Monthly Archives: March 2015

State Historical Records Advisory Board Workshop

The Wyoming State Historical Records Advisory Board is sponsoring a digital preservation workshop from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., April 21 at the Casper Parkway Plaza Hotel. The workshop is offered in cooperation with the Wyoming Association of Rural Water Systems, and is free and open to the public.

Registration is available at the Wyoming Association of Rural Water Systems’ conference website at To attend just the SHRAB workshop and not the paid portions of the conference, sign up for the April 21st pre-conference only.

The workshop will be taught by Liz Bishoff, owner of The Bishoff Group, a library and cultural heritage organization consulting services organization. Bishoff works with archives, libraries and museums developing digital program plans, digital preservation plans, providing guidance on development of local practices, and offers workshops on a range of digital topics.

This workshop will include an introduction to the standards that support digital preservation, strategies for risk assessment, elements of digital preservation planning, and issues associated with digital content back-up. For questions regarding registration, please contact WARS Training Specialist Kathy Weinsaft at (307) 262-3943.

The Wyoming State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) consists of public officials and private citizens who believe in the importance of preserving our state’s records and in making them available for the public. It works with state and local governments, businesses and organizations, and individuals to provide information, technical assistance and resources. The Wyoming SHRAB is one of many similar organizations in existence nationwide, supported by and operating in cooperation with the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a branch of the National Archives.

Members of the Wyoming SHRAB are: Tony Adams, Cheyenne; Courtney Bohlender, Riverton; Rick Ewig, Laramie; Lokey Lytjen, Jackson; Sarah Brown Matthews, Laramie; Judit Olah, Cheyenne; Scarlet Skorcz, Rock Springs; Carol Thompson, Cheyenne; Robert Webster, Sheridan; and Sherry Daigle, Jackson.

For more information about the workshop please contact SHRAB chair Mike Strom, Wyoming State Archives, Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources at (307) 777-7020, or visit the SHRAB Web site at

WSL and SBDC Host Intellectual Property and Trademark Seminar

Craig Morris   Mr. Craig Morris, Managing Attorney for Trademark Outreach at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), will provide a 3-hour seminar at the Wyoming Technology Business Center in Laramie with a webinar option for those unable to attend the live presentation. Cost if free.

To attend in person, register here

If you cannot make the live seminar, please register here for a live webcast.

Some important Topics Mr. Morris will cover are:

• How trademarks, copyrights, patents, domain names, and business name registrations all differ.
• Why it is important for any new business to select a trademark that will be both federally registrable and legally protectable, highlighting factors critical when choosing a mark.
• The importance of doing a complete search and whether an attorney should be used.
• What may happen if another trademark owner believes it has stronger rights in a mark and issues a “cease-and-desist” letter.
• Information on what the USPTO does in the federal registration process and how to avoid “scams” perpetrated by companies that request fees for services not required by the USPTO.

This USPTO event is hosted by the Wyoming State Library and the Wyoming Small Business Development Center.

New PTRC Association President

Karen M. Kitchens assumed the office of President 2015/2016, Patent and Trademark Resource Center Association (PTRCA) during the 37th Annual Patent and Trademark Resource Center Seminar in Alexandria, VA.  PTRCA is an affiliate member of the American Library Association.  A Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) is part of a nationwide network of public, state, and academic libraries designated by the USPTO to support the public with trademark and patent assistance.

PTRCA supports programs at the PTRCP Annual Training Seminar, such as the Open Forum with USPTO staff, and member Roundtable presentations.  PTRCA also has an active mentoring program, pairing new PTRC representatives with more experienced colleagues. PTRCA members enjoy the benefit of a content-rich website, which serves as a gathering spot for information about the association, committee assignments, association events, informational handouts, and links to other useful resources. Ms. Kitchens has served as the Intellectual Property/Documents Librarian at the Wyoming State Library since 2009.

FY14 Wyoming Public Library Data Released

Data on library revenue, expenditures, collections, circulation and other measures for fiscal year 2014 (July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014) are now available on the WSL Wyoming Library Statistics page. A few facts from this year’s stats:

  • There were 3.65 million visits to public libraries in FY14 – 6.3 visits for every Wyoming resident.
  • Public library circulation was nearly 5 million for the year.
  • Wyoming libraries averaged $54.31 in expenditures per capita to provide services. Local government provides 94.1% of library revenue.
  • All Wyoming public library systems offer free wifi. This year, the number of wireless sessions provided was counted for the first time. The 11 libraries that were able to provide this data reported, collectively, 126,942 wifi sessions.
  • Wyoming libraries put on 11,361 children’s programs, with attendance of 291,431. There were 29,930 children, teens and adults participating in summer reading programs in 2014.

