Monthly Archives: December 2011

A Look Back at a Library Workshop in 1989

One thousand pounds of books and equipment, 25 willing students and three instructors transformed the bar at La Viva Naughton, north of Kemmerer into a temporary reference library and classroom. Star Valley and LaBarge libraries were closed. The library at Kemmerer was emptied of staff except for the director, Karling Abernathy. The staff attended an intensive three-day University of Wyoming credit seminar in library public services.

The instructors were Nora Van Burgh, Marcia Wright and Corky Walters. One student reported that after the first day, her children asked if she had a good time and she growled: “No, I didn’t have a ‘good time’… I worked harder than I do on the job.”

Marcia Wright wrote new lyrics to “Home on the Range” and Corky Walters led the round with her ukulele.

Oh, give me a home where the reference books rest
Where the phone doesn’t jangle away
Where questions may cease and I find release
From the copier zinging all day

Books, books, reference books
Where answers and facts abound
Information galore, we always want more
At the workshop we had in the bar

This article, written by Nora Van Burgh, was originally published in the Fall/Winter 1989 issue of the Wyoming Library Roundup.

In the photo above are Marcia Wright, Corky Walters, and Nora Van Burgh.

Marcia Wright: 1939-2011

Memorial service for Marcia Lee (Nichols) Wright will be Wednesday, January 4, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Family Life Church in Gillette, Wyoming, with Celebrant Rachel Nava officiating.

Mrs. Wright, age 72, of Wright, Wyoming died Thursday, December 22, 2011, at her home after losing her year and a half long battle with cancer.

Mrs. Wright was born June 26, 1939, in Casper, Wyoming, to Marcus R. and Margaret L. (Barnett) Nichols. She graduated from Natrona County High School in Casper, Wyoming in 1957.

Marcia received her Bachelor of Arts in education from the University of Wyoming and her Master of Library Science from Denver University eventually focusing on Children’s Literature. She had many fond memories of the people she met and friends she made while being the Librarian at Buffalo High School in the early 1960’s.

While in Buffalo she met a pilot and flight instructor named Dale L. Wright. They were married December 31, 1965 and eventually moved to Casper. Mrs. Wright served as the Assistant Librarian at Casper College from 1966-1969. Moving to the Wright area in 1970, she started a long relationship with the Campbell County School District being the Librarian at Twin Spruce Junior High and a Consultant and Librarian for Sage Valley Junior High when it opened. In 1985, she took a step in a new direction and became the Associate Librarian for the Page Public Library in Page, Arizona.

Later in 1985, she accepted the Reference Librarian position at the Campbell County Public Library (CCPLS) in Gillette, Wyoming. In 1990, she became the Director of the CCPLS retiring from that position in 2003. She was proud of her accomplishments at CCPLS but always maintained that they were not her accomplishments but those of a well-trained, enthusiastic staff that had the support of an active board. She believed heavily in intellectual freedom and upholding the Library Bill of Rights. In 2003, she was awarded the SIRS/WLA Intellectual Freedom Award.

Over the years she was very active, serving on committees, boards and councils in her professional and personal life. BPW Woman of Achievement – 1997, Vision 20/20, GALI graduate 1992, Lasting Legacy Park Committee, Wyoming Library Association, Mountain Plains Library Association, Public Library Association, American Library Association, SHRM, Campbell County Chamber of Commerce, Wright Area Chamber of Commerce, 1996 Boss of the Year, Eastern Star Member for 54 years, and Phi Delta Kappa, Chi Omega, and Southern Campbell County Centennial Committee to name a few. She enjoyed art of all forms. In 2007, she helped purchase the statue “Puddle Jumper”, now located near the Children’s Developmental Service Building on 4J Road.

