Monthly Archives: May 2013

WLA Children’s and Teen Services Librarians attend conference in Cody

childrens workshopOn May 3, 2013 eighty Youth Services librarians descended on the Park County Library in Cody to attend the WLA Children’s and Teen Services Workshop, “Cuing the Future.”  Organizers of this workshop were Holly Baker from Park County Library and Shari Haskins from the Riverton Branch Library.

May 3 Linda BraunThe keynote speaker was Linda Braun, VOYA columnist, LIS professor at Simmons College Graduate School, Educational Technology Consultant with LEO: Librarians & Educators Online, and past YALSA president.  Ms. Braun’s dynamic and energetic speaker style engaged the audience as she shared her vast knowledge and insight on the future of teen services that focused on eReaders, eBooks and the landscape of the physical space in a teen area.

Shari Haskins said, “I was thoroughly impressed and engaged with Linda. I feel she brought information and ideas to our librarians that can be implemented at this very moment.”

Other conference speakers who shared their time and knowledge were:  Ana Cuprill, Vickie Overcast, Sarah Growney, owner of The Thistle, Sara Marcus and Robin Levin.

“Networking and visiting with my Wyoming peers never gets stale.  It is always a thrill to catch up and discover what is happening in other libraries and a statewide workshop is the perfect time to rekindle,” Haskins said.

Nancy Gwinn, Director of Smithsonian Libraries, receives honorary doctoral degree from UW

Nancy Gwinn and Maggie FarrellOn Saturday, May 11, the University of Wyoming presented its highest award, the honorary doctoral degree, upon Sheridan native Nancy Gwinn, director of the Smithsonian Libraries.

Annually, UW alumni, current or former trustees and faculty are eligible to nominate, for honorary degrees, individuals who embody the university’s high ideals; exemplify the values of excellence, service and integrity; and have distinguished accomplishments in their professions or contributions to the sciences, arts, humanities, public service and service to humanity. Submissions are referred to a joint committee, headed by UW President Tom Buchanan, and nominees who receive votes from two-thirds of the committee are recommended for approval.

Gwinn received her Bachelor of Arts in English at UW in 1967. She advanced through increasingly responsible positions at libraries in California and Washington, D.C., and began work at the Smithsonian Institution Libraries starting in 1984. She was named the director in 1997.

Maggie Farrell, dean of libraries at UW, says Gwinn has led the Smithsonian Libraries through significant technological changes that increased the profile of the libraries within the Smithsonian as well as within the profession.

“Once viewed as a special library serving only Smithsonian staff, the Smithsonian Libraries are now considered an international leader in modern library methods, especially in the area of digitization,” Farrell says. “Through (Gwinn’s) efforts, the Smithsonian Libraries are contributing content to critical research projects, ensuring that the American public has access to the deep resources of the Smithsonian Institution.”

As a leader in librarianship, Gwinn has been active in the American Library Association (ALA) and the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA). Since 2003, Gwinn has held several leadership positions within IFLA, including the Publications Committee and serving on the Governing Board.

Among her publications, two were awarded, respectively, the Waldo Gifford Leland prize of the Society of American Archivists and the American Library Association’s Blackwell North American Scholarship Award. Her most recent work has focused on aspects of the joint history of the Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress.

Gwinn’s many contributions have advanced national and international librarianship — she was a leader in preservation during a period when libraries transitioned from primarily print collections to a variety of print, micro and electronic collections. Her outstanding accomplishments have instructed librarians and assisted libraries worldwide in developing preservation and digital programs.

“Her work within IFLA and with national libraries attests that she is a global citizen extending Smithsonian collections and assisting libraries around the world to improve access to rich collections that benefit humankind,” Farrell says.

Photo above: Dean of UW Libraries Maggie Farrell with Nancy Gwinn, Director of Smithsonian Libraries, at a special reception on Friday, May 10th in Laramie. 

Law Library Announces Wyoming Law Day Poster Winners

first place nicole sagnerIn celebration of Law Day, Chief Justice Marilyn S. Kite announced the winners of the 2013 Wyoming Supreme Court Poster Contest.  Nicole Sagner of Chugwater Elementary in Platte County received first place, Titan Edwards of Pioneer Park Elementary in Laramie County received second place, and Madisynn Weber of Manderson Elementary in Big Horn County received third place.  There were over 90 entries and participation from eight different counties.  Accompanying each poster was a one paragraph statement describing how the poster reflected the theme of the contest: Western Justice: Celebrating Our Freedom in Wyoming.  Law day is a national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law. Law Day also provides an opportunity to recognize the role of courts in this democracy and the importance of jury service to maintaining the integrity of the courts.

“Today marks over 50 years of celebration of Law Day, a day designed to underscore how law and the legal process contribute to the freedoms that all American share. Our poster contest brings together diverse fifth graders from across the state for an exciting opportunity to express their creativity and celebrate this special day,” Kite explained.

The winning posters will be on display at the Wyoming Supreme Court, 2301 Capitol Avenue, Cheyenne, through the month of May.

Posters, from top to bottom: Top: First Place: Nicole Sagner of Chugwater Elementary in Platte County; Middle: Second Place: Titan Edwards of Pioneer Park Elementary in Laramie County; Bottom: Third Place: Madisynn Weber of Manderson Elementary in Big Horn County.

2nd place Titan Edwards3rd place Madisynn Weber

Pew Study: Parents, Children, Libraries, and Reading

The Pew Research Center finds that the vast majority of parents with children under the age of 18 find libraries very important for kids.

Summary of Findings

The vast majority of parents of minor children — children younger than 18 — feel libraries are very important for their children. That attachment carries over into parents’ own higher-than-average use of a wide range of library services.1

The ties between parents and libraries start with the importance parents attach to the role of reading in their children’s lives. Half of parents of children under age 12 (50%) read to their child every day and an additional 26% do so a few times a week. Those with children under age 6 are especially keen on daily reading with their child: 58% of these parents read with their child every day and another 26% read multiple times a week with their children.

The importance parents assign to reading and access to knowledge shapes their enthusiasm for libraries and their programs:

  • 94% of parents say libraries are important for their children and 79% describe libraries as “very important.” That is especially true of parents of young children (those under 6), some 84% of whom describe libraries as very important.
  • 84% of these parents who say libraries are important say a major reason they want their children to have access to libraries is that libraries help inculcate their children’s love of reading and books.
  • 81% say a major reason libraries are important is that libraries provide their children with information and resources not available at home.
  • 71% also say a major reason libraries are important is that libraries are a safe place for children.

Almost every parent (97%) says it is important for libraries to offer programs and classes for children and teens.

Read the whole study here: