Vol. 2, No. 6 November/December 2009
The Best of Times, the Worst of Times…
by State Librarian Ann Joslin
The phrase may sound trite, but these now accessible through WorldCat.
are interesting times for libraries. • 20 public libraries celebrated TBS
While public revenues are falling and Awareness Day, making Idaho the first
budgets are being cut, many libraries state we know of to highlight Talking
are experiencing unprecedented use Book services in this way.
and opportunities for partnerships to • Collaboration with the Department
expand their services. The recession of Labor resulted in training for Idaho
State Librarian Ann Joslin is undoubtedly responsible for some public library staff on the Career
increased use. And, I believe that Information System and IdahoWorks,
outreach efforts, offering 21st century and free access for the public through
services, and advocacy at local, state, and August 2010.
Inside this issue:
national levels over the past five years • Collaborative grant projects with
Stellar results for Read to Me 2 have laid the foundation for the higher other state library agencies, funded
visibility libraries are now enjoying. by the National Endowment for the
Summer Reading skyrockets 3
Humanities, NASA, and the Institute
LiLI Databases FY2009 report 3 In Idaho, our successes are many and of Museum and Library Services, will
Free courses and resources 3 opportunities for more are coming our bring professional development to
on WebJunction Idaho way: Idaho library staff and programming
Teen Read Week update 4 • The final report on the FY2009 Read to to Idaho libraries that would not be
School library “Partnerships 4 Me program documents its high degree possible for the Idaho Commission for
and Conversations” Libraries (ICFL) to provide on its own.
of success and cost-effectiveness in
2010 trustee election date 5 • Likewise, several broadband projects
addressing early literacy development
What’s your e-Rate discount? 5 in Idaho. have been submitted by national
• Statewide, the number of children organizations for Stimulus funding to
2009 ILA awards 6
registering for Summer Reading develop training and web resources to
News from around the state 7 Programs in 2009 was up 38%. help all libraries improve their planning
Trustee Corner 8 • Stacks, the digital repository for state for and management of broadband
publications, is well established with services.
over 10,000 state agency publications continued on page 2
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Idaho Commission The Best of Times, the Worst of Times continued from page 1
325 W. State St. • Idaho’s school library impact study The General Fund Numbers
Boise, ID 83702-6072 is winding up and promises to give
208-334-2150 FY09 Appropriation $4,269,300
us solid data for planning future
1-800-458-3271 initiatives. FY09 Adjusted Appropriation $3,960,400
FY10 Appropriation $3,426,000
Mission: That said, at the Commission the budget FY10 Holdback ($ 257,000)
The Idaho Commission for figures are sobering. Our FY2010 state
Libraries assists libraries to general fund appropriation is 19.8% FY11 Request $3,550,300
build the capacity to better
serve their clientele. less than that approved for FY2009.
We met that reduction largely through We are about to begin a review of all of
Commissioners: transferring the entire Talking Book our services and programs to identify
Pete Black, John Held, Service to federal Library Services priorities in anticipation of additional
Bruce Noble, Sara Staub
and Larry Weeks and Technology Act (LSTA) funds, cuts when the Legislature convenes in
giving up four full-time staff positions, January. Meeting the state expenditure
State Librarian and discontinuing the Professional requirements for receipt of federal LSTA
Ann Joslin Development Service. funds may be another challenge under
Commission Contacts: these conditions.
• Anne Abrams, advocacy and Less than 3 months into FY2010, the
• Betty Hoffman, support
Governor implemented a holdback that How are you faring? I’m often asked how
services supervisor amounts to another 7.5% decrease for us. Idaho libraries are doing, and hearing your
• Danna Angevine, state To meet this reduction, we will reduce successes and challenges will help answer
publications, cataloging, and
expenditures for Read to Me’s Jump those questions from funders at all levels.
• Erin McCusker, southwestern Start project, not renew the license for Please share your stories with Commission
Idaho library consultant the LiLI-D Art Museum Image Gallery, staff or post them on LibIdaho.
• Frank Nelson, southeastern reduce travel and print publications, and
Idaho library consultant
• Gina Persichini, networking leave the Stacks librarian position vacant.
• Jan Wall, northern Idaho
• Marjorie Hooper, associate
Read to Me gets “Stellar” Results
state librarian “More Idaho parents are reading to their The report shows that all the programs
• Pam Bradshaw, program children and focusing on the six early have been highly successful to date
literacy skills. And Idaho librarians who and statistics indicate that libraries
• Peggy McClendon, reading
programs coordinator participate in Read to Me programs gain are reaching more low income and
• Richard Wilson, associate state and retain important knowledge and underserved children than ever.
librarian capacity as a result of participation.”
• Shirley Biladeau, continuing
education consultant Mini-Grants: 30 libraries served over
• Sonja Hudson, grants/contracts These two findings, along with several 17,000 children.
officer other favorable observations, were Every Child Ready to Read Family
• Staci Shaw, reading programs
coordinator reported in a year-long evaluation of the Workshops: 23 libraries served over
• Stephanie Bailey-White, FY2009 Read to Me program. Dr. Roger 1,055 children in 691 families.
reading programs coordinator A. Stewart of Boise State University, First Book: 25 libraries distributed 19,568
• Sue Walker, Talking Book
who conducted the evaluation, also books to 2,174 children.
• Teresa Lipus, public comments, “Parent evaluations of all Jump Start: 61 libraries and 27 schools
information specialist of the programs where they have been served 10,000 families.
surveyed have been stellar.”
Vol. 2, No. 6 November/December 2009 Page 3
Summer Reading Participation Increases by 38 Percent!
Idaho public libraries had record summer The Hailey Public Library expanded their
reading program registrations this year, program to include incentives for the 7th
serving 63,300 children, a 38 percent and 8th grade students for the first time. “Local libraries are getting
increase over 2008. “The middle school provided summer a lot more support from
reading lists for students this year too. school principals, teachers,
“Every year we hope to see the numbers of They were required to read at least and school librarians
children being reached by these valuable one book from the list and this seemed who recognize the boost
programs increase, but we were totally to encourage more library use over in reading achievement
summer reading programs
blown away by the numbers this year,” the summer. We also decided to have give students. Librarians
ICFL Summer Reading Coordinator Peggy children be able to register and continue are asked to track the
McClendon said. “We know more families to work on earning reading incentives number of students from
may have stuck closer to home this year, without the necessity of attending each school and in each
but all the work librarians are doing with programs,” Hailey Children’s Librarian grade and recognize those
outreach to schools, daycares, and other Carolyn Gutches said. students who participated
once they go back to school
community partners is also really paying in the fall. These are all
off. The outreach statistics show libraries The Commission for Libraries Read really positive outcomes of
are reaching more low income and to Me program offered a variety the Read to Me program.”
underserved children than ever.” of incentive programs the past five –Peggy McClendon
years, encouraging more libraries to
During the past five years, more library staff increase participation through school
members have been visiting area schools and outreach visits. This year 96 of the
to promote their summer programs. In 140 public library entities in the state
2009, 83 percent of reporting libraries participated in the programs, which
made school visits, reaching 263 schools. provided free books and summer reading
Libraries reported they reached 20,700 materials to public and school libraries
children through outreach programs at who go above and beyond the standard
daycares, Head Start, school nutrition summer reading promotion.
programs, and summer school partnerships.
“We did more school visits and the
Jerome Public Library partnered with principal at the school we partnered with
several community groups to get their really encouraged the kids to attend. I
numbers up and reach more Spanish- think that helped boost our attendance,”
speaking families. “We saw a huge Middleton Public Library Director Elaine
increase in our Spanish participants Mathiasen said.
because we really focused on Spanish Summer Reading Resources
marketing. We also had the opportunity Since the Bright Futures Program began
Get started on next year’s
to provide free snacks from the Free in 2005, summer reading enrollment summer reading programs
Summer Food Program with the State of more than doubled from 27,610 children with the resources and
Idaho. This allowed us to provide healthy participating in 2004 to 63,300 in 2009. suggested timeline on the
ICFL website at:
snacks all summer long to the children http://libraries.idaho.gov/
and teens in our community,” Children’s The 2010 Summer Reading Program page/summer-reading-
Librarian Angie Haddock said. manuals were mailed to every public resources
and branch library in the state in early
More Idaho libraries are offering summer October. If you have not seen your copy,
reading programs for tweens and teens. please contact Peggy at the Commission.
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LiLI Databases (LiLI-D) FY2009 report
Cost of LiLI-D in FY2009 Use of LiLI in FY2009
License Costs for LiLI-D: $561,815 Idaho Population
Cost per Idahoan: 37¢ The average Idahoan logged onto a LiLI
Cost per Logon: 15¢. There were Database 2.41 times. This uses a July 1,
3,677,924 sessions/logins. This is the 2008 population estimate of 1,523,8162.
highest number that the LiLI-D databases LiLI Users
have ever recorded for a year. 100% of school districts, city and
Cost per Full Text Article: 66¢ district libraries, and publicly-funded
Idahoans downloaded, printed or academic libraries have access to the LiLI
emailed the texts of magazine, journal, Databases. Additionally, LiLI-D is freely
newspaper, encyclopedia and reference available through the Internet for all
book articles 846,975 times. Idaho residents.
