IDAHO LIBRARY ASSOCIATION

  • Tuesday, April 09, 2019 1:57 PM | LeAnn Gelskey (Administrator)

    ~Thanks to John Thill, ILA Legislative Committee Chair, for sharing this recap and update on H0194.  

    On April 4th, 2019 Governor Brad Little signed H0194 into law. Sponsored by Representative Clow and Senator Mortimer, The law is a reiteration of wireless filtering bills that have been drafted by Idaho legislators previously and puts in places some major new requirements for Idaho libraries. The bill requires libraries to do the following:

    • Have in place an internet safety policy that also applies to wireless internet offered by the library.
    • Have in operation a “technology protection measure” or filter that screens wireless internet from visually obscene depictions, child pornography and “material harmful to minors.”
    • When minors are using a wireless connection, it must be filtered.
    • Post a notice in a conspicuous place in the library that an internet policy is available.

    The law also contains some definitions as to what constitutes obscene material and requires libraries to comply by July 1, 2020.

    For some of you this may be the first time you have heard of this new law. For the last several months the Idaho Library Association has been fighting an uphill battle to block H0194 from passage on the grounds that it acts as an unfunded mandate, it lacks any provision to assess the actual needs throughout the state fiscally or otherwise, and because it will have an outsized impact on small and rural libraries. Here some of the steps that the Association took this year to oppose the bill as it made its way through the legislative process:

    Fall 2018 Prior to the beginning of the 2019 Session, ILA lobbyist John Watts met with Representative Lance Clow about whether he intended to rerun his wireless filtering bill from last year. Clow stated that it seemed unlikely that he would have time to work on it with the school funding model being negotiated in this year’s session.

    December 2018 We learn that Rep. Lance Clow will be heading the House Education Committee and that Senator Mortimer, a legislator who brought a previous wireless filtering bill to committee, will once again be Senate Education Committee Chair.

    December 2018 The ILA Lobbyist met with Craig Cobia from Citizens for Decency (Rexburg based anti-pornography group). Cobia has been the main behind-the-scenes impetus for the bill over the last two years. Lobbyist John Watts asked Cobia to support and assessment of current library filtering and future needs in lieu of pushing another wireless filtering bill through without sufficient data. Cobia ostensibly agreed that this would be good path forward

    February 21, 2019 With the education funding formula stalled, Clow decides to run his wireless filtering bill. As soon as we hear of the bill being printed we schedule a meeting with Representative Clow to ask him to hold off and request an assessment instead.

    February 25, 2019 After two cancellations by Clow’s office, lobbyist John Watts and ILA Legislative Chair John Thill meet with Clow in order to encourage him to take a slower approach to his bill, which is likely to have a sizable effect on small libraries. Clow is asked to support an assessment plan to see what the true fiscal impact of the bill will be. He says he will consider it. We also discuss the bill’s unfunded fiscal note. He is evasive on how he came up with the dollar amount of $62,500

    Week of February 25, 2019 The bill was added to Clow’s Education Committee schedule, to be read March 4th, 2019. ILA initiated a campaign to get directors with libraries in the committee members’ districts to write or call their representatives asking them to block the bill in favor of the assessment plan and to dispute the bill’s fiscal note. At this point ILA is not particularly hopeful in blocking the bill at the House Committee level due to the committee’s composition and Clow’s position as Chair

    March 4, 2019 H0194 passes out of committee, scheduled to be read before the full House March 6th, 2019.

    March 6, 2019 Bill passes the House with near unanimity (67-3) and is sent to Senate Education Committee

    March 6, 2019 ILA hosts its annual Day at the Capitol meetings with legislators. At a meeting with majority leadership, we request that the speaker and the pro tempore come out in favor of an assessment as opposed to an unfunded bill. In our meeting with the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee (JFAC) leadership we ask that they take a closer look at the bill’s fiscal note, which has no funding mechanism and was not calculated using any library data. The meeting with JFAC leaders is encouraging.

    Week of March 11, 2019 We begin an ILA campaign to get directors with libraries in the Senate Education committee members’ districts to write or call their representatives asking them to block the bill in favor of the assessment plan and to dispute the bill’s fiscal note. ILA lobbyist continues negotiations with Senate Committee Chairman Mortimer.

    March 19, 2019 The bill is read before Senate Education Committee. A number of library representatives recruited by ILA testify, disputing the bill’s timeline and fiscal note. The bill passes from Committee with a recommendation to amend the fiscal impact and the compliance date.

    Week of March 22, 2019 The bill is almost dropped by Senate leadership, but Mortimer pushes it through to the full Senate with only one minor amendment, changing the compliance date to July 1, 2020.

    March 26, 2019 Heard before the full Senate, passes though with less support than in the House (25-10 in favor).

    Week of March 26 and April 1 The bill is engrossed with the new amendment included and passed by the Senate.

    April 4, 2019 Governor Little signs the bill into law.

    Throughout the process the Idaho Library Association worked with legislators create a more data driven approach to looking at filtering in Idaho libraries. Unfortunately, in this case, the leadership in the House and Senate Education Committees ignored the majority of our proposed amendments and compromises. We were, however, able to secure an extension for the bill’s enactment date, moving it back a year from the date proposed by Representative Clow.

    The compositions of the two Education committees this year made this a particularly difficult fight. As ILA’s Legislative Chair I would like to personally thank anyone who called or emailed their legislator this year to discuss this bill. As we move forward, I would like to encourage all libraries in Idaho to work to forge a relationship with their legislators. The more our elected officials know about the amazing things we do in libraries the less likely they will focus their efforts on dictating how we do our work. Thank you for your continued support.


  • Monday, April 08, 2019 3:18 PM | LeAnn Gelskey (Administrator)

    On April 4, 2019, bill H194aaS became enacted legislation.  Effective July 1, 2020. public libraries will have to filter access on their internet services so that obscene and pornographic material can't be accessed.  This prevents minors from using personal laptops, tablets, smartphones or other devices to access pornographic sties.    The addition of WiFi amends a previous law that only dealt with publicly accessible computers.  Library policies will need to be updated to include the new law.  Additional equipment may need to be installed at each library. 

    This is an unfunded mandate.  The Idaho Library Association dedicated countless hours to communicating our concerns and continued negotiations for funding assistance.  We lobbied heavily for more time to perform cost analysis and evaluate implementation of the law.  Friendly negotiations were dismissed and flat out refused.  

    Link to bill text:  https://legislature.idaho.gov/wp-content/uploads/sessioninfo/2019/legislation/H0194.pdf 

    In the future, we may see more 'decency' issues.  It is our goal to draft needed legislation that includes libraries as partners in meaningful efforts, and provides funding.  

    We also hope to lobby heavily for amendments to this law and funding.  If you would like to get involved in future efforts, please don't hesitate to contact us.  

    LeAnn Gelskey, ILA Co-Chair

  • Wednesday, March 20, 2019 11:22 AM | LeAnn Gelskey (Administrator)

    As part of our annual full board meeting last week, we worked with David

    Alexander regarding the Idaho Library Association. Part of this work included

    a discussion of the organizational structure of the association, efficiencies,

    eliminating redundancies, and processes. We also reviewed the vision,

    mission, values, functions, and services provided by ILA. It was an intensive

    workshop and we have a much clearer focus for all of us.

    Now, we would like your input! Three sub-committees have been created as part

    of the ILA Board of Directors Task Force. We are asking for volunteers to

    serve. Choices include Governance and Bylaws, Environmental Scan, and

    Transparency and Documentation. Please take a look at the Sub-Committee

    Charges. I hope to have them posted on the website as well. If you are

    interested, or have questions, please contact me directly by email

    lgelskey@haileypubliclibrary.org or phone at 208-788-2036. I will then put

    you in touch with the appropriate contact person. Please respond quickly as

    we have a lot of work to complete in a short amount of time. We hope to have

    our first report on governance out by the next ILA Executive Committee meeting

    scheduled for April 19, 2019. Further details are listed below.

    Thanks!

    LeAnn Gelskey

    ILA Co-chair

    ILA Board of Directors Task Force

    Sub-Committee— Governance and Bylaws

    Authority & Charge

    1. The overall Task Force will function as an Ad Hoc Committee of the

    Board reporting its findings and recommendations to the Board. Sub-Committees

    will report to the Task Force, which will be comprised of the executive

    committee.

    2. Charge: Examine and revise board policy and governance documents,

    including position descriptions and committee charges and organization.

    Assemble a Board Policy Manual from existing and new documents. Recommend a

    new Board Structure for increased operational efficiency.

    3. Timeline: Present Report to ILA Executive Committee by April 19th ,

    2019.

    Deliverables

    1. Draft Board Structure

    2. Draft Bylaws

    3. Draft Position Descriptions

    After the required votes of the board and membership to approve changes,

    members of this group will be tasked with weeding the shared google drive and

    compiling accessible manuals as necessary.

    Membership

    4. Co-President Kate Lovan will serve as Chair and appoint members.

    Scope of Operation

    5. The Task Force will meet and complete tasks independently as the Chair

    deems necessary.

    6. The Task Force may invite members, outside advisors or other

    individuals to serve the committee and its purposes, but such persons will not

    have voting power.

    Responsibilities

    7. The Task Force will examine the internal workings of the ILA Board,

    bringing recommendations for greater governance and operational effectiveness.

    ILA Board of Directors Task Force

    Sub- Committee—Environmental Scan

    Authority & Charge

    1. The overall Task Force will function as an Ad Hoc Committee of the

    Board reporting its findings and recommendations to the Board. Sub-Committees

    will report to the Task Force, which will be comprised of the executive

    committee.

    2. Charge: Conduct an Environmental Scan of the ILA: membership, internal

    and external conditions.

    3. Timeline: Present Report to ILA Executive Committee by June 28th,

    2019.

    Membership

    4. The Vice-President Erin Downey will serve as Sub-Committee Chair and

    will appoint members.

    Scope of Operation

    5. The Task Force will meet and complete tasks independently as the Chair

    deems necessary.

    6. The Task Force may invite members, outside advisors or other

    individuals to serve the committee and its purposes, but such persons will not

    have voting power.

    Responsibilities

    7. The Task Force will survey the member and non-member librarians

    throughout the state to determine their needs and interest in relation to the

    ILA mission.

    Environmental Scan Components:

    The ILA Task Force Environmental Scan shall include:

    8. SWOT—Internal

    [strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats]

    9. STEEPLED—External

    [sociocultural, technological economic, environmental, political, legal,

    education, and demographic]

    10. Member & Non-Member Survey

    11. Gap Analysis

    ILA Board of Directors Task Force on

    Transparency and Documentation, Sub-Committee Charter

    Authority & Charge

    1. The overall Task Force will function as an Ad Hoc Committee of the

    Board reporting its findings and recommendations to the Board. Sub-Committees

    will report to the Task Force, which will be comprised of the executive

    committee.

    2. Charge: Standardize and share documentation in a variety of ways, as

    needed. Engage the greater library community in the change process, soliciting

    input and fostering connection.

    3. Timeline: Present Report of activity to ILA Executive Committee by

    August 28th, 2019.

    Membership

    4. Co-President LeAnn Gelskey will serve as Chair and will appoint

    members.

    Scope of Operation

    5. The Task Force will meet and complete tasks independently as the Chair

    deems necessary.

    6. The Task Force may invite members, outside advisors or other

    individuals to serve the committee and its purposes, but such persons will not

    have voting power.

    Responsibilities

    7. The Sub-committee will examine the bylaws and procedural documents of

    the ILA Board, bringing recommendations for greater governance and operational

    effectiveness.


  • Wednesday, March 13, 2019 11:15 AM | Erin Downey (Administrator)

    There's still time to submit your session idea for ILA Annual in Nampa! 

    Please visit the online submission form and submit your idea today!

  • Monday, February 25, 2019 3:29 PM | Erin Downey (Administrator)

    ILA Legislative Committee Chair John Thill and ILA legislative adviser John Watts met with Representative Clow (R-Twin Falls) today and discussed a draft process to research, assess, identify, price and install wifi filters in public libraries throughout Idaho. After much discussion, your ILA board has decided to take a collaborative approach to wifi filtering in order to find a solution that centers on behavior policies, preserves access to information, and is funded at the state level.

    Thill and Watts shared with Chairman Clow the problems facing the small and medium libraries, in particular the inadequacy of inferior filtering systems and potential long term costs that could be avoided by proceeding conscientiously. ILA's recommendation is to ask either the Office of Performance Evaluation (OPE) or Department of Administration to perform a statewide study of the cost and impact of various filtering solutions. 

    A hearing in the House Education Committee on Chairman Clow's bill is likely to occur on Friday.

    ILA's next steps are to continue talking with our library-supporting legislators to emphasize the need to complete a full assessment of the total costs of wifi filtering before authorizing state funding or issuing an unfunded mandate to public libraries that would potentially have drastic effects on resources and programming that libraries could offer.

  • Friday, February 08, 2019 11:13 AM | Erin Downey (Administrator)

    If you're like me, the announcement of the Best of lists and Youth Media Awards are the highlight of ALA Midwinter. If you're looking to enhance your teen/YA graphic novel collection, here are YALSA's Top 10:

    1. Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation by Anne Frank and Ari Folman. Illus. by David Polonsky
    2. Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt With Family Addiction by Jarrett Krosoczka
    3. The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees by Don Brown
    4. Crush by Svetlana Chmakova
    5. Illegal by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin
    6. My Brother’s Husband, Volume 2 by Gengoroh Tagame
    7. On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden
    8. Royal City, Volume 2: Sonic Youth & Volume 3: We All Float On by Jeff Lemire
    9. Silver Spoon by Hiromu Arakawa
    10. Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson

    Check out the rest of the list here.

  • Friday, February 08, 2019 10:47 AM | Erin Downey (Administrator)

    The Library Bill of Rights — first adopted in 1939 and last amended in 1980 — has been updated to include an article focused on the concept of ensuring privacy and confidentiality for library users.

    The new article of the Library Bill of Rights, Article VII, states:

    "All people, regardless of origin, age, background, or views, possess a right to privacy and confidentiality in their library use. Libraries should advocate for, educate about, and protect people’s privacy, safeguarding all library use data, including personally identifiable information."

    “Libraries across the nation now have the support needed to protect and fight for the privacy rights of their patrons,” said Erin Berman, chair of the Intellectual Freedom Committee's Privacy Subcommittee and co-leader of the working group that drafted the new article. “They may use the privacy article to update policies and practices, bringing the new article to governing bodies, vendors, funders and their patrons.”

    Helen Adams, an IFC member and co-leader of the working group, commended the working group and those who contributed to the privacy article. She also noted the article’s significance to school libraries.

    “With the addition of Article VII, students in K-12 public schools are promised the right of privacy and confidentiality in their library use,” said Adams. “Adding the core values of privacy and confidentiality to one of the profession’s foundational documents places school librarians in a stronger position from which to advocate for and educate about library privacy for minors.”

    The revision process began with a joint working group of the Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) and Privacy Subcommittee. The working group envisioned the article as an opportunity for libraries to reaffirm their commitment to patron privacy for library users of all ages. ALA Council adopted the article at the Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.

    During the revision process, the working group received valuable feedback from the library community. The working group plans to incorporate these comments into its next project: revising “Privacy: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights.” All updated intellectual freedom documents will be included in the 10th edition of the Intellectual Freedom Manual, scheduled to be published by ALA Editions in 2020.

    Contact:

    Deborah Caldwell-Stone

    Interim Director

    ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom

    dstone@ala.org

  • Wednesday, February 06, 2019 9:47 AM | Erin Downey (Administrator)

    From Catherine Stanton at Madison Library District:

    Hi everyone,

    We're sending out a little more information and another feeler for what you're interested in and inquiring about who would like to participate and attend. As a reminder, we're planning this as a no-frills and most likely absolutely free conference (-so how can you call it a conference?) on Friday, April 19 here at the Madison Library District in Rexburg.

    These are ideas that have been brought up and are being considered

    *Round Tables on:

    Summer Reading

    Storytimes

    Teen and Tween Activities

    Director's Housekeeping and Headaches

    *Virtual Fun: GoodReads Challenges and Wandoo

    *Reader's Advisories - Children's? Teen's? Fiction? Nonfiction?

    *Italic Calligraphy

    *Getting and Keeping Sponsors

    *Creative Grants

    *3D Printers and Pens

    *Coding

    *Making Games

    *Active Shooter

    *Alternative Collections (we hear that Rigby and Driggs may have some good ideas to share)

    *Resources available through the Family History Center (video and sound conversion, photo digitization, etc.)

    *Cataloging stuff . . .

    *Possible author visit or skype

    At this point we'd really like to know three things:

    1 - What topics interest you

    2 - If you or someone on your staff can lead a session on ......

    3 - If you're planning to attend.

    Bekka has put together a website page for your input.

    https://madisonlib.org/madison-library-swap-meet-of-ideas-2019/

    Please take the time to give us that information soon so that we can arrange for #1 and #2, and frankly, if we don't hear about #3, there isn't much cause to worry about #1 and #2.

    We look forward to your input.


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