Monthly Archives: February 2018

Free Library Continuing Education Events for March

site logoThe March 2018 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with 96 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.

New this month, the WSL Database of the Month webinar will be pre-recorded to view “At Your Leisure.” We’re also featuring other on-demand training videos—check the sidebar on the calendar.

View, download, or subscribe to the calendar at

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

Thursday, Mar 1 (10-11 am)
The Best Team Wins: The 5 Disciplines of High Performance Teams (American Management Association)
In most companies, up to eighty percent of employees are working in teams. And yet, most teams are nowhere near as effective as they could be. They’re often divided by tensions, if not outright dissension, and dysfunctional teams drain employees’ energy, enthusiasm and creativity. Learn proven tactics managers can use to build cohesive, productive teams, despite the distractions and challenges every business is facing.
For more information and to register, visit:

Thursday, Mar 1 (10:30-11:30 am)
Study Skills 1: Research and Note-taking Skills (Center on Technology and Disability)
This event is the first of a 3-part series focusing on assistive technology for study skills. Researching and taking notes is an important activity central to the academic lives of many teens and adults. This webinar for parents begins with a discussion of the purpose of note-taking and useful strategies to employ. Tools include a range of technology supports for taking notes while listening to information and instruction, taking notes while reading, and organizing the information. Demonstrations will include a smart pen, audio recording apps, research tools, and mind mapping.
For more information and to register, visit:

Thursday, Mar 1 (11-12pm)
The OER Landscape: An Introduction (Montana State University Library)
An overview of Open Educational Resources (OERs), the broader Open Access context that supports them, and some of the issues that are driving their adoption and creation, such as efforts to reduce costs for students and supporting student success. The many benefits as well as challenges to their use and creation will be discussed. You will see specific examples of successful OER implementations and approaches on academic campuses around the nation. We will look at a few OER repositories and links to other OER resources. Plus, there will be plenty of time available for Q&A at the end.
For more information and to register, visit:

Thursday, Mar 1 (11-12 pm)
What are Simple Development Systems and How Can They Help You? (Bloomerang)
Are you dizzily reeling from golf outings to 5K runs to galas to a holiday concert to…Casino Night? Does your fundraising consist of Amazon Smile, local restaurant nights and a “dear friend” year-end fundraising letter? Are you constantly engaged in “spray and pray” fundraising, looking to see what sticks? Join us for Simple Development Systems where you’ll discover a road-map to creating sustainable fundraising revenue throughout the year.
For more information and to register, visit:

Thursday, Mar 1 (11-12 pm)
6 Reasons Why Infographics Matter (IdealWare)
People love infographics—but should your nonprofit love them enough to create them? Join us as we discuss the role infographics play in a healthy communications mix.
For more information and to register, visit:

Thursday, Mar 1 (12-1 pm)
Who owns culture? An introduction to copyright for undergraduate students (ALA District Dispatch)
We are excited to offer our next CopyTalk webinar about teaching undergraduates about copyright. Sounds like a tall order, but these undergraduates actually choose to take a semester-length copyright course as an elective.Tammy Ravas will discuss her multidisciplinary approach to teaching copyright, outline the topics taught in the course, give examples of lesson plans, show general progress of students enrolled in the class, and share what worked and what did not.
For more information and to register, visit:

Friday, Mar 2 (12-1 pm)
Feminist Reads, a Penguin Reading list for readers grades K-12! (Booklist)
The future is female and whether it’s events like #ShePersisted or the Women’s March, by all accounts the future is now. Join Booklist editor Maggie Reagan and Penguin Young Readers for this free, hour-long discussion of books for young readers featuring strong, inspiring women, both new and old.
For more information and to register, visit:

Friday, Mar 2 (12-1:30 pm)
NEH Preservation Assistance Grants (Lyrasis)
This free session provides an overview of the National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions. The instructors will talk about the application process, provide tips for crafting a narrative, and answer any questions you have about applying for the grant.
For more information and to register, visit:

Online Training “At Your Leisure”

We know your schedule is busy, so we’re doing something new. The Wyoming State Library’s Database of the Month webinars with Chris Van Burgh will now be pre-recorded so you can view them whenever you have time.

For March, the featured database is the eLibrary Curriculum Edition (Guided Research) interface and the ProQuest Platform for eLibrary. Watch it on YouTube as Chris takes you on a tour.

We’re also featuring other on-demand videos we find. Check them out in the sidebar on our training calendar page.

Free Continuing Education Events for February 26-28

Free, online, continuing education events for the rest of February 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

Monday, Feb 26 (11-12 pm)
Motivate Monday with Fundraising Expert Pamela Grow (Motivate Monday)
How are nonprofit professionals jump starting their week with purpose? Join us for Motivate Monday where: Every Monday we share your wins; Feature a special guest with a quick tip to get your week started right; And close with a Q&A session.
For more information and to register, visit:

Monday, Feb 26 (2-3 pm)
Measuring Up (Montana State Library)
A brief review of the three ways to identify central tendency. An introduction to recruiting techniques so that you get the participant data you want. A discussion about ethical behaviors for how you interact with your participants so that your thirst for data is not overly intrusive nor harmful to your subjects. We’ll conclude with a conversation about the value to the field and to promoting trust in your institution by sharing your findings and analysis.
For more information and to register, visit:

Tuesday, Feb 27 (11-12 pm)
For Director’s Ears Only: 10 Secret Tips To Support Youth Services (iSchool @UW-Madison)
Great youth services happen in libraries where staff and community recognize the importance of supporting youth and their literacy, learning and discovery needs. Youth library staffers often have strong thoughts about what would help them be more effective advocates for youth and youth library services but may not be able to articulate them or need support to make them happen. Join a seasoned youth librarian and consultant to explore ten different ways you can support your youth services and create an even more powerful place in your community’s heart!
For more information and to register, visit:

Tuesday, Feb 27 (2-3 pm)
Programming for ‘Tweens (Utah State Library)
Join us for a webinar on programming for ‘tweens (ages 8-12). Whether you’ve been offering ‘tween programs for years or you’re just getting started, you’ll come away with ideas on program themes, structures, and organization.
For more information and to register, visit:

Tuesday, Feb 27 (3:30-4:30 pm)
In Depth With the New AASL Standards, Part II (Wyoming State Library)
Join Jennisen Lucas, Wyoming School Librarian and AASL Affiliate as she takes us on an in depth tour of the new AASL standards. This month’s installation will be the Shared Foundation “Include” on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 3:30 pm. Come for the information, stay to ask questions!
To register, visit:

Wednesday, Feb 28 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Eleven Ways Your Current Tutorials Are as Forgettable as Barb and What to Do About It  (Nebraska Library Commission)
Do you ever feel like you are stuck in a rut when you create another LibGuide, screencast or other library instruction? Does it feel repetitive and not-at-all-creative? Are you still getting questions about how to use a database, despite creating detailed screencasts on each one? Are you unsure if what you are creating on the web is accessible to all of your learners? In this workshop, we will address some core skills around universal, instructional and graphic design that you can implement to make your online library instruction more effective.
For more information and to register, visit:

Wednesday, Feb 28 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Dialogue & Deliberation for Public Libraries Serving Small, Mid-sized and/or Rural Communities (Programming Librarian)
Using NCDD’s Engagement Streams Framework and a variety of dialogue resources, participants will learn about the steps for designing successful dialogues that best fit their circumstances and resources. They will also gain an understanding of approaches to dialogue that can help them achieve their goals.
For more information and to register, visit:

Wednesday, Feb 28 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Proposal Writing (GrantSpace)
Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation.
For more information and to register, visit:

Wyoming PBS Feature on the Natural Trap Cave

From the University of Wyoming Libraries blog

University of Wyoming Libraries’ Digital Collections has been working with the UW Geological Museum to digitize specimens from the Natural Trap Cave at the base of the Bighorn Mountains. This exciting collaboration results in both detailed images and 3D scans of fossils that can be printed. You can view the completed 3D models of this collection.

