Monthly Archives: June 2017

Archived Webinar: Learning Express Careers and Computers

Just up in our webinar archive is the latest Database of the Month webinar: Job & Career Accelerator and Computer Skills Center.

In this session, WSL Database Instruction Librarian Chris Van Burgh will take you through two great new additions to Learning Express Library. In Job & Career Accelerator, you can search for jobs or internships, try out the Career Match and Explore Occupations tools, and build up your resume. In the Computer Skills Center, brush up on Microsoft PowerPoint or learn Adobe Illustrator, and find out more about your computer operating system. It’s one of the many resources available in

Find more archived database training in our webinars index and see upcoming events on our training calendar.

Celebrating Flag Day in Wyoming Newspapers

That the flag of the United States shall be of thirteen stripes of alternate red and white, with a union of thirteen stars of white in a blue field, representing the new constellation.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, this was the resolution adopted by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777, following the report of a special committee that had been assigned to suggest the flag’s design. Schools all over the country began holding Flag Day celebrations in the late 1800s, but it wasn’t until 1916 when President Wilson issued a proclamation asking for June 14 to be observed as the National Flag Day. On August 3, 1949, Congress approved the national observance, and President Harry Truman signed it into law.

You can find many instances of Flag Day celebrations in Wyoming Newspapers dating back to the 1800s — search for “Flag Day” in quotes to find a bunch.

A headline in the June 9, 1943 Slip Stream, the official paper of the Army Air Base in Casper, proclaimed: “Air Base Will Take Part in Flag Day Parade.” The event was sponsored by the Casper Elks club with assistance from Air Base personnel. Businesses planned to close for the parade, which was “expected to be one of the largest ever held in Casper and hundreds of Air Base troops will participate. Scheduled to take part are the Air Base color guards, and many other units.”

The Slip Stream is one of several historical military newspapers freely accessible online in Wyoming Newspapers. 


Marple Named Lander Branch Manager

Anita Marple recently was named manager of the Lander Branch Library, part of the Fremont County Library System. “Anita is very service oriented, said Janette McMahon, the library system’s Executive Director. “I can’t wait to see what she has in store for the Lander branch.”

The library has been a big part of Marple’s life ever since she came to Fremont County. “The Lander Library was the first place I took my two children when we moved to Lander 15 years ago,” she said. “From the very first visit we felt welcomed by the children’s staff in particular and quickly became regular visitors.”

As her children grew, she began volunteering with the Lander Library Friends Association, serving on its board for four years before she was hired by Barbara Oakleaf in 2011 to work in the children’s department part-time. Not long after her hire, she started the Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) process, taking online courses with the support of Carol McMurry Library Endowment grants. In 2013, she took the full-time children’s position when Becky Packer retired.

“I appreciate this opportunity,” Marple said. “We’ve got intelligent, creative staff who are committed to excellent service to the wonderful variety of people in the Lander community.

As she settles into the groove of leading the Lander team, she hopes to encourage new avenues to engage current patrons and welcome new ones, as well as to develop more partnerships with groups in the community.  “We provide access to excellent resources. Promoting what we do and what we offer will be necessary to show that the library truly is the hub of the community.”

Marple holds a B.S. degree in Sociology and Cultural Anthropology from Missouri State University.  Prior to joining the library world, she worked in campus ministry, early childhood education, and bookstores.

She grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, on the north bank of the Missouri River in a good-sized Italian family (with Scots-Irish thrown in) of 10 kids. “My maiden name is Giovagnoli, which is not so common in the US, but in Italy it’s equivalent to ‘Smith.'” A fun random fact: her father was the inventor of the modern arm-style commercial baseball pitching machine, the  “Iron Mike,” used by most of the major league baseball teams for training.

McMahon to Lead Fremont County Library System

Janette McMahon has been chosen as the new Executive Director for the Fremont County Library System. Prior to her move to Wyoming, she was Director of the West Liberty Public Library for 22 years in her hometown of West Liberty, Iowa.

A quote McMahon said has driven her career in library service is from Ray Bradbury: “Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future” She started in library work as a children’s librarian. “I definitely gained new respect for daycare providers, teachers, and library children’s department staff during the short time I did that.”

Now, after many years in libraries, “I’m looking forward to the challenges of the Fremont County Library System and working with the creative staff here. Not to mention the great location!”

In her free time, McMahon enjoys hiking, cycling, reading (particularly historical fiction), and sewing. She also loves to travel with her family, exploring the United States and abroad.

Hadaway Named LCCC Associate Dean

Maura Hadaway

Maura Hadaway has been named Associate Dean of the Library & Learning Commons at Laramie County Community College. She served in this position in an interim capacity beginning January, 2017.

Maura most recently worked as an Instructor of Computer Information Systems at LCCC. She has also been an electronic resources licensing agent for a nationwide library consortia and a project manager in the telecom industry. A former LCCC student, she also has worked as administrative assistant and copy cataloger for the college’s Ludden Library. Maura has a Bachelor of Science in History from the University of Wyoming and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Washington.

Maura is very excited about her return to “Library Land,” as she affectionately calls the world of libraries.

GoWYLD Webinar Tomorrow: Job & Career Accelerator

Not long ago, we announced the addition of new resources to Learning Express Library. Now, you can take a tour of these new tools in the Database of the Month webinar tomorrow, Job & Career Accelerator and Computer Skills Center.

Join Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian Chris Van Burgh at 11:15 a.m. MDT on Tuesday, June 13 to take a tour. Explore occupations, search for jobs or internships, try out Career Match, and build up your resume. In the Computer Skills Center, brush up on Microsoft PowerPoint, learn Adobe Illustrator, find out more about your computer operating system, and more. Learning Express is one of the many online resources free to any Wyoming resident.

Learn more and register.

Nominate Someone for I Love My Librarian Award

The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting nominations for the 2017 I Love My Librarian Award, which recognizes the public service contributions that librarians make in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. The national award invites the public to nominate their favorite librarians working in public, school, college, community college or university libraries. Nominations can be made now through September 18 at

Contributions from last year’s winning librarians include providing a safe haven and emergency relief services during natural disasters, working with students with learning or behavioral challenges and youths in foster care and using skills as a former chef to teach the community about cooking healthy meals.

Each winner will receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the I Love My Librarian Award ceremony and reception in New York City on November 30, 2017, hosted by the philanthropic foundation and award sponsor, Carnegie Corporation of New York. The ALA will select up to 10 award recipients.

Natrona County a NASA@ My Library Partner

Natrona County Library is one of 75 U.S. public libraries selected to receive resources, training and support through NASA@ My Library, a STEM education initiative that will increase and enhance STEM learning opportunities for library patrons throughout the nation, including geographic areas and populations currently underserved in STEM education. The libraries were selected through a competitive application process from a pool of more than 500 applicants.

Natrona County Library provided us this article from their newsletter on this exciting project:

By Jerry Jones
Youth Services Manager, Natrona County Library

The 2017 Eclipse is one example of how we strive to engage our community in unique ways. We have hosted educational programs on what happens during an eclipse, held crafty afternoons intended to stir up interest, and even planned our summer reading program around this once-in-a-lifetime event. And now, as one of 75 libraries nationwide selected to be a part of NASA@ My Library (a national earth and space science initiative that connects NASA, public libraries and their communities), we’ll continue to build on the excitement of being on that path of totality and to focus more of our programming on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) over the next 18 months.

The purpose of NASA@ My Library is to increase and enhance STEM learning opportunities for library patrons throughout the nation, particularly geographic areas and populations currently underserved in STEM education. We will soon receive two STEM Facilitation Kits that include tools and handson activities that emphasize subjects like Sun-Earth-Moon connections and expanding your senses. A telescope, pair of binoculars, microscope, green screen backdrop, infrared thermometer as well as robotics and coding toys and solar viewing glasses are a few of the items expected to be included.

