Monthly Archives: January 2012

Mark Your Calendar for the 2012 WLA Legislative Reception

The Annual Wyoming Library Association’s legislative reception is
scheduled this year for Feb. 23, 2012 at the Wyoming State Library in
Cheyenne. (2800 Central Avenue) The reception is from 5:30 to 9 p.m.,
and is preceded at 5 p.m. by an update from the WLA lobbyist, Marian
Schulz on pending legislation and other relevant information on this

Started in 1986, the WLA reception has become a fixture on the
calendars of most legislators. It is chance for them to get a decent,
home-cooked meal while they are in Cheyenne, and to say hello to old
friends and their hometown constituents. Additionally, in the past,
Wyoming’s governors and other elected officials have also attended the

In addition to your attendance, we would like for you to bring your
most prized potluck dish. We need all types of dishes, including
appetizers, veggie dishes, meat dishes, desserts, and whatever else
you think can woo the heart and satisfy the stomach of a legislator.
And, if you don’t want to cook, we also need cash donations to help
pay for the other costs associated with putting on this event. Checks
can be sent ahead of time to the Wyoming Library Association at P.O.
Box 1387, Cheyenne, WY 82003.

Please email Tina Lyles at to let her know what
dish you are bringing, and if you need an electrical outlet or if you can help on
the day of the reception with set-up, clean up, or staffing the registration desk.

Two hotels have blocks of rooms for this event under the name “Wyoming
Library Association.” The Plains Hotel has a block of rooms reserved
for WLA members at a special rate of $77 a night for a single, $87 for
a double. To make reservations contact the hotel at (307) 638-3311 or
(866) 275-2467. There is also a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn
Express for $85.50 per night, to make reservations call (307)

Reservations at both hotels need to be made by Feb. 1, so if you are
planning to attend and spend the night you should make your
reservations ASAP.

Albany County Meets Fundraising Goal

Albany County Library Foundation is the first in the state to meet its fundraising goal for the Wyoming Library Endowment Challenge. The foundation raised $195,362, receiving $656,522 in state match and incentive funds set aside by the Legislature for the challenge. Niobrara County is close behind at 92% of its goal, and four other libraries are at 80% or more. So far, Wyoming library foundations have raised $3.9 million in local endowment donations and received $7.2 million in match and incentive funds through the challenge.

More information on the endowment challenge may be found on the Wyoming Library Association website at

Grants for Library Continuing Education and Library Projects

Don’t forget about the Carol McMurry Library Endowment Grants to Individuals and Grants to Libraries programs.

The Grants to Individuals Program offers library staff members and volunteers up to $1,500 per calendar year to participate in library related continuing education courses, conferences, or other events.  Applications are reviewed six times per year.

The Grants to Libraries Program offers support for library education and training, library resources, and foundation assistance.  Applications are reviewed three times per year.

Additionally, the Wyoming Library Association’s Nora Van Burgh Development Grants offer support to WLA members who wish to enhance their effectiveness as library employees through additional educational experience.  Applications are due May 1.

If you have any questions about these grant programs or non-credit, for-credit, or Master’s level library education programs, please don’t hesitate to contact Jamie Markus at or 307.777.5914.

Knowledge from the National Library of Medicine

Please join us for a FREE three-part webinar series: Nuggets of Knowledge from the NLM, featuring resources from the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) and designed for Wyoming residents.

The first webinar will be conducted Friday, January 13, 2012. This month, we’ll review features and functionality of NLM resources for children and teachers, including interactive exercises and polls. Emphasis will be on environmental health.

When: 10:00 a.m

Pre-registration by clicking on this link, is encouraged but not required.

On the date/time of webinar, just click on the above URL, from your computer, and you’ll receive entry into the webinar room. Once there, wait for the session to start and receive audio prompts through your speakers or headset.

Additional Sessions:

Friday, February 10, 2012, 10:00 a.m.:  NLM consumer health resources with information about drugs, supplements, genetics along with health tutorials, patient handouts and much more.

Friday, March 23, 2012, 10:00 a.m.: NLM’s premier research database: PubMed and handy search features:  MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) and myNCBI.

All webinars will be recorded and archived on the Wyoming State Library website.

Who will benefit from these webinars? Answer: public library, school library, academic library staffs and anyone else who’s seeking biomedical/health information.

2012 Wyoming Library Association Legislative Reception

Be sure to mark your calendars for the 2012 WLA Legislative Reception. It is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 23rd, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the State Library, 2800 Central Avenue in Cheyenne.

We once again needs lots of homemade food. Last year’s reception was such a tremendous success because of all of your great food!

Blocks of rooms have been set aside at the Plains Hotel and the Holiday Inn Express. Both places have rooms blocked for the Wyoming Library Association until Feb. 1, 2012.

Plains Hotel – 307-638-3311
Single – $77; Double – $87; Suites – $87
Holiday Inn Express – 307 433-0751
If you have any questions, please contact Tina Lyles at or 777-6338.