Monthly Archives: November 2015

Wyoming Newspapers Named Among Best Genealogy Resources

For the second year in a row, Family Tree Magazine has named Wyoming Newspapers in its list of the 75 Best State Websites list for genealogy research. They state on their site:

We spotted a clear trend in selecting this year’s best state websites for genealogy: Many states are developing collaborative websites that give researchers access to digitized items from multiple archives, museums and libraries. With everything from oral histories and city directories to Civil War diaries and photographs, these sites offer plenty of material that could not only add names, dates and places to your family tree, but also add insights into your ancestors’ lives.

Making Wyoming’s historic newspapers available to the world for education and historical research, including genealogy, is the cornerstone of Wyoming Newspapers. Historians, genealogists, students, and other scholars rely on them to provide a first-hand and sometimes the only account of local news. Many newspapers only lasted a short time, and many have disappeared just like the boom-and-bust ghost towns of the past. Wyoming Newspapers currently includes over 340 historic Wyoming newspapers and more than 800,000 pages
Visit Wyoming Newspapers at
See the full 75 Best State Websites list from Family Tree Magazine at

Call for Speakers for Big Talk From Small Libraries 2016

The Call for Speakers for Big Talk From Small Libraries 2016 is now open. This free one-day online conference will be held February 26. Small libraries of all types – public, academic, school, museum, special, etc. – are encouraged to submit a proposal.

Do you offer a service or program at your small library that other librarians might like to hear about? Have you implemented a new (or old) technology, hosted an event, partnered with others in your community, or just done something really cool? The Big Talk From Small Libraries online conference gives you the opportunity to share what you’ve done, while learning what your colleagues in other small libraries are doing. Here are some possible topics to get you thinking:

  • Unique Libraries
  • Special Collections
  • New buildings
  • Fundraising
  • Improved Workflows
  • Staff Development
  • Advocacy Efforts
  • Community Partnerships
  • That great thing you’re doing at your library!

For Big Talk From Small Libraries 2016, they’re looking for seven 50-minute presentations and five 10-minute “lightning round” presentations.

Big Talk From Small Libraries 2016 will be held on Friday, February 26, 2016 between 7:45 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Mountain Time via the GoToWebinar online meeting service. Speakers will be able to present their programs from their own desktops. The schedule will accommodate speakers’ time-zones.

If you are interested in presenting, submit your proposal by Friday, January 8, 2016. Speakers from libraries serving fewer than 10,000 people will be preferred, but presentations from libraries with larger service populations will be considered.

Learn more at

Library Journal Calls for Paralibrarian of the Year Nominations

From Library Journal

Library Journal will honor one support staffer with its 17th annual Paralibrarian of the Year award in its March 1, 2016, issue. The award, sponsored by DEMCO, comes with a $1,500 cash prize and a reception to honor the winner at the American Library Association conference in June. The award recognizes the essential role of paralibrarians, now the largest constituency of library workers, in providing excellent library service. It places special emphasis on the efforts of the winner to further the role of paralibrarians in the library profession.

Nomination postmark or email deadline is January 11, 2016. 

For criteria and nomination instructions, visit
Questions may be directed to Rebecca Miller at

Database of the Month Archived Webinar: Wyoming History Day 2016

Here we use the 2016 Wyoming History Day theme — Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History — to explore some of our databases. In this webinar we look at several of the In Context databases (Science, Biography, World History), History Study Center, ProQuest Newspapers, and ProQuest Learning: Literature. Accompanying research guide at

Can’t access YouTube? Find an alternate video link on our webinar archive page.’s Cloud Library in the News!

This week, the Wyoming State Library announced a partnership with University of Wyoming Libraries that increased the amount of digital content available to Wyoming residents through the Cloud Library CloudLink service. See the news coverage from KGWN here:

Access e-content on Learn more on our blog at

Giving Tuesday: Four Resources for Your Library’s Friends and Foundation

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday, a day for focusing on charitable donations. This year’s is coming up rapidly on December 1. Most charitable donations occur during the holidays, and taking part in Giving Tuesday is a good way to kick off the season for your library fundraising.

Whether your Friends and Foundation already have something planned or are jumping on board just now, CauseVox has assembled “4 Must-Read GivingTuesday Resources” for you:

Read the entire article on CauseVox at

Star Library Index Comparison Tools for Your Library

Library Journal has has named 261 libraries “Star Libraries” in its eighth Index of Public Library Service, sponsored by Baker & Taylor’s Bibliostat. The LJ Index is a measurement tool that compares U.S. public libraries with their spending peers based on four per capita output measures: circulation, library visits, program attendance, and public Internet computer use. Scores on the LJ Index are produced by measuring the relationships between each library’s statistics and the averages for its expenditure category, based on data recently released by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for FY13.

Star Libraries demonstrate what exemplary library programs can look like. While Wyoming has many outstanding libraries, none was named a Star Library this year. Still, there are valuable tools to be found for finding peer libraries and making comparisons at Some questions for directors and boards to consider when evaluating themselves in comparison with other libraries:

  • How are your services, staff, facilities, and users different from a peer library?
  • What might your library be doing differently from another library that helps to explain statistical differences?
  • Does your library count outputs differently than a peer library? As a result, just how comparable are the figures on a particular statistic?

It is important to remember that statistics do not always tell the full story. That said they do serve several useful purposes in addition to comparison. They give some quantifiable idea of how busy the library is, and of the status of your collections, budget and staffing. They show trends over time. They provide data that can be used in advocacy.

The Wyoming State Library maintains a page of library and community statistics at For questions on statistics, contact Thomas Ivie, WSL research and statistics librarian, at or 307-777-6330.