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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
with Marcia Stillman
I would like to share our programming for people with disabilities. Grant opportunities and sites that have proved helpful.
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.
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.
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.
- PNLA Representative
- ACRL Representative
- Library Student Representative
- Academic/Special Libraries Division Vice Chair (chair-elect)
- Public Libraries Division Vice Chair (chair-elect)
- Trustees and Friends Division Vice Chair (chair-elect)
- School Libraries Division Vice Chair (chair-elect)
- Idaho Book Award Committee Chair
- Online Content Coordinator
Public libraries may apply for grants to host public programs around the PBS series “The Great American Read,” an eight-part television and online series designed to spark a national conversation about reading and the books that have inspired, moved, and shaped us, the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced.
"The Great American Read” will engage audiences with a list of 100 diverse books, encouraging audiences to read the books, vote from the list of 100, and share their personal connections to the titles.
Fifty U.S. public libraries will be selected through a competitive application process to receive a cash grant to support programs and events related to “The Great American Read.” Selected libraries will also receive a programming kit, developed by ALA and PBS, that will help public libraries participate in a national conversation about reading and books, including those featured in the series that highlight themes of love, heroes, villains, other worlds and self-discovery.
Selected libraries will be required to hold at least three public programs related to “The Great American Read” series May and November 2018. Collaboration with local PBS member stations is strongly encouraged.
“The Great American Read” will premiere May 22 on PBS stations with a two-hour launch, kicking off a summer of reading and voting. In fall 2018, seven new episodes will air, featuring appearances by celebrities, athletes, experts, authors and everyday Americans advocating for their favorite book, culminating with a finale that reveals America’s best-loved novel as chosen by the American public.
Selected libraries will receive a DVD collection of the eight-part series with public performance rights; a hardcover copy of the companion book, “The Great American Read: The Book of Books” by PBS (Black Dog & Leventhal, August 21, 2018); print materials for local program promotion and publicity; a programming guide developed by ALA, PBS and a panel of librarian advisors; and more.
The libraries will also have the opportunity to host private screenings of the series premiere and six fall episodes before they broadcast to the public.
“The Great American Read” is a production of Nutopia for PBS. PBS Funding for “The Great American Read” is provided by The Anne Ray Foundation and PBS.