Monthly Archives: March 2019

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of March 25

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of March 25 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

Monday, Mar 25 (10-11:30 am)
The Art of Communication (Utah State Library)
In this 90-minute webinar, we’ll take a close look at how you communicate – and why it matters. We’ll also discuss our listening skills – or lack thereof! We’ll find out whether you are auditory, visual, or kinesthetic, and how to identify those communication styles in others. We’ll talk about just what that means in your everyday interactions. Want to know how to best get your message across to a specific person? This session will help you figure that out! And if you’ve ever been guilty of “not listening” (who, me??), we’ll also look closely at how you can become a more effective listener – and improve your life! We’ll come up with a list of at least 20 tips you can use to make sure you are really listening to those around you.

Tuesday, Mar 26 (12-1 pm)
Volunteerism in the Digital Age (TechSoup)
We live in the 21st century, and volunteerism is shifting and changing to meet the times. More and more volunteers are looking for ways to use technology to support the missions they hold dear. With the rise of digital volunteers, nonprofits need to have systems and practices that encourage, validate, and support this new trend. We will review ideas and strategies that other nonprofits have used to capitalize on the digital volunteer. We will have plenty of time for live Q&A, so prepare your largest concerns for discussion.

Tuesday, Mar 26 (12-1 pm)
The Compassionate Librarian (Colorado State Library)
Big issues like homelessness, addiction, mental illness, and poverty are at the height of our current conversations, and can sometimes feel overwhelming. You might even start to feel burnt out or afraid to face your customers. This session is going to address ways that you can build your own personal capacity to deal with challenging situations at work, give you the tools to understand how trauma and mental illness might be impacting your patrons, and actionable ways you can avoid compassion fatigue.

Tuesday, Mar 26 (12-1 pm)
What We Say and How We Say It Matter: Teacher Talk that Improves Student Learning and Behavior (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development [ACSD])
As educators, we all end up talking with students in ways that don’t actually align with our best intentions and positive goals for them. In this webinar with Mike Anderson, author of What We Say and How We Say It Matter: Teacher Talk That Improves Student Learning and Behavior, you’ll learn about several common language habits and patterns that many educators find themselves in and have a chance to explore better alternatives. You’ll also learn about a process for changing language habits so that your language better aligns with your best intentions and positive goals for students.

Tuesday, Mar 26 (12-1:30 pm)
Skills for Overcoming Burnout – Refueling the Fire (GrantSpace)
This live, online training will enable you to cultivate resilience-based practices in your own lives and in your organizations, to create a culture of sustainable activism. In the session, you will be guided through an assessment of your individual, team, and organizational resilience. You will learn how to develop effective methods of self and collective care, understand how stress and trauma impact individuals and teams, and learn strategies to cultivate stronger team communication to address conflicts and resolve tensions.

Tuesday, Mar 26 (1-2 pm)
Strategic Planning in a Deeply Weird World: The Flexible Roadmap Field Guide Approach (WebJunction)
It’s a big task to define the library’s future over the next three or five years, and strategic planning is becoming less and less effective in a rapidly changing world. The Salt Lake City Public Library (SLCPL) has created a new approach that is flexible, staff-driven, and human-centered. SCLPL’s Strategic Roadmap is not a 100-page plan in a binder-on-a-shelf; it’s an experiential learning tool that invites all staff to participate in the co-creation of meaningful outcomes and experiences for the community. The Roadmap focuses less on planning and more on building capacity of staff to adopt a human-centered service design mindset and skillset. SLCPL staff are adopting a new perspective, continually experimenting with and adapting spaces, collections, services, programs, and their own roles, to responsively address community needs and aspirations in an ever-changing landscape. Join us for this webinar to learn how to cultivate new skills to help bring the Roadmap to life for your library’s strategic planning.

Wednesday, Mar 27 (12-1 pm)
Literacy as a Tool for Student Engagement (Education Week)
Join this webinar with the Executive Director of Research at ThinkCERCA Chris Balow, who will explain how district leaders can use a literacy initiative to cultivate student engagement. By emphasizing reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills across the curriculum, educators can provide students abundant opportunities to collaborate with peers, develop deeper connections to learning, and see the real-world applications of their classroom instruction.

Wednesday, Mar 27 (1-2 pm)
Using Reddit and NextDoor to Engage with Your Library’s Local Community (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Reddit, also known as “the front page of the internet,” is an incredibly popular web forum–with thousands of sub-forums (“subreddits”) for any topic you can think of–and many of your local community members of all ages are on there reading news, browsing, and engaging with content. While anyone can post anonymously on Reddit, another community-oriented website, NextDoor, allows verified neighbors in defined geographic regions to discuss real-time happenings specific to their neighborhoods. Libraries have a unique opportunity to connect with their users on these platforms, and two library tech enthusiasts will explain why you should, and how to get started!

Thursday, Mar 28 (11-12 pm)
3 Ways to STAND OUT and Win the Grant! (Bloomerang)
Margit Brazda Poirier will show you how your nonprofit can stand out from the competition so they are eager to fund you!

Big News for RBDigital and CloudLibrary

Some exciting changes are happening with both RBDigital and CloudLibrary in April.

First off, the Wyoming State Library will launch the RBDigital Unlimited subscription service that will increase the unlimited, simultaneous access titles from approximately 8,000 to 28,000. All content from the RBDigital family of imprints, including all Recorded Books titles that are one year or older, and all titles from Gildan, Christian Audio, Tantor Media, and others will be available in this unlimited collection. Thanks to the contributions of many libraries, we will continue to be able to purchase single user titles from publishers like Blackstone, Simon & Schuster Audio, Macmillan, Books on Tape, and Recorded Books within the embargo period of one year.

Find marketing materials, including bookmarks, posters, web images and more for the rollout.

Usage reporting for RBDigital Audiobooks has also been improved. View the new report – FY19 Circs with Library Detail on the library information Libguide. Usage for each library is more accurate now that a library card number in the patron’s account is required.

For Cloudlibrary, the mobile app has a major new redesign coming in April. In addition to improvements in navigation, there are new features such as push notifications for holds, the ability to tap an author or series name and search for more books by that author or in the series, and a completely new browse interface. Users will not have to install an update or log back in to the app; the update will be automatically pushed out.

This seven-minute video will demonstrate the highlights of the release. For a more in-depth tour, watch the 30-minute marketing department demonstration. An updated user manual will also be available on the CloudLibrary support site. Library staff may want to spend a few minutes watching the videos and reviewing the user manual in the next few weeks to prepare for questions from patrons, as the app navigation is significantly different from the current form.

Today’s Document: Citizen Archivist Takeover

