Monthly Archives: October 2015

Wyoming Students Invited to Compete in Letters About Literature

LAL The Letters About Literature reading and writing contest is beginning! Students in grades 4-12 are invited to read a book, be inspired and write to the author (living or dead) about how that book changed his or her life.

We encourage youth services librarians to spread the word to the children and teens who use your public library, and encourage school librarians and teachers to have your students participate in LAL either as a class project or individually.

Download full information on the contest here:

Wyoming students can compete for state level prizes of $150 for first place, $100 for second and $50 for third in three levels: grades 4-6, grades 7-8 and grades 9-12. National winners in each competition level will receive a $1,000 cash award; national honor winners in each level will receive a $200 cash award. Find examples of winning letters at

Entries will be accepted beginning November 2, 2015. Postmark deadline for grades 9-12 is December 4, 2015; all others are due January 11, 2016.

For school librarians and teachers:
The Letters About Literature Teaching Guide provides activities teachers can use to guide their students through the book discussion and letter-writing process. The guide addresses the LAL teaching strategies and ways in which the program can dovetail with national standards for teaching reading and writing as well as Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Also included are worksheets for duplication and assessment checklists.

This 23rd annual Letters About Literature is made possible by a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, with additional support from gifts to the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, which promotes the contest through its affiliate Centers for the Book, state libraries and other organizations.

Wyoming Residents Enjoy GoWYLD eContent on Snapshot Day

econtentOn Wyoming Snapshot Day (October 20, 2015) many Wyoming residents enjoyed the digital e-content — downloadable ebooks, audiobooks and digital magazines — available through

On October 20 alone, there were 739 electronic items checked out:

  • 3M Cloud eBooks: 264 checkouts, 61 holds placed, 206 active users.
  • OneClick Digital Audiobooks: 319 checkouts. Most popular was Below Zero by C.J. Box.
  • Freading: 12 users downloaded 27 ebooks.
  • Zinio: 129 magazine checkouts. Readers Digest was most popular.

These resources allow patrons to access the library from any computer or mobile device. Learn more at

Building STEAM Open House at Teton County Library Tonight

Teton County Library is hosting a reception tonight, October 28, in the Teen Wing from 5-7 p.m. to celebrate “Soundwave,” functional art pieces designed by Jackson Hole High School students and installed in August 2015. Learn about this exciting project in this brief video from TCL:


“Sound Wave” is the first project of “Building STEAM,” a collaboration between Jackson Hole Public Art (JHPA), pARTners and the Teton County School District.

Learn more at

Libraries as Busy as Ever on Wyoming Snapshot Day

Young patron at Campbell County Library, Gillette.
Young patron at Campbell County Library, Gillette.

Libraries across the state celebrated Wyoming Snapshot Day last week on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 by gathering more than 600 photos and numerous patron comments highlighting the great work they do every single day.

You can see all the photos on Flickr and all the great things people had to say about their libraries on the Wyoming Snapshot Day website. We thought we’d share a few here on the blog.

Patron Comments: Why is the Library Important to You?

“Books give me hope and something to look forward to even when I have given up hope on everything else.”
Student, Wyoming Boys School

An intense game of chess at Powell Middle School
An intense game of chess at Powell Middle School

“Our library is a hidden gem.  Where else can you find good books and movies and have a warm conversation with your favorite library employees. They are always go glad to see me, and, I am glad to see them, too.”
Mary Beth Faul, Lincoln County Library, Kemmerer

“America is so loud, on the whole! Libraries encourage us to be still. To pause, to reflect and inquire. Libraries are crucial to our inner existence and to our development as a creature of critical thinking. Libraries ask us to research and drink in more and new knowledge! Yeah for libraries!”
Allison G., Laramie County Community College Albany Campus

“Libraries represent opportunity – infinite opportunity – and this library is a particularly rich source of people, books and computers. People are always available to help in many ways.”
Sonja Turner, Cheyenne East High School teacher

Library Use on Snapshot Day

Picking out a book at Story Branch Library
Picking out a book at Story Branch Library

Wyoming residents make great use of our libraries. On Snapshot Day, Tuesday, October 20, 2015, the state’s public and community college libraries:

  • Circulated 16,294 items
  • Issued 111 new library cards
  • Added 960 items to their catalogs
  • Had nearly 3.4 million items available to Wyoming’s residents in their collections

