Welcome to the Idaho Trustee Challenge!
The Idaho Library Association's Trustee Section is challenging public library boards throughout Idaho to contact their state legislators three times before the start of the new session in January 2019:
Write letters of introduction- describe your library's services and programs
Invite your legislators to a library event, show them what you're doing, give them a tour
Host an open house or a legislative coffee, send an end of the year summary of library programs and services or send a few of the library stories you've collected
We hope you’ll join library trustees throughout Idaho to meet this challenge and practice the important work of proactive advocacy for your library.
Proactive advocacy happens when the library board works to lay the groundwork for positive support among lawmakers. We can easily do this by writing letters of introduction, inviting legislators to library events and offering to be a resource when legislators need information on library-related issues.
A good foundation of proactive advocacy helps support our cause when we need to practice reactive advocacy by asking our legislators to support or reject legislation that affects libraries. State Librarian Ann Joslin has a few tips on advocacy here.
Please leave us a comment to let us know you're planning to take the Challenge!
ILA Trustee Section Co-Chair
Amy Vecchione posted about Return Talking Books Service Funding to the Idaho State Budget on Facebook 2018-02-06 18:48:50 -0700Return Talking Books Service Funding to the Idaho State Budget
Idaho Library Association Board approved partnering with Every Library to help get the Talking Books back to the state funding - where they need to be - in order to provide stable funding for everyone - with visual or physical impairment - to gain access to information.
So many people we've talked to who use the service say that it changed their life - it saved their life - and they are so scared this funding will go away.
Thank you for your help!
Amy Vecchione posted about Millenials Are Libraries Biggest Fans: ICfL JFAC presentation on Facebook 2018-01-16 16:07:01 -0700Millenials Are Libraries Biggest Fans: ICfL JFAC presentation
Ann Joslin presented to the Joint Finance Appropriations Committee in the morning on Jan. 16. Please take a look at the reporting by Betsy Russell's Eye on Boise column about the presentation at The Spokesman Review.
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  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.
Main Campaign Page: http://1lib1ref.org
Citation Hunt tool: https://tools.wmflabs.org/citationhunt/en
Wikipedia + Libraries facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WikiLibrary/
1lib1ref Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1655484241139590/
Got questions or want to get started? Contact us! And thank you.
- For questions about what or how to plan, or materials: Jessamyn West firstname.lastname@example.org
- For event planning & Wikipedia integration: Alex Stinson email@example.com
- For Wikipedia Library info and help: Jake Orlowitz @wikilibrary on Twitter
Amy Vecchione published Please Read: Help Idaho libraries fulfill Braille’s vision in Blog 2017-12-06 10:56:02 -0700
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!
Amy Vecchione tagged Erin Downey's Boise School District Reconsideration Policy/Procedure with good 2017-12-04 19:46:15 -0700
I'm really proud of our procedure for reconsideration. Before pulling books from the curriculum or library, we have very specific steps to take, including pulling together an evaluation team comprising many different community members. We send these documents, along with the reconsideration form, out to principals and librarians at the beginning of the year to remind them how to handle parent concerns. We are proud not to have had a formal challenge since the early '90s! You can find these documents here: Reconsideration Policy: https://goo.gl/aVa1Sw Reconsideration Procedure: https://goo.gl/R3aG5z
@IdahoLibraries tweeted link to 3D Printing Policy at Boise State's MakerLab. 2017-10-08 17:10:01 -0600Policy Sharing: 3D Printing Policy at Boise State's MakerLab http://www.idaholibraries.org/amyvecchione/3d_printing_policy_at_boise_state_s_makerlab?recruiter_id=4981
ALBERTSONS LIBRARY 3D PRINTER POLICY 3-10-2016 The Library’s 3D Printer is available to Boise State University students, faculty, and staff. The Library’s 3D printer may be used only for lawful purposes. No one will be permitted to use the Library’s 3D printer to create material that: Is not in compliance with Boise State’s Policy 8000 on Acceptable Use of Information Technology; Violates the Student Code of Conduct Boise State Policy 2020; Is obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the Library environment; Is in violation of another’s intellectual property rights including copyright, patent, and/or trademark protections with respect to fair use and other legal exceptions. Boise State University students, staff, and faculty are able to use the 3D printers in a self-service model after undergoing an introductory one hour training. 3D printers may only run during library open hours, and must be shut down a half hour prior to closing. Not complying with the policy can restrict your access to the 3D printers. The service model will be iterated based on requests. The library will offer workshops on an introduction to what 3D printing is and how to get started.
Amy Vecchione published Using the Idaho Library Association Website in Blog 2017-10-08 16:05:50 -0600
If you are an Idaho Library Association member, you - YES YOU - can post to our blog about the exciting and fun things happening in libraries across the state.
Please join us, and use the site, to talk about what you're working on! We all want to know.
Do you have any 3d printer policies at your library? Can you share?
Amy Vecchione posted about Idaho Library Association Proposed Bylaw Changes Pass with Quorum on Facebook 2017-06-21 14:37:24 -0600Idaho Library Association Proposed Bylaw Changes Pass with Quorum
During the month of May 2017 the Idaho Library Association membership voted on several bylaw changes. All proposed bylaw changes passed and achieved quorum.
- The proposal to modify the Vice President and President positions into two distinct roles passed passes with 87.5% of the voting membership
- The proposal to establish elections operated by the Secretary, Membership Chair, and Division Chairs passes with 95.8% of the voting membership
- Creation of a new position of Content Coordinator position, separate from the Webmaster, passes with 97.9% of the voting membership
- Wording changes passed with 100% of the vote
The Board will now create a working group to determine an implementation team for the transition, and we seek volunteers to help. If you want to spend a short amount of time working on a special projects, please get in touch.
Amy Vecchione posted about Idaho Libraries at Risk - Ann Joslin Visits with Congressional Leaders on Facebook 2017-05-03 07:02:04 -0600Idaho Libraries at Risk - Ann Joslin Visits with Congressional Leaders
"Idaho State Librarian Ann Joslin is meeting with the state’s congressional delegation in Washington, D.C., today and tomorrow, as part of a two-day national library legislative outreach push. Among the top concerns: The Trump Administration’s fiscal year 2018 budget blueprint proposes to eliminate the primary source of federal support for Idaho libraries – an average of $1.28 million a year over the past five years. Joslin said that’s equal to 77 cents per Idahoan every year. The money comes under the Library Services and Technology Act, which is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which Trump wants to eliminate."
Amy Vecchione posted about Regional Conference Registration on Facebook 2017-03-10 16:06:16 -0700Can't wait for SWILA! I'm attending one of @IdahoLibraries fabulous regional conferences! Will you join me?
@IdahoLibraries tweeted link to Home. 2017-02-07 09:37:29 -0700About this Union https://idaholibraries.nationbuilder.com/?recruiter_id=310