Cost per Search(1): 40¢. Idahoans (1)Starting in fiscal year 2008, the searches metric was
performed 1,396,216 LiLI-D searches added to the report.
Many resources are
available at www.flu.gov.
Material presented on Free courses and other resources on WebJunction Idaho
the website is considered by Shirley Biladeau
federal government The Idaho Commission for Libraries developmental age groups, and covers
information and is in still has about 80 course units available planning and preparation, presentation
the public domain, for free through WebJunction Idaho tips and techniques, and sample story
unless otherwise at http://id.webjunction.org/catalog. time programs. There are many other
noted. This means that
the information may These units need to be accessed before courses available, from Word and Excel to
be freely copied and December 31, 2009. You don’t have to library programming and management.
distributed, acknowledging finish the course by the end of the year,
PandemicFlu.gov as just check it out before then. Please sign Remember, these course units need to be
appropriate. in (create an account if you don’t already accessed by December 31, 2009—or we
have one) and check out the private will lose them! We hate to waste them.
course catalog. So sign up today – you have one year to
complete the course!
Here are a few self-directed, online
courses you might try: WebJunction Idaho has other great
• Customers, Confrontation and Conflict resources for expanding your knowledge
• Identifying Your Customers' in the areas such as customer service and
Expectations interpersonal skills. Checkout the Guide
• Grant Writing Basics to Personal/Interpersonal Resources at
• Reaching Teenagers http://id.webjunction.org/interpersonal
• Readers' Advisory Services today. There is information on topics such
as the following:
Another suggestion might be Planning • Communication
Storytimes for Children. This course • Customer Service
is intended for anyone who works or • Ethics and Values
volunteers in a library and is responsible • Learning and Personal Growth
for planning, developing, and delivering
story time programs. The course will Any questions? Please contact me at
help you develop successful library story firstname.lastname@example.org or
time programs for children of different 208-639-4149.
Vol. 2, No. 6 November/December 2009 Page 5
Teen Read Week Update: Winning program ideas
Congratulations to the winners of the 7. Garden City Library—Teen Trailers
Teen Read Week. Thirty FlipCams were (Bring Books 2 Life)
delivered to the lucky winners. All libraries 8. Nampa Public Library—Get Into
submitting entries received ID key-chain The Game: Go Where No Teen Has
wallets branded with “Read Long and Gone Before…
Prosper” for their Teen Read Week 9. Idaho Falls High School—Are You
program participants. Smarter Than a High School Student?
10. Tie: Boise Public Library—Reading Check out these and other
The top 11 vote getters are: Beyond… program ideas at:
1. Taylorview Junior High—Imagine 11. Tie: East Bonner County Library— TRWProgramIdeas.pdf.
Infinity - i squared I2 – (i squared) Party Beyond Reality: Watch
2. Centennial High School—What Are Coraline & Participate in a View videos to see how some
You From? Pumpkin Carving Idaho libraries celebrated Teen
Read Week at:
3. Hayden Library—Slam Beyond Reality Thanks to all who voted and entered! http://libraries.idaho.gov/
4. Wendell High School Library—I Was TRW09.
Caught Reading Idaho Teen Read Week is brought
5. Gooding High School—Read People, to you by ICFL and funded through
Read Food? the Library Services and Technology
6. West Junior High School Library— Act administered by the Institute of
Recycle Books for Mustang Pride Museum and Library Services.
Calling all School Library Staff
Make plans to attend one of the the Institute of Museum and Library Southeastern Idaho
“Partnerships and Conversations” Services, each librarian who attends Wed. Nov. 18: Idaho Falls
sessions at a school library near you. And with an administrator and parent is Edgemont Elementary School
Wed. Nov. 18: Pocatello
bring along your principal and a parent eligible to receive a FlipCam for their Wilcox Elementary School
because you’ll have the opportunity to library. “We are excited about bringing a
show how your school library media 21st century learning tool to the school Southwestern Idaho
center supports student achievement. library,” notes Biladeau. “And we can’t Mon. Nov. 16: Nampa
Endeavor Elementary School
wait to hear about how our creative and Thurs. Nov. 19: Gooding
The two-hour informal sessions will imaginative school librarians will use Gooding Elementary School
bring stakeholders together to talk about them to engage students.” Thurs. Nov. 19: Twin Falls
what school librarians do throughout Harrison Elementary School
the day. The sessions will be facilitated Find the agenda, FAQs, tips on how to Tues. Dec. 1: Meridian
Sawtooth Middle School
by Commission staff Shirley Biladeau use FlipCams, and other information at Thurs. Dec. 3: Caldwell
and Anne Abrams. “We know that http://libraries.idaho.gov/SLpartners. Sacajawea Elementary School
technology, from searching catalogs to Mon. Dec. 14: Boise
validating websites, is becoming part of School Venues: Fairmont Junior High School
Tues. Dec. 15: Boise
the workday for school librarians and we Northern Idaho White Pine Elementary School
think it’s important for other community (48 people attended the November 5 Tues. Dec. 15: Boise
members to know that too,” explains session in Coeur d’ Alene) Andrus Elementary School
Biladeau. Tues. Nov. 10: Post Falls Wed. Dec. 16: Boise
Prairie View Elementary School Horizon Elementary School
Thurs. Dec. 17: Boise
Thanks to Library Services and Technology Thurs. Nov. 12: Lewiston Pepper Ridge Elementary
Act (LSTA) funding administrated by McSorley Elementary Library School
The Nexus Vol. 2, No. 6 November/December 2009 Page 6
2010 Trustee Election Dates for District Libraries
District library directors and trustees will county clerk about your trustee election,
still be responsible for a trustee election which will be held on May 25, 2010.
in 2010, and any other elections held next
year! The election reform bill will not take Other possible dates for elections:
effect until January 2011. You need to get - Permanent levy override [I.C. 63-802(1)g]
dates to your county clerk no later than May 25 or November 2
November 30, 2009 for any elections - Temporary levy override [I.C. 63-802(3)]
that you are planning to hold in 2010. any of the 4 consolidated dates
The Idaho Commission (Feb. 2, May 25, Aug. 3, Nov. 2)
for Libraries will NOT
Idaho Code 34-1405 requires that county - Bond election (I.C. 33-2728)
be mailing any election
calendars this year. clerks list on a county election calendar May 25 or November 2
The trustee election all elections to be held in a county. - Plant facilities (I.C. 33-2729)
calendar is available This includes trustee elections, bond any of the above 4 consolidated dates
online ONLY, at elections, plant facilities levy actions, - District establishment, annexation,
http://libraries.idaho.gov/ levy override elections, or elections to consolidation (I.C 33-2702 - 33-2713)
add territory to your district (such as any of the above 4 consolidated dates
annexation elections or elections to add a
city library to your district.) If you fail to list your election dates with
the county clerk, you will face extra costs
At a minimum, you need to tell the for legal advertisements for the election.
What would your library’s e-Rate discount be?
View the 2008-2009 NSLP spreadsheet Discount/reimbursement rates are
Disclaimer: your percentage on the ICFL website to see what your determined by applying a“discount
may vary from that listed,
especially if you have discount for telecommunications and/or matrix” to the percentage of free and
multiple branches within Internet might be under the e-Rate program. reduced lunches in your school district.
your library jurisdiction. In Go to http://libraries.idaho.gov/page/ The resulting percentage also depends on
that case, it’s basically an determine-your-discount-or-reimbursement whether your library is urban or rural.
average of the percentages,
unless you have and click on YOUR School District's E-Rate
different vendors. Discount Rate. Look for your school For more about the e-Rate program see
district, then go to the far right-hand www.universalservice.org/sl/ or contact
column of the spreadsheet to see what Public Library e-Rate Coordinator Jan
your rate would be. Wall at email@example.com.
