Monthly Archives: January 2018

Consumer Financial Tips and Resources

Have patrons with questions on financial topics? We picked up these resources and ideas from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau:

Money Smart Week (MSW) is April 21 to April 28, 2018. Free financial education classes and materials are available to help your patrons get smart about money management. The CFPB offers resources and materials that are available all year to help your patrons make informed financial decisions.

Tax Time materials: The CFPB has created tools and publications to help your patrons get ready for the upcoming tax season.  Print or order copies of these free resources like the checklist to prepare for an appointment with a tax preparer, a flyer about options for saving from a tax refunds, posters, postcards, table tents, worksheets, and more.  These materials are also available in Spanish.

Debt Boot Camp (email): Help your patrons get their finances in shape with CFPB’s email Debt Boot Camp. This 21-day course helps with financial goal setting, handling money emergencies, debt pay down, and creating and following a budget. Participants receive two to three emails each week with tips, tools and activities to help them manage their debt and finances.

Visit the CFPB Library page to learn about more financial education resources. You can also order free publications and materials about financial education topics for your patrons.

Big Talk from Small Libraries Registration Open

Registration for the 2018 Big Talk From Small Libraries conference is open. This free, one-day online conference is aimed at librarians from small libraries, the smaller the better. The event will be held on February 23, 2018.

Topics range from technology (new and old tech) to programming to new roles for the library.  This event is a great opportunity to learn about the innovative things your colleagues are doing in their small libraries. Each speaker is from a small library or directly works with small libraries. Presentation schedule has not yet been set, but should be announced soon.

Everyone is welcome to register and attend, regardless of how big or small your library. But, if your library serves a few thousand people, or a few hundred, this is the day for you.

Details may be found on the registration page.


Young Queen Victoria Visits Lander Library

From Tasha Reeves

Lander, Main Branch in corroboration with Wyoming PBS hosted a free preview screening of the first hour of the second season of the hit drama series from Masterpiece, Victoria. Along with being among the first to see the new episode, the audience had the privilege of meeting and seeing Lander’s own Young Victoria. Her Royal Highness (played by Adult Circulation staff member, Tasha Reeves) was interviewed by Branch Manager Anita Marple, who was also the creator of Victoria’s beautiful costume. The Queen was then given a tour of the Lander Library and had a chance to speak with the patrons.

Joanna Kail, the Executive Director of the Wyoming PBS Foundation stated, “The Fremont County Library in Lander is one of our most valued partners at WyomingPBS. The efforts they put forward to prepare, promote and attend our screenings make Masterpiece Theater come to life for so many Lander citizens.” Joanna had a nice table set up for the audience members and held a drawing for some nice goodies, including a beautiful Victoria/PBS basket.

Job Opening at the WSL: Librarian

site logoJoin the team at the Wyoming State Library. Currently, we have an opening for a Librarian in our Information Services office. This position:

  • Provides professional level information, research and resources to state employees and the public
  • Assists the State Publications Librarian with cultivating an education and outreach program for state agencies on State Library services and agencies’ statutory obligation to the State Publications Depository Program.
  • Builds and maintains the Online State Publications library,
  • Utilizes PTFS software to develop web-crawling strategy to harvest born-digital content from state agency websites.
  • Performs descriptive metadata manipulation and organization.

Read the vacancy announcement on the State of Wyoming job opportunities site to learn more.


School Libraries Part of Approved ESSA Plan for Wyoming

The US Department of Education has approved the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan for Wyoming. ESSA is the federal education accountability law that has replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

This plan details how Wyoming will meet the ESSA requirements in order to qualify for federal funds. It includes state education goals, accountability standards that districts will adhere to, and how districts will be supported in their efforts to reach and maintain those standards and goals. The plan touches on all aspects of education such as special education, English language learners, and professional development of educators.

School libraries were mentioned as an important factor in academic achievement. Their inclusion in the ESSA plan was a testament to Wyoming’s commitment to education and understanding of the value of all educators in the school environment.

The approved plan can be viewed at

UW Libraries 2018 Author Talk to Feature Kathy Reichs

Kathy Reichs

The University of Wyoming Libraries will bring author and forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs to campus on April 10, 2018. Reichs will deliver a free public talk at 1:30 p.m. in the College of Education Auditorium and will also speak at a fundraising dinner that evening for UW Libraries Development Board.

