Monthly Archives: April 2017

Free Library Continuing Education Events for May 2017

The May 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

2017 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees Announced

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, has officially announced the 2017 Teens Top Ten Nominees. This year’s list of nominees features 26 titles that were published between Jan. 1, 2016 and Dec. 31, 2016:

  • Black, Jenna. Nightstruck. Tor Teen.
  • Bosworth, Jennifer. The Killing Jar. Farrar, Strauss, & Giroux.
  • Bracken, Alexandra. Passenger. Disney-Hyperion.
  • Braswell, Liz. Once Upon a Dream. Disney Press.
  • Buxbaum, Julie. Tell Me Three Things. Random House.
  • Clare, Cassandra. Lady Midnight. Margaret K. McElderry.
  • Dennard, Susan. Truthwitch. Tor Teen.
  • Dinan, Kurt. Don’t Get Caught. Sourcebooks Fire.
  • Federle, Tim. The Great American Whatever. Simon & Schuster.
  • Freedman, Russell. We Will Not Be Silent. Clarion Books.
  • Glasgow, Kathleen. Girl in Pieces. Delacorte Press.
  • Gout, Leopoldo. Genius: The Game. Feiwel & Friends.
  • Hamilton, Alwyn. Rebel of the Sands. Viking Books.
  • Kincaid, S. J. The Diabolic. Simon & Schuster.
  • Landers, Melissa. Starflight. Disney-Hyperion.
  • Martin, Emily. The Year We Fell Apart. Simon & Schuster.
  • McIntosh, Will. Burning Midnight. Random House.
  • Meyer, Marissa. Heartless. Feiwel & Friends.
  • Mills, Wendy. All We Have Left. Bloomsbury.
  • Nijkamp, Marieke. This is Where It Ends. Sourcebooks Fire.
  • Russo, Meredith. If I Was Your Girl. Flatiron Books.
  • Shusterman, Neal. Scythe. Simon & Schuster.
  • Welch, Jenna Evans. Love & Gelato. Simon & Schuster.
  • West, Kasie. P.S. I Like You. Scholastic.
  • Williamson, Lisa. The Art of Being Normal. Farrar, Strauss, & Giroux.
  • Yoon, Nicola. The Sun is Also a Star. Delacorte Press.

YALSA is calling on libraries to encourage teens to read the nominees throughout the summer so they are ready for the national Teens’ Top Ten vote, which will take place August 15 through Teen Read Week (October 8-14). The ten nominees that receive the most votes will be named the official 2017 Teens’ Top Ten. Learn more and access a free Teens’ Top Ten Toolkit.

YALSA will award 50 sets of the nominated books through its 2017 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway, funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Application deadline is May 1, 2017.

The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country.

Vote Now for Your Favorite 2017 Wyoming Artifact

The 1873 annual report of the Wyoming State Geological Survey is one of the artifacts in the running.

The Wyoming State Historical Society, in partnership with the University of Wyoming Libraries, invites everyone, young and old, to participate in selecting “Wyoming’s Top Ten Most Significant Artifacts” for 2017.  Submissions received from libraries, museums, historical societies, and other institutions, were reviewed by a panel of independent judges to determine the top 15. The public is now invited to vote on the final top 10.

The program was created in 2015 to celebrate the state’s 125th anniversary, and it draws attention to the many fine institutions around the state that work diligently to preserve Wyoming’s heritage.

Voting ends on July 31. All ages are encouraged to vote as many times as you wish. Winners will be announced in September at the Society’s annual meeting. Peruse all the artifacts and submit your votes through the electronic ballot.

WSL Webinar: In Context Databases

Tomorrow, April 28, the Wyoming State Library’s GoWYLD Database of the Month webinar will look at the In Context databases.

Join Chris Van Burgh, WSL Database Instruction Librarian, at 11:15 a.m. MDT, for this informative tour of the eight In Context databases in In this session she’ll look at some common features to all and some cool content within specific databases. She’ll also look at some of the Gale produced support materials.

Register now!

WLA Conference Registration Open

Registration is now open on the Wyoming Library Association website for the 2017 conference to be held Aug. 10-11 at Sheridan College. School librarians can also register for Information Power, which will be held on Aug. 9 in Sheridan in conjunction with the WLA conference.

Events will kick off with lunch on Thursday, Aug. 10 (vendors will open mid-morning), and conclude after lunch on Friday, Aug. 11. Low-cost lodging options in the Villas at Sheridan College and in the residence halls are available in addition to a room block at the Holiday Inn.

The annual conference is a great opportunity to gather, connect, and learn with your fellow members of the Wyoming library. On the agenda are the opening keynote luncheon, author and/or legislative luncheon, multiple breakout sessions, vendor booths, awards reception at the Sheridan Kooi Library, and the Wyoming Library Leadership Institute basket raffle.

Find more details and register on the WLA website. Conference registration will close on August 1; no late or no-site registration will be available.

Library Advocates Connect with Congress

Representatives of the Wyoming Library Association (WLA) are traveling to Washington, D.C., in May to discuss key library issues with the state’s Congressional delegation as part of the American Library Association’s 43rd annual National Library Legislative Day on May 1-2.

