Monthly Archives: July 2015

News and Notes Around the State

Bill Nelson retirement

Natrona County Public Library will hold an open house on Wednesday, Aug. 12 from 2-4 p.m. to honor outgoing director Bill Nelson, who is retiring after 16 years of service to the library. The event will be held at the main library, 307 E. 2nd St. in Casper.


Treva Higgins is the new Branch Manager at the Fremont County Library System-Dubois Branch. She received her MLS from University of North Texas and is a University of Idaho alumna.  Her library experience includes Branch Management at Latah County Library District and circulation at the University of Idaho Law Library.

In her spare time she looks forward to exploring Wyoming with her camera in hand.

The Bloodheart


Steve Rzasa at Johnson County Library has just published a new book, The Bloodheart. It is his seventh novel to date. Steve works in technical services at the library. He will be one of the presenters at the “What the Tech is That?” session at this year’s Wyoming Library Association conference.


Krisene Watson is the new Campbell County Public Library System Administrative Services Manager. She started her position in June taking over for Rebecca Lehman who moved to Reference Services Librarian. Krisene received her MLIS from Brigham Young University and has worked most recently for ONEOK. She brings to the library a varied background of experience in technical support, quality assurance, teaching, HR, payroll, and librarianship.

Nancy Rhoads of Cheyenne died in June at the age of 80. Nancy worked for many years at the Wyoming State Library. Her obituary was in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle.


Have news and notes from your library? Send it to Susan Mark, WSL Publications Specialist, at

Register for Information Power through August 3

There’s still time to register for Information Power 2015 : “Your Library: The Heart of the School.” The 3-day institute will be held at the University of Wyoming Outreach at Casper College from Aug. 3-5. Single-day registrations are available. All librarians, educators, and administrators are invited.

Registration is now available online at (At bottom left of page.)

Information Power flier

Wyoming Librarians at Research Institute for Public Libraries

Thomas Ivie, Isabel Zumel and Jamie Markus at RIPL.
Thomas Ivie, Isabel Zumel and Jamie Markus at RIPL.

Three Wyoming librarians are at the Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) this week: Thomas Ivie, Research & Statistics Librarian, and Jamie Markus, Interim State Librarian, both from the Wyoming State Library, and Isabel Zumel, Assistant Director at Teton County Library. Ivie also is the State Data Coordinator for the Public Library Statistics Cooperative (PLSC), the national data collection by the Institute of Museum and Library Services that uses local library annual reports.


75-100 participants are engaging in three days of hands-on, intensive workshops about:

  •  Evaluation design and implementation
  •  Data collection and use for strategic planning
  •  Measures for reporting library impact
  •  Tips for aligning research efforts with national initiatives like Edge Benchmarks and the Impact Survey

RIPL provides participants with tools for evaluation, confidence in building research into their activities, and a network of colleagues for future learning and success.

Nominations Open for “I Love My Librarian” Award

I Love My Librarian Award 2015From the American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) asks library users to nominate librarians who have transformed lives and communities through education and lifelong learning for its 2015 I Love My Librarian Award. The award invites library users nationwide to recognize the public service of exceptional public, school, college, community college or university librarians. Library users can nominate their favorite librarians now through Sept. 28 by visiting

Each year since the award’s inception in 2008, the ALA selects up to 10 librarians from a pool of thousands of nominations. Award winners will each receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the I Love My Librarian Award ceremony and reception in New York City on Dec. 3, 2015, hosted by Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Each nominee must be a librarian with a master’s degree from a program accredited by the ALA in library and information studies or hold a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational program accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Nominees must be currently working in the United States in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or at an accredited K-12 school.

The I Love My Librarian Award is sponsored by Carnegie Corporation of New York. This year the ALA welcomes The New York Public Library as a co-sponsor. The ALA administers the award through the ALA’s Public Awareness Office, which promotes the value of libraries and librarians.

Lori Phillips Named Interim Dean of UW Libraries

From UW News

Lori Phillips
Lori Phillips

Lori Phillips has been named interim dean of University of Wyoming Libraries through June 30, 2016.

She has held various positions with the libraries since 1992, and has served as associate dean since 2003. She replaces Maggie Farrell, who accepted a position at Clemson University.

“Lori has provided solid leadership in the UW Libraries as associate dean,” says David Jones, UW vice president for academic affairs. “We are confident that she will continue to keep the libraries at the forefront of UW’s academic mission during the time that she serves as interim dean.”

At UW, Phillips has been responsible for personnel management and has overseen all operational areas of the UW Libraries. She has managed numerous key projects, including the Libraries Digital Collections and Scholarly Communication initiatives. She also worked closely with UW Information Technology to create and maintain student-centered learning spaces within Coe Library.

Phillips earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history at UW, and obtained a Master of Library and Information Science at the University of Arizona. She has numerous publications and presentations, and has served on many committees for the Association of College and Research Libraries.

New from WebJunction: Advocacy in Action


From the WebJunction Crossroads newsletter:

Advocacy in Action is designed to help you plan and execute a successful library awareness campaign in your local community. Based on the approach devised by OCLC and used by more than 1,800 public libraries through the Geek the Library program, the Advocacy in Action resources will help you showcase the vital role of the library in your community and educate the public about the critical funding issues libraries face.

The campaign is organized in five phases: Plan Your Campaign, Create Awareness, Generate Engagement, Encourage Action, and Sustain the Momentum. Apply each phase of the campaign sequentially so that it gains momentum and makes an impact.