Yearly Archives: 2019

Saving Money at the Library

Photo credit: Lincoln County Library System

Your patrons save money when they use your library. But are they aware of just how much? A new feature added in the latest upgrade to the WYLD system lets them know.

When enabled by libraries, a message will appear at the bottom of printed and emailed receipts tallying the total cost of the borrowed materials: “Congratulations! Borrowing from your library saved: $xxx.xx.” The value displayed is the sum of all item prices. This feature demonstrates the value of the library with every checkout.

Librarians are excited to share this information with their patrons — multiple WYLD libraries are already implementing this update! Contact the WYLD Office at the Wyoming State Library at to learn more.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of September 16

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of September 16 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

Monday, Sept 16 (2-3 pm)
Bringing Humor and Storytelling to STEM Projects (edWeb)
In this edWebinar, you’ll learn creative strategies to help you connect robotics to relatable real-world scenarios so that your students carry the learning with them beyond the project and classroom.

Tuesday, Sept 17 (9-10 am)
A New PubMed: Highlights for Information Professionals (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
In this webinar for librarians and other information professionals you will preview the new, modern PubMed with updated features including advanced search tools, saving citations to a Clipboard, options for sharing results, the new “Cite” button, and more. The new PubMed, currently available at PubMed Labs for testing, will be the default PubMed system in early 2020. This webinar will be repeated for several sessions so that we can answer your questions. Please sign up for only ONE session.

Tuesday, Sept 17 (12-1 pm)
Community Engagement as a Mindset (WebJunction)
Community needs shift fast. To stay relevant and have the most impact on people’s lives, public libraries have to pivot just as fast. Join us for an energizing conversation with three passionate public library leaders who are redefining community engagement as a mindset—with customers at the center, inspiring every aspect of the library.

Tuesday, Sept 17 (12-1 pm)
Successful Volunteer Interview Strategies (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar introduces a variety of question types used in volunteer interviews and offers strategies for honing your interview skills. Materials will be provided to help you implement this process in your organization, as well as a training syllabus so you can learn how to recruit and train a volunteer staff to assist with prospective volunteer interviews.

Tuesday, Sept 17 (12-1 pm)
8 Ways to Get Gen Z and Millennials to Give (TechSoup)
Are you stumped when it comes to inspiring a new generation of givers? Join Moshe Hecht, CIO of the fundraising organization Charidy, who will share the insights and campaign experience that have led to hundreds of viral crowdfunding campaigns. During this 60-minute webinar, we will focus on 8 action-oriented ways to successfully inspire a new generation of givers to your nonprofit. We look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, Sept 17 (12-1 pm)
What’s Cooking: Fall 2019 (Booklist)
What’s cooking at Booklist this fall? Plenty! From the Keto Diet to Black Forest Cake, cookbooks are more popular than ever and are an essential reference addition to any library. In this free, one hour webinar we’ll chew the fat with representatives from Workman Publishing, Penguin Random House, Books on Tape, and Sterling Publishing to learn about the latest food trends and dig into some new recipes!

Tuesday, Sept 17 (1-2 pm)
Early Childhood Expertise Beyond Libraryland: Reading Life Between the Lines: Using Children’s Literature for Tough Conversations About Diversity (Association of Library Service to Children)
We all know that diversity and inclusion are vital topics for our libraries and our democracy, but it can be hard to know how to approach this topic with young children and their families. In this workshop, Dr. Michelle H. Martin will provide attendees with strategies for using children’s literature to engage readers of all ages with questions of identity and difference. Dr. Martin will help participants increase their cultural competence for work with young people.

Wednesday, Sept 18 (9-10)
Coretta Scott King Book Awards: 50 Years Strong (Nebraska Library Commission)
In 2019, the American Library Association (ALA) is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Book Award. Join us to learn about the award’s illustrious history and practical and effective ways to use Coretta Scott King Award-winning books at your library.

Wednesday, Sept 18 (10-11 am)
How to Develop Leaders (that people actually want to work for) (Training Magazine Network)
People need their leaders to spark collaboration, inspire innovation and serve as a role model for authenticity and transparency. Top-performing leaders value diversity, practice empathy and create cultures where individuals feel valued, safe and know their contributions matter. Helping leaders develop these qualities requires a tool that helps fundamentally shift their mindset from self-focused goals and objectives to relationships, building trust and managing change with flexibility and optimism.

