Yearly Archives: 2017

Winter Solstice E-Reading from GoWYLD

It’s Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. A wide swath of Wyoming is under a winter weather advisory, and the Interstates are slick and snowy nearly end to end. (Be careful out there folks!) It’s a great day to stay inside, fire up your phone, tablet and enjoy some great e-reading from In the spirit of the season, we looked up a few “winter” titles for examples of what you can find.

Zinio Digital Magazines (now part of RBDigital):

  • American Snowmobiler
  • Backcountry Magazine

RBDigital Audio:

  • Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekbäck
  • Winter of the World by Ken Follett
  • Winter Chill by Joanne Fluke

Cloud Library (ebooks):

  • The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Winter of the Gods by Jordanna Max Brodsky
  • The Siege Winter by Ariana Franklin and Samantha Norman

All are available to you with your Wyoming library card and PIN.

Not feeling warm and fuzzy about the cold and flurries? Search RBDigital and Cloud Library for “summer” and see what you find. Or take a look at back issues from June, July, and August of some less-snowy titles from Zinio. Whatever your tastes, you won’t have to leave the house and brave the weather to immerse yourself in some great reading.

December 2017 Outrider Now Available

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

Back to the Beginnings of ‘Wyoming Wildlife’ Magazine

Just in time for the Holidays! The Wyoming State Library has digitized and made available the first year of publication of Wyoming Wildlife Magazine from 1936. These delightful editions can be viewed in Wyoming State Publications, one of our six digital collections.

The State Game and Fish Department of Wyoming began publication of Wyoming Wildlife in 1936 in order to “… carry such educational material as well as inform the public on the workings of the department; publish constructive articles on wild life conservation; briefly outline any of the rules regulations of the department involving open closed seasons; and generally to invite the cooperation of the public in the proper observance of our game and fish laws. “ — Andrew J. Martin, Commissioner, State Department of Game and Fish (Wyoming Wildlife, January –March 1936, Vols 1, Nos. 1-3).

Top Ten Picks of 2017 From Albany County Public Library Staff

Inspired by the LibraryReads #libfaves17 Twitter campaign, Albany County Public Library Staff did a countdown of their favorites from 2017. Anything released in 2017 that the library circulates was eligible, regardless of format. All staff received an email asking them to contribute to a library-wide countdown.

“This was a fun way to allow all staff to share their favorites with the community,” said Megan Richardson, ACPL Adult Services Librarian, “and it also advertises that everyone on staff cares about providing quality materials for them to checkout and enjoy.”

The top ten selections are in the image at right, and you can see all the staff picks here.

The staff who weighed in were:

  • Nathan Bender, Technical Services Librarian
  • Tyler Brown, Adult Services Specialist
  • Bernie Burr-Wilkin, Interlibrary Loan Specialist
  • Cassandra Hunter, Adult Services Specialist
  • Seth Leininger, Facility Maintenance Specialist
  • Jared Mohr-Leva, Circulation Assistant
  • Monica Owens, Youth Services Librarian
  • Elizabeth Palmer, Circulation Assistant
  • Kennedy Penn-O’Toole, Young Adult Specialist
  • Megan Richardson, Adult Services Librarian
  • Allison Schultz, Circulation Assistant
  • Deb Shogren, Youth Services Specialist/Centennial Branch Librarian
  • Ashley Shoefelt, Circulation Assistant
  • Ruth Troyanek, Library Director
  • Kathi Wilhelm, Circulation Assistant

Help Set a Feast for the Legislative Reception

Make plans now. The Wyoming Library Association legislative reception will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2018, at the Wyoming State Library, 2800 Central Ave. in Cheyenne. The reception will begin at 5:30, preceded by a legislative update at 5 p.m. from WLA lobbyists Mary Lynne Shickich and Susan Stubson.

The WSL Library Development Office is putting together a set of “short takes” on different but relevant topics for February 22 and 23. It will be free and directed at a broad audience of persons with Wyoming library interests.

One thing that makes WLA’s reception stand out is its home-cooked food, so we are in need of your potluck dishes. Appetizers, hot dishes, sides, salads, and desserts are all welcome. If you are planning to attend and bring something, please contact Susan Mark at or (307) 777-5915. Please indicate whether you will need an electrical outlet for hot dishes.

Monetary donations toward the reception are also welcome. Make checks out to the Wyoming Library Association and indicate in the memo line that it’s for the reception. Mail to WLA at P.O. Box 1387 Cheyenne, WY 82003.

Archived Webinar: Find the Magazine. Find the Article.

Are you looking for Bicycling or Smithsonian somewhere in Do you need the full text of an article from Highlights for Children? Is there a patron with an abstract needing to find the magazine? Join Chris Van Burgh for “Find the Magazine. Find the Article,” a webinar using Journals A-Z, the ejournal portal.

