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A-Tisket, a-Tasket, a WLLI Basket!

From Anna Smedts, WLLI Advisor

Congratulations to all our basket winners and a HUGE THANKS to all those who so graciously (and creatively!) contributed to the Wyoming Library Leadership Institute (WLLI) basket fundraiser.

At the drawing (L to R): Johanna Tuttle, Abby Beaver, Darcy Acord, Chris Van Burgh, and Anna Smedts.

This year, the baskets were especially eye-catching and generously stuffed, drawing in many last-minute ticket purchasers with hopes of taking home the bounty. The “Basque-kit,” “Spirit of Sheridan,” “Devil’s Tower,” and “Wyoming Redneck” baskets were popular and fun reflections of our Wyoming culture. Raffle contestants were hard-pressed to choose between titles like “Zen and the Art of Gardening,” “Don’t Mess With a Princess,” “Margarita Madness,” and “Tuscany, WY.” From literary themes (“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” — WOW!), date nights (“Movie” or “Staycation”?) to “Canning” and “Creativity” baskets, there was something for everyone. Thank you all again, so very much, for your generous support of the WLLI; whether you bought tickets or built a basket, we appreciate you!

Nearly $1,400 was raised, which will go toward covering the costs of the 2018 Institute in beautiful Lander, Wyoming, next July. We hope to continue the tradition of providing opportunities for Wyoming librarians to gain skills in leading, communicating, collaborating, and engaging within their library systems and communities. Please consider applying to attend the 2018 Institute, or recommending it to a colleague — we have some exciting plans in place!


About 25 baskets were contributed to the WLLI raffle this year. Volunteers who helped out included Cynthia Twing, Megan Herold, Abby Beaver, Johanna Tuttle, Rachael Yates, Nancy Venable, Michelle Humber, Marci Mock, Karen Funk, Darcy Acord, Bonnie Stahla, and Anna Smedts. A few of the winners are pictured below with their baskets.

 

Take a Tour of “What the Tech?”

2017 “What the Tech is That?”

If you missed it, check out the presentation slides and list of links from this year’s “What the Tech is That?” presentation at the Wyoming Library Association conference.

What the Tech? List of Tech from WLA 2017

  • Epic!: Digital library for kids 12 & under. Accessible on any device. www.getepic.com
  • iMovie Trailers: Create fun, Hollywood-style movie trailers from your videos. photos.app.goo.gl/JD6EuD44snUgfioH3
  • Hugo Hubble: Alexa-enabled, robotic, smart camera, reads facial expressions and senses emotions. Not yet available, but check at hubbleconnected.com/hugo.html
  • 3D printing designers
    • Melissa NG com fun fashion with 3D printing
    • Anouk Wipprecht (anoukwippercht.nl) Technology couture with sensors embedded in design
    • Danit Peleg (com) more fashion that can be printed at home.
    • Iris Van Herpen (http://www.irisvanherpen.com) fusing technology and traditional Couture craftsmanship.
  • CIA.gov: website with CIA maps, headquarters tour, intelligence literature, world factbook, & world leaders, as well as a special section for K-9 Corps. www.cia.gov
  • Sugarcane: Educational game creator. www.sugarcane.com
  • Camtasia: Fee based video recorder/editor. www.techsmith.com/video-editor.html
  • Plickers: clickers that can be used in the classroom or library. www.plickers.com
  • NetGalley: website with ARC’s and egalleys available for review. www.netgalley.com
  • Edelweiss: another site with ARC’s and egalleys available for review. edelweiss.abovethetreeline.com
  • Google Trips: app that gathers your travel information from Gmail and Inbox, then organizes it automatically. get.google.com/trips/
  • Google Earth Voyager: Showcase of interactive, curated guided tours of places around the earth. earth.google.com, then click “Voyager” in left-hand column.
  • Planbook: fee-based lesson book/scheduling tool for educators. www.planbook.com
  • Ozoblockly: Learn simple coding to control your own ozobot. www.ozoblockly.com
  • StoryCorps: archive of more than 65,000 interviews; one of the largest born-digital collections of human voices. storycorps.org
  • Animoto: fee-based video creation service. www.animoto.com
  • Eat Your Books: website that organizes your recipes. www.eatyourbooks.com
  • ELBOW Cassette Player: Concept tech. Allows user to connect cassette tapes to digital player. www.elbow.co.nf
  • EyeNote: assistive technology app that helps you read money denominations. www.eyenote.gov
  • Biblionasium: “Goodreads for Elementary Students” and now integrated with Follett Destiny. www.biblionasium.com
  • Clips: Shareable, editable video app for iOS. Find in iTunes store.
  • Photomath: Assistive technology app for doing math. photomath.net
  • BARD Mobile: Assistive Technology app. Offers downloadable Braille and audio reading material. Must be registered to use the app. nlsbard.loc.gov
  • Map of Life: discover, identify, and record biodiversity worldwide. Also view species range map and inventory. www.mol.org
  • Tripit: helps you build your itinerary with dates, times, directions, maps, and weather. www.tripit.com
  • Classcraft: classroom management app that uses gaming to direct students’ motivation. www.classcraft.com

