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  • Friday, May 14, 2021 3:33 PM | Cresta Craner (Administrator)

    2002 Idaho Library Association Legislator of the Year Hal Bunderson and State Librarian Stephanie Bailey-White stand with copies of books that Mr. Bunderson donated to libraries around the state.

    Mr. Bunderson wrote or edited all seven of the donated titles which encompass the unique history and stories of Idaho and the people who shaped our state. The Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho Library Association worked closely with Mr. Bunderson to ensure the books made their ways to library shelves for Idahoans to enjoy for years to come.

    Thank you to Mr. Bunderson for his generous donation and continued support of Idaho libraries!  

    - Amy Campbell, ILA President

  • Wednesday, April 28, 2021 11:19 AM | Cresta Craner (Administrator)

    The Children’s Literature Lecture Award Committee is seeking suggestions for our 2023 honoree. The lecturer may be an author, critic, librarian, historian, or teacher of children’s literature, of any country, who shall prepare a paper considered to be a significant contribution to the field of children’s literature. The lecture will be given in April or May of 2023 at a site to be chosen next year.

    ALSC members are welcome to send suggestions to the committee for consideration. Please send your proposed lecturer(s), with supporting rationale for each recommendation.

    The nomination form is available online and the deadline for submissions is July 31.

    Recent past lecturers include Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop, Neil Gaiman, Dr. Debbie Reese, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Jacqueline Woodson. The complete list of past lecturers is on the ALSC website.

    The 2023 lecturer will be announced at the 2022 ALA LibLearnX next January in San Antonio. For more details about the lecture, please visit the Children’s Literature Lecture Award site.

  • Wednesday, April 07, 2021 1:37 PM | Cresta Craner (Administrator)

    Did you know that every public library in Idaho and the families with young children in your communities will directly benefit from the Preschool Development Grant (PDG)? The Idaho Library Association is writing to share our formal support of Senate Bill 1193 and the PDG. 

    Idaho libraries and the Idaho Commission for Libraries are named partners in this grant. Funding would enhance an existing family-centered approach to ensuring children are ready for kindergarten by engaging parents as partners in educating their young child. The funds give every library in the state the opportunity to get new, quality, classic picture books on their shelves selected to encourage early literacy practices: Read, Write, Sing, Talk, and Play; as well as the ability to offer early learning resources for parents including Ready! for Kindergarten workshops for parents, grandparents, and caregivers with young children.

    Ready! for Kindergarten gives parents information and hands-on materials to engage their little ones in powerful at-home early learning. The grant funds will support children, parents, early childhood small business owners, and childcare workers directly as well as all Idahoans through a variety of library materials and services. Public libraries offer lifelong learning and access to information and opportunities that make our communities stronger. Many of the families libraries serve are homeschool families and families not using childcare; these families in particular look to libraries for quality, free, supplemental educational resources and programs.  When libraries have the resources to support Idaho’s earliest learners and set the stage for an improved quality of life, we all benefit. 

    One Library in southwest Idaho conducted a survey in their district to determine what parents felt would be useful to help them prepare their children for kindergarten. The results indicated parents seek just the variety of resources the Preschool Development Grant helps provide. Parents specifically asked for clear information about the Kindergarten Readiness standards, hands on materials to teach and reinforce letter, number and shape recognition, letter sounds, learning games, and a Kindergarten Readiness class as well as support in helping their children with social and emotional skills like problem solving and calming down. 

    Another Idaho library offers a 10-week kindergarten readiness program aimed at preparing children ages 4-5 for kindergarten by focusing on a combination of early learning competencies and social-emotional skills, developed in concert with local kindergarten teachers. This program is in high demand, with consistent waiting lists. Kids come excited, but they also come lacking kindergarten skills, such as knowing the alphabet or how to hold crayons and scissors. By the time they complete our program, over 95% of children can identify letters and the sounds they make, a critical indicator of reading success. 

    PDG funds would assist libraries in their work with parents in these and other specific learning areas to help prepare their children for success in kindergarten and in life.

    The Idaho Library Association supports Senate Bill 1193 and we ask you to do so as well.

    Amy Campbell

    Idaho Library Association President 2020-2022

  • Tuesday, March 09, 2021 3:33 PM | Cresta Craner (Administrator)

    Friday's CVAC meeting focused on discussion around vulnerable populations, the remainder of Group 2, and further clarifications on Essential Workers in Group 3. Despite ongoing advocacy efforts on our behalf, library workers are not explicitly named as a priority category in Group 2 or 3. We are not alone among groups surprised and disappointed not to be specifically lined out as prioritized. In the end, it was recommended that Idaho follow some sort of age/health flowchart for the next category group as below. 

    Idaho has created a new COVID-19 vaccine appointment pre-registration solution to assist Idahoans in making an appointment to get the vaccine. Please share this with coworkers and the public:

    The new COVID-19 vaccine appointment pre-registration system is available at . From the press release: "'The ability for Idahoans to get a vaccine--should they choose to do so--is my top priority," Governor Little said. 'The new pre-registration system is designed to take the frustration out of getting a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. It is user-friendly, easy to understand, and it was built from the ground up with Idahoans in mind.' The pre-registration system allows Idahoans to add their names to one waiting list regardless of when they are eligible to get the vaccine. They will be contacted by an enrolled COVID-19 vaccine provider when it is their turn and when the provider has appointments and vaccine available."

