Monthly Archives: August 2018

WSL Closed for Labor Day

Planned Labor Day events for 1922 in Rock Springs, via the August 18, 1922, ROCK SPRINGS ROCKET in Wyoming Newspapers

The Wyoming State Library will be closed Monday, September 3 for Labor Day. We will re-open Tuesday, September 4. If you’re curious about the origins of the holiday, the U.S. Department of Labor offers a brief history.

While the first Labor Day celebration was held in 1882, the first mention of the holiday in Wyoming legislation was in 1921 when House Bill 106 proposed to designate November 11 as “American Day” and to replace Arbor Day in the list of legal holidays with Labor Day. The bill passed the house, but failed in the Senate. In 1923, Chapter 6 of the Session Laws added “the day that may be appointed by the Governor as Labor Day” as a holiday in State Statute. Read more on the legislative history of Labor Day in Wyoming Legislation, one of the Wyoming State Library’s six digital collections.

Job Opening: Casper College Library Director

The Casper College Goodstein Foundation Library in Casper, Wyoming, is seeking a new Library Director.

See the job announcement.

The Library Director provides leadership, planning, and administration of the Casper College Goodstein Foundation Library programs and services in support of the instructional programs of Casper College. The Library Director has principal authority over library programs and works under the general direction of the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.The Director of the Goodstein Foundation Library:

  • Develops library initiatives that enhance student learning.
  • Directs integration of appropriate technologies into services
  • Fosters forward-looking collection development plans that support accreditation
  • Leads all aspects of library administration (including long term planning, budget development and control, outreach, personnel selection, facilities management, effective stewardship, and ongoing assessment of library resources).
  • Maintains and strengthens collaborative efforts with consortia and other resource sharing groups (Wyoming Community Colleges Library Directors’ Group, WYLD Network, University of Wyoming at Casper, and the Wyoming State Library).
  • Nurtures an organizational culture of collegiality and service within the library and on campus.
  • Provides strategic vision and leadership for the library, faculty and staff coordinating with the College’s mission.
  • Serves on campus committees and acts as the library’s liaison to senior college administrators.
  • Supervises librarians, professional staff, and student workers.

Free Library Continuing Education Events for September

site logoThe September 2018 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with 88 live offerings and three 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

Casper College Bids Goodbye to Matthies

Brad Matthies

Casper College Goodstein Foundation Library is saying goodbye to Director Brad Matthies. Brad has accepted a position as Associate Dean of the Foley Library at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. His last day at Casper College is September 28.

Brad has been in academic libraries for 17 years total. For the last six, he’s been at Casper College where he updated library services and spaces, doubling patron gate count over a five-year period. (Not to mention, he caught a lot of Wyoming trout.)

“There are too many Wyoming librarians for me to thank individually,” Brad said of his time in Wyoming. “I’ll definitely miss working with many of you — especially those of you who are in higher education, the WYLD organization, and at the State Library. Wyoming has a great group of public and academic librarians that support each other on a level that I haven’t seen elsewhere.”

The willingness among Wyoming librarians to collaborate even across differing library missions is a service ethic he plans to take with him on his new library adventure.

“I’ll always have a soft spot for Wyoming libraries,” he added, “so if you’re ever in Washington State, don’t hesitate to look me up!”

Don’t-Miss Blog Posts from ALSC

Via August 2018’s The Scoop newsletter from the Idaho Commission for Libraries. The Scoop is a monthly e-mail newsletter containing fun, inspiring, and innovative ideas for library youth services. Subscribe to The Scoop to get it sent to your email inbox each month or via RSS.

Check out these great tips about serving diverse patrons in the library, written by librarians in the field for the Association for Library Services for Children (ALSC) Blog:

Library 2.018: Social Crisis Management

The third Library 2.018 mini-conference, Social Crisis Management in a 21st Century World, will be held on Wednesday, October 17, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. MDT.

Our human condition has changed dramatically and has implications for libraries of all types on a global scale. Food insecurity and hunger, housing policies and homelessness, violence, mental health service needs, social, economic, educational and racial equity, substance abuse and drug overdose – all of these and many more challenges impact the people who frequent our libraries – as customers, students, faculty, and staff. Operational decisions continue to be influenced by social concerns. Join us for a series of conversations on how libraries have developed, responded, and championed programs and services to address some of these social crises and learn about outcomes. What’s the new normal for libraries in this world of social and economic disparity? Has it altered or enhanced our core mission?

Register here for this free, online event to attend live or to receive the recording links afterwards. Participants are encouraged to use #library2018 and #librarysocialcrisis on their social media posts leading up to and during the event.

The conference is calling for session proposals from library professionals, employers, LIS students. Submit your proposal here by the deadline of September 28, 2018.

This event is being organized in partnership with Patty Wong, Director of Library Services at Santa Monica Public Library.

Best Job @ the Library

From the Laramie County Library System blog
By Robin Papaleka, LCLS Adult Programming Specialist

As the Adult Programming Specialist at the Laramie County Library, I often tell folks I have the best job at the library!

I get to attend all kinds of fascinating and amazing programs.  I get to listen to classical music.  I get to look at the stars through a powerful telescope.  I get to make art with local artists. I get to learn how to play chess and make Mozzarella and try homemade beer. Maybe best of all, I learn all kinds of new information.  So I thought today I’d share some of what I’ve learned at library programs with you.

  • If you want to know if the male in a bird species shares egg-sitting duties, just compare the male and the female. If they look the same, like geese, the male helps. If the male is seriously flashier than the female (like peacocks) he doesn’t help around the nest.
  • Bees do not prefer to collect pollen from all different kinds of flowers at the same time. They’ll concentrate on dandelion pollen before moving on to apple blossom pollen.
  • You can cook almost anything in a Dutch oven.
  • Germans are so serious about their beer that they have purity laws about what can and can’t go into beer.
  • Henna expires…you can paint old henna on your skin, but it won’t make a mark.
  • The Cheyenne ordinance allowing backyard chickens does not allow ducks.
  • Only single men were allowed in the Civilian Conservation Corps during the depression.
  • It’s pretty dangerous to use an ATM card at the gas pump, lots of folks get their card numbers and pins stolen this way.
  • Water rights in Wyoming have a fascinating history, including murder.
  • “the dog days of summer” are named after Sirius the dog star because people used to think that summer was warmer because that star was nearer to the earth during the summer. Thus the dog days of summer.
  • European German Shepherds are smaller than American ones.
  • It’s a long process to make Feta, Mozzarella is much faster.
  • Blues was the first fully American music that wasn’t Native American music.
  • There are easier and harder ways of making pickles, so you don’t have to be afraid to try.

That’s just a short list of what I’ve learned going to library programs.  You too, can learn things, build new skills, and start new hobbies at the library’s adult programs!

For the record, AudioVisual Coordinator Bobby Phillipps claims HE has the best job at LCLS. You can read his post and decide for yourself.

Customer Service in the Library

Our customers (patrons) are our bread and butter! This presentation at the 2018 Wyoming Library Association conference examined customer service with respect to both diversity and generations in public and school library settings. Presenters Richard Landreth and Anna Street have shared their slides for those who missed it or those who wanted a refresher of what they learned at the conference.

Board and Director Handbooks Updated

We’ve just freshened up our handbooks for boards and directors with updated links, so if you haven’t perused their pages for a while, you might want to take a look. These handy and informative manuals provide guidance on myriad issues facing both new and seasoned trustees and directors. The resource links offer additional information. Questions may be directed to Library Development Manager Brian Greene at or (307) 777-6339.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of August 27

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

Tuesday, Aug 28 (2-3 pm)
Digital Citizenship: New Lessons for a Changing World (edWeb)
Join Kelly Mendoza and Jamie Knowles from Common Sense Education to learn about exciting updates for fall 2018, including updated topics, new lessons and videos for grades 3–5, and materials that are easy to share through Google Apps. This award-winning, comprehensive Digital Citizenship Curriculum covers a range of topics from media balance to cyberbullying to privacy.

Wednesday, Aug 29 (8-9 am)
Bite-Sized Staff Training: Transform Staff Development for Busy Employees (Indiana State Library)
Discover ways to maximize the impact of staff training to fit the ever-changing needs of the modern learner. Using instructional design principles, adult learning theories, and personal learning styles, participants will learn tips and tricks to engage staff members using microlearning techniques that are easy to integrate into a busy library schedule. At the end of the session, participants will have tools to customize and modernize their staff training program.

Wednesday, Aug 29 (10-11 am)
#GivingTuesday Game Plan (Nonprofit Hub)
#GivingTuesday is the biggest giving day of the year and just 12 weeks away! The best way to have a successful Giving Tuesday is to build momentum online and offline. Join Kristal as she shares five components in cultivating a community of connected and engaged donors.  At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will receive a #GivingTuesday 12-week timeline.

Wednesday, Aug 29 (12-1 pm)
Photography, Storytelling, and Community Connections: How to Develop a Photovoice Project (Public Library Association)
Photovoice is a type of participatory research methodology designed to empower participants through photography and the power of storytelling in small group settings.This webinar will introduce the project and its methodology, and will help attendees begin to design their own photovoice project.

Wednesday, Aug 29 (12-1:30 pm)
PubMed for Librarians – Introduction to PubMed (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Attend this class to learn about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE, how to run a basic PubMed search, assess your search results, analyze search details, customize PubMed with My NCBI, search for a known citation; plus, brief introductions to MeSH, automatic term mapping, search tags and subheadings.

Thursday, Aug 30 (9-10 am)
Information Literacy Among the Elderly: Where It Stands and How To Help (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
This webinar will provide an overview of the findings of national and international studies and publications on information literacy among seniors. Specifics will include information literacy among persons 65+ with a focus on health information, social media and scams targeted at the elderly.

Thursday, Aug 30 (11-12 pm)
Corporate Matching Gifts: The Beginner’s Essential Skills (Bloomerang)
Hannah Silvers will give a crash course in corporate matching gifts that will include breakdowns of the matching gift process, an overview of popular corporate matching gift programs, and techniques for marketing matching gifts to donors, all with real examples from nonprofits.

Thursday, Aug 30 (1-1:30 pm)
Fun Activities Using Interactive Devices (Ablenet)
This presentation will demonstrate several interactive devices that are easy to use and can be adapted for home and classroom.They are readily available and are low cost. In addition, ideas will be reviewed on what to consider when purchasing interactive devices.

Thursday, Aug 30 (1-2 pm)
No Money? No Design Skills? No Problem: Making Professional Graphics on a Budget (Training Magazine Network)
Do you want customized, professional graphics but lack the resources? If yes, you must attend this one-of-a-kind session. Mike Parkinson, a graphics guru and Microsoft MVP, shares how to do it yourself. NO design skill needed. Get the latest tools and techniques to make professional graphics quickly with little to no money. All attendees get Mike’s Graphic Cheat Sheet, his top 25 websites for free graphics, and step-by-step instructions for making graphics yourself.