Monthly Archives: August 2016

September Continuing Education Calendar

The September Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available. We have 72 training opportunities on the list; every one is free and offered online. Topics include advocacy, planning, careers, children and teens, collection development, communication, databases, managing change, fundraising, legal, management, outreach and partnerships, programming, readers’ advisory, reference, school libraries, technology, training and instruction, and volunteers. View, download, or subscribe to the calendar at

September 2016 calendar

Wyoming Libraries are Engines for Entrepreneurship

L2BLibraries mean business. This summer saw the release of The People’s Incubator: Libraries Propel Entrepreneurship (pdf), a new report from the American Library Association (ALA), highlighting how libraries work with entrepreneurs during all stages of the business start-up process—from writing a business plan and raising capital to performing market analysis and prototyping. Coming soon on September 15, WebJunction is offering a webinar, Support Small Business Development at Your Library, going over the basics to help your library be an excellent resource for aspiring and experienced business owners.

We know there are great examples out there of Wyoming libraries supporting local entrepreneurs. We invited Rachael Svoboda, Business Services Coordinator for Laramie County Library System’s Library to Business (L2B) program to share what they do at LCLS and how it can help your library.

L2B Service – Not Just for Patrons
by Rachael Svoboda

Did you know that the Library 2 Business (L2B) service from the Laramie County Library System (LCLS) is ready and eager to help every public library in the state?  L2B connects Wyoming citizens with Wyoming resources in business, job seeking, nonprofit stewardship, and financial literacy.

L@B coverAdding makerspaces and technology centers are important, but in our current economic state these services may not be realistic goals.  L2B is a more immediate and cost-effective way to expand public library services in Wyoming. The partnerships between L2B and the Wyoming business community support libraries as community centers.

For example, the collaboration between L2B and the Small Business Administration (SBA) has been presented to the SBA Rocky Mountain Region as a model for community partnership. Amy Lea, the district director of the Wyoming District Office, is working with L2B to provide a partnership framework that can be implemented in any Wyoming public library, regardless of size. Both the SBA and Wyoming Entrepreneur’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) have staff throughout the state who will reach out to their region’s public libraries.

Another statewide resource is the Financial Literacy Resource Handbook that L2B will create when LCLS hosts the Thinking Money exhibition in April 2017. The handbooks will include websites, lesson plans, and program suggestions provided by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation and Jump$tart Wyoming. They will be produced with Thinking Money grant funds and reviewed by exhibit partners such as the Wyoming Department of Banking, and will be available to check out through interlibrary loan.

DSCF0458Other L2B partnerships with statewide resources include SCORE (Counselors to America’s Small Business), Wyoming Entrepreneur’s Market Research Center and Procurement Technical Assistance Center, and the Wyoming Women’s Business Center (WWBC).

LCLS Business Services Coordinator Rachael Svoboda will be delighted to share information, suggestions, and contacts to help you and your patrons make the most of Wyoming’s business resources. Contact her at or (307)773-7200.

Find more information on the L2B program, including handouts and monthly newsletter on the LCLS website.

Svoboda_20aRachael Svoboda is a graduate of the University of Wyoming College of Business and a Standing Tall Member of the Center for Cowboy Ethics and Leadership. A Wyoming native, Rachael has working business knowledge of Casper, Laramie, Gillette and Cheyenne. She brings real-world business experience with Wyoming values to L2B.

GPO Publishes 2016 Edition of Keeping America Informed

keeping_america_informedThe GPO has published a revised edition of Keeping America Informed: The U.S. Government Publishing Office: A Legacy of Service to the Nation, 1861-2016. This edition describes GPO’s rich history and transformation over the past 155 years and the ways that GPO continually adapted over the years, starting with lead type and the “ink-on-paper” era during GPO’s first days in 1861, all the way up to GPO’s incorporation of electronic information technologies in the present day.

Learn more and download Keeping America Informed.

Donating to the Wyoming State Institution Libraries

GivingIsGoodWyoming is home to 13 state institution libraries that need your help. These libraries serve the elderly, troubled youth, incarcerated adults, and special populations that are deaf, hard of hearing, have one or more mental illnesses, or have a mental or physical handicap. They play an important part in the lives of many Wyoming residents — they provide one of the only places for education, recreation, and entertainment for this small, but important, segment of the population.

The institution libraries operate with limited collection funds, so they need your extra material, your gift books, your soon-to-be-sold-in-a-book-sale surplus titles, your just-replaced technology items that are in good condition and still work, and any other titles that will not fit on your shelves, but are too good to destroy.

Wait! Don’t  get rid of that … Giving is Good! is a resource guide containing profiles of the 13 state institution libraries. The guide lists the library material, technology equipment, and other recreational supplies that each institution library manager feels is most needed in their collection, the type/genre of items that are not needed or allowed in their collection, and contact information for each of the institution library managers, and an index of material needs (for easy giving).

It is important to contact the library manager first before sending any donations to make sure they can use your items. If you have any questions about giving items to the Wyoming state institution libraries, contact Thomas Ivie at the Wyoming State Library,, (307) 777-6330.

Idaho Library Association Offers Conference Discount to WLA Members


The Idaho Library Association conference will take place Oct. 5-7, 2016, In Idaho Falls. With the Wyoming Library Association not holding a conference this year, the ILA is extending its discounted member rate to WLA members. Register no later than September 20 for the full conference early bird rate of $190. Learn more on their conference website.

On this Date in Patent History: Resources

Telegraphic Transmitter patentOn August 26, 1791, John Fitch was awarded a U.S. Patent for the steamboat. The Library of Congress has same great resources here on the topic, as well as a page for younger students.

We did a quick search of Wyoming Inventors, one of the State Library’s six digital collections, and found a few patents on this date in history from the Equality State’s innovators:

The WSL is a Patent and Trademark Depository Library, offering resources such as Wyoming Inventors, Wyoming Trademarks, and help with patent and trademark questions. Contact Karen Kitchens at or (307) 777-7281 for assistance.

Happy 100th Birthday to the National Park Service

Gov. Stan Hathaway fishing in Grand Teton National Park. Photo from Wyoming State Archives.
Gov. Stan Hathaway fishing in Grand Teton National Park. Photo from Wyoming State Archives.

Today, August 25, 2016, marks the National Park Service’s centennial. To celebrate, you might check out the NPS site to explore places to go (especially in Wyoming), delve into Government Publishing Office resources, or even transcribe and tag National Archives Catalog digitized records.

Did you know there is a  Yellowstone Research Library? The collection consists of books, magazines, articles and pamphlets relating to the history, culture, geology, animals and plants of Yellowstone National Park. You can read more about it in the Spring 2006 Wyoming Library Roundup.

Hitting the road? We have a stack of Wyoming road maps you can pick up here at the Wyoming State Library at 2800 Central Ave. in Cheyenne, or you can download maps from Wyoming Tourism. For a little historical perspective, the WSL has digitized Wyoming road maps back to 1932 in our Wyoming State Publications digital collection.

Follow the conversation today over on Twitter, hashtag #NPS100, and go #FindYourPark.