Due to high demand, registration for Framing the Future phase one sessions is open again! 

“I’m pleased that Idaho library staff can take part in the Framing the Future trainings. This multi-state effort, funded by IMLS, meets the needs of many different sized public libraries and will provide practical ideas library staff can begin implementing right away.” – Stephanie Bailey-White, Idaho State Librarian

The Idaho Commission for Libraries, along with five other states, is part of a federal grant project called Framing the Future: Advancing Strategic Planning in Small and Rural Libraries. The goal of this grant is to encourage small and rural libraries to create plans that help improve services and establish the library as the powerful community center it can be for everyone in the community.

Before learning about strategic planning and holding planning sessions, the first stage of this project is designed to increase awareness of how to help build a welcoming community. Librarians and board members have the power to help build a kinder, safer community. If you are interested in participating in this exciting opportunity, we ask that you sign up for the 2-part course below:

Unpacking Racial Literacy: a 2-Part Series – Dr. Tanisha Brandon-Felder, Shoreline School District
Tanisha Brandon-Felder is currently the Director of Equity and Family Engagement in the Shoreline School District. An educator in the Seattle Public Schools for 16 years, Dr. Brandon-Felder specializes in race and equity, culturally responsive practices and, primarily, the achievement and opportunity gap occurring with Black and Brown students. A graduate of both Grambling State and University of Washington, she focuses on equitable leadership with adults. Dr. Brandon-Felder piloted the Creative Schools Initiative through Arts Corps and is a firm believer that the arts create pathways for student engagement and academic success.

Racial equity is the key to identifying all the ways in which we can build strong learning partnerships and ensure equitable outcomes for students. Dr. Brandon-Felder is committed to transforming institutional practices one system at a time.

  • Part 1: Wednesday, March 17, 2021, from 2:15-4:15 p.m. MT / 1:15-3:15 p.m. PT
  • Part 2: Thursday, April 1, 2021, from 2:15-4:15 p.m. MT / 1:15-3:15 p.m. PT

These sessions are designed to be attended live and will not be recorded.

This course is open to anyone interested in this topic. It is part of the Framing the Future: Advancing Rural and Strategic Planning grant designed to encourage libraries to use what they learned in this session as part of a strategic planning process. Arizona, Idaho, Montana, North and South Dakota, and Wyoming are participating in the Framing the Future grant.

Interested? Please register by completing the Framing the Future Course Registration form.

Questions? Please contact Annie Gaines (annie.gaines@libraries.idaho.gov).

This project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Laura Bush, Community Catalyst Grant number RE-246273-OLS-20. Arizona, Idaho, Montana, North and South Dakota, and Wyoming are participating in this project.