Monthly Archives: January 2017

100 Years Ago Today: Wyoming Flag Adopted

One hundred years ago today, on January 31, 1917, Governor Robert D. Carey signed the state flag bill into law and the bison flag was officially adopted for the state of Wyoming. Twenty-three year old Verna Keays of Buffalo, Wyoming made the winning design seen here. (Photo from Wyoming State Museum on Facebook.)

The Senate vote was 22-0 with 5 absent and the House vote was 53-1 with 3 absent. There was a lone dissenter from Goshen County. The Session Law (Chapter 8 of 1917) can be found using Hein Online at

A search of Wyoming Newspapers, using the search: bison and flag, yields stories in the Rock Springs Miner, Wyoming Tribune, Guernsey GazetteBuffalo Voice, and more. These stories appear in the early February editions of 1917.

From the Rock Springs Miner, February 17, 1917, page 1:


The Great Seal of the state is the heart of the flag, this is within a white American bison, the monarch of the plains. The blue wbich comprises the larger part of the flag, Is pre-eminently the color of our skies and symbolic of fidelity and justice. There is a narrow line of white surrounding the field of blue, this stands for freedom of the plains and purity over all. All this is bounded by a margin of red, and signifies the red men of Wyoming and the blood of the pioneer.

There is a PDF of the flag that can be printed out and colored in CultureGrams.

All of these sources can be found in

Find Free Online Training in February 2017

The January 2017 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available. Every training opportunity on this list 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

Free Library Continuing Education Events for the Week of Jan. 30

Free, online, continuing education events for this week from the Wyoming State Library’s Training Calendar. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at

All February events have just been posted! So check out the entire month’s worth of offerings.

Nominations Sought for Top Ten Wyoming Artifacts of 2017

The Wyoming State Historical Society, in partnership with the University of Wyoming Libraries, invites museums, historical societies, libraries and other cultural institutions to participate in “Wyoming’s Most Significant Artifacts” campaign for 2017. Only artifacts held by institutions will be considered, not those held by individuals.

An artifact is defined as “an artistic or historic item (or related group of items) and may include a wide variety of things such as documents, books, photographs, recordings, artwork, and three-dimensional objects.  It does not include structures or buildings.”

Representatives of Wyoming’s archives, historical societies, libraries and museums across the state are invited to submit a nomination for one item from their collections that they believe has significance to Wyoming’s history. An independent panel of judges will review the initial nominations and narrow the submissions down to 25 items. The public will then have the opportunity to vote for their favorite top ten artifacts.

Nominations may be submitted using the online nomination form.

All submissions must be received on or before February 28, 2017 and must include a photograph suitable for publication on a website. E-mail Society headquarters at, or call (307) 322-3014 for details.

Public voting for the Top Ten Historical Artifacts will begin in April 2017, with winners announced at the Society’s annual meeting in Cody this September.

Archived Webinar: January 2017 School Library Resources at WSL


Join Paige Bredenkamp, School Library Consultant at the Wyoming State Library, on a tour of resources, including new ones, that are freely available to all K-12 librarians and staff in Wyoming. This is a chance to see what the WSL has available in terms of professional learning communities, tools for program support, free money for you and your library, and more!

Questions? Contact Paige at or (307) 777-6331.

School Library Paige: January 2017

The latest news from WSL School Library Consultant Paige Bredenkamp. Reach her at or (307) 777-6331.

Wyoming Legislature in Session
During this session the education budget shortfall will be addressed. Several options for reducing costs and generating income will be discussed. Find out more in the Wyoming K-12 Education Funding Deficit White Paper.

EdTech Team Wyoming Summit
This 2-day event focuses on Google Apps for Education. First 135 Wyoming educators to register will receive free registration from WDE. Sponsored by WDE and Campbell County School District No. 1.

Election Section: Inviting Students to Consider the Purpose of Presidential Proclamations
This Library of Congress blog post uses the primary source tool Chronicling America to study Presidential proclamations throughout our nation’s history. Explore with your students!

New Books
The Wyoming State Library has added Blueprint for tomorrow : redesigning schools for student-centered learning by Prakash Nair to our collection.

The Changing Role of Librarians
For an interesting look at how the role of school librarians is changing, check out this article from, “As Media Landscape Changes, Librarians Take on New Roles.” History Day Live Webinar Canceled

We are having some connectivity issues here and access to is very unstable this morning.

Today’s live webinar has been canceled. It will be recorded and posted as soon as possible.

Thank you for your interest in this webinar about our resources to help with student research for History Day.

Chris Van Burgh, WSL Database Instruction Librarian, has created a research guide that contains sample searches, sample topics from the National History Day site, primary source document sources, and a variety of webinars. The webinar will be posted there and announced on this blog.

Please contact Chris at or (307) 777-3642 if you have any questions on our fabulous databases!

Today’s Google Doodle Honors Bessie Coleman – Learn More in


Today’s Google Doodle is in honor of Bessie Coleman’s 125th birthday. Bessie “Queen Bess” Coleman (January 26, 1892 – April 30, 1926), was the first African American woman to become an airplane pilot, and the first American woman to hold an international pilot’s license.

To learn more about her life as an aviator, check out Biography in Context.  For a look at fiction and nonfiction books about her, go to Novelist Plus.  Both can be found in

(And click on the book cover to find this wonderful children’s book about her in a Wyoming library.)

Database of the Month Webinar Tomorrow: Using for History Day 2017

Join us for a webinar on Jan 26, 2017 at 11:15 AM MST.

We use the 2017 theme, Taking a Stand in History, to explore some of our resources. In this webinar we look at ProQuest The Arts, ProQuest Historical Newspapers, Wyoming Newspapers and a few In Context databases.

Register now at

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.