Monthly Archives: July 2015

Top Four Reasons Students Use Their College Library

Studying alone in the University of Wyoming Library
Students in Coe Library using the collaborative POD and in the Reading Room. Cara Heath (black top), Glenrock, WY

From Cengage, “To better understand college students’ study habits, we wanted to explore how, and why, they use their school’s library. So, in our Spring 2015 Student Engagement Insights survey, we asked: What do you do when you’re at your college library? Nearly 3,000 students responded. Here are their top four reasons for spending time there:

  1. Study alone
  2. Use the online databases
  3. Use reference materials
  4. Meet their study groups

Read the full story on the Cengage site

On July 24, 1890





On July 24, 1890, Chicago was chosen as the location for the World’s Columbian Expedition to be held in 1893. Congress established the World’s Columbian Commission which was to include two members from each state and territory.
the Wyoming State Library has a publication titled: “Report of the Wyoming World’s Fair Commission to the members of the Senate and House Committees, World’s Columbian Exposition.

State Library Commemorates 125 Years of Wyoming Statehood

Wyoming at 125July 10, 1890 was the magical date Wyoming became a state. However, the formal celebration of Wyoming’s statehood wouldn’t occur until 13 days later on July 23, 1890. Events were recounted in two Wyoming newspapers of the time, the Cheyenne Daily Sun and the Wyoming Commonwealth. The Cheyenne Daily Sun had a headline of “A GREAT DAY.”

The Wyoming State Library offers a free online exhibit to commemorate the celebration of our official statehood. Visitors can explore festivities from 1890 through archived editions of the aforementioned newspapers. You’ll find notable documents, recreated 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, all the speeches and presentations, July 23, 1890 was a celebration of the culminating efforts, struggles, and compromises that lead to statehood.

Visit the exhibit at

Natrona County Public Library Director to Retire After 16 Years

Bill Nelson Retirement Photo-R
Bill Nelson

From the Natrona County Public Library

Following a 24-year career as a Navy Seabee officer, Bill Nelson became Natrona County Public Library director in June of 1999. On June 1, Nelson announced his retirement to the library board, marking 16 years of service and making him the longest serving director in the library’s history. His retirement is effective September 2, 2015. There will be an open house to honor Bill at the Natrona County Public Library on Wednesday, August 12 from 2-4pm.

During Nelson’s directorship, patronage at the library rose from 465 visitors daily to over 1,100. Circulation increased from 336,800 checkouts per year to 641,300. The number of youth programs conducted in a year increased from 160 to 1,270; adult programs increased from 19 to 224 per year. Other service improvements included a Teen Zone, Tech Center, new bookmobile, Edgerton branch remodel, and fully implementing technology.

Nelson has been a leader in promoting both literacy and education as community values through projects such as the statewide Sue Jorgensen Library Foundation’s “Wyoming Reads” celebration for 1st graders. With Natrona County School District #1 and the Casper Star-Tribune, he helped create the “We Read” program to reinforce the message of reading 20 minutes a day to prepare youth for success in life.

In response to new history curriculum requirements, Nelson volunteered to create a team of local experts to research, write, illustrate, and publish Natrona County: The Place We Call Home. Over 1,100 copies of this book are now in 3rd grade classrooms throughout the county.

When Nelson arrived, NCPL was one of the most poorly funded libraries in the nation. Working with the library board, county commission, school board, and One-Cent committees, he helped establish a functional library budget. Under his leadership, the NCPL Foundation was revitalized as a private funding source to augment basic public funding.

He served on the Wyoming Library Association Legislative Committee and was instrumental in creating the Public Library Endowment Challenge Match Program during the 2008 Wyoming State Legislature. This program continues to provide over $18 million of state funds to match private contributions for public library endowments for all Wyoming libraries. Nelson received the 2006 McMurry Wyoming Community Service Award and the Wyoming Library Association’s 2008 Distinguished Service Award.

Nelson says he will most remember developing and retaining an extremely strong library team. With his encouragement, several staff members have gone on to earn a Master of Library Science degree. Under his mentoring, four have received WLA’s Librarian-of-the-Year Award.

His vision and boundless enthusiasm for free speech and building our community’s future have helped create a vibrant, busy library that will continue to transform the lives of Natrona County citizens for years to come. Post-retirement plans include traveling with his wife, Beth.

Job Opening: Library Technician, Wyoming State Library

BAAS03-03351-Office Assistant 1
Wyoming State Library, Cheyenne WY
Salary: $1,978.00 – $2,473.00 Monthly
Open until filled

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Perform a variety of detailed administrative and clerical duties using library specific software.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The listed functions are illustrative only and are not intended to describe every function which may be performed in the job level.

