The June 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 library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.
Just for fun at Laramie County Library in Cheyenne. The best part about dominoes is knocking them down! These tweens had a blast creating a chain reaction with book dominoes at a library program in May.
The Public Library Association (PLA) and Global Family Research Project (GFRP) have released their collaborative publication, Ideabook: Libraries for Families. This publication is intended to inspire libraries to create meaningful family engagement experiences by sharing the many innovative ways that their peers support and guide families in children’s learning and development in such areas as reading, mathematics, language and literacy.
The Ideabook is built upon a research-based framework that was outlined in PLA and GFRP’s 2016 publication, Public Libraries: A Vital Space for Family Engagement. The Ideabook highlights case studies from more than 50 libraries that are incorporating the five “Rs” of engagement—reach out, raise up, reinforce, relate, and reimagine—to develop meaningful, lasting relationships with families in their communities. It features programs from a wide variety of library types, including those that are well-resourced or lacking funds, and those that serve urban, suburban, and rural communities.
Ideabook: Libraries for Families and related resources are funded by a grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. For more information on PLA’s Family Engagement Initiatives, visit www.ala.org/pla/familyengagement or contact Scott Allen at email@example.com.
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has an advocacy tool to help school librarians generate and guide discussion with stakeholders about quality school library programs. School Library Programs Improve Student Learning is a series of advocacy brochures each designed to speak to a specific stakeholder audience within the school library community, including administrators, policymakers, parents, and teachers. Each brochure outlines goals and key questions specific and important to that audience helping school librarians lead unique conversations, set goals and expectations for the program and the stakeholder, and maximize the potential of the school library program.
The brochures are available for download or ordering from AASL.
Developed and distributed through a grant from the Bound to Stay Bound Books Foundation, this publication complements the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs. (Empowering Learners is available in the Wyoming State Library collection.)
We’ll have many more June events out soon. In the meantime, check out these free, online, continuing education events for the first part of 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 library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.
Join Chris Van Burgh, WSL Database Instruction Librarian in this webinar for GoWYLD.net Resources for Summer Reading 2017 . Also check out the great Summer Reading 2017 LibGuide, with resources to help you plan great programs.
The 2017 Collaborative Summer Library Program theme is “Building a better world.” In this session, Chris explores resources available to you in GoWYLD using the theme, but translating it in different ways such as architecture, community, leadership, and culture.
The Wyoming State Library will be closed on Monday, May 29, for the observance of Memorial Day. We will be open our normal hours again on Tuesday.
On Memorial Day, we remember those who have died serving our country. You can read more about the history of Memorial Day from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Three new cataloging books were added to the Wyoming State Library professional library science collection recently. Stop by our offices or request these by interlibrary loan if you would like to borrow them. Our professional collection has everything from children’s programs to library management — search titles in WYLDCAT or browse the latest additions on our Pinterest board. Questions, comments, or suggestions for purchases may be directed to Library Development Manager Brian Greene at firstname.lastname@example.org or (307) 777-6339.
Cataloging and classification : an introduction (4th ed.)
Lois Mai Chan and Athena Salaba
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, 
The fourth edition of the late Lois Mai Chan’s classic Cataloging and Classification covers the analysis and representation of methods used in describing, organizing, and providing access to resources made available in or through libraries. Since the last edition published in 2007, there have been dramatic changes in cataloging systems from the Library of Congress. The most notable being the shift from AACR2 to Resource Description and Access (RDA) as the new standard developed by the Library of Congress. With the help of the coauthor, Athena Salaba, this text is modified throughout to conform to the new standard.
Classifying church or synagogue library materials (2nd rev. ed.)
Dorothy B. Kersten.
Portland, Or. : Church and Synagogue Library Association, 1989, c1977.
Cataloging sheet maps : the basics
Paige G. Andrew
New York : Haworth Information Press, c2003.
With an easily understood how-to format, this ready reference manual will introduce you to the basics of cataloging sheet maps on OCLC, using MARC 21 and ISBD standards and AACR2R. It will guide you through each area of the bibliographic record, focusing most specifically on the title and statement of responsibility, mathematical data, physical description, main entry, and notes areas.
Wyoming Newspapers now includes 1944-45 issues of the Fort Warren Sentinel: “A weekly newspaper published by and for the military personnel of Ft. Warren, Wyoming.” In the first issue on February 11, 1944, Hollywood stars such as Jimmy Durante, Mickey Rooney, Abbott and Costello, and Bing Crosby wished the fledgling paper well.
The Sentinel is one of several military newspapers the Wyoming State Library makes available online. We also expect to add German POW newsletters from Camp Douglas and Fort Francis E. Warren in the near future. (Watch this blog for the announcement!)
Currently, Wyoming Newspapers includes:
The Wyoming State Library added the Fort Warren Sentinel recently with the help of the Wyoming State Archives whose archivists found a set of old single issues in their stacks and digitized the paper copies so the images could be added.
So this Memorial Day, enjoy these glimpses into Wyoming’s military history in Wyoming Newspapers.
Libraries are vital to Wyoming residents — and we have the numbers to prove it. The Wyoming State Library has just released FY16 public library data on its Wyoming Library Statistics page for the period from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016. A summary report, county rankings, and 5-year trends are available.
Among the report highlights:
- There were 3.53 million visits to public libraries in FY16 – 6 visits for every Wyoming resident.
- Public libraries were open for a combined total of 142,508 hours annually (almost 1,000 more hours than in FY15)..
- Circulation dropped slightly to just over 4.54 million, 7.8 items per capita (from 4.93 million and 8.4 items per capita in FY15).
- Public libraries held 2.7 million books and audio-visual materials in their collections, a decrease from FY15.
- All Wyoming public libraries offer free Wi-Fi. The 14 libraries that were able to provide this data reported, collectively, 237,321 Wi-Fi sessions in FY16 (37.5% increase over FY15.
- Public libraries employed 648 people for a total of 385.2 full-time equivalent positions.
Although these statistics allow for comparisons among libraries, caution should be exercised when interpreting them. Local needs, economies, geography and library policies differ, and that can be reflected in the numbers.
Questions about library statistics? Contact Thomas Ivie, WSL Research & Statistics Librarian at email@example.com or (307) 777-6330.