Monthly Archives: September 2017

September 2017 Outrider Now Available

Find a wrap-up of the latest in Wyoming library news in the September 2017 Outrider newsletter from the Wyoming State Library. Subscribe today, and we’ll send the Outrider straight to your email inbox each month.

Have news you’d like included? Contact Susan Mark, WSL publications specialist, at susan.mark@wyo.gov or (307) 777-5915. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, too.

WSL Webinar Tomorrow: Tech Savvy in the School Library

Join Paige Bredenkamp, School Library Consultant at Wyoming State Library, for “Tech Savvy in the School Library,” a free webinar tomorrow, September 21, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. MDT. She’ll explore a list of software, apps, and hardware useful in the school library.

Register here.

Questions about this webinar, or about other school library topics? Paige is on hand to help. Contact her at paige.bredenkamp@wyo.gov or (307) 777-6331.

First Peek at Resources for New AASL Standards

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released early materials addressing elements of the new “National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries” that will launch in November.

Early materials available on the AASL Standards web portal include:

  • “On the Horizon: New Standards to Dawn at AASL 2017”
    Featuring AASL’s updated Common Beliefs for the profession, this article from the Sept./Oct. “Knowledge Quest,” describes AASL’s process for researching and remodeling the standards.
  • Shared Foundation Infographics
    This collection of six Shared Foundation infographics summarize Competencies for learners and suggest starting points for school librarians implementing the “National School Library Standards.” These infographics will be central to a Twitter chat you can join hosted by AASL on Monday, September 18, at 5:00 p.m. MDT at #AASLstandards.
  • Standards Explainer Video – Evolved and Familiar
    Learn how the AASL Standards have evolved to reflect current learning environments while still honoring and carrying forward beloved elements from previous Standards.

The AASL Standards web portal will be the hub for “National School Library Standards” resources. Many downloadable support resources, including materials customized for various types of school librarians and stakeholders, are planned for the fall launch and beyond to help school librarians understand and communicate the new standards structure in their collaborations and communities.

 

Wyoming Innovations in Learning Conference

Here’s a gathering for those in the Wyoming library community who are interested in teaching, learning, and connecting. Registration is open through October 15 for the inaugural  Wyoming Innovations in Learning Conference. The event will be held November 2-3 at the University of Wyoming Conference Center in Laramie. Registration fee is $25.

Administrators, curriculum directors, homeschooling parents, librarians, superintendents, teachers, and tech directors are all welcome. Educators will find opportunities to explore teaching and learning practices they can apply to classrooms and distance learning environments from kindergarten through higher education.

Keynote speaker will be Travis Allen, president and founder of iSchool Initiative. The iSchool Initiative is focused on building a foundation with your administrators, teachers, students, and community to embrace new ways of teaching and learning. The broad conference tracks include open education resources, innovations in teaching, digital learning, student learning assessment, online and blended learning, educational technology tools, using a Learning Management System (LMS), and Future Ready Schools.

This conference is being developed through a partnership with the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE), postsecondary institutions, and the Wyoming State Library. The Wyoming Distance Education Consortium (WyDEC) and UW have put on their own conferences in the past. Moving forward these two events have been joined with WDE efforts to provide digital education learning opportunities in a combined conference for a K-20 audience.

Learn more and register.

Two From WSL Presenting at Wyoming Afterschool Alliance

Paige Bredenkamp, Wyoming State Library School Library Consultant, and Chris Van Burgh, WSL Database Instruction Librarian, will be at the 9th Annual Wyoming Afterschool Alliance (WYAA) Conference at Little America in Cheyenne Oct. 4-5.

This conference is designed for school- and community-based programs taking place outside of formal school time. It is also set up to meet the needs of professionals and attorneys in the field of juvenile justice.

Paige and Chris will present “Tour Wyoming — Homegrown Resources for your Projects and Activities,” a trip through the Wyoming-focused research gems created by the Wyoming State Library and available freely. They will delve into digital databases that connect to Wyoming history, places, legislation, and inventors. In addition they will share history sources available to Wyoming residents found in GoWYLD.net.

Their session is one of many informative ones at the WYAA conference. Late registration is still available.

 

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.

40+ new revenue sources for libraries and nonprofits
Edmund A. Rossman III.
Chicago : ALA Editions, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2016.

Developing librarian competencies for the digital age
edited by Jeffrey G. Coghill, Roger G. Russell
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2017]

Innovative LibGuides applications : real-world examples
edited by Ryan L. Sittler, Aaron W. Dobbs
Lanham [Maryland] : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016]

Leading for school librarians : there is no other option
Hilda K. Weisburg ; foreword by Susan D. Ballard.
Chicago : Neal-Schuman, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2017.

Protecting patron privacy : a LITA guide
edited by Bobbi Newman, Bonnie Tijerina
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2017]

Integrating LibGuides into library websites
edited by Aaron W. Dobbs, Ryan L. Sittler
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016]

Talk Like a Pirate With Mango

Here at the Wyoming State Library, we’re ready for Talk Like a Pirate Day tomorrow, September 19. Take a look at the quick video to see our very own WSL buccaneers in action.

Need to brush up on your pirate lingo? Try Mango Languages for a quick course. Find more resources on our Talk Like a Pirate Day LibGuide.

IMLS Releases Public Library FY15 Statistics and FY14 Report

The State Library has many more data sources for public, school, and academic libraries on our statistics page, including more recent data for Wyoming public libraries. Questions? Contact Thomas Ivie, WSL Research and Statistics Librarian, at thomas.ivie@wyo.gov or (307) 777-6331.

From the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today released two key information products: the latest data from its annual Public Libraries Survey and a new report on the previous year’s data. The Public Libraries Survey examines key indicators of public library use, financial health, staffing, and resources. Explore the FY 2015 data and the FY 2014 report.

Each year since 1988, the Public Libraries of the United States Survey has provided a national census of America’s public libraries. The data are collected from approximately 9,000 public library systems comprised of over 17,000 individual main libraries, library branches, and bookmobiles in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.

The FY 2014 report provides a national overview of trends and a snapshot of a variety of indicators for the year. In particular, it demonstrates how public libraries are faring financially since the last recession (December 2007 to June 2009) and how public library services and resources have evolved over the decade. Key findings include:

  • From 2013 to 2014, there were slight increases in the indicators for financial health and staffing of public libraries, however, they remain below 2009 levels. Per capita operating revenue was $39 ($12 billion in total revenue), an increase of 2 percent compared to 2013 and the first revenue increase since 2009.
  • Public libraries’ collections are adapting to changing technology. The majority of the total collections (66 percent) were still print materials, but e-books (18 percent), physical and downloadable audio materials (10 percent), and physical and downloadable video materials (6 percent) made up the remainder of our nation’s library collections. The number of e-books per 1,000 people also increased 2,140 percent between 2005 and 2014.
  • Although there is a decline in the use of traditional library services, attendance at public programs is increasing. Program attendance reached a high of 332 attendees per 1,000 people in 2014, representing a 10-year increase of 34 percent and a 5-year increase of 14 percent.
  • In response to the interest, public libraries offered 4.5 million programs, a 1-year increase of 5 percent and a 10-year increase of 68 percent.
  • Over the past 10 years, public-access internet computers increased 55 percent.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s approximately 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Its mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Learn how Wyoming uses IMLS funding.

2016-17 Wyoming School Library Stats Released

Colter Elementary School, Wyoming Snapshot Day 2016

The numbers are in: the results of the Wyoming School Library Survey 2016-17 have been released and may be found on the WSL library statistics page.

Annually, the Wyoming State Library conducts a voluntary survey of school libraries to collect basic information on staffing, budgets, student use of the library and other measures. A large body of research has shown that a strong school library program—with sufficient staffing, collections and budget—is associated with higher student test scores.

The response rate for this year’s survey was lower than in 2015-16. Part of the decline may be because of budget and staffing cuts that have left many school libraries without certified librarians. Collecting instructional time continues to be a challenge, as the data provided is often inconsistent with the amount of library media specialist staffing reported by the Wyoming Department of Education. This year, the question on planning time was dropped and the question on instructional time was clarified to define it as formal teaching time.

Questions about the survey, or about other school library issues, may be directed to Paige Bredenkamp, WSL School Library Consultant, at paige.bredenkamp@wyo.gov or (307) 777-6331.