2009 ILA Awards
Congratulations to the following people, Trustee of the Year:
who were recognized at the 2009 Idaho Don Johnson–Kuna Library District
Library Association Annual Conference Special Services to Libraries Award:
Awards Banquet for their dedication and Tina Cherry–formerly from Jerome
contributions to Idaho’s libraries. Public Library
Idaho School Library Media Program of Legislator of the Year:
the Year: Dell Raybould–Rexburg
Kit Parker–Les Bois Junior High Librarian of the Year:
Kit Parker with Glynda Pflieger, Melba Friend of the Year: Susannah Price–retired from Boise
Teacher Librarian who presented the
Library Media Program award Kim Hirning–Marshall Public Library Public Library
Vol. 2, No. 6 November/December 2009 Page 7
Library News From Around the State
Post Falls Public Library Burley Public Library, DeMary
On November 3, Post Falls voters Memorial Library (Rupert), and
approved the consolidation of their Jerome Public Library went live on
library with the Kootenai-Shoshone Area August 20, 2009 with the Libraries by a
Libraries (KSAL) District, with 73.43% River (LIBRI) integrated library system
of the 2,254 voters voting yes. Effective (ILS) after six years of determined and Burley Public, DeMary Memorial, and
October 1, 2010, the KSAL District will collaborative efforts. Jerome Public libraries collaborate to
enhance customer service with the LIBRI
serve all of Kootenai County except Coeur integrated library system
d’Alene, along with the part of Shoshone Idaho Community Foundation
County that used to be the Pinehurst- grant recipients:
Kingston Library District. Bear Lake County Library District–
$1,500 for early literacy workstations What a Deal!!!
Grangeville Centennial Library for preschoolers
Linda Ruthruff, director, retired in Bear Lake County School District 33–
October 2009, with 28 years of service, $1,500 for library books
serving as director since 1994. The library Preston High School– $500 for brain
welcomes Edie Lustig as the new director. games and puzzles for the library
Rigby City Library– $1,000 for
Boise Public Library audiobooks The What a Deal fact sheet,
Boise Public Library recently developed West Side School District 202 (Franklin designed to help you
an Adult New Readers Collection. The County)– $1,000 for student-selected promote donations to your
purpose of the collection is to provide books for the library library, is now available on
the ICFL website at
materials for adults learning to read in the http://libraries.idaho.gov/
English language. Adults may be learning Laura Moore Cunningham under Highlights. Click on
English as another language or may be Foundation, Inc. grant recipients Public Library Contribution
native English speakers learning to read. Garden City Library has been awarded
The collection includes both fiction a $10,000 grant to replace children's To receive a deduction
in 2009, individuals or
and nonfiction items at reading levels books published prior to 1985. corporations must give to
appropriate for beginning readers. Hansen Community Library and the library by December 31
Kimberly Public Library recently of this year.
Some items include audio CDs, allowing received a grant for $3,500 to
the user to read along while listening, complete their newspaper digitization
and several bilingual picture dictionaries project, begun four years ago. The
are available. Many life skills topics are grant will move them closer to their
available, including studying for a driver’s goal of making the Kimberly Advertiser
license and becoming a U.S. citizen. The and East End Chronicle available to all
collection has received much favorable by converting them and putting them
feedback. on CDs.
LIBRI Foundation grant recipients Nezperce Community Library
(of new, quality hardcover Earlier this month, students and
children's books) community members moved 6,500
Garden Valley District Library, Garden books into the new Nezperce community
Valley center/library, forming a human line that at Nezperce Community Library, branch
Valley of the Tetons Library, Victor stretched from the old facility to the new. of the Prairie-River Library District
Idaho Commission for Libraries
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Ten Commandments for library 5. Attend civic, educational, and resources offering training to trustees
Trustees community functions and events. and some best practices for working in
Patricia L. Owens, library trustee 6. Become familiar with local, these groups.
consultant and former Interim State state, and federal existing and
Librarian at the Connecticut State proposed library legislation. Topics include:
Library, passed away in August 2009. 7. Establish a continuing education • What Does a Library Trustee Do?
But she left us with words of wisdom, budget for trustees. • Trustees Need to be in the Picture
saying, “Public Library Trustee 8. Adopt a Library Board Members’ • Working Together: A description of
advocacy is vital to ensuring the Code of Ethics. the responsibilities of the library’s
future of public libraries.” Following 9. Develop an annual advocacy plan. Director, Board of Trustees, and
are her 10 commandments for library 10. Believe in the value of Friends
trustees: partnerships and collaborations. • Discussing Technology with Library
1. Have a working knowledge of Shareholders
your public library’s services and Trustee Resources on • Getting on Your Community’s
programs. WebJunction Idaho Leadership Team
2. Be familiar with your library Trustee groups are some of the
funding sources. powerhouses behind libraries. They You can also find resources for budget
3. Know who the key decision- frequently advocate on behalf of and finance (http://id.webjunction.
makers are in your community. libraries and spend hours volunteering org/budget-finance), for funding
4. Establish clear roles and their time to help make their local (http://id.webjunction.org/funding),
responsibilities for the Friends library a success. In the Documents and for rural and small libraries,
of the Library and support their section at http://id.webjunction.org/ (http://id.webjunction.org/rural).
work. friends-trustees, you will find great