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New Library Science Books at WSL

Three new cataloging books were added to the Wyoming State Library professional library science collection recently. Stop by our offices or request these by interlibrary loan if you would like to borrow them. Our professional collection has everything from children’s programs to library management — search titles in WYLDCAT or browse the latest additions on our Pinterest board. Questions, comments, or suggestions for purchases may be directed to Library Development Manager Brian Greene at brian.greene@wyo.gov or (307) 777-6339.

Cataloging and classification : an introduction (4th ed.)
Lois Mai Chan and Athena Salaba
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016]
The fourth edition of the late Lois Mai Chan’s classic Cataloging and Classification covers the analysis and representation of methods used in describing, organizing, and providing access to resources made available in or through libraries. Since the last edition published in 2007, there have been dramatic changes in cataloging systems from the Library of Congress. The most notable being the shift from AACR2 to Resource Description and Access (RDA) as the new standard developed by the Library of Congress. With the help of the coauthor, Athena Salaba, this text is modified throughout to conform to the new standard.

Classifying church or synagogue library materials (2nd rev. ed.)
Dorothy B. Kersten.
Portland, Or. : Church and Synagogue Library Association, 1989, c1977.

Cataloging sheet maps : the basics
Paige G. Andrew
New York : Haworth Information Press, c2003.
With an easily understood how-to format, this ready reference manual will introduce you to the basics of cataloging sheet maps on OCLC, using MARC 21 and ISBD standards and AACR2R. It will guide you through each area of the bibliographic record, focusing most specifically on the title and statement of responsibility, mathematical data, physical description, main entry, and notes areas.

Military News in Wyoming Newspapers

Wyoming Newspapers now includes 1944-45 issues of the Fort Warren Sentinel:  “A weekly newspaper published by and for the military personnel of Ft. Warren, Wyoming.” In the first issue on February 11, 1944, Hollywood stars such as Jimmy Durante, Mickey Rooney, Abbott and Costello, and Bing Crosby wished the fledgling paper well.

The Sentinel is one of several military newspapers the Wyoming State Library makes available online. We also expect to add German POW newsletters from Camp Douglas and Fort Francis E. Warren in the near future. (Watch this blog for the announcement!)

Currently, Wyoming Newspapers includes:

The Wyoming State Library added the Fort Warren Sentinel recently with the help of the Wyoming State Archives whose archivists found a set of old single issues in their stacks and digitized the paper copies so the images could be added.

So this Memorial Day, enjoy these glimpses into Wyoming’s military history in Wyoming Newspapers.

 

Wyoming Libraries See 3.5 Million Visits in FY16

Happiness at Niobrara County Library! Wyoming’s 23 public libraries held more than 11,500 children’s programs in FY16.

Libraries are vital to Wyoming residents — and we have the numbers to prove it. The Wyoming State Library has just released FY16 public library data on its Wyoming Library Statistics page for the period from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016. A summary report, county rankings, and 5-year trends are available.

Among the report highlights:

  • There were 3.53 million visits to public libraries in FY16 – 6 visits for every Wyoming resident.
  • Public libraries were open for a combined total of 142,508 hours annually (almost 1,000 more hours than in FY15)..
  • Circulation dropped slightly to just over 4.54 million, 7.8 items per capita (from 4.93 million and 8.4 items per capita in FY15).
  • Public libraries held 2.7 million books and audio-visual materials in their collections, a decrease from FY15.
  • All Wyoming public libraries offer free Wi-Fi. The 14 libraries that were able to provide this data reported, collectively, 237,321 Wi-Fi sessions in FY16 (37.5% increase over FY15.
  • Public libraries employed 648 people for a total of 385.2 full-time equivalent positions.

Although these statistics allow for comparisons among libraries, caution should be exercised when interpreting them. Local needs, economies, geography and library policies differ, and that can be reflected in the numbers.

Questions about library statistics? Contact Thomas Ivie, WSL Research & Statistics Librarian at thomas.ivie@wyo.gov or (307) 777-6330.

Report Highlights Academic Library Contributions to Student Learning

From the Association of College and Research Libraries

Through a new report issued by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Academic Library Impact on Student Learning and Success: Findings from Assessment in Action Team Projects, the higher education community now has compelling assessment findings that tell a strong story about the multiple ways that academic libraries are contributing to student learning and success

Positive connections between the library and aspects of student learning and success in five areas are particularly noteworthy:

  1. Students benefit from library instruction in their initial coursework.
  2. Library use increases student success.
  3. Collaborative academic programs and services involving the library enhance student learning.
  4. Information literacy instruction strengthens general education outcomes.
  5. Library research consultations boost student learning.

Learn more and read the full report. The executive summary is available as a separate document, formatted to share broadly with campus stakeholders.

The ACRL is a division of the American Library Association.

May 2017 Outrider Now Available

 

Find a wrap-up of the latest in Wyoming library news in the May 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.

ALSC Releases 2017 Summer Reading Lists

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has released its 2017 Summer Reading Lists. With titles organized into four age ranges, young booklovers are sure to find some great reads to beat the heat. Each list is available to download for free; birth-preschool, K-2nd grade, 3rd – 5th grade, and 6th– 8th grade.

The four 2017 Summer Reading brochures can be customized to include library information. Libraries are encouraged to include contact information, summer hours and details about summer reading and learning programs for children on each brochure before making copies available to patrons, students and neighborhood partners.

Titles on the 2017 Summer Reading List were compiled and annotated by ALSC’s Quicklists Consulting Committee.

Forget Snow — Think Summer Reading!

Might be hard to believe when the snow is falling and the Wyoming highways are closed in late May, but summer reading is almost here! We loved this great promotional video from the Livonia Public Library where the kids tell us how they will “Build a Better World.”

Stop by your local public library to sign up and make your commitment to read something new during the warmer months. It’s not just for kids — many Wyoming public libraries have adult summer reading. Also, library staff might want to take a look at our Summer Reading 2017 LibGuide for resources and ideas.

 

Art Books for Libraries in Underserved Communities

School is nearly out for summer! Before the end of the year, don’t forget to place your institution’s annual order of free art books through A.R.T.’s Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program.

The D.U.C. provides public schools, libraries, and prisons with free books on contemporary art and culture. All public institutions who self-define as underserved are encouraged to create an account and place an order through the website.

Both new and returning participants are asked to share their experience with the D.U.C. by responding to their brief online survey. Even more appreciated are letters describing the D.U.C.’s impact, which support their program development and fundraising efforts.

Getting Websites Unblocked at Your School

By Doug Johnson, from Chapter 10 of The Indispensable Librarian, 2nd ed.
Reposted from the Blue Skunk Blog under a Creative Commons license

There are few situations more frustrating for a librarian than learning of an Internet resource or tool that would be of value to students but finding it blocked by the district. Here are some strategies for dealing with this problem:

  1. Know and be able to articulate the educational value of the blocked site.
  2. Be able to share examples of how librarians and teachers in other districts are using the resource.
  3. Ask to have the resource provided on a limited basis—for a certain period of time or on specific computers. Report at the end of the test period if any problems were encountered and what uses students made of the resource.
  4. Speak as a member of a group that wants the resource unblocked.
  5. Know exactly who makes the filtering decisions in your district and if there is a formal process for getting a site unblocked.
  6. Understand the abilities of your webfilter, knowing what categories, whitelists, blacklists, and groups are and how they impact the precision with which filtering can be done.
  7. Know local, state, and federal laws pertaining to filtering and student Internet access to avoid “hyper-compliance” by your district.
  8. Communicate in writing your requests and responses when seeking to get a site unblocked. Always copy the supervisor of the decision-maker on all communications.
  9. Seek to establish a formal review process for unblocking Internet resources or seek to have the reconsider policy in your district revised to cover online resources.
  10. File a challenge on the resource to start the due-diligence process on school materials. (Yes, you can do this as a staff member.)
  11. Don’t give up after the first denied request. Come back with other uses, examples, and partners. Sometime the squeaky wheel gets some grease.

Want to read more? The Indispensable Librarian is one of many great titles available in the Wyoming State Library collection. Search our catalog to check out our professional library science materials, or contact Paige Bredenkamp, paige.bredenkamp@wyo.gov or (307) 777-6331, for assistance.