  • Prepares, proofreads and edits routine correspondence, reports, tables, and records.
  • Processes and reviews routine paperwork and/or enters data into a department log or database.
  • Maintains department records system, including filing, scanning, retrieving and archiving documents, researching files, etc.
  • Prepares and collects timesheets for department or office.
  • Makes arithmetic calculations; prepares and codes billings; verifies receipts.
  • Greets and directs a high volume of visitors, deliveries and the general public.
  • Makes calls and answers telephones and may route calls to appropriate staff.
  • With appropriate information, responds to requests for information; and makes referrals, and resolves customer complaints.  This may involve research or agency specialized knowledge.
  • Processes and distributes all incoming mail; prepares mailings.
  • Orders, receives, stores and distributes supplies; maintains inventory.
  • Maintains calendars, makes appointments and travel arrangements, arranges meeting rooms.
  • Provides customer service, as they are often the first point of contact for an agency.
  • Assist staff with travel arrangements.
  • Maintains files and reference manuals/materials.
  • Performs some functions such as monitor budgets, expenses, purchase orders, contracts or prepare vouchers.
  • Because of the specialized nature of the job, may be required to train/guide others in an agency specific process.
  • Monitors pertinent office equipment such as computers, phone systems, etc., coordinating maintenance, etc.
  • Reviews and verifies data.
  • Responsible for assisting in the review, research and development of material and documents.
  • Explains or interprets procedures.

PREFERENCES: Preference may be given to applicants with previous customer service experience.


  • Knowledge of office procedures, filing, alphabetizing, English language and arithmetic.
  • Knowledge of modern office practices, procedures and equipment.
  • Knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet and email programs.
  • Knowledge of assembling, sorting and distributing documents.
  • Knowledge of reviewing and editing documents for accuracy and completeness.
  • Knowledge of methods used to tactfully deal with the public.
  • Knowledge of telephone etiquette and coordinating telephone and visitor traffic.
  • Knowledge of preparation of records, reports, and correspondence.
  • Knowledge of agency policies and procedures.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: High School Diploma plus 0-2 years of progressive work experience (typically in Business Office communications) OR 0-3 years of progressive work experience (typically in Business Office communications).

Job description and online application at:

Wyoming Library Leadership Institute Class of 2015

WLLI group shot
Congratulations go out to the Wyoming Library Leadership Institute class of 2015. Pictured from left to right:
  • Ashley Jo Will, Rock Springs Library, Sweetwater County Library System
  • Richard Landreth, mentor (WLLI class of 2001), Campbell County School District 1
  • Tekla Slider, Laramie County Library System
  • Sheryll Hampton, Sheridan College Mary Brown Kooi Library, Northern Wyoming Community College District
  • Maria Ricks, Converse County Library
  • Anna Smedts, mentor (WLLI class of 2013), Lander Library, Fremont County Library System
  • Chris Van Burgh, WLLI coordinator, Wyoming State Library
  • Patty Kearnes, Campbell County High School
  • Johanna Tuttle, Campbell County Public Library System
  • Jacqueline Kramer, Sweetwater County Library
  • Jacque Moran Strike, Sublette County Library
  • Tasha Reeves, Lander Library, Fremont County Library System
  • Brian Greene, Wyoming State Library
Not pictured: Jep Enck, WLLI presenter and facilitator, Enck Resources.

The Library Leadership Institute exists to provide opportunities for learning, mentoring and developing leadership skills to promote the personal and professional growth of the Wyoming library community. The institute is a tool for nurturing both degreed and non-degreed individuals in leadership roles. It is not a workshop on becoming a library director or a workshop on library administration.

What did this year’s participants have to say about WLLI?

Johanna Tuttle: “WLLI was so beneficial to me in both my personal and professional growth. The condensed knowledge imparted of best leadership practices as well as the cutting edge models from disciplines from neuroscience to quantum physics have given me valuable skills to use at work and home. Add bacon, yoga, networking opportunities with other librarians in the state, and a gorgeous natural setting to personal and professional growth, and I had an awesome experience which I recommend to anyone involved in the Wyoming Library Association.”

Jacque Strike: “Wyoming Leadership Institute was like a wonderful “play date” with a bunch of kindred spirits! Re-energizing and fun!”

Tasha Reeves: “The presenters and fellow librarians were all an absolute joy to be around and I was able to gain much insight and knowledge from this experience. I walked away with new friends and new ideas. I came back to work invigorated and ready to put thoughts into action! ”

Ashley Jo Will: “At the institute, I learned a lot about the qualities of effective leadership and conflict resolution. Although I’m not in a position of authority in my library, I hope to share this information with my boss and that some information is implemented. I will also hold on to this information in the hopes that if I earn a leadership position someday, I’ll have valuable insights that I’ve learned at the Wyoming Library Leadership Institute.”

For questions about the Leadership Institute, contact Chris Van Burgh at the Wyoming State Library, 307-777-3642 or