Monthly Archives: December 2018

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of December 31

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of December 31 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 MST

Wednesday, Jan 2 (8:30-9:30 am)
How to Avoid Fundraising’s Quiet Killer: Donor Attrition (Firespring)
Seven out of 10 donors give only once, but this doesn’t have to be your reality. Jay will help us learn how to step off of the donor acquisition treadmill and start revving up donor retention.

Wednesday, Jan 2 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Best New Teen Books of 2018: Popular Teen Novels – New Books They Need to Read (Nebraska Library Commission)
Learn about qualities of books that teens are reading, and the titles Nebraska teens are seeking at their libraries. The presenters will discuss new books that are popular with teens in their communities and describe the qualities these titles possess that make them good choices for many libraries.

Free Library Continuing Education Events for January

site logoThe January 2019 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with with one online conference, 51 webinars, and five recordings 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

6 Webinars to Jumpstart Your Professional Development

From WebJunction

As 2018 comes to a close, it’s the perfect time to think about your professional development goals for next year. Check out this greatest hits list of WebJunction’s webinars that you can watch free at any time. Each webinar includes a list of related resources to explore and a learner guide to help extend your learning, alone or with others. Whether you want to create new programs or tweak regular ones, there’s something for every library on this list.

  1. Evaluating and Sharing Your Library’s Impact
  2. Revitalizing Library Volunteer Engagement
  3. Laying Out the Welcome Mat: Asset Mapping to Better Serve the Immigrant Community
  4. Intergenerational Programs at the Library: Connecting Generations for Healthy Communities
  5. Homelessness in Small and Rural Communities: Libraries Can Help!
  6. Lunch at the Library: Nourishing Bodies and Minds

And when you’re ready, explore more learning opportunities, always free, in the WebJunction Course Catalog.

WSL Closed on New Year’s Day

The Wyoming State Library will be closed on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 for the New Year’s Day holiday. We will be open our normal hours on New Year’s Eve, December 31, and on Wednesday, January 2.

One hundred years ago, the 1919 New Year’s Day edition of the Wyoming State Tribune assured its readers right at the top of the front page that “Consideration And Coordination Will Enable You To Write It January 1919 Instead Of 1918.” (Click for bigger image to see it better.)

Read more historic news of the day in Wyoming Newspapers.

A Fun Sort of Job

The new sort machine at Laramie County Library in Cheyenne.

From the Laramie County Library System
By Kasey Storey, Communications Coordinator

As you may have noticed, the Laramie County Library System has a brand new sort machine. All operations are running smoothly, and the new system has already started clocking some serious hours! We were curious about sort machines and the people who install them, so we asked Jonathan Michael of Lyngsoe Systems (the company who produced and installed our new sort system) all about it!

Jonathan Michael is a Field Service Technician for Lyngsoe Systems, a job that usually requires a degree in electrical engineering or mechanical engineering. While the company has different branches that install sort systems for airports, hospitals, and postal operations, Jonathan only installs library sort machines. He usually works as a one-man team, installing hardware, finagling with the software, and running final tests on all of the equipment. He has worked for Lyngsoe Systems for almost two years, and in that time he says he has visited over 100 libraries! He has been from Maine to Alaska and nearly every state in between to install sort systems of all different shapes and sizes.

Each sort system looks and works differently based on a library’s needs. Here at the Laramie County Library, our item returns, named Library Mates™, feed directly into our sort machine, but in other libraries the books need to travel great distances to reach the sort system. In some libraries, books travel to basements, while in others books travel along ceilings into different rooms.

Jonathan told us one of the coolest libraries he has visited is a public library in Anchorage Alaska, where he installed over 100 feet of conveyor belt (for reference our sort machine has about 15 feet of conveyor belt) behind earthquake-proof glass that withstands seismic activity. The system can be seen behind the glass, and carries books up along the ceiling by pinching them between the tracks.

Jonathan says he loves installing library sort machines, and has visited Wyoming to work on the Laramie County Library’s sort machine three or four times. According to Jonathan, one of the best parts of his job is that, “everyone is always happy when they see me. Whether I’m arriving to fix or install a sort machine or I’m leaving because I’ve completed the work, everyone is always glad to see me come and go.”

We were certainly happy to see Jonathan arrive to install the new system and happy to see him depart with a new and improved machine in place, and while we were intrigued to hear about all the libraries he has visited and all the machines he has worked on, we have to say that we are partial to our sort system here at the Laramie County Library.

Library 101 from North Dakota State Library

New to library world and want a quick way to get up to speed? Or maybe you want a refresher? The North Dakota State Library has you covered with their “Library 101” video series. These are brief takes on important topics posted on YouTube to access any time for free. Learn more about professional development, patron privacy, marketing with social media and photos, fake news, databases, and classification.

(Wyoming librarians: check out the databases and our training videos archive for tips on how to use them with your patrons.)


Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Apollo 8

STAR Net invites you and your patrons to join them for an online event tomorrow, December 27, 2018, at 12 p.m. MST. Dr. Carter Emmart from the American Museum of Natural History will be presenting a webcast celebrating the 50th anniversary of the lunar flyby done by the astronauts of the Apollo 8 mission to the Moon. Join them as they celebrate this anniversary with a guided re-creation of the voyage along the actual path synchronized with the astronauts’ spoken words.

Learn more and tune in to the live online presentation tomorrow at noon.

Patently Festive

Via the National Archives Catalog

Looking for vintage seasonal decor? Are winter activities and holiday baking on your to-do list this season? Take inspiration from these unique patent drawings that are sure to get you in a festive mood (and might even save you time in the kitchen!).

Christmas Tree Ornament, 4/1/1890. National Archives Identifier 55302502

Patent Drawing for G. Fletcher’s Skate, 1/7/1908. National Archives Identifier 5928302

Patent Drawing for W. Dean’s Hockey Stick, 6/18/1901. National Archives Identifier 5928299

Patent Drawing for L. Hirschfeld’s Bonbon Dipping Machine, 7/30/1895. National Archives Identifier 12007664.  

Have patent questions? The Wyoming State Library can help. Learn more from our Patent & Trademark Resource Center.

December 2018 Outrider Now Available

Find a wrap-up of the latest in Wyoming library news in the December 2018 Outrider newsletter from the Wyoming State Library. Subscribe today, and we’ll send the Outrider straight to your email inbox each month. You can also see past issues.

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.

UPDATED: WSL Closed December 24-25

The Santa Claus Detector

The Wyoming State Library will be closed on Monday, December 24, and Tuesday, December 25, for the Christmas holiday. We will resume our regular hours on Wednesday, December 26. We wish all our patrons and colleagues a happy holiday.

Want to be certain Santa Claus arrived safely at your house? Check out Patent US5523741 Santa Claus Detector. When Santa comes through the chimney, he will break the electrical circuit housed by the stocking, lights and sound go off, announcing his arrival.

Find more patent information from our Patent and Trademark Resource Center.