From data collected annually by the Wyoming State Library, we estimate that on on Snapshot Day, there were:

  • 38,127 visits to public, academic and school libraries
  • 2,394 people using a public library computer
  • 1,333 reference questions answered in public libraries
  • 894 children and teens who attended programs at their public libraries

Many thanks go out to all the libraries that participated. See more Snapshot Day results at

LJ Seeks Librarian of the Year Nominations by November 2

The LJ editors are seeking nominations for the 28th annual Library Journal Librarian of the Year Award to honor a professional librarian for outstanding achievement and accomplishments reflecting the loftiest service goals of the library profession. These include:

  • free access to information for all,
  • encouragement of reading and of the greater use of books and other library materials and information sources,
  • enhancement and expansion of library service to all areas and constituencies in the community, and
  • strengthening of the library role and position in the community.

Who is eligible?
Any working professional librarian in any type of library anywhere in North America (United States, Canada, Mexico) is eligible. “Professional” means a person in possession of a master’s degree in Library and/or Information Science and/or holding a position designated “professional” in a library or library service. People nominated in previous years are also eligible.

To submit a nomination:
Postmark or email deadline is November 2, 2015; email is preferred. Send submissions in an electronic format such as a Word document or a PDF to Rebecca Miller at, or mail nominations to: Librarian of the Year/LJ, Library Journal, 123 William St., Suite 802, New York, NY 10038

Nominating letters should name the candidate and describe in 500 words or less why the nominee is deserving of recognition. Supporting letters and accompanying material will be considered, but the nominating letter itself will be of prime importance.

Learn more:

Job Opportunity: Dean of University Libraries

WEBUnivOfWyoLibLogoNEWThe University of Wyoming invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of University Libraries. The UW library system is a major research library in the Rocky Mountain region, housing almost 2 million volumes in six locations on the Laramie campus and employing 51 FTE faculty and professional staff, 21 FTE paraprofessional staff, and 19 FTE student workers. The Libraries serve a student population of about 12,841 at the Laramie campus as well as elsewhere around the state. The Libraries are active members in the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance and other consortia. The Libraries are recognized as critical to the University’s missions of teaching, research, public service, and outreach.

Full Vacancy Announcement:

For additional information about UW and its libraries, see UW’s general web site at and the libraries’ site at

UW Libraries’ Jenny Garcia receives Bernice M. Hetzner Award

Reposted from the UW Libraries Dusty Shelves blog

Interim Dean Lori Phillips presents Associate Librarian Jenny Garcia with the Bernice M. Hetzner Award
Interim Dean Lori Phillips presents Associate Librarian Jenny Garcia with the Bernice M. Hetzner Award

Congratulations to Jenny Garcia, Associate Librarian in Research and Instruction Servies, on receiving the Bernice M. Hetzner Award for Excellence in Academic Health Science Librarianship.

The award, given by the Midcontinental Chapter of the Medical Library Association, recognizes an academic health sciences librarian who has achieved a high level of professional accomplishment.

In her nomination of Jenny, Interim Dean Lori Phillips cited Jenny’s dedication and effectiveness in working with UW’s College of Health Sciences. Phillips said, “Her commitment to educating students, supporting faculty in health sciences, and providing leadership as a librarian is tremendous.”

Database of the Month Archived Webinar: Literature Resource Center

Come check out the new look to Gale’s Literature Resource Center. You can access this new interface from the banner on Literature Resource Center. The switch happens December 20th. In Literature Resource Center you can browse featured authors and works, find literary criticism, conduct a search for people or works, and much more.

Can’t access YouTube? Find an alternate video link on our webinar archive page.

Video Contest to Win Registration and Travel to Public Library Association 2016 Conference

From the American Library Association

The Public Library Association (PLA) has just opened a contest for two library professionals or library students to win their way to the PLA 2016 Conference, April 5-9, in Denver. The contest requires participants to submit a 60-second (or less) video telling PLA about them, their library and, most importantly, why they want to attend the PLA 2016 Conference and how it will help them to “be extraordinary.” Submissions will be judged based on clear, compelling and creative video statements. The top six videos (determined by PLA) will be posted to the PLA Facebook page for voting. Two winners will receive a free registration, four nights hotel and up to $500 reimbursement for travel to and from the conference.

The deadline to submit a video is 3:30 PM Mountain, Wednesday, November 11. Learn more at