Monthly Archives: September 2013

Braille and Talking-Book Program Available through Apple

People who are blind, visually impaired or have a physical disability may now download audio and braille books to their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, if they are registered with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) in the Library of Congress.

Read more about the announcement here at the Library of Congress webpage.

And the app itself can be found here; BARD Mobile

Apply Now for the MPLA Leadership Institute!

rockiesMPLA 2014 Leadership Institute

May 4-9, 2014; Estes Park, Colorado

Apply now!

DEADLINE: Friday, November 1, 2013

Where will your library career be in another five years?  If you see yourself as a leader on the job or within your library association, then this institute will help you to hone the necessary set of skills and increase your insight into leadership aspects from any level.

The 9th MPLA Leadership Institute will again be facilitated by nationally known organizational development consultant Maureen Sullivan.  Ms. Sullivan has over 25 years of experience in leadership development and is the immediate Past President of the American Library Association.  She helped establish the ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute and is a faculty member for its annual program.

Criteria for applicants:

  • Employed in a library organization in MPLA’s 12-state region
  • Current member of one of MPLA’s 12 affiliated state library associations
  • Minimum of 5 years in a library-related job with progressive experience
  • Record of experience that demonstrates leadership potential
  • Expected continued contribution to the profession
  • A thoughtfully completed application
  • Two letters of recommendation


  • MPLA members = $550; Non-MPLA members = $650
  • Includes lodging (based on double-occupancy) and all meals
  • Attendees pay for their own transportation costs. Individual libraries, state libraries, and state associations have assisted attendees with registration and/or transportation costs in the past. It is up to the individual attendees to pursue these or other sources of financial assistance.

Selection and notification:
30 participants will be selected through a process involving states and the MPLA Leadership Institute Committee.  Notifications will be sent by December 15, 2013.

Application form

A library without books?

An article at discusses a first in America, a library without physical books.


In a America’s first completely bookless public library opened in San Antonio this past weekend. That is, if you define a “book” as words printed on paper pages which are bound together with glue. But if you define “book” a bit more liberally, the new library has plenty them. Over 10,000 ebook titles, in fact. All of which can be accessed from their 900 e-readers, 57 computers, 40 iPads, and four touchscreen tables.


What is your take on this movement? Do you think this is something that will happen more often? Be sure to read the whole piece at

Dedication of Big Horn County Library Circulation Desk

The Big Horn County Library recently dedicated their circulation desk to Scotty Hinman, a Big Horn County Commissioner who was very supportive of libraries. In 2012 he received the Meritorious Service Award from the Wyoming Library Association.
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Above photo: Karen Hinman, Scotty’s widow cutting the ribbon with Connie Werbelow, Scotty’s daughter.
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Above photo: Christina Greenfield – Assistant Branch Manager for Big Horn County Library – Basin; Nancy Venable – Director Big Horn County Library; Lesley Boughton, Wyoming State Librarian; Connie Werbelow – Scotty Hinman’s Daughter; and Karen Hinman – Scotty Hinman’s Widow.

Campbell County library employee publishes first book

sd-lipp-acord-coverCongratulations go to Darcy Lipp-Acord, Youth Services Coordinator for Campbell County Public Library System, who has her first book out. Her memoir, Circling Back Home: A Plainswoman’s Journey, has just been published by the South Dakota State Historical Society Press. Darcy grew up on a farm worked by three generations of her family, and currently lives on a ranch with her husband, Shawn, and their six children near the Montana-Wyoming border. See more on the book at

One Book Wyoming is coming soon!

We are excited to announce that One Book Wyoming featuring Craig Johnson’s novella, Spirit of Steamboat, will begin this fall. More information will be available soon!

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As a way to kick off the project, we are looking for trivia questions (and answers) about Craig Johnson, the Longmire books, any of the characters in the books, etc. You can email these to: