Category Archives: Articles and Information

GPO’s New Preservation Page on

Reposted from the Federal Depository Library Program

While GPO has a long-standing commitment to preserving U.S. Government information, the work of GPO’s preservation program has not had a single home on the web until now. GPO is pleased to announce its new preservation page, where you can find:

  • Information about preservation.
  • Preservation plans and public policy statements.
  • Guidance documents and best practices for preserving information.
  • Consultation and collaboration with GPO Preservation.
  • Preservation partnerships.
  • Training and presentations.
  • Developing Preservation Steward support services.

Access the page via the new purple Preservation tab at the top of every web page. It will be frequently updated as new services and guidance documentation are developed. Contact our preservation team with questions and comments.

FTC Wants to Hear From Public Librarians

The Federal Trade Commission wants to hear from you. This agency has worked with libraries for many years to distribute free materials and tips for consumers to help them avoid scamsrecover from identity theft, and make wise buys.

The FTC is creating new materials especially for public librarians to use for patron advice and programming, and is seeking input from those out in the field during a brief listening session on Tuesday, September 19, at noon MDT. To RSVP and get the call-in number, email Carol Kando-Pineda at

Please share this invitation with your staff and colleagues. You or they can get on the phone and tell the FTC what you think during the 15-minute listening session:

  • What consumer topics are the most needed for patrons? Examples might include budgeting/money management, credit and debt, avoiding scams, or recovering from identity theft.
  • What formats work best for your patrons? Examples might include bookmarks, brochures, short videos, webinars, podcasts, Facebook Live, Twitter chats, or other social media content.
  • What formats work best for the librarian as they research the topic for a patron or put together programming? Examples might include an online list of links for a deeper dive on certain topics, a brochure, slide presentations, or podcasts.

The FTC welcomes other suggestions beyond what is suggested in the examples. Depending on response, additional time for discussion may be made available.

Can’t make a session? They would appreciate any thoughts, however brief, you have on this. Email Carol at with your thoughts or with any questions.

Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day September 19

Shiver me timbers! Talk Like a Pirate Day be upon us already on Thursday, September 19. Arrr ye ready?

First off, don’t miss Chris Van Burgh’s great webinar tour of Mango Languages today, September 12, at 11:15 a.m. MDT. Register for the webinar here. (We’ll also archive it afterwards if you can’t make it today.) Mango offers online learning for 72 languages and 21 ESL courses. Among its specialty courses is one in PIRATE, so you can be fluent in the language of the seas for the big day.

Chris also has put together a convenient Talk Like a Pirate Day LibGuide. with more useful links. Questions about the webinar or LibGuide? Contact Chris at or (307) 777-3642

Is your library planning to host Talk Like a Pirate Day events? If so, we’d love to share your photos and comments. Send news of your happenings to Susan Mark, or (307) 777-5915.

And finally, if ye be needin’ another reason to participate, check out the Wyoming State Library players in “Save the books, ye scallywags!” We’ll admit the production values aren’t the best, but we had a great time recording it.

Resources for Health Literacy Month

October is Health Literacy Month, a time for organizations and individuals to promote the importance of understandable health information. Libraries often are called on to provide reliable health information. In fact, the U.S. Impact Study showed that 30% of patrons using library computers did so for health and wellness purposes. To get ready for Health Literacy Month, here are a few resources:

You might also check out WebJunction’s numerous Health Happens in Libraries resources.

“Search for Jack” Story Time Giveaway

Many Wyoming libraries have been enjoying “The Search for Jack” storybook kits both for programs and to circulate. For the month of September, WY Quality Counts is hosting a giveaway to families that participate in a Chuck and Pepper themed story time at your library. Materials included in these kits enhance library story time with puppets, activity cards, games, and more. Storytellers and families can find something new each time they use these kits.

How can your patrons be entered into a drawing for one of the kits?

  1. Tell WY Quality Counts the day and time you are planning to host a Chuck & Pepper story time (email They’ll share it on their social media channels.
  2. Let families know during the story time that they can win one of their very own kits. All they have to do to be entered into the drawing is post on one of the WY Quality Counts social media pages sharing that they’re at the event, or post it on their own social media account and tag WY Quality Counts, or share a photo from story time. They can find WY Quality Counts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About WY Quality Counts

WY Quality Counts helps Wyoming families and child care providers identify and create quality learning experiences today, which helps ensure a bright, innovative and viable workforce for the future. They promote quality education opportunities, preparing children for success by using developmentally-appropriate teaching methods and materials to develop cognitive, language, social/emotional and motor skills. WY Quality Counts also provides funding for professionals in early childhood education.

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.

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 or (307) 777-6330.

Happy Birthday Wyoming!

On this day in 1890, Wyoming became a state, and “her people are exceeding glad,” The Cheyenne Daily Sun reported the next day. You can explore the story of Wyoming statehood and delve into life in 1890 firsthand with resources from the Wyoming State Library in in our Digital Collection Suite and in

First check out Wyoming Newspapers from 1889 and 1890 to see what the local chatter was in the run-up to statehood, as well as the headlines when it happened (“44: That’s Our Star and Don’t You Forget it“)

The handwritten bill jacket from the 1890 Territorial House Joint Resolution 1 pleading Wyoming’s case for statehood.

In Wyoming Legislation, in the 1890 State Session Laws from that year, is the Territorial House Joint Resolution No. 1 — a memorial asking that Wyoming be admitted to the Union. It testified, “Our people without regard to party affiliation are ready and eager to assume and bear the additional burdens of statehood, and to escape from the disadvantages of territorial vassalage.” Also take a look at State Senate Joint Resolution No. 1 on selecting the Equality State’s first two U.S. Senators.

On the Federal Documents side, the WSL provides Wyoming residents with Proquest Congressional, a comprehensive online resource for congressional publications. See the report on the bill that would grant Wyoming its statehood, as well as the bill itself. (Proquest Congressional available to Wyoming residents only — log in with your library card and PIN.)

Want to know what else was going on in 1890? Check out the Place and Time feature in Wyoming Places. Among other news, the New Castle (now Newcastle) and Vermillion (now gone) post offices were established, and the Daily Boomerang lamented the fact that the city of Laramie was not actually located in Laramie County.

Your local library can help you navigate these resources. Also, we have reference librarians here at the Wyoming State Library if you have questions. Contact us for assistance at or (307) 777-6333.

Wyoming Book Reviews

Wilderness Fever: A Family’s Adventures Homesteading in Early Jackson Hole, 1914-1924
By Linda Preston McKinstry with Harold Cole McKinstry
Glendo, Wyo.: High Plains Press, 2016

Imagine leaving the city to homestead in a rural and relatively unknown part of the country. Today, this may sound like a dream come true but imagine that life without electricity, telephones, or even automobiles. Wilderness Fever is a wonderful collection of memoirs by Linda and Harold “Mac” McKinstry who did just that. They left the comforts of Washington D.C. for a shot at homesteading in the Jackson Hole area for ten years. Linda and Mac share their unique experiences and points of view on trying to live and raise a family in the harsh conditions of North Western Wyoming. Modern homesteaders and city dwellers alike will find that there is much to be grateful for after reading how early homesteaders’ lives were easily impacted by much more than unpredictable weather and rough terrain. Everything from the introduction of modern technologies such as the telephone to the development of Yellowstone National Park guided homestead decision-making. This book will drive home just how brave and tenacious early homesteaders had to be in order to survive.

Sydney Bays, Library Assistant
Sublette County Library

My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared For the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds
by Abbie Johnson Taylor
Denver, Colo.: DLD Books, 2016

My Ideal Partner is the true story of one woman’s love, struggles, heartache, personal growth, and loss. Newlywed Abbie’s happily-ever-after was shattered when her husband Bill suffered two debilitating strokes, leaving him unable to care for himself. In the course of three months, Abbie went from being a single, independent, visually-challenged adult to being a bride, a newlywed, and ultimately caregiver to her husband. In sharing her hardships, Abbie sheds light on many of the challenges caregivers face. Her difficult journey is both unique and yet universal. While this is Abbie’s story, it is also the story of many others who find their lives drastically changed when they become caregivers to the people they love. The subject matter is tough, but Taylor’s writing style is relaxed and conversational, making this a quick read. Perhaps because this was her first serious relationship, her descriptions of her relationship with Bill are told with the innocence of someone much younger. Grab a box of Kleenex! This is a powerful story that readers on an emotional journey, and has the power to move them to both tears and laughter.

Lisa Scroggins, Executive Director
Natrona County Library


Ideabook Helps Libraries Engage Families in Learning

The Public Library Association (PLA) and Global Family Research Project (GFRP) have released their collaborative publication, Ideabook: Libraries for Families. This publication is intended to inspire libraries to create meaningful family engagement experiences by sharing the many innovative ways that their peers support and guide families in children’s learning and development in such areas as reading, mathematics, language and literacy.

The Ideabook is built upon a research-based framework that was outlined in PLA and GFRP’s 2016 publication, Public Libraries: A Vital Space for Family Engagement. The Ideabook highlights case studies from more than 50 libraries that are incorporating the five “Rs” of engagement—reach out, raise up, reinforce, relate, and reimagine—to develop meaningful, lasting relationships with families in their communities. It features programs from a wide variety of library types, including those that are well-resourced or lacking funds, and those that serve urban, suburban, and rural communities.

Ideabook: Libraries for Families and related resources are funded by a grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. For more information on PLA’s Family Engagement Initiatives, visit or contact Scott Allen at