Ms. Ann Joslin
Idaho Commission for Libraries
325 West State Street
Boise, ID 83702-6072
State library website:
“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.
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Grant funds supported the statewide service, WebJunction Idaho, which provides an online library network of courses and other practical content and serves as a vehicle for staff networking. All of this enhances libraries’ ability to serve clientele with expanded programming and services. Online courses address such topics as management, technology, customer service, and library programming. Two monthly webinars on library-related topics are also offered. WebJunction Idaho provides tools for users to track the training they’ve completed. This online resource has been invaluable in leveling the playing field for all libraries in Idaho, no matter their size or location.
IMLS Funds: $29,436
Literacy—Let’s Talk About It
This statewide program brought humanities-based reading and scholar-led discussions to adult residents in local communities. The Idaho Commission for Libraries partnered with the Idaho Humanities Council, USBankCorp, local public libraries, community organizations, local businesses, and humanists from Idaho’s colleges and universities. In addition to bringing continuing education and fine literature to local communities, Let’s Talk About It attracted adults who were not regular library users, and brought together people of different backgrounds and perspectives in their communities to share ideas. Discussion leaders brought the perspectives they heard back to their academic classrooms, and that triggered new conversations among their students.
IMLS Funds: $4,679
Other project(s) featured through IMLS media include:
Search the Awarded Grants Database for additional details about awards in this state.
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
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
Offer workshops that teach 21st century skills to the public.
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
Target job seekers for our digital literacy programs.
Coordinate and support public and private partnerships in the interest of job seekers.
Coordinate and support public and private partnerships in the interest of small business development.
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.
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.
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, 371KB).