She also purchased the statue “Good Ride Cowboy” in 2007 and placed it in the Wright Branch Library. Mrs. Wright was a curious soul always asking questions to better understand what she didn’t know. She loved to read books of all kinds. She read and knew a lot of Wyoming history. She enjoyed traveling, whether it was flying with her family, taking a train, a boat, or a good road trip with a friend. She enjoyed camping in the Big Horns and practicing her hand at Dutch oven cooking. After retiring in 2003, she started wintering in Wickenburg, Arizona, volunteering her time and knowledge at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum.

Marcia is survived by her husband, Dale L Wright of Wright, Wyoming, daughter, Nolene L Wright (Shawn Tranel) of Wright, Wyoming, her sister, Margo (Mike) Coughlin of Cheyenne, Wyoming, along with four nieces and two nephews.

Webinar on Organizational Storytelling for Librarians

Webinar of interest coming up — how to use storytelling in your library, including for advocacy. Free from WebJunction.

Organizational Storytelling for Librarians: Using Stories for Leadership, Community, and Advocacy

Join us for this webinar to learn about the process of leading and managing through organizational storytelling. Librarians can use personal stories within the organization for leadership (tell them who you are and why you are here), team building (sharing your vision effectively, rediscovering and honoring the mission of the organization), and moving through change (honoring the past as you move toward the future; listening to others, communicating your goals through story). Learn how to “retool” storytelling with new concepts of organizational storytelling gleaned from business and other sectors, with specific examples and powerful tools to improve library communication and advocacy.

Also hear effective library stories and learn tactics shared by “story” expert Robert McKee who uses screenwriting methods to bring truth and tension to storytelling. In this webinar, co-sponsored by ALA TechSource and WebJunction, hear how libraries tell their story to strengthen organizations, build community and to amplify the value they bring to their communities.

Presenters: Kate Marek, professor at Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science, and author of Organizational Storytelling for Librarians (ALA, 2011); and Chris Rippel, head of continuing education, Central Kansas Library System.

National Library of Medicine marks its 175th anniversary this year

The National Library of Medicine (NLM,) the world’s largest medical library, is celebrating its 175th year of existence in 2011!  Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD, the Director, reminds us that “Although it houses the world’s largest biomedical collection (over 17 million items in more than 150 languages) the Library is about much more than books. Every day, via the Internet, NLM delivers trillions of bytes of health data crucial to the lives of millions of people around the globe.”  Many people don’t realize that the NLM is located on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, Maryland and is also one of the twenty-seven institutes.

The NLM has a presence in the state of Wyoming serving health professionals and the public through its outreach staff and electronic collections.

Book Review: Dasher’s Lucky Shoe

The Winter issue of the Wyoming Library Roundup magazine will not be delivered until after the holidays, so we wanted to share a book review that will be featured in that issue since it is relevant to the holidays.

Dasher’s Lucky Shoe
By Robin Lightner, illustrated by Kay Northrup
2011. Publisher: Big Deal Publishing.

It’s Christmas Eve and Santa and his reindeer are delivering Christmas toys at a ranch in Wyoming that has a therapeutic riding program. Dasher has lost one of his shoes and slips off the rooftop of the ranch. Santa, the toys, and the reindeer end up all over the place, and the children come out of the ranch house to help remedy the situation. But Santa cannot go on to any other houses since Dasher needs a new shoe. Fortunately, since the accident happened at a horse ranch, there’s a blacksmith who can make a new shoe for Dasher. While the blacksmith is making the shoe and putting it on Dasher, Santa asks one of the children to explain exactly what a therapeutic riding program is.

The book is well written, beautifully illustrated, and contains a lot of information about therapeutic riding programs. It comes in a box along with a “magical shoe” for the reader’s good luck. My daughter enjoyed the story so much that we’ve read it six times in the past two weeks.

Reviewed by: Jamie Markus, Library Development Manager, Wyoming State Library

History Day Blog

The Wyoming State Library is very proud to announce the 2012 History Day Blog

The Wyoming State Library’s own Karen Kitchens said, “It’s quickly approaching the time when your students will be preparing for History Day 2012. The Wyoming State Library has created a 2012 History Day Blog, in which we will focus on various resources available to your students through their local Wyoming library. We will include resources for both primary and secondary sources.”

Click here to visit the 2012 History Day Blog.

Taken from my Home Presentation

Robin Levin, Head of Library Services at Fort Washakie School/Community Library and Holocaust Fellow presented “Taken from My Home: Indian Boarding Schools in Perspective, Told by Teenagers Who Lived the Unthinkable” at the Rock Springs Library on November 29th. A discussion followed the presentation featuring a panel of students from the Fort Washakie School.

This presentation and discussion is a program available for libraries across the state. The following is more information about the program.

American Indian children were placed in boarding schools to be assimilated into white American culture beginning with the Carlisle Indian School opened in 1879 and continuing for nearly 100 years. This history has yielded complex repercussions throughout Indian country which persist today. However, even though government policies attempted to eliminate tribal cultures, Native American identity persists and adapts with changes, as it has for millennia.

Students attending Fort Washakie Charter High School know their family histories relative to the Boarding School Movement. Their grandparents, aunts, uncles, and in some cases their parents attended these mandatory institutions.  But only recently have these youth had the chance to pursue the question in school. Indeed, they are eager and poised to discuss the ramifications with your community.

We begin with a viewing of “Taken From My Home: Boarding Schools in the Perspective of Teens Who Attended.”  This 43-minute documentary was produced on the Wind River Reservation with the endorsement of both tribal councils [Eastern Shoshone, Northern Arapaho].  Then the floor is open to Q&A the audience and students.

School history and culture classes, academics and interested citizens have praised the presentation already seen in Fremont, Park and Sweetwater Counties.

Pat Auflick, Casper College Library Director (1950 – 2011)

Patricia Ann (Patti or Pat) Auflick, 60, of Casper, passed away November 27, 2011 after a short illness.

Pat was born in Casper, December 3, 1950 to Robert F. Auflick and Marguerite (Spaulding) Auflick Moore and was the second of five children.

Pat grew up in Casper and attended Garfield Elementary, Southridge Elementary and Cresthill Elementary Schools. She also attended Dean Morgan Jr. High and graduated from Natrona County High School in 1969. Following graduation, she attended the University of Wyoming and received B.S. degrees in Psychology, Social Work and Biology. She then went on to get her Masters degree in Librarianship from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Her travels took her to the Philippines for eight years where she was first a Peace Corps Volunteer doing nutrition education community development and later an instructor at a college and university. There she met and married her husband Lorenzo Padua on August 10, 1981 in Naga City, Camarines Sur.

She came back to the U.S. with her son and worked for the University of Arizona.

Her career included Associate Librarian for the Arizona Health Sciences Library, Adjunct Faculty/Instructor for the School of Information Resources and Library Science and Director for the Rural Health Office Library. She also helped with the formation of the Arizona Health Information Network, developing the original grant and serving on the board in a number of capacities before serving as President of the organization. At the time of her death she was the Director of the Library at Casper College.

Pat loved to travel. Her biggest trips took her to China and back to the Philippines.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her father, her stepfather, J. Allen Moore and her grandparents, August and Alma (Bowman) Auflick and John and Agnes (Hammer) Spaulding.

She is survived by her son Andrew Padua, her mother Marguerite Moore and her four brothers, Jack Auflick of Michigan, Ron (Eileen) Auflick of Casper, Bob (Jan) Auflick of Casper and Mike (Sharon) Auflick of Saudi Arabia. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews, Katie (Santos) Carranza of Waco, TX, Eric Auflick of Las Vegas, NV, Capt. Rob Auflick, U.S. Air Force of Cheyenne, WY, Austin Auflick of Houston, TX, Derek Auflick of Houston, TX and Rose Auflick of College Station, TX. Also left behind is her dog, Bismarck.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, December 1, 2011 at the Restoration Church. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Bustard’s Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Pat’s name may be made to Central Wyo. Hospice, Casper College Foundation, Meals on Wheels, Humane Society or the charity of the donor’s choice.

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