Janice Grover-Roosa, Director of the Western Wyoming Community College Hay Library, and Ivan Gaetz, Dean of the University of Wyoming Libraries, will meet with Representative Cheney and Senators Barrasso and Enzi on May 2 to discuss key library issues, including funding of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

President Donald Trump’s proposed America First budget calls for the elimination of the IMLS and the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grants to States program that the agency administers. Each year, the Wyoming State Library receives approximately $900,000 in LSTA funds that support library services throughout the state.

Wyoming State Librarian Jamie Markus will accompany Grover-Roosa and Gaetz to provide information on how federal money is used in Wyoming. The shared catalog (WYLDCAT) and online resources that include ebooks, research databases, career training, and genealogy are among the many services currently supported by the annual LSTA grant.

A fact sheet on the State Library’s website provides a detailed list of federally-funded services. Because Wyoming uses its LSTA funds for statewide projects, every patron or student at any of the state’s 23 county libraries, more than 250 school libraries, seven community colleges, and the University of Wyoming Libraries could feel the effects.

“Library directors from around the state have been fielding concerns from librarians about how a loss in national funding would impact local services around the state,” said Grover-Roosa. “We’re doing our best to answer questions based on what we know and not jump to any conclusions. Whatever the outcome may be, our residents can count on their librarians to help them access what they’re looking for.”

The WLA representatives will be among more than 500 library advocates registered to attend National Library Legislative Day — a record-breaking number this year, according to the American Library Association. Those who can’t travel to D.C. have the option of participating in Virtual Library Legislative Day and connect with their legislators by phone calls, emails, and social media platforms.

Library advocates who aren’t traveling to D.C. are invited to participate in Virtual Library Legislative Day to connect with Congress from home.

WYLD Board Thanks Brian Greene

Brian Greene, “Our WYLD Hero!” Today, the WYLD Governing Board honored Brian, who managed the WYLD Office at the Wyoming State Library for 16 years.

The WYLD Governing Board honored Brian Greene today for his many years of service to the WYLD Network.

Brian with Wyoming State Librarian Jamie Markus.

“The WYLD Governing Board appreciates Brian’s 16 years of leadership,” said Jamie Markus, Wyoming State Librarian. “His vision saw WYLD through many changes and improvements. We’re grateful for all he’s done for the libraries out in the state.”

Greene has worked 25 years for the Wyoming State Library. Currently, he is the WSL’s Library Development Manager, a position he moved into in October of last year after 16 years at the helm as the WYLD Program Manager.

Greene’s also been an active member of the Wyoming Library Association for more than 24 years, serving as President from 2007-08. He was named WLA Librarian of the Year in 1999.

Public Comment Open on Wyoming ESSA Draft Plan

Perusing the shelves at Gannett Peak Elementary. School libraries are included in Wyoming’s draft ESSA plan.

The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) today announced the release of Wyoming’s draft Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan for a 45-day public comment period. After much work on the part of the library community, school libraries are included in Wyoming’s ESSA plan. Among the references:

The WDE will encourage districts to review and develop or enhance effective school library programs to provide opportunities for students to develop digital and information literacy skills. School libraries that offer up-to-date print and digital resources help improve academic achievement.

During the months this plan was drafted, school librarians and library supporters attended meetings and filled out surveys to provide their input. Wyoming State Librarian Jamie Markus and WSL School Library Consultant Paige Bredenkamp had numerous face-to-face conversations with WDE staff and participated in work group meetings. The end result after many iterations: school libraries are formally recognized as an essential component of Wyoming’s K-12 education system.

You can access the plan and submit comments through an online survey through June 8, 2017. You can also submit comments through public meetings or by mail. An online public meeting will take place on May 4 at 6:30 p.m. Anyone wishing to participate can register online. Additional public meetings are tentatively planned to take place on May 11 in Powell, May 18 in Riverton, and June 7 in Laramie.

Drips and Dropcloths at the WSL

Seed libraries might be trending, but at the Wyoming State Library we’re going for the greenhouse look with sheets of plastic throughout the stacks. Above, left to right, WSL staffers Robyn Mofield, Abby Beaver, Angie Wolff, and Travis Pollok are hard at work protecting the documents from leaks and drips.

Unlike a seed library, we’re hoping nothing sprouts. The WSL’s roof is slated for replacement this year.

Apply for Wyoming Historical Records Grants

The Wyoming State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) is offering grants of up to $2,500 for projects promoting preservation of and access to Wyoming’s historical records. The deadline to apply for the grants is June 1.

The grants are available to Wyoming cultural heritage organizations for projects to process, preserve, and provide increased access to historical records. Projects eligible for funding include: processing collections of historical records, digitizing historical records, providing online access to records, and attending training that will improve your organization’s ability to complete these types of projects.

The grants are available for the period of July 1, 2017 thru June 30, 2018, and are provided through the Wyoming SHRAB by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

All projects related to the mission and goals of the SHRAB will be considered. The application, guidelines, and a brief presentation about the grant program and how to apply are available on the SHRAB webpage.

Please contact Michael Strom, SHRAB Coordinator and Wyoming State Archivist, with any questions at (307) 777-7020 or  Completed applications must be submitted by June 1, 2017, in digital format toStrom at the email address above or mailed to his attention at the Wyoming State Archives, 2301 Central Ave., Cheyenne, WY 82002.

The Wyoming SHRAB promotes the identification, preservation and dissemination of the state’s historical records, by encouraging and supporting ongoing training programs for state, tribal and local governments, local repositories, organizations, and others involved in records care in Wyoming. The program is administered by the Wyoming State Archives, which is part of the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources.