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Director 101 Training Sessions

New Directors in Idaho have a lot of learning to do from the second they are chosen by their board of trustees to serve. When you become a the Director of your Library we at the Idaho Commission for Libraries are here to help you become acquainted with your new roles and responsibilities.

With increased demand for consultation and education on being a Library Director in Idaho we at ICfL have started the Director 101 program. This program is meant to give information and context to the many issues and timelines a new director in Idaho may face during their first few years in service. Applications are solicited and taken for a cohort of new directors and then those directors are chosen. This program will kick off in November of 2022 and run until October of 2023. This is the pilot year of the program and some specifics are subject to change at need however the plan is to continue introducing new cohorts over time and expand this program.

A cohort of 17 Public Library Directors will be selected from applications solicited across the state of Idaho. Selected applicants will be notified on 10/18.

The first session of the program will be on November 3rd, 2022 from 9:00AM-11:00AM. This will be an introduction to the Idaho Commission for Libraries, both the staff and the support that is offered to libraries.

The Agenda for the November 3rd meeting is as follows:

9:00-9:15: Introduction from Clay Ritter, Public Library Consultant

9:15-9:45: Introductions from Cohort Members

9:45-10:00: Break

10:00-10:50: ICfL Spark Talks on program and consulting services

10:50-11:00: Share-out/Wrap-up

11:00-12:00: Public Library Director’s Summit Registration and Networking Time with ICfL Staff.

For information on this program or questions please contact:

Clay Ritter

Clay Ritter

Public Library Consultant
Email / 208.639.4177
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The Director 101 Training sessions will consist of 2 one-hour sessions each month when held virtually. The first hour will be designated for a presentation and learning opportunity. The second session will be referred to as “office hours” commission staff will attend the second session to help answer questions and give time to those who might desire more of a one-on-one experience. Both sessions should be attended by all participants.

The 2022-2023 Cohort sessions will be held on the following months and topics. Sessions will be virtual unless otherwise noted. Topics are subject to change.

November 3, 2022 (In-person): Introduction & Idaho Commission for Libraries Services and Programs

December: E-Rate & Digital Inclusion

January: Policies & Procedures

February: Day-to-Day Admin/Staffing & Scheduling

March: Library Law and the basics of Risk Management

April: Your Trustees and the Library

May: Marketing the Library

June: Budgeting in Idaho

July: Other Duties as Assigned: Emergency Planning & Facilities

August (In-Person): Strategic Planning + Celebration

September: TBD (Will have Office Hours)

October: TBD (Will have Office Hours)

Specific days and times of the sessions will be set after cohort selection to find a time that works for as many staff as possible.