Monthly Archives: November 2012

Wyoming’s Historic Thanksgiving Proclamations

Wyoming Governor B.B. Brooks, designated November 25, 1909 as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise throughout the State.

Part of this proclamation reads:

“The year now drawing to a peaceful close has been one of unparalleled prosperity. Law and order prevailed. Providence has smiled upon us with abundant range and bountiful harvest, and has withheld pestilence and disaster. Let us express our gratitude fittingly, not forgetting the needy and afflicted, whose cares can be lightened and day brightened by generous contributions from our
own abundance.”

Happy Thanksgiving from Wyoming’s libraries!








1912 Thanksgiving proclamation




1888 Thanksgiving proclamation

UW Libraries: GWLA Membership Status as Top Research Library

November 15, 2012 — The University of Wyoming’s status as a top research institution has been bolstered with UW Libraries achieving membership in the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) — a consortium of 32 research libraries located in the central and western United States.

The announcement was made today (Thursday) at the UW Board of Trustees meeting.

GWLA is a project-oriented consortium, nationally recognized as a leader in transforming scholarly communication, and as a facilitator in applying new information technologies. GWLA members develop programs related to scholarly communication, interlibrary loan, shared electronic resources, cooperative collection development, digital libraries, staff development and continuing education.

With GWLA membership, UW students and faculty will have faster access to research collections complementing UW Libraries’ own collections. UW will be able to purchase some research databases at a lower cost, saving the university money through collective purchasing power. UW Libraries also has peer partners for grants, professional development and special projects that were lacking previously by not being a part of a large research library cooperative, Farrell says.“The inclusion of UW as a member of GWLA is validation of our university goal in developing a research library that supports teaching and research for UW students and faculty,” says Maggie Farrell, UW Libraries dean. “Ten years ago, UW had a very good undergraduate library, but we were failing to support the areas of distinction for university programs.”

“We are thrilled to welcome the University of Wyoming as the newest member of the Greater Western Library Alliance. The UW Libraries possess a talented and enthusiastic staff, strong special collections, and an even stronger commitment to collaboration with research universities in the region,” says GWLA Executive Director Joni Blake. “The university administration and Board of Trustees are to be commended for their notable support of the university libraries to ensure everyone in the UW community has access to best research and teaching resources. GWLA members genuinely look forward to working with the UW Libraries on a broad range of initiatives and projects.”

Earlier this fall, a three-person GWLA team was at UW for an on-site inspection, similar to a college accreditation visit that analyzes collection size and scope, services and potential contributions to the alliance.

GWLA members were impressed with the concerted effort of governors Dave Freudenthal and Matt Mead, the Wyoming Legislature, UW Board of Trustees, UW President Tom Buchanan and Academic Affairs to make library collections and services a top university priority, Farrell says.

“While the funding for collections was provided through legislative and tuition initiatives, the focus of everyone on this priority demonstrated a commitment that benefits the university as well as the state,” she adds.

Since 2004, the university and its Board of Trustees have worked with the state Legislature and the two governors to strengthen UW library collections and services.

Together, UW and the state have invested more than $9 million in collections for the UW Libraries and the UW Law Library, Farrell says. That includes a $1 million digitization project that funds a digital librarian, equipment and software to support the new focus on digitizing UW collections t

o expand access to the libraries’ resources.

In addition, the Legislatur
“UW deeply appreciates the support of the Wyoming Legislature, Gov. Dave Freudenthal and Gov. Matt Mead in understanding the vision of UW to create a robust library collection that benefits the university and the state,” Farrell says. “A strong research library for UW benefits the entire state because Wyoming citizens are able to check out materials and use databases on site.”e appropriated nearly $50 million for a new addition and renovation of the W.R. Coe Library, which was dedicated in November 2009.

UW lends materials throughout Wyoming for public and college libraries, as well as being a strong contributor to the Wyoming Libraries Database (WYLD) program. The university provides a number of databases through WYLD and the UW Alumni Association, extending UW resources statewide and to alumni anywhere in the world.

University of Wyoming Libraries has been accepted into the Greater Western Library Alliance, which designates the university as a top research institution. (UW Photo)



Participate in News Know-how, Summer 2013

ALA seeks public libraries to participate in News Know-how summer 2013

As part of the News Know-how Program, students, grades 10-12, work with librarians, journalists and news ethicists to learn how to distinguish fact from opinion, check news and information sources and distinguish between propaganda and news in a nonpartisan manner.

Libraries will receive several benefits, including:

  • more than $50,000 worth of training and support;
  • opportunity to provide a chance for young people to work and connect with highly respected journalists from around the country and become part of a national network;
  • a stipend to give to each student who completes the project.

Proposals must be submitted by Dec. 8, 2012.

Learn more or apply for the 2013 program at the News Know-how website.

State Library’s Brian Greene honored by AARP

WYLD Manager, Brian Greene, has been involved in the AARP Senior Spelling Bee for several years, and was recently honored by AARP Wyoming as one of 10 Outstanding Volunteers.

Joanne Mai, the associate director for communications for AARP Wyoming said, “We are not sure what we would do without Brian, his unwavering dedication to the AARP National Spelling Bee and his ability to mix levity with sound judgment. It has been a great honor to work with him on the AARP National Spelling Bee the past 6 years.”

Go to KGWN TV’s website for the full story. 

Wyoming Libraries Halfway to Fundraising Goal

In November, fundraising for the Wyoming Library Endowment Challenge reached the halfway mark. Thanks to endowment fund requests from Uinta, Albany, and Weston counties this month, Wyoming libraries have officially raised $4,496,491 — 50.3% of their total $8,940,748 goal that would allow them to access all state matching funds. Between incentive and matching funds, libraries have now received more than $10.5 million in state dollars to build permanent endowments. For more on the endowment, including current fundraising status, visit the Wyoming Library Association website at

Disaster Preparedness and Response Training

Are you part of a local historical museum? Or a local library? Or archive? Do you have responsibilities with collections, whether as a volunteer, staff member or board member? Is your organization prepared for a disaster? Remember… those things called storms, tornadoes, forest or grass fires, or water main breaks? What about a “household” chemical spill in your curation facility? The Wyoming Museum Training Network, with support from the Cultural Trust, will be holding a series of workshops around the state on “Disaster Preparedness and Response Planning”. These one-day training sessions on “Writing a Plan” are open to all historical and cultural institutions including museums, libraries, archives and other institutions with collections. The sessions are for staff, board members, volunteers, or docents.

  • The first session is Saturday, November 24, hosted by the Laramie Plains Museum in Laramie. Additional sessions are:
  • Tuesday, November 27 at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, Cheyenne;
  • Friday, November 30 at the Crook County Museum & Art Gallery in Sundance;
  • Tuesday, December 4 at the Converse County Public Library in Douglas; and
  • Thursday, December 6 at the Goshen County Public Library in Torrington.
To sign up for any of these one-day sessions, contact Judy Knight at 307-760-7427 or via e-mail.

There will be a two-day follow-up training in March, 2013, when the Disaster Preparedness/Response Planning documents will be reviewed and drills will be conducted with local first responders and emergency coordinators invited to attend along with county cultural collection managers.

UW Librarian wins Nebraska Historical Society Award

Librarian David Kruger wins Nebraska Historical Society Award


Congratulations to University of Wyoming librarian David Kruger for winning the James L. Sellers Memorial Award. Kruger’s article, “Main Street Empire: J.C. Penney in Nebraska,” was judged the best article published in Nebraska History Magazine. The 2011 article was deemed by Chadron State College history faculty as worthy of the James L. Sellers Memorial award. David received a plaque and $1,000 from the NSHS Foundation, through the support of Catherine Sellers Angle.

You can read an excerpt of the article online.

Reading habits of younger Americans

An interesting report on the reading and library usage of Americans 16-29.

Go to the Pew Internet Website

Among the main findings:

  • 83% of Americans between the ages of 16 and 29 read a book in the past year.
  • Among Americans who read e-books, those under age 30 are more likely to read their e-books on a cell phone (41%) or computer (55%) than on an e-book reader such as a Kindle (23%) or tablet (16%).
  • Overall, 47% of younger Americans read long-form e-content such as books, magazines or newspapers.
  • 60% of Americans under age 30 used the library in the past year.
  • Many of these young readers do not know they can borrow an e-book from a library, and a majority of them express the wish they could do so on pre-loaded e-readers.

Photo from Fremont County Library in Lander on Snapshot Day.