Monthly Archives: July 2018

Free Continuing Education Events for August 1-5

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

All times MDT

Wednesday, Aug 1 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Engaging Your Community (Nebraska Library Commission)
Participants will hear how the Rochester Public Library District has engaged its community with patron-driven programs. Our outreach has included creating a donation center, summer recreation, farmers market and a seed library. Participants will learn best practices and how to replicate similar programs in their community. We will share our secret to success: you must leave your physical building to reach your entire community!

Wednesday, Aug 1 (10-11 am)
How to Handle that Dreaded Discipline Problem (Utah State Library)
In this session, we’ll discuss just what needs to be done when you know you have a discipline problem that needs to be dealt with. We’ll look at why some of us tend to actually avoid those problems and why some of us tackle them with both feet – and sometimes put our foot in our mouth in the process!

Wednesday, Aug 1 (11-12 pm)
Turning Volunteers and Board Members Into Donors (Network for Good)
During this webinar, Kay will provide participants with data about the correlation between volunteering and giving, and provide strategies for attaining full engagement.

Wednesday, Aug 1 (1-2 pm)
Science of Adolescent Learning: How Body and Brain Development Affect Student Learning (Alliance for Excellent Education)
In this webinar, the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) welcomes Dr. Jesse Washington, III, a practitioner, and Dr. Richard Clark, a researcher, to examine biological changes that occur during adolescence, both in the body and the brain, and to discuss how to ensure that learning opportunities support adolescents’ development during this critical time.

Wednesday, Aug 1 (1-2 pm)
Leading with Emotional Intelligence – Free Seminar Preview (American Management Association)
EI has evolved from an area of research to a recognized set of best practices and core competencies that are at the heart of successful leadership. Today we use EI as an integrated set of skills that underpin highly effective, fast-reacting and innovative organizations.If you want to become the consummate emotionally intelligent leader, this preview provides the perfect opportunity to hear how the AMA seminar can help you achieve your goals.

Thursday, Aug 2 (11-12 pm)
How to Design a No-Fail Capital Campaign, and 3 Truths You Need to Know (Bloomerang)
Amy Eisenstein & Andrea Kihlstedt will reveal three truths you need to know for a successful capital campaign, including how to design a no-fail capital campaign, as well as letting you in on closely held secrets of campaign consultants.

Thursday, Aug 2 (12-1 pm)
Controlled Digital Lending by Libraries (District Dispatch)
Controlled digital lending (CDL) is the term for any library project that digitizes print materials and makes them available in a manner consistent with traditional lending principles. CDL requires the use of digital rights management to ensure a consistent owned-to-loaned ratio, so that a library cannot circulate more than the number of copies it owns, and only authorized users have access to these digitized works. Libraries perceive copyright as a roadblock to this vision, and this session seeks to demonstrate why copyright can be a library’s ally instead.

Thursday, Aug 2 (12-1 pm)
Navigating Resources for Military Members and Veterans (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will introduce, the official benefits website of the U.S. Government, managed by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Historical Utility Patents for Sunny Summer Fun

RG 241: Utility Patent Drawings. Patent No. 717,119. Hammock, 1902.
RG 241: Utility Patent Drawings. Patent No. 810,174. Oscillating Electric Fan, 1906.

Over on The Unwritten Record, a blog from the National Archives, they’ve gathered a fun selection of the summertime utility patents. From their blog post:

Summertime seems to have been created to be three months of time to play, rest, relax, and, in general, do the things that make us happy. In the years between 1898 and 1908, inventors were very creative in their efforts to make summertime spectacular, interesting, and somewhat bizarre! So, whether you prefer to spend your summer indoors or outside, in the woods, or at an amusement park, the National Archives has a patent for you!

Read the full post.

From camping gear to ceiling fans to roller coasters, check out the fun patents they’ve collected. And if you have patent questions, please know that the Wyoming State Library is ready to help with our Patent & Trademark Resource Center.

Free Library Continuing Education Events for August

site logoThe August 2018 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with 73 live offerings and four to watch “At Your Leisure.” 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

Register Now for Library Journal Design Institute

The latest Library Journal Design Institute, a one-day, hands-on, small group event on library design, will be held September 21 at Minneapolis Central Library and hosted by LJ and Hennepin County Library Director Lois Langer Thompson. There’s also an optional half-day tour of surrounding libraries on September 20, capped by a reception hosted by MSR Design at Open Book.

Those who register before August 10 will have the opportunity for their library’s design challenges — from one-room fixes to building-wide renovation to new construction — to be workshopped by participating architects, who’ll share their expertise in small breakout sessions.
Registration is open only to librarians, library board or foundation members, and the library’s city planners/officials. Wyoming attendees can register at a special rate of $114.(The full rate is $163 ) Use promotion code MN30 to unlock this rate when registering.

Register now.

Whether or not your library is selected for a workshop/breakout, you’ll be able to sign up for breakouts that spur imagination and ideas. Beyond the breakout sessions, the day also features a mix of panels — on designing for changing collections, staff roles, and new services — and speed sessions where you can can get answers to your own questions from architects and vendors. There’s plenty of time to network with colleagues as well.

Wyoming Libraries Endowment Challenge Update

The latest Wyoming Libraries Endowment Challenge numbers are in: 20 of the 23 county library systems have reached their fundraising goals. The latest one is Johnson County Library in Buffalo.

See the totals as of July 26. Information is provided by the Wyoming State Auditor’s Office.

Collectively, Wyoming public libraries have raised just over $9 million and received nearly $18 million in state match and incentive funds through this program. This money has gone into endowments to support local libraries now and into the future.

Facts for the Anniversary of Americans With Disabilities Act

From the U.S. Census Bureau

On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodations, commercial facilities, telecommunications, and state and local government services.

This Facts for Features provides a demographic snapshot of the U.S. population with a disability and examines various services available to them. The statistics come from various Census Bureau censuses and surveys, covering different periods of time.

The following facts are made possible by the invaluable responses to the U.S. Census Bureau’s surveys. We appreciate the public’s cooperation as we continuously measure America’s people, places and economy.

Did You Know?

  • 40.7 million or 12.8%
    Total civilian noninstitutionalized population with a disability in the United States.
    Source: 2016 American Community Survey
  • 20.1%
    The percentage of the civilian noninstitutionalized population in West Virginia in 2016 with a disability — among the highest rates in the nation. Utah, at 9.9 percent, had the lowest rate.
    Source: 2016 American Community Survey
  • 7.5 million
    Total civilian noninstitutionalized population ages 18 to 64 employed with a disability.
    Source: 2016 American Community Survey
  • $22,047
    Median earnings in the past 12 months (in 2016 inflation adjusted dollars) of the civilian noninstitutionalized population age 16 and over with earnings and a disability.
    Source: 2016 American Community Survey

Learn more on the U.S. Census Bureau’s Facts for Features.

Blogs for the Workplace

We spotted this list in the July 2008 issue of the North Dakota State Library’s new newsletter, Connections. Subscribe to Connections or to the NDSL’s other newsletters on their website.

Ask a Manager
Alison Green gracefully answers workplace questions from the ordinary to the eccentric on her daily blog. If you have a question about managing, being managed, hiring, firing, or weird coworkers, it’s probably been asked and answered on this site.

Evil HR Lady
In her blog that aims to demystify the world of Human Resources, Suzanne Lucas diligently discusses topics that range from diversity to employee retention and everything in-between.

Management Issues
Management Issues brings you articles to help you stay focused on the bigger picture.

This blog compiles everything you need to know about starting and growing a business. While public employees may not be growing a business, many of the articles discuss leadership, management, and workplace culture.

GovLoop provides blogs, discussions, trainings, and more to public sector professionals. This blog is curated especially for those with an interest in and who work for the federal, state, or local government.

Linked 2 Leadership
This leadership blog provides straight-forward advice about leadership development, organizational health, and personal and professional growth.

