Monthly Archives: August 2017

New Books at the WSL

The latest additions to our professional library science collection are available to you through WYLDCAT. Questions, comments, or suggestions for purchase may be directed to Library Development Manager Brian Greene at brian.greene@wyo.gov or (307) 777-6339.

 

Digital Literacy in Higher Education Strategic Brief

The New Media Consortium (NMC) has released Digital Literacy in Higher Education, Part II: An NMC Horizon Project Strategic Brief, a follow-up to its 2016 strategic brief on digital literacy.

The NMC’s research examines the current landscape of digital literacy frameworks to illuminate its multiple dimensions — technical, psychological, and interpersonal — around which students’ ability to produce new content generates a sense of empowerment. Further, within the context of certain disciplines, learner commitment based on these levels of engagement is more readily established when paired with authentic digital experiences based on skills considered vital for workplace success.

Grant Opportunities

Media Literacy @ Your Library
DEADLINE: September 11, 2017
This project addresses a critical need for adult media literacy training, with a focus on news literacy. Teams from five public libraries will participate in media literacy training and implement a series of programs for their communities. This cohort of prototype libraries will receive $1,500 to support programs, training, promotional materials, and other resources to help them develop effective and innovative adult media literacy programs and services. All programs must take place between November 1, 2017 and March 30, 2018.

Foundation for Rural Service Grant Program
DEADLINE: September  15, 2017
The Foundation for Rural Service provides annual grants for communities served by NTCA members to support local efforts to build and sustain a high quality of life in rural America. Grants will be concentrated in four major areas: business development, community development, education, and telecommunications. Grants can range from $250 to $5,000.

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grants
DEADLINE: September 29, 2017
Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grants fund improvements at public schools throughout the United States. Projects should fall into one of the following categories: technology updates, tools for STEM programs, or facility renovations and safety improvements. Grant requests can range from $2,000 to $100,000.

State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Grants
DEADLINE: October 31, 2017
State Farm grants focus on safety, education, and community development. Charitable funding is
awarded to educational institutions and eligible nonprofit organizations. Grant amount requested must be $5,000 or more.

 

Archived Webinar: Masterfile Premier

Check out MasterFile Premier for all your basic research needs. Designed specifically for public libraries, this database provides full-text magazines (such as Advertising Age and MacWorld, Parents and Ranger Rick, Yachting and Runner’s World), reference books and primary source documents. It also includes an extensive image collection containing photos, maps and flags.

Find upcoming training events in our calendar and view past events in our webinar archives.

Wyoming Library Use by the Numbers

Did you know Wyoming public library use beats the national averages? Check out these graphics created by the South Dakota State Library to see how the Equality State stacks up nationally and in comparison with other states in the region.

Find more Wyoming library statistics on the WSL website. Our Research and Statistics Librarian, Thomas Ivie, is always available to help you find and use the numbers. Contact him at thomas.ivie@wyo.gov or (307) 777-6330.

Zinio for Libraries Update

Patrons using the Zinio for Libraries app will now see a popup message when opening the app that alerts them to the changes coming soon which will require them to use the RBdigital app in the future.

The message appears on both iOS and Android devices and notes that the new app is compatible with Android 4.1 and above, and iOS 9 and above.  The popup looks like this:

You can also watch a recorded overview of the new app at https://vimeo.com/211765519

More app options from the Wyoming State Library here.

Wyoming Libraries on Eclipse Day

Excitement all over the state yesterday! Here are a few glimpses of library happenings during the solar eclipse we found on social media

 

Kitchen colander mini-crescents at Big Horn County Library. See more.

What a great day for Wyoming libraries! Tons of hard work and effort went into the programs and events that made it a special day for many Wyomingites and visitors.

For Banned Books Week, Join #RebelReader Twitter Tournament

Join the celebration of “Words Have Power” at your library. The American Library Association (ALA) is celebrating Banned Books Week (September 24-30) with a national Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament. The Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament challenges readers to tweet action items that spotlight library resources, First Amendment rights and the harms of censorship using the hashtag #RebelReader.

Libraries (public, school, academic, special) and qualifying nonprofits with 501(c)(3) designation are eligible to become partners of the ALA Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament. Read the Official Rules here.

In addition to participating and promoting the national tournament with their own social media channels, Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament partners are encouraged to tailor the program to their communities, drawing attention to the freedom to read and highlighting their own resources.

Audio Description to Allow Blind To “See” Eclipse

Reposted from the American Council of the Blind

The Audio Description Project announces an opportunity for blind people world-wide to experience the upcoming total eclipse of the sun.

On Monday, August 21, the sun will disappear from view for many in the U.S., and the sky will go completely dark. Through the use of succinct, imaginative and vivid language — audio description — the event will be accessible to the millions of people who are blind or have low vision, or anyone who wishes to experience a verbal version of the visual.

Between 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm (MDT) on August 21, Dr. Joel Snyder will host “A Total Eclipse—Audio Described!” on ACB Radio. Snyder, the director of ACB’s Audio Description Project, will present an hour of songs (“Ain’t Got No Sunshine,” “Here Comes The Sun,” “Blinded by the Light,” “When The Sun Goes Down,” etc.) interviews and special guests—with the main event being described live from the Tennessee School for the Blind between 12:15 pm and 12:45 pm (MDT).

Trained audio describer, Nashville-based Julia Cawthon will describe the eclipse as it happens and provide a vivid “translation” of the visual event into words for the benefit of anyone who tunes in.

“Audio Description uses the spoken word to provide access to visual images that would otherwise not be accessible to people who are blind or have low vision,” stated Kim Charlson, president of the American Council of the Blind. “Audio describers help make so many aspects of our culture accessible. We’re delighted to sponsor this program on August 21 and help people experience this important event.”

To access the broadcast, go to acbradio.org/interactive and select “Click Here to Play.” Then be sure to select the link that opens the player that you use to listen to music or stream internet radio stations.

You can also listen on any telephone by dialing 605-475-8130 and select option 4. If you are using an iOS device such as an iPad or iPhone, install “ACB Link”; open the app, select the radio tab and then tap on the menu button. Select “live streams” and “ACB Radio Interactive”, select the play button and the stream will launch.

The Audio Description Project is an initiative of the American Council of the Blind (ACB), along with the Mid-Tennessee Council of the Blind, the Tennessee School for the Blind and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. Additional information about ACB’s Audio Description Project is available at acb.org/adp.