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Share WLA Conference News With Hashtag #wyla17

Be a Tweetie pie: when you’re at the Wyoming Library Association conference this week, use #wyla17 on Facebook and Twitter to share updates, reports, photos, and more with each other and with the librarians around the state who weren’t able to join us in Sheridan.

Brian Greene, Library Development Manager at the Wyoming State Library, already has a tweet up using that hashtag from @BrianLibrarian. Get your initial Tweet up there or do a retweet of a #wyla17 posting so that you can connect and follow each other for the conference. Also don’t forget to follow the Wyoming State Library feed at @WyoLibraries.

For those on Facebook, please do the same thing by adding #wyla17 to conference posts and shares.

For those on Twitter, new to Twitter or want to try Twitter in a conference experience refresh or create your accounts and let’s capture some conference history as it happens and share it.  And this also includes you folks making the Information Power workshop happen next Wednesday. Those of us not going to InfoPower want to share your power.

See you there or at #wyla17 in the Twitterverse.

Archived Webinar: Get Ready for the Eclipse!

The celestial event of the century will soon be upon us as libraries prepare for the August 21, 2017, solar eclipse. Use resources in GoWYLD.net to learn more about the eclipse and find activities, images, and video. Also check out our Wyoming and the Solar Eclipse 2017 LibGuide for more.

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

Deadline Looming for WLA Conference Registration

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A reminder that the deadline to register for the 2017 Wyoming Library Association conference Aug. 9-11 at Sheridan College is coming up fast on Tuesday, August 1.

This is a hard deadline — there will be no late or on-site registrations for the full conference.

If you are thinking of attending, we encourage you to check out the conference program to see the great offerings. Also, you can learn more about the featured speakers on this blog. The WLA conference is a great chance to learn and to network with your colleagues from around Wyoming.

If you’re registered, be sure to find exactly where you’re going with the Sheridan College map and to check out the lodging options on the WLA website.

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For school librarians planning to attend the Information Power pre-conference for school librarians on August 9, registrations will be accepted at the door. On-site registration is available for Information Power ONLY, not for the main conference. However, there will be no online registrations for Information Power after August 1. You can register online until then on the WLA conference page link.

Hope to see you all there! We look forward to coming together for another great WLA conference.

What’s the Oldest Book in WYLDCAT?

Scan of the frontispiece and title page, courtesy of Matt Swift, Wyoming State Law Librarian.

Laramie County Library System recently blogged about the oldest book in their collection, an 1838 History of Rochester (Hey, Who You Callin’ an Old Book?!). Here at the Wyoming State Library, we wondered — what’s the oldest book in WYLD? Our Bibliographic Services Librarian, Bobbi Thorpe, went on the hunt.

The winner? The Wyoming State Law Library has a 1639 edition of The elements of the common lavves (laws) of England by Francis Bacon in its collection. According to Lawbook Exchange, “It was the first part of De Regulis Juris, a codification of English law that Bacon never completed.”

This book resides in the State Law Library’s historic collection, but little is known about its history. The earliest library stamp on it was from 1941, but it may have been added before then. At some point, this volume has been rebound. Although at the library you’d have to request this one at the checkout desk, you can see the digitized version any time on Hathi Trust.

Former AHC Director Mark Greene Dies

Mark Greene, Past Director of the American Heritage Center

Mark A. Greene, emeritus director of the American Heritage Center, passed away on June 21, 2017. The Society of American Archivists (SAA) has set up a memorial page for people to share their memories of Mark. Greene was an SAA Fellow and Past President.

Greene was the director of the American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming, from 2002 to 2015. Under his direction, the AHC performed a six-year comprehensive collection analysis, developed its first formal collecting policy, cataloged the entirety of its 3,000 collections, and implemented one of the nation’s largest reappraisal and deaccessioning programs. (From UW.)

Professional Development for your Board(s)

Reposted with permission from Library Strategies

Public libraries often have a number of boards, including a Library Board, as well as a Foundation or Friends Board. As professional bodies that can affect the performance of your library, it is important that each member of the board regularly participates in professional development activities. In this way, the board members become informed leaders, such that their work improves the Library and advances the work of the expert, professional staff.

Here a few ways to help your board in their annual professional development:

Key 1: Board orientation – Hold a board orientation for all new members that covers their roles and responsibilities, as well as the basic services of the library. A board orientation is also valuable as a refresher for long-time board members, and requiring attendance once every three years can help members stay on track.

Key 2: Define annual activities – All board members should engage in some aspect of professional development each year. The topics may be library-related, or how to run an effective board, or on broader trends, such as publishing or the digital world. Conferences, webinars, and state and national organizations today offer a wealth of opportunities for board training and advancement. Help your board by offering a smorgasbord of opportunities each year, with regular reminders to participate.

Key 3: Board evaluation – Have an annual board evaluation process, which can be as simple as the board president sending out an annual comment sheet to each member asking what is working well or not on the board, and what they would like to see changed. By annually evaluating the board, you can help discover board weaknesses that might effectively be addressed through training or support.

Some additional ideas for professional development activities for your boards include regular presentations by professional staff on library trends; using former board members as mentors to new board members; and thinking outside the library to explore issues in publishing, technology, finance, change management, fundraising, social media, governance, etc.

In board professional development, it is important that board members fundamentally understand and embrace their defined roles and responsibilities. But for an energized board, it is equally important that they participate in interesting, social, and other engaging activities that help them support the library and plan for its future.

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Also check out the Wyoming State Library’s Library Board Members’ Handbook.

‘What in the World’ at Centennial Library

From UW News

Jean Garrison

University of Wyoming students and faculty members will give three presentations, free and open to the public, during the fifth annual “What in the World?” summer program at the Albany County Public Library Centennial branch. All sessions, moderated by Jean Garrison, UW Center for Global Studies (CGS) director, highlight the work that recent UW graduates completed for their international research projects and the innovative research of UW-affiliated faculty.

The summer CGS schedule is:

  • Wednesday June 14, at 5:30 p.m., Centennial Fellow presentations: Ashkia Campbell, zoology and physiology senior, from Casper, “Nest Predation in Ecuador”; and Jeremy Goldsmith, international studies, and environment and natural resources master’s degree candidate, from Louisville, Ky., “How and Why Gambians Migrate.”
  • Wednesday, July 12, at 5:30 p.m., faculty research presentation: Mark Ritchie and Lena Hardy, both Department of Art and Art History professors, “Riding the Range in Mongolia and Australia: Art, Insights and Impressions.”
  • Wednesday, Aug. 30, 5:30 p.m., faculty research presentation: Thomas Risse, Department of Political Science, Free University of Berlin, “Europe, the U.S. and the Transatlantic Relationship during Tumultuous Times.”

The series is made possible by the Ruth R. Ellbogen Foundation and the CGS’s UW partners. For more information about CGS, call Garrison at (307) 766-6119, email garrison@uwyo.edu, or visit www.uwyo.edu/globalcenter.

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.