The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) has welcomed new board member Michael Strickland to its five-member board of library commissioners, the policymaking body for the ICfL.

Strickland was a high-school English teacher at INSPIRE Connections Academy until last spring. He has taught at Boise State University since 2008.

Strickland’s experience also includes many years of teaching developmental writing and communication. Strickland said, “I have a profound passion for emerging technologies, as well as an appreciation of the role libraries play in youth and teen development.”

In fact, Strickland wasted no time in broadening his knowledge of libraries and the ICfL’s programs and services. This week, he attended a “supporting beginning readers” training the ICfL conducted at Eagle Public Library.

Deputy State Librarian Stephanie Bailey-White said, “We are eager to welcome Michael Strickland to the Commission’s board. His diverse background and passion for education — and, of course, libraries — will be a good fit for the ICfL and the Idaho library community.”

Board of Library Commissioners Chair Dave Mecham said, “It has been a couple of years since our board has welcomed a new member, and we are looking forward to Michael’s perspectives and experiences as we all continue to serve the Commission and Idaho’s libraries in the best ways that we can.”