Monthly Archives: June 2017

Join the Fun at ‘What the Tech?’

What the Tech 2017

It’s back! The ever popular “What the Tech is That?” session is on the schedule for the Aug. 10-11 Wyoming Library Association conference in Sheridan. You can help make it a great time for all, especially yourself, by taking the stage as one of the session contributors.

“What the Tech?” is a rapid-fire, whirlwind tour of websites and tech tools. Contributors can have fun exploring new gadgets and gizmos, choosing and preparing a handful of topics, and trying to share each one in the 90 (or so) seconds before the bell signals the end of the round.

If you haven’t seen a WTT session and would like a better idea of what’s involved, find examples of previous year’s handouts and slides on the WLA New Tech Interest Group wiki. Also enjoy the video of last year’s hybrid conference presentation below.

Interested? Contact Thomas Ivie at, (307) 777-6330, or Paige Bredenkamp at, (307) 777-6331, for more details.



WLA Announces Conference Speakers

Garth Stein

The Wyoming Library Association has secured two top-notch speakers for the 2017 WLA conference August 10-11 in Sheridan.

The keynote speaker at the Thursday, August 10, kick-off luncheon, will be Stephen Hughes on “Influence: The Art & Science of Changing Minds.” This exciting program draws on the latest scientific research to illustrate how you can influence others to see things your way without resorting to manipulation. You’ll leave with practical ideas you can apply right away.

Garth Stein will be featured at the author luncheon on Friday, August 11. Stein writes for all ages. His newest novel is A Sudden Light, published by Simon and Schuster in September, 2014.  He has three previous novels:  Raven Stole the MoonHow Evan Broke His Head and Other Secretsand The Art of Racing in the Rain  and has authored the Enzo children’s series. (Enzo, Zoë, and Denny are actually characters from The Art of Racing in the Rain.) 

School librarians, don’t forget: Information Power will be held as a pre-conference on August 9.

Register to attend on the WLA website.

Tentative Conference Schedule:

Wednesday, August 9

  • 10 a.m.: Information Power

Thursday, August 10

  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Registration and vendors open
  • 12-1:15 p.m.: Keynote speaker Stephen Hughes on “Influence: The Art & Science of Changing Minds”
  • 1:15-1:45 p.m.: WLA Annual Meeting
  • 2-3 p.m.: Breakout sessions
  • 3-3:45 p.m.: Break and vendor time
  • 3:45-4:30 p.m. Breakouts sessions
  • 4:30-5:30: Happy hour and awards celebration at Sheridan Kooi Library

Friday, August 11

  • 8-9 a.m.: Breakfast with vendors
  • 9-9:50 a.m.: Breakout sessions
  • 10-10:30 a.m.: Vendor time and basket raffle drawing
  • 10:45-11:45 a.m.: Breakout sessions
  • 12-1:30 p.m.: Lunch with author Garth Stein
  • 1:30-2 p.m.: Interest group meetings

GoWYLD for the Great Outdoors

Lake Marie, Snowy Range

June is Great Outdoors Month, a perfect time to enjoy all the beauty Wyoming has to offer. Wyoming libraries can help you make the most of it with free, online resources in Check out these resources for inspiration:

  • Zinio Digital Magazines has a great selection of outdoor titles, including Backcountry, Backpacker, Canoe & KayakField & Stream, National Geographic Traveler, and Outside.
  • Total Boox (ebooks) has an extensive Travel section. Find guides to National Parks or Route 66 and other road trips — not to mention all the hidden gems in Wyoming. Get out and explore!
  • Wyoming Places gives you the scoop on historical and current information for everything from ghost towns and Pony Express stations to the thriving Equality State communities of today.
  • Bookflix lets you enjoy a video storybook as you explore nature with children. Watch their eyes light up with titles such as In the Small, Small PondBugs, Bugs, Bugs!; and Rosie’s Walk.
Log into these fantastic resources any time, anywhere, with a Wyoming public, community college, or university library card and PIN. Questions? Find help and tutorials on the site, or contact your local library for assistance.

Fundraising Tasks During the Summer Doldrums

Summer may be a quiet time in the world of fundraising. But that doesn’t mean your library’s Foundation or Friends groups can’t stay busy and make the most of the warmer months. CauseVox offers these six suggestions for ways to keep your fundraising rolling:

  1. Create a fundraising plan
  2. Conduct prospect research
  3. Start planning for year-end fundraising efforts (it’s not too early!)
  4. Prepare for your annual report by gathering stories and photos
  5. Host a simple fundraising event
  6. Conduct a marketing audit

Read the full article for details and ideas on each of these six tasks.

