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Leadership to Make a Difference



The Library Leadership Advisory Committee, a collaborative effort between the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho Library Association, is excited to announce that we will host a Leadership to Make A Difference Institute for Southwest Idaho library staff. There are 15 seats available. 

The two-day event will be held on April 17 &18 of 2018
(site will be announced soon).

 Facilitated by the University of Idaho Extension Service, this training is designed to assist Idaho library staff in developing confidence in their own leadership abilities and the courage to take action through:

      •  Greater understanding of self, others, and community.

                 •  Strengthening skills for leading meetings, working with others, and dealing with conflict.

        •  Creating strategies for communicating, partnering, and fundraising within communities.

       • Developing a personal leadership plan and strategies for implementing new ideas in current community work. 

Leadership is a necessary skill for today’s library staff.  Integrating library services throughout the community you serve is essential for sustainability of services.  
This training is targeted toward small, rural communities, libraries and those individuals with little or no direct leadership background.
Registration will open on 9/5/2017 and close on 10/10/2017.  A wait list will be maintained to fill cancellations.



Please contact Shirley Biladeau with your questions, shirley.biladeau@libraries.idaho.gov






We thought it would be nice share how the leadership advisory members feel about LEADERSHIP in General and serving on the advisory committee! So for all you information junkies here you go! 


ILA Conference Early Bird Registration Deadline

Don't hesitate, register now! Thursday August 31 is the last day for Early Bird registration for the Idaho Library Association annual conference. The conference will be held in Boise at the Riverside Hotel, October 4-6.  

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Clovis-Carver Public Library

We at the Idaho Library Association extend our heartfelt thoughts to the librarians and community of Clovis, New Mexico. 

Here is a message on the tragedy from ALA President, Jim Neal:

We are shocked and saddened by the shooting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library in New Mexico. We mourn those who were killed, and we offer our thoughts and prayers for the wounded, the families of the victims, the library staff, and the community. ALA offers its full support to Clovis-Carver Public Library, the New Mexico Library Association, and the New Mexico State Library as they deal with this senseless violence.


Unfortunately, we must all be prepared for violence in public places. While ALA encourages its members to work closely with local law enforcement and officials to prepare and train for violence prevention and response, we also provide resources to assist with this issue.


  *   Public Library Association Webinar on Violence Prevention in the Public Library<http://ala.informz.net/z/cjUucD9taT02ODg0MzI0JnA9MSZ1PTEwMDczODMxNjYmbGk9NDcwMjYzMjY/index.html>

  *   Gun Violence and Libraries: Safety and Security for the Library Public<http://ala.informz.net/z/cjUucD9taT02ODg0MzI0JnA9MSZ1PTEwMDczODMxNjYmbGk9NDcwMjYzMjc/index.html> from ALA Library Libguides

  *   Emergency Preparedness<http://ala.informz.net/z/cjUucD9taT02ODg0MzI0JnA9MSZ1PTEwMDczODMxNjYmbGk9NDcwMjYzMjg/index.html> from the Public Library Association

  *   Resolution on Gun Violence Affecting Libraries, Library Workers, and Library Patrons<http://ala.informz.net/z/cjUucD9taT02ODg0MzI0JnA9MSZ1PTEwMDczODMxNjYmbGk9NDcwMjYzMjk/index.html>

Intellectual Freedom Committee Chair Opening

There is an opening for the chair position on ILA's Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC). This is a great opportunity to develop leadership skills while serving the library community in Idaho. The Intellectual Freedom Committee works to to resist all attempts to censor library materials or to restrict public access to information. Any ILA member can serve as chair of the IFC. 

Committee Charge

• Keeps abreast of statewide and national issues and challenges.

• Gathers and disseminates information to the membership.

• Promotes intellectual freedom by actively contacting library and school officials where materials or procedures have been challenged, offering the assistance of the ILA membership.

• Raises awareness and provides continuing education activities.

• Provides leadership and assistance in access and privacy for electronic information.

If interested, please contact Shalini Ramachandran at shalini.cutchin@gmail.com.

