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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.

2018 ILA Board Elections--Call for nominations

Your ILA Board is seeking nominations for several positions to take office in October! These represent both elected and appointed positions. For information about the specific terms of office and job duties, please visit http://www.idaholibraries.org/bylaws and click on the Policies and Procedures document. 
  • President
  • 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  
Self-nominations are welcome! Nominees must be ILA members in good standing at the time of the election (to be held in June). 
To nominate yourself or someone else for a position on the Board, please click here to go to the nomination form.

Great American Read

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.


Read the full project guidelines and apply online by April 17.


“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.

Meeting Minutes February 5, 2018


February 5, 2018

Meeting Minutes


Present were: Amy Vecchione, President; Erin Downey, Vice-President; Ellie Epperson, Student Representative; Leigh Price, Albertson Library Intern; Rosemary Yocum, Trustee Chair; Ann Joslin, State Librarian; Jeannie Standal, Representative for Pacific Northwest Library Association; Beverly Richmond, Secretary; Molly Montgomery, ACRL Idaho Chair; John Thill, Legislative Chair; Kate Lovan, Public Library Chair; Larry Blackburn, Trustee Vice-President; Jane Clapp, Treasurer; Jessica Bowman, Online Content Coordinator; Erin Kennedy, Intellectual Freedom Chair; Kiersten Kerr, School Library Chair; Jennifer Redford, Constitution & Bylaws Chair, Stephanie Bailey-White, Academic & Special Library Division Chair, and Marina Rose, Student Representative.



     Amy called the meeting to order at 10:05 pm. Introductions around the room were made.


  • 10am: Approve January minutes : Secretary Beverly Richmond--stated that she had recently sent out the last updates with corrections. Erin moved that the January 3, 2018 meeting minutes be approved with the noted corrections. Ann seconded. Motion passed. Molly and Jane abstained.
  • 10: 15 am: Budget Review and Approval: Treasurer Jane Clapp--

                                Checking--                                        17,033.00

                                Intellectual Freedom---                   8,738.65

                                Gardner Hanks                                  7,323.22

                                Savings                                                6,750.97


○ Conference Budget--Jane Clapp discussed the 2018 annual budget with everyone.  There was discussion about the conference, it is estimated that the conference will generate $51,300 and the expenses will be approximately $39,035.00. There was discussion about the number of vendors and the consensus was that 20 vendors seemed more accurate. Jessica stated that a call-for-proposals had gone out, however she will send it again. Jane made the required adjustments to the budget with last year's vendor numbers.  Rosemary moved that the 2018 Conference Budget estimate be approved with updates in June for board Travel and Exhibits costs. Erin seconded. Motion passed.

○ Annual budget review--Jane went through each line item on the budget.  There was discussion about school libraries and the trustee's budget request amounts for mailing cost.  There was also discussion about doing a membership drive to increase membership and revenue. Amy stated that Lynn Baird is our registered agent. Rosemary Yocum volunteered to become the registered agent. 

Moving to 501c3 --Amy discussed the benefits of moving to a 501 (c)3.  They include a digital footprint, institutional memory, the ability to define rolls for members, term limits, donations, tax exempt status, donations are tax deductible, reduced postal rates, and the added benefit of lobbying for donations and funds.

  • 11:15 am: Reimbursement forms for ILA travelers - Treasurer Jane Clapp requested that everyone submit their travel reimbursement forms and receipts for meal and lodging to her email which is janeclapp.ila@gmail.com.
  • 11:30 am Budget and contracts: Amy Vecchione and Erin Downey discussed the current proposed budget and our contracted representative which include John Watts of Veritas, our legislative lobbyist, and Jason Mau, an attorney who will be helping with the conversion to a 501 (c) 3. 
  • 12 pm Noon: - Catie Bennett - US Small Business Association--Catie from the US Small Business Association--Boise office discussed how they could assist libraries across the state with Small Business options. The areas that they are able to help with include, low-cost counseling and free business counseling, Economic Development and Market research, Federal Contracting Assistance and a Business Plan.
  • 1ish pm Budget and contracts part 2--There was more discussion about the 2018 budget and the need to increase revenue. This budget reflects the need to work on revenue and keep maintenance costs at a minimum. Erin moved to accept the 2018 budget expectations as written. Stephanie Bailey-White seconded. Motion passed. Amy abstained.
  • 1:30 pm Bylaws: Make Web Content Coordinator a voting member---There was discussion about making the Online Content coordinator a voting member. It was decided that this position does not need to be a voting member, however Ann moved that the Online Content Coordinator travel for official board meeting is reimbursed. Jeannie seconded. Motion passed.
  • 1:45 pm Vision Discussion--Amy requested that everyone review the vision statement for the next meeting.
  • 2:15 pm Every Library--Erin discussed Every Library and encouraged everyone to check into all the good things that Every Library is doing to help libraries across the nation. Every Library is funded by cooperation's that have connection to libraries.

