Monthly Archives: January 2018

Job Opportunities for Wyoming Librarians

Join the amazing team at the Wyoming State Library.

If you haven’t checked the Wyoming State Library’s jobs board lately, you might want to take a look at the openings now available. We’ve recently posted positions at the public libraries in Converse, Teton, and Laramie counties, and three positions at the University of Wyoming.

We have an opening right here at the Wyoming State Library we’d encourage you to look at. We are advertising for a Librarian in our Information Services Office. This position will work with the State Publications program and digital collection. Here’s your opportunity to join the great team here at the WSL.

See the vacancy announcement on the State of Wyoming jobs site.

Have a job you’d like added to the board? Contact Susan Mark at She’ll be glad to add it to the list.

Free Library Continuing Education Events for February

site logoThe February 2018 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with 84 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

Here are the events for February 1-2, all times MST:

Thursday, Feb 1 (9-10 am)
Going Digital (Lyrasis)
Join us for a one hour free webinar that briefly introduces the critical components of digital content creation and collection development.
For more information and to register, visit:

Thursday, Feb 1 (11-12 pm)
A Conversation with the 2018 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalists (School Library Journal)
Join us for a live webcast featuring the finalists for the 2018 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award. Register now to learn a bit about these fantastic titles; hear from the authors and editors about their research, writing and decision-making processes; and glean some insights into how publishers select engaging and enduring nonfiction titles for teens. Don’t miss out on this exclusive event, which will take place shortly before the award announcement at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver.
For more information and to register, visit:

Thursday, Feb 1 (11-12 pm)
How to Get Donors to a Yes – Revenue Boosting New Year’s Resolutions for Fundraisers (Bloomerang)
Ready to raise more money in 2018?  If you want to work smarter, not harder, join our special guest, Rachel Muir, CFRE. She’s eliminating the mystery, myths, and guesswork out of your fundraising.  What do the best fundraisers do differently? Who are the top performers and what’s the secret to their success? Learn their strategies, tips and tools that you can put into effect immediately!
For more information and to register, visit:

Thursday, Feb 1 (11-12 pm)
Tech Trends 2018 (IdealWare)
It’s now possible to buy a cup of coffee using Bitcoin, but does digital currency have any effect on your nonprofit? Self-driving cars are starting to appear on the streets and artificial intelligence in our homes, but should nonprofits even bother getting up to speed on these emerging technologies when many organizations aren’t even in the cloud yet? In this look at tech trends, our panelists will tackle these topics and answer audience questions while focusing on what’s worth our attention and what practical steps we can take to prepare for the future.
For more information and to register, visit:

Thursday, Feb 1 (12-1 pm)
Beyond the SEA: Disrupting Diversity Narratives: Introducing Critical Conversations in Libraries (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
As libraries and library organizations engage in more diversity initiatives, how is the conversation around diversity, inclusion, and equity taking shape? What is left unsaid when these conversations take place? This session will challenge attendees to unpack, rethink and reframe the diversity conversation. The presenter will share findings from a content analysis project of academic library diversity plans, provide a brief overview of critical race scholarship in the field, and challenge attendees to think critically about current library rhetoric around diversity.
For more information and to register, visit:

Thursday, Feb 1 (12-1 pm)
CopyTalk: copyright librarian starter kit (ALA District Dispatch)
Many librarians are finding themselves in the position of being the local copyright expert. Some of these librarians are professionals who applied for a formal copyright librarian posting. However, other librarians are tasked with taking on copyright, to fill a growing yet unclear need in their organization, while retaining their other job responsibilities.The purpose of this webinar is to help other incoming copyright librarians know what to expect, and to prepare them with a basic knowledge base of user needs to ease into them into their new role. This CopyTalk will provide specific guidance, and include “hands-on” best practices.
For more information and to register, visit:

Thursday, Feb 1 (12-1:30)
Building a Grant-Writing Framework for Success (TechSoup)
Learn how to apply a successful grantwriting framework to plan your grant applications so they tell a strong story.
For more information and to register, visit:

Thursday, Feb 1 (6-7 pm)
Improving School Librarian Evaluation (Association for Educational Communications and Technology/School Media and Technology Division)
In the State of Georgia, a consortium of school librarianship leaders collaborated to develop the School Librarian Evaluation Instrument (SLEI), based on guidelines from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). The SLEI clarifies the school librarian role for school librarians and administrators.The SLEI was piloted with six schools in Cobb County Schools (Georgia) during the ’16-’17 school year, and fully implemented in all schools during ’17-’18. Through partnerships with Dr. Phyllis Snipes, the SLEI Consortium, the Cobb County Schools HR department, and the Cobb Media Leaders Team, the SLEI implementation has helped library media specialists and evaluators better understand the impact of library media programs on student success. The panelists will share their perspectives on the need for the instrument, its implementation in Georgia school districts, and the future plans for the SLEI.
For more information and to register, visit:

People News

Sue Christenson is marking her last day at Park County Library on January 31, 2018. She was hired to work with Marge Buchholz in 1986. She served as the Adult Services Assistant for a year and then went to work as the assistant in the children’s department in Cody in 1987. She worked with children until she accepted the Cody Audio-Visual Assistant position in 2006. After 32 years with the library she is now planning to travel, spend time with children, grandchildren, family and friends and take a well-deserved rest.

Laramie County Library System’s Bobby Phillipps was promoted in January from Circulation Assistant to Audio-Visual Coordinator. Starting with the library in 2004 as a shelver, Phillipps has long appreciated the library’s audio and visual collections and the work it takes to keep them fresh and relevant. In his new position he will coordinate the extensive in-house collection of nearly 30,000 audio-visual titles for adults, including movie and television DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks and video games. A professional musician, Phillipps sees his experience playing cover songs at local venues as great preparation for understanding the broad and varied interests of the library’s patrons. He says his love for music, movies and pop culture was fed by the library and vice versa.

Katherine Loader joined Laramie County Library System as its first Early Literacy Librarian in mid-December.  She will lead the library’s new First Steps Initiative funded by the Laramie County Library Foundation. Loader was previously the Tech Librarian, serving patrons of all ages, at the Anythink Libraries in Thornton, Colorado. She received her Masters in Library Science degree from Emporia State University. Loader’s work at several libraries in the Denver metro gave her experience working for and with a variety of underserved populations. Loader has also taught English literacy to young children in South Korea and worked as a preschool assistant. ” It’s definitely a privilege to be at this spot in the initiative where we’re really at the beginning,” she said.


Jessica Mustard has been chosen as the new Elk Mountain Branch Manager. Jessica was born and raised in Wyoming. She is not only an avid reader, she is also an avid fisherman and photographer. She enjoys being out in the wilderness as much as possible. The Elk Mountain Branch is part of Carbon County Library System.

Justin Whisenant is the new manager of Hanna Branch Library. Justin is a husband and father of three children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Spatial Science and Forestry from Texas A&M University and has previously worked in GIS, mapping, and surveying. When not at the library, he runs a woodworking business and a tree/orchard care service out of his home. When a rare day of freedom makes it onto his schedule, you’ll find him in the mountains wetting a line.

Celebrate 28 Days of Hidden Figures with Biography In Context

With Black History Month approaching, Gale’s Biography In Context has everything you need to help researchers learn about all the influential individuals to celebrate in February.

To help support your library Gale created “28 Days of Hidden Figures” to celebrate some of the more undiscovered African Americans that have left their mark in history. Each day in the month of February your library can highlight a different Hidden Figure, with helpful promotional tools such as videos, social media posts, web banners, and more. You can find all the available materials on Gale’s Black History Month support portal.

The video above with Gale trainer Andrea Devlin explores how Biography in Context has everything you need to celebrate Black History Month. Gale’s Biography In Context is available to your library through

Announcing Syndetics Unbound Catalog Enrichment

Syndetics Unbound highlights. Click for larger image, then click again to magnify.

The Wyoming State Library WYLD Offics is excited to announce the launch of Syndetics Unbound in all Enterprise WYLDCat profiles in the coming days. The WYLD Office has been testing this service with a small number of libraries for the past few weeks and will begin adding it to all Enterprise profiles early next week.

Syndetics Unbound is an online catalog enrichment service that combines the features of Syndetics Classic and LibraryThing for Libraries. It includes additional features not available with Syndetics Classic including :

  • Global coverage of books & media published in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, & New Zealand
  • Content for movies, music and video games
  • “You may also like,” browsable tags, series information, awards, and reading levels

The Enterprise public access catalog has always had jacket covers, review, and blurbs available, but now you’ll see more fully featured Readers’ Advisory tools embedded within record details without leaving the catalog.

For a more complete list of Unbound features, including a downloadable product flier, visit the WSL’s information page.

For questions about this service, contact .

Free Continuing Education Events for January 29-31

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, Jan 30 (10-11 am)
How Libraries Can Help Job-seekers Part II (Utah State Library)
In this second segment, we discuss helping with interviewing skills.
For more information and to register, visit:

Tuesday, Jan 30 (12-1:30 pm)
Is Consulting Your Next Calling? (GrantSpace)
If you are thinking about consulting part-time, full-time or sometime in the future, join two veterans in this field as they share stories of this dynamic career choice. With candor and a wide range of experience, they will guide participants through the crucial questions to ask as aspiring or novice consultants.
For more information and to register, visit:

Tuesday, Jan 30 (1-2 pm)
From Facilities to Trauma: Disaster Planning and Community Resiliency at Your Library (WebJunction)
Recent catastrophes have highlighted the important role public libraries play in enhancing their community’s resiliency and post-disaster recovery efforts. Many community leaders now view libraries as ad hoc disaster recovery centers and recognize librarians as Information First Responders. This presentation will help you and your library embrace this new role as Information First Responders, who quickly enable people to get back to work, back to their lives, and ensure recovery of the community’s economic life. Learn what you need to prepare before disaster strikes, guided by New Jersey State Library’s Disaster Preparedness & Community Resiliency Toolkit, which has been emergency-tested by libraries. Your library can be at the forefront in providing that safe haven in times of crisis and helping your community return to normal life.
For more information and to register, visit:

Tuesday, Jan 30 (2-3 pm)
Teaching Media Literacy in the Classroom (edWeb)
Media literacy is an important skill both in and outside of the classroom for students of all ages. How do students decipher between what is real and what has been fabricated online? Join myON’s Susannah Moran for a robust edWebinar where we will discuss the impact teachers can have on this important topic. We’ll share best practices, classroom tips and examples from schools across the country who are successfully implementing media literacy into their daily routines.
For more information and to register, visit:

Wednesday, Jan 31 (9-10 am)
The Innovation in Libraries Awesome Foundation Chapter (Nebraska Library Commission)
Transformative innovation is often driven by small scale projects and experiments. The Innovation in Libraries Awesome Foundation Chapter was created to support the prototyping of library innovations that embody the principles of diversity, inclusivity, creativity, and risk-taking. Since its founding, the chapter has supported projects from around the world that reflect the potential of citizen and library driven collaborations to address community issues and innovations. This session will discuss how the chapter was formed, the projects that have been funded, and the future direction of the Innovation in Libraries Chapter.
For more information and to register, visit:

Wednesday, Jan 31 (9-10 am)
Miss Manners: You Might be Sabotaging Your Career (Indiana State Library)
This is a tongue-in-cheek webinar about workplace etiquette.   The concepts covered are common sense, but some may benefit from humorous reminders and scenarios about how the little things matter in the workplace.
For more information and to register, visit:

Wednesday, Jan 31 (12-1:30 pm)
Whole Leadership: Balancing Priorities of Administration and Pedagogy (Early Childhood Investigations)
Do you ever feel like you have too many “plates spinning” at the same time? Do you feel like you neglect the most important things to take care of the most urgent needs? Join us for this provocative and useful discussion about leading early childhood programs that are sustainable, vibrant learning organizations.
For more information and to register, visit:

Wednesday, Jan 31 (2-3 pm)
Introducing the Notable Books for a Global Society Collection: Promoting Understanding of Diversity (Association for Library Service to Children)
Readers need books by and about all people to teach us about who we are and who we might become. The Notable Books for a Global Society strives to brings books by and about all people to students readers. Librarians are instrumental in making that happen. We invite you to explore the newly awarded 2018 NBGS collection in this webinar.
For more information and to register, visit:

Archived Webinar: Heart Mountain and Wyoming Newspapers

Join Thomas Ivie and Chris Van Burgh for a look at the Heart Mountain Internment Camp exhibit, part of Wyoming Newspapers. In this archived webinar to watch at your leisure, they look at searching in Wyoming Newspapers, as well as a few other resources available in

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

3 Keys to a Developed Board

Reposted from Library Strategies

All library affiliated boards need to grow and develop on an annual basis. As individual members and as a group, they need regular training, review of policies and responsibilities, and additional perspectives for future planning and directions. Three keys can help you develop your board on a regular basis.

Key 1: Board Orientation – Certainly hold an orientation for all new members, but annual or bi-annual orientations are also valuable as refreshers.

Key 2: Professional Development Activities – All board members should engage in this annually, but occasional group trainings or workshops are also important. Ideally board development is structured, scheduled, and an expected duty.

Key 3: Board Evaluation – Conduct an annual board evaluation process (usually a simple survey from the President) as part of a review of individual members performance but also the performance of the board as a whole.

Additional ideas that may help with board development or feed into the “3 Keys” include, regular presentations by professional staff on library trends and issues; having a structure to keep former board members attached (mentoring); and thinking outside the library to explore such issues as publishing, technology, change management, patron behavior, or community changes.

The 5 Early Literacy Practices: Sing

Pamela Mejia de Rodriguez
Regional Early Literacy Specialist at Colorado State Library

Reposted from Colorado Virtual Library

“Gallina=chicken, puerta=door, ventana=window y pluma=pen”

Those are words of a traditional rhyme back in my country. Even though I didn’t know English when I learned that song, I was probably around 3 years old, I knew the letters of that song to perfection.

Music is recognized as a universal feature of human cognition: every healthy human is born with the ability to appreciate it.

Spoken language is introduced to the child as a vocal performance, and children attend to its musical features first. Without the ability to hear musically, it would be impossible to learn to speak.

Songs are a natural way to learn about language. They develop listening skills and slow down language so children can hear the different sounds in words, a key decoding skill.

Songs have repetitions and repletion is key when it comes to language development. It helps them to learn new words and information, strengthens their memory and attention.

How does singing with children help them get ready to read? (Extracted from Every Child Ready to Read)

Print Motivation
Children love singing.  A great option to encourage not only reading, but also singing, is to read books that can be sung.  These can include nursery rhymes, books that promote singing, or books that can be sung to a specific tune.

Print Awareness
A foundational early literacy skill is understanding that print has meaning. To help children make this connection, print out lyrics to favorite songs or read books that can be sung.

Letter Knowledge
Letter knowledge is, at its base, a shape recognition skill, so any rhyme or song that talks about how things are the same and different can help build skills children will need to identify letters. Of course, the ABC Song helps them learn letter names and alphabetical order!

Just like books, songs have great vocabulary words, such as “tuffet” or “In a cavern, in a canyon.” Hearing new words in context helps children build their vocabularies.  In addition, songs have a long tradition of being used as memory boosters! I’m sure many of you can still recite all 50 states because of a song you learned.

Phonological Awareness
Listening to and singing songs is one of the best ways for children to build their phonological awareness because often each syllable of a word connects to a note.  In addition, many songs and rhymes have rhyming words.  Both pieces help children hear the individual parts of each word.

Narrative Skills
Many Mother Goose and other childhood songs are little stories, and listening to them helps children learn about story structure and sequencing. Even silly songs like “Little Bunny Foo Foo” have a beginning, a problem in the middle, and a resolution at the end. When children sing these songs, they become storytellers.

Singing activities to do with your child (Extracted from Earlier is Easier)

Birth-8 month

  • Sing while changing your baby’s diapers.
  • Sing in the car! Hearing songs and stories will help baby learn how to communicate and soon they’ll respond!
  • Move, gently bounce, or hold your baby’s hand as you dance together to music.
  • Rhyming and bouncing songs help babies hear and feel words and sounds so they can begin to repeat them.
  • Put your baby on your lap or on a blanket on the floor and look into their eyes as you sing. Tap their hands together to the beat.
  • Sing a quiet, calming song before your baby goes to sleep. How about “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” or “Hush Little Baby?”

9-18 Month

  • Young children love to sing, so sing everywhere – in the car, in the bathtub, at the store and at the table.
  • Make music with things you have in the house – pots, pans, spoons, boxes, cups. Crawl around on the floor with your child to the beat of the music.
  • Songs have a note for each part of a word, so when you sing you’re helping your child hear that words have smaller parts. Clap or tap along to better hear these smaller parts.
  • Sing the same quiet song at bedtime. Repetition and routine is good for young children and they will know it’s time for sleep.
  • Sing a song you remember learning as a child. A song that was special to you can become special to your child too!

19-36 Month

  • The tune of “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush” is great for singing about your daily activities. “This is the way we brush our teeth, brush our teeth, brush our teeth. This is the way we brush our teeth so early in the morning.” (Don’t know the tune? Listen here.)
  • Sing the ABC song!
  • Take a song you know and change the words to something silly. Include your child’s name.
  • Sing a familiar song faster…and then faster…and then slower…and slower.
  • Visit your local library and borrow some kids’ music cds to sing along with in the car.