Library foundations have continued to make great progress this year toward the Wyoming Library Foundation Challenge, with $7.4 million raised locally as of the latest tally. The State of Wyoming has paid out $15.8 million of the $18.35 million appropriated for incentive and matching funds. An amendment to the Challenge in 2015 allowed libraries to form fundraising partnerships that furthered their goals.
The Kindle Chronicles released a Christmas Day podcast with a lengthy discussion of the great ebooks and downloadable audiobooks available through GoWYLD.net. You can listen to or download the podcast here.
GoWYLD.net has thousands of downloadable ebooks and audiobooks accessible to all Wyoming residents every hour of the day, usable on home computers, smartphones, tablets, and ereaders. If you’re trying out a new device Santa left under the tree, this is a great time to discover all the GoWYLD digital content available.
Len Edgerly, a former Wyoming resident, started The Kindle Chronicles as a weekly podcast in 2008. He lived in Casper 20 years where he worked as an editor of an energy magazine. He and his wife now divide their time between Denver and Cambridge, Mass.
The Wyoming State Library’s training calendar for January 2016 has been posted! Take a minute and take a look at www.wyominglibraries.org/calendar.html for upcoming events you can take advantage of this coming month. All of these are free and offered online, so you can join in at your desk. Find training in advocacy, services for children and teens, fund raising, school libraries and more. Questions, comments, suggestions? Contact Jamie Markus at the Wyoming State Library at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jackson, Wyo.- Following a national search, and a unanimous vote by the Library Board, Valerie Maginnis begins her tenure today on December 28 as the new Teton County Library Director, providing leadership and strategic direction for this valuable community center.
“The Library Board was very impressed with Valerie. She brings significant years of leadership experience working in complex library organizations. This, combined with her dedication to staff development and the phenomenal skill she demonstrates on moving organizations forward, makes her an outstanding person to fill this critical role,” said Carol Peck, Chair of the Library Board.
Maginnis brings over 16 years of experience in directing large library systems in both county and municipal libraries in California, Colorado and Wyoming. Previously, she served as the Library & Arts Director for the city of Boulder, Colorado, where she developed and implemented Boulder’s first public art program and led an architecturally significant new design and renovation of the main library.
She also has a wealth of experience mentoring leadership teams with a focus on developing future library leaders. She earned her Masters’ of Library Science from the University of Arizona and later received her Masters’ in Public Administration from California State University. Most recently, she attended the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service LEAD program.
“I am thrilled to be starting as the next Teton County Library Director. I want to thank the members of the Library Board for placing their trust in me. I’m energized to be working in a community that is proud of and loves its library. And, I am most excited about working with the staff because they truly are responsible for making the magic happen.” said Maginnis.
Maginnis will oversee all library operations, 56 professional and para-professional full-and part-time staff members and over 37,500 square feet of combined space. Teton County Library houses more than 100,000 items for circulation, and each year welcomes nearly 300,000 in-person visits to take advantage of the library’s resources, programs, and services.
“Our public libraries are highly valued community centers, and Valerie’s experience is a perfect match for a community as engaged as Teton County,” said Peck. “I also want to recognize Isabel Zumel for guiding our library with a steady hand during our transition to a new director.”
Ashley Will Selected for ALA Student-to-Staff Program
Rock Springs Library Reference Librarian Ashley Will was one of 40 student members of the American Library Association selected to participate in the Student-to-Staff program at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla. The conference will take place June 23 to 28.
Will is currently enrolled in the Master of Library Science program through Emporia State University. She has worked at Rock Springs Library since 2013 and previously worked as a substitute librarian for the Sweetwater County Library System.
“I am honored to be chosen to represent my school at the ALA Conference with this program,” Will said. “I am looking forward to meeting other library science students from across the country.”
Established in 1973, the Student-to-Staff program allows 40 students, both ALA members and members of their school’s ALA student chapter, to attend and participate in an annual conference in exchange for working 16 hours for ALA staff during the conference. These students also receive free conference registration, housing, and a per diem for meals.
Students are selected and nominated by their faculty advisors. Criteria include that each student must be a current ALA member and remain so through the ALA Annual Conference, and cannot have previously participated in the program.
More than a few library patrons will wake up Friday morning to find a new e-reader, tablet or smartphone under the tree — perfect for downloading Wyoming libraries’ 3M Cloud Library content from GoWYLD.net. Encourage your patrons to download the 3M app with these ready-made graphics. (Right-click to download)
Weston County Library has met its goal for the Wyoming Library Endowment Challenge! The library raised $144,498 locally and received $665,660 in state matching and incentive funds toward their endowment. Weston County reached its goal in part through a partnership with Laramie County Library System, made possible through a 2015 amendment to the Endowment Challenge.
In 2008, the Wyoming State Legislature established the Challenge to match locally raised public library endowment funds 1:1, 2:1 or 3:1, depending on the county, to support strong local libraries into the future. As of 2015, $18.35 million in incentive and match funds has been appropriated by the State of Wyoming for the Endowment Challenge. So far, the 23 county libraries have raised $7.4 million in local funds and earned $15.8 million in state funding.
In this one, we take a look at the resources freely available to all K-12 librarians and staff in Wyoming. This is a chance to see what the state library has available in terms of professional learning communities, tools for program support, free money for you and your library, and more!