The joint conference of the Nevada Library Association and the Mountain Plains Library Association will be held October 16-18 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Stateline, Nevada, at Lake Tahoe. From the sounds of sensory story time to the whir of a 3D printer, libraries are much more than quiet spaces; they are hubs of experience and knowledge creation that set the stage for vibrant communities. As librarians it’s time to turn up the volume on innovation as we seek inspiration to deliver new models of information literacy and lifelong education, to engage with listeners, learners, and makers of all ages and from all backgrounds, and to advocate by sharing stories of how libraries empower.
Call for proposals is now open and closes on May 31. NLA-MPLA are seeking proposals to support the theme of Turn Up the Volume! in the areas of innovation, advocacy, and engagement.
April is National Car Care Month, and Chilton Library in GoWYLD.net can help Wyomingites tune up their auto repair knowledge. Let your community know about the great information available with this collection of resources developed especially for libraries to promote Chilton Library, including a poster, social media posts, Facebook images, banner ads, and several blog posts.
A trusted source for over 100 years, Chilton Library provides your patrons with reliable and up-to-date coverage for almost every year, make and model. Its most popular features include:
Maintenance and specification tables that provide the unique data needed for each specific vehicle.
Step-by-step service and repair procedures, and labor estimating tool.
Vacuum diagrams to simplify troubleshooting.
Wiring diagrams to help explain system operation.
Close-up photographs and illustrations for visual support.
ASE test prep quizzes for the most popular certification exams
Find a wrap-up of the latest in Wyoming library news in the April 2017 Outrider newsletter from the Wyoming State Library. Have news you’d like included next month? Contact Susan Mark, WSL publications specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (307) 777-5915. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, too.
Choose Privacy Week, coming up May 1-7, 2017, is an initiative that invites library users into a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital age. The campaign gives libraries the tools they need to educate and engage users, and gives citizens the resources to think critically and make more informed choices about their privacy.
The American Library Association (ALA) has developed a variety of resources to help libraries reach out to their communities and learn what they can do to spark thought and discussion around privacy issues today. Whether your library is considering creating a display, sponsoring a contest, hosting a program or workshop, or moderating a community dialogue about privacy, the ALA has tools to help.
Libraries are the heart of our communities. Our lives are nurtured by the people, places and resources available to us—our connections. Our communities thrive on the same. The library makes a world of resources available to your community so everyone can thrive—including you.
SirsiDynix has created this “Connections” video to help you tell your library’s story. Use the Connections video at board meetings, for digital signs, on social media, and anywhere else you find useful. Watch or embed it from YouTube, or download it for free in a variety of formats and languages.
Kate Lutz, Storyteller: “Catching, Shaping, Growing Stories”
Learn the basics of oral storytelling, from developing the tale, to effective telling. Understand the basic stories of any organization. Consider story possibilities beyond the folktale. Explore storytelling tips and techniques. Practice your newly developed skills.
This keynote looks across the wide spectrum of storytelling as used by storytellers, speakers, writers, organizations and the community. With an emphasis on practical applications, we explore story structure and engagement techniques. The goal is telling compelling stories, whether traditional tales or personal and professional experiences.
Wyoming Storytellers’ Guild
Join Michelle King, Cathy Ringler, and other members of Wyoming’s newly-formed Storytellers’ Guild to build on the ideas from the morning workshop and discuss storytelling in Wyoming.
The kids have made their choices and the books are on their way for the 12th annual Wyoming Reads celebration on May 16, 2017. The Natrona County Public Library has been sending out final book orders this month, thanks to the hard work of Kate Mutch, Jerry Jones, and the rest of the dedicated staff at the NCPL.
Wyoming Reads encourages literacy by providing a book to every first grade student in the state. This year, an expected 7,550 children will participate. Each child gets to pick the one title they’d like to keep from six picture book choices. Sample kits are sent to schools in the months before the event so that students can familiarize themselves with the choices and decide which one they love most.
The most popular book this year was Groovy Joe. It garnered 30% of the total orders—nearly 1,900 books for that one title! The other selections this year were Mother Bruce, The Most Magnificent Thing, Strictly No Elephants, Hoot and Peep, and Good Night, Baddies.
Join Thomas Ivie, Research & Statistics Librarian, and Paige Bredenkamp, School Library Consultant, tomorrow, April 19, for a Wyoming State Library webinar, “Using Statistical Data to Support Your Library.” This one-hour webinar will begin at 10 a.m.
With a focus on public and school libraries. Thomas and Paige will look at ways that the annual statistical surveys the WSL conducts can benefit your library.
This award was created in 2016, based on numerous past awards that recognized the great work libraries do through technology, special projects, programs, and more. The award is given for a significant special project completed within the last two years. The staff, library board, and the community or people served shall all be involved in the work for which recognition is sought.
To nominate an outstanding Wyoming library, visit the WLA website and click on the banner for “Nominations are Open.” Here you’ll find the requirements and criteria. Follow the instructions for this, or any other award nomination you wish to make. Deadline is May 15.