Monthly Archives: April 2016

Preservation Week April 24-30

_pw16_logoToday kicks off the 6th annual Preservation Week, a national awareness campaign developed by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS). Preservation Week promotes the importance and understanding of protecting and caring for personal and community cultural heritage collections, including books, documents, photographs, textiles, artwork, furniture and any other collectible items.

Two free webinars are planned on April 26 and 28, both beginning at noon MDT. Although these webinars are free of charge, you must register in advance:

Learn more at You may also follow Preservation Week on Twitter and Facebook for the latest news and information.

Established in 2010, Preservation Week is supported by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS). ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.

Teens Succeed with Libraries Video Contest

YALSA is looking for creative video entries of up to 60 seconds in length that compellingly demonstrate to the general public how teens make use of 21st century libraries, programs and staff in order to succeed in school and prepare for college, careers and life.

Deadline is May 1, and winners will be announced no later than June 1, 2016. The top three entries will receive a box of books, audiobooks and graphic novels worth a minimum of $200.

Examples of content may include, but are not limited to showing how teens use libraries to do things like get good grades, explore careers, pursue hobbies, plan for college, build digital skills, create stuff, connect with others, serve the community, become engaged citizens, etc.  This is a great opportunity for teens to show off their film making skills!  Get the details via this online entry form.  This contest is being administered by YALSA’s Advocacy Resources Taskforce.

Plan for Virtual Library Legislative Day May 2-3

nlld-banner_1Virtual Library Legislative Day is part of the American Library Association’s (ALA) National Library Legislative Day, held each spring in Washington, D.C. This year, National Library Legislative Day will be May 2-3 in Washington, D.C., but you can participate virtually even if you can’t make the trip to Capitol Hill.

Virtual Library Legislative Day activities will be held throughout the week of May 2-3, 2016, and will be an opportunity for all library advocates to make their voices heard on a national level. Library advocates who cannot make it to Washington for the event can be a part of the effort by calling and/or emailing their elected officials on May 3, or any time the week of May 2-6. Visit this web page in late April for talking points to include when writing or calling your legislators.

United for Libraries, the ALA Washington Office, ALA’s Chapter Relations Office, and the ALA Office for Library Advocacy lead Virtual Library Legislative Day.

Laramie County Library System Selected to Host Thinking Money Traveling Exhibition


Laramie County Library System is one of 50 sites selected to host Thinking Money, a new traveling exhibition designed to teach young people and their families about money — including topics like saving, spending and avoiding fraud — in a way that is not only understandable, but fun.

Through an adventure-themed storyline, interactive iPad content and other fun activities, Thinking Money explores themes like wants vs. needs, preparing for a rainy/sunny day, and imagining your future self. The exhibition is for tweens and teens, and the adults in their lives.

Laramie County Library System will host the 1,000-square-foot exhibition for a six-week period between March – May 2017, which will coincide with the Library’s participation in Money Smart Week® — a national public awareness campaign created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. The Library will also receive a $1,000 programming allowance to hold public events related to financial topics, as well as training and support materials.

Thinking Money was created by the American Library Association (ALA) in partnership with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation. More than 130 public libraries from across the country applied for the opportunity to host the exhibition, according to the ALA Public Programs Office. The full list of sites that will participate in Thinking Money can be found here.

Lincoln County Library System Welcomes Michael Burris as New Director

Michael Burris
Michael Burris

Lincoln County Library System welcomes Michael Burris as their new executive director. He joined the library system on April 11, and will oversee its 35 employees, central library in Kemmerer, and five branches.

Burris graduated from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 2007 with a Master of Library Science degree, specializing in rural library systems. Before coming to Lincoln County, he served as director of Harlan Community Library in Harlan, Iowa, beginning in 2008. There he was also secretary of the Harlan Community Library Foundation.

His eclectic past history includes running a capsulating machine at an herbal processing plant, serving as the personal assistant to a stock trader, hiring crews for deep-water tanker ships, filling and tracking orders at a computer network equipment distributor, and administering GED tests at a community college.

“Since actually picking a career I’ve found it quite rewarding to work closely with the public on literacy, which I am passionate about,” he said. “Literacy is the foundation of our society.

“Without literacy, you can only do what you’ve been shown, and what you’re told to do. With the ability to read, a person has the tools to take control of their own life, whether economically, creatively, or just being able to fish successfully. Literacy is key to controlling your own circumstances.”

The Burris’ move from Iowa was “about a thousand miles west and a mile straight up,” but the Burris family are all happy with their new home in Kemmerer. “Everyone has been quite welcoming, which can be a little disconcerting to an Iowa native. In The Music Man, it’s quite true when they sing ‘glad to have you with us / even if we may not ever mention it again,’ The friendly welcomes have been overwhelming, and the help to get us settled has been invaluable.”

Burris said it was time for him to move on from Iowa and grapple with new challenges after a major project that led to about a 10 percent increase in circulation. His move included his wife of 21 years, three of their four children (“the fourth felt that dropping out of Iowa State University to join the family would destroy his GPA”), and three cats.

Database of the Month Archived Webinar: Discover the Arts in

Let’s explore the arts! You will find quite a variety of resources in — everything  from The Vogue Archive, articles on film making, architecture, American art, and more.

Can’t access YouTube? Find an alternate video link on our webinar archive page, along with links to many more recorded training videos.

You’re Invited to Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Día on April 30

From the ALSC blog

151223-alsc-dia-20th-anniversary-web-badge-300x300El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros is a celebration of children and reading across all language and cultures. While it is intended to be celebrated all year long, the culminating event is held annually on April 30. This year is the 20th anniversary of promoting literacy for all children from all backgrounds through Día. Check the Día website to discover a wealth of information, including the history of the celebration and how it came to mean what it does; booklists; and tons of suggested activities. Support materials include downloadable publicity, coloring sheets, bookmarks, and activity sheets.

Many different programs fit under the vast umbrella of Día celebrations at libraries across the country. The program registry on the above webpage allows you to publicize your own programs, as well as to look at what others are offering. Location, time, and descriptive information are provided. Registrations so far include libraries from Louisiana to Michigan and California to Massachusetts. There are no registrations yet from Wyoming, but there is still time to sign up.

See some of the programs libraries are planning over on the ALSC blog.