Monthly Archives: February 2012

Grant Training Sessions in Eastern Wyoming


Renée Bovée from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund and Jenny Ingram from the Wyoming Humanities Council will offer joint grant workshops in eastern Wyoming on Monday and Tuesday, March 12-13.  The sessions are free and open to the public and will include information about grant opportunities from both agencies.  Participants are welcome to bring lunch to the noontime sessions.  Dessert will be provided.

The schedule includes: Torrington, March 12, noon, Eastern Wyoming College, Room 131; Lusk, March 12, 7 p.m., Niobrara County Library; and Newcastle, March 13, noon, Weston County Library.

The Wyoming Humanities Council’s next regular grant deadline is April 1.  The Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund’s annual grant deadline is May 1.  For more information about the workshops, or if you are interested in hosting a grant workshop in your community, contact Jenny Ingram at or (307) 721-9247.

2012 Legislative Reception

On February 23rd, librarians from across the state hosted a reception for legislators and elected officials. The Wyoming Library Association hosts this event every year during the legislative session as a way for librarians to visit with their legislators and express their gratitude for the support lawmakers have consistently given to Wyoming’s libraries. 

Sublette County Library Director Sid Stanfill visits with First Lady Carol Mead while State Librarian Lesley Boughton and Park County Library Director Frances Clymer talk with Governor Matt Mead.

Pushing the Limits: Discussion Series for Rural Libraries

Real People, Real Lives

Pushing the Limits: Making Sense of Science

A Reading, Viewing, Discussion Series for Rural Libraries

Application deadline: March 5, 2012

Date posted: January 18, 2012

I.  Program Description

The CALIFA Group (a California-based library consortium) presents Pushing the
Limits: Making Sense of Science: a Reading, Viewing, and Discussion Series for Rural
Libraries. This program extends the building blocks of science literacy to two new
audiences: rural librarians and adults in the communities they serve.

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Albany County Best for Kids in 2012

In the 2012 Wyoming Kids Count Data Report, the fifteen most populous Wyoming counties are ranked using 12 equally weighted key child well-being indicators.

Albany county ranked 1st in Wyoming for child well-being. Fremont County is ranked last among the fifteen selected counties, making it the community most obviously in need of further sustained investments in kids. The complete rankings appear in Table 1 of the report.

Congratulations to Diana Currah of Lander on winning a New Amazon Kindle for most correctly ranking the counties!!!!

The news release is available on the website along with the complete report and profile pages for all 23 Wyoming Counties.


Please contact Kids Count Director Marc Homer if you have any questions.

Big Talk From Small Libraries Online Conference – Feb 28, 2012

The Nebraska Library Commission is providing a free one-day online conference aimed at small libraries on February 28th.  Check it out and drop in when you can!  This is held during Central Time – so think an hour earlier!  See the link below to register.

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Free Webinar: Building a LibraryAware Community through Outreach

Building a LibraryAware Community: Making the Connection
SPONSORED BY: NoveList/EBSCO, and Library Journal
SCHEDULED EVENT DATE: Thursday, February 16, 2012– 2:00 PM EST – 60 minutes
Does your library need to build stronger community connections, but the thought of where to start leaves you feeling overwhelmed? This webinar will inspire you to kick-start the process.
We have gathered together four amazing librarians who will share the philosophies that helped them integrate outreach into their library’s DNA. They will talk about their programs that built strong community relationships, helped library staff members make incredible connections with high powered executives and helped a community get on board with using eBooks. Best of all, they will talk about how any of these programs can easily be scaled to your library.
And then we will move into “kitchen table” talks where our speakers will genuinely talk about the challenges they faced and overcame, as well as ideas they wished they had pursued (or still dream of pursuing).Join us and get inspired by the energy, creativity, optimism, and leadership that have made each of these libraries successful. 
Moderated by:
Nancy Dowd
, Project Lead LibraryAware, NoveList/EBSCO PublishingSpeakers:
Molly Fogarty
, Springfield Library Director, Massachusetts

Susan Lyon, Richland County Library Learning Engagement Manager, Columbia, South Carolina

Gerry Meek, Calgary Public Library Chief Executive Officer, Alberta, Canada

Tony Tallent, Director of Literacy and Learning at Richland County Public Library, Columbia, South Carolina

Sign up here.


Can’t make it on February 16? No problem! Register now and you will get an email reminder from Library Journal post-live event when the webcast is archived and available for on-demand viewing at your convenience!

Turning the Page 2.0

Turning the Page 2.0 is a FREE library advocacy training course developed and presented by the Public Library Association (PLA) with generous support from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
In this six-week, facilitated online course, library staff and supporters will learn how to create and tell their library’s story, deliver effective presentations, develop a compelling case for support, and build and sustain partnerships along the way.
Participants are encouraged to come with a specific, self-determined advocacy goal for their library. At the end of six weeks, you’ll have a complete Advocacy Work Plan to guide your efforts.
Turning the Page 2.0 consists of the following components:
  • In-person kick-off (optional)
  • Facilitator-led virtual classroom sessions (1 hour each week for 6 weeks)
  • Independent work on Turning the Page online modules (about 1 hour each week)
  • Online community for discussion (optional)
  • Completion of an Advocacy Work Plan (about 1 hour each week)
  • One-on-one feedback from professional facilitators (free consultancy)
Previous participants have told PLA that they spend on average three hours per week (18 hours total) on this course. ALA membership is not required to participate.


Wyoming Chapter of ARMA Spring Seminar

The Wyoming Chapter of ARMA (Association of Records Managers and Administrators) will be hosting their annual Spring Seminar on March 15, 2012 in Cheyenne, Wyoming from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm entitled “Are You Ready for ‘The Cloud’? – Information Management Challenges”.  

The keynote speaker is Tom Reding, C.R.M., from Ocala, Florida.  Mr. Reding is a internationally recognized authority on records and information management, document content, data governance, litigation support and privacy.  He will present the morning session on “Pervasive Information Governance in the Cloud” and will discuss the importance of having good information governance in place prior to any Cloud initiative and  what this means to your organization.

Additional speakers will be Mike Crouch, State of Wyoming I.T. Security Coordinator.  Mr. Crouch has been in the network and computer security field for over 12 years.  His session will be “Where’s the Silver Lining?”  Mr. Crouch will discuss Cloud related security and privacy issues while maintaining appropriate levels of confidentiality, integrity and availability.

Shawn Mills will present the last session on “Leverage the Cloud to Minimize IT Infrastructure Over-Building”.  Mr. Mills is the President and co-founder of Green House Data, a green data center powered by 100% renewable wind-power.  ‘Green House Data’ is a Wyoming based ‘cloud hosting’ and ‘co-location facility. Mr. Mills will discuss IT infrastructure costs and benefits of leveraging the public “Cloud” to allow IT departments the opportunity to focus on current needs and utilize The Cloud during constrained resource periods.

This year’s reduced Seminar Registration Fee includes an exceptional gathering of respected speakers, breaks, lunch, beverages, and door prizes.  “The Cloud” is with us now!  We hope you can join us March 15th for a great day of education and information sharing.  For more information and to view the seminar brochure with registration information, click the link below.