Reichs’s first novel, Deja Dead, became a New York Times bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel. Just a few other titles in her prolific Temperance Brennan series include Death du JourGrave SecretsBare Bones, and Cross Bones. Reichs was a producer for the television series Bones, based on her novels and real-life work experience. Two Nights is Reichs’s latest book and introduces her readers to a new heroine: Sunday Night.

Reichs is one of only 100 forensic anthropologists ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. She is currently a member of the National Police Services Advisory Council in Canada and a professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Watch for more details on the UW Libraries blogFacebook, and Twitter. Or contact for more information regarding this event.

Teens Can Win in 2018 Summer Reading Video Challenge

Above: The winning Wyoming teen video from 2016.

Teens ages 13-18 can show off their creativity and win a $100 prize for themselves and a prize worth $50 for their local library in the Collaborative Summer Library Program’s (CSLP) 2018 Teen Video Challenge. Deadline to enter is February 22.

Full details are available on our Summer Reading LibGuide (partway down the page.)

For this contest, Wyoming teens are invited to create a 30 to 90 second video with their unique interpretation of the 2018 slogan Libraries Rock! in combination with reading and libraries. The idea is to involve them in summer reading, before and during the summer months, by being part of the process. This is an opportunity for them to display their creativity and have their ideas heard before a national audience. It’s a great project to do with your young adult patrons.

Videos should be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo, titled “2018 TVC – WY – Unique Name.” Entry and model release forms must be sent, postmarked by February 20, to 2018 TVC Chris Van Burgh, 2800 Central Ave., Cheyenne WY 82002. Late entries will not be considered.

You’ll find full guidelines, forms, and many more resources on the Summer Reading LibGuide, including this sample (silly!) how-to video from the Wyoming State Library using the 2016 theme. Created with an iPad, it runs through the process and suggests editing tools and audio and image sources.

Database of the Month Webinar Explores Heart Mountain

Incarcerees walking through the barracks with Heart Mountain in the background. Photo courtesy of the American Heritage Center.

Join the Wyoming State Library’s Tom Ivie and Chris Van Burgh for a look at the Heart Mountain Japanese-American Internment Camp digital exhibit, part of Wyoming Newspapers, in our free Database of the Month webinar on Thursday, January 18, from 11:15 a.m. to noon MST. Tom and Chris will look at searching in Wyoming Newspapers, as well as a few other resources available in

Learn more and register.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of January 15

Free, online, continuing education events for this week from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at

All times MST

Tuesday, Jan 16 (10-11 am)
Advocacy, Ethics, and the Law for Librarians (Washington State Library)
Presented by Rob Mead, State Law Librarian for Washington, this is an introduction to public advocacy and lobbying for librarians within the context of Washington law. As professionals, how can we make sure our voices are heard on issues of freedom, equity, truth, and justice? What is ethically required of us? Where are the legal (and political) danger zones?
For more information and to register, visit:

Tuesday, Jan 16 (10-11 am)
How Libraries Can Help Job-seekers with Linda Bruno, Part I (Utah State Library)
In this first segment, we discuss resume assistance and in the second segment, we discuss helping with interviewing skills.
For more information and to register, visit:

Tuesday, Jan 16 (12-1 pm)
American FactFinder: An Introduction (U.S. Census)
Recommended for new users of American FactFinder (AFF) or occasional users who need a refresher, this introduction to AFF will teach you how to conduct basic searches using Community, Guided or Advanced Search capabilities. In Advanced Search, you will get an introduction to how to use Search Overlays, save, download and print your tables, and basic mapping usage.
For more information and to register, visit:

Tuesday, Jan 16 (12-1 pm)
Blended Learning: What Works (InSync Training)
If you are involved with blended learning design in any way – or want to be – you need tools, resources, and a blueprint to move forward.To ensure the success of modern blends, it is necessary to lay a strong foundation to manage the change from more traditional models.This session, a preview to Jennifer Hofmann’s new publication, What Works in Talent Development: Blended Learning (ATD, February 2018), will help you to set the stage for more effective programs.
For more information and to register, visit:

Wednesday, Jan 17 (12-1 pm)
Bigger on the Inside: Programming for Small Spaces (Programming Librarian)
Is your library’s event space feeling a little cramped? Do you worry that your library doesn’t have enough space to do the programs you want to do? Join us for this free one-hour webinar for ideas and inspiration for hosting exceptional programs at your library, even with the most limited space.
For more information and to register, visit:

Wednesday, Jan 17 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Proposal Writing (GrantSpace)
Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don’t want to miss one of our most popular classes!
For more information and to register, visit:

