Monthly Archives: November 2011

Campbell County Library Director Elected to American Heritage Center Advisory Board



Newly elected to the American Heritage Center, UW, Advisory Board is Patty Myers, currently director of the Campbell County Public Library. Myers was selected for the board because of her broad interests that coincide with the goals of the Heritage Center and her library career opportunities in three separate counties, according to the nominating committee. 

Myers is a past-president of the Wyoming State Historical Society, past president of WYLD (Wyoming Libraries Database Network), as well as a Historical Society chapter president in Johnson, Platte, and Campbell counties. She has served with regional library organizations, and currently is the WY representative to the American Library Association. Myers is a freelance writer of historical feature stories.

“Librarians are closely connected to their communities through cultural, historical, and literacy endeavors,” said Myers. “Arts and music, history and genealogy, autobiographies and story times are part of our work lives. It’s all a pleasure for me. I have used AHC for historical research, and I expect my term on UW’s Heritage Center board will expand my awareness of their collections and exhibits.”

AHC is considered one of the finest repositories of special collections in the nation. The current exhibit of Monster Movie posters from the 1950s is an example of the unusual topics available. Preservation, exhibition, accessibility, and teaching are among the goals of the Center.
Ann Noble, ranch woman-writer, from Cora, WY was also elected to the board. Terms officially begin in January, 2012, but both women attended the recent fall meeting in Laramie.

School library leaders provide 30-second insights



The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is proud to present its new video podcast series 30 Second Thought Leadership:  Insights from Leaders in the School Library Community.  The series features school librarian experts delivering brief and practical advice based on the themes of Knowledge Quest issues. Questions, current videos and thought leader bios can be viewed at bit.ly/aasl30second.

The inaugural 30 Second series focuses on the recently released Knowledge Quest issue, “The Solo Librarian,” and explores the question, “What one traditional activity should school librarians stop doing in order to increase time for strategic activities (collaboration, co-teaching, professional development, advocacy)?”  Those offering their insight include: Helen Adams, chair of the AASL intellectual freedom committee and Mansfield University online instructor; Audrey Church, editor of the “The Solo Librarian” issue and associate professor at Longwood University; Gail Dickinson, chair of the National School Library Program of the Year committee and assistant professor at Old Dominion University; Carl Harvey, AASL president and school librarian at North Elementary School in Noblesville, Indiana; and Ann M. Martin, a past AASL president and educational specialist for the Henrico County Public Schools in Virginia.

“30 Second Thought Leadership is an exciting new program for AASL,” said Harvey.  “Launching the series with the issue on solo librarianship couldn’t be timelier – it’s small bites of professional development delivered in a way that even the busiest librarian can find time to view.”

Published bimonthly September through June by the American Association of School Librarians, Knowledge Quest is devoted to offering substantive information to assist building-level school librarians, supervisors, library educators and other decision makers concerned with the development of school library programs and services. Articles address the integration of theory and practice in school librarianship and new developments in education, learning theory, and relevant disciplines.  VisitKnowledge Quest online at www.ala.org/aasl/knowledgequest.

The American Association of School Librarians, www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field.

Original Source: ALA News

3D Modeling at your Local Library



The Fayetteville Free Library is introducing an exciting new project, the FFL Fab Lab. According to Neil Gershenfeld the Fab Lab is “a collection of commercially available machines and parts linked by software and processes developed for making things.” The library is providing access to 3D modeling software and an advanced 3D printer called a MakerBot Thing-o-Matic. The printer is capable of creating detailed physical models that were designed in a digital 3D environment.

This process allows you to download models online and have the machine print out 3D objects that you can use. Some examples:

 

What do you think? Does this type of innovation make sense for your library? Is this something that you’d like to play with? I know I’d love to.

Check out more details at the Fab Lab’s page here.

Wyoming Outlaws visit Campbell County Public Library



Campbell County Public Library System is continuing Campbell County’s 100th Anniversary celebration with a visit from early Wyoming outlaws Tom O’Day and Bronco Nell, two colorful characters of early day Wyoming. They are making their appearance at the Campbell County Public Library on Sunday, November 6th at 1:30 p.m.

On Monday, November 7th, at 7:00 p.m. Ray and Jackie Maple will present a living history program on the lives and times of Wyoming outlaws Tom O’Day and Bronco Nell. This program is free, open to the public, and suitable for all ages.

Author Craig Johnson to Visit CWC



Today at 3:30 to 5:00PM Central Wyoming College welcomes Wyoming author Craig Johnson. He’ll be reading from his latest novel, Hell is Empty. Books will be available for purchase and signing and refreshments will be served. The event will be held in the Wind River Room of ITECC116. More information for the event can be found at CWC Library’s Facebook Page.

Also check out the feature written about Craig in the Winter/Spring 2011 issue of the Wyoming Library Roundup.

Craig Johnson is the author of the Walt Longmire mystery series, which includes The Cold Dish, Death Without Company, Kindness Goes Unpunished, Another Man’s Moccasins, The Dark Horse, and Junkyard Dogs, all available from Penguin. He is the recipient of the Western Writers of America Spur Award for fiction, the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award for Fiction, and the Nouvel Observateur Prix du Roman Noir.He lives with his wife, Judy, in Ucross, Wyoming.

Library 2.011 Virtual Conference



The Library 2.011 worldwide virtual conference is being held November 2 – 4, 2011. This free conference is being held online, in multiple time zones, over the course of two days (three actual calendar days when including all time zones).

The Library 2.011 conference is a unique chance to participate in a global conversation on the current and future state of libraries. Subject strands include the changing roles of libraries and librarians, the increasing impact of digital media and the e-book revolution, open educational resources, digital literacy, shifts from information consumption to production (Web 2.0), multimedia and gaming spaces, libraries as community centers, the growth of individualized and self-paced learning, the library as the center of new learning models, understanding users in the digital age, assessing service delivery, and defining leadership and information professional careers in a networked and changing world.

Photos pour in on second Wyoming Snapshot Day



Wyoming libraries held another fantastic Snapshot Day celebration on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Libraries contributed more than 600 photos – everything from children at story time to college students researching on computers to deliveries to homebound patrons. Results have been compiled from reports from participating libraries and from data pulled from the WYLD system.

On just one day:

  • 13,572 people visited 37 of our libraries
  • 105 libraries circulated 23,449 items
  • Librarians in 32 libraries answered 627 reference questions
  • 30 job seekers received help
  • 823 children and teens attended programs, as well as 239 adults
  • 161 patrons learned computer skills
  • Libraries issued 172 library cards
  • 317 students received homework help
  • Libraries collected 1,346 surveys that asked patrons why they were using their library that day. Of those:
  • 987 (73%) were checking out materials
  • 405 (30%) were doing research
  • 796 (59%) were using library computers or wifi
  • 409 (30%) were furthering their education
  • 578 (43%) were attending a library program.

Three out of ten patrons surveyed said the library was a good place to work or study. Many of them also shared their thoughts on why the library and the services it provides is important to them. Here are some of their comments:

    • “I almost live here.  I work here, study here, and do my life here.”
      Devin Burton, University of Wyoming Libraries
    • “It’s a place full of knowledge to explore.”
      Student, Wyoming Boys School
    • “I would not be able to get library materials if Dana didn’t bring them for me as I have very limited mobility. Books are an important outlet for me.”
      Ardis Gingery, home-bound patron, Campbell County Public Library System
    • “It’s a fantastic place for books, media, programs, etc. This one, especially, is so progressive and just amazing.”
      Karen Titchener, Niobrara County Library
    • “No matter your economic status, you can learn and educate yourself for free. I have learned how to train my dog, plant a garden and better my finances — all from reading library books.”
      Dawn Kennedy, Rawlins Library
Many thanks go out to the participating libraries that made Wyoming’s second Snapshot Day a success. More results from Wyoming Snapshot Day, including photos and video, are available on the website at wyomingsnapshot.weebly.com/.