Our Favorite Tweets from the WLA Conference

From August 9-11, more than 140 librarians, school library media specialists, and library workers gathered in Sheridan to learn and connect at Information Power and at the Wyoming Library Association 2017 Conference. Here are a few highlights we spotted on the #wyla17 hashtag on Twitter.

 

Take a Chance on a Basket to Benefit WLLI

“Tea Party” from Johnson County Library

The Wyoming Library Leadership Institute (WLLI) is holding its popular basket raffle again at the Wyoming Library Association conference in Sheridan August 10-11. WLLI provides opportunities for learning, mentoring and developing leadership skills to promote the personal and professional growth of the Wyoming library community.

Libraries from across the state are donating baskets — and you could win one. Tickets are $1 each, 6 for $5, or 25 for $20. All proceeds benefit WLLI and make it possible for your library colleagues across the state to attend this wonderful learning experience.

You need not be present to win, although you will need someone in attendance to haul it home if you do, as baskets cannot be shipped.

Photos are still coming in, but here are some of the ones that we know will be in the raffle. Follow the #wyla17 hashtag on Twitter to see more.

Devil's Tower Basket

Devil’s Tower Basket from Hulett Branch Library in Johnson County

Dr. McGillicuddy's basket

Dr. McGillicuddy’s basket from the Moorcroft Library in Johnson County

“Sunshine in the Kitchen” from Johnson County Library

“Basque-It” from Johnson County Library

“Wonder Woman” from Lander Library

The Wyoming State Library’s “Sci-Fi” and “Creativity” baskets are still under construction, so there will be more goodies coming.

Check Out the WLA Conference Program

JUST UPDATED
One session, “Explore, Learn, Create: Teen Engagement, Empathy and Activism,” has been canceled, and some changes have been made to presenters.

heading to the Wyoming Library Association conference in Sheridan August 9-11? Then check out the great lineup of sessions in the conference program. You’re sure to find something of interest.

The annual conference offers numerous opportunities to learn and to network with library colleagues from across the state.

Deadline to register is August 1. There will be no late or on-site registrations, so sign up now for the 2017 WLA Conference.

Still Time to Join “What the Tech?”

Episode 2 What the Heck is What the Tech?

Like to play with tech toys? Want to bask in the adulation of your fellow librarians at the upcoming Wyoming Library Association conference?

There’s still time to join the “What the Tech is That?” team. This session is a crowd favorite: a rapid-fire, whirlwind tour of websites and tech tools. Choose and prepare a handful of topics, and share each one in 90 (or so) seconds flat before you’re stopped by the bell.

Interested? Contact Thomas Ivie at thomas.ivie@wyo.gov, (307) 777-6330, or Paige Bredenkamp at paige.bredenkamp@wyo.gov, (307) 777-6331, for more details.