Partners are also encouraged to collaborate with subject matter experts from NASA-related organizations such as their Solar System Ambassador Program and Science-Technology Activities and Resources Library Education Network—the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning that provides interactive STEM exhibits, programming, and training to public libraries. We’re excited to be hosting two such programs on August 14, featuring astronomer Kevin Manning, a former NASA consultant. The Universe at your Fingertips will take place at our Tween Monday program at 2 p.m. and The Universe and An All American Total Solar Eclipse for adults and families will start at 7 p.m.

The Eclipse has definitely generated a heightened interest in space and science here in our community, and we are looking forward to this opportunity that we have been given to reach for the stars and take it to the next level.

The NASA@ My Library project is led by the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute. Partners include the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, Pacific Science Center, Cornerstones of Science, and Education Development Center. NASA@ My Library is made possible through the support of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate as part of its STEM Activation program.

People News

Nancy McDaniel retired at the end of May after 27 years as the children’s specialist at Sublette County Library. One patron said, “Nancy quickly learned my children’s names and always had a smile, making us feel welcome and happy to be at the library.” Speaking of happy, she’s joined in this photo by Evie, daughter of co-worker Michelle Humber. A reception for Nancy was held at the library on May 31.


Sheryll Hampton, technical services and inter-library loan specialist, is saying farewell to the Sheridan College Kooi library and Wyoming. In July, she will be the Collection Management Services Librarian at her alma mater, Northwest Nazarene University. Sheryll worked at the college for four years and earned her MLIS from San Jose State University in 2015.


Jessica Anders has joined Eastern Wyoming College as the Library Technician.  Jessica is a recent graduate of the University of Wyoming.


Patience Engavo has been named the Fort Washakie School/Community Library Student of the Year.  The honor goes to a unique child who shows resolve, commitment to literacy, and a notable work ethic. Patience is a special needs student who worked as a “sorter and arranger” of easy books. She demonstrated a cheerful attitude, helping several days each week, and improved her independent skills. Patience is a great help to the library staff.


Kathy Bjornestad has been elected to the executive board of Wyoming Writers, Inc., a statewide writers’ organization. Kathy Bjornestad is the Library Media Specialist at Sundance Elementary and is a former secondary English teacher. She has been a member of Wyoming Writers since 1990 and is also an active member of Bear Lodge Writers and Black Hills Fiction Writers.

Susan Mark has been elected President of WyoPoets, a statewide poetry organization. She works as a Publication Specialist at the Wyoming State Library.

Library Media Specialist Lori Clark-Erickson will retire this summer after 15 years with the Teton County School District. Among many projects for Jackson Hole High School in recent years, Lori helped students with in-depth research for National History Day, mentored National Honor Society students, and helped coordinate and run the Model UN. She was a teacher for a total of 22 years, and has impacted thousands of student lives. Lori has served on many state committees and been a dedicated member of Wyoming Library Association and the School Library Interest Group. She will seek out new professional challenges after retirement, and also hopes find time to garden, rock climb, bike, ski, sew, and knit.


Tiffany Russell, the Acquisitions and Resources Manager for the Carbon County Library System, and formerly Saratoga Library Branch Manager, departed at the end of May. Tiffany was with the CCLS for almost two years after starting her career in Colorado. She’ll be moving to Jackson with her family.


Naomi Manley, formerly a Library Assistant at the Rawlins Library, is taking over the Acquisitions and Resources Manager position at Carbon County Library System. Naomi lives in the Platte Valley, and enjoys spending long afternoons at the lake with her well-read giant schnauzer, Jasper.


David Kruger, University of Wyoming Agricultural Research and Instruction Librarian, recently saw his J.C. Penney: The Man, the Store, and American Agriculture published by University of Oklahoma Press. The book was released in hardback and e-book formats on May 25, 2017.


Donnie Claunch, Library Specialist – Day Circulation at the Goodstein Foundation Library, was named Employee of the Month for March 2017 by the Casper College Staff Alliance.


Libby Ngo was named Employee of the Month for April 2017 by the Casper College Staff Alliance. Ngo is an Acquisitions & Cataloging Library Specialist and has worked for the college’s Goodstein Foundation Library since 1998.