Statewide Academic Libraries Collaborate for Expanded Services
October 11, 2021
MOSCOW, Idaho — Oct. 11, 2021 — Libraries at four Idaho institutions of higher education recently formed the Network of Idaho Academic Libraries (NIAL) to enhance the library services and resources offered to Idaho’s citizens.
The University of Idaho, Boise State University, Idaho State University and Lewis Clark State College formed the network to share expertise and resources. NIAL’s first initiative will showcase many of the state’s digitized historical collections in a single platform, bringing historical photos, maps, oral histories, and more from numerous Idaho digital libraries into one place. All content will be freely available and accessible online.
“NIAL will provide opportunities for Idaho’s academic libraries to communicate and collaborate so that we can better serve not just our respective institutions, but all Idaho residents” said Ben Hunter, dean of University Libraries at the University of Idaho and chair of the NIAL board of directors.
The founding members of NIAL are recruiting other Idaho academic libraries to further expand the impact and reach of the organization.
More information can be found at idahoacademiclibraries.org.
Dean of University Libraries
University of Idaho
About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho, home of the Vandals, is Idaho’s land-grant, national research university. From its residential campus in Moscow, U of I serves the state of Idaho through educational centers in Boise, Coeur d’Alene and Idaho Falls, nine research and Extension centers, plus Extension offices in 42 counties. Home to nearly 11,000 students statewide, U of I is a leader in student-centered learning and excels at interdisciplinary research, service to businesses and communities, and in advancing diversity, citizenship and global outreach. U of I competes in the Big Sky and Western Athletic conferences. Learn more at uidaho.edu