GPO Summer Travel Series: Your Trip to Yellowstone

From the GPO’s Government Book Talk blog

Pile in, folks. We’re headed to the very first national park in the world. As Naturalist John Muir described it back in the 1880s, prepare to see “Nature at work as a chemist.” We’re stopping in to admire bison, steam clouds of sulfur, and the world’s greatest geyser collection at Yellowstone National Park!

With more active geo-thermal features than the rest of the world, Yellowstone is wild and alive. Sure, you’ve heard of the famous Old Faithful. But altogether there are actually more than 10,000 thermal features at Yellowstone, including geysers, hot springs, mudpots, and fumaroles. Here, you’ll experience a rainbow of vivid color as water flows from hot springs, starting with yellow, then orange and green. The unique activity in the park provides geologists with a glimpse into what goes on thousands of miles beneath the Earth’s surface. In all its bubbling and erupting wonder, Yellowstone has been regarded as a sacred place by the groups of people who have lived near it throughout time. In fact, it’s believed that early Native American visitors to Yellowstone left offerings at thermal features to show their respect.

Interested in seeing the work of the oldest living things in the world? Check out Mud Volcano at Yellowstone. Its single-celled organisms are so old and different from the bacteria covering Earth’s surface today that they are classified into their own kingdom, the Archaea. Amazingly, they create mudpots by metabolizing sulfur and water into rock-dissolving sulfuric acid. Alright, that’s enough science for us too.

Make the most of your adventure at this historic and wondrous site. Yellowstone National Park Trip Planner offers a vast amount of information to plan a vacation to Yellowstone, including the top five road trips to the park, an overview of the five park entrances, a map, what to do if you only have 48 hours in the park, and a guide to lodging and camping in the park.

The Yellowstone Official National Park Handbook from the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service will walk you through the history, geography and wildlife of the park.

Loved Yellowstone so much you want a view of it every day? Bring the park home. The poster Greater Yellowstone depicts scenic park features and the large basin created by a massive volcanic eruption 600,000 years ago.

Where do you find these resources? You can buy eBooks or print publications from the U.S. Government Online Bookstore . Order by Phone Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (except US Federal holidays). From US and Canada, call toll-free (866) 512-1800.

Or, you can visit a Federal depository library such as the Wyoming State Library. You can find the records for most titles in GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.

Watch USPTO Patent Searching Broadcast at the WSL

The Rocky Mountain U.S. Patent and Trademark Office invites you to join us for the third session in a series of programming on Understanding Intellectual Property (IP). This interactive event will be broadcast live at the Wyoming State Library, 2800 Central Ave. in Cheyenne, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. MDT on Friday, July 20.

Register now.

Part III in the series, “Tips and Tricks for Patent Searching,” will focus on the benefits of searching, working with the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) system, keyword searching vs. CPC searching, the 7-step search process, and building a search strategy using keywords.

For questions, contact Vincent Gonzales at the  Rocky Mountain Regional USPTO at vincent.gonzales@USPTO.GOV or call 303-297-4600.

Sublette County Statue Dedication Honors Daphne Platts

Sublette County Library Executive Director Sukey Hohl with the “Journeys of the Imagination” bronze statue at the dedication ceremony.

On July 12, 2018, the statue Journeys of Imagination by Gary Lee Price of Provo, Utah was dedicated in memory of Daphne Davis Platts, Sublette County Library Director, who died in January of 2017. Bob McCarty and Chandra Stough played Irish fiddle tunes and Sukey Hohl, current director, spoke a few words and led the 60 people present in a toast to Daphne.

The statue depicts a young girl in overalls and a superhero cape on a paper airplane with a book in her back pocket. The statue perfectly represents how books and the imagination can empower young people to reach out for the best life has to offer. It is a perfect memorial for Daphne Platts who cared deeply about the rights of women and the power of literature. Daphne was director for 27 years and she was responsible for the log library being built in 1998 and then the rammed earth addition, built in 2009.

Music with Bob McCarty and Chandra Stough.