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Held's Reappointment to ICfL Board Approved by Governor Otter

June 9, 2017 - 7:21am

We are very pleased that Governor Otter has approved the reappointment of John Held for another term to serve on the Board of Commissioners for the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL). John is the 1st Congressional District Representative.

John joined the ICfL Board in 2009 and is its current Chair. John brought nearly 20 years of experience as a trustee for the Payette Public Library to his role as trustee for the Commission, and his background as a local library trustee has served us well. John's experience, coupled with his practical knowledge of library operations and their role in the community, have been invaluable.

We also enjoy John's gracious and affable nature, along with the thoughtful presentation of his ideas and opinions. John helps to promote libraries, both at the local level, and throughout the Gem State.

I look forward to John's continued work on behalf of the ICfL and Idaho's libraries.

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Order 2018 CSLP Summer Reading Program Manuals and Posters Now

June 7, 2017 - 3:48pm

A program manual for the 2018 Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) summer reading themes will be provided to each public library by the Idaho Commission for Libraries at no cost to your library. Manuals will be shipped to each library/branch in Fall 2017. The 2018 slogan for ALL ages is "Libraries Rock!" and the theme is music. Receipt of a program manual is contingent upon submitting your 2017 summer reading program report.

We will be asked to place our Program Manual order with CSLP very soon. Please submit your request by Monday, June 26.


The CSLP has changed their pricing structure for manuals. The traditional package (paper copy + DVD containing PDF of manual and graphics) will now cost ICfL twice as much as the electronic formats. Please determine whether your library truly needs all four sections in a paper format before choosing the paper option. If, for example, you only offer a children's program, consider ordering the DVD or USB.

  • The new "default" format if your library does not indicate a choice will be the USB format.
  • DVDs will be just one copy, not 3 as was provided in past years.
  • If your library does not want a program manual (not using theme, not offering a program,) please indicate that as well.
  • Online access will be provided with all formats.
  • Posters and Incentive Catalogs: ICfL will also provide each library with up to 4 posters to help get you started promoting your 2018 summer reading program. Indicate your choices on this form as well. You will also need to let us know how many Upstart Incentive Catalogs your library wishes to receive (you can give catalogs to schools and community partners).

Order manuals, posters, and catalogs at

Deadline is June 26.

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SPLAT 2017 Summer Adventure

June 7, 2017 - 12:23pm

The Special Projects Library Action Team (SPLAT) will be visiting 8 Southwest Idaho Libraries on July 27, 2017. These libraries will include the towns of Council, Midvale, New Plymouth, Middleton, Notus, Homedale, Glenns Ferry and Grandview. Dividing into four groups, SPLAT members will showcase the SPLAT Idea Lab at each of these libraries, working with staff and their community members to introduce a variety of technology and non-technology tools for teaching STEM and other activities. The SPLAT Idea Lab includes a 3-D printer, Dash and Dot Robots, Edison Robots, Sphero, Keva Planks, Circuit Blocks and other tools to explore various aspects of technology. After this Summer Adventure, the Idea Lab will be retired, allowing the SPLAT members to focus on design thinking and other areas.

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Aspen Institute Colorado Dialogue on Public Libraries

June 5, 2017 - 12:00am

The Colorado Dialog in Denver was a one-day event, fostering conversation among public librarians and representatives from public and private organizations.  Shirley Biladeau, Program Supervisor, Idaho Commission for Libraries, was invited to attend as an observer of the process. The participating attendees represented a wide range of public, private, and government entities. Billed as a multi-stakeholder forum to identify strategic opportunities presented by the Colorado's public libraries in response to the educational, economic, social, and technological transformations taking place across Colorado, the end goal was to identify key recommendations for action to advance progress on library-community relationships that build community capacity and resilience.

Objectives included:

  1. Identify models for community-library partnerships and innovations that are working well.
  2. Develop recommendations to strengthen existing initiatives.
  3. Consider new proposals, networks or partnerships to exploit new efficiencies and strengthen community resilience and sustainability.

Three fundamental questions provided direction for the conversations:

  1. How do libraries help build resilient communities?
  2. What changes are needed to strengthen the role of libraries in building resilient communities?
  3. What can my networks and I do to help define and implement pathways for action?

A few quotes from the day included:

  1. Lifelong learning from cradle to grave -- it is what libraries do best!  Raise the value of informal learning.
  2. Grow the vision and the leaders.  Success is about relationships and leadership development.
  3. We all own early literacy, health and vibrancy of family learning.  Let's work together.

There were many comments that focused on libraries as a bridge to new relationships, as a connector to new ideas, as providing a safe place, as a convener of dialogues, and as a knowledge curator.

This event was a great example of bringing together differing entities for a common cause. While the Idaho Commission for Libraries has hosted past events bringing together divergent groups, we are now looking at how we might foster these types of dialogues at the local level for great impact on long term sustainability of libraries. Helping libraries foster civil discourse in their communities to resolve their issues, making it a grassroots initiative.

One final quote from Gene Hainer, Colorado State Librarian: Communities are like a tapestry -- made up of individual threads to form a beautiful mosaic. With this in mind, what can we do individually and collectively to make things better? Explore the role of your library in the tapestry of its community.

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