Monthly Archives: April 2018

Free Library Continuing Education Events for May

site logoThe May 2018 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with 103 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 See a full description of this week’s events below.

Events for May 1-4

Tuesday, May 1 (10-11 am)
First Tuesdays – Thousands Eligible with Millions Unclaimed (Washington State Library)
Every month millions of dollars in VA pensions, disability awards and health care services remain unclaimed by eligible Washington State Veterans and widows. WAServe, a member of, was established to change that state of affairs by providing technology enhanced coordination and case management services delivered by uniquely qualified staff. WAServe works with an expanding coalition of community providers representing over seventy organizations delivering health care, housing, employment, social and community-based services. Libraries, as a trusted resource in communities all across the state, are in a unique position to strengthen this coalition. Learn how your library can serve this population, found in all communities in Washington State.

Tuesday, May 1 (10:30-11:30 am)
Live Streaming Event with Katherine Applegate (School Library Journal)
Join Katherine Applegate, author of The One and Only Ivan, for a LIVE webcast from the Park School in Mill Valley, CA, as she kicks off the tour for her new middle grade series, Endling! Watch as Katherine talks about the inspiration behind her books, her journey to becoming a writer, and the ways young readers across the country have impacted her as an author.

Tuesday, May 1 (11-12 pm)
Tutorial Creation 101 (University of Wisconsin)
This webinar will serve as a guide for participants who are just beginning to develop tutorials standards, prioritize topics, consider copyright issues and research platforms. Learn how the staff at Jacobs Library build, brand and assess their tutorials.

Tuesday, May 1 (12-1 pm)
Why Nonprofits Should Be Using Online Surveying (and Best Practices) (Tech Soup)
Data can offer valuable insights and inform important decisions, but how do you know what type of data to collect and the best way to collect it? Learn how to thoughtfully collect survey data and gain insights from your constituents, stakeholders and employees.

Wednesday, May 2 (9-10 am)
Best practices for citation guidance in virtual reference (OCLC)
This webinar continues a listserv discussion about citation and referencing issues in a global virtual reference cooperative. In virtual reference interactions, students often ask questions about citing (referencing) their sources, and it’s important for us to determine which citation style is needed. Teachers often require use of a specific style. And regional preferences often determine which style to use. For example, In the U.S. the most common citation styles are APA, MLA and Chicago Style, while in the UK, a popular style is Harvard Referencing.

Wednesday, May 2 (10-11 am)
Mobile Learning: When Learning Games go Small (Training Magazine Network)
Mobile gaming is exploding in popularity, faster than any other learning technology. In this session, we will explore various mobile learning games and discuss the decisions that influenced their game design, learning design, user interface design, and user experience design. We’ll also share a case study of how a mobile learning game was used as part of a larger curriculum to drive business results.

Wednesday, May 2 (10-11 am)
Outcomes from the OCLC Research Library Partnership Web Archiving Metadata Working Group (OCLC Research)
In this webinar, four members of the working group will focus on the recommendations for descriptive metadata that uniquely meet the needs of web content.

Wednesday, May 2 (11-12 pm)
Direct Mail and Email Design Strategies That Drive Higher ROI (Network for Good)
How your fundraising appeal looks can be just as important as its content. This webinar will review tips and best practices for designing your direct mail and email appeal letters so your solicitations result in higher donations and response rates.

Wednesday, May 2 (12-12:45 pm)
Enhancing Your Intelligence Agency Information Resource IQ: Pt. 1: The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will describe information resources produced by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). This agency is responsible for leading U.S. intelligence community integration to deliver the most insightful intelligence information for national security policymakers. Individuals attending this webinar will learn more about the multifaceted and publicly-accessible information resources produced by ODNI.

Wednesday, May 2 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Project Budgets (GrantSpace)
If preparing a budget for your foundation grant is holding you back, this class will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to generate a standard project budget for a foundation proposal.

Wednesday, May 2 (12-1 pm)
Test proctoring in a public library! (North Carolina Library Association)
The purpose of this webinar is to introduce guidelines for test proctoring in a public library in order to meet the needs of students and institutions of higher learning.

Wednesday, May 2 (12-1:30 pm)
Heart-Centered Leadership for Inspired Nature-Rich Early Childhood Programs (Early Childhood Investigations)
Through interactive experiences discover how an appreciation of the world around us can guide interactions  with teachers, children and families. Participants  will leave with a set of leadership tools to help cultivate a Heart-Centered work environment.

Thursday, May 3 (10:30-11:30 am)
Study Skills 3: Managing Focus and Attention (Center on Technology and Disability)
This webinar will cover strategies for boosting one’s focus. Demonstrations will include timers that support focus, apps to track smartphone use, and tools to manage online distractions. The presenters will also discuss methods and strategies to support attention that incorporate the visual, auditory, tactile, and vestibular senses.

