Monthly Archives: March 2016

ALSC Offers Toolkit for Special Population Children and Caregivers

lsspcc-toolkit-2015The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has a toolkit available designed to help librarians develop or enhance library services to special populations of children and families. The resource, “Library Service to Special Population Children and their Caregivers,” covers a variety of special populations including home school families and Spanish-speaking families. For each special population, there is a brief introduction; subject headings and keywords for catalog and online searching; resources for further study including organizations, online and print resources; subject matter experts within the library community; and examples of existing partnerships between libraries and community organizations.

Learn more and download the toolkit at

Free Art Books to School and Public Libraries in Underserved Communities

“Violet Isle” by Alex Webb & Rebecca Norris Webb
“Violet Isle” by Alex Webb & Rebecca Norris Webb

Wyoming public and school libraries may receive free art books from Art Resources Transfer’s Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program (D.U.C.). The D.U.C. provides public schools and libraries with free books on contemporary art and culture.

All public institutions who self-define as underserved may create an account and place an order once per year through their website at They emphasize service to rural areas.

This year, Art Resource Transfer is features over 295 new titles, as well as new educational and editorial content on their redesigned website.

Questions, comments, or suggestions may go to

Goodson to Lecture at the Wyoming State Museum

Paul Goodson
Paul Goodson

Paul Goodson, legislative and research librarian for the Wyoming State Library, is the featured speaker May 12 at the Wyoming State Museum, as part of its Spring 2016 Lecture Series. His presentation on “A History of the 1941 Cheyenne Indians Minor League Baseball Team” will begin at 7 p.m. at the museum, 2301 Central Ave. in Cheyenne.

Goodson, a member of the Society of American Baseball Research, will recall the history of Cheyenne’s last professional baseball team — how (and why) the team came into being — as well as biographies of the players, manager, and front office personnel.

Schedule PosterThe fate of the team and later efforts to return minor league baseball to Cheyenne will also be discussed. 2016 marks the 75th anniversary of this team and this presentation is offered as a celebration of this team and the great American sport of baseball.

Goodson became interested in baseball research as a child and has continued that pursuit throughout his life. He is especially drawn to ‘unexplored’ teams and topics in baseball history such as minor league and college baseball teams. In addition to delving into past teams such as the Cheyenne Indians, he also enjoys computer based simulations of historical teams. After researching the 1941 Western League he compiled data files that can be used with a free program (Strategic Baseball Simulator) to replay the entire season, digitally bringing these players of long ago back to life.

Learn more about the lecture series at

FY13 Report: Public Libraries Responding to Changing Needs

From the Institute of Museum and Library Services

IMLSResearch by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) found shifts in Americans’ interaction with public libraries’ materials, programs and services in Fiscal Year 2013. Public Libraries in the United States Survey: Fiscal Year 2013 reveals key indicators of investments and library usage at public libraries in the United States.

Of the total U.S. population, 96 Percent (304.8 million people), lived within a public library service area in FY13, and Americans made an average of almost four million visits each day to public libraries. This is an 8.2 percent decrease since a peak in visitation in 2009, although public libraries are increasing their online presence, and library patrons can access more materials, resources, and services online. Access to public computers and the Internet continue to be important library offerings, though the survey shows usage may be shifting to wifi. Libraries are offering more programs and the public’s participation in those programs is increasing.

Other highlights of the findings include:

  • There were 96.5 million attendees at almost 4.3 million public programs at public libraries in FY 2013, an increase in attendance of 28.6 percent for all programs since 2006.The role of public libraries as community gathering places is bolstered by these increases.
  • Attendance at children’s programs has increased by 29.7 percent over 10 years, with 67.4 million attendees at children’s programs and 6.1 million attendees at programs for young adults.
  • In FY 2013, 6,569 public libraries reported having e-books, an increase of 14.6 percent from FY 2012.
  • In addition to e-books, public libraries provide access to digital, audio and video materials. Like e-books, these materials can be downloaded and used either on devices loaned by the library or on patrons’ personal devices. Additionally, 67.3 percent of public libraries offered downloadable audio materials in FY 2013.
  • Public libraries circulated 2.4 billion materials of all types and formats in FY 2013, a 10-year increase of 25.4 percent. Libraries lent 835.6 million children’s books and materials in FY 2013. This is a 10-year increase of 22.7 percent.
  • There were 333.9 million user sessions on public access computers. This is a decrease of 9.2 percent from FY 2010.
  • In FY 2013, the public invested over $11.5 billion in revenue to public libraries. After adjusting for inflation this reflects no change from the previous year and a 10-year increase of 7.5 percent.

