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State Librarian Ann Joslin shares tips for reaching out to legislators

State Librarian Ann Joslin provided some tips for sharing library information with legislators and other stakeholders in this week’s American Libraries blog.


I like the wrap-up message, in particular: “Advocacy, engagement, outreach, public relations, and good, old-fashioned schmoozing are all components of disseminating the library message to the appropriate audience. And they are ongoing and ever-changing. So be persistent in your efforts and unafraid to alter your course. Don’t let the ‘because we’ll never get his or her support’ mentality limit your future achievements.”


Read more tips at https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/blogs/the-scoop/advocating-for-libraries/. Hopefully you’ll feel inspired to contact a legislator now or during the upcoming legislative session. You are all doing amazing things!

National Leadership and Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Grants

Have an interesting project in mind but need funding?  Consider applying for a National Leadership or Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Grant from IMLS!


-The National Leadership Grant program invests in projects that address challenges faced by the library and archive fields and generate results such as new tools, research findings, or models that can be widely used.

-The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Grant program supports professional development and training projects for libraries and archives.


Preliminary proposals are due Feb. 1, 2018.  For more information, please visit: https://www.imls.gov/news-events/news-releases/call-applications-national-leadership-and-laura-bush-21st-century

IMLS will also be hosting webinars about the grants on Dec. 12 and 14: https://www.imls.gov/news-events/events


If you would like to see which past proposals have been awarded funds, visit https://www.imls.gov/grants/awarded-grants and select “National Leadership Grants” or “Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program” in the “Grant Program” box.  You can further refine the search by state, issue areas, etc.


Good Luck!

Eat Play Grow Micro-Grant now open!

We’ve sweetened the pot to encourage Idaho public library staff to apply for the final year of the EatPlayGrow™ program. Your library can receive up to $500 to support health programming efforts aimed at preschoolers and their parents. Applications for this micro-grant program are open now through January 10, 2018.


EatPlayGrow™ was developed by the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) in partnership with the National Institutes of Health. The free curriculum breaks down healthy habits into a storytime format that librarians are comfortable presenting and parents and young children find engaging.  Extensive research showed the curriculum and activities are effective in changing parent and family behavior. Idaho’s adapted version of the program is supported by the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation. 


ICfL will provide a free book for families after each of the five sessions and up to $500 in funds that can be used to purchase healthy snacks, art supplies, promotional materials, manipulatives, and/or hardcover books to support the lessons. You can also use the funds to contract with Spanish-speaking presenters.


These are the program requirements:

  • All program sessions (5 or more) need to take place in 2018
  • The program should serve a minimum of 10 families
  • A community partner is required (not a Friends of the Library group)
  • Complete a summary report two weeks after the last program session
  • Survey a sampling of participating parents during the last two sessions
  • ICfL will host a webinar for the successful applicants in January. Please attend or watch the recorded version.


Applications are due January 10, 2018. For more information and application, visit http://libraries.idaho.gov/eatplaygrow

Librarians of Jeopardy

Check out Jennifer Hill on the cover of American Libraries! How cool is it that one of Idaho's librarians made it as a Jeopardy contestant?!

You can read the issue here

Thank you Representative Wintrow

Representative Wintrow was not only on the Legislative Panel at the ILA Conference in October, but she also visited the Main Boise Public Library branch. You can read about her visit in her newsletter

Library of Congress Announces Librarians-in-Residence Pilot Program

Applications Open Nov. 1 for Recent Graduates of Library/Information Science Master’s Programs

The Library of Congress is launching a Librarians-in-Residence pilot program to offer early career librarians the opportunity to develop their expertise and contribute to building, stewarding and sharing the institution’s vast collections.  

The application period is Nov. 1 to Nov. 30, 2017. The Library will select up to four applicants for a six-month residency beginning in June 2018. The program is open to students who will complete their master’s degrees in an American Library Association-accredited library/information science program no later than June 2018 or who completed such a degree no earlier than December 2016.

“I am so excited to invite early career librarians to bring their intellectual engagement, technological prowess and theoretical concepts of library and information science to bear on practical challenges here at the world’s largest library,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “The Library of Congress will benefit from their energy and creative thinking, and they will benefit from the hands-on experience of working with the scale and variety of the national collections, side-by-side with top innovators on the Library’s staff.”