        2:15 Ann Joslin discussed Lee Rainey. He will be speaking about "Media Literacy and Social Media" on April 2, 2018 at  Boise State Special Events Center  and on April 3, 2018 at the  Boise Public Library, this will be  streamed to other libraries around the state.

  • 2:45-4:30 pm Planning for Day at the Capitol: Erin Downey, John Thill, John Watts of Veritas and Loretta  student representative.

                John Watts discussed the Boundary Small Rural Library of the Year, 2017 proclamation. He stated that this would make it through both the house and senate without any difficulty. He also discussed the Talking Books/broadband request for federal funding to be moved to state funding. Internet filtering and professional development. He stated other areas of legislation include limiting bond time limits and forgone amounts for public libraries. There was more discussion about each of these areas. John advised those of us we were attending the legislative session the next day to state each of our viewpoints when questioned about these legislative bills and how they would impact each of our libraries. John Thill, Amy and Erin also advised each of us about these important legislative bills and encouraged each of those attending to have examples to give to the representatives when asked.


Adjournment : The meeting was adjourned at 4:30 pm.  The next meeting is March 7, 2018 via zoom/telephone conference at 11:00 am mountain time.

HB 619

On Friday, March 2, 2018. HB 619  was in House Senate Affairs Committee to move on the the floor of the house and senate. This bill was for library wireless filtering . After over an hour of testimony, this bill failed to progress through the house, and also failed to retain it in committee for additional work. The following public library directors from across the state testified:

                                          John Thill, Legislative Chair for the ILA and Public Services Manage of Meridian Library District

                                          Janna Streibel --Director of Marsing Library

                                          LeAnn Gelsky--Director of Hailey Public Library

                                          Kate Lovan--Director of Middleton Public Library

                                          Cindy Erickson--Director of Soda Springs Public Library

                                          Tammy Gray--Director of Grandview Public Library

                                           Mary DeWalt--Director of Ada Community  Library

                                            Ann Joslin--State Librarian

                                            Bette Ammon-- Director--Couer d'Alene Public Library

                                            John Watts--Lobbyist on behalf of libraies

  Also present as the cheerleading section were Dylan Baker from ICfL and Beverly Richmond, Director from Priest Lake Public Library. This was a huge success because of all of the people who work so hard in libraries.


LiLAC Applications Are Open

In 2014, the Idaho Library Association and the Idaho Commission for Libraries came together to support the Library Leadership Advisory Committee, otherwise known as LiLAC.  Since then 35 members of the Idaho library community have given service through this committee to foster a culture of leadership development in our state-wide community.  To review a list of current and previous members, please go to http://libraries.idaho.gov/leadership.


Twelve library community members representing all levels of librarianship, all levels of education, and all levels of our geographically diverse state work collaboratively to inform our community about leadership development activities, develop and promote leadership opportunities, and mentor others in librarianship.  Through this experience, there have been leadership development workshops sponsored, a leadership recognition program established, and a mentoring resource page developed and shared.  In addition, each of these LiLAC members have furthered their personal leadership development through networking, mentoring, and other activities.


Here are the expectations:

  • Serve a 1-year term, with the option of serving a second year.
  • Attend 3 face to face meetings in Boise (travel and hotel reimbursed).
  • Collaborate with others on fostering a leadership environment throughout the Idaho library community which may require 5-10 hours per month.


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 of their status.  More information about LiLAC can be found online at http://www.idaholibraries.org/lilac and at http://libraries.idaho.gov/leadership.  Connect with current or former members to learn about their experience.


Please complete this application - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/libraryleadership.  If you have any questions or need further clarification, please contact Shirley Biladeau at shirley.biladeau@libraries.idaho.gov.


Thank you,



Wireless Filtering Bill HB 619 Dies in Committee

This morning the Idaho House State Affairs Committee heard proposed bill HB 619.  The bill would have mandated that all Idaho libraries filter their wireless connections without any funding to match the mandate. Representatives of ILA, and library directors from across the state opposed the bill on budgetary, local control, and intellectual freedom grounds. 

