Updates from The Idaho Library Association

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Kindergarten Readiness Grants

The ICfL is excited to announce a new pilot grant for public libraries to support library-led, community-based efforts that help get preschoolers ready for kindergarten.

Public libraries can apply for up to $10,000, in increments of $2500, to support programs and partnerships that meet the following goals:

  1. Ensure that more Idaho four-year-olds and their families have public library cards to gain access to the tools and resources needed to help children succeed in school;
  2. Increase the amount of early literacy activities done in the homes of four-year-olds; and
  3. Increase the number of successful public library, school, and community partnerships aimed at third-grade reading proficiency.

For details about grant requirements, eligibility, application process, and timeline visit http://libraries.idaho.gov/kindergarten-grant.

Grant applications are due on or before September 14, 2018.

Updated Library Laws

ICfL has just released the newest version of Idaho's Library Laws. You can find them here

Meeting Minutes 04 20 2018

Region 5 & 6 Conference

If you live in SE Idaho, don't miss out on the Region 5 & 6 Conference!

The theme this year is Fact or Fiction? Determine the Difference!


Find out more about the conference and register here!

ILA Awards and Scholarships

The ILA Awards and Scholarships applications are now available! If you know of any outstanding librarians, library staff, library supporters, or library students, please consider nominating them for an award.  If you know of anyone pursuing their education in library and information science, please let them know about these scholarship opportunities. 

Application Forms

2018 ILA Awards Application

2018 ILA Scholarship Application

2018 ILA Gardner Hanks Application

Awards and Scholarships Criteria

The 2018 criteria can be found here. 

The deadline for application submissions is June 8, 2018. 

Purpose of the Awards and Scholarships

Eight awards are presented in recognition of those individuals or organizations that have distinguished themselves in the profession of librarianship. These include:

  • Idaho Public Library of the Year
  • Librarian of the Year
  • Paraprofessional of the Year
  • Trustee of the Year
  • School Librarian of the Year
  • Friend of the Year
  • Legislator of the Year
  • Special Services to Libraries Award

Two scholarships are given to support the educational attainment of ILA members. These include:

  • Gardner Hanks Scholarship – $600
  • ILA Scholarship – $600


Please contact 2018 Scholarships and Awards Committee Chair, Rami Attebury. 

New Resources for Trustees!

Do you have a wonderful board who wants to make your library a better place?

Maybe you're already a board member and aren't sure how to promote your library.

Well, check out the Trustee Advocacy page! It has several resources on how to advocate for your library.

Your involvement is what makes Idaho's libraries better!

Proposed Constitution Changes & Upcoming Vote

As you may already know, the Idaho Library Association Board has approved moving the organization to a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. The reasoning behind the decision is to ensure future financial stability of the organization. There are many benefits to this move, and the work of the organization remains the same. 

In order to make this change with the Internal Revenue Service, we have several steps to follow, which are outlined in an attached document. One of those changes is to make some changes to the Idaho Library Association Constitution. Attached to this post, you will see the proposed version of the constitution, as well as the current constitution with redlines outlining the changes

As our current constitution states, ILA members need two months of time to review these changes before the vote takes place. We will be holding several online meeting forums (links and phone numbers to connect to the online meetings are at this URL)

  • Virtual Meeting Time #1 Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 10am Mountain Time / 9am Pacific Time
  • Virtual Meeting Time #2 Thursday, April 26, 2018, 10am Mountain Time / 9am Pacific Time
  • Virtual Meeting Time #3 Thursday, May 17, 2018 10am Mountain Time / 9am Pacific Time
  • Virtual Meeting Time #4 Monday, June 4, 2018 11am Mountain Time / 10am Pacific Time

We offer these forums to members and others to ask questions, and voice their opinions about these potential changes. 

The vote will take place Wednesday, June 6, and the voting will take place electronically. ILA Members will have one week to vote. Individuals must be active members in order to vote. The active members will be selected on Wednesday, June 6, at 9am Mountain Time. All individuals who would like to vote must have an active membership by 9am, June 6, 2018, Mountain Time. 

SWILA Conference Announces Schedule

SWILA 2018
Monday, April 9th
Library! at Bown Crossing


8:30-9am - Registration, name tag decoration, coffee
9-10 am - Keynote: Bill Manny, Idaho Statesman Community Engagement Editor
10:15-11am - Session 1
11:15-noon - Session 2
Noon-1pm - Lunch
1-1:15pm - Announce afternoon sessions, as determined by attendees
1:30-2:15pm - Breakout session 1
2:15-2:30pm - Snack break
2:30-3:15pm - Breakout session 2
3:30-4pm - Conference group debrief

Session 1 - 10:15 -11:00 am

Battle of the Books! 
Multipurpose room
with Julie Buren and Eric Hovey of Idaho Battle of the Books
Talk about what Battle of the Books is and a short little demonstration. Possible books for next year and how to put it into your library.

Bridging the Gap: Teens Connect to their Community by Sharing STEM Skills 
Conference room
with Gena Marker and LABies of Centennial High School Library
The Centennial High School Library cultivates a rock star group of teens called LABbies (Library Advisory Board members), and library aides, who have participated in multiple community outreach events this school year. Many LABbies also serve as library aides during the school day. At CHS, library aides and LABbies go above and beyond to connect with their communities. This school year the CHS LABbies and library aides have gone even further than their initial scope and begun doing outreach events to the broader community. Students will discuss the processes in which they involve themselves to plan and manage outreach events that connect them to diverse communities, expanding their knowledge of STEM and library-related fields, and allowing them to cultivate connections among their respective community partners.

Makerspace Session 
Study room A
with Debbie Worthington of Mountain Home Air Force Base Library. 
Cultivating Connections in Makerspaces. We are cultivating a community of Makers through 3D printing at a military library. Come see what we are doing and how to build a Making community.

Growing STEM Outreach: creating lasting connections between public and school libraries 
Study room B
with Jana Gregory
A case study of my library's efforts to expand our outreach services. In the past two years, we've doubled our children's outreach visits and boosted our number of children served by more than 1,500. I'll share strategies for getting into schools, even when past efforts have not worked as well as activities that I've used and how to develop new activities for multiple ages.

Workforce Development Connections Panel 
Storytime area
with Shirley Biladeau
This will be a panel presentation on connecting Idahoans to workforce development resources. Representatives from Department of Labor, Adult Education, Commission on Aging will be present to share the many resources available through the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) for workers of all ages. In addition, there will be conversation as to how libraries can collaborate with this programs to bring services to their communities.

Get That Grant! Panel 
Fireplace area
with Deana Brown
The Idaho library community asked for help and resources to feel less intimidated by grants. This panel is your answer! Learn from grant applicants, awardees, reviewers, and organizations. Panel participants include: Kristina Taylor, Idaho Commission for Libraries; Christine Hoxie, Ada Community Library; Jane Somerville, Stanley Public Library; David Pettyjohn, Idaho Humanities Council; Jonathan Lashley, Senior Instructional Technologist - Boise State University. Bring your nagging grant questions for our panel, and we’ll have a few questions to get the discussion rolling.

Session 2 - 11:15 am -noon

Squad Goals: Finding and Building Your Professional Community 
Multipurpose room
with Molly Montgomery
We are all specialists in what we do. Maybe you focus on a particular population, a specific service, or type of information. We may not have colleagues within our organization who are specialized in the same way. This can make it hard to stay connected to our specialization and can lead to a sense of professional isolation. We can read articles, monitor listservs and attend conferences, but how can we build real relationships with those outside our organization who do what we do? Molly will describe her experience in building a professional community with medical librarians at the local, regional, and national levels. Participants will be encouraged to share how they build their own professional groups.

Growing a Library Fandom: Helping Teens Fall in Love With the Library 
Conference room
with Jen Scott Wills
Today's teens are smart, perceptive, and passionate about what they love. How can you make your library one of the things they love? Let's discuss things that have worked -- in programming, collections, outreach, marketing, and more -- and new ways of connecting teens to our library services.

Cultivating Relationships with Readers: Hints and Tricks for a Better Readers Advisory Interview 
Study room A
with Maggie Dumont
This presentation is about connecting with the community via direct and indirect Readers Advisory and how to conduct a better readers advisory interview.

A.L.I.C.E. - A study of financial hardship in communities throughout Idaho 
Study room B
with Nora Carpenter and Shirley Biladeau
A.L.I.C.E. - Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Expense is a study of financial hardship conducted by the United Ways of the Pacific Northwest. One-third of the population in Idaho struggles every month to afford basic necessities -- and it continues to grow. This report will be valuable in helping libraries identify needs in their communities and develop appropriate programming and resources. Prevention is the key and the United Way has some good ideas for partnering in communities to meet these needs.

Connecting One Brick at a Time 
Storytime area
with Scott Bowman of Idaho LEGO Users Group
LEGO is a wonderful building toy with limitless possibilities for exploration of solutions based learning to encourage STEAM interests and have a lot of fun. My workshop would focus on how integrating LEGO activities into events and programs can enhance engagement.

Serving Patrons of Other Abilities 
Fireplace area
with Marcia Stillman
I would like to share our programming for people with disabilities. Grant opportunities and sites that have proved helpful.

TBS Promotion

ICfL made resources promoting the Talking Book Service (TBS) available to libraries in its “Say Yes to TBS” promotion which began in October 2017 and ended in March.  The promotion included several activities including promotional materials for libraries, educational materials for library staff, social media posts, tweets, and memes, and website resources.  Several of the activities were pilot projects which we need your feedback on. 


Please take a few minutes to complete a “Yes to TBS” survey and share your thoughts on the promotion.


The resources, including the social media tools, will remain on the TBS website for use by all types of libraries.  Many of the posts and tweets can be used again.  Talking Book Service staff are also available for presentations to library staff or to accompany staff to presentations to community organizations such as senior centers.


Thanks for sharing information about TBS with your users and communities.

LiLAC Application Deadline

Just a reminder that the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho Library Association are seeking new members for the Library Leadership Advisory Committee (LiLAC). Please complete this application - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/libraryleadership.

For more information about the Library Leadership Advisory Committee (LiLAC) please go to http://libraries.idaho.gov/leadership or http://www.idaholibraries.org/lilac.

This application is open to all members of the Idaho library community, including public library trustees. It is important to have all the voices at the table as we continue to build our leadership culture. The application will be open until March 30, 2018. All applicants will be notified by April 16 , 2018 of their status.