To learn more about the Natural Trap Cave watch this Wyoming PBS Main Street Wyoming feature below or on YouTube. The Geological Museum and Digital Collections details begin at around 21 minutes.

Big Talk From Small Libraries is Tomorrow

Want awesome ideas for small libraries? Join the Big Talk From Small Libraries 2018 online conference tomorrow, February 23. It’s free and online, so you can tune in from your desk. Registration is still open, so head over to the Registration page and sign up.

They have a great agenda for the day, with seven 50-minute sessions plus five 10-minute lightning round sessions. You can log in and out of the conference as you like throughout the day, based on your interest and availability.

Join in for a day of big ideas from small libraries!

To Be Bilingual; Benefits of Knowing Two Languages

By Pamela Mejia de Rodriguez
Reposted with permission from Colorado Virtual Library

In this country that I’m living now or being more specific, the state that I am now living, Colorado, I have developed a new hobby thanks to my husband. I am talking about skiing! Even though I have only gone skiing two times, I already consider myself a “ski addict.”

The second time we went to ski, I saw a couple with their two-year-old child. The husband was American and the wife was Argentinian. I noticed that the mom was talking to her child in Spanish and the Dad in English. It was marvelous to see how the kid was making the switch and answering them both in every language.

At just two years old, this kid was able to identify the language and able to quickly answer adequately. This was a living proof of the famous “brain plasticity” that we have heard so much about.

New articles on the neuroscience field (the science that studies the brain), show us that “a newborn baby is able to discriminate between sounds of any language and learn it. When he is a year old, however, small monolinguals lose this ability and specialize only in the sounds of their native language. However, those who are raised as bilingual, often because their father and mother are of different origins and speak to them in their respective languages since birth, still show a cerebral response to sounds of these languages.

To me, this was not a surprise. I have had kids in my past classrooms that their parents are Italians/French/Swedish/Japanese. They talk to their child in their native language and their child responds to them. Living in a Spanish-speaking county, they naturally learn the language in order to communicate with community and friends. And at the same time, receive a formal education in English school where classes are in English.

With all this going on, kids were able to make the switch of language, depending on who they were talking to. Bilinguals have a different brain structure, and they have a better capacity when it comes to concentration. Being bilingual helps you to make faster and more accurate decisions.

And there is a reason for these. When little, bilinguals need to separate both languages to avoid any interference when talking or listening. This process uses the same nerve cells that the brain uses to make quick decisions.

Benefits of bilingual education
• Ability to communicate with more people (family or work)
• Read and write in two language

• More creative
• Greater capacity to concentrate
• Bette attention spam, memory, and problem solving skills
• Greater resilience against cognitive deterioration caused by age or brain injury.

• Ability to adapt to different situations
• They appreciate multiculturalism.
• Greater ability to put oneself in the position of other people (tolerance and respect for human beings)
• Greater security (self-esteem)
• Greater resilience to environmental changes

• Advantage to get a job and receive more economic remuneration.

Being bilingual has its perks; don’t limit your child with only one language. Even if you live in a country where the native language is English, always keep the family native language present, not only for customs and cultural pride, but more for all the advantages that your child can have with the domain of both languages.


Even if you do not live in or did not grow up in a bilingual household, it’s never too late to learn a second language. Check out’s language learning resources, including the self-paced courses in Mango Languages. If English is your second language, Mango has courses for those learning English, as well, and Learning Express Library has a learning center for Spanish speakers. All these resources are free to Wyoming residents with a library card and PIN. If you need help logging in, contact your local library.

WSL Librarian at GRO-Biz Conference

Karen Kitchens, the Wyoming State Library’s State Publications Librarian, was in Rock Springs today at the GRO-Biz Conference & Idea Expo. Here, she’s with USPTO Denver Office Supervisory Patent Examiner Garth Rademaker (left) and U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (center).

Sen. Enzi is the founder of the conference and expo. GRO-Biz helps Wyoming businesses offer their products or services to the government, and the Idea Expo provides all the resources entrepreneurs and business owners need to start or expand their company.

One help for entrepreneurs is right here at the Wyoming State Library: our Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC). For questions about the PTRC, contact Karen at (307) 777-7281.

What’s for Dinner in Federal Documents?

Here at the Wyoming State Library, we enjoy some of the quirky items we find in our historical government documents. We went exploring our early 20th Century copies of the Farmers’ Bulletin from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and found a few meals you might or might not want on your table. Have these recipes stood the test of time? We’ll leave that for you to decide.

USDA Farmers’ Bulletin No. 1451
Making and Using Cottage Cheese in the Home
Issued May, 1925; revised 1927

Need a new kitchen hobby? This bulletin details the steps and equipment needed to make cottage cheese, “A desirable food easily prepared.”

Remove the stones from cooked prunes. Stuff prunes with cottage cheese which has been seasoned with salt and pepper. Serve on lettuce leaves with mayonnaise dressing. Dates or figs may be used instead of prunes if desired.

USDA Farmers’ Bulletin No. 712
School Lunches
Issued March, 1916; revised June, 1922, and May, 1924

Too many students have peanut allergies for this one today, but Bulletin 712 recommended that “Peanut butter, which can be either bought as such or prepared at home or at school, can be quickly made into a good and nutritious soup.”

1 1/2 cups tomato juice
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
2 1/2 cups boiling water
Add the tomato juice gradually to the peanut butter, and when smooth add the seasonings and the water. Simmer for 10 minutes and serve with croutons.

USDA Farmers’ Bulletin No. 487
Cheese and its Economical Uses in the Diet


If you say you love cheese in all its forms, does that still hold true if someone combines it with Lima beans? There’s also a “Cheese Jelly Salad” in this bulletin that includes gelatin and whipped cream, served on lettuce with salad dressing.

2 cupfuls of cooked Lima beans
1/4 pound of cream cheese, commercial or homemade
3 canned pimientos chopped
Bread crumbs
Put the first three ingredients through a meat chopper. Mix thoroughly and add bread crumbs until it is stiff enough to form into a roll. Brown in the oven, basting occasionally with butter and water.

USDA Farmers’ Bulletin No. 559
Use of Corn, Kafir, and Cowpeas in the Home

October 16, 1913

Cowpeas, or black-eyed peas, are recommended as an inexpensive meat substitute in this bulletin.

1 tablespoonful butter
1 tablespoonful finely chopped onion
1 tablespoonful finely chopped sweet green pepper
2 cupfuls cooked cowpeas
1/2 cupful grated cheese
Press the peas through a sieve to remove the skins, and mix with the cheese. Cook the onion and pepper in the butter, being careful not to brown, and add to the peas and cheese. Form the mixture into a roll, place on a buttered earthenware dish and cook in a moderate oven until brown, basting occasionally with butter and water. Serve hot or cold as a substitute for meat.

Federal documents such as these often offer fascinating glimpses into history. If you need assistance with researching federal government documents, we have reference librarians who can help. Contact us at or (307) 777-6333.

February 2018 Outrider Now Available


Find a wrap-up of the latest in Wyoming library news in the February 2018 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.

Upcoming Webinar: In Depth With the New AASL Standards, Part II

Join Jennisen Lucas, Wyoming School Librarian and American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Affiliate for the second part of her in-depth tour of the new AASL school library standards.

February’s installation will be the Shared Foundation, “Include.” This free webinar will be held on Tuesday, February 27, at 3:30 p.m. MST Come for the information; stay to ask questions!

Register now.

The Wyoming State Library has two circulating copies of National School Library Standards in its professional collection, available to Wyoming school librarians for checkout or interlibrary loan.

Questions about school library issues? Contact the Wyoming State Library’s School Library Consultant, Paige Bredenkamp, at or (307) 777-6331.