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Survival Guide for Idaho Librarians: Additional Topics

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

Additional Topics

Community Building:  Or, How Do I Find a Good Partner?

Community Building is reaching out to the community you serve and connecting with groups and organizations to maximize the library's impact.  In 2015, five Idaho libraries embarked on community building exercises.  Explore the tools and resources which resulted from this activity at

The Orton Family Foundation has created a Field Guide which provides step-by-step descriptions for those interested in strengthening their communities.  Go to to download the free field guide.

In 2011, the Idaho Commission for Libraries hosted "credible connections" activities which brought together individuals and groups within 23 communities to connect, share, and collaborate on work force development projects.  For more information about this process go to

The Harwood Foundation and the American Library Association have collaborated to create a variety of tools which facilitate conducting community conversations.  More information and the tools can be found at Libraries Transforming Communities.

Series of six YouTube videos based on Lead the Change concepts.

Continuing Education:  Or, How Do I Learn More?

The Idaho Commission for Libraries provides opportunities for continuing education in library-related topics.  These opportunities range from informal 1-hour webinars to formal library science courses.  Here are some resources to review:

Info2Go!  A monthly webinar produced by the Idaho Commission for Libraries

Free Continuing Education:  A monthly list of online webinars, subscribe to libidaho listserv for access

Continuing Education Grants:  Grants provided to Idaho publicly funded libraries to support staff development.

Alternative Basic Library Education (ABLE):  Self-directed online courses in library basics (free)

Supplemental Basic Library Education (SABLE):  Self-directed online courses in youth services (free)

Continuing Education Online Courses:  Access for Idaho library staff to a variety of vendor provided online courses

Continuing Education Libguide:  Resources for a variety of continuing education topics

Grant Writing:  Or, Where's the Money?

There are several opportunities for libraries to write grants for funding of projects or programs.  The following gives a general outline for writing a grant either for an Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) Library Services and Technology Act Grant, or other funders.

Step 1:  Strategic Planning for Grants

Step 2:  Select one Program or Project, then Build Your Case

Step 3:  Basic Components of Grant Proposals

Step 4:  Finalize Supporting Documents & Put It All Together

Step 5: Submit Your Grant on Time (if not Early!)

Learn more by opening the Grants and Fund Raising document below.

Check out these Additional Research & Training Resources:

More information at Idaho Commission for Libraries

Idaho Commission for Libraries: Or, Your Friends In Boise!

When you run into a question you just can’t answer by yourself, there are resources available. The mission of the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) is to build the capacity of libraries to serve their clientele. This mission includes support of statewide databases and online resources, continuing education, consulting, programming, and building library community.

Leadership:  Or, Me? A Leader?

In the spring of 2014, the Idaho Commission for Libraries in collaboration with the Idaho Library Association hosted a Leadership Training Needs Assessment Summit.  From this summit, the Library Leadership Advisory Committee (LiLAC) emerged.  A group of individuals from the Idaho library community whose charge is to lay the groundwork for developing a leadership culture within the Idaho Library Community. 

For more information:

Leadership - LiLac

Leadership Development Opportunities

LiLAC Facebook Group

American Library Association

Resources for learning more about Open Educational Resources (OER)


Marketing and Public Relations:  Or, What Is My Message?

Check out the quick tutorial from the Ohio Library Council on Marketing

SABLE Course:  Merchandising

Marketing Resources from American Library Association

Tell Your Library's Story - TechSoup Archive and Handouts

Volunteers:  Or, Who Can Help?

Volunteers in your library can be a great asset - or - they can feel like just more work and responsibility. How this asset is managed can make all the difference. If you have a good plan for managing your community volunteer resource, the possibilities are limitless! Volunteers are not free, but they can cost-effectively extend library services. Before you begin using volunteers, several areas should be addressed.  Check out the attached document to learn more about using volunteers in your school library.

Idaho is currently 2nd in the nation for volunteer hrs per capita.

Leadership Books

Reading for leadership development:

  • The Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth - Chris Hadfield
  • Drive - Daniel H. Pink
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie
  • Leaders Eat Last - Simon Sineck
  • Quiet Influence: The Introvert's Guide to Making a Difference Paperback Jennifer B. Kahnweiler PhD
  • The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People - Steven R. Covey
  • Start With Why - Simon Sineck
  • Team of Rivals - Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Tribes - Seth Godin
  • The Truth About Leadership - James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner

Goodreads list of Popular Leadership Books

Leadership Videos

More Online Training Resources

Outreach and Community Engagement

Created by Micki Dietrich with Adrian Gomez

Learn all about the resources and best practices of getting started with outreach and community engagement. Find details here about better understanding your audience, knowing the resources available to you, and making the most of attending community events. 

Leading OPL

Created by Rebecca Stavick

Leading OPL is a 16-month self-study leadership program, built for anyone's hectic schedule. In this course, you'll learn about Leadership and Management Basics, and then delve deeper into the following leadership topics: Communication, Time Management, Productivity, Emotional Intelligence, Staff Development & Coaching, Delegation & Workflow, Conflict Management, Feedback, Change Management, Creativity & Innovation, User Experience, Project Management, Diversity & Gender, and Organizational Culture.

NOTE:  You may or may not have access to the courses, depending on which library is your home library.  Regardless, there is valuable information for the learner to consume regarding leadership.

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