Monthly Archives: September 2017

Research Institute for Public Libraries 2018 Scholarship Opportunity

Are you interested in learning how to use data for decision making, strategic planning, and demonstrating the impact of your library?  Do you work in a rural and small public library in the United States?  If so, please consider applying for a scholarship for next summer’s Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL).

Up to 20 scholarships to the Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) 2018 event in Atlanta, Georgia (July 29 – August 1, 2018) are available to staff working in rural and small public libraries in the United States.  These scholarships are funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

RIPL is a national event, hosted by the Colorado State Library and the Colorado Library Consortium, and offers three days of hands-on, intensive workshops on:

  • Evaluation design and implementation
  • Data collection and use for strategic planning, management, and communication
  • Measures for reporting library impact

To be eligible for a scholarship, you must be employed by a U.S. public library that is located in a rural area AND serves a population of less than 25,000.  Determine whether your library meets these criteria here. In addition, you must be a first-time participant of RIPL.  If you have already attended a national or regional RIPL event, you are not eligible for a scholarship.

Learn more and apply.  Scholarship applications are due by 6:00 p.m. MDT on Friday, October 27, 2017.

Space is limited at RIPL. If you are a Wyoming librarian interested in attending, the State Library would like to know. Contact Thomas Ivie, WSL Research and Statistics Librarian, at or (307) 777-6330 as soon as possible.

FTC Wants to Hear From Public Librarians

The Federal Trade Commission wants to hear from you. This agency has worked with libraries for many years to distribute free materials and tips for consumers to help them avoid scamsrecover from identity theft, and make wise buys.

The FTC is creating new materials especially for public librarians to use for patron advice and programming, and is seeking input from those out in the field during a brief listening session on Tuesday, September 19, at noon MDT. To RSVP and get the call-in number, email Carol Kando-Pineda at

Please share this invitation with your staff and colleagues. You or they can get on the phone and tell the FTC what you think during the 15-minute listening session:

  • What consumer topics are the most needed for patrons? Examples might include budgeting/money management, credit and debt, avoiding scams, or recovering from identity theft.
  • What formats work best for your patrons? Examples might include bookmarks, brochures, short videos, webinars, podcasts, Facebook Live, Twitter chats, or other social media content.
  • What formats work best for the librarian as they research the topic for a patron or put together programming? Examples might include an online list of links for a deeper dive on certain topics, a brochure, slide presentations, or podcasts.

The FTC welcomes other suggestions beyond what is suggested in the examples. Depending on response, additional time for discussion may be made available.

Can’t make a session? They would appreciate any thoughts, however brief, you have on this. Email Carol at with your thoughts or with any questions.

Grant Opportunities

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants for Continuing Education
Deadline: September 30, 2017
Want to attend a conference or workshop to build your library skills? Take an online course? Start working toward that library media specialist endorsement or master’s degree in library science? Funds are available to those working or volunteering in Wyoming libraries through the Carol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants for Continuing Education. Applications are accepted six times during the year. The next deadline is September 30 for continuing education events starting no earlier than November 1.

Carnegie-Whitney Grant
DEADLINE: November 3, 2017
The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library. Grants are intended to cover preparation costs, the costs of final printing or online distribution of the product.

Autism Welcome Here Grant
DEADLINE: December 1, 2017
New or existing programs or services proposed must benefit people with autism or their families, directly or indirectly. Any type of library in the United States or Canada can apply, and the proposal can fund projects and services for any age group. Each year, a total of $5,000.00 will be awarded either as one grant for the full amount or multiple grants for smaller amounts.

Wyoming Snapshot Day Less Than One Month Away

Greybull Branch Library, Snapshot Day 2016

Wyoming Snapshot Day is less than a month away on Tuesday, October 10, and we’d love to have your library participate.

Snapshot Day highlights all the great things that happen in Wyoming libraries every single day. It’s easy to participate: take photos and/or collect comments on October 10, or on a more convenient day that week, and submit them to the Wyoming State Library to share. If you want to go above and beyond—video is always welcome, too! Photos, comments, and videos, along with statistics we compile here, are used to promote our state’s libraries.

We have detailed instructions for librarians on the website, along with promotional materials if you’d like to start promoting this in your community.

Is your library on the list of participants? If not, and if you’d like to be, email Susan Mark, WSL Publications Specialist, at, or call her at (307) 777-5915. She’ll be glad to answer any questions you may have. You can also see the Wyoming Snapshot Day website for more information and check out what happened on Snapshot Day 2016.

Be sure to follow Wyoming Snapshot Day on Facebook, too. We’ll post photos and comments throughout the day on October 10. We also share photos from Wyoming libraries throughout the year on that page.


AASL President’s Comments on Info Power

Last month, American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President Steven Yates came to Wyoming to speak at Information Power. He shared his impressions of his visit in a Knowledge Quest article, “A Fresh Look, Lending a Hand, and the Equality State.” He wrote:

Last month marked my first presidential visit to an AASL affiliate. I had the good fortune of joining the School Library Interest Group of the Wyoming Library Association for their Information Power preconference before the Wyoming Library Association annual conference in Sheridan, Wyoming. The exchange of ideas among school librarians with their academic and public library peers on the beautiful campus of Sheridan College was so refreshing! Affiliate representatives Jennisen Lucas and Connie Hollin graciously assisted me as I shared the many benefits of being a part of the only national association dedicated to school librarianship. While my stay in Wyoming was only a few days, I left there knowing that I wanted to visit again very soon and so proud of the work our school library colleagues are doing to transform teaching and learning across the Equality State.

Steven Yates is an assistant professor and coordinator of the school library media certification program at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alabama. He earned a doctor of philosophy in instructional leadership with an emphasis in instructional technology in 2017.

Read the full article.

Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day September 19

Shiver me timbers! Talk Like a Pirate Day be upon us already on Thursday, September 19. Arrr ye ready?

First off, don’t miss Chris Van Burgh’s great webinar tour of Mango Languages today, September 12, at 11:15 a.m. MDT. Register for the webinar here. (We’ll also archive it afterwards if you can’t make it today.) Mango offers online learning for 72 languages and 21 ESL courses. Among its specialty courses is one in PIRATE, so you can be fluent in the language of the seas for the big day.

Chris also has put together a convenient Talk Like a Pirate Day LibGuide. with more useful links. Questions about the webinar or LibGuide? Contact Chris at or (307) 777-3642

Is your library planning to host Talk Like a Pirate Day events? If so, we’d love to share your photos and comments. Send news of your happenings to Susan Mark, or (307) 777-5915.

And finally, if ye be needin’ another reason to participate, check out the Wyoming State Library players in “Save the books, ye scallywags!” We’ll admit the production values aren’t the best, but we had a great time recording it.

GoWYLD Webinar Tomorrow: Mango Languages

Join Chris Van Burgh, WSL Database Instruction Librarian, on Tuesday, September 12, at 11:15 a.m. MDT for a look at Mango Languages. Mango is an online language learning system that teaches real conversation skills for practical communication using fun and engaging interactive lessons. It now offers 72 languages, 21 ESL courses, 35 specialty courses and an updated interface. Mango is accessible through for all Wyoming residents thanks to the University of Wyoming Libraries.

Register here.

(Don’t forget: it’s time to get ready for Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19. Mango can help with that, too!)

Resources for Health Literacy Month

October is Health Literacy Month, a time for organizations and individuals to promote the importance of understandable health information. Libraries often are called on to provide reliable health information. In fact, the U.S. Impact Study showed that 30% of patrons using library computers did so for health and wellness purposes. To get ready for Health Literacy Month, here are a few resources:

You might also check out WebJunction’s numerous Health Happens in Libraries resources.