The program gives early career librarians the opportunity to receive on-the-job training and undertake assignments that contribute to the ongoing mission and work of the Library of Congress in at least one of the following tracks:

  • Acquisitions and collection development
  • Cataloging and metadata
  • Collection preservation
  • Reference and instruction
  • Systems and standards

The program will offer compensation at the GS-9 pay level. For more information, please visit loc.gov/librarians/.

The program complements other education and training programs at the Library, such as the Junior Fellows program offering summer internships for college students and the summer Teacher Institutes program offering workshops for K-12 teachers to learn strategies for utilizing primary source materials in the classroom.

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States—and extensive materials from around the world—both on-site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at loc.gov; access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at congress.gov; and register creative works of authorship at copyright.gov.


Press Contact: Benny Seda-Galarza (202) 707-8732
Public Contact: Beth Davis-Brown (202) 707-3301
Website: Librarians-in-Residence Pilot Program

Ada County Victory Branch

At Ada County Victory Branch Library in Ada County for Build a Better World Summer Reading theme we made an international pillar near our Nonfiction world books.  We highlighted activities and recipes from countries from around the world along with pictures on a screen from the country.  We had many patrons enjoyed making crafts from around the world and taking recipes home to make.  After the summer reading was over we have kept the international pillar up. 

We keep a country up for one week at a time. Just one way we are expanding our world.

A shout out from the Academic & Special Libraries Division!

Did you know that members of the Academic & Special Libraries Division make up about 40 percent of the overall ILA membership (100 out of 250 ILA members)? These members play a very important role in supporting ILA’s mission and efforts. During the 2017 Division meeting, the 26 attendees talked about efforts to recruit new members, ways to continue all the great networking that occurs during conferences during the rest of the year (stay tuned for more sharing via the ILA Blog), and shared cool things that are going on in our libraries. We are especially grateful for the efforts of Molly Montgomery, ACRL Idaho Chair, for all the work she’s put into increasing communication among academic librarians, including a great Academic Unconference held last summer.

If you have questions about what the Division has planned or want to get more involved, please contact current Chair Stephanie Bailey-White any time!



ILA Meeting Minutes 10 04 2017


October 4, Meeting Minutes

Pending Approval


 Call to Order:  Amy called the meeting to order at 5:05 pm. Present were Amy Vechionne, Board Chair; Erin Downey, Vice Chair,  Beverly Richmond, Secretary;  Ann Joslin, State Librarian; Jessica Bowman, Jane Clapp, Treasurer; John Thill, Katie Lovan, Stephanie Bailey- White; Ben Hunter; Molly Montgomery; Marina Rose, Lacey Welt; Beverly McKay, Jeannie Standal; Beth Hendrix, Beth Swenson, Jennifer Hinzen, Keirsten Kerr, Rosemary Yocum , Julie Hatcher, Tiffani Young and guests Emily Sitz from Idaho Commission for Libraries and John Watts from Veritas. Absent was Kristi Haman.


Approval of meeting minutes of July 27, 2017.  Erin moved that the meeting minutes of July 27, 2017. Katie seconded and motion passed.


  • Active business: transition to a new board --Am y welcomed all the new members and the returning board members to the meeting. Both Amy and Erin Downey discussed how to use Nation Builder which is the ILA website.


  • Determine legislative and board priorities--John Thill discussed the two resolutions that needed board approval  The first resolution is the talking book Services and the request was for $357,000. This resolution would move the Talking Book Service (TBS) from federal funding back to state funds, where it was funded prior to FY2010.

The second resolution is the Broadband Reimbursement for Public Libraries--(EOR). This request is for an additional $45,000.00 to increase the boardband reimbursement funding for Idaho Public Libraries  through the Education opportunity Act (EOR).  This represents a 25% increase to $180,000.00 amount currently available to reimburse the non-E-rate portion of public libraries' internet service.  John Thill moved that both of these resolutions be approved. Julie Hatcher seconded. Motion passed. Ann Joslin  abstained.


  • Report out on how legislative visits went --John Watts stated that he was not sure how Legislative visits went. He did discuss internet filtering and a mandate of internet filtering on all computers at libraries.