The committee was visibly impacted by the stories of rural library directors who testified against the bill as well as emails describing the impacts this bill would have on small libraries. 

After over an hour and a half of testimony Vice Chair Monks called a voice vote on two competing motions. One, to move the bill on to the floor for full vote by the house and as second motion to hold the bill in committee. 

The first vote to send the bill to the floor failed with a tied vote. The second motion, put forward by Christy Zito (District 23, Hammett) and seconded by Vito Barbieri (District 2, Dalton Gardens) also ended in a tied vote.  The stalemate means the bill is currently dead in committee and will not move on to the floor of the House.

We could not have reached this good result if not for the support, dedication and, especially, testimony and emails of our library directors and workers from across the state. Thank you!

Net Neutrality

ALA has been working closely with allies to support Senate legislation to restore 2015’s strong, enforceable net neutrality rules. The bill is a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution from Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), which would block the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) December repeal of net neutrality rules. The CRA currently has bipartisan support from 50 of 100 senators and would be assured of passage if just one more Republican backs the effort. That’s why we are participating in tomorrow’s massive online day of action—including with other net neutrality advocates and companies like Etsy, Vimeo, Medium, Imgur, Slashdot and Tumblr—to get one more Senator on board.

The measure is backed by all 49 members of the Senate Democratic caucus, including 47 Democrats and two independents who caucus with Democrats. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) is the only Republican to support the bill so far, but we are hoping that an internet-wide push will secure #onemorevote.


Getting the CRA resolution passed in the Senate may also apply pressure to the House, where a simple majority is needed (218 votes) to push the CRA past leadership to the floor later this spring. That will require winning over more than 20 Republican members of the House. Ultimately, this Congressional action would be subject to Presidential approval.


But getting past this #onemorevote milestone in the Senate is the first step and puts Senators on the record on this critical issue.


With the Federal Register publication of the December repeal of net neutrality regulations, there are now deadlines established for passing a CRA resolution and for filing legal challenges. In light of this, several net neutrality advocates, ranging from Public Knowledge to the Internet Association to state attorneys general, have begun filing suits against the December FCC regulations.


Much is still in play as to when and how these cases will progress, but we have seen how effective courts can be in slowing or stopping attacks on Net Neutrality and we are supportive of the strategies in court.


What you can do:

  • For more information on how the Congressional Review Act Works, check out this video from Public Knowledge
  • Contact your members of Congress via the ALA Action Alert to ask them to support the CRA to overturn the FCC’s egregious action
  • Share the #onemorevote ALA Action Alert via your social media networks

Call for Proposals: Southwest Idaho Library Association 2018 Annual Conference

“SWILA 2018: Cultivating Connections"

Monday, April 9th 8:30am - 4 pm

Library! at Bown Crossing


Proposals on any aspect of cultivating connections in libraries are welcome. Topics welcomed might include outreach to specific populations, connecting through collections, programming ideas that foster connection, creating connections with colleagues, and the list can go on, but we do have a limited time frame for the day.  So, if you are passionate about these or other ways you help cultivate connections, and can give some helpful advice, tips, tricks, or ideas please submit!


We are seeking 45 minute presentations, facilitated discussions, or interactive workshops. Don’t forget to leave time for questions!


Submit your proposal ideas via the online form


Submissions due Friday March 9th by 5pm :)


Thank you all for your time and enthusiasm!

SWILA 2018 planning team

Advocacy Alert: Federal Library Funding

Advocacy Alert: Federal Library Funding 

 Send an Email  Tweet at Congress 

What Happened

This week, the White House released its budget proposal for FY2019, which proposes the elimination of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), which provides approximately $183 million in direct funding to libraries through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). The budget proposal also eliminates the $27 million Innovative Approaches to Literacy program administered by the Department of Education.

What You Can Do Now

Congress will have the final say on the budget. Now is the time to let them know how important federal library funding is. Use the ALA Action Center to send your Representatives a ready-to-use email that asks for their public support of library funding throughout the FY2019 appropriations cycle. Then encourage your friends, family, colleagues and library supporters to do so as well.

 Send an Email  Tweet at Congress 

Need More Information?

Visit District Dispatch for up-to-date news from the ALA Washington Office or and find additional resources on our website.

This email is just a first step.  Building the FY19 budget will be a many-step process and ALA will need your help at key times along the way. Stay tuned for updates.