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Librarians can help make Wikipedia a better, more cited, place!

Dear Librarians and Library Workers,

We would love to have you participate in Wikipedia’s upcoming #1lib1ref campaign, happening January 15th through February 3, 2018 during Wikipedia's sixteenth birthday.

The general idea is simple: Imagine a World where Every Librarian Adds One More Reference to Wikipedia. If every librarian in the world added one citation to Wikipedia, Wikipedia wouldn’t have any more [citation needed] tags.

Libraries are fundamental allies to Wikipedia’s mission: collecting and disseminating the sum of all knowledge. Wikipedia editors have been engaging their local libraries as part of the Wikimedia movement'sGLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) outreach strategy and #1Lib1Ref is part of that.

Getting involved can be as simple as committing to add a citation to Wikipedia--you can use our Citation Hunt tool to simplify this process--or hosting a Coffee Hour, edit-a-thon, or other event at your library. We are also always looking for people to assist us with translation, publicity, or just general enthusiasm for helping improve Wikipedia.

Add the #1Lib1Ref hashtag to your edits and we can track participation. Grab yourself a #1Lib1Ref userbox for your Wikipedia page.



Got questions or want to get started? Contact us! And thank you.

- For questions about what or how to plan, or materials: Jessamyn West jessamyn@gmail.com

- For event planning & Wikipedia integration: Alex Stinson astinson@wikimedia.org

- For Wikipedia Library info and help: Jake Orlowitz @wikilibrary on Twitter




December 6, 2017 Meeting Minutes


Meeting Minutes December 6, 2017

 Meeting  was called to order at 10;05 am.  Those in attendance were: Amy Vecchione, Erin Downey, Beverly Richmond, Ann Joslin, Ben Hunter, Beth Swensen, Bruce Godfrey, Jane Clapp, Jennifer Redford, Jeannie Standal, Kiersten Kerr, Marina Rose, Rami Attebury, Stephanie Bailey-White, Tiffanie Young, Rosemary Yocum, Beverly McKay, and Kate Lovin.



  1. Approve November minutes-- There was discussion about the November meeting minutes and additional information will be added and this will be on next month's agenda for finalization.
  2. Plan for Feb. in person meeting - Call to plan for Boise meeting - Amy discussed the February 5, 2018 meeting. Lunch will be provided and travel for executive board member is included. There was discussion on what ILA covers and it was decided for executive members it covers travel to non conference meetings and lodging to attend the meeting. For non executive board members travel and lodging are not covered. Amy also reminded everyone to get their budget reimbursement request to Jane before December 15, 2017.
  3. Financial Status: Taxes, state of finances, call for budgets, budget plan - Jane stated that the taxes have been filled. The expenditures for the annual conference was approximately $42,000.00 and the remaining balance is $6,147.44.  Jane asked if anyone could identify Chris Murphy who is listed on the bank accounts. Rami questioned Jane about travel if more than one person is driving, how that works.  Jane reminded everyone to include all projected expenses in their budget requests.
  4. Membership updates - Beverly McKay stated that there are 11 new members and the responses have been slow. She reminded everyone "The more words we get out there the better off we are".
  5. 2018 Conference: Update  Ben Hunter stated that the committee met a few weeks ago and things are progressing. The venue change was needed because of a conflict, however the Best Western  contract has been signed. The theme is "Libraries Rock".  Ben mentioned that for those working on their budget reimbursements the cost is $119.00 a night.
  6. 2019 Conference: Update  Beth & Joan-- this item was moved to next month.
  7. ICfL Budgetary Process:  Ann Joslin  discussed the state budgeting process, Ann  provided 3 slides that break down the budgeting process and important dates and how they affect the legislative session that will be starting in February.  Amy will provide a "cheat sheet" on how to contact your legislators and specifically how to advocate for libraries.
  8. Day at the Capitol in February - This item was moved to next month's agenda.
  9. Update on Advocacy plans, and working with Every Library - This item was moved to next month's agenda, but Amy reiterated the importance of Advocacy and outreach that is needed across the state to lobby for libraries.


Adjournment --Rosemary Yocum moved that the meeting be adjourned at 12:05 pm. Stephanie Bailey-White seconded the motion. Motion passed.

Next Meeting  January 3, 2018 @ 11:00 am

Keep the Pressure on Congress to Protect Net Neutrality

Nearly 9,000 advocates have raised a library voice in favor of net neutrality over the past week, adding significantly to the outcry over the FCC’s draconian draft order rescinding 2015 protections. According to our action center dashboard, 27,319 emails have been sent and, thanks to you, every member of Congress has received at least one email from us. If you haven’t had a moment to write or call your member of Congress, it’s not too late. Go here.

In fact, some members have already spoken out in favor of preserving net neutrality. Maine Senator Susan Collins was the first Republican to oppose the draft order and has been joined by a few other Republicans and many Democrats. If you’re not sure where your member of Congress stands, you can check out the scorecard from our friends at Fight for the Future.

We’ve seen great activity and received some good questions from you. The most frequent question is why we aren’t targeting grassroots action toward the FCC commissioners who have the most direct power over whether or not these draft rules will be adopted. The FCC was our first stop for activism, with ALA comments joining millions of others from librarians and other advocates. The majority of comments filed before the end of the public comment period that makes up the foundation for rulemaking favored preserving enforceable network neutrality rules. The draft order dismissed these arguments in favor of other legal and economic readings of the issue. The draft order already has been supported by a majority of Commissioners, so it is almost certain to pass unless there is a meaningful intervention.

One possibility is a legal argument to the FCC, which the ALA has supported in a joint letter. Since the FCC order abdicates enforcement to the Federal Trade Commission, this argument is new and highly relevant. Concerns about the integrity of the FCC’s public record for this rulemaking also are significant. But even these concerns may not move a highly partisan FCC. Congressional outcry is the most likely to bring a pause on the intended vote.

Please keep up the pressure and continue to share your questions and ideas for activism. We’ll be back with more news and action items next week.

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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!

Please Read: Help Idaho libraries fulfill Braille’s vision

The Talking Book Service is an essential part of our library services. Please read this article, by State Librarian Ann Joslin, and reach out - share this information with someone else today!



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