Follow this link for access to the Public Library Survey data and the full report:

Share Your Library’s Social Media Story with WebJunction

WebJunction-logoFrom WebJunction

A year ago in February, WebJunction began the Social Library series to highlight the wonderful ways libraries use Facebook and other social media. It’s a great virtual tour of how libraries are using social media to connect with their communities, promote services and programs, and engage with their patrons and fans. It’s a place to find quick inspiration, examples of innovative engagement, and stories of lasting impact.

From volume 18, Westchester Library System sponsored a Public Forum on Family Issues.
From volume 18, Westchester Library System sponsored a Public Forum on Family Issues.

In the 51 volumes published in Social Library’s first year, WebJunction has featured 220 libraries and organizations,in 43 different states, and 3 Canadian provinces and representing more than a dozen different countries.

Projects have included custom tinkerCad classes, a bilingual Employment Workshop Series, a Veterans Resource Center, teen job workshops, adult coloring programs and many more. You can see some of the most popular volumes on the WebJunction website.

Do you have a story to share? If you’d like to see your library featured in the Social Library series, let them know at, or find them on Facebook.

Learn more at

Registration Open for April 29 WLA Youth Services Meeting


Registration is now open for the Wyoming Library Association Youth Services interest group meeting, to be held at Campbell County Public Library in Gillette on April 29 from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Download the flier for full details.

Speakers will be Cody Allen from the Billings Public Library (BPL) and Campbell County School District’s Richard Landreth and Deb Lanthier. Allen will present “Equity and Education: Learning Labs in the Public Library” on the ideas and implementation behind BPL’s new digital learning lab. Landreth and Lanthier session will speak on “Augmented Reality,” exploring 4-D reality, sharing some apps, and engaging in hands-on play.

Download the flier for full details. Registration is $20, lunch not included. Register at — link in the bottom left corner of the home page.

Questions? Contact Darcy Acord at 307-687-9227 or

Uinta County Library Reaches Endowment Challenge Goal

Uinta County Library is the latest library to reach 100% of its fundraising goal for the Wyoming Libraries Endowment Challenge. The challenge matches locally raised public library endowment funds with state dollars at a 3:1, 2:1, or 1:1 ratio, depending on the county.

Uinta County Library raised $348,913 locally and received the maximum payout of $697,826 in state match. An additional $100,000 in state incentive funds were received when the 23 county libraries collectively raised $2.3 million. So far, Wyoming’s public libraries have raised $7.7 million and received $16.1 million in state matching and incentive funds out of $18.35 million available.

Learn more about the Endowment Challenge at Check on your library’s current fundraising status at

Search for Public Libraries Data from IMLS


IMLSThey were offline for a while, but the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) tools to search for and compare public libraries are available again. The tools use data from the Public Libraries Survey that collects annual data from approximately 9,000 libraries nationally, including from the annual reports of Wyoming’s 23 county library systems.

The compare tool is a great resource for finding similar libraries and analyzing their statistics for management and advocacy purposes. For example, you might find libraries with a similar legal service area population and see how their per capita revenue compares. You may access the tools and learn more about the survey at

IMLS also recently released Public Libraries in the United States Survey: Fiscal Year 2013, a compilation of national library statistics. Find it, and other IMLS publications, at

The Wyoming State Library keeps a page of state-specific data on public, academic, and school libraries at, including links to community data sources. Questions about finding and using statistics for your library may be directed to Thomas Ivie, WSL research and statistics librarian, at or 307-777-6330.