Monthly Archives: August 2017

August 2017 Outrider Now Available

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

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A-Tisket, a-Tasket, a WLLI Basket!

From Anna Smedts, WLLI Advisor

Congratulations to all our basket winners and a HUGE THANKS to all those who so graciously (and creatively!) contributed to the Wyoming Library Leadership Institute (WLLI) basket fundraiser.

At the drawing (L to R): Johanna Tuttle, Abby Beaver, Darcy Acord, Chris Van Burgh, and Anna Smedts.

This year, the baskets were especially eye-catching and generously stuffed, drawing in many last-minute ticket purchasers with hopes of taking home the bounty. The “Basque-kit,” “Spirit of Sheridan,” “Devil’s Tower,” and “Wyoming Redneck” baskets were popular and fun reflections of our Wyoming culture. Raffle contestants were hard-pressed to choose between titles like “Zen and the Art of Gardening,” “Don’t Mess With a Princess,” “Margarita Madness,” and “Tuscany, WY.” From literary themes (“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” — WOW!), date nights (“Movie” or “Staycation”?) to “Canning” and “Creativity” baskets, there was something for everyone. Thank you all again, so very much, for your generous support of the WLLI; whether you bought tickets or built a basket, we appreciate you!

Nearly $1,400 was raised, which will go toward covering the costs of the 2018 Institute in beautiful Lander, Wyoming, next July. We hope to continue the tradition of providing opportunities for Wyoming librarians to gain skills in leading, communicating, collaborating, and engaging within their library systems and communities. Please consider applying to attend the 2018 Institute, or recommending it to a colleague — we have some exciting plans in place!

About 25 baskets were contributed to the WLLI raffle this year. Volunteers who helped out included Cynthia Twing, Megan Herold, Abby Beaver, Johanna Tuttle, Rachael Yates, Nancy Venable, Michelle Humber, Marci Mock, Karen Funk, Darcy Acord, Bonnie Stahla, and Anna Smedts. A few of the winners are pictured below with their baskets.


Eclipse: What to Do, What to Expect

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The solar eclipse is nearly upon us. On Monday, August 21, libraries across Wyoming will celebrate this celestial event with patrons and visitors.

The Wyoming State Library has a handy, ready-to-print flyer on the eclipse for your use. You can also check out our Wyoming and the Solar Eclipse 2017 for handy links and a webinar recording.

We spotted these handy things to know on the Laramie County Library System blog in a post by Jennifer Rife, Design and Humanities Coordinator at LCLS. She has graciously allowed us to share them:

*Most* of What You Need To Know for the August 21 Wyoming Eclipse

Are you ready for the Great American Eclipse of 2017?

Here at the library we’ve been preparing for months, and we’re ready! Being a library, we are a source for finding accurate and reputable information. Our staff has fielded lots of questions about the eclipse, and we’re hoping to give you answers and sources to some of the most common inquiries. Here’s some information to get you started, plus links to reliable sources help you find more.


  • As the moon blocks the sun, the temperature will drop! (Think of what happens when the sun goes down of an evening)
  • Shadow bands (fluctuations in light) may appear, and small eclipse images may show on the ground under tree leaves (the leaves function as a sort of pinhole viewer).
  • NASA has a wonderful page for learning all you want to know about what to expect!
  • Animals don’t tend to act that differently during partial eclipses like what we’ll see in Laramie County, but there are reports that under the path of totality when it gets really dark they want to go to bed. For example, farm animals may head toward the barn, thinking it is night.


  • View the eclipse through ISO 12312-2 standard certified eclipse glasses, #14 welder’s glass, or ISO certified filters on binoculars or telescopes.
    • The ISO certification will be printed on the glasses.
    • Here are guidelines to ensure your glasses are safe, with information about reputable companies.
  • Under a partial eclipse (like the one to take place over Laramie County), there is no safe time to view the eclipse without eye protection.
  • Be sure to leave your glasses on until you turn your head away from the sun!
  • Tinted car windows, dark sunglasses, etc. ARE NOT SAFE for looking directly at the sun!


  • If planning to take photos of the eclipse, whether with a camera or cell phone, read these NASA guidelines
  • Use safe-viewing practices by not gazing at the eclipse through your camera without a filter so as to not damage your eyes.



Wyoming Workshop for the Digital Public Library of America

The Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC) is the new Colorado-Wyoming Service Hub of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).  The DPLA website is a portal that allows visitors to discover and then go directly to the digital collections in your home institution.  It’s hoped that every institution in Colorado and Wyoming has the opportunity to participate in the DPLA through the PPC.  We invite you to learn more about how to do this!

What to expect

On September 28, 2017, the Colorado State Library, in partnership with the University of Wyoming and the Wyoming State Library, will provide a free event in Wyoming for participants to learn more about the PPC.  The PPC is a joint program of the Colorado and Wyoming State Libraries and is an opportunity for you to give your institution’s unique digital collections national exposure.  During this event you will learn about Wyoming’s participation in this national digital landscape along with the nuts and bolts of participating in the PPC and the DPLA.   We would also like to hear from you!  So please bring your questions or participation concerns to the session.

What you need to know

  • Where: University of Wyoming, Coe Library, Room Coe-506. 1000 E University Ave, Laramie, WY 82071
  • When: September 28, 2017
  • Time: 10:00 – 2:30
  • Parking: On campus parking pass will be provided

Cost, Registration, & Food

  • This event is free!
  • Register online.  Registration will close on September 8th.
  • Lunch will be provided (courtesy of the University of Wyoming).


  • 10:00-10:10: Welcome and Introduction
  • 10:10-11:00: Introduction to the DPLA and the PPC
  • 11:00-11:10: Break
  • 11:10-12:00: PPC Participation 101
  • 12:00 – 12:45: Lunch
  • 12:45 – 2:00: Wyoming’s landscape and participation in the DPLA
  • 2:00-2:30: Questions and Sharing

If you have any questions about this event please contact, Leigh Jeremias at

WLA Elects Two to Board

Kate Mutch

At its 2017 conference, the Wyoming Library Association announced that Kate Mutch was elected as its new Vice President/President-Elect. Mutch is Assistant Director at Natrona County Public Library.  “One of the greatest things about librarians is the willingness to share with others — information, materials and even themselves,” Mutch said in her candidate statement. “Wyoming libraries excel at this in a way I haven’t seen elsewhere. I believe working together to provide the best possible library service makes all of our libraries stronger.”


Cindy Moore

Cindy Moore, Converse County Library Assistant Director, was elected MPLA Representative, succeeding Steve Boss. “I believe very strongly in access without restrictions, the importance of libraries in our communities, exemplary customer service; and financial responsibility to our taxpayers,” she said. “MPLA has given me so much: grants for school, the Leadership Institute, and the support and friendship of librarians throughout the mountain western states.”

Thanks go to the other candidates on the ballot who were willing to step forward and offer their time and talents to WLA: Jennisen Lucas, who ran for Vice President, and Steve Boss and Nancy Venable, who ran for MPLA Representative. It was truly an excellent slate of candidates this year, and all of them should be commended.

Where to Find Eclipse Glasses at Last Minute

On Monday, August 21, a solar eclipse will darken Wyoming’s skies — be sure to keep your eyes safe.

That said, the Wyoming State Library is OUT of eclipse glasses. We can no longer accommodate any requests. The Laramie County Library System is also out of glasses. Please check the list below for possible places to find them.

If you plan to view the eclipse, be safe and find an ISO 12312-2 certified pair. (See NASA’s safety guidelines.) As of the last information we’ve received, the following locations may still have eclipse glasses for sale. Please note that this is intended to be a helpful guide; we recommend contacting the vendor to verify that they’re still available.

  • C&D DISTRIBUTORS & BINGO (4906 Ridge Rd., 307-634-6911)
  • LINCOLNWAY SUPER PAWN (2825 E. Lincolnway, 307-632-3820)


  • 16th Street Mercantile
  • Albertson’s
  • Cheyenne Eye Clinic
  • Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department
  • King Soopers
  • Lions Club
  • Little America
  • Lowe’s
  • Maverik
  • Natural Grocers
  • Safeway (S. Greeley)
  • Sierra Trading Post
  • Sportsman’s Warehouse
  • Walmart
  • Wyoming State Museum

Take a Tour of “What the Tech?”

2017 “What the Tech is That?”

If you missed it, check out the presentation slides and list of links from this year’s “What the Tech is That?” presentation at the Wyoming Library Association conference.

What the Tech? List of Tech from WLA 2017

  • Epic!: Digital library for kids 12 & under. Accessible on any device.
  • iMovie Trailers: Create fun, Hollywood-style movie trailers from your videos.
  • Hugo Hubble: Alexa-enabled, robotic, smart camera, reads facial expressions and senses emotions. Not yet available, but check at
  • 3D printing designers
    • Melissa NG com fun fashion with 3D printing
    • Anouk Wipprecht ( Technology couture with sensors embedded in design
    • Danit Peleg (com) more fashion that can be printed at home.
    • Iris Van Herpen ( fusing technology and traditional Couture craftsmanship.
  • website with CIA maps, headquarters tour, intelligence literature, world factbook, & world leaders, as well as a special section for K-9 Corps.
  • Sugarcane: Educational game creator.
  • Camtasia: Fee based video recorder/editor.
  • Plickers: clickers that can be used in the classroom or library.
  • NetGalley: website with ARC’s and egalleys available for review.
  • Edelweiss: another site with ARC’s and egalleys available for review.
  • Google Trips: app that gathers your travel information from Gmail and Inbox, then organizes it automatically.
  • Google Earth Voyager: Showcase of interactive, curated guided tours of places around the earth., then click “Voyager” in left-hand column.
  • Planbook: fee-based lesson book/scheduling tool for educators.
  • Ozoblockly: Learn simple coding to control your own ozobot.
  • StoryCorps: archive of more than 65,000 interviews; one of the largest born-digital collections of human voices.
  • Animoto: fee-based video creation service.
  • Eat Your Books: website that organizes your recipes.
  • ELBOW Cassette Player: Concept tech. Allows user to connect cassette tapes to digital player.
  • EyeNote: assistive technology app that helps you read money denominations.
  • Biblionasium: “Goodreads for Elementary Students” and now integrated with Follett Destiny.
  • Clips: Shareable, editable video app for iOS. Find in iTunes store.
  • Photomath: Assistive technology app for doing math.
  • BARD Mobile: Assistive Technology app. Offers downloadable Braille and audio reading material. Must be registered to use the app.
  • Map of Life: discover, identify, and record biodiversity worldwide. Also view species range map and inventory.
  • Tripit: helps you build your itinerary with dates, times, directions, maps, and weather.
  • Classcraft: classroom management app that uses gaming to direct students’ motivation.

Sign Your Library Up for Snapshot Day

Fun at Niobrara County Library on Snapshot Day 2016.

Join us for this year’s Wyoming Snapshot Day on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, in conjunction with Teen Read Week.

On Snapshot Day, Wyoming libraries collect photos, video and comments that show the value they offer to their communities every single day. Participation is easy: simply take photos and collect comments on Snapshot Day (or on another day that week, if that works better) and submit them to the Wyoming State Library. More information and instructions are available on the Wyoming Snapshot Day website.

Sign up now to let us know your library will participate. Contact Susan Mark, WSL Publications Specialist at or 307-777-5915. She’ll be glad to answer any questions you may have.

Our Favorite Tweets from the WLA Conference

From August 9-11, more than 140 librarians, school library media specialists, and library workers gathered in Sheridan to learn and connect at Information Power and at the Wyoming Library Association 2017 Conference. Here are a few highlights we spotted on the #wyla17 hashtag on Twitter.