Monthly Archives: June 2017

WSL Closed for Independence Day

The Wyoming State Library will be closed Tuesday, July 4, for Independence Day. We will reopen on Wednesday, July 5. The library will be open its regular hours on Monday, July 3.

We celebrate the July 4 holiday in honor of the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on that date in 1776. Learn more about the Declaration from the National Archives.

Although we won’t be in the building, you can still check out reading material online — ebooks, downloadable audiobooks, and digital magazines — through

Starting Immigration Services at Your Library

Photo by Samuel Schneider on Unsplash

The Public Library Association (PLA) in partnership with ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) is presenting a free webinar, “Starting Immigration Services at Your Library,” on Wednesday, July 26, at from 12-1 p.m. MDT.

Are you interested in learning how to incorporate immigration services into the library? In this webinar, the Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) to share valuable information about their free online tools—immi and Citizenshipworks—which can be used to expand the capacity of your citizenship corner and provide people with self-guided immigration legal assistance. IAN will also discuss the ways libraries are currently using immi and Citizenshipworks in its branches. In addition, two public librarians engaged in working with the immigrant population in their communities will give examples of citizenship workshops and other programs at their libraries aimed towards immigrant patrons.

Learn more and register.

Wyoming librarians may also want to explore the citizenship resources in the Adult Learning Center in Learning Express Library and our training video (YouTube) on this resource.

What’s the Oldest Book in WYLDCAT?

Scan of the frontispiece and title page, courtesy of Matt Swift, Wyoming State Law Librarian.

Laramie County Library System recently blogged about the oldest book in their collection, an 1838 History of Rochester (Hey, Who You Callin’ an Old Book?!). Here at the Wyoming State Library, we wondered — what’s the oldest book in WYLD? Our Bibliographic Services Librarian, Bobbi Thorpe, went on the hunt.

The winner? The Wyoming State Law Library has a 1639 edition of The elements of the common lavves (laws) of England by Francis Bacon in its collection. According to Lawbook Exchange, “It was the first part of De Regulis Juris, a codification of English law that Bacon never completed.”

This book resides in the State Law Library’s historic collection, but little is known about its history. The earliest library stamp on it was from 1941, but it may have been added before then. At some point, this volume has been rebound. Although at the library you’d have to request this one at the checkout desk, you can see the digitized version any time on Hathi Trust.

Wyoming’s Horseback Librarian Report to ALA

Mabel Wilkinson on Joker

Just over a century ago, the American Library Association convened its 38th Annual Meeting in Asbury Park, New Jersey, from June 26 to July 1, 1916. In the published proceedings was a report from one Mabel Wilkinson, Park County Librarian, telling of her adventures when she was hard at work extending library services to the smallest places in Platte County. You can read the full account in Hathi Trust.

Over two weeks and 400 miles, Mabel “…visited each post-office, town, village, and hamlet in the county on this trip.” It was a two-week, 400-mile trip on horseback to places that included Lakeview, Bordeaux, Slater, Chugwater, Hartville, Sunrise, and Glendo. Only one place — Hartville Junction (also known just as Junction) — turned down a library. (You can read more about all these locales in Wyoming Places.)

After trying out seven other saddle horses, she chose “Joker” for the trip, whose former owner, “would not guarantee one thing about him, excepting that he had never done a mean thing in his life, that he was not ‘lady-broke,’ and was not overly gentle!”

Perhaps her most famous quote was not actually said by her, but was one she passed along in her report:

Not long ago I was greatly surprised as well as amused when a library director in the northern part of Wyoming, upon requesting a library organizer for her county, required: ‘A young woman who is not only a college graduate with library school training and experience but in addition must be able to get along with Western people, ride and drive, as well as pack a horse, follow a trail, shoot straight, run an automobile, and be able to rough it whenever necessary.’ Now, it has been proved that those qualifications all come as part of the business, as well as the fun of organizing in Wyoming.

Mabel went on to become the County Librarian for Park County. (You can find mentions of her in Wyoming Newspapers.) Her journey is a wonderful glimpse into both the history of Wyoming and the history of libraries in this state.


Troyanek New Albany County Library Director

Ruth Troyanek

Ruth Troyanek started on one path in life, then found her heart called her to librarianship. Now, she is the new Director of the Albany County Public Library.

“I was encouraged by my parents to become a scientist or doctor,” she said. “I earned a biology degree at Iowa State University in Ames. During college, I worked in a lab and realized I wanted a job working more closely with people.”

She earned a Master of Library Science degree at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, taking courses in strategic management, public libraries, collection management, and cataloging.

Troyanek brings 14 years of library experience to the position, the last six as the Youth Services Librarian at ACPL. After earning her MLS, she worked part-time and volunteered at several libraries before moving to Laramie and landing an internship in the children’s department at the county library.

Her internship eventually turned into a paid position. Later, she transitioned into additional part time positions as the Older Adult Services librarian and the Young Adult Librarian. She loved getting to know the library’s homebound patrons during the five years she delivered books. In YA, she started with just a few shelves of books and built thriving, grant-funded teen services with a growing collection, including comics and manga, and a weekly teen program, YAK. She left Albany County Library briefly for the birth of her son before returning to her most recent position as Youth Services Librarian.

Troyanek is involved with the wider library community. She’s given several well-attended talks at Wyoming Library Association conferences, and has made it a point to attend national conferences. When she travels, she visits libraries to meet other librarians and learn new ideas.

Troyanek likes to nurture strong relationships with librarians throughout the community, particularly in schools. Some of her goals as director are to build trust among the staff and community, increase staff training, and evaluate staffing needs and workloads in each department.

“This is a very hopeful time for ACPL’s patrons, supporters, and staff,” she said. “Recently, we opened the High Plains Seed Library, and we’ve made great progress with our re-labeling project to make locating books easier for patrons. We plan to overhaul our web site and acquire a mobile hot spot so we can do library card sign-ups and book checkouts outside of our buildings. Looking forward, we plan to set and meet larger goals for our community.”

Summer Reading Happenings at Washakie County

Summer reading is in full swing around the state. Shelly Nitchman at Washakie County Library shared these facts and photos about programs going on in Worland.

Have some great highlights from your summer reading programs? We’d like to celebrate and share them with the library community. Contact Susan Mark, Wyoming State Library Publications Specialist, at

Building a pallet garden: These were “Vertical Gardening.” The library used one-liter pop bottles, opened the sides and stapled them to pallets while the slats were vertical. The kids put their names on their bottle, put in the dirt and seeds. Library staff have watered them daily and on June 29, the kids can take their “planter” off the pallet and take them home.

Building a suspension bridge: The library had a “Building Bridges” day. Kids divided into two groups. First, they made a regular bridge from three-foot piece of heavy cardboard placed between two chairs and piled on about 10 books before the bridge collapsed. Then, they added ropes and made them into suspension bridges to see how much more they could hold. The suspension bridges collapsed with between 35-40 books.

Volunteer Lyle Spence and the yo-yo crew: The “Yo-Yo Demo” featured local resident Lyle Spence. He explained how yo-yos work, demonstrated several tricks, and gave yo-yos he and his wife donated to all the kids present. Andrew McIntosh, an 11-year-old patron going into sixth grade did several other tricks and talked about how he learned to be a yo-yo person.

Musical parade around the library: The “Making Music” day started with Dan Frederick from Hedge Music showing and demonstrating several common instruments. Then participants made musical instruments from recycled items — drums, harmonicas, kazoos, and guitars.  The kids used their instruments to have a parade from the back of the library to the front and to the back again.

Former AHC Director Mark Greene Dies

Mark Greene, Past Director of the American Heritage Center

Mark A. Greene, emeritus director of the American Heritage Center, passed away on June 21, 2017. The Society of American Archivists (SAA) has set up a memorial page for people to share their memories of Mark. Greene was an SAA Fellow and Past President.

Greene was the director of the American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming, from 2002 to 2015. Under his direction, the AHC performed a six-year comprehensive collection analysis, developed its first formal collecting policy, cataloged the entirety of its 3,000 collections, and implemented one of the nation’s largest reappraisal and deaccessioning programs. (From UW.)

Free Library Continuing Education Events for July

The July 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

RBDigital App for e-Content Rolls Out Tomorrow

Tomorrow, on Tuesday, June 27, the new RBDigital app will roll out, allowing Wyoming library patrons to find all the downloadable audiobooks, ebooks, and digital magazines now accessed through OneClick Digital and Zinio in one convenient spot. This product is part of’s e-content resources.

The app will be available for Android, iOS, and Kindle Fire. Not only does it combine e-content in one spot, it’s also easier to navigate and has expanded help screens. Zinio users can check out magazines within the app, rather than having to go out to the website.

Some good things to know about this change:

  • The migration to RBDigital will begin at 6 p.m. MT this evening, June 26, and is expected to take approximately 14 hours. Services will be unavailable during the migration.
  • Current OneClick Digital and Zinio users will receive a notification to download RBDigital. The existing apps will be supported through a transitional period, so users will not need to upgrade immediately.
  • Upgrading to the new app is optional for now, but the old apps will be retired sometime this fall.
  • Existing checkouts will not be lost, although materials will have to be downloaded again once RBDigital is installed.

Patrons needing assistance may call for toll-free support at 877-77-AUDIO (877-772-8346). Live support is available Monday through Friday, from 7:30 AM until 6:00 PM EST. Online assistance may be found by clicking Help on the OneClick website and going to the Support tab to fill in a form describing the problems. Or they may send an email to

WSL Webinar Tomorrow: Personal Learning Networks

What’s a personal learning network, and how can it benefit you?

Join Paige Bredenkamp, Wyoming State Library School Library Consultant, for a free webinar, Personal Learning Networks for School Librarians, at 10 a.m. MDT on Tuesday, June 27.

Paige will share an overview of personal learning networks: what they are, why they are important, and how to build your own.

Learn more and register.