Yearly Archives: 2019

Free Library Continuing Education Events for January

site logoThe January 2020 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with 57 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

We Need Diverse Books

From the Idaho Commission for Libraries December 2019 Scoop newsletter

Imagine a world in which all children can see themselves in the pages of a book. (WNDB)

We Need Diverse Books is a non-profit and a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry; whose mission is “putting more books featuring diverse characters into the hands of all children.”

Their website offers loads of great resources to help you in your quest to bring diverse books to your library. Check out some of the resources they offer:

  • Where to find diverse books – a collection of websites/sources
  • Summer Reading series – reading recommendations based on popular children’s books
  • Booktalking kit – sheds light on lesser-known books about diverse characters and booktalk info

Also, run a list of your picture books through their Diverse BookFinder Collection Analysis Tool to help you diversify your collection. This free, online resource allows you to upload a single file and get a snapshot of  which racial/cultural groups are represented in your collection, and how they’re represented. This tool is funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

5 Alternatives to a Fundraising Gala

When we think of a fundraising event, a fancy night out often comes to mind. But is it the most effective way to raise money for your library? Once you calculate the costs, it might have been better to focus your efforts elsewhere.

On their blog, CauseVox suggests five alternatives to a gala:

  1. Hold a community marketplace
  2. Go live on social media
  3. Organize at-home fundraising dinners
  4. Host a game night
  5. Try an UnGala

Read the full post for details and see if one of these ideas might work in your community.


Free Continuing Education Events for December 30-31

Free, online, continuing education events for December 30-31 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

Tuesday, Dec 31 (9-10 am)
Summer Reading Program 2020: Imagine Your Story (Nebraska Library Commission)
Get ready for next summer by learning about quality books to consider for your library’s collection and start planning for Imagine Your Story. Kids will be clamoring for both fiction and nonfiction titles as they explore the worlds of fairy tales, myths, legends, and even their families’ own stories of their history.

Planned Outage for WSL Website

The Wyoming State Library website will be down for maintenance most of the week of December 30 to January 3. There may be additional intermittent outages and minor glitches to clean up in subsequent weeks.

GoWYLD.netour catalog, and the Digital Collection Suite will not be affected by this outage. The directory may be accessed at this alternate link.

Also, the Wyoming State Library will be closed on Wednesday, January 1, for the New Year’s Day holiday. We will be open on New Year’s Eve, December 31.

Federal FY2020 Budget Includes IMLS Increase

Congress has provided the largest increase for Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding in 12 years. The House- and Senate-approved final FY 2020 spending bills included $252 million for IMLS, a $10 million increase for an agency originally marked for elimination by President Trump. Of the overall increase, $6.2 million was dedicated to the LSTA program. The budget was signed by the President on Friday, December 20.

The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA; Public Law 108-81), administered by IMLS, provides federal funds to the Wyoming State Library to support library services and projects across the state.

Library Carpentry Teaches Software and Data Skills

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Training Office (NTO) and Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA) is hosting Library Carpentry workshops this spring and is providing professional development funds to support travel to these opportunities.
In this two-day interactive, hands-on workshop, participants will learn core software and data skills, with lessons including:

Participants may apply to attend the workshop series in either:

  • Baltimore, Maryland – March 19-20, 2020 or
  • Salt Lake City, Utah – March 26-27, 2020

To broaden access to this training, the NNLM invites applications to cover the costs of travel and attendance, up to $1,500 for Baltimore, and $1,200 for Salt Lake City. Travel costs will be reimbursed after travel occurs.

Learn more and apply for funding by January 10, 2020.

Your organization must be a NNLM Network Member. (If your organization is not a Network Member, they can join for free!)

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of December 23

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of December 23 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

Tuesday, Dec 24 (9-10 am)
Pretty Sweet Tech (Nebraska Library Commission)
New special monthly episodes of NCompass Live! Join the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Amanda Sweet, as she guides us through the world of library-related Pretty Sweet Tech.