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State Librarian

Ms. Ann Joslin
State Librarian
Idaho Commission for Libraries
325 West State Street
Boise, ID 83702-6072
Phone: 208/334-2150
Fax: 208/334-4016

State library website:

photo of Idaho State Librarian“Our three major priorities are to advance libraries as community anchor institutions, help libraries build digitally inclusive communities, and support early childhood literacy programs.  We encourage Idaho librarians to meet the needs of patrons who come to the library for informal learning through virtual sources and print materials, as well as those who access library resources remotely.”

--Ann Joslin, State Librarian, Idaho Commission for Libraries

Read the Idaho Commission for Libraries interview with IMLS.


The Grants to States Program

The Grants to States Program is the largest grant program run by IMLS; it provides funds to State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs) using a population-based formula set by the law. SLAAs determine goals and objectives for the funds in their statutorily required five-year plan (see below). For more information, see the Grants to States program overview.


Recent Allotments

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
$1,299,688 $1,280,599 $1,253,142 $1,281,957 $1,285,415

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Project Examples

youth participant actively using one of the Make It at the Library program’s maker spacesSpecial Populations
Through a Special Populations Project, the Idaho Commission for Libraries targeted underserved tweens, teens, and mid-life adults and sought to find new and effective ways to engage them through library services. As part of this project, 66 school and public libraries hosted Teen Read Week events and 44 hosted Teen Tech Week events. The Make It at the Library program reached 3,585 teens/tweens and 1,120 families, and it enabled the transformation of libraries into places to gather, explore, discover, and collaborate. Another program under this project involved library staff training on related programming and VolunteerMatch, which resulted in improved volunteer matching and connections for the library community. In addition, eight library staff served on the Mid-Life Adult Advisory Committee, which completed eight community assessments and created a webpage for the target audience.
IMLS Funds: $97,143

local librarian conducting an Every Child Ready to Read workshop with kids and parentsRead To Me
To address reading and school readiness, the statewide Read to Me Project provides information, training, technical assistance and resources for Idaho libraries and their community partners. As part of the project, the Idaho Commission for Libraries trained and provided resources for 36 libraries participating in My First Books, including 27,900 developmentally appropriate books for over 3,000 children. It also provided support for Idaho Family Reading Week, in which 119 public and school libraries participated. The project included a two-day early literacy outreach training for 72 library staff, as well as resources for five Idaho libraries to host Child Care Reads Workshops for 206 child care providers. Every Child Ready to Read Workshops at 17 libraries reached 363 parents and 508 children, and 25 libraries hosted Fun with Math and Science Workshops that served 440 parents and 970 children.
IMLS Funds: $439,968

Other project(s) featured through IMLS media include:

Search the Awarded Grants Database for additional details about awards in this state.


Five-Year Plan

Each state creates a 5-year plan for its programs to strengthen the efficiency, reach, and effectiveness of library services. Click here to read Idaho's 5-year plan for 2013-2017 (PDF, 1,408KB). View all states' plans.


Five-Year Plan Highlights

Lifelong Learning

General Services and Initiatives

  • Offer programs to foster college and career readiness.
  • Expand our Mid-Life Adults Program that targets lifelong learning interests of adults who are over 50 years old.


  • Serve youth from birth to eight years and their parents and caregivers, including those with limited literacy skills, through Read to Me programs, family and early literacy programming and training, summer reading programs, and programs for English language learners

Online Learning

  • Offer workshops that teach 21st century skills to the public.

Information Access

Access to E-Resources

  • Coordinate, support and promote training in the use of our networked library services, Libraries Linking Idaho (LiLI), and our digital repository (STACKS).
  • Encourage the use of current and new technologies to support access to information and services.

Economic and Employment Development

Job Seekers

  • Target job seekers for our digital literacy programs.
  • Coordinate and support public and private partnerships in the interest of job seekers.

Business Resources

  • Coordinate and support public and private partnerships in the interest of small business development.

Institutional Capacity

Continuing Education

  • Offer staff training in 21st century skills, including the use of emerging technologies.
  • Offer training and support in designing and providing services that eliminate barriers to access.
  • Offer staff training to meet the leadership needs of our expanded Mid-Life Adults Program that targets adults who are over 50 years old.

Marketing and Market Research

  • Advance libraries as community anchor institutions.


  • Demonstrate the role of libraries in the education process and promote the role of teacher-librarian and community outreach efforts.
  • Reach out for public and private partnerships for our expanded Mid-Life Adults Program that targets adults who are over 50 years old, and include staff training and outreach for public and private partnerships in this effort.
  • Coordinate and support the development of public and private partnerships for other programs and initiatives of mutual interest.

Human Services

Special Services for Special Needs

  • Serve individuals who are unable to read regular print, hold a book, or turn pages due to a temporary or permanent physical limitation through the Talking Book Service and coordinated outreach, and the promotion of programs and services, including new formats, for their special needs.


Five-Year Evaluation

At the end of a 5-year period, each state reports their results in achieving goals and objectives projected in their 5-Year Plan. Click here to read Idaho's 5-year evaluation for 2008-2012 (PDF, 1,175KB). View all states' evaluations.


IMLS Data Collection

State Library Survey
The State Library Agency Survey (SLAA) provides descriptive data about state library agencies for all fifty states and the District of Columbia.

Public Library Survey
The Public Library Survey (PLS) provides national descriptive data on the status of public libraries in the United States and its territories. Data are collected from over 9,000 public library systems with over 17,000 public library outlets. Click here for Idaho's profile from the most recent PLS publication (PDF, 336KB).