Below are important contacts as you begin your journey as a library director in an Idaho public. Call 208-334-2150.
Public Library Consultants
Patrick Bodily, Eastern Idaho
Emily Sitz, Northern Idaho
Kevin Tomlinson, Southwest Idaho
Continuing Education Consultant
Youth Services/Read to Me team
Library Consultant for the Underserved
School Library Consultant
Quick reference resources designed for new library directors on the operation and management of public libraries. Click on the heading to view individual topics.
The purpose of this guide is to provide a new library director essential information needed to get started. It will help you find instruction for specific topics as you discover all the duties involved in running the library. This guide is full of links to tutorials and expert advice, help with planning and policy making, and sources to help find the way in Libraryland.
The Idaho Commission for Libraries serves as a development agency whose mission is to build the capacity of Idaho libraries to better serve their clientele. This document was originally created and published by Gard Hanks, Continuing Education Coordinator, in 1998. In 2014 it was updated by development staff members of the Idaho Commission for Libraries.
Online Tutorials on Library Basics -- Free
Resources any Idaho librarian should know about
Advice for New Public Library Directors - from members of the Association of Rural and Small Libraries
Idaho Commission for Libraries: The Idaho Commission for Libraries serves as a development agency whose mission is to build the capacity of Idaho libraries to better serve their clientele. This website will provide a wealth of information about programs and support for Idaho libraries.
LiLI.org: Statewide database which provides online resources for all Idaho residents.
Libidaho: Library Listserv maintained by the Idaho Library Association. The best way to get connected with the Idaho library community
Idaho Library Association: Professional organization for all Idaho library staff.
LiLAC: Library Leadership Advisory Committee, a collaborative effort between the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho Library Association supporting development of a leadership culture throughout the Idaho library community.
Public Library Directors' 101 Series - short videos designed for new public library directors.
SPLAT: Special Projects Library Action Team, a group of Idaho librarians dedicated to reaching out to their library colleagues with new technology and library trends.