Category Archives: Wyoming Library News

CFAC Hosts Exhibit of Edward S. Curtis Photos

This portrait of Chief Joseph by Edward S. Curtis is one of 30 images that can be seen in the current exhibit at the Community Fine Arts Center.

The Community Fine Arts Center, a branch of the Sweetwater County Library System, will host a traveling photography exhibit showcasing the work of Edward S. Curtis. The exhibit opens November 8 with a book discussion at 7 p.m. on Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher. The public is invited to the opening reception on November 9 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The exhibit features pieces from Edward S. Curtis’s The North American Indian, a grand work that provides a permanent record of 80 North American tribes through ethnographic notes and over 1500 photographs included in 20 volumes. Accompanying the volumes were 20 portfolios containing 36 photogravure prints each. A selection of these images in digital format will be on display.

This exhibit will be available to see November 8 through December 22. CFAC hours are Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday noon to 5 p.m.

“Edward Curtis’s The North American Indian: A Traveling Exhibit to Wyoming Libraries” is supported in part by funding from the Wyoming Arts Council, as well as the Wyoming Community Foundation’s Carol McMurry Donor Advised Fund in partnership with the McCracken Research Library at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, which holds a rare complete set of The North American Indian.

This exhibit is part of a community celebration, “Eye of a Nation: a Celebration of Heritage,” highlighting both the visual and performing arts to recognize the significance of Edward Curtis’s work and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s 100th anniversary. These events have the support of local organizations including the CFAC, Western Wyoming Community College Hay Library and Cultural Affairs Committee, Downtown Rock Springs, Rock Springs Historical Museum, Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce, and the Sweetwater County Library System.

Take a Tour of the Toppan Rare Books Collection With C-SPAN

When C-SPAN did its 2014 Local Content Vehicles Tour, it stopped in Wyoming. Anne Marie Lane, Curator of the Toppan Rare Books Collection at the UW American Heritage Center, was interviewed about the collection and the rare books history course she teaches each fall at the University of Wyoming. Rare books, she said, are an opportunity to teach about the history of print making and to discuss modern topics such as gender, politics, and race. Enjoy this quick tour with her of some of the collection.

Glenrock Branch Library in the News

The Glenrock Branch Library has been hitting the headlinesthis fall, with great coverage from the local newspapers in Converse County. Ethan Brogan, editor of the Douglas Budget and Glenrock Independent, was kind enough to allow us permission to repost these two stories from late September.

Farmer’s Market brings local flavor, taste

By Ethan Brogan

The downpour outside couldn’t stop Glenrock residents from visiting the Farmer’s Market at Glenrock Library Sept. 23. Various stalls lined the walls of the library, featuring foods grown from Glenrock and even baked goods from Casper.

Sharon Davies sold her Glenrock grown produce to attendees next to YBarBQ sauces that had a lot of the foot traffic walking in the door.

Moonberry Farms brought their organic produce including wide varieties of colorful fruits and vegetables.

Stacie’s Bakery, of Casper, featured quiches, fruit tarts, cupcakes and a variety of different baked goods. Deer Creek Honey Farms was also in attendance, selling the remainder of honey left for the season.

This market is one of several events hosted by the Glenrock Library during the past several weeks as an effort to sponsor more events with the available space at the library.

“Tamara Lehner is doing a pretty bang-up job at trying to make things happen at the library,” Glenrock Mayor Doug Frank said. “I’m really happy to see our library making an attempt at programming and things that I hope that our townspeople will enjoy.”

Rockin’ the Glen: UW econ prof offers music appreciation 101

By Ethan Brogan

When you go to hear a musician play, you never really know what you’re getting into. When you hear the act coming to your local library has played at the Lincoln Center in New York and the Kennedy Center in D.C., is an economist and worked for former President Bill Clinton and the King of Sweden, you really don’t know what to expect. For the select few shuffling into the Glenrock Library Friday, there was no way to be prepared.

Jason Shogren sits before his audience with his 1957 Gibson CG1 in hand. The guitar is scratched with black duct tape strewn around the center.

