Monthly Archives: September 2016

Welcome to our New WSL Blog for Wyoming Library News

official-logo-200Although it has served us well, we’re leaving the Wyoming Libraries blog behind as we begin our new Wyoming State Library News page here, part of our just-launched website. Follow us to keep up on happenings at the state library, from around the state, and from the national library community.

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Have news you’d like to share on this blog with the Wyoming library community? Contact Susan Mark, WSL publications specialist, at or (307) 777-5915.

MyHeritage Access in to Cease Oct. 1

GoWYLDThe Shared Purchases Committee has announced that the MyHeritage genealogy database will not be renewed. Access to MyHeritage will end Oct. 1. Wyoming residents will still have in-library access to Ancestry Library, as well as remote access to the other GoWYLD genealogy resources.

The group plans to explore options to expand GoWYLD resources for job skills and career development, given the current economic climate in Wyoming.

Among its duties, the Shared Purchases Committee monitors use of GoWYLD electronic resources, recommends purchases, and identifies potential products for statewide licensing.


Pew Research Center Releases Libraries 2016

pew-libraries-2016This month, the Pew Research Center released a new report, Libraries 2016that delves into Americans’ attitudes toward public libraries, library use and engagement, and a portrait of those who have never been to libraries. The report found that visitation trends have steadied and that Americans have high expectations of what their local libraries should offer:

“People see libraries as a safe place, a source of educational opportunity and trusted information, as well as a place to ignite creativity in young people.”

The report also found that many people believe closing libraries would hurt their communities.

Read the entire study at Pew Research Center.

Wyoming’s Top Ten Artifacts for 2016

Flag celebrating Wyoming's statehood, owned by the American Heritage Center.

Flag celebrating Wyoming’s statehood, owned by the American Heritage Center.

The votes are in, and the Top 10 Artifacts of Wyoming have been named for 2016.  Topping the list was Metzger’s Bugle, a flattened brass bugle from the Civil War era found on the Fetterman Fight battlefield in the 1880s, held by the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum.

Here’s the rest of the Top 10 list. (See the images on the UW Libraries website.) One of the state’s archives, the American Heritage Center, made the list with a Wyoming statehood flag.

  • Dubois Museum: Bowl. The Mountain Shoshone also known as the Sheep Eaters made steatite bowls from quarries located in several areas of Wyoming.
  • Brinton Museum: Artifact. Attributed to Two Leggings (ca. 1847-1923), Chief of the River Crows, this painted buffalo hide war shirt dates from c. 1870.
  • Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation: Artifact. This local granite river stone weights approximately 200 lbs. & measures roughly 19″H x 17″W x 16″D. It was hand-carved in 1942 by poet Taketaro Azeka, while he and his family were at “Heart Mountain.”
  • Fort Bridger State Historic Site: Artifact. James (Jim) Bridger’s powder horn: double curved horn Buffalo or steer horn. Shade of light brown and gold in color. Black sculptured plug/measure on front of horn, wooden plug in back.
  • University of Wyoming Archaeological Repository: Artifact. This Bison antiquus cow was found at the Agate Basin site in Niobrara County. It was considered to be an ancestor of today’s bison.
  • American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming: Artifact. This is a flag that was used in Laramie’s celebration of Wyoming’s statehood. It is an American flag with an additional star to represent Wyoming.
  • Wyoming State Museum: Painting. Hide painting created in 1931 by Charles Washakie, the youngest son of Chief Washakie of the Wind River Band of Shoshone.
  • Tate Geological Museum in Casper: Artifact. Ben’s Big Turtle- 50 million year old, fossilized soft-shelled turtle.
  • Saratoga Historical and Cultural Association: Artifact. This is a handmade keepsake box built by a prisoner of war held at the POW camp located at Ryan Park in the Medicine Bow Mountains (Snowy Range) of Carbon County, Wyoming.

Wyoming’s Most Significant Artifacts program was launched in 2015 by the Wyoming State Historical Society in partnership with the UW Libraries in celebration of 125 years of Wyoming Statehood and has become an annual effort. Its purpose is to provide recognition to the cultural institutions throughout Wyoming that preserve and provide access to collections that enhance our enjoyment and understanding of Wyoming’s heritage and provide ongoing learning and research opportunities.


October Continuing Education Calendar

The October 2016 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available. Every training opportunity on this list is free and offered online. Topics include advocacy, planning, careers, children and teens, collection development, communication, databases, managing change, fundraising, legal, management, outreach and partnerships, programming, readers’ advisory, reference, school libraries, technology, training and instruction, and volunteers. View, download, or subscribe to the calendar at


Today is Banned Websites Awareness Day

Banned Websites Awareness Day Banner

From the American Association of School Librarians

To raise awareness of the overly restrictive blocking of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools in schools and school libraries, AASL has designated one day during Banned Books Week as Banned Websites Awareness Day. On Wednesday, September 28, AASL asks school librarians and other educators to promote an awareness of how overly restrictive filtering affects student learning.

Learn more at