Monthly Archives: September 2017

Library 2.017 Web Conference: Makerspaces



The San Jose State University School of Information is hosting its third and final Library 2.017 web conference on the subject of “makerspaces” Oct. 11. The conference will be held entirely online from 1-4 p.m. Mountain Time, and registration is free.

Developed in collaboration with Dr. Heather Moorefield-Lang from the University of South Carolina, the conference is described as a “unique opportunity to showcase the research, work, and thinking on ‘maker learning spaces,’ especially the way that libraries and librarians utilize makerspaces to deliver services to their community.”

Moorefield-Lang’s current research focuses on makerspaces and their subsequent technologies in libraries of all types and levels. She will serve as the opening keynote panel moderator leading the discussion around makerspaces and how libraries can partner with communities. Opening keynote panelists include Drs. June Abbas and Kyungwon Koh (University of Oklahoma), Dr. Leanne Bowler (University of Pittsburgh), and Kristin Fontichiaro (University of Michigan). Moorefield-Lang will also deliver the final conference thoughts.

Scheduled between the keynote sessions will be a number of concurrent crowd-sourced sessions. Among the accepted proposals to be presented are “Volunteers at Your Library Makerspace,” “Low Cost Tools to Bring Making into Your Library,” “Sending the Invitation: Getting Kids to Use Makerspaces,” “From Zero to System Wide Makerspace in Three Grants and Four Years,” and “Finding What Fits: Approachability of Makerspaces and Making in the Library.”

Earlier this year, Library 2.017 web conferences covered the topics of “fake news and digital literacy” and “expertise, competencies and careers.” Thousands of information professionals worldwide joined the SJSU School of Information for these stimulating conversations. The recordings are available under the Archives tab on the Library 2.0 website and at the Library 2.0 YouTube channel.

Conference co-chairs Dr. Sandra Hirsh and Steve Hargadon are already preparing three topic-specific conferences for Library 2.018, with the first conference slated for March. More information on the 2018 events will be available in January.

A Don’t-Miss Session at the Innovations Conference



Heading to the Wyoming Innovations in Learning Conference?  Don’t miss Chris Van Burgh’s session, “Students? Yes! Teachers? Yes!” Chris is the Database Instruction Librarian here at the Wyoming State Library.

Join her for an exploration of the many resources available free to you and your students (pre-K-college) through GoWYLD.net. Here you will find research databases, supplemental classroom materials, practice tests and computer skills, language learning, and so much more! Search and find articles with citation information on a topic. Locate career tutorials and computer skills tutorials. Discover additional material to promote and teach various databases.

The conference will be held November 2-3 at the University of Wyoming Conference Center in Laramie. Registration is open through October 15; fee is $25. Learn more and register.

Free Library Continuing Education Events for October



The October 2017 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with 88 great offerings. 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 library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.

GPO’s New Preservation Page on FDLP.gov



Reposted from the Federal Depository Library Program

While GPO has a long-standing commitment to preserving U.S. Government information, the work of GPO’s preservation program has not had a single home on the web until now. GPO is pleased to announce its new preservation page, where you can find:

  • Information about preservation.
  • Preservation plans and public policy statements.
  • Guidance documents and best practices for preserving information.
  • Consultation and collaboration with GPO Preservation.
  • Preservation partnerships.
  • Training and presentations.
  • Developing Preservation Steward support services.

Access the page via the new purple Preservation tab at the top of every FDLP.gov web page. It will be frequently updated as new services and guidance documentation are developed. Contact our preservation team with questions and comments.

One Last Look Back at Summer Reading



With summer officially behind us on this, the first day of Autumn, we take one last look back at Summer Reading. Although we don’t have 2017 numbers yet, last year more than 27,000 children and 6,000 adults participated across all 23 Wyoming public libraries. in 2016. Here’s the highlights from a great program held at Johnson County Library—one of many storytelling events across the state that added joy to the written word.

Priscilla Queen came to the Johnson County Library on June 22 for their summer reading program. Her three programs for preschool, grades K-3, and grades 4-5 drew a total of 155 participants. She also did a program at the Kaycee Branch Library on June 20.

“We had such a great time,” said Mary Rhoads, JCL Children’s Librarian. ” Priscilla did a great job and was so fun to have.” Priscilla is from Franktown, Colorado, and has appeared at the Rocky Mountain Storytelling Festival in Monument, Colorado.

Wyoming K-12 Well-Connected to Broadband



EducationSuperHighway has just released its annual report on the state of K-12 broadband connectivity, “2017 State of the States: Fulfilling Our Promise to America’s Students.”

They report that in Wyoming, 100% of school districts representing all of the state’s 92,642 students not only meet the minimum connectivity goal of 100 kbps per student, but beat it by a factor of 2, with every student receiving at least 200 kbps per student. What’s more—Wyoming provides the 200 kbps per student to all districts at absolutely no cost to any district. In 2017, Wyoming leveraged $6.1 million of federal E-rate funds

See the state snapshot report.

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead is quoted on the website:

Wyoming’s primary goal in this effort is to assure every student in our state has access to a first class education. As a result, we have deployed the best possible broadband to every school district in Wyoming. We are among the best in the nation because we have the highest aspirations for our students and we will continue to invest in the infrastructure necessary to be sure our districts have what they need in order to deliver connectivity in every classroom.

EducationSuperHighway is a nonprofit focused on upgrading the Internet access in every public school classroom in America. They believe that digital learning has the potential to provide all students with equal access to educational opportunity and that every school requires high-speed broadband to make that opportunity a reality.