October is Health Literacy Month. In this webinar WSL Database Instruction Librarian Chris Van Burgh looks at the many resources under Health & Medicine, as well as Nursing & Allied Health. The new interface for Health & Wellness Resource Center is part of this exploration of sources in GoWYLD.net. She also checks out a few places for materials and programming ideas.
— Library patron, Shoshoni Library
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (307) 777-5915.
— Brian Greene (@BrianLibrarian) August 2, 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
Also check out the Wyoming State Library’s Library Board Members’ Handbook.
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 email@example.com, or visit www.uwyo.edu/globalcenter.