Intellectual Freedom Committee Newsletter

ILA Intellectual Freedom Committee Newsletter, Issue 3



This is the third newsletter from your ILA Intellectual Freedom Committee for 2017. You will receive a quarterly newsletter from us that summarizes what is going on in the world of intellectual freedom. Anything to do with Idaho will get priority, but we want you to stay informed with what is going on throughout the country too!


And remember, we want to know what is going on in your library! Shoot us an email and let us know about any book challenges, concerns, or activities in your area. All communication is confidential; we will consult you before talking to anyone else. Challenges can also be reported to the ALA national office, using this form.


Shalini Ramachandran, Chair, Intellectual Freedom Committee







On May 24th, 2017, the Intellectual Freedom Committee along with Boise Public Library hosted a talk on Surveillance, Censorship, and Intellectual Freedom at Boise Public Library. The speaker was Ritchie Eppink from ACLU of Idaho. Eppink spoke about the weakening of privacy rights caused by the pervasiveness of digital tracking of individuals, both by the government and by large companies. The talk was well attended by the public. In the Q&A session that followed, many people raised the question of what practical steps they could take to protect their digital privacy rights.




The Intellectual Freedom Committee is hosting a panel discussion at the ILA annual conference on digital privacy and its impact on libraries. The panel is scheduled for Friday, October 6th from 8:30-10:00 AM. Based on the interest shown by the public in finding ways to protect their privacy rights at the talk at Boise Public Library in May, the committee decided to invite speakers to address librarians and library workers, who are keenly interested in protecting the 1st amendment rights of patrons. Confirmed speakers are Ritchie Eppink of ACLU-Idaho and Luke Malek, legislator from Kootenai county. Both speakers have law degrees from the University of Idaho and are strong advocates for digital privacy rights.




Intellectual Freedom and Open Access


What do the ideals of intellectual freedom and open access have in common? How do they differ? The panel “Intellectual Freedom and Open Access; Working Toward a Common Goal?” at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, sponsored by ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Round Table, invited three librarians to speak on the issue: Marguerite Avery, senior acquisitions editor at Trinity University Press, San Antonio, TX; April Hathcock, scholarly communications librarian at New York University; and James LaRue, director of Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF). Read the full report by Lisa Peet in Library Journal, June 29, 2017. http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2017/06/shows-events/ala/intellectual-freedom-and-open-access-ala-annual-2017/#_



Celebrating SE Hinton, creator of the YA genre

From the OIF blog: July 22nd was the birthday of S.E. Hinton, the celebrated author whose work helped create the YA genre. Born July 22, 1948, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Susan Eloise Hinton had a profound impact early on. Her first book, The Outsiders, was published when Hinton was 19, in 1967 (meaning the book turns 50 this year). Hinton had begun writing the book at the age of 15, and says that one of the reasons she wrote the book was that she was dissatisfied with the way teenagers were portrayed at the time. Her books reflect the teenagers she knew when she was herself a teenager, and that’s very likely why they resonate so strongly with readers, and have continued to do so. Read more about her life here: http://www.oif.ala.org/oif/?p=10473


Net Neutrality: Why School Librarians Should Care


By Helen Adams in Knowledge Quest, 7/27/2017: “On July 12, 2017, the American Library Association (ALA) and nearly 200 other organizations participated in Day of Action, a protest to save Net Neutrality. What is Net Neutrality? It is “[the] principle, or requirement that Internet service providers should or must treat all Internet data as the same regardless of its kind, source, or destination” (Merriam-Webster). Prohibiting discrimination or preferential treatment by Internet service providers (ISPs) maintains a free and open Internet for all users.” Read her complete essay here: http://knowledgequest.aasl.org/net-neutrality-school-librarians-care/


ALA Emerging Leaders

If you are a library worker with fewer than five years of experience working at a professional or paraprofessional level in a library, you could be part of the 2018 class of ALA Emerging Leaders! The Idaho Library Association is sponsoring one ILA member to participate in this prestigious program!

The ALA EL program is a leadership development program which enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. It puts participants on the fast track to ALA committee volunteerism as well as other professional library-related organizations.

