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Best Practices for Public Libraries

The Best Practices for Public Libraries in Idaho is a tool developed for the public library community to use in planning, staff and trustee development, orientation, advocacy, and as a catalyst for conversation.

Arranged by subject, the Best Practices provide an easy checklist and a supporting toolkit for each area to serve as a guide for library staff and boards seeking to review practices and to development the capacity to better serve their communities.

To complement the Best Practices, we are offering a Best Practices Improvement Plan grant opportunity for Idaho public libraries. The Improvement Plan will provide financial support for libraries that choose to implement two new Best Practices through a customized plan.

Best Practices Improvement Plan

The Best Practices Improvement Plan is a non-competitive grant program designed to assist public libraries in implementing self-identified Best Practice statements included in the Best Practices for Public Libraries checklists. The program is designed to assist public libraries to

  1. Implement selected best practices
  2. Build the capacity to serve the community

The Best Practices offer many opportunities for capacity building throughout the content areas. When contemplating your plan to implement two Best Practices, you may find obvious pairings such as a marketing plan and a logo. Some Best Practices have an obvious physical component, the library logo for example, while others, such as a policy, do not. Your grant funds may be used to directly support the selected Best Practices or to build the capacity to serve your community.


If you have questions about using grant funds, please contact Emily Sitz at or call (208) 882-8882 or (866)-212-0646. This grant program is made possible through funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Emily Sitz

Emily Sitz

Area Field Consultant for Regions I,II, & VI
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