The following manuals and guidelines provide helpful information and guidance for libraries who are considering or undertaking a major facility project (remodel, expansion, new building, etc).These documents have been vetted by the ICfL and are being made freely available to Public Libraries (city and district) in Idaho. The ICfL is providing access to these documents through paid, limited-usage agreements with the authors. Libraries who wish to obtain copies of either or both of these documents may do so by submitting a request to the ICfL using the form linked below (the same form can be used for either document).
Library Building and Space Planning Guidebook
This guidebook, written by John Thompson, provides a quick overview, not an all-inclusive guide to the potentially overwhelming (yet very rewarding) experience of building a new library. Each chapter includes a brief narrative section, followed by a series of resources for the reader to consider. Chapters include assessing your space, projecting the size of the future building, hiring an architect, thinking about possible spaces to include within the building, furnishing the space, and other tips for a successful project.
It is intended to be used like a workbook. Use the sections as you need them. There are a variety of forms/templates with instructions you can use to gather/present your information.
You may feel overwhelmed by all the information you (and your team) need to create and gather. The appendices include samples to help guide you through the building process. You may want to review those samples as a first step, so you know what you are working toward.
The ICfL is providing up to one copy per legal entity of the guidebook to city and district public libraries. Additional copies of the guidebook may be purchased by contacting the author (see below).
About the author
John has over 30 years of public library administration experience including 16 years as the Director of the IFLS Library System (Eau Claire, WI). He regularly consults on all aspects of library administration and planning. As the library system’s building consultant, he has worked with over 30 public libraries on various aspects of space planning and building projects including space needs assessment, architect selection, interior layouts, funding, assisting owner representative at construction meetings, furniture selection, and space re-configurations.
John has presented various webinars and at various conferences including The Association for Rural & Small Libraries and the Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries on library buildings and space planning.
John recently launched his own consulting firm JT Library Planning. John can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jtlibraryplanningwi for more information regarding his consulting services.
2023 Idaho Procurement Manual
Each year, the Association of Idaho Cities publishes an updated procurement manual designed to acquaint Idaho’s city officials with the procedures and requirements related to the acquisition of goods, services, and public works construction in compliance with Idaho law. This manual is intended to acquaint Idaho’s city officials with procedures and requirements for the acquisition of goods, services and public works construction in compliance with Idaho law. Procedures vary for bidding on public works; for purchasing materials and supplies unrelated to public works; and for purchasing architectural, engineering or landscape architectural services. There are also different thresholds that determine whether a city can make purchases without going out for bid. Cities should establish sound policies and processes in the pursuit of efficient and cost-effective procurement that will result in the most beneficial outcome for the city. The overarching theme is practicing good stewardship of public resources.
The ICfL is providing up to one copy per legal entity of the manual to city and district public libraries. Additional copies of the manual may be purchased on the AIC website at https://idahocities.org/store/
About the AIC
The Association of Idaho Cities was formed in 1947 and is a nonpartisan, nonprofit corporation that serves Idaho’s 199 cities. AIC advocates on behalf of cities, and provides education, training and assistance to strengthen the ability of city elected officials and staff to serve their communities. Find out more about them and their work by visiting their website at https://idahocities.org/