He rips into his first song. A light-hearted melody with ghosted bass undertones. He is precise while he shifts between fast and slow tempos, playing lead and rhythm simultaneously.

When he finishes his first song, the small crowd of nine claps, as he tunes strings between songs and tells everyone about the roughed-up guitar he plays.

“The only thing older than what is sitting on this stool, beside me, is this guitar,” Shogren says. “That makes me about 29.”

The guitar is only one year older than Shogren, he adds, and wasn’t the first instrument he played. His played piano at age 5 and moved onto accordion at age 10, but at age 15, he found the way to soothe his muse, the guitar.

“If you want to get the girls, guitar is the way,” he says laughing. “It made sense; been playing it pretty much ever since.”

Shogren is originally from Duluth, Minnesota, but moved out to Wyoming in 1980s to study environmental economics at the University of Wyoming. He had never heard of the merging of these two ideas and immediately became intrigued.

After Shogren earned his doctorate, he worked at several places before he got a call from the White House. He went out to Capitol Hill and served on an advisory board for Bill Clinton.

“It was a very interesting time,” he tells the audience. “A lot of smart folks with a lot of fancy degrees.”

Shogren remembers the time fondly, remarking how the other advisors were from ivy-league schools like Harvard and Yale. He was from UW.

“This is so and so from Harvard and J. from Wyoming,” he recounts with a laugh.

Shogren also traveled to Sweden to advise the King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf on biodiversity and climate change. Shogren joked he thought he had a chance of wooing the princess, but fate had other plans for him. He met his wife Linda. It was their mutual interests that drew them together at first. Linda was interested in behavioral economics, what drives people to make decisions about consumption of food or habits.

“It is a merging of economics and psychology,” Shogren says.

Linda moved to Centennial, Wyoming, where she and Shogren work as professors at UW.

Through all of  his professional and personal triumphs, Shogren has focused on music his whole life. He played in bands in high school, college, during his work and, now, is in two groups J Shorgren Shangha’d and 10¢ Stranger. The drive to always be doing something has been instilled in Shogren since he was a kid.

“I can’t sit still, that must be it,” Shogren  says. “If I sit, I feel like I’m gonna drown.”

Shogren also appeared at the Converse County Library in Douglas. This story has been shortened from the original article.

Recycled Book Turkeys at Natrona County Library

On Saturday, November 4, more than 60 patrons gathered at the Natrona County Library for a little Thanksgiving, craftastic fun!  Using books that were otherwise headed to the recycling bin, participants cut, folded, colored, rolled, taped, and hot glued their way to gorgeous Recycled Book Turkeys. Each had a slightly different vision — for example, one patron only used cookbook pages to create a colorful, delicious, tail for her turkey.  Many tables in Natrona County will have beautiful centerpieces on them this year, reminding us all how thankful we are for libraries.

UW’s Studio Coe Promotes Exploration and Innovation

By Kaijsa Calkins and Susan Schulz

Following on the success of the One Button Studio, the University of Wyoming Coe Library debuted a new service and active learning space in September. Studio Coe is a staffed multimedia production and editing lab equipped with high-end equipment and software to support a wide range of student and faculty projects. This project was conceptualized by a team of librarians led by Lori Phillips, Associate Dean of Libraries, as a way to support the new University Studies Curriculum that includes digital communication as required learning outcomes in three levels of Communication courses required of all UW undergraduates. Studio Coe is part of a larger vision to support and promote exploration, innovation, and knowledge production that crosses disciplinary and departmental boundaries.

The Studio Coe manager is Susan Schulz, Library Specialist in the Research & Instruction Services department, who has been supporting instructional technologies at UW Libraries since 2013. Susan has assembled a staff of student employees with backgrounds in graphic design and video production and editing. This team stays up to date with the latest media production software and is constantly learning new technologies and techniques they can teach to our campus community members.