Wednesday, Sept 18 (10-11 am)
Are you podcasting? (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This moderated webinar is an example of how two students found a unique outlet to cope with the high-intensity onslaught of medical education. The webinar’s goal is to inspire health sciences librarians to embrace podcast platforms as another means of teaching aspects of library orientation and instruction.

Wednesday, Sept 18 (11-12 pm)
It’s Never Too Early: Media Literacy in Children’s Programming (Programming Librarian)
Join us for this free one-hour webinar to learn ways you can incorporate media literacy skills development into your library’s children’s programming.

Wednesday, Sept 18 (12-1 pm)
3D IL: Providing Information Literacy Learning Opportunities for Distance Learners Across Time, Space and Mode (Georgia Library Association)
As distance learning populations at many academic institutions continue to grow, instruction librarians struggle to provide equitable learning opportunities to them. Over the years, Empire State College has developed and honed a suite of information literacy services, resources, collaborations, and assessment tools that target students at various places and times in their academic career, using a variety of modes of delivery. This discussion will highlight these services and programs, including a self-assessment during orientation; live, hands-on, online workshops; self-paced micro-courses, and the everyday work of collaborating with faculty and instructional designers to embed support materials into courses.

Wednesday, Sept 18 (12-1 pm)
Discover Economic History with FRASER (Federal Depository Library Program)
FRASER is a digital library of documents and data related to banking, finance, and economic history. In this webinar, we will explore FRASER’s scope, partnerships, collections, historical data, and more!

Wednesday, Sept 18 (12-1:30 pm)
The Director’s Digital Dilemma: Using Documentation Technology in Early Childhood Programs (Early Childhood Investigations)
Finally! There’s research on online documentation technology systems and their impact on classroom practice and family engagement and communication. Presenter Mary Elizabeth Picher, MA, MEd, PhD, will reveal the exciting results of her study on the use of digital documentation technology in Ontario’s Kindergarten Program. Dr. Picher will reveal surprising answers to the biggest questions administrators have about online systems that support teachers’ use of pedagogical documentation.

 Wednesday, Sept 18 (12:30-2 pm)
Designing for Human Behavior: a Free LLAMA Webinar (Library Leadership & Management Association)
This free webinar will provide a basic understanding of the natural human behaviors and instincts that drive our everyday lives, such as the desire to be in a secure environment and the need to have vision of your surroundings. You will learn how you can design your library space to promote comfort and security within the details – everything from the pitch of the seat and the ability to maintain your personal bubble, to the sightlines promoting comfort for our human instincts that trigger our internal fight or flight. Furniture that works well in library spaces has proven time and time again to put our instinctual fears at ease and allow us to spend those hours tucked away in the comfy chair reading a novel or at a computer completing a task. Now, it’s time to understand why this happens and how to better design our libraries with these things in mind.

Wednesday, Sept 18 (3-4 pm)
Integrating Social-Emotional Learning into Your Instructional Programs (edWeb)
In this edWebinar, Jennifer McCarty Plucker, Director of Professional Learning at Mackin Educational Resources, along with Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School in Connecticut, will highlight instructional strategies that enrich students’ lives by empowering them to connect with their feelings and empathize with others while learning core content through inquiry.

Thursday, Sept 19 (9-10 am)
Hiring 101: Best Practices for Finding the Library Workers You Need (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Topics in this webinar will include creating or updating a job description, identifying the credentials needed for a specific position, and determining interview questions and strategies. We will end at the onboarding process, setting the stage for successful library employment.

Thursday, Sept 19 (10-11 am)
Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents… Industry Research Using the Economic Census (North Carolina Library Association)
Starting in September 2019, the most current Economic Census will start being released. With this Census, there are regular changes in geographic definitions and industry classifications, but the big news is the introduction of the North American Product Classification Systems (NAPCS) and new distribution method. The 2017 Economic Census will be one of the first Census titles released only on the new website, since no new programs have been added to American FactFinder since July 1, 2019. Our time together will be spent going over the basics of what the Economic Census has to offer as well these upcoming changes.

Thursday, Sept 19 (12-12:30 pm)
Conference Prep, Part II: Poster Presentations and Design (North Carolina Library Association)
Congratulations on getting a poster accepted for a conference! Designing a poster that pops can often be the difference between folks stopping to talk to you or not. Join Amanda Glenn-Bradley, User Engagement Librarian & CrAFT Studio Coordinator at UNC Asheville for a breakdown of the basics of poster designing and discover how to make the best poster ever!

