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 http://newspapers.wyo.gov/
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.
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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