You will receive $500 to attend the Midwinter Conference in Denver, CO: February 9-13, 2018 and $500 to attend the Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA: June 21-26, 2018. 
Don't delay, the deadline to apply is August 31, 2017.

Just select the Idaho Library Association as a sponsor on your application: http://www.ala.org/cfapps/emergingleaders/index.cfm

More information about the program: http://www.ala.org/educationcar…/leadership/emergingleaders/

Questions? Contact:  

Kristi Haman (2011 ALA Emerging Leader), ILA Past President  khaman@adalib.org

meeting minute 03/20/2017


ILA Meeting Minutes

March 20,2017


Call to Order: Amy called the meeting to order at 1:03 pm mountain/12:03pacific time. Present were Amy Vecchione, Board President; Kristi Haman, Past President; Erin Downey, Vice-President; Beverly Richmond, Secretary; Jessica, Ben Hunter, Molly Montgomery, Ann Joslin, Marina, Kiersten, and Becky Proctor.


Approval of meeting minutes:  Approval of meeting minutes of March 7, 2017 (????) I am not sure that this was done because this meeting was called at the last minute.


New Business: 

Contacting your members of congress, membership and/or LibIdaho:  There was discussion of the recent events that the President wants reduce the funding of Museum and Library Science Institutes. Ann stated that the LSTA funding for the 2017 fiscal year is approximately 73% of what it was in the past. Amy stated that Andy was willing to give the ILA board access and help on Cap Wiz.  Jessica asked if there was an itemized list of the programs and services that could be affected by the potential budget cuts. Ann expressed the need for everyone to have a effective way to contact members of congress whether it was via postcard, email or even snail mail about the impact to libraries.

Amy discussed the draft letter that she had complied and some changes were made. It was discussed that the examples be able to tie directly to the funding and the impact that the loss of the funding could potentially have. Amy will draft a new version and send it out to the board.

Amy stressed that it was important to be aware of these ongoing issues with our advocacy platforms  and the need to stay informed on all of the updates.

Amy stated that Engage is still not set up and running yet.

Ann is also working on a draft letter that can be sent to members of congress and the membership showing the impact of loss of funding and how it will affect many programs in Idaho.

Meeting was adjourned at 1:48 pm mountain time.

Next meeting: April 11,2017 @11:00 am mountain time.

meeting minutes 04/11/2017



Meeting Minutes  April 11, 2017 11:00 am mountain/10:00am pacific


Call to Order: Amy called the meeting to order at 11:00am. Present were Amy, board Chair; Beverly, secretary, Kristi, past president; Erin, vice-chair, Trisha, treasurer; Julie, Jeannie, Jennifer, Ben, Beth, Marina Rose, Ann Joslin and Jessica. Absent were Becky, Audra, Kiersten and Ryan.




New Business:  Nation Builder--Erin stated that Nation Builder the new website for ILA was up and running. She encouraged everyone to take a look at it.

Nation Builder has the ability to host (10) public sites and unlimited administration sites. Erin talked us through logging in using an email address. Erin will check into how to do it on a smart phone. Erin stated that the suggestion page is a public profile that uses a social media platform and that on-boarding will happen next year. ILA members were given monthly assignments for the new website. They were: Jessica will check into how the blog works and how to keep it constant, Molly engagement, Jeff--maker pages, Ann/Amy IMLS updates, Jeannie-ESSA, Kristi-LibIdaho.


Jeff asked about Committee pages and place holders for the different committees.


Jeannie---ESSA-- Jeannie stated the committee members are Erin, Amy, Jeannie, Julie and Carol. The Idaho State Plan has a deadline of Sept. 18, 2017.  May 12, 2017 is the deadline for draft (4) to be reviewed and submitted. Idaho is moving forward with this.


Legislative-- Amy reported that that is done for the moment.


Annual Conference--Kristi reported that elections are coming up. There are open positions available.


Trisha--Trisha reported that money issues still exist with Pay Pal.


Election Prep--Amy discussed the 2 year term results from the survey.


