Monthly Archives: November 2016

December Continuing Education Calendar

The December 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


Legal Services for Library Patrons in Wyoming

Do you have patrons looking for legal information and advice? Equal Justice Wyoming has developed various online resources for Wyoming civil courts, including forms, legal advice clinics, and more. Alisa Rosales, J.D., M.S., Staff Attorney, Equal Justice Wyoming, presented this overview at the Wyoming Library Association 2016 conference. The 26-minute video provides an understanding of Equal Justice Wyoming as a court agency and explores the tools necessary to help your patrons access the information they need. It’s one of many recorded programs from the WLA conference that are available on YouTube.

Less Jargon, More Practice: Successful eBook Instruction

ipad-1721500_640Wyoming residents have great e-books, e-audiobooks, and e-magazines available through With Christmas upcoming, many library patrons will soon have new smartphones, tablets, and e-readers in their hands — perfect for downloading and reading this content. Thinking about a program to help your patrons access these materials? Here are some tips from the Programming Librarian blog. (Reposted with permission.)

By Rebecca Starr, Information Services Librarian
Enoch Pratt Free Library/State Library Resource Center, Baltimore, Md.

e-books are fun, convenient and … intimidating. Since publishers have become more accepting of making their e-books available to libraries, the number of delivery platforms available at each library system has exploded. Each distributor has their own apps and tricks for use, sometimes making them difficult for our patrons to navigate.

Questions people may have about e-books
My library system offers four different e-book and e-magazine platforms. Last month, I took on the challenge of developing and teaching a class about downloading and enjoying e-books from our library.

If you work on the public-facing side of the library, consider the questions you answer most frequently when it comes to e-books. For me, the most frequently asked questions are:

  • How do I download e-books through the library?
  • How can I return a book once I’m finished?
  • I downloaded the book from the catalog. How do I access it?

kindle-381242_640Planning the class
Considering these questions helped me determine the goals for my class. I hoped to introduce the class to the types of e-books we have available and practice downloading a book.

I chose not to focus on cramming a lot of information into a two-hour session. If the only thing patrons left with was knowing they could download an e-book, I felt the class was a success.

One bonus to teaching this class was that it encouraged people to sign up for library cards. A library card wasn’t needed to take the class, but after they saw our different resources, three people opted to sign up. In case you need to make the case to your library’s stakeholders before holding this class, be sure to include this unexpected bonus. New library card accounts are always a great thing.

Another bonus was that this class gave patrons space to ask about our other digital resources. Many attendees weren’t aware that you could read magazines and research your family history. Embrace these topic changes. Now is your chance to show interested patrons about the resources your library has to offer.

Room for improvement
One area for improvement is surrounding the words we use to describe e- books. Patrons are understandably confused by e-book jargon. I still don’t know how to best explain “Adobe ePUB” to patrons. My goal for the next class is to touch upon some of these terms.

Have you taught a class about your library’s digital resources? Share your experiences in the comments!

Adapted and reposted with permission from the Programming Librarian blog.

2017 Big Talk from Small Libraries Call for Speakers

join_us2Reposted from Big Talk From Small Libraries

The Call for Speakers for Big Talk From Small Libraries 2017 is now open! This free one-day online conference is aimed at librarians from small libraries; the smaller the better. Small libraries of all types – public, academic, school, museum, special, etc. – are encouraged to submit a proposal.

Do you offer a service or program at your small library that other librarians might like to hear about? Have you implemented a new (or old) technology, hosted an event, partnered with others in your community, or just done something really cool? The Big Talk From Small Libraries online conference gives you the opportunity to share what you’ve done, while learning what your colleagues in other small libraries are doing. Here are some possible topics to get you thinking:

  • Unique Libraries
  • Special Collections
  • New buildings
  • Fundraising
  • Improved Workflows
  • Staff Development
  • Advocacy Efforts
  • Community Partnerships
  • That great thing you’re doing at your library!

For Big Talk From Small Libraries 2017, we’re looking for seven 50-minute presentations and five 10-minute “lightning round” presentations.

Big Talk From Small Libraries 2017 will be held on Friday, February 24, 2017 between 8:45 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (CT) via the GoToWebinar online meeting service. Speakers will be able to present their programs from their own desktops. The schedule will accommodate speakers’ time-zones.

If you are interested in presenting, submit your proposal by Friday, January 13, 2017. Speakers from libraries serving fewer than 10,000 people will be preferred, but presentations from libraries with larger service populations will be considered.