Monthly Archives: March 2018

Free Library Continuing Education Events for April

site logoThe April 2018 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with 92 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.

The WSL Database of the Month webinar for Shakespeare’s birthday, “Finding the Bard in GoWYLD—Literature Online” is pre-recorded so you may watch it “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

Women’s History Month: Esther Hobart Morris

Portrait of Esther Hobart Morris from Women of Wyoming by Mrs. Alfred H. (Cora M.) Beach.

We would be remiss in letting Women’s History Month slip away without a mention of Esther Hobart Morris. In her 1927 book, Women of Wyoming, Cora M. Beach writes that Morris “…has rightfully been called the ‘Mother of Woman Suffrage.’” Morris was one of the earliest and most prominent advocates for granting women the right to vote.

The story goes that in 1869 she held a tea party in South Pass City, invited both candidates for the legislature, and held their feet to the fire about giving women the right to vote. Wyoming became the first government in the world to enact women’s suffrage that same year.

Morris is one of the many women featured in Women of Wyoming, held here at the State Library and at many other Wyoming libraries. Flipping through its pages, you can see the stories and achievements of the women who called the Equality State home.

In 1870, Morris was appointed Justice of the Peace at South Pass City, the only woman in the world at that time to hold a judicial office.

When Wyoming gained statehood in 1890, she spoke at the celebration: “On behalf of the women of Wyoming, and in grateful recognition of the high privilege of citizenship that has been conferred upon us, I have the honor to present to the state of Wyoming this beautiful flag. May it always remain the emblem of our liberties, ‘and the flag of the union forever.’” See more in the Wyoming Statehood Celebration online exhibit.

Beach wrote, “The writer is at a loss to understand why some splendid monument to the memory of Esther Morris has not been erected by the Women of Wyoming. Not merely a tablet of bronze or stone, but something that would typify the spirit of progressiveness exemplified by this woman of undaunted courage.”

Cora Beach lived long enough to see that splendid monument. Esther Hobart Morris is now honored with a bronze statue standing proudly in front of the Wyoming State Capitol building, with its twin placed in the National Statuary Hall Collection in the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. in 1960.

You can learn more about women’s suffrage in Wyoming in our Women’s Suffrage in Wyoming LibGuide, and see more details about the Wyoming Statehood Celebration in our online exhibit. Our digital collections also offer many details, such as the actual legislation in the Wyoming Legislation Database, and firsthand accounts in Wyoming Newspapers. And, of course, you can find Women of Wyoming on our shelves and at other libraries.


Wyoming Libraries Asked to Get Ready for Women’s Suffrage Celebration

In 2019 and 2020, the Wyoming Women’s Suffrage Celebration is planned to mark the sesquicentennials of the 1869 law that granted women in Wyoming Territory the right to vote and the first time a woman exercised that franchise in a general election in Laramie in 1870.

Governor Matt Mead has established the Governor’s Council on Wyoming Women’s Suffrage Celebration to provide strategy, advice, and advocacy to foster the planning and delivery of a range of events. Chris Van Burgh, Database Instruction Librarian at the Wyoming State Library, was named to the Council in October to represent the libraries of the state and the WSL on the education subcommittee.

“We’re encouraging our public and school libraries to think now on how they can create celebrations and programming,” Van Burgh said. “As we’re looking at bringing events out to communities across Wyoming, libraries are a great place to start.” Libraries that have questions or ideas about participating are welcome to contact Chris at or (307) 777-3642.

Wyoming was the first government in the world to grant women’s suffrage when Territorial Governor John Allen Campbell signed it into law on December 10, 1869—a distinction that earned it the nickname, “The Equality State.” On September 6, 1870, Louisa Swain of Laramie became the first woman to vote in a general election. The Wyoming Women’s Suffrage Celebration will run from December 2019 to September 2020 in honor of these dates.

Wyoming successfully fought for the right of its women to vote when it was admitted as the 44th state in 1890. In 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted women’s suffrage nationwide. To recognize and honor both South Pass City, home of prominent Wyoming suffragists Esther Hobart Morris and William H. Bright, and the 19th Amendment, a 19-mile segment of Wyoming Highway 28 southwest of South Pass city was recently designated thee “Wyoming Women’s Suffrage Pathway.

The Wyoming State Library has already posted a Women’s Suffrage in Wyoming LibGuide created by the Wyoming State Archives. Chris is currently working with the Council’s education subcommittee on projects such as a Wyoming women coloring book and creating a repository for the original Territorial and State documents.

Casper College Library Helps Bring Kids and Shelter Dogs Together

Dogs waiting for their forever homes in an animal shelter could use a little attention. Young students can use an attentive and friendly listener as they practice their reading skills. What better idea than to bring them together?

That was the idea behind Tales with Tails, a reading literacy program recently launched in Casper. The Casper College Goodstein Foundation Library collaborated with the college’s Student Financial Aid and the Casper Humane Society on this project.

The goals of Tales with Tails were to help younger students in Natrona County with literacy skills, provide Casper College students with work study/service learning opportunities, and promote the value of lifelong learning in the community.