Thursday, May 3 (10:30-11:30 am)
How to Think About Major Gifts (Nonprofit Hub)
In this webinar, you will learn about understanding the proper structure for a major gift, how to describe and understand the 7-Pillars of a successful major gift program and be able to assess your nonprofit’s culture of philanthropy.

Thursday, May 3 (11-12 pm)
Events in a Digital Age: How to Maximize Offline Events in an Online World (Firespring)
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.

Thursday, May 3 (12-1 pm)
CopyTalk: Creative Commons Certificate (ALA District Dispatch)
The newly developed Creative Commons (CC) Certificate program was created for librarians, educators, and government in response to the continued growth in the use of CC licenses globally and the corresponding need to help people acquire Commons knowledge and skills. This session will review the CC Certificates program including content, feedback from the beta, building a train-the-trainer program for CC country chapters (and other partners) who want to offer the CC Certificates and certify others, and remixing the CC Certificates into University courses to train the next generation of librarians and educators.

Thursday, May 3 (12-1 pm)
SEAside Webinar: Harnessing Human Power for Health: Medical Librarians & Citizen Science (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This webinar will provide an overview of citizen science, as well as its variants such as volunteered geographic information, crowdsourcing and patient-led research. Health-focused librarians from a variety of settings will discover how they can support already-existing citizen science projects and gain tips on creating their own.

Friday, May 3 (1-2 pm)
5 Ways To Prepare For This Nonprofit Deadline (TaxBandits)
May 15th serves as the biggest tax filing deadline for nonprofit organizations. Preparing to file your organization’s 990 Form is an important factor in the existence and effectiveness of your organization. In this webinar, we will share with you the top 5 ways to prepare for this nonprofit deadline.

Friday, May 4 (12-1 pm)
Season of Nonviolence (Booklist)
To coincide with the conclusion of the 64-day Gandhi King Season for Nonviolence, we present a webinar focusing on books that examine the past, present, and future of nonviolent civil rights movements inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Books and Blossoms at the Library

By Melanie Tibbets, Adult Services Specialist
Natrona County Library

Spring in Wyoming can be a tricky thing. If we go by the vernal equinox, the first day of spring in 2018 was March 20. However, if you have spent any time in Wyoming, you know spring comes on its own schedule. April can bring lovely spring weather and heavy spring snowfalls, sometimes all in one week. Spring also brings with it the promise of beautiful productive gardens and lazy afternoons reading.

Gardening in Wyoming is more of an art than a science, and it can be difficult to navigate the changing weather, along with the unique soil conditions. Natrona County Library is prepared to help all Wyoming gardeners—from the novice to the veteran—with our array of gardening books.

Our collection includes books specific to gardening in Wyoming. Month by Month Gardening in Wyoming: What to Do Each Month to have a Beautiful Garden All Year is a great book for the novice gardener. The author, John Cretti, walks readers through the steps to take each month for various types of gardens. Whether you grow roses, perennials, vegetables, or just want a beautiful lawn, this book has the answers.

Another helpful book is Gardening: Vegetables in Wyoming, by Karen L. Panter. Panter is an Extension Horticulture Specialist at University of Wyoming. She has a Ph.D. in Horticulture and understands the uncommon conditions that Wyoming gardeners face. Her book covers the easiest vegetables to grow as well advice on how to start and transplant seedlings for the more seasoned gardener.

One of my favorite gardening books is The Bee-Friendly Garden by Kate Frey. Attracting bees is the key to any successful garden, and Frey’s book has suggestions for creating bee friendly gardens in all sizes. Bees are essential for pollination, but bee friendly gardens also support beneficial insects like ladybugs. This is a great book for those just getting started or those who want to improve their existing garden.

If gardening is not your specialty, we also have plenty of books for spring reading. A surprising number of classics take place in spring. One of my favorites books, appropriate for all ages, is The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. First published in 1908, The Wind in the Willows became a beloved children’s story and has been adapted many times; however, the charm of the original cannot be duplicated. It is especially nice to read by the river—if it is not too chilly.

The Picture of Dorian Gray, arguably Oscar Wilde’s most famous work, is also a perfect springtime read. We meet the title character on a beautiful summer day, in the springtime of his youth, while he is sitting for a portrait. As the summer progresses and eventually declines, so does Dorian’s integrity.

Finally no spring reading list would be complete without Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. Whitman’s creation celebrates nature, humanity, and the gloriousness of their intersection.

Whatever you are into this spring—be it reading or gardening, or anything else—stop by Natrona County Library, and you’ll find we’re into, too.

Reposted with permission from the Natrona County Library blog. Check with your local library for these and other gardening titles.

7 Ways to Promote Online Resources

By Doug Johnson
Reposted from The Blue Skunk Blog

How do you persuade kids (and teachers) to use authoritative online sources and not just “Google” the information they need? How do you teach your users to see the library as a portal to trusted sources?

Online resources do not jump out at students and staff and scream “use me” any more than our library books jumped off the shelves. Digital resources also need to be promoted and displayed.

The Indispensable Librarian, 2nd ed, 2013

The librarians I know are masters of promoting books to kids. Displays, contests, book talks, author visits, posters, and other far more creative tactics move books off the shelves and into kids hands and hearts. We’ve had about 500 years experience in getting people to read, so we should be good at it.

But lately I have heard a different frustration expressed. After investing significant amounts of our library resource dollars in commercial online products, they too often go unused or underutilized.

Wouldn’t you think that today’s “digital native” [insert cynical snort here] would just automatically find and use full-text magazine services, online encyclopedias, subject specific databases, e-books, video content providers, and other digital sources of information that are vetted and reliable?

“Oh, you mean there are other places than Google, Wikipedia and YouTube to find information?”

Can we apply some of the same techniques for promoting print resources to digital resources? And what new techniques do we need to use? Here are a few starter ideas…

  1. Library orientation programs must of course demonstrate online resources as well as the physical ones.
  2. Introductions to online resources are best done during research units themselves—when students actually need the information they contain.
  3. Any bibliography or webquest prepared for a unit should reference electronic tools as well as those in print.
  4. During inservices, at teacher meetings and in newsletters, teachers need to be informed about and trained in using these digital resources.
  5. Library webpages should clearly mark links to their digital resources, either on the homepage or on a separate page that has a clear link from the home page. A note by the link that tells the user any special instructions for accessing the resource not only helps the user but also cuts down on questions. The library’s webpage with links to its digital resources should be the default page when any web browser is launched on every library computer. If you are a Chromebook district, set bookmarks to library resources using the management system on all devices – student and staff.
  6. Students and teachers can be subtly reminded of the schools’ online resources if guides in the form of posters are visible near workstations. Bookmarks with this information may yet have a few years of viability left. Your screen savers on library computers can be an “ad” for online resources.
  7. Contests, including scavenger hunts, can raise the visibility of commercial online resources. Tie your contests to a single database at a time, doing smaller contests, more often. We have Battle of the Books. How about Battle of the ‘Bases?

Just because it doesn’t fit in a display case, doesn’t mean you can’t make it visible.

I am very interested in effective methods librarians have found to lead students to good online resources.

Reposted from The Blue Skunk Blog under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Sharealike 3.0 Unported License.

Photos Free to Use and Reuse From the Library of Congress

This page features items from the Library of Congress’s digital collections that are free to use and reuse. The Library believes that this content is either in the public domain, has no known copyright, or has been cleared by the copyright owner for public use. Each set of content is based on a theme and is first featured on the Library’s home page.

These sets are just a small sample of the Library’s digital collections that are free to use and reuse. The digital collections comprise millions of items including books, newspapers, manuscripts, prints and photos, maps, musical scores, films, sound recordings and more. Whenever possible, each collection has its own rights statement which should be consulted for guidance on use. Learn more about copyright and the Library’s collections.

Today is World Intellectual Property Day

Celebrate World Intellectual Property Day — April 26, 2018 — with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). This year’s campaign, Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity, celebrates the brilliance, ingenuity, curiosity and courage of the women who are driving change in our world and shaping our common future. More information on World IP Day is available here. Also follow along on Twitter with hashtag #worldipday.

Interested in the creative and innovative women of Wyoming? Download and view the full list of Wyoming Women Inventors from 1890 to 2017.  Check out more Wyoming inventors in the Wyoming Inventors Database offered by the Wyoming State Library, and find more information on intellectual property in the WSL’s Patent and Trademarks Resource Center.

“WY Treaties Matter” Kiosk Free to County Libraries

Draft kiosk concept

From Wyoming Humanities 

Wyoming Humanities received a generous grant from an anonymous foundation to raise awareness about American Indian history and culture in Wyoming and to support the Indian Education for All legislation enacted in March of 2017.

WY Treaties Matter is a small, portable, easy-to-assemble exhibit, called a “pop-up kiosk,” that introduces the story of the Fort Bridger and Fort Laramie treaties, and other historical and legal events that led to creation of the Wind River Reservation, originally set aside as the Shoshone Reservation before the Northern Arapaho were also placed there. The exhibit is an opportunity to tell the complicated history of two enemy tribes who ended up sharing the same reservation. To expand on issues and events portrayed in the exhibit, a scholarly-prepared narrative summary will be available online for additional research. More importantly, for teachers in your community, curriculum guides dealing with specific topics related to the exhibit’s narrative will be available from

The kiosk, a host guide (for teachers and librarians), and printed children’s and adult guides will be provided free of charge to county libraries, and also made available to school districts and  community colleges. Send the information about where in your county to ship the exhibit with a contact name, email and phone number to Sheila Bricher-Wade, Program Officer, Wyoming Humanities, at by June 15, 2018.

The designated contact person will receive the web address for the online toolkit, which includes an annotated bibliography, the chronological summary, and other existing support materials for use by hosting organizations.

Designed for middle school, high school, college, as well as adult comprehension, WY Treaties Matter will be unveiled in August at the Wyoming Native American Education Symposium and will delivered to participating locations in late August.

Telling the Library Story

Jamie LaRue is the Director of the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom. In a recent listserv discussion, he shared these insights on how to best “tell the library story.”

Most great library stories follow a consistent format:

  • The best stories are about real people.
  • They have a problem.
  • The library, as supporting character (NOT main character) steps in and does something.
  • There’s a happy, and often moving, ending.
  • Then, there’s a single fact to tie it all down. Something like, “the library offers six resume writing workshops per month.” It’s a number that grounds the background story. Just ONE number.
  • Finally, there’s a tag line.

ALA has identified four messages that research says really resonate:

  1. Libraries transform lives.
  2. Libraries transform communities.
  3. Librarians are passionate advocates for lifelong.
  4. Libraries are a smart investment.

When you are advocating for your library, you may wish to keep these ideas in mind to tell your story effectively.

Student Reading Rights

Jackson Hole Middle School Library

By Doug Johnson
Reposted from the Blue Skunk Blog

One of the LM_Net participants I most respect is Barbara Braxton, a teacher-librarian in Comma, New South Wales, Australia. In response to an article in SLJ about labeling books by reading level in the library, she shared her Students’ Bill of Rights* on her 500 Hats blog. Please take a few minutes and look it over. It’s fine reminder of just how we can treat our students with the dignity they deserve.

We as librarians also need to be familiar with more specific “rights” of our patrons. ALA’s Library Bill of Rights specifically calls out:

V. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.

ALA’s Access to Resources and Services in the School Library: And Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights, reads in part:

Major barriers between students and resources include but are not limited: to imposing age, grade-level, or reading-level restrictions on the use of resources; limiting the use of interlibrary loan and access to electronic information; charging fees for information in specific formats; requiring permission from parents or teachers; establishing restricted shelves or closed collections; and labeling. Policies, procedures, and rules related to the use of resources and services support free and open access to information.

I would interpret these statements to mean that 3rd graders should not be restricted to books at a 3rd grade reading level. So while most library rights address intellectual freedom and access to opinions, information, and ideas, the rights extend to reading for pleasure and practice. (I had one professor suggest we call all recreational reading books “practice reading books” to get the support of administration. Hmmm.)

One of my biggest concerns is that students in schools without assertive librarians who advocate for these rights will have few or no opportunities to read for pure enjoyment. In our efforts to raise reading scores based on arbitrary goals, students will only read what is chosen for them without regard to personal interest and tastes, becoming citizens who can read but chose not to read. At particular risk are children who go to schools in low income areas without libraries and librarians. To me, this is grievous discrimination. (I know, I know, this is a drum I beat too often. See Little Bunny Books)

Read and re-read Ms Braxton’s document and the works of ALA. They describe well what is at the heart of what librarians and other child advocates are about.

* I was once called out for creating a PLN Bill of Rights by Stephen Downes who reminded me that “Bill of Rights” is a uniquely American creation, not transnational.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

WLA Awards Nominations Open

The Wyoming Library Association’s Awards and Grants Committee is accepting nominations for the following awards until the deadline of June 15th:

  • Outstanding Hero/Heroine Award
    Recognizes an outstanding person or group whose hard work has made a difference to a Wyoming library within the last two years.
  • Outstanding Librarian
    Honors the significant accomplishments and service by a library employee in the past year, to library users and to the Wyoming library community.
  • Outstanding Library
    Recognizes a significant special project completed within the past two years that involved the library system, its board members, and the library’s community.

Individuals interested in the Nora Van Burgh Grant are encouraged to apply by the June 15 deadline. The first review of applications will begin May 29.

For further information about these awards and the grant, please contact the Committee chair Jeff Collins, or 307-773-7220.