  • Call for budget requests --Jane Clapp stated there are no official numbers as yet. She reminded everyone that  budget requests are now due and to include the following.
    • Include travel to and from 2018 conference in Moscow for award winners
    • VP include regional conferences + project income

Jane also discussed the need for how we count membership and the need to change it.  Jane provided her email address to send the budget request to, it is janeclapp.ila@gmail.com.


  • Conference report -- Lacey stated that the conference will be full of great programs and presenters, everything is in place for a very successful conference. Lacey wanted to thank the conference board for all their hard work. They include Megan Ekbert, Marina Rose, Shirley Bilideau, Kevin Tomlison and Ellie Efferson.


  • Website onboarding-- Both Amy and Erin Downey discussed how to use Nation Builder which is the ILA website.


  • ILA Mission and Vision Update- Amy stated that the ILA Mission and Vision statement need to be reworked and that there will be a new vision statement and mission statement in the future to review.


  • 501c3 --Amy discussed the need to become a 501 (c) 3  and this discussion will be continued at the meeting in February.


  • LSTA--Stephanie discussed LSTA funds being used for E-Books for all libraries  with the support of school programs.


  • Resolution from Shawn Keogh --John Watts discussed that a possible resolution be made to honor  Boundary County for being the best Small and Rural Library in the Nation. This honor will be made during National Library Week in April. Stephanie Bailey White moved to adopt this resolution. Beverly Richmond seconded. Motion passed.


  • Public Development-- John Thill discussed  access to professional development  and the need for better salaries across the state. The library infrastructure is one of lifelong learning, it is used by job seekers, for economic development , research, recreation and other activities. Jessica, Tiffani, Keirsten, and John to provide ordering to ILA for support of this.  It will be an action item/agenda item at the next meeting.


Adjournment--Jane Clapp moved that the meeting be adjourned at 6:30 pm. Larry Blackburn seconded. Motion passed.


Amy wished everyone a wonderful conference and thanked everyone for their continued dedication to ILA and libraries.

Award-winning Author to Speak in Rexburg

Award-winning Author Carla Kelly to Speak at the Madison Library District

Award-winning author Carla Kelly will speak at 7:00 PM on Friday, October 20, in the Madison Library District’s Community Room which is located at 73 N. Center St. in Rexburg.

Carla, a veteran of the New York and international publishing world, is best known for her Regency Romances, historical novels rich with manners and wit. She focuses on stories of “normal people” many of them hard-working member of the Royal Navy and Marines. Kelly’s interest in the Regency Era is fueled largely by her scholarly interest in the Napoleonic wars. The daughter of a naval officer, she credits her own upbringing with some of this interest. Carla’s other major historical interest is the U.S. Indian Wars.

She began her writing career with short stories about the people who live in army garrisons through the American West. She wrote these stories as a direct result of working as a ranger in the National Park Service at Fort Laramie National Historic site. She has gone back a century further to write a series about a brand inspector and his wife in 18th century New Mexico. Other novels set in the West are forthcoming along with more Regencies.

Recently, Carla has been writing novels exploring her Mormon background, in particular the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Each novel centers around historical events in the Mormon experience, from life on a Wyoming ranch, to Utah coal mines, to the Mormon exodus from Mexico.

Kelly has done some non-fiction work, too, editing the fur trade journal of Swiss painter Rudolf F. Kurz, and writing a history of Fort Buford (North Dakota), the site of Sitting Bull’s 1881 surrender to U.S. Army forces; but historical fiction remains Carla’s first interest. In addition to her wry humor, she is noted for the accuracy of her historical research principally because she is a historian, and it matters that the details be correct.

Along with Carla’s presentation, Eryri will perform tunes featured in her novel My Loving Vigil Keeping. They will also play a short set of related Welsh music beginning at 6:40 prior to her presentation.

This library event is also an outreach activity for the Malad Welsh Festival and is free to the public. The Madison Library District is located at 73 N. Center St. in Rexburg. For more information regarding the library and its programs, visit their website at www.madisonlib.org or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Madisonlib.org/ or give them a call at 208-356-3461 during business hours which are M-TH 9-8, F 10-6, and ST 10-4.


A little side-note for library folk on the eastern side of the state - 

I'm pretty sure both Carla and Eryri would be happy to repeat this event in other libraries. Not saying she wouldn't be willing to go west or north, but there would be potentially costly travel involved.