Join the Fun at ‘What the Tech?’

What the Tech 2017

It’s back! The ever popular “What the Tech is That?” session is on the schedule for the Aug. 10-11 Wyoming Library Association conference in Sheridan. You can help make it a great time for all, especially yourself, by taking the stage as one of the session contributors.

“What the Tech?” is a rapid-fire, whirlwind tour of websites and tech tools. Contributors can have fun exploring new gadgets and gizmos, choosing and preparing a handful of topics, and trying to share each one in the 90 (or so) seconds before the bell signals the end of the round.

If you haven’t seen a WTT session and would like a better idea of what’s involved, find examples of previous year’s handouts and slides on the WLA New Tech Interest Group wiki. Also enjoy the video of last year’s hybrid conference presentation below.

Interested? Contact Thomas Ivie at thomas.ivie@wyo.gov, (307) 777-6330, or Paige Bredenkamp at paige.bredenkamp@wyo.gov, (307) 777-6331, for more details.

 

 

WLA Announces Conference Speakers

Garth Stein

The Wyoming Library Association has secured two top-notch speakers for the 2017 WLA conference August 10-11 in Sheridan.

The keynote speaker at the Thursday, August 10, kick-off luncheon, will be Stephen Hughes on “Influence: The Art & Science of Changing Minds.” This exciting program draws on the latest scientific research to illustrate how you can influence others to see things your way without resorting to manipulation. You’ll leave with practical ideas you can apply right away.

Garth Stein will be featured at the author luncheon on Friday, August 11. Stein writes for all ages. His newest novel is A Sudden Light, published by Simon and Schuster in September, 2014.  He has three previous novels:  Raven Stole the MoonHow Evan Broke His Head and Other Secretsand The Art of Racing in the Rain  and has authored the Enzo children’s series. (Enzo, Zoë, and Denny are actually characters from The Art of Racing in the Rain.) 

School librarians, don’t forget: Information Power will be held as a pre-conference on August 9.

Register to attend on the WLA website.

Tentative Conference Schedule:

Wednesday, August 9

  • 10 a.m.: Information Power

Thursday, August 10

  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Registration and vendors open
  • 12-1:15 p.m.: Keynote speaker Stephen Hughes on “Influence: The Art & Science of Changing Minds”
  • 1:15-1:45 p.m.: WLA Annual Meeting
  • 2-3 p.m.: Breakout sessions
  • 3-3:45 p.m.: Break and vendor time
  • 3:45-4:30 p.m. Breakouts sessions
  • 4:30-5:30: Happy hour and awards celebration at Sheridan Kooi Library

Friday, August 11

  • 8-9 a.m.: Breakfast with vendors
  • 9-9:50 a.m.: Breakout sessions
  • 10-10:30 a.m.: Vendor time and basket raffle drawing
  • 10:45-11:45 a.m.: Breakout sessions
  • 12-1:30 p.m.: Lunch with author Garth Stein
  • 1:30-2 p.m.: Interest group meetings

WLA Conference Registration Open

Registration is now open on the Wyoming Library Association website for the 2017 conference to be held Aug. 10-11 at Sheridan College. School librarians can also register for Information Power, which will be held on Aug. 9 in Sheridan in conjunction with the WLA conference.

Events will kick off with lunch on Thursday, Aug. 10 (vendors will open mid-morning), and conclude after lunch on Friday, Aug. 11. Low-cost lodging options in the Villas at Sheridan College and in the residence halls are available in addition to a room block at the Holiday Inn.

The annual conference is a great opportunity to gather, connect, and learn with your fellow members of the Wyoming library. On the agenda are the opening keynote luncheon, author and/or legislative luncheon, multiple breakout sessions, vendor booths, awards reception at the Sheridan Kooi Library, and the Wyoming Library Leadership Institute basket raffle.

Find more details and register on the WLA website. Conference registration will close on August 1; no late or no-site registration will be available.