During the first six weeks of operation, Studio Coe had more than 60 visits from people working on a variety of projects, from a graduate student editing hundreds of hours of video interviews and many still photos into a short video on his research, to groups of science writing students creating podcasts about new technologies, to architectural engineering students adding background images to their designs of new buildings.

Studio Coe is located in Coe Library room 105 and is open 2:00-9:00 p.m. SundayThursday. For more information, visit

Alzheimer’s Author to Speak at Casper Libraries

Niki Kapsambelis

Niki Kapsambelis, author of The Inheritance: A Family on the Front Lines of the Battle Against Alzheimer’s Disease, will speak at the Casper College Goodstein Foundation Library on Tuesday, November 7, with the presentation beginning at 1 p.m. In addition to Kapsambelis, the presentation will also feature Robin McIntyre, a member of the DeMoe family featured in the book, and Kelly Shipley, who has her master’s in social work and is a licensed clinical social worker.

Kapsambelis will speak later that same evening at 6 p.m. at the Natrona County Library with Robin McIntyre, as well as Steve McIntyre (Robin’s father). Their presentation will be followed by a panel discussion including the author, the DeMoe family members, and Wyoming Neurologic Associates Dr. David Wheeler, M.D., Ph.D., and Chairman of Wyoming Dementia Care.

The Inheritance tells the story of the progression of an autosomal dominant genetic mutation plaguing one North Dakota family with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease for generations while balancing the anecdotal stories with detailed research information and history of the disease from its discovery to present.

Robin McIntyre, who has tested positive for the genetic mutation and is guaranteed to develop early-onset Alzheimer’s disease just as her mother and other family members have, will be sharing her story alongside Kapsambelis. The two will create “an unparalleled opportunity for the Casper Community to learn about dementia and Alzheimer’s disease,” which in its early onset form affects people in their 30s, 40s, and 50s.

The Casper College event is free and open to the public. Registration will begin at noon followed by Kapsambelis and McIntyre at 1 p.m who will present “Heroes Among Us: How Everyday People are Changing the Course of Alzheimer’s History.” At 2, Shipley will present on “The Importance of Supporting Caregivers in Our Community” followed by a panel question and answer session at 2:30. In addition to the presenters the panel will also feature Steve McIntyre. Continuing Education Units are available for those attending.

The Natrona County Library event is free and open to the public with refreshments provided. Seating is limited, available on a first come, first served basis. Copies of Kapsambelis’ book will be available for purchase, which she will sign following her talk. Ten percent of the proceeds will be donated to Wyoming Dementia Care.

Kapsambelis’s appearance at Casper College is hosted by Wyoming Dementia Care and the Casper College Goodstein Foundation Library. Other sponsors of the event include Mountain Plaza Assisted Living, Central Wyoming Counseling Center, and the University of Wyoming Center on Aging. The Natrona County Library program is sponsored by the University of Wyoming Center on Aging, Mountain Plaza Assisted Living, Natrona County Library, AARP, and Wind City Books.

For more information on either event, call the Natrona County Library at (307) 237-4935 or the Casper College Goodstein Foundation Library at (307) 268-2269. The Goodstein Foundation Library is located on the Casper College campus at 125 College Dr. The Natrona County Library is at 307 E. 2nd St.

Goodstein Library Teams Up With Food For Thought

Casper College Goodstein Foundation Library workers Shaina (L) and  Dinara (R) with the Food for Thought display.

The Casper College Goodstein Foundation Library is once again teaming up with the Wyoming Food for Thought Project to collect new K-12 kids books. The drive kicked off October 24 and runs through December 2.

Wyoming Food For Thought collects and distributes weekly food bags to K-12 Natrona County students in food-insecure situations. The organization has been around for five years now providing food to hungry kids, and for four of those years, Casper College has provided a book to each FFT recipient before the long winter break. Each year, FFT has served more kids, and each year, Casper College has stepped up to make sure every single one of those K-12 kids gets a NEW book.