See more archived training on our webinars index, and find upcoming learning opportunities on our training calendar.

WYLD Makes the Move to the Cloud

The first week of December saw big developments in the Wyoming State Library’s WYLD office, as it moved the statewide Integrated Library System (ILS) from locally-managed servers to a SaaS (Software as a Service) arrangement where the system is hosted by SirsiDynix.

“In a nutshell, we’ve managed the servers for the ILS here in Cheyenne for several decades,” said Desiree Saunders, WYLD Office Manager. “What’s happening now is that all those same services are still available, but the hardware is maintained by SirsiDynix offsite.”

The SirsiDynix Symphony ILS supports library management functions such as circulation, cataloging, serials, and acquisitions. Library patrons can search WYLDCAT online to find materials anywhere in the state, manage their library accounts, and view digital content like ebooks.

The migration took place from December 4-6, with a small amount of disruption in library services.

“We’re very pleased with the way the project was handled by SirsiDynix,” Desiree said. “We didn’t detect any kind of data problems with the transfer. We had a few glitches, which you’d expect with a project like this, but overall, we’re happy with the outcome. Services are on a par with what they were.”

Why make the change? An evolving business model and aging servers were the primary considerations. SirsiDynix has been moving toward a SaaS model; currently, two-fifths of their global customer base uses the company’s “cloud” services, including nearly all new customers. In addition, the WSL’s servers were nearing the end of their useful life, and replacement was estimated at $200,000.

Desiree said discussions and planning for this transition began two years ago. “SirsiDynix has been promoting SaaS to their customers for more than five years, but we felt because of WYLD’s size and complexity that we needed to wait until the technology was more mature,” she said. “The impetus was really the need to go with SaaS or buy new servers. It just made more and more sense.”

The switch means that the WYLD Network will never again have to plan for the purchase of new servers. WSL staff will also no longer have the responsibility for maintaining servers with upgrades, patches, or replacement parts. Moving to SaaS also gives the WYLD Network peace of mind where security and network integrity are concerned. In addition, it will free up valuable State Library staff time for other priorities.

Now that the migration is complete, patrons will see no difference on their end. Library staff use the same software as before, with the only change being the address of the server.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of December 18

Free, online, continuing education events for this week from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at

All times MST

Tuesday, Dec 19 (11-12:30 pm)
PART I – Your Community by the Numbers: Intro to American Fact Finder & Thematic Maps (U.S. Census)
This workshop is designed for novice data users who would like to become familiar with accessing key demographic, socioeconomic and housing indicators from the American Community Survey using the American FactFinder tool. Participants will learn how to access statistics for areas down to the city/town level.

For more information and to register, visit:

Tuesday, Dec 19 (12-1 pm)
Managing Difficult Volunteer Transitions (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar will give you the tools to address challenges around difficult volunteers, volunteers aging in place, and suggestions to minimize these situations in the future. Suggestions for determining when a volunteer should be terminated, and making it easier on you, other volunteers, and staff will be presented. The role that risk management plays in these decisions will also be included.

For more information and to register, visit:

Tuesday, Dec 19 (12-1:30 pm)
Going Deeper with Social Media (WebJunction & TechSoup)
Learn how to take the next steps toward amplifying your library’s social media program. During this third webinar in our social media series, we’ll discuss best practices in growing your library’s social media program and managing user engagement. You’ll learn tips on assessing your library’s audience based on their preferred platforms and ideas for converting your in-person library community into an online community.

For more information and to register, visit:

Thursday, Dec 21 (11-12 pm)
PART II – Your Neighborhood by the Numbers: Tracts, Block Groups and Mapping (U.S. Census)
This workshop is designed for data users who are already familiar with ACS datasets and the American FactFinder tool. You will learn how to access key demographic, socioeconomic and housing indicators for non-traditional geographies such as tracts, block groups, and blocks. Users will be able to utilize these geographies to define neighborhoods and service areas and create community profiles and basic maps.

For more information and to register, visit:


Ten Quick Tips for Growing Your Friends and Foundation

Reposted with permission from Library Strategies

  1. Diversify activities beyond book sales, into such area as special events, advocacy, PR, etc.
  2. Get social — hold “friend-raising” events for different targeted age groups (i.e., the local brewpub)
  3. Activate professional development training for your board
  4. Increase the “ask” and expectations of your Friends and foundation
  5. Move beyond the Library and hold Friends/Foundation events out in the community
  6. Market, market, and market some more
  7. Is it time for a major fundraising event?
  8. Engage community leaders to help recruit new board members
  9. Develop a challenge that will make a difference in the community that your Friends/Foundation can support
  10. Evaluate and set goals for your boards