UW Libraries is delighted to announce ESPN sports writer Howard Bryant as the guest speaker at the April 26, 2012 Book & Author Luncheon fundraiser. In addition to authoring several sports books, Bryant is a senior writer for ESPN.com and “ESPN the Magazine.” Prior to joining ESPN, Bryant spent two years at “The Washington Post.” He appears regularly on ESPN’s the Sports Reporters, ESPN First Take, and Outside the Lines, and serves as sports correspondent for NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday. Copies of Bryant’s recentbook, “The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron” will be available for purchase at the luncheon. Two raffle drawings, one featuring 4 tickets to a Colorado Rockies Game, and another featuring 4 tickets to UW vs. CSU Basketball and Football games will be drawn at the event. Admission is $50 and raffle tickets are $20 each. To reserve a seat or to purchase a raffle ticket, call UW Libraries at 307-766-3279. Kindly reserve by April 17.
U.S. Public Libraries: A Snapshot of Priorities & Perspectives
This new membership report provides insight into public libraries’ priorities and initiatives, as well as public librarians’ thoughts on future use of the library and the make-up of library service points. The report also examines how public librarians keep current on happenings in the library field.
As noted in the report, most U.S. public library staff:
Are focusing their priorities on Internet access, demonstrating value to funders and delivering e-content
Are concentrating on e-books as their top current initiative
Rely mostly on listservs and e-mail to stay current
These are just a few of the results from the recent OCLC study detailed in “U.S. Public Libraries: A Snapshot of Priorities & Perspectives.” OCLC conducted a survey among thousands of library staff from various types of libraries. This report details the findings from the nearly 1,300 public library staff including directors, managers and librarians who participated in the survey.
A similar report based on OCLC’s survey findings from academic librarians will be published in the coming months.
The New York Comprehensive Center (NYCC)/RMC Research Corporation, in consultation with the New York State Education Department, the New York State Library and the New York Library Association has produced a new publication entitled, Informational Brief: Impact of School Libraries on Student Achievement. This comprehensive brief provides a current and rigorous research analyses which demonstrates the positive impact that school libraries and school librarians have in advancing student learning.
This summary notes that “Based on the conclusions from the research cited in the brief, it is clear that school libraries play an important role in student achievement, curriculum development, and instruction.”
On March 14, the Sweetwater County Library Foundation hosted the internationally-acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors ( www.harlemambassadors.com/ ) in Sweetwater County for a game at the Western Wyoming Community College Gym. The Ambassadors played against the local hometown heroes called the Sweetwater County Read’n Rebels. The event packed in a crowd of over 2,000, and raised more than $24,000 that will be matched 1:1 through the Wyoming Library Endowment Challenge. Great job Sweetwater County!
Photo credit – Brittany Wells, Public Relations Specialist Sweetwater County Library System
The Colorado Association of School Librarians has launched a new website to help school librarians advocate in a positive manner to save and support school libraries. The CASL Survive and Thrive website provides tools to educate and inform stakeholders about the vital and irreplaceable role that school librarians play in teaching and learning.
Wyoming Humanities Council and Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund Announce Joint Grant Training Sessions in Encampment, Kemmerer and Afton
Renée Bovée from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund and Jenny Ingram from the Wyoming Humanities Council will offer joint grant workshops on Monday and Tuesday, March 19 and 20. The sessions are free and open to the public and will include information about grant opportunities from both agencies
The schedule includes: Encampment, March 19, 10:30 a.m., Opera House; Kemmerer, March 19, 7 p.m., South Lincoln Training and Event Center; and Afton, March 20, 10 a.m., Afton Civic Center.
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 email@example.com or (307) 721-9247.