    ILA encourages anyone interested in the vaccine to register as above. Additionally, please remember:

    • Employees who meet any criteria for age or health are eligible to sign up for an appointment anytime. 
    • Now that more pharmaceuticals are official vaccine sites, they are often left with doses at the end of the day. It may be possible for someone to obtain a vaccine this way. ​

    Thank you,

    Amy Campbell

    Idaho Library Association President 2020-2022

  • Monday, March 08, 2021 1:58 PM | Cresta Craner (Administrator)

    If you would like high-quality, free books on Idaho for your library, please continue reading!  

    Hal Bunderson is a former businessman and Idaho State Senator and a community leader. He is an old friend of Idaho’s libraries as well as the 2002 recipient of ILA's Legislator of the Year award. Because of his support of Idaho libraries and education, he is offering to donate books to any interested Idaho libraries. The books on offer are listed below followed by instructions on how to opt-in. 

    You may look inside the books on Amazon through the links below or on the Ridenbaugh Press website at Hal will purchase the books from Ridenbaugh Press which will ship the books that you order directly to library address you provide with your order. Hal is covering 100% of the cost of the books and shipping. There is no cost at all to your library.  

    Idaho Entrepreneurs (2nd edition, hardcover)

    Idaho’s 200 Cities: The North (hardcover)

    Idaho’s 200 Cities: The Southwest (hardcover)

    Idaho's 200 Cities: The East (hardcover)

    Idaho’s 200 Cities: The North Trivia (softcover only) 

    Idaho’s 200 Cities: The Southwest Trivia (softcover only) 

    Idaho’s 200 Cities: The East Trivia (only softcover only)

    These books tell Idaho’s history through the stories of each of Idaho’s 200 cities and some of Idaho’s great entrepreneurs. Hal led a group of volunteer researchers and historians from around the state in compiling the Idaho Cities books and wrote Idaho Entrepreneurs himself. ​From the time of their publication, the royalties from the sale of Idaho’s 200 Cities books have gone to the Association of Idaho Cities while the royalties from Idaho Entrepreneurs support a Boise State University endowed scholarship fund. Hal is making this donation as he feels that his gift will directly benefit the institutions he loves: libraries, cities, and education.

    Please click here to fill out a form to request your books. Please submit only one request per library. You may request any or all of the seven titles available; please note that the form requires you to rank your requests in order of preference. You may request only one copy of each title, but you may request all seven titles. This gift is limited to titles that you will make accessible to your library patrons.

    Please submit your completed form by April 10, 2021. ​Your library should receive its books about four weeks later. ​If you have any questions, please email me at You may also find this same information under news on the ILA website  


  • Wednesday, February 10, 2021 3:36 PM | Cresta Craner (Administrator)

    ILA understands vaccine eligibility is of great concern to Idaho library workers working hard under challenging conditions to effectively serve the public.  ILA has spoken to the Governor's office and has created and provided a letter to the CVAC urging that public and academic librarians become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in group 2.1.  We also encourage library directors to follow up with their own District Health Department.

    It is our hope that these efforts result in vaccination availability for library staff as soon as possible in order to fully and safely reopen to serve our communities. Read our letter to CVAC here: ILA_COVIDVaccineLetter.pdf

  • Wednesday, May 08, 2019 4:49 PM | Anonymous

    The 2019 Idaho Librarian Association Awards and Scholarships criteria and nomination/application forms are now available!

    Awards available include:

    • Idaho Public Library of the Year
    • Librarian of the Year
    • Trustee of the Year
    • School Librarian of the Year
    • Library Friend of the Year
    • Legislator of the Year
    • Special Services to Libraries Award
    • Paraprofessional of the Year

    Scholarships available include:

    • Gardner Hanks Scholarship ($600)
    • Idaho Library Association Scholarship ($600)

    A complete listing of awards criteria can be found here.

    Questions may be addressed to Rami Attebury, Awards and Scholarship Committee Chair, at

    To submit a nomination or application, please visit the following:

    ILA Awards Nomination Form (select the specific award within the application)

    ILA Scholarship 

    Gardner Hanks Scholarship

  • Tuesday, April 30, 2019 1:21 PM | Anonymous

    Each year, the ILA Library Awards Committee honors those who have provided exemplary service to the Idaho library community.

    The 2019 Idaho Librarian Association Awards and Scholarships criteria and nomination/application forms will be available beginning May 8.

    Awards available include:

    • Idaho Public Library of the Year
    • Librarian of the Year
    • Trustee of the Year
    • School Librarian of the Year
    • Library Friend of the Year
    • Legislator of the Year
    • Special Services to Libraries Award
    • Paraprofessional of the Year

    Scholarships available include:

    • Gardner Hanks Scholarship ($600)
    • Idaho Library Association Scholarship ($600)

    If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else to receive one of these awards, watch the ILA blog and Libidaho for the nomination form beginning May 8th.

  • Tuesday, April 09, 2019 1:57 PM | Anonymous

    ~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.

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