Updates from The Idaho Library Association

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The fight for library funding is on in the US Senate

Some suggestions from the ALA Action Center:

To take action, visit the Action Center for additional talking points and easy-to-send email templates.

Senators have until May 19 to let our champions know that they will sign the separate LSTA and IAL “Dear Appropriator” letters, so there’s no time to lose. Use ALA’s Legislative Action Center today to contact both of your Senators and ask them to support federal funding for libraries by signing on to both the Reed/Collins LSTA and Reed/Grassley/Stabenow IAL Dear Appropriator letters.

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Call for 2017 ILA and Gardner Hanks Scholarships

The ILA Awards and Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the call for applications for the 2017 ILA Scholarships. ILA offers two $600 scholarships to encourage those continuing their education. The two awards are:

Gardner Hanks Scholarship (for pursuing formal library education)
ILA Scholarship (for library professionals pursuing continuing library education activities)

Scholarship criteria can be found here. Both the criteria and the application forms will be posted to the new ILA webpage soon, but please feel free to share these links. 

The deadline for nominations is Friday, June 2, 2017, and awards will be presented at the 2017 ILA Conference in Boise in October.

Call for 2017 ILA Award Nominations

Do you know someone who has made a difference to Idaho Libraries this year? Make sure they are recognized for their contributions by nominating them for a 2017 ILA Award.

ILA Awards will be given out in the following areas:

  • 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

Award criteria can be found here. Both the criteria and the application forms will be posted to the new ILA webpage soon, but please feel free to share these links.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, June 2, 2017, and awards will be presented at the 2017 ILA Conference in Boise in October.

Please note that all awards nominations require at least two and no more than five letters of support. (The original online nomination may be considered as one of the letters.)

ILA Annual Conference Proposals Deadline: April 14th

The call for proposals is open for the Idaho Library Association Annual Conference and will remain open through April 14th.

The ILA Conference Committee is currently accepting proposals for pre-conferences (half day and full day on Oct 4th) and conference presentations (45-60 minutes on Oct 5th & 6th) at the Riverside Hotel in Boise, Idaho.

Please note that presenters will receive a reduced registration rate for the conference but they will be responsible for their own lodging, meals, and other travel expenses.

*Trustees and Friends are encouraged to submit proposals too!*

Please fill out this Google Form to submit your proposal.

The submission deadline is April 14, 2017.

Applicants will be notified by May 1st whether they were selected.

In addition, the committee is seeking feedback on topics you would like to see represented. Please send suggestions to John atjthill@mld.org. The theme for the conference this year is Community Built Libraries and we are especially interested in proposals that focus on community engagement, partnerships, building projects, collective impact, volunteers, and services that target a community need.

If you have any questions please email Megan at megan@mld.org, John jthill@mld.org, or Jenniferjkuhn@mymiddletonlibrary.org

IMLS funding action steps

In order to maintain IMLS funding, Idaho Library Association members, and others, will need to participate in a long, grassroots effort to help advocate for IMLS funding to not remain cut. 
Here are some action items the Board of the Idaho Library Association, advise that Idaho Library Association members to take now: 
  1. Send a postcard, call, and email your representatives using the attached Idaho-centric letter. use the forms linked here to send your message:
    1. Senator Crapo
    2. Senator Risch
    3. Representative Laborador
    4. Representative Simpson
  2. Register for Virtual Library Legislative Day! ALA will send you a reminder to take action, along with a link to the live webcast of our keynote and issue briefing on the morning of May 1st. They will also send you the talking points, give you access to email templates, and other resources to help you take action.
  3. Send in your high-impact stories - especially about programs funded by IMLS.
  4. Complete the actions recommended here to contact representatives about appropriations. 
Please get in touch with an Idaho Library Association board member if you have any questions. 

Are you Making at your Library?

The Idaho Library Association Maker Committee is working to create a network of makers and makerspaces in Idaho libraries that will facilitate the sharing of ideas. You can help!

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Add your library to the map and get connected

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Opportunity to Serve in the Intellectual Freedom Committee

Idaho library folk:

There is a vacancy in the Intellectual Freedom Committee. We put out a quarterly newsletter, invite interesting speakers to local libraries, and hold an awesome auction at the Annual Conference. Intellectual freedom is a significant issue for libraries. If you would like to serve on the committee, please shoot me an email at shaliniramachandran at boisestate dot edu. All levels of library workers or students may serve on the committee.

SWILA registration is open!

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Registration is open for SWILA, the Southwest Idaho Library Association regional conference!

Join us April 14th at New Ventures Lab in Meridian! Early bird pricing is available until March 15th.

Register here.

Call for Proposals: Idaho Library Association 2017 Annual Conference

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The ILA Conference Committee is currently accepting proposals for pre-conferences and conference presentations for the 2017 annual conference that will take place October 4th-October 6th, 2017 at the Riverside Hotel in Boise, Idaho. In addition, the committee is seeking feedback on topics you would like to see represented. Please send suggestions to jthill@mld.org The theme for the conference this year is Community Built Libraries and we are especially interested in proposals that focus on community engagement, partnerships, building projects, collective impact, volunteers, and services that target a community need.

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Call for Proposals: Region IV Conference

The Region IV annual conference is being held Friday, April 21, 2017 at the College of Southern Idaho.

Program ideas are now being accepted at buhllibrary30@gmail.comAverage program is approximately 45 minutes long, however back to back longer sessions have been done in the past. Deadline for submission is Friday, January 20, 2017.

Please consider presenting or hosting a program.