Thursday, Sept 19 (12-1 pm)
LGBTQ History—Supporting Diversity in Research and Teaching, and Why It Matters (Association of College and Research Libraries)
During this session, Professor Nancy C. Unger will discuss her experiences teaching and researching LGBTQ history. She will provide historical context for today’s issues and explore current research trends, online databases, and the wider cultural significance of LGBTQ and diversity studies.

Thursday, Sept 19 (12-1 pm)
Help! I Am a New Depository Coordinator (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar is geared towards new Federal Depository Library Program Depository Coordinators. The presentation will cover the first steps every new coordinator should take.

Thursday, Sept 19 (1-2 pm)
How Lessons from Brain Science Can Support District- and School-Level Transformation (Future Ready Schools/Alliance for Excellent Education)
Dr. Mary Sieu, the superintendent of ABC Unified, will describe how research-based changes in the district’s policies and practices have impacted schools and student learning. She will also share ideas for how the science of adolescent learning can be used to support systems-level change in every school and district, no matter its size, location, or composition.

Thursday, Sept 19 (12:30-1:30 pm)
North Dakota Women’s Suffrage Centennial and your library (North Dakota State Library)
In September, 2019, South Dakota Historical Society Press will release Equality at the Ballot Box: Votes for Women on the Northern Great Plains, a collection of essays about how women won suffrage rights in several Northern Great Plains states including North Dakota.

People News

Tawnya Miller is the new Manager of the Big Piney Library. Tawnya has filled a number of roles with the Big Piney Library since 2012, most recently by coordinating adult programming, exhibits and senior center outreach. Tawnya has a passion for the region’s culture and history and is looking forward to further serving the community in this new role.

Travis Pollok was recently awarded a Masters of History in Military History from Southern New Hampshire University. Travis is the Legislative Librarian at the Wyoming State Library.

Libraries ‘Keep the Light On’ During Banned Books Week

From the American Library Association

Don’t be left in the dark this Banned Books Week (September 22-28, 2019). The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) offers several resources and activities for libraries and readers that highlight the Banned Books Week 2019 theme “Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark. Keep the Light On.”


The Dear Banned Author letter-writing campaign encourages readers to reach out to banned or challenged authors via letters, emails, and tweets. The program aims to raise awareness of books that are threatened with censorship and ignite discussions about the essential access to a variety of library materials. Authors have also shared fan letters as support when there’s a public challenge to their books.

Libraries are invited to host letter-writing programs. Printable postcards and author mailing addresses can be found on the Dear Banned Author webpage. Eligible tweets to or about banned and challenged authors with the hashtag #DearBannedAuthor will be entered into a drawing to win Banned Books Week materials. Learn more and read the Official Rules before entering.

Readers and libraries can also support the power of words onscreen. The annual Stand for the Banned Read-out invites readers to film themselves reading banned books or talking about censorship. Videos are highlighted on the Banned Books Week YouTube channel.


OIF staff will explore censorship themes with two free webinars designed for libraries and schools to stream as programs during Banned Books Week celebrations. Anyone is welcome to register and attend.

  • Ask Me Anything About Censorship”
    • Streaming: September 24 at 6 p.m. CST
    • OIF Assistant Director Kristin Pekoll will briefly explore banned book and censorship history, along with ways readers can stay alert about censorship. Attendees are invited to ask questions during the second half of the discussion.
  • Banned Books 101
    • Streaming: September 25 at 1 p.m. CST
    • With a suggested audience of students grades 6-12 and young adults, the webinar will review recent challenges to titles, the ways a book can be censored, and stories of students who stood up for the freedom to read. The webinar is led by OIF Interim Director Deborah Caldwell-Stone and Pekoll.

Library workers are invited to join the free webinar “Three Ways Librarians Can Combat Censorship” on Monday, September 23, hosted by SAGE Publishing, Index on Censorship magazine, and OIF. During the webinar, librarians will share their experiences and tips with navigating censorship. The webinar will also highlight how contested books can engage readers in constructive conversations.

Promotional Materials

There are several places to find materials to celebrate Banned Books Week. Digital posters, glow-in-the-dark buttons, bookmarks, stickers, and more are available on the ALA Store. OIF’s Free Downloads webpage offers social media shareables, coloring sheets, and videos. In celebration of Banned Books Week, banned book T-shirts on the ALA Store will be marked down to $7 starting September 20.


The Celebrating Banned Books Week Facebook group offers a space for readers, library workers, educators, and booksellers to share programming, promotion, and display ideas. Members can also highlight how their community is celebrating the freedom to read. Facebook pages and Facebook users are invited to join the group by answering two questions.

Those celebrating Banned Books Week can also submit their program information to be displayed on Banned Books Week Coalition Events Calendar. The calendar allows readers to search for events in their local area.

About Banned Books Week

First celebrated in 1982, Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas. Every year, libraries, bookstores, universities and organizations host engaging programs and create eye-catching displays. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restricted in libraries and schools. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship and the benefits of unrestricted reading. Learn more at

UW Libraries Joins University Press of Colorado

Reposted from UW News

University of Wyoming Libraries recently was accepted as a member of the University Press of Colorado (UPC), a nonprofit scholarly publisher supported by seven institutions in Colorado and one in Utah.

The membership will provide opportunities for UW faculty members to publish scholarly works. Additionally, it will help promote the university through co-branding of publications under a new UW Press imprint to be built in collaboration with UW faculty members.

A significant benefit of the membership is immediate participation in a nationally regarded university press — as opposed to establishing a stand-alone UW Press. Faculty members will receive substantial support for scholarly publishing through information sessions, workshops and personal guidance offered by UPC.

“Historically, UW has never operated or had any affiliation with an academic press, largely on account of the costs to create and maintain one,” says David Kruger, UW agricultural research librarian. “Those same factors led Utah State University (USU) and the Colorado State University (CSU) Open Press to join the University Press of Colorado as well. And with UPC increasingly providing that scholarly communication infrastructure for land-grant universities across the Mountain West region, it makes total sense for UW to become part of it.”

UPC membership also includes representation on its board of trustees. Gaetz has been selected to serve in this capacity as UW establishes itself within the organization. He has previous experience serving as a representative for Regis University 10 years ago. The UPC Board of Trustees directs the functions of UPC in both managerial and editorial capacities, including book contract approvals, and fiscal and operational oversight.

“What I like about this university press partnership is that the human and publishing resources behind it are already in place and ready to work for UW,” Kruger says. “Our membership comes with a suite of university press support and services from UPC, including peer review, layout and printing, marketing and distribution of the research that UW chooses to publish, not only in the interest of our state’s flagship university, but the interests of Wyoming itself.”

In addition to UW, the other UPC member institutions are Adams State University, CSU, Fort Lewis College, Metropolitan State University of Denver, University of Colorado, University of Northern Colorado, USU and Western Colorado University.

UPC was founded in 1965 and is based in Louisville, Colo. In 2012, USU Press merged with UPC. Collectively, UPC publishes 45-50 titles a year, with special emphasis on humanities and social science publications. Annual sales generate $1.1 million from UPC and USU Press imprints.

What a Wyoming Library Card Can Do for You

WSL Interlibrary Loan Technician Robyn Hinds shows off a Wyoming State Library card, available to State of Wyoming employees and good at libraries across the state. Check with your local public library about all the services their card can access.

Celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month in September by getting a Wyoming library card, or by rediscovering the many ways to use one. Your library card is the key to discovering and learning at your library, online, and at great places around the state.

More than 367,000 Wyomingites use their library cards to check out books, magazines, and more; to learn job skills; or find the latest health information. Public library programs for all ages draw 377,000 participants; more than 300,000 of those are children and teens. Summer reading keeps kids reading and learning while school’s out and helps combat the “summer slide.”

Best yet, a card from any public or community college library, or from the Wyoming State Library, works statewide! Not to mention, it accesses the wealth of databases, ebooks, audiobooks, digital magazines, and other electronic resources in

There are so many different ways to utilize your local library — explore the benefits of a library card today!

Democracy Class Voter Education for Youth

From the American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA), a new partner of Democracy Class, encourages school and public libraries to deliver the one-hour program to teenage patrons in advance of National Voter Registration Day, Tuesday, September 24, 2019. A premier partner of National Voter Registration Day, ALA is also urging libraries to observe the nonpartisan, unofficial holiday, which is celebrated on the fourth Tuesday of September.

An initiative of the nonpartisan nonprofit Rock the Vote, Democracy Class is a free curriculum that educates high-school-aged students about the importance and history of voting and pre-registers and registers them to vote. The curriculum comes with a webinar about implementing the program, Voting and Voices: Engaging Students and Families in Democracy. The webinar covers state-specific guides for conducting registration drives, strategies to help combat polarization in the classroom, and tips for creating a culture that encourages civil discourse.

