Monthly Archives: April 2013

Laramie County Library System Launches New Business Service: L2B

Laramie County Library System in Cheyenne, Wyoming Launches New Business Service: L2B

DianePawlingLaramie County Library System in Cheyenne, Wyoming, has hired a business librarian and launched the first business program of its kind in the state. The program, called L2B (Library to Business), has been created by Diane Pawling over the past six months.

Establishing a business information service to let people know about the wealth of information about business that is available has been a longtime goal of the library. “We are pleased to have someone of Diane’s experience and expertise to bring this service to fruition which is another step in the library’s role as a community center,” says Lucie Osborn, County Librarian.

Pawling’s job is to engage people who are thinking about starting a business, existing businesses that need help, non-profits, investors and job seekers.  “We are not duplicating services that are being provided by other entities,“ Pawling explains. “We are connectors, helping people connect with the services they need.”  The connections, in addition to library resources, will be with agencies such as the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce, AARP, Small Business Administration, Cheyenne SCORE, Cheyenne LEADS, Wyoming Business Council, Wyoming Entrepreneur’s SBDC (Small Business Development Center), MRC (Market Research Center) and Wyoming Women’s Business Center. As part of L2B, Pawling offers one-on-one consultations by appointment. The library also offers many online resources, available free with a library card.

Pawling has a master’s degree in library science from Villanova University in Pennsylvania. She worked 12 years as a corporate librarian in a major utility company, followed by six years as a public library director and seven years as a business reference librarian. She runs her own small business with her husband. Her position is unique, making Laramie County Library the only library in the state to have a business librarian with the exception of the University of Wyoming.

L2B has already begun to offer workshops.  Topics include Thinking about Starting a New BusinessTools for Small Business Financial ManagementEncore Entrepreneur Workshop and What Do Customers Really Want?  For information, visit the L2B website at  . Pawling can also be reached directly or 307.773.7200.


ARSL Annual Conference Registration Open

SRSL LogoThe Conference Planning Committee is pleased to announce the opening of registration for the September 25-28, 2013 ARSL Annual Conference to be held at the Doubletree in downtown Omaha, NE. Start the process by following the link listed on the registration page of our website, here:

Be sure to take advantage of early bird member pricing (membership pays for itself if you’re coming to conference), and also the special events that will soon sell out, such as:

  • Pre-conferences scheduled for Wednesday, September 25th (featuring 1 full day and 3 half-day options)
  • Tours (featuring your choice of a full day tour of several local sites filled with history, shopping, and a famous restaurant for lunch, or an evening ghost tour!)

Our conference will feature the following general session speakers, in addition to a wide variety of breakout session topics:

  • Thursday opening keynote: Lee Rainie of the Pew Research Center
  • Thursday luncheon: Mary Beth Stenger, winner of the 2013 Best Small Library in America Award
  • Friday opening keynote: Joseph Starita, award winning author and American Indian history scholar
  • Friday Author Luncheon: Craig Johnson, author of the Longmire series, featured on A&E’s hit television program
  • Saturday closing keynote: Sally Gardner Reed, Executive Director of United for Libraries

In addition to all of these excellent speakers, we invite you to join us the evening of Wednesday, September 25th from 7:00-9:00 pm at the Omaha Public Library (just over a block from the conference center) for a welcome reception complete with music, an array of foods originating in Nebraska, a cash bar, and excellent company. Conference registration includes all meals (this also includes the Author Luncheon) from Wednesday evening’s reception through Saturday’s brunch), with the exception of Thursday and Friday evening, when you are invited to sign up for the “dine-around” of your choice at conference. Thinking of bringing a guest, or the whole family? This year, we are offering a meal package option for the conference, and also an author luncheon ticket for those who are not registering for the full conference. Your guest is welcome to join you at our meal events, thanks to this provision. There is plenty to see and do in the area, and our hotel offers a free shuttle to local attractions. Take a look at for more information.

With a low registration fee, conference rate hotel rooms at $99 per night, free wireless Internet, and a free airport shuttle, this is a great opportunity to network with peers from all over the country, and take in a conference devoted entirely to the needs of those from small and/or rural libraries.

We hope to see you in Omaha!

Tena Hanson
2013 Conference Co-Chair on behalf of the Conference Planning Committee

Grant Opportunity on the Civil Rights Struggle

logosThe National Endowment for the Humanities, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, has announced the launch of the special initiative, Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle. The project brings together four nationally acclaimed films that connect the stories of the long civil rights movement to spark public conversations about the changing meanings of freedom and equality in U.S. Libraries and organization are invited to apply for $1,200 grants that foster community conversations about the meaning of freedoms and equality in U.S. history.  Each of the 500 sites chosen will receive a film set containing the films The Abolitionists,Slavery By Another NameThe Loving Story and Freedom Riders, as catalyst for public programming.

Detailed information and the application form are available at

Sweetwater County Library Wins YALSA Award

Sweetwater ZombiesEllie Davis, Youth Services Manager of the Sweetwater County Library in Green River is the recipient of “YALSA’s Excellence in Library Services to Young Adults” program award. The winning program, Zombie Walk & Zombie Prom 2012, was submitted by librarian Ellie Davis and Public Relations Specialist Brittany Wells.

Their application was chosen as one of the 25 winners. As a winner, they will receive a cash award of $250, have the Zombie Walk & Zombie Prom 2012 program included in the sixth edition of “Excellence in Library Services to Young Adults” (to be published in 2014), and Ellie will speak at and present the winning proposal at the YALSA’s President’s Program during the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

The Sweetwater County Library hosted the fifth annual the Zombie Walk & Zombie Prom in October 2012. This event is an annual food drive and attendees are required to bring one non-perishable item. Everyone was encouraged to show up in their zombie worst or their survivor best. The first part of the event was the Zombie Walk where the zombies hobbled through downtown Green River. The second part of the event was the Zombie Prom where attendees rocked out to metal music from five different bands during the night. The two parts combined resulted in 900 “zombies” of all ages in attendance.

New Wyoming Library Jobs

We’ve had several new postions pop up on our Jobs page. Take a look.

  • Librarian
    Wyoming State Library, Cheyenne, WY
    Posted Apr 15, 2013

As always, find all of our jobs in our jobs section of the website.

Ten Sleep’s version of the National Library Week Logo

ten sleep logoFrom Carol Greet, librarian at the Ten Sleep library:
“Since we first saw the National Library Week logo, we felt it did not represent us in rural Wyoming.  It is a very city-centric logo, as many things are nowdays, so we decided to change it up just a little to better reflect our community because we matter too!”
In their version of the logo, they included:
mountain climbers,
oil field pumpjacks and wells,
four wheelers,
the 4th of July sign (which is big in Ten Sleep!),
plus the few buildings that reflect Ten Sleep.
Carol adds, “Around us all is the Great Outdoors, with which we work and play. This is a better representation of our community and the diversity of its people, than those buildings on their logo! We thought you’d get a kick out of it!”
ALA’s National Library Week logo:

Pushing the Limits Library Grants

Pushing the Limits is a reading, viewing and discussion series for rural libraries. The application deadline for the 2013 grants is May 15, 2013, grant awards announced on June 21, 2013.In the Spring of 2012, Twenty small and rural public libraries in fifteen states were selected as pilot sites to host “Pushing the Limits”, a four-part reading, viewing and discussion series for adults. Each library received a $2,500 grant from the National Science Foundation, and building on the experience of the pilot sites, the program will be expanded up to 75 additional rural libraries throughout the nation.

“The discussion was lively with just about everyone participating with their views and opinions about the book, the author, and the video. I know some of them were not quite sure in the beginning what the experience and journey would be like, but soon they all were very excited and contributed so much to the discussion”. – Linda Burns, Cross Plains Public Library

Go to to see what the project is about and to find an online application form.

Wyoming Librarians featured in IU Alumni Magazine

Jamie and Jennifer Markus, both Wyoming librarians, met and got married while attending library school at Indiana University. Jamie is the Library Development Manager at the Wyoming State Library and Jennifer is the Librarian at East High School in Cheyenne. They were recently featured in IU’s Alumni Magazine. Read their story…IU Cover (1)

WSL Government Information Webinar on Energy Tomorrow!

Are your patrons in need of reliable information, but you are not exactly sure of where to start? The United States government is one of the largest publishers in the world. The federal government produces vast amounts of information on a multitude of subjects from air travel to zoology in array of formats, including digital and print. Whatever your information needs, the federal government has likely published something useful. Government information is considered authoritative and accurate, and thus highly reliable. In the second of our three part webinar series, the Wyoming State Library will focus on finding federal government information on specific topics and issue of particular interest to Wyoming residents on Energy. We will explore the extensive federal government online resources available and look at some relevant issues within these areas, such as reclamation information, government incentives for energy savers, and where to find governmental energy policies.

Mark your calendars now for 9-10 a.m. on:

April 2, 2013 – Energy

May 7, 2013 – Water

Register here: