Monthly Archives: April 2017

Nominations Open for WLA Outstanding Library Award

Outstanding libraries = happy patrons!
(Photo from Niobrara County Library.)

Nominate a deserving library now for the Wyoming Library Association (WLA) Outstanding Library Award.

This award was created in 2016, based on numerous past awards that recognized the great work libraries do through technology, special projects, programs, and more. The award is given for a significant special project completed within the last two years. The staff, library board, and the community or people served shall all be involved in the work for which recognition is sought.

To nominate an outstanding Wyoming library, visit the WLA website and click on the banner for “Nominations are Open.” Here you’ll find the requirements and criteria. Follow the instructions for this, or any other award nomination you wish to make. Deadline is May 15.

Questions? Contact Anna Veinbergs at

Advocate Wherever You Are With Virtual Library Legislative Day

National Library Legislative Day is an annual two-day advocacy event that brings hundreds of librarians, trustees, library supporters, and patrons to Washington, D.C. to meet with their members of Congress and rally support for library issues and policies. Participants receive advocacy tips and training, along with important issues briefings prior to their meetings. The 2017 event is planned for May 1-2, and registration is already filled to capacity.

If you can’t travel to Washington, you can still participate wherever you are. Virtual Library Legislative Day activities will be held throughout the week of May 1-5, 2017, and will be an opportunity for all library advocates to make their voices heard on a national level. Library advocates who can’t make it to Capitol Hill for the event can be a part of the effort by calling and/or emailing their elected officials any time the week of May 1-5.

Learn more, sign up, and find advocacy resources on the United for Libraries website. The Association for Library Service to Children also offers some great tips to prepare for Virtual Library Legislative Day.

Announcing the NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Library Edition

From the New Media Consortium

What is on the five-year horizon for academic and research libraries? Which trends and technology developments will drive transformation? What are the critical challenges and how can we strategize solutions?

These questions regarding technology adoption and educational change steered the discussions of 77 experts to produce the NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Library Edition.

Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six developments in technology profiled in this report are poised to impact library strategies, operations, and services with regards to learning, creative inquiry, research, and information management. The three sections of this report constitute a reference and technology planning guide for librarians, library leaders, library staff, policymakers, and technologists.

The NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Library Edition is published under a Creative Commons license to facilitate its widespread use, easy duplication, and broad distribution. The New Media Consortium (NMC), University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB), ETH Library, and the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) jointly released the report at the ACRL 2017 Conference.

Wyoming’s Bookmobiles a Valuable Service

It’s always a welcome sight when the Laramie County Library System pulls up to your stop.

It’s National Bookmobile Day, so we’d like to give kudos to Wyoming’s two bookmobiles that roll the roads to bring library services to tiny communities, schools, assisted living facilities, day cares, and more. In State FY16, Natrona County Public Library’s bookmobile circulated 21,975 items and Laramie County Library System’s circulated 13,235.

The Natrona County Public Library bookmobile, ready to roll.

National Bookmobile Day (Wednesday, April 12, 2017) celebrates our nation’s bookmobiles and the dedicated library professionals who provide this valuable and essential service to their communities every day. Wyoming’s two bookmobiles are among more than 650 nationwide (per Institute of Museum and Library Services FY14 data) that expand library services beyond building walls.

Enjoying a children’s book on the Natrona County Public Library’s bookmobile.

Bookmobiles give far-flung patrons a chance to browse the shelves for a great read, with assistance from the stellar library employees who work in Wyoming libraries.

Laramie County’s bookmobile shelves have quite a selection so patrons can find that next great read.

National Bookmobile Day is an opportunity for bookmobile fans to make their support known—through thanking bookmobile staff, writing a letter or e-mail to their libraries, or voicing their support to community leaders.

The event is coordinated by the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services, the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS), and the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL).

Webinar: Learn Practical Privacy Practices

From the American Library Association

Defending patron privacy in the library means more than advocating against the PATRIOT Act; it also requires a commitment to utilizing practical privacy tools and tactics that secure patron data and help counter unwanted online data collection.  Learn more about these tools and tactics during the 2017 Choose Privacy Week webinar, Practical Privacy Practices, on Thursday, April 13, at noon MDT.  Featuring three experienced technical services librarians, the webinar will outline actionable steps your library can take today to improve your users’ privacy.

Learn more and register to attend. Registration is free, but seats are limited.

WLA Seeks Candidates for Two Offices

The Wyoming Library Association is seeking nominations for two positions to be elected in August:

  • Vice President/President-Elect – serves three years: one year as Vice President, one as President and one as Past President
  • Mountain Plains Library Association representative – serves a three-year term

To learn more about the requirements for each position, see the:

Deadline for nominations is June 30, 2017. You may nominate yourself or suggest names for the committee. Questions or nominations may go to Susan Mark at or (307) 777-5915, or Richard Landreth at or (307) 682-9809

Happy National Library Workers Day!

The best part about working in a library is the people you work with! The staff here at the Wyoming State Library would like to wish all those working in Wyoming libraries a happy National Library Workers Day. NLWD is a day where library staff, users, administrators, and Friends groups recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.

If you haven’t already, check out Wyoming’s stars and nominate a deserving library worker. Also check out the Wyoming Snapshot Day photos from October—among the smiling patrons, you’ll find plenty of pictures of the people who serve them.

Wyoming’s public libraries alone employed 648 people in FY16, and the Wyoming Libraries Directory lists nearly 500 more in the state’s academic, school, and special libraries. There are more—the directory doesn’t list everyone. Today’s a great day to give a shout-out to every one of them.


ALA Releases State of America’s Libraries Report

From the American Library Association

Today the American Library Association (ALA) released the State of America’s Libraries 2017, an annual report that captures usage trends within all types of libraries. The report finds that library workers’ expertise continues to play a key role in the transformation of communities through access to services that empower users to navigate our ever-changing digital, social, economic, and political society.

Librarians provide users with expertise and the training needed to evaluate the quality of information in all formats. With the massive increase in the amount of digital content, libraries are ramping up efforts to make sure that children and teens are well-equipped to evaluate the sources, content and intended message of all types of media.

Libraries of all types play a vital role in supporting early childhood literacy, computer training and workforce development. In addition, they provide a safe place for everyone, reflecting and serving the diversity of their communities in their collections, programs, and services. Libraries continue to face challenges of censorship to books and resources.

Other 2017 State of America’s Libraries report findings include:

  • Academic librarians are embracing new responsibilities in such areas as scholarly communication, digital archives, data curation, digital humanities, visualization, and born-digital objects. Other emerging areas include bibliometrics and altmetrics, e-learning, custom information solutions, and research data management.
  • Public libraries nationwide are taking action, using signs and social media to proclaim “everyone is welcome;” creating reading lists on demographics, voting, social justice, and other hot topics; partnering with community organizations to combat Islamophobia and racism and to connect with disenfranchised populations; and developing programs to help community members spot “fake news” and evaluate information online.
  • There is some evidence that school library budgets may be increasing, after five years of reductions, and there is hope that the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) will be used in support of school libraries. The law includes language that allows schools to budget funds for school libraries and acknowledges school librarians as specialized instructional support personnel.

Read the full report for more library trends of the past year.

Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016

The American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has just announced its annual list of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books, using information from public challenges reported in the media, as well as censorship reports submitted to the office through its challenge reporting form.

Out of 323 challenges reported to the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, the Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2016 are

    1. This One Summer written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
    2. Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
    3. George written by Alex Gino
    4. I Am Jazz written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
    5. Two Boys Kissing written by David Levithan
    6. Looking for Alaska written by John Green
    7. Big Hard Sex Criminals written by Matt Fraction and illustrated by Chip Zdarsky
    8. Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread written by Chuck Palahniuk
    9. Little Bill (series) written by Bill Cosby and illustrated by Varnette P. Honeywood
    10. Eleanor & Park written by Rainbow Rowell

For an in-depth look at censorship trends, check out the newly released State of America’s Libraries Report.