This year, the library has set a goal of an even 1,000 books. Collection sites may be found at:

  • Digital Learning Center
  • Tate Museum
  • Gateway, 3rd floor
  • Campus bookstore
  • Knowledge Nook in the Sunrise Shopping center
  • Fort Caspar Academy
  • Verda James Elementary
  • Their Amazon wish list (because they know you’re busy!)

If you have books, but can’t make it to one of the collection spots, contact book drive coordinator Sarah Mailloux at (307) 268-2137,, or call the library’s main phone number at (307) 268-2269.

Grand Openings at UW Libraries

All are invited to the October 26 grand opening of the Student Innovation Center, a partnership of the College of Engineering & Applied Science and UW Libraries. President Laurie Nichols will make opening remarks, and refreshments will be served in Coe Library Room 233 at 4:00 PM.

And on October 27, stop by for the grand opening of the Libraries’ One-Button Studio & Studio Coe. Beth Worthen, Chair of UW Libraries Development Board, and Ivan Gaetz, Dean of Libraries, will make opening remarks, and refreshments will be served in Coe Room 206 and 105 at noon.

Wyoming’s Top Ten Artifacts Named

FIRST PLACE– Case Farm Truck

The Wyoming State Historical Society has announced the winners of the state’s 2017 Top Ten Artifacts, chosen from more than 20 submissions, and voted on by more than 1,700 individuals. This is the Society’s third year hosting this project in partnership with the University of Wyoming Libraries.

The project draws awareness to historic collections at museums and libraries across Wyoming. Submissions included documents, books, fossils, clothing, artwork and much more, each one showcasing a unique corner of Wyoming history. The winning artifacts for 2017 are:

  • FIRST PLACE– Case Farm Truck submitted by the Brinton Museum, Big Horn.
  • 2nd Place– Jim Bridger Rifle, submitted by the Museum of the Mountain Man, Pinedale.
  • 3rd Place-Tyrannosaurus Rex Skeleton, submitted by the Tate Geological Museum, Casper.
  • 4th Place-Yellowstone Observation Wagon submitted by the Wyoming State Museum, Cheyenne.
  • 5th Place– Bighorn Sheep’s Skull submitted by the Dubois Museum, Dubois.
  • 6th Place-smith-Sherlock Cash Register submitted by South Pass City State Historic Site, South Pass.
  • 7th Place-Heart Mountain School Bell submitted by the Heart Mountain Relocation Center, Powell.
  • 8th Place-Jesse Cole Headstone, submitted by the Laramie Peak Museum, Wheatland.
  • 9th Place– George Dunning Confession submitted by the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum, Buffalo.
  • 10th Place—Weed’s Automatic Nightherder Gun submitted by the Carbon County Museum, Rawlins.

Additional assistance came from Steve Boss and Mark Roller from the UW Libraries IT Department who handled the technology aspect and support in getting the material on the Internet.

UW Geological Museum Receives IMLS Grant to Digitize Rare Fossils

Thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the University of Wyoming Geological Museum will be able to make more of its rare fossil mammal collection available to researchers, schools, and the public.

The two-year project, “The Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-PG) Fossil Mammal Project: Digitizing and Sharing Wyoming’s Rare Fossil Mammal Collection for Understanding Mammal Extinction and Recovery through Ecosystem Collapse,” will support the creation of 15,000 research-quality images of 5,000 rare mammal specimens from the collection, which spans the Cretaceous-Paleogene mass extinction.

The 5,000 specimens to be digitized originate from sites in Wyoming, including the Big Horn Basin, Hanna Basin, the Great Divide Basin near Bridger, and the Lance Formation located near Lusk. Once digitized, images from the project will be made globally accessible through both the museum’s online database and the large data aggregator and web portal.

UW Libraries’ Chad Hutchens, Director of the Digital Collections Office, will coordinate with Information Technology and the Advanced Research Computing Center to secure web-accessible and preservation-level storage of specimen images and associated metadata. Hutchens will also supervise an undergraduate student who will handle file management and transfer, metadata entry, and quality assurance.

Read the full story to learn more about the project.