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 The Nexus Newsletter Idaho Library Community
Vol. 5 No. 1  Jan-Mar 2012 Issue
online @ your library update
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.
Library news from around the state

Read about recent developments in the Idaho library community

ICfL Funding
The Idaho Commission for Libraries’ Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 appropriations bill was created February 28, 2012 and included:
LSTA 5-Year Evaluation
A huge thank you from the Idaho Commission for Libraries to all of you who helped with the evaluation of the use of Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds as specified in the Commission’s LSTA Long-Range Plan, 2008-2012.
Nominations Sought for LSTA Advisory Council
The Idaho Board of Library Commissioners is seeking nominations for three seats on the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Advisory Council. These positions include the School Library seat and two Public Library seats, one for Northern Idaho and one for Eastern Idaho.
Upcoming ILA Conferences
Don't forget to register for your region’s Idaho Library Association (ILA) Spring Conference. Some wonderful presentations are scheduled for this spring’s upcoming events. And, you can join in on College and Career Ready discussions at any of the conferences.
Internet Filtering—Resources for Public Libraries
Beginning October 1, 2012, all public libraries receiving public money and governed by the provisions of Chapter 26 or Chapter 27 of Title 33 of Idaho Code will need to comply with Idaho Code 33-2741 regarding Internet Use Policies.

State Law and Idaho Primary Election

State Law and Political Party Rules have changed and this will affect the Idaho Primary Election, May 15, 2012. In mid-April public libraries will receive a mailing from the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Office of the Secretary of State with a letter explaining the changes and a poster with information for their library users.  Here are the changes:

Volunteer Webinar

Idaho Commission for Libraries hosted a February 28 webinar for the Southwest Idaho Directors of Volunteer Services on the changing face of volunteerism. The presenter was Jill Fixler, a long time Volunteer Coordinator and consultant. Fixler noted that Idaho ranks high in both the percentage of persons who volunteer (34%) and the average number of hours volunteered.

Idaho at 150
March 4, 2013 is the official day of the Idaho Territorial Sesquicentennial. On that day in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the bill creating the Idaho Territory. The sesquicentennial, Idaho at 150, will illuminate our state's future by helping people of all ages explore the territorial roots and history.
WESTPAS: Protecting Cultural Collections
WESTPAS is once again offering their two-part workshop this spring. Participants will learn about the various aspects of disaster planning and will start a disaster plan by the end of the second session.
Financial Assistance Available for LSSCP

The Idaho Commission for Libraries is again offering financial assistance to library support staff applying for the American Library Association's (ALA) Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program. The LSSC Program offers library employees the opportunity to increase their skills in areas such as technology, communication, and the foundations of librarianship.

Read to Me News
The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) Read to Me program celebrates its 15th Anniversary this year. Read to Me Coordinators hosted a party and presentation for VIPs (Very Important Partners) on January 12 to share information about the history of the program and where RTM is headed during the next few years.
Teen Read Week 2011 Highlights
Teen Read Week (TRW) 2011 is over, but the posters live on! Thirty-six public libraries and 29 school libraries either participated in the Picture It With Posters project or held a Teen Read Week event.

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In this issue
•  online @ your library update
•  Library news from around the state
•  ICfL Funding
•  LSTA 5-Year Evaluation
•  Nominations Sought for LSTA Advisory Council
•  Upcoming ILA conferences
•  Internet Filtering—Resources for Public Libraries
•  State Law and Idaho Primary Election
•  Volunteer Webinar
•  Idaho at 150
•  Westpas: Protecting Cultural Collections
•  Financial Assistance Available for LSSCP
•  Read to Me News
•  Teen Read Week 2011 Highlights
State Librarian
Ann Joslin

Ann Joslin

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