It is my pleasure to share that Tammy Hawley-House has accepted the position of deputy state librarian for the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL). With her 20 years of experience within the Idaho library community, plus the great work she has done at the Commission as a consultant in the youth services and continuing education arenas, Tammy brings a wealth of experience to the role of deputy state librarian.
Tammy will be a member of the ICfL’s management team. She will contribute to the development and evaluation of the agency’s strategic plan, policies, etc., including personnel, annual budget, and assignments. She will coordinate the planning and evaluation of statewide development programs. Tammy will also hire, coach, and evaluate consultant and program staff and represent the interests of the Idaho library community to state and national policymakers.
After beginning her professional journey in the field of accounting, Tammy found her true passion within the library world. She spent most of her tenure at Boise Public Library, which she joined in 1997. She worked at Ada Community Library from 2003 to 2005 as the youth services and outreach department head, before returning to Boise Public in 2005. Tammy’s responsibilities included managing the materials’ collection, providing reference services, creating and delivering programs, seeking and obtaining grants, project and staff management, budget implementation, fundraising, building community partnerships, and much more. Of course, Tammy would probably say her very favorite thing about library work was reading to the children. (And later, to their children!)
Tammy joined the ICfL in 2015 as a youth services consultant, where she succeeded in putting her years of practical library experience to great use on a statewide level. Early last year, Tammy became the ICfL’s continuing education consultant, which was another role in which she excelled.
Tammy is excited to work with our talented and dedicated staff at the ICfL in a new capacity. She is also looking forward to getting to know even more of you in the Idaho library community – our customers – to find out how the ICfL can serve you even better.