Wednesday, Jan 17 (12-1:30 pm)
Promoting Social and Emotional Learning in Preschool: Programs and Practices that Work (Early Childhood Investigations)
This webinar will provide an overview of effective preschool social-emotional learning (SEL) programs and practices that have emerged in high-quality, rigorous research studies.
For more information and to register, visit:

Wednesday, Jan 17 (12-1:30 pm)
USGS Library Materials for Earth’s Age (Federal Depository Library Program)
The USGS Library provides reference services and instructional sessions to library users on finding print, digital, and online library materials. This webinar will focus on how to find and use the USGS Library’s materials related to geological time (rock age) and terrain (rock type), USGS field and laboratory methods for determining time and terrain, as well as education tools available from the USGS and other geoscience stakeholders.
For more information and to register, visit:

Thursday, Jan 18 (11:15-12 pm)
Database of the Month: Heart Mountain Internment Camp exhibit and WY Newspapers (Wyoming State Library)
Join Thomas Ivie and Chris Van Burgh for a look at the Heart Mountain Internment Camp exhibit, part of Wyoming Newspapers. We will look at searching in Wyoming Newspapers, as well as a few other resources available in
For more information and to register, visit:

Thursday, Jan 18 (12-1 pm)
How to Better Serve Your LEP Audience by Meeting the Federal Requirements (DigitalGov)
In this online training, presenters from the Department of Justice (DOJ) will provide an overview of national origin discrimination and offer practical tips for overcoming language barriers and language access program planning. This session is designed to provide federal, state, and local government agencies with a primer on their legal obligations to limited English proficient (LEP) individuals under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and, if applicable, Executive Order 13166. This training is geared towards federal, state, and local government official who interact or plan to interact with LEP individuals, and for recipients of federal funds, nonprofit organizations and other language access stakeholders.
For more information and to register, visit:

Thursday, Jan 18 (12:30-1 pm)
When a Patron Needs More Than a Book: Transformation has no due date (Colorado State Library)
Join us as we explore services that make all the difference. Together we will share stories of extraordinary library moments and identify common ways library staff help people grow and learn in transformative ways. Walk away with an understanding of how libraries change lives and gain ideas for what you can do to provide more meaningful library services. Together we will discover how to shift libraries from places of transaction into spaces for interaction, and transformation.
For more information and to register, visit:

Thursday, Jan 18 (1-2 pm)
The New Adult in the Library: What They Want, and What Libraries Can Offer (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
What do new adults, or adults aged 18-29, want from libraries? What should libraries offer this age group? In this webinar, we will explore the characteristics of new adults and the services new adults would like to see in a public library. You will leave the webinar with the ability to appropriately offer programming for new adults, including financial literacy instruction, career services programs, and speed dating nights.
For more information and to register, visit:

Thursday, Jan 18 (1-2 pm)
The Opiate Crisis: What Libraries Can Do (InfoPeople)
This webinar discusses the history and depth of the opiate problem in this country and how it has come to the attention of libraries and their staff. Dr. Steve Albrecht will focus on how library staff members at all levels can recognize the signs and symptoms of opiate users who are either under the influence or in withdrawal (which makes them act erratic, irrational, threatening, and even violent).
For more information and to register, visit:

Friday, Jan 19 (12-1 pm)
The Conversation with Steve Bell: Academic Libraries and Higher Education Continues (The TLT Group)
A conversation with Steve Bell about academic libraries and higher education.
For more information and to register, visit:

Application Period Open for ALA Leadership Institute

From the American Library Association

Applications are now being accepted through March 9, 2018, for the 2018 “Leading to the Future” ALA Leadership Institute (Aug. 6-9, Eaglewood Resort, Itasca, Illinois). Building on the success of the past ALA Leadership Institutes, the four-day immersive leadership development program for 40 mid-career librarians will be led again by ALA Past-President Maureen Sullivan and library and leadership consultant Kathryn Deiss.

Now in its sixth year, the institute helps future library leaders develop and practice their leadership skills in areas critical to the future of the libraries they lead. Through reflective and active learning, it offers participants an opportunity to delve into leadership practices, concepts, and frameworks, and to shape their own sustainable leadership vision and ethos, at the same time as building a learning community and network. With content based on real-world cases and nuanced situations, participants explore topics related to the greatest challenges and possibilities of leading into a future marked by turbulence and ambiguity.

Learn more and apply.