Each year, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) collects these data nationally. Wyoming is typically near the top in terms of per  capita library use. In fact, a recent Institute of Museum and Library Services report using FY12 data showed that in that year, Wyoming had the highest per capita attendance for children’s and young adult programs. IMLS data for all states may be found at

Questions about library statistics may be directed to Susan Mark at the Wyoming State Library, or 307-777-5915.


2014-15 Wyoming School Library Survey Opens

The 2014-15 Wyoming School Library Survey is now open through April 17 for data collection. This survey provides valuable information about the state of Wyoming’s school libraries that is not available elsewhere, and has been successful due to the work of teacher-librarians and library paraprofessionals who participate. Data from prior years may be found on the Wyoming State Library’s statistics page.

The main contact for each school library has been sent a username and password. Those who did not receive theirs should contact Susan Mark at or 307-777-5915. A help page is available. Please contact Susan with any questions about the survey.

Carrie Lucas Receives “Mover and Shaker” Award

Carrie Lucas

Carrie Lucas has been named a “Mover and Shaker” in the library industry by the national publication Library Journal. In its March 15 issue, Library Journal named 50 outstanding individuals whose efforts have not only expanded the services libraries provide, but who are transforming libraries themselves in the 21st century. Lucas was selected because of her commitment to the profession, as well as her development and implementation of the Early Literacy Center at the Laramie County Library System (LCLS).

Lucas currently serves Laramie County Library System as the Assistant Manager and Children’s Librarian for the Youth and Outreach Services (YOS) Division. She began working at the Laramie County Library System in 2007 as a part-time youth desk assistant. She was promoted to Assistant Manager and Children’s Librarian in 2011, and completed her Master’s in Library Science in 2012.

Lucas’s significant contribution to the Library and local community was the successful implementation and development of the Early Literacy Center (ELC). With the release of the second edition of Every Child Ready to Read from the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Services to Children, she saw an opportunity to institute the five practices of early literacy (reading, talking, playing, singing, and writing) to build on early literacy skills already promoted by LCLS in storytimes and preschool events.

By implementing learning spots within the storytime room at Laramie County Library, Lucas highlighted specific activities that parents and caregivers can do with their child that build early learning skills. She then worked to create attractive, engaging publicity, including the Elsie and Eddie mountain lion mascots.

In addition to her work with the ELC, Lucas is also commended for working with the Laramie County Library and local school districts to encourage summer reading among elementary school students; implementing a Junior First LEGO® League with support from the Space Science Institute and First LEGO® League (LCLS was selected as one of three pilot libraries nationwide for the program); and helping to raise $18,000 in donations for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) programming for children and teens.

The 2015 Movers & Shakers were selected by the editors of Library Journal, the profession’s leading trade magazine. Each of the Movers & Shakers will be prominently featured in the March 15th issue of Library Journal and celebrated at a special luncheon in June during the American Library Association’s annual conference.

Isabel Hoy to retire from Goshen County Library

Isabel Hoy has announced her plans to retire. (Photo from Goshen County Library website.)

Long-time Goshen County Library Director Isabel Hoy will retire April 30.

Isabel is a Goshen County native and a first generation American. She began her library career in March 1962. She started as a page, then worked as a circulation clerk from the fall of 1962 until June 1964. She returned to the library in 1971 to work on the bookmobile. In April 1973 she took her current seat as director.

Among her many achievements, she oversaw a successful library remodel in 1999, and recently, during her directorship, the Goshen County Library Foundation succeeded in meeting its fundraising goal for the Wyoming Library Endowment Challenge. The library raised $232,608 locally, which brought the library foundation $797,826 in state match and incentive funds to build the library’s long-term future through its endowment.

Isabel was featured in a Torrington Telegram article on March 6 that detailed her life and work. In the article, she said, “I will miss the people for sure. Our library customer base is a wonderful group and the staff is wonderful.”

Hoy plans to spend more time with her family and to focus on her business, the Tea Kettle Ranch Bed & Breakfast. She leaves a significant legacy at the Goshen County Library and in the wider Wyoming Library Community.