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  • 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.


    Deborah Caldwell-Stone

    Interim Director

    ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom

  • 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


    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


    *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.

    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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