Monthly Archives: June 2015

Wyoming Newspapers Commemorates 125 Years of Statehood with Online Exhibit

Happy Birthday, Wyoming! 2015 marks the 125th Anniversary of Wyoming becoming a state. On July 10, 1890, President Benjamin Harrison signed the bill which created the new state of Wyoming, the 44th state in the United States of America.

Telegraph from Carey to Meldrum -Archives
Territorial Representative to the U.S. House, Joseph M. Carey sent a telegram from Washington to Wyoming extending “hearty congratulations” and proclaiming that Wyoming was now a member of the Union. Image courtesy of Wyoming State Archives. Click image for more information.

The formal celebration of Wyoming’s statehood occurred July 23, 1890. The day’s celebration was specifically recounted in a couple of Wyoming’s newspapers of the time, the July 24, 1890 Cheyenne Daily Sun and the July 27, 1890 Wyoming Commonwealth. The Cheyenne Daily Sun had a headline of “A GREAT DAY.”

A Great Day
Cheyenne Daily Sun, July 24, 1890, p. 1

To celebrate this, the Wyoming State Library has created an online exhibit to commemorate the official statehood celebration. Explore the event through those newspapers, encountering the pomp and circumstance, the distinguished people that were there, the presentations, and the speeches and poem that were given. You will also find some documents, re-created audio of the ceremony, and links to the historic Wyoming newspapers that recounted the event. Join us as we celebrate “A Great Day.”

“The Wyoming State Library is excited to present this online exhibit. With all of its pomp and circumstance, speeches, poem, and presentations, July 23, 1890 was a celebration of the culminating efforts, struggles, and compromises leading up to statehood,” said Thomas Ivie, Research & Statistics Librarian.

Visit the exhibit at


Wyoming NewspapersAbout Wyoming Newspapers

Wyoming Newspapers is a service of the Wyoming State Library to ensure the preservation of historic Wyoming newspapers. Wyoming Newspapers includes over 330 historic Wyoming newspaper titles, the earliest of which is the Chugg Water Journal from 1849. Over 800,000 newspaper pages have been converted from microfilm and paper to a digital format.

For more information about the online exhibit or about Wyoming Newspapers, contact Thomas Ivie, or 307-777-6330.

One Book: Where in Wyoming is Cat Urbigkit in July?

Puppies, Puppies Everywhere!
Student artwork at one of Cat Urbigkit’s school appearances.

With school out for the summer, Cat Urbigkit, our 2015 One Book Wyoming author, is making the rounds at public libraries and other venues. To participate, teens and adults can enjoy her book, Shepherds of Coyote Rocks, while children can add Brave Dogs, Gentle Dogs and The Guardian Team to their summer reading list. Find her at the following places, or contact your local library for details on One Book happenings in your community.

  • July 6 – Platte County Library, Wheatland, 3 p.m.; Guernsey Branch Library, Guernsey, 6 p.m.
  • July 9 – Uinta County Library Summer Reading program, Evanston
  • July 9 – Farmers Market, general presentation, Evanston, 4 p.m.
  • July 10 – Fremont County Library System, Lander Library, 3 p.m.
  • July 11 – Fremont County Library System, Dubois Library, 10 a.m.; Riverton Library, 2:30 p.m.
  • July 14 – Sublette County Library summer reading program – hero party, Pinedale
  • July 21-23 – Sweetwater County Libraries, Locations TBD
  • July 31 – Crook County Library and county fair, Sundance, 3 p.m.

See more upcoming appearances.

More One Book Wyoming information at, or follow the news on Facebook at

Part-Time Help Desk Assistant at UW Libraries

The University of Wyoming Libraries is seeking an individual to fill a part-time position in the Research & Instruction department for the 2015-16 academic year. The position is ten hours per week and is non-benefitted. Work hours are flexible, but some early evening hours are required. The position will provide research and circulation support at the Coe Library Help desk.  This includes one-on-one research assistance (answering questions, making referrals) and circulation assistance (checking out materials and related duties) to students, faculty, and staff at the Help desk. Required qualifications: Knowledge of research process; ability to provide research help one-on-one via in-person, email, and online chat, excellent communication and people skills, and ability to work cooperatively.  Preferred qualifications:  library experience, instruction experience; experience with library databases; a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.  The successful applicant will begin in mid-August, 2015. To apply, please send a letter of interest, current resume, and 3 references to: Jennifer Mayer, University of Wyoming Libraries, 1000 E. University, Department 3334, Laramie WY 82071, Review of applicants starts July 20th, 2015.

Susan Mark Now a Publications Specialist at Wyoming State Library

Susan Mark
Susan Mark

Susan Mark has transferred to a publications specialist position in the Marketing & Publications office at the Wyoming State Library. Most recently, she worked as the statistics librarian in the Library Development Office. She first worked for the State Library from 1998 to 2001, returned in 2004 and earned her master’s degree in library science in 2005.

“Working with the statistics the last few years has been rewarding,” she said. “I’m grateful for all the work Wyoming librarians do on our surveys. The stats program is in great hands with Thomas Ivie now. But at heart, I’m more of a writer. This is a great opportunity for me to put those skills to work on behalf of the Wyoming Library Community.”

Susan has been writing and editing since she got her first reporting job for The Park Record in Park City, Utah in 1993. She also briefly owned a small newspaper in Ranchester, the Tongue River News (circulation 300!) She has been involved in the Wyoming writing community since first moving to the state in 1998. Susan is a past president of Wyoming Writers and currently serves as the WyoPoets webmaster. Her poetry has been published in the High Plains Register, Tulip Tree Review and The MacGuffin. She and a friend co-blog at Writing Wyoming.

Susan’s duties will include the Outrider blog and Wyoming Library Roundup magazine, as well as updating the Wyoming Libraries Directory and Library Roundup mailing list. News and new contact information may be sent to her at, or call her at 307-777-5915.

Cary Dunlap Joins WSL as Marketing & Publications Manager

Cary Dunlap
Cary Dunlap

Cary Dunlap has joined the Wyoming State Library as Marketing and Publications Manager. He recently transferred from the
Department of Education where he served as Communications Director and Webmaster.

“I’m truly excited to join the Wyoming library community and to work with a great bunch of people,” he said. In his plans for the next 12-18 months are a new and improved Wyoming State Library website, a Roundup magazine redesign and several branding initiatives. He also plans to provide website and content management training to librarians around the state who are interested.

He’ll unveil a complete communications timeline in July that will outline these plans, “But the main thing I want to communicate today is that I’m thrilled to be a resource to libraries in the Cowboy State.”

Cary enjoys reading, writing, music, art, and many other creative endeavors. Originally from Michigan, Cary lives in Greeley, Colorado, and makes the 110-mile round-trip commute daily. His trusty 2001 Civic will be eligible soon to join Honda’s 300,000 mile club. Cary lives with his wife and kids and a Boston terrier named Ethyl who runs the house and everyone in it.

Memorial Service for Idy Bramlet, Long-Time Library Supporter

A “Celebration of Life” service for Ida Lou “Idy” Bramlet will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday. June 27 at St. George Episcopal Church parish hall in Lusk, Wyoming.

Bramlet was a long-time member of the Niobrara County Library Foundation board and was instrumental in helping the library foundation create an endowment in 2000. She also served on the Wyoming State Library Board in the 1990s.

Bramlet, 88, passed away May 23, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas. Memorials may be made to the Niobrara County Library; P.O. Box 510 Lusk, WY or Saint George Episcopal Church; P.O. Box 38 Lusk, Wyoming 82225.

Read the full obituary in the Casper Star-Tribune.

Two Archivist Positions Open in Wyoming

Two archivist positions have been added to the Wyoming State Library’s job board:

Deputy State Archivist
Wyoming State Archives, Cheyenne WY

Description from the vacancy announcement:
The Wyoming State Archives’ mission is to be a resource to those within and outside state government in need of records with administrative, legal, fiscal and/or historical value; a source for those interested in Wyoming’s non-governmental history; and an active participant and leader in the archival community. The Deputy State Archivist will direct and instruct professional and other staff on completion of duties as assigned, promote access to documents and information held in the Wyoming State Archives, and facilitate communication between the different work areas within the Archives, and between the Archives and other archival institutions, state agencies and departments, and county and city governments. Open until filled.


American Heritage Center, Laramie WY

Description from the vacancy announcement:
The University of Wyoming invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of the American Heritage Center. The Center ( is a major archival repository holding more than three thousand manuscript collections. Our collecting areas are regional, national, and international in scope. The AHC also maintains the university’s rare book collection and serves as the university archives.  Its holdings draw scholars from the US and abroad, as well as serving graduate and undergraduate students at UW, teachers in Wyoming, and the public. The Center is an active sponsor of scholarly and popular programs including lectures, symposia, and exhibits. The University seeks an individual having the vision, experience, and leadership needed to sustain and advance the American Heritage Center’s stature as a research and outreach institution of national and international distinction. Apply by Sept. 15, 2015.

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Maggie Farrell Farewell Reception June 23


From UW News

A farewell reception for departing University of Wyoming Libraries Dean Maggie Farrell is set for Tuesday, June 23, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Room 506 of Coe Library.

Maggie Farrell
Maggie Farrell

Farrell, a UW dean since 2002, has accepted a position at Clemson University.

Led by Farrell, UW Libraries expanded and renovated William Robertson Coe Library, adding 94,500 square feet, a food and coffee café, and a 24-hour computer lab. With more than 700,000 visitors each year, UW Libraries houses a collection of more than 1.5 million volumes, thousands of electronic books and hundreds of databases.

“Maggie has been a constant presence in university-wide initiatives and, during the last two years, she has offered support in addressing the numerous unanticipated challenges that have arisen across campus,” says David Jones, UW vice president for academic affairs.

Myron Allen, professor of mathematics and former vice president for academic affairs, says Farrell transformed UW’s libraries.

“She helped usher in a five-fold increase in the libraries’ collection budget, and she found ingenious ways to increase our researchers’ access to scholarly works,” Allen says.

Lori Phillips, associate dean of libraries, says the UW Libraries gained national and international visibility under Farrell’s leadership. Faculty travel stipends, coupled with expectations for active participation and full accountability back to the organization, led to an expansion of faculty publications, presentations and leadership.

“Library faculty members are at the table for important national and international discussions relating to academic libraries and their overall support of higher education,” Phillips says.

“I am proudest of being part of a team of librarians and staff members who work hard for our students, faculty and the Wyoming community. Any success that I may have is due to the efforts of many within the libraries,” Farrell says.