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Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of December 4

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 are MST

Monday, Dec 4 (3:45-4:45 pm)
Collaboration, It CAN Be Learned: A Recipe for Success (Colorado State Library)
Join co-presenters Becky Russell and Tara Laughlin in identifying behaviors of effective collaboration, and strategize ways to work with different learner styles who are at varying levels on the collaboration continuum. Walk away with ideas for more intentional and  successful collaborative experiences with your staff and students.

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Tuesday, Dec 5 (8:30- 9:30 am)
School & Public Library Partnerships: Getting Public Library Access to Students (Indiana State Library)
Getting public library cards into the hands of all students can be a challenge.  Find out how two libraries worked with their local schools to do just that during this webinar.  Both libraries have significantly increased students’ access to their collections by working directly with school librarians and administrators.

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Tuesday, Dec 5 (10-11 am)
Keeping It Private: Navigating the Balance of Public Data and Privacy Protections (Washington State Library)
Washington State is very open with the way it shares data within the public trust. Our state has one of the most advanced public records laws in the nation and most public meetings are subject to the Open Meetings Act. At the same time, citizens have a right to privacy under the state’s Constitution. On the private side, hackers are stalking personal data and data brokers are collecting and selling it. You may be putting your privacy at risk simply by leaving your phone unlocked or by sharing personal information with an organization that then makes it publicly available.

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Tuesday, Dec 5 (10-11 am)
Is Your Company Ready for AI? (Harvard Business Review)
To succeed with AI, companies can’t afford to skip the basics. They must first invest time and money to be prepared with sufficiently automated and structured data analytics. Join Nick Harrison, Deborah O’Neill, and HBR on December 5 to gain insights on the essential steps that your company must take in order to succeed with AI.

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Tuesday, Dec 5 (11-12 pm)
Data Enrichment 101: Best Practices to Optimize Your Donor Database (Blackbaud)
Join us for this one-hour webinar where you’ll get tips and best practices for evaluating data hygiene, implementing a data clean-up plan, and performing regular database maintenance. With a comprehensive data clean-up plan in place, you’ll be well on your way to joining the thousands of nonprofits that use data effectively to optimize their fundraising programs.

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Tuesday, Dec 5 (11-12 pm)
Programming Inspiration: Using Video Conferencing and Reading to Connect Children and Parents (SirsiDynix)
Join us to learn how the Free Library of Philadelphia is linking children and incarcerated parents through live video conferencing reading sessions.

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Tuesday, Dec 5 (12-1 pm)
Viewing and Discussion Programs with “The Vietnam War,” a Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick (Programming Librarian)
Join us for a one-hour webinar to hear programming and partnership ideas for “The Vietnam War.”

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Tuesday, Dec 5 (12-1 pm)
Understanding Power, Identity, and Oppression in the Public Library (Public Library Association)
In alignment with ALA’s strategic direction on equity, diversity, and inclusion, this webinar will provide an introductory understanding of the concepts of power, identity, and oppression, and how they impact public libraries’ staff, services, programs, collections, and spaces.

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Tuesday, Dec 5 (12-1 pm)
Blended Learning: A Five Dimensional Puzzle – Technology, Design, People, Place, and Time (InSync)
Modern blended learning includes five elements: technology, design, people, place, and time. Learning happens perpetually. Our instructional designs, and the technology we use to deploy them, must support this reality.

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Tuesday, Dec 5 (12-1:30 pm)
Storage Environments: The Big Picture (Connecting to Collections Care)
This presentation will discuss IPI research exploring how collections respond to changes in temperature and relative humidity and will present strategies for a dynamic approach to preservation based on our research.

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Tuesday, Dec 5 (1-2 pm)
The Healing Library: Lending Healing Experiences to Families (Infopeople)
The Healing Library is a project that has been developed by librarians, a children’s literature advocate, and a holistic art and play therapist to assist families with healing in a healthy way while teaching parents the skills of looking critically at picture books and utilizing them to communicate with children.

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Wednesday, Dec 6 (8-9 am)
Writing Policy for Small to Medium Sized Public Libraries (Indiana State Library)
Library board, director and staff need to be attentive to the library policies that support the library and the staff and are fair to everyone. This is an introduction for small and medium sized libraries on assessing the needs of a policy, drafting, reviewing and revising. It is important that policies conform to current law and are reasonable.

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Wednesday, Dec 6 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Guerrilla Storytime (Nebraska Library Commission)
One of the greatest Youth Services resources out there is you! Join us for a special online version of Guerrilla Storytime where I’ll ask questions and take responses from attendees. If you know of a special rhyme, tip, or trick that others would enjoy learning, then feel free to submit a video or instructions to Rebecca ahead of time. Send them to, and she’ll try to include as many submissions as possible.

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Wednesday, Dec 6 (12-1 pm)
Past the Language Barrier: Improving Communication Skills with Patrons Learning English as a Second Language (Georgia Library Association)
Whether you are an academic librarian, school librarian, or public librarian, it is likely that you encounter individuals who are in the process of learning English. In this session you will learn how to adapt your speech to be comprehensible, check for comprehension, and make adjustments if you are not being understood. In addition, this session will cover how to effectively use translation tools, work with a translator, and adapt reading resources for accessibility to English learners.

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Wednesday, Dec 6 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Finding Grants (GrantSpace)
Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders.

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Wednesday, Dec 6 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Data (Federal Depository Library Program)
Participants will learn about major tools that provide data about all types of housing: ”U.S. Housing Market Conditions,” “CINCH Reports: Components of Inventory Change,” and “Building Permits Database.” You will also learn about data tools regarding low income housing in your area: “Picture of Subsidized Households,” “Small Area Fair Market Rents,” and “Special Tabulations of Households by Income, Tenure, Age of Householder, and Housing Conditions.”

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Wednesday, Dec 6 (5-6 pm)
The AASL Standards Web Portal: Accessing Standards and Support Resources (American Association of School Librarians)
AASL’s web portal for national school library standards has everything you need to access the new standards and the wealth of support resources available! Join Standards editorial board member Kathy Mansfield on a guided tour of the website, and discover infographics, videos, links to articles and many more supports for the new standards.

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Thursday, Dec 7 (10-11 am)
Successfully Developing Employees Through Coaching (Utah State Library)
Whether you are wanting to improve communication, better explain expectations and goals, help an employee improve their performance or learn a new skill, coaching is an effective process to achieve results.

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Thursday, Dec 7 (12-1 pm)
Digital Life Hacks (Blackbaud)
Having a comprehensive digital strategy is critical for any organization or institution and in this webinar series, we’ll cover the core components for online success. Our team of presenters will share super-smart digital strategy hacks, based on the latest trends and stats, to show you the easiest ways to hack into the digital space, and you’ll even see some of Blackbaud’s solutions to help you get there.

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Thursday, Dec 7 (12-1 pm)
Integrating Project Outcome into Strategic Planning & Measuring Priority Areas (Public Library Association)
The panelists on this webinar have prioritized outcome measurement in their libraries and integrated Project Outcome into their strategic planning. Participants in this webinar will learn how other libraries are aligning their outcome measurement with strategic priorities, measuring their success in priority program areas, and the changes libraries are able to make using outcome data to improve programming and better meet community needs.

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Thursday, Dec 7 (12-1 pm)
How Public Cloud and Automation Are Making an Impact in Government (GovLoop)
Join us on Thursday, December 7th at 2pm ET/11am PT, to hear from government and industry leaders about how agencies are transitioning from manual methods like spreadsheets and email to automated cloud-first world technologies.

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Thursday, Dec 7 (12-1 pm)
6 Essentials for Teams that Work (Effectiveness Institute)
Learn what it takes to build your high performance team. The strongest and most effective teams tap into and activate the strengths of every team member and build an environment rich with trust and respect.This allows for open communication and cohesiveness, which enables a team to rise to its full potential and overcome any obstacle to achieve desired results.

