Yearly Archives: 2015

Wrapping Up Your Library Foundation’s Year

new-years-day-1114516_1280Library 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.

Heading into 2016, the CauseVox blog offers four tips for nonprofits, such as library foundations, to wind up their year:

  1. Celebrate your wins — both big and small, the victories added up. Look at what went right.
  2. Identify areas for improvement — what did not go so well? How could things go better in the coming year?
  3. Set new goals — in light of how 2015 went, what are some realistic goals for the new year?
  4. Develop a strategy — how will you reach those goals?

The full article has much more detailed advice on how to accomplish these steps. Read it at

GoWYLD Digital Content Featured on The Kindle Chronicles

econtentThe Kindle Chronicles released a Christmas Day podcast with a lengthy discussion of the great ebooks and downloadable audiobooks available through You can listen to or download the podcast here. 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.


Find Free Online Training in January 2016

The Wyoming State Library’s training calendar for January 2016 has been posted! Take a minute and take a look at 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


New Teton County Library Director Begins Tenure

Press release courtesy of Teton County Library

Valerie Maginnis
Valerie Maginnis

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

From Sweetwater County Library News and Events

Ashley Will
Ashley Will

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.

See the news release from ALA

Ready-Made Graphics for You to Promote 3M Cloud Library App

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 Encourage your patrons to download the 3M app with these ready-made graphics. (Right-click to download)

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Weston County Library Reaches Endowment Goal

464915_224626020979652_891439144_oWeston 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.

The story was reported in the Newcastle News Letter Journal. Endowment status for all 23 libraries may be found on the Wyoming State Library’s website. You may also learn more about the Wyoming Library Endowment Challenge on the Wyoming Library Association website at

School Libraries Archived Webinar: School Library Resources Available at WSL

With the addition of our school library consultant Paige Bredenkamp to the WSL staff, we’re kicking off a new webinar series specifically for school libraries. This first 20-minute video features School Library Resources Available at the Wyoming State Library. Expect to see a new webinar from Paige monthly.

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!

Download a PDF of the presentation either as full slides or as a handout.

Can’t access YouTube? Find an alternate video link (plus many more training videos) on our webinar archive page.