Monthly Archives: July 2017

Check Out the WLA Conference Program

One session, “Explore, Learn, Create: Teen Engagement, Empathy and Activism,” has been canceled, and some changes have been made to presenters.

heading to the Wyoming Library Association conference in Sheridan August 9-11? Then check out the great lineup of sessions in the conference program. You’re sure to find something of interest.

The annual conference offers numerous opportunities to learn and to network with library colleagues from across the state.

Deadline to register is August 1. There will be no late or on-site registrations, so sign up now for the 2017 WLA Conference.

Archived Webinar: Personal Learning Networks

Just up in our training archive from WSL School Library Consultant Paige Bredenkamp, WSL School Library Consultant, is a newly archived webinar, Personal Learning Networks for the School Librarian.

Paige will take you through an overview of personal learning networks: what they are, why they are important, and how to build your own. She’s joined by special guest, Thomas Ivie, Statistics and Research Librarian at the Wyoming State Library.

Download the slides.

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

Guidelines to Plan Teen Read Week Programs

Teen Read Week is set for October 8-14 this year. Find tips to kick your TRW programs up a notch with  Teen Programming Guidelines, free from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).

These guidelines are intended to guide library staff who design, host, and evaluate library programs with and for teens. Librarians are in a unique position to serve as connectors, bringing teens together with resources that inform and expand their interests. Effective teen programs foster peer-to-peer learning and positive developmental relationships, leverage community resources, and enable the acquisition of twenty-first century workforce skills.

Teen Programming Guidelines was created in 2014 -2015 by a task force of the YALSA with feedback from the library community. They were developed in alignment with YALSA’s report, The Future of Library Services For and With Teens: a Call to Action.

July 2017 Outrider Now Available

Find a wrap-up of the latest in Wyoming library news in the July 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.

Send Your Updates for the Wyoming Libraries Directory

At this time of year, as public library boards are changing over, we’d like to send a reminder out to all libraries and their staffs to check the Wyoming Libraries Directory to make sure your listing is current.

The Directory is a resource the Wyoming State Library provides to help librarians connect and to help patrons find library locations and contacts. We rely on you to keep it current. Please take a few minutes and check your information. Updates may be sent to Susan Mark, WSL Publications Specialist, at She may also be reached at (307) 777-5915.

Get Ready for the Eclipse With

This year on August 21, a solar eclipse will make its way across Wyoming, for the first time since 1918. Astronomers, eclipse enthusiasts, and travelers from around the world are making their plans to join the many Wyomingites who will dawn their eclipse glasses and gaze at the sky.

The Wyoming State Library can help you prepare. Join our free webinar tomorrow, July 20, at 11:15 a.m. MDT and “Get Ready for the Eclipse!” with Chris Van Burgh, WSL Database Instruction Librarian, will take you on a tour of some great resources where you can learn more about the eclipse and find activities, images, and video.

Register now for the live webinar.

Webinar Offers Tips to Celebrate Friends of Libraries Week

Plan now for National Friends of Libraries Week, Oct. 15-21, 2017. United for Libraries will host a free webinar on “Celebrating National Friends of Libraries Week: Promoting Your Group and Library” on Tuesday, July 25. Although registration is full, a recording of this webinar will be available by July 28 on the United for Libraries website.

This webinar will offer ideas on how to celebrate the week within your group, library, and community. Hear from Friends of the Glendale (Ariz.) Public Library President Char Sharp, whose group won a National Friends of Libraries Week Award in 2016 for its activities. Learn about the ALA Store’s new customizable products designed specifically for Friends.


Kitchens Named WLA Outstanding Librarian

Karen Kitchens, the Wyoming Library Association’s 2017 Outstanding Librarian.

Karen Kitchens, the Wyoming State Library’s State Publications Librarian, has been honored by the Wyoming Library Association as its 2017 Outstanding Librarian. This award recognizes significant and outstanding accomplishments by a library employee in the past year.

“I’m incredibly humbled and surprised to receive this award from my peers and colleagues,” Karen said. “This means a great deal to me. Wyoming librarians are truly some of the most dedicated, hard-working, and creative folks within our profession. I’m happy that what I could contribute to WLA was of value to this amazing group. Thank you!”

Karen graduated from the Wyoming Library Leadership Institute in 2005 and has continued to display her leadership talents. She recently served on the WLA Executive Board as the Interest Groups Representative, and was the 2015-16 Patent and Trademark Resource Center Association President.

Left to right: Dept. of Administration and Information Deputy Director Russ Noel, WLA President Sid Stanfill, and State Librarian Jamie Markus with Karen at the award presentation.

“Karen’s an amazing librarian,” said Jamie Markus, Wyoming State Librarian. “Her dedication to serving the public, state employees, and other librarians is exemplary, but it’s her additional contributions to the Wyoming Library Community this year that pushed her into the realm of outstanding and beyond — most notably her part in organizing the 2016 WLA conference.”

Last year, the Wyoming Library Association was forced to cancel its annual conference due to library budget cuts across the state that would have devastated attendance. When an idea was put forth to do not just a virtual conference, but a hybrid one with satellite locations to bring librarians together, Karen, along with Chris Van Burgh, volunteered to do the hard work of organizing it. It meant many days locked in a meeting room with a flip chart, creating a WLA conference format that had never been tried, with the landscape shifting day to day.

Amazingly, they pulled it together in a scant six weeks. The conference, offered at no cost to Wyoming librarians, was a tremendous success, drawing more than 175 participants at nine satellite sites.

“Without Karen’s vision, enthusiasm, dedication, and hard work, the 2016 conference would not have happened,” WLA Vice President Katrina Brown wrote in her letter of nomination. “Her commitment to the Wyoming Library Association and the Wyoming library community turned a potential negative, loss of our annual conference, into an amazing positive. WLA and the library community are stronger because of Karen’s dedication and hard work.”

For her many years of exemplary service, for her 2016 conference efforts, and for her leadership example to other librarians across the state, the Wyoming Library Association has given Karen this well-deserved honor.



Elk Mountain Residents Are Library Heroes

Carbon County Library System Board Chair Joyce Menke celebrates after cutting the ribbon at the new Elk Mountain Public Library. Looking on is Town Mayor Morgan Irene. Reed Brannon, who headed up fundraising, is in the background.

The Wyoming Library Association’s 2017 Hero/Heroine Award was given to a group of dedicated Elk Mountain residents who made it possible for the community’s library to move into a new, expanded location. The award was presented at Monday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Elk Mountain Library, a branch of the Carbon County Library System, was about to lose their building. The Town of Elk Mountain, its residents, the Peter Thieriot family, the Double 8 Ranch, the Carol McMurry Library Endowment, and the Walter Scott Foundation, which consists of Suzanne Walter, the Dixon Family, Amy L. Scott, David Scott, and the Parker Family, contributed $232,197.00 to build a new one — bigger and brighter with updated technology and a children’s room. Mayor Morgan Irene assisted with permits and fundraising and local resident Reed Brannon headed up the fundraising committee.

You can read more about the features of the new library on Friday’s blog post.

“If not for the efforts of all of these people we could very well have lost our library,” branch manager Tammy Page wrote in her nomination letter. “Our library has benefited by gaining a great new place that will continue to be an integral part of our little community. So many people pulled together in so many ways. … The results of this will be so huge for our little community. We will have double our current space, as well as a beautiful building for future generations to come and enjoy. Most of all we did not lose our little library and for that I will be forever grateful to all of these wonderful people.”

The Hero/Heroine Award recognizes an outstanding person or group whose hard work has made a difference to a Wyoming library within the last two years. The WLA  Awards/Grants Group considers all those who contributed to the project as Heroes and Heroines.

Elk Mountain Library Branch Manager Tammy Page submitted the award nomination.

Local residents enjoying their new library.

A celebration like this deserves cake. Congratulations to the Elk Mountain community!