up to the written notification sent to all public libraries two weeks ago.

Building relationships at launch of "online @ your library" BTOP project

The Idaho Commission for Libraries—along with nearly 150 Idaho state leaders, grant partners, and public library directors—launched the “online @ your library” broadband project on November 1 and 2. The launch workshop in Boise was sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.