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Thursday, Dec 7 (1-2 pm)
Nonprofit Legal Checklist Webinar (Wayfind)

This workshop is essential for all nonprofits. We will go over the Wayfind Nonprofit Self-Assessment Legal Checklist, which includes state and Federal legal compliance requirements for nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations as well as best-practices for nonprofit governance.

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Thursday, Dec 7 (1-2 pm)
How Collection Weeding Makes a Better World (Library Journal)
While collections constantly grow, shelf space doesn’t. Join us for a discussion on how Better World Books solves weeding issues and reduces operational costs all while giving new life to your old books, empowering worldwide literacy, and supporting the environment.

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Friday, Dec 8 (12-1 pm)
A Conversation with Steve Bell: Academic Libraries and Higher Education (The TLT Group)
Join Steve Bell for a conversation on academic libraries and higher education.

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Archived WSL Webinar: AASL Standards Overview

Join Paige Bredenkamp, School Library Consultant at Wyoming State Library and Jennisen Lucas, Wyoming’s AASL Affiliate and school librarian, for a discussion about the newly released AASL Standards for school libraries.

Download the slides (PDF).

WYLDCat to Undergo System Maintenance December 4-6

The WYLDCat online catalog will undergo system-wide maintenance December 4-6. My Account, Place Hold, and Email Notification will be unavailable those dates. Please contact the library if you need assistance. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Grant Opportunities

STARnet Discover Exoplanets Traveling Exhibit
DEADLINE: January 5, 2018
Pre-application webinar December 6, 2017
The National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute (SSI) is seeking eight library and museum partner sites to host the inaugural national tour of the interactive traveling exhibition Discover Exoplanets: the Search for Alien Earths.  Public libraries and small museum partners in rural areas and those serving rural populations and underrepresented groups are especially invited to apply. Travel costs will be covered for two staff members to attend a two-day orientation and program planning workshop in Boulder Colorado.

Loleta D. Fyan Grant
DEADLINE: January 12, 2018
Up to $5,000 total for one or more projects for the development and improvement of public libraries and the services they provide. Projects must have the potential for broader impact and application beyond meeting a specific local need; should be designed to effect changes in public library services that are innovative and responsive to the future; and should be capable of completion within one year.

United for Libraries Friend Conference Grant
DEADLINE: January 15, 2018
Enables one member of a Friends of the Library group at a public library to attend the ALA Annual Conference. The winner will receive a grant of $850, plus full ALA Annual Conference registration. The applicant must be a member of a Friends of the Library group in a public library, and a first-time attendee of any ALA conference (Midwinter or Annual).

Coretta Scott King Book Awards Donation Grant
DEADLINE: January 31, 2018
Underfunded libraries, schools, and non-traditional organizations that provide educational services to children are invited to apply to receive one of three Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants. The grant program provides books submitted for consideration for the Coretta Scott King Book Awards to libraries and other organizations to expand their collections.

Bank of the West’s Charitable Investments Program
Bank of the West supports nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life, particularly of low- and moderate-income individuals and communities. Public nonprofit organizations in most Wyoming counties are eligible (check for yours). Grants are awarded for education and job training as well as for community and economic development.

Coca-Cola Foundation
The Coca-Cola Foundation supports non-profit organizations and programs that offer scholarships, school drop-out prevention projects, access to educational programming and other educational initiatives, and also those that strengthen and enrich communities, including through education, youth development, and other community and civic initiatives. Note that they do not support local elementary, middle, or high schools.

Wyoming Snapshot Day Only One Week Away

Living in a rural area, I don’t know what we’d do without our library!

 — Library patron, Shoshoni Library

Wyoming libraries can join the Wyoming Snapshot Day fun on  Tuesday, October 10, 2017. There’s still plenty of time to sign up and join our list of participating libraries.

What is Snapshot Day? On that day, libraries collect the photos and stories that show the difference they make in people’s lives. You can take photos, collect comments, or even create videos. Learn more on the website.

Want to sign up? Or have questions? Contact Susan Mark at the Wyoming State Library at or (307) 777-5915.

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 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

Click for printable program.

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.