Monthly Archives: August 2015

WSL Recruiting for New School Library Consultant Position

official-logo-200For the first time, the Wyoming State Library has created a staff position specifically geared toward the needs of school libraries, teacher-librarians, and other school library employees.

“We want to support the staff in our school libraries,” said Jamie Markus, Interim Wyoming State Librarian. “They play a vital role – they’re teaching the information literacy skills our students need. Hiring a school library consultant will enable us to provide these employees with resources and guidance they can use.”

This new professional librarian position will be the first point of contact at the Wyoming State Library for school library employees who have questions or need to consult an expert. This person will create, manage, and deliver training and act as a liaison to educational entities, government agencies, library organizations, and other stakeholders.

“Research has shown that a strong school library program improves student achievement and that staffing is a key component behind a quality program,” Markus said. “We’re excited to take this step to support those members of the Wyoming library community who work in the schools.”

School Library Consultant Job Description:

This professional librarian position will create, manage, and deliver training on WSL services and other resources available to school library employees, and will serve as a consultant on a wide variety of school library topics. The ideal candidate will be well-versed in the unique requirements, functions, and needs of school libraries, and self-assured in their role as a liaison to educational entities, government agencies, library organizations, and other stakeholders. This position will also manage collection development of WSL’s library science materials, provide service desk support, and respond to reference questions from state agencies, libraries, and the general public.

For more information, see the full job description on the State of Wyoming Human Resources website at:

NMC Releases 2015 Horizon Report, Library Edition

2015-nmc-horizon-report-library-ENFrom the New Media Consortium website:

“What is on the five-year horizon for academic and research libraries? The NMC Horizon Report: 2015 Library Edition examines key trends, significant challenges, and important developments in technology for their impact on academic and research libraries worldwide.”

Learn more and download the report at

Three Free Webinars from United for Libraries

United for Libraries (Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations) offers recorded webinars/webcasts that you can access 24/7 from the comfort of your own home, work, or the library. Currently, they are offering three free recorded webinars at

  • Responding to a Budget Crisis (50 minutes)
    Learn how to develop a campaign for your library in a budget crisis from a group that fought for an additional $3.8 million for their library system. Find out how to work with the media, get publicity, find creative ways to campaign, and more.
  • Anatomy of a Successful Library Campaign: Real World Tips for Getting the Funding You Need (1 hour, 4 minutes)
    Libby Post of Communication Services and Doreen Hannon, executive director of the Salem-South Lyon (Mich.) District Library, who discusses the library’s successful millage campaign using the Citizens-Save-Libraries Power Guide for Successful Advocacy
  • How to Start a Friends Group (46 minutes)
    United for Libraries Executive Director Sally Gardner Reed with a free webinar on how to start a Friends of the Library group.

On February 1, 2009, Friends of Libraries U.S.A. (FOLUSA) and the Association for Library Trustees and Advocates (ALTA) joined forces to become an expanded division of ALA known as the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, now United for Libraries. United for Libraries is a national network of enthusiastic library supporters who believe in the importance of libraries as the social and intellectual centers of communities and campuses.

Basic Library Training from Idaho Commission for Libraries

able-iconThe Idaho Commission for Libraries offers online courses in librarianship at no cost. The free, online Alternative Basic Library Education (ABLE) Program provides basic library knowledge and skills for staff members who have no formal education in library science.

sable-iconThe free, online Supplemental Alternative Basic Library Education (SABLE) program provides additional resources in library knowledge and skills for staff members who have no formal education in library science. This program is a supplement to the ABLE courses.

State Library Employee Earns MLIS Degree

Angela Wolff
Angela Wolff

In May, Wyoming State Library employee Angela Wolff earned her Master of Library and Information Science degree, with a concentration was in management, digitization and preservation of cultural heritage. She began working on her MLIS in fall 2012 and joined the WSL staff as a library technician in September 2014. “I loved learning about special collections and preserving cultural resources, but I also enjoyed learning about programming library services and teaching information literacy,” she said. Her final semester’s project was a lengthy 100+ page electronic portfolio demonstrating her competency in in every area of librarianship, her work fueled by “at least one bag of Ghirardelli chocolate squares per week for 16 weeks.”

Did you know? Eleven of the Wyoming State Library’s 16 employees hold master’s degrees — 10 in library science and one in education. Our information professionals are glad to answer your questions. Please call us at 777-6333 or email any time we may help.

School Library Advocacy Packs Now Available

aasl_advocacypacks_200x300From the American Library Association

School library advocacy packs containing tools to spread the word about the many ways school librarians are transforming teaching and learning are now freely available through the ALA online store, sponsored by Bound to Stay Bound Books (BTSB). School library pay advocates pay only for shipping: $9 minimum shipping charge, may be combined with other items from the ALA store. The advocacy pack includes 25 copies of a limited print edition of the digital supplement AASL produced in collaboration with American Libraries, “School Libraries Transform Learning.” The pack also contains assorted brochures from the “School Library Programs Improve Student Learning” advocacy series, another AASL advocacy tool sponsored by BTSB.

Learn more or order an advocacy pack.

Job Opening at WSL: State Publications Librarian

official-logo-200State Publications Librarian
Wyoming State Library
Cheyenne, WY

Open until filled

The State Publications Librarian manages the Wyoming State Government Publications Depository Program. Responsibilities include the collection and distribution of all materials included in the depository program, oversight for the processing of tangible publications in the WYLD database using the WYDOCS classification systems. This position will also monitor the use of the library’s content management software in the curation of the digital depository, educate state agencies on the depository program and their statutory obligation to the program, and work with state agencies to increase accessibility to specialized collections through inclusion in the WYLD database or in the state library’s digital collections.

For more information and to apply, see the job description on the State of Wyoming Human Resources website.