Meeting Adjourned at 11:55


Next Meeting--May 10, 2017 at 11:00 am mountain/10:00 am pacific

Meeting Minutes 05-10-2017


Meeting Minutes May 10, 2017 11:00 am mountain time/ 10:00 am pacific time

                Call to order--Amy called the meeting to order at 11:05.  Present were Amy Vecchione, Board President; Erin Downey, Vice Chair; Beverly Richmond, Secretary; Kristi Haman, Past President; Becky Proctor, Membership; Jennifer Bowman, Ellie Epperson, Ben Hunter, Kiersten Kerr, Beth Canzoneri, Beth Swenson, Molly Montgomery, and Ryan Randall.

                Approval of Meeting Minutes of April 11, 2017-- Ben moved that the April 11, 2017 meeting minutes be approved. Erin seconded. Motion passed.

New Business---

  • o ACRL Idaho conference (Molly) Purpose: Board helps with planning and sharing about the ACRL unconference coming up--  Molly also wondered if the seed money from the unconference went back to ILA . There was some discussion.  Erin stated that she would make sure registration was on Nationbuilder. Kristi moved that the unconference be considered a regional conference in future years with seed funding from ILA . Erin seconded. Motion passed.
  • o Finances update (Trisha) Purpose: Board understands how we are doing financially --Trisha was not available for this meeting as a result there was not an update on finances.
  • o Membership update (Becky) Purpose: Board understands if we need to do more membership recruitment--Erin stated that we currently have 247 members and that the goal is 300. There was some discussion about people who have attended conferences in the past that aren't attending, the pricing structure, that there is a downward trend in people attending. Kristi commented that there should be a third tier in the pricing structure. Amy would like our reserve fund to increase.
  • o Legislative update NLLD --Ann Joslin has met with Senator Labador, Senator Crapo and Senator Simpson which were all positive. Senator Riesch was not available.
  • o Legislative update meeting with Crapo's office (Amy) Purpose: Invitation to attend, and shared understanding about this meeting--Amy stated that the meeting with Senator Crapo went well. He seemed very interested. Mike Simpson is interested in touring libraries in August. Amy stated Senator Crapo was very interested in all the things happening at Meridian Library District and the State of Idaho Libraries.  Amy also stated the Omnibus bill passed for the year 2018 but funding is still questionable for 2019. Please continue to advocate with your representatives.
  • o State of ALA (Ben) Purpose: understand how ALA and IMLS advocacy efforts are going--Ben stated the that the ALA is very cautiously optimistic about the futures of IMLS funding. ALA remains in the forefront of advocacy. Your name can make a difference. Ben stated that Emily Shekotoff is retiring and funding for her replacement is an issue. Keith Michael Fields is also retiring and ALA may be moving in a new and exciting directions. Ben stated that Jim Neal is the New President and he is very optimistic about the fututre of ALA.  Ben stated that President Jim Neal is excited about better utilizing chapters to forward ALA goals.
  • o Recruitment for board positions (Kristi) Purpose: understand every position we are recruiting for--There was discussion from Kristi about the board positions and what positions that are going to be on the ballot in June.
  • o Bylaw Voting & Position Voting Plan--Amy stated that there is a little more work that needs to be done and the third tier needs to be added.  There will be a vote on the 18th of May.
  • How is the content coordinator decided? Is it a voting position and how often are they elected?
  • President and Vice President are elected in opposite years.  These should be restructured to a 2 year term.


Adjournment--The meeting was adjourned at 11:45 am. Next meeting to be determined at a later date.

1st ACRL Idaho Unconference

A group of 20 librarians, library staff, library students and others gathered at the Idaho State University Library in Meridian for the 1st ACRL Idaho unconference on Friday, July 14th. Topics discussed ranged from the usability of finding tools like LibGuides to ways the library can promote the care of the whole student to different types of literacy to open educational resources.

Participants were given a tour of the Treasure Valley Anatomy & Physiology Laboratories which included demonstrations of the virtual lab and a walkthrough of the cadaver lab. 

It was a lot of fun to be able to take time away from the day to day work schedule to discuss and reflect upon issues relevant to academic libraries. I'm looking forward to the next unconference! 

Molly Montgomery, ACRL Idaho Chair