Yearly Archives: 2014

Library meets endowment goal

SHERIDAN — Cameron Duff, director of the Sheridan County Public Library System told legislators in a forum last week that Sheridan County libraries had reached the goal of their endowment challenge and are willing to help other library leadership reach theirs.

The Wyoming Library Endowment Challenge was created by the Wyoming Legislature in 2007 and a tier system was created for the state treasurer to match either three times the amount of the endowment, two times the amount of the endowment or the same amount as the endowment based on the county in which the library is located. Sheridan County is a second-tier county with the treasurer matching twice the amount the library raises for the endowment.

Continue reading Library meets endowment goal

Mystery Solved with the help of Wyoming Newspapers

Mystery Solved!

A recent article in the Laramie Boomerang (Nov. 8) tells of a long time mystery solved by Kate Browning using Wyoming Newspapers. The Greenhill cemetery has had a grave marker from May 10, 1894 with the inscription “Bob, Charlie left you here.” No one knew who Bob or Charlie were, so Kate Browning (a volunteer at the cemetery) went to the Wyoming Newspapers database of historic newspapers in search of answers. What mystery can you solve using Wyoming Newspapers? You can read more about the circumstances leading up to the death of Robert Edmund Johnson (Bob) in Wyoming Newspapers

LJ Index ranks “Star” libraries

Library Journal has just published the 2014 LJ Index, a measure that uses statistical data to assess and recognize library excellence. As in past years, this 7th Index looks at four per capita service measures: circulation, visits, program attendance and public computer use.
In the online Library Journal, authors Ray Lyons and Keith Curry Lance discuss how assessing the value of libraries is changing. Technology changes, such as increased wifi use, may mean looking at different output measures. And although these four items are important, libraries are now being pushed to go beyond output measures and move toward outcomes that assess what changes happen in patrons’ lives as a result of the local library.
Although Wyoming doesn’t have any top-rated “Star” libraries in the list, rankings are available for all 23 counties. You may find your local library at

Jamie Markus Named White House Champion of Change

Jamie-Markus--Wyoming-LibrariesWASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, October 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM, the White House will honor “Champions of Change” who are leading local efforts to advance the goals of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities. These Champions have distinguished themselves by raising awareness about ACA and helping countless Americans sign up for high-quality, affordable health insurance.

Jamie Markus, the Library Development Manager at the Wyoming State Library, is being honored as a Champion of Change for his success in facilitating opportunities and creating partnerships within Wyoming libraries to have healthcare outreach and enrollment events statewide.

In July of 2013, national library organizations launched an e-health initiative and asked all types of libraries to support education and outreach efforts surrounding the Health Insurance Marketplace.  Markus took the lead on coordinating with potential statewide library partners in Wyoming.

As the project progressed, it became evident that libraries would become key partners in the outreach effort due to their status as a trusted source for non-biased information and their provision of public meeting spaces and public access computers.  Markus adds, “I met and talked with as many organizations as I could find to discuss how Wyoming’s libraries could help to support the efforts of Healthcare Navigators and those working to inform residents about the Affordable Care Act, the Health Insurance Marketplace and the website.”

The Wyoming State Library also designed and supplied 15,000 Health Insurance Marketplace handouts to Wyoming libraries. More than 90 library outlets, in nearly every community in the state, had the opportunity to provide these to library patrons.

The Champions of Change program will feature remarks from Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and other Administration officials. The event will be live-streamed on the White House website You can join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag#WHChamps. To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program,

Jamie Markus, Cheyenne, WY

Jamie Markus is the Library Development Manager at the Wyoming State Library. He believes that libraries are dynamic institutions that provide equitable access to a vast array of information resources, promote lifelong learning, and act as cultural incubators through their programming and outreach efforts. The Wyoming State Library supports the Wyoming Library Community by providing continuing education opportunities and consultation services to library staff members seeking to enhance and grow library services within their communities.  Jamie is a Past President of the Wyoming Library Association, the 2011 Wyoming Library Association Librarian of the Year and was named a 2009 Library Journal Mover & Shaker.

Stephen Boss Receives WLA Distinguished Service Award

Stephen Boss Receives WLA Distinguished Service Award

September 22, 2014 — The Wyoming Library Association (WLA) has presented its 2014 Distinguished Service Award to Stephan Boss, University of Wyoming Libraries Information Technology Department head. He will be honored Thursday, Sept. 25, at the WLA’s annual conference award banquet.

The award recognizes the significant accomplishments of a library/foundation employee who has been part of the Wyoming library community for at least the past five years, and his or her contributions toward improving library service to customers; contributions to WLA and the profession; and/or contributions to the community.

Continue reading Stephen Boss Receives WLA Distinguished Service Award