By reading to shelter animals, students gain confidence in their reading abilities, and shelter animals become more adoptable as they are socialized with the students. Research shows that over time, students participating in similar programs can improve academic engagement behavior.

Casper College has been able to provide another work study position by sponsoring this pilot program, and also is able to use more federal funds to help other Casper College students. In the development of this program they’ve created service learning opportunities for Casper College students.

The pilot program ran March 27-29. At its conclusion 14 Casper College students were involved in planning or participation and 18 Natrona County students read to shelter animals. The Humane Society and Casper College Library plan to make this a recurring program.

For questions about the program, contact Casper College Librarian Sarah Mailloux.

Federal Funding for IMLS Approved by Congress for FY2018

site logoThere’s good news for Wyoming libraries in the FY18 federal omnibus spending bill that was recently approved by Congress and signed by President Trump. The bill included a significant increase in funding to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the source of federal funding for the nation’s museums, libraries, and library development agencies, such as the Wyoming State Library.

In Wyoming, IMLS funding through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) supports statewide projects such as WYLDCAT, interlibrary loan, e-content, databases, training, and support of the Wyoming’s 13 state institution libraries. In past years, Wyoming has received approximately $900,000 annually in support of these projects that help improve library services for every resident of Wyoming, down to those in the smallest communities.

President Trump’s initial FY18 budget proposal called for elimination of the IMLS. Through concerted advocacy efforts, the library community was able to make the case for continued federal support of libraries.

The President’s FY19 proposal again calls for IMLS to be eliminated. Congress is expected to take up this measure in the near future. Local and national groups, including the Wyoming Library Association, will be watching this legislation as it progresses and issuing calls for advocates to again tell the story of libraries and their importance.

The State Library administers IMLS funding for Wyoming. For more details on the projects that federal funds support in this state, see

Questions about LSTA funding in Wyoming? Contact State Librarian Jamie Markus at or (307) 777-5914.

Study Reveals Voter Perceptions of Libraries

From the Idaho Commission for Libraries

OCLC, the American Library Association (ALA) and its Public Library Association (PLA) division partnered to investigate current perceptions and support among US voters and how they may have shifted since 2008 when OCLC first published From Awareness to Funding: A Study of Library Support in America, a national study of the awareness, attitudes, and underlying motivations among US voters for supporting library funding.

Explore the updated 2018 study.

The 2018 survey was again conducted by Leo Burnett USA, repeating questions and segmentation analysis from the original study, to allow for comparison with 2008 results. Key findings include:

  • a majority of U.S. voters believe public libraries are essential to communities and a source of civic pride;
  • voters still highly value traditional library services such as free access to books and quiet areas, but also increasingly value the library as a community hub.
  • There continues to be a disconnect between the services libraries offer and public awareness and support for those services;
  • although a majority of voters are likely to support library funding at the local ballot box, fewer are committed to definite support than a decade ago; and
  • a majority of voters still do not realize that the primary source of library funding is local.

A free webinar, hosted by WebJunction, is offered on April 17 to discuss the report:

Voter Perceptions of Libraries: Getting From Awareness to Funding in 2018
Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 1-2 p.m. MDT
Hosted by WebJunction, this free webinar presents the results of a new study investigating voter perceptions and support for public libraries, with comparisons to similar research conducted 10 years ago.

Register now.

2018 Soaring Eagle Book Award Winners

The 2018 Soaring Eagle Book Award winner is The Scythe by Neal Shusterman. First runner up is The Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse. Second runner up is Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt.

Sponsored by the Wyoming Library Association and the Wyoming State Reading Council, the Soaring Eagle Award provides the opportunity for Wyoming youth in grades 7-12 to select a favorite book and honor its author.

Danielle Price Joins State Library Team

Danielle Price

The Wyoming State Library welcomes Danielle Price as our new Digital Initiatives Librarian in the Information Services office. She will work primarily with digital state documents.

“Danielle’s a great addition to our team with her reference experience and eagerness to learn,” said Abby Beaver, WSL Information Services Manager. “We’re very excited to see what new skills and ideas she brings to the library and to her position.”

Danielle lived in Douglas as a child and says she has “many happy memories of Wyoming—summer outings to Ayres Natural Bridge Park, winters in the snow, even the wind.” After relocating to Tucson, she fell into library work when she found a job as a library assistant at a local high school and loved it right away.

She went back to school and earned her Master’s in Information Resources and Library Science at the University of Arizona in Tucson. After graduating, she took a job as a reference librarian at the main branch of the Jefferson Parish Library in Metairie, Louisiana. She was there for two years before she decided to join the WSL.

“I’ve taken classes in digital librarianship and government documents, and thought this job would provide a new challenge,” she said. “After I learn my position and what it requires, I would like to find new ways to help the library grow as I do.”

