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Survival Guide for Idaho Librarians: Programming

A quick-start ready reference source for the accidental public library director or school librarian in Idaho


The Idaho State Department of Education has a parent brochure available with a high-level overview of the Idaho Core Standards. The Idaho Core Standards website is available at

Other electronic resources

Other electronic resources available under the Idaho Core Standards Communications Toolkit at include the following:

  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Myths and Facts
  • sample test questions
  • an overview video of Idaho teachers talking about the Idaho Core Standards, and other video clips

Additional resources:

Many Idaho school districts developed web pages to help explain the new standards to parents at a local level. Here are a few examples:

Idaho Falls:

PTA’s Parent Guide to Student Success: (also available in Spanish)

Lesson Planning: Or, What's the Game Plan?

K-12 Information and Communication Technology Standards, adopted 2013 Idaho Department of Education

Comprehensive Literacy Course and Assessment, Idaho Department of Education

Creating a Course on Information Literacy

Outreach: Or, Who Is Not Being Served?

Blog:  Outreach Librarian

Blog:  Programming Librarian

Summer Reading: Or, How To Avoide the Summer Slide

Did you know? Kids who do not continue reading over the summer can lose up to two months of the reading gains they achieved during the school year. This especially affects low-income children. Almost all Idaho public libraries and branches offer some type of summer reading program to help keep the children in their communities reading during the summer months.
Currently Idaho does not have a statewide summer reading program.  Each public library designs, implements, and funds its own program to meet the needs of its community.  Connect with your local public library to discover what type of summer reading programs are available and how you might collaborate.
Idaho Commission for Libraries Resources for Summer Reading

Youth Services: Or, How Do I Connect With Young Adults?

Supplemental Alternative Basic Library Education (SABLE):  Online, self-directed courses on youth services

Idaho Make It - Maker-spaces programs

Teens and Technology Course Archives

Blog:  Youth Services Corner

Online Newsletter:  Scoop

Early Literacy Resources from Saroj Ghoting


An alternative way to motivate students in learning how to use the library and library resources.

HeLIOS (Hemingway Library Information Online Skills), an online library skills tutorial designed specifically for high school or elementary school students.  Using short lessons with audio narration or text only, this tutorial assists students in becoming familiar with the concepts and resources required for college-level research.  It can also be accessed with tablet devices by downloading the Articulate app.  Some of the lessons in the tutorial include:

  • Developing a Research Question
  • Finding Information Online
  • How to Use the Library Catalog
  • Critically Evaluating Information

Additionally, classroom teachers and school librarians can use the tutorial’s related slide shows to present information literacy skills in school classrooms. The creation of the tutorial was a collaborative effort between academic librarians, high school teacher librarians, and a graphic designer.

ACRL (Association of College and Research Librarians) PRIMO (Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online) Site of the Month.  March 2012.  "HELIOS: Hemingway Library Information Online Skills Tutorial."  

Christensen, Joanne F., Fawn Morgan, and JaNae Kinikin.  "An Online Information Skills Tutorial."  School Library Monthly.  29.5 (2013):  8-10.