Participating libraries and educators will have access to additional lesson plans featuring:

  • the history and importance of voting,
  • modern-day voting rights,
  • the significance of local elections,
  • how voting impacts issues in communities, and
  • the 2020 Census.

Democracy Class is available anytime, free of charge, but organizers encourage using the curriculum during the week of September 16, the week preceding National Voter Registration Day 2019 on Tuesday, September 2019. To support libraries’ efforts to serve voters and promote civic engagement, the American Library Association (ALA) encourages libraries to advantage of opportunities to celebrate the day with free resources provided by Democracy Class and National Voter Registration Day.

Take a Tour of What the Tech

Extensions and podcasts and apps, oh my! Topics at the Wyoming Library Association “What the Tech” session included everything from coding for kids to keeping your doggie happy while you’re at work with a remote treat dispenser. See the slides! We’ve posted the slides for those who couldn’t make it and for those who were there and would like to review them. We’ve also included the links below so that you can check out these tools yourself.

This presentation wouldn’t have happened without the people who stepped up to share:

  • Danielle Price, Wyoming State Library
  • Angie Wolff, Laramie County Library System
  • Karen Kitchens, Wyoming State Library
  • Jessica Dawkins, Wyoming State Library
  • Gisele Knopf- Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources
  • Michelle Boule, Sheridan College Mary Brown Kooi Library
  • Chuck Scheppy, ABDO
  • Ann Novak, Capstone/PebbleGo
  • Paige Bredenkamp, Wyoming State Library

Apply Now for Digital Skills Workshop Grants

Applications are now open for Wyoming public libraries for funding from Libraries Lead with Digital Skills to host digital skills workshops for job seekers and small business owners in your community. Details on how to receive $1000, application deadlines, and the application are available at the Libraries Lead website. Selected libraries will then have the opportunity to receive an additional $3,000.

This is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on how you are supporting your community’s economic growth through digital skills training. Please feel free to pass this opportunity along to other libraries. Deadline for Wyoming libraries to apply is October 7, 2019.

Select one of the Grow with Google resources to integrate into a new or existing workshop, class, event, etc. and submit your idea via the simple application. Accepted libraries receive:

  • Funding – $1,000 with minimal application and reporting requirements, with the opportunity to receive an additional $3,000 bonus if your program is selected for a Spotlight Award (view more details).
  • Marketing support – ALA and Google can help get the word out about your program with social media guidance, marketing assets, and more.
  • Technical guidance – Have questions about curriculum resources or programs? Ask Google! Need some best practices in library programming? PLA is here to help!
  • A community of practice – Troubleshoot challenges and share ideas with other libraries that receive funding alongside ALA, PLA, and Google.
  • Advocacy tools – Use our impact evaluation tools and advocacy resources to create and sustain the digital skills plan for your community.

For full program details, review the requirements & eligibility and preview the application (PDF, 4 pgs.) questions to prepare your application.

Senator Enzi and Librarian of Congress meet with Wyoming Librarians

Dr. Hayden and Wyoming State Librarian Jamie Markus pose for a picture during the reception.

On Friday, September 6, 2019, Wyoming librarians welcomed Senator Mike Enzi and Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden to the Wyoming Library Directors Retreat preceding a special reception at the Laramie County Library open to all Wyoming library staff.

Dr. Hayden joined Senator Enzi and his wife Diana for an afternoon storytime. The guests read Born to Ride: A Story About Bicycle Face by Larissa Theule, The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, and The Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen to the delight of both children and adults in the audience. Storytime was followed by a closed meeting, but not before Dr. Hayden had taken a few moments to chat with the younger library patrons.

During the meeting, Senator Enzi and Dr. Hayden spoke personally with library directors from all of Wyoming’s major library branches for an hour and a half. Afterwards, the guests of honor, directors, and library staff were welcomed to a reception celebrating the special visit.


Dr. Hayden, Senator Enzi, and Diana Enzi introduce themselves to their storytime audience during Dr. Hayden’s visit to Wyoming.

The Wyoming State Library would like to thank Senator Mike Enzi, Diana Enzi, and Dr. Carla Hayden for joining us and empowering the minds of library leaders throughout our great state.

Find more photos from this event on our Wyoming State Library Facebook page.