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of March 26

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

Monday, Mar 26 (11-12 pm)
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Philanthropy: Building the Data Infrastructure with GuideStar (GuideStar)
Data can help bring clarity and understanding to where we are, as individual organizations and as a sector, track our progress, and inform our practices moving forward. Find out more about how (and why) foundations collect demographic data from their grantees, challenges/opportunities that lie ahead in both the collection and use of this data, and how this dataset can inform nonprofit funding decisions.
For more information and to register, visit:

Monday, Mar 26 (2-3 pm)
Securing Grant Funding for Your STEAM and Coding Programs (edWeb)
In this edWebinar, Dr. Azadeh Jamalian, Head of Education Strategy at littleBits, will discuss best practices on applying for STEM and coding grants. She will provide: A review of different types of grants educators can apply for; Key factors in writing strong applications; Steps involved in applying and receiving the grants; A list of grants that are currently accepting applications with a profile of the previous recipients for these grants.
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Tuesday, Mar 27 (11-12 pm)
Events in a Digital Age: How to Maximize Offline Events in an Online World (Firespring)
Events like galas, walks and auctions are critical to the fundraising (and friend-raising) strategies for most nonprofits. Want your next one to be a hit? Give it digital legs. With the vast number of online tools available, you can streamline everything from event registration to email marketing to social media, ensuring you capture your audience right where they are: online.
For more information and to register, visit:

Tuesday, Mar 27 (12-1 pm)
What’s hiding in your library? How to tell which print monographs to preserve and which to remove (OCLC)
A one-hour webinar about how planning for a print deselection project can benefit your library.
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Wednesday, Mar 28 (8-9 am)
How to Conduct a Community Needs Assessment (CNA) (Indiana State Library)
This webinar will show you the state and Federal resources used by the Northwest Indiana Center for Data & Analysis to provide accurate and timely data for our CNA projects. Resources to be previewed will include but are not limited to: American Community Survey, American Factfinder, STATS Indiana, Hoosiers by the Numbers, and Stats America.
For more information and to register, visit:

Wednesday, Mar 28 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Providing Access to the Good Life for the Disabled (Nebraska Library Commission)
Do you know the ADA standard for where you should place your books on the bookshelf? Do you know what kind of animals can legally be classified as a service animal? Do you know which policies you may want to look at to grant greater access to your services? You will if you attend this overview of how to best provide access to the disabled patrons in your community. The presenter is a long-time advocate for the disabled and was recently appointed as the State of Nebraska ADA Coordinator.
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Wednesday, Mar 28 (12-1:30 pm)
Abuse? Not Our Kids! Protecting Children from Abuse by Empowering Early Educators (Early Childhood Investigations)
Those who work with children in daycare and preschool settings are uniquely positioned to make a big difference in the lives of the children and families they serve. Sadly, they can also often be some of the first to suspect or witness signs of child abuse and neglect. By introducing their students to personal safety rules and skills in clear and age-appropriate ways, they can help young children learn to recognize and report unsafe and abusive situations and touches.
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Wednesday, Mar 28 (1-2 pm)
Robotics, Maker Spaces, and Mixed Reality, Oh, My! (School Library Journal)
A fast-paced, practical share of the hottest tech trends in the classroom and library, and how to implement them. Panelists will tip you on creative ideas in DIY electronics, student-created augmented reality, maker activities, and more.
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Wednesday, Mar 28 (2-3 pm)
Integrating Digital Literacy into Core Subject Areas (edWeb)
In many school districts today, digital literacy skills are not being systematically taught, and differing levels of focus on them has resulted in differing levels of ability. Just as we address varying levels of reading proficiency, it’s important that we ensure consistent digital skills development across all of the core subject areas. In this edWebinar, Jeff Meyer, Director of Education from, will provide insight on the 12 essentials of digital literacy.
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Thursday, Mar 29 (12-1 pm)
Telling the Story of Volunteer Impact (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar will help you move past number of volunteers and number of hours and start telling the real story. You’ll learn about information gathering and the key components to good storytelling, how to evaluate your current measurements and how to build support for a more thorough measurement and evaluation program, and how to engage other staff – paid and volunteer – in this work. You’ll also receive a worksheet to help you begin to tell the story of volunteer impact in your organization.
For more information and to register, visit:

Thursday, Mar 29 ( 12-1 pm)
Census Data: Accessing Geographies within Geographies (Federal Depository Library Program)
In this webinar participants will learn how to access geographies such as places within a county, census tracts within a town, and block groups within a census tract. Participants will also learn the differences between the geographies.
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Thursday, Mar 29 (1-2 pm)
Intergenerational Programs at the Library: Connecting Generations for Healthy Communities (WebJunction)
This webinar explores how and why intergenerational relationships are important and develops skills to foster intergenerational communication in libraries.
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Thursday, Mar 29 (1-2 pm)
Teaching Privacy in Libraries: strategies and tools (Infopeople)
Join presenter Alison Macrina, director of the Library Freedom Project, as she discusses practical strategies that can bring privacy back to our library communities at a time when these rights are most at risk. She will demonstrate tools and best practices that can be taught in any library environment, in one-on-one patron interactions or computer classes.
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