June 2017 Outrider Now Available

Find a wrap-up of the latest in Wyoming library news in the June 2017 Outrider newsletter from the Wyoming State Library. Subscribe today, and we’ll send the Outrider straight to your email inbox each month.

Have news you’d like included? Contact Susan Mark, WSL publications specialist, at or (307) 777-5915. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, too.

Supporting College and Career Readiness in Small Libraries

YALSA, in partnership with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL), is implementing an innovative project that will build the capacity of small, rural and tribal libraries to provide college and career readiness (CCR) services for and with middle schoolers. The project is aimed at library staff in libraries with a service population of 15,000 or fewer, as well as libraries that are 25 miles or more from an urbanized area.

Library staff may apply to be a part of a cohort of learners who will be supported by coaches and mentors, and work together to develop CCR services and resources. Cohort members will meet and work both in-person and online.

Future Ready with the Library Goals

  • Library staff at rural, small, and tribal libraries will learn effective methods for planning and implementing , with a local partner, CCR initiatives for and with middle schoolers and their families
  • Middle schoolers and their families in rural, small, and tribal communities will gain valuable future ready information that will better prepare them for starting a career and/or focusing on academics related to a career after high school
  • Middle schoolers in rural, small, and tribal libraries will engage in valuable career exploration and workforce preparation experiences
  • Library staff in small, rural, and tribal libraries around the U.S. will develop a set of model programs and tools that can be used by a wide range of communities and libraries.

Schedule for Cohort 2 application process:

  • The application for cohort 2 is now open
  • July 13, 2017 at 5 p.m. MDT informational webinar for potential applicants — reserve a seat online
  • September 1, 2017, cohort 2 application period closes
  • October 15, 2017, cohort 2 application status notifications made

Those selected to participate in the second cohort of the Future Ready with the Library project will meet face-to-face for a two day orientation just before the ALA Midwinter meeting in Denver, Colorado.  For more information about the project, check out our FAQ.

You can see the list of Cohort 1 participants and read about their work on the YALSAblog.

Use this quick online form to sign up to receive email notifications about the project, including an announcement when the next round of applications opens.  To access an existing compilation of college and career readiness resources, visit YALSA’s wiki.

This project is funded by the Institute of Museum & Library Services.  For more information, read the full grant proposal (.pdf) or the press release.

Grant Opportunities

Walmart Community Grant Program
DEADLINE: December 31
The WalMart Community Grant Program awards grants ranging from $250 to $2,500 to eligible nonprofit organizations that operate on the local level and directly benefit the service area of the facility from which they are requesting funding.

Sparkfun Community Partnership Program
This program facilitates one-time collaborations between SparkFun and its community partners to support the work of makers in the field. SparkFun supports organizations that support maker values of open source, collaboration, playfulness, learning at all levels, and making the world a better place through the donation of hardware, expertise, or money.

Sony Grants For Education
Sony focuses its charitable giving on arts, culture, technology, and the environment, with a particular emphasis on education in those areas. They seek to apply financial, technological, and human resources to the encouragement of the creative, artistic, technical, and scientific skills required of tomorrow’s workforce.

Michael and Susan Dell Foundation Grant
The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation seeks to fund projects that directly serve or impact children living in urban poverty, particularly in the areas of education, family economic stability, and childhood health. Grants can range from $500 to several million dollars, but the foundation will not fund more than 25% of a project’s budget or 10% of an organization’s total annual operating expenses.


Father’s Day Titles in Zinio Digital Magazines

With Father’s Day coming up on Sunday, this week is all about the men in your life. Men’s Journal is a men’s magazine with a focus on travel, sports, health, fitness, and style — and it’s available online for free to Wyoming residents through Zinio for Libraries in GoWYLD. Log in with your library card and PIN, and read it wherever you are on your computer or tablet.

In Zinio, you’ll find titles such as Esquire, Car and Driver, ESPN, Family Handyman, Muscle and Fitness, Outdoor Life, and many more. Whatever Dad’s interests — from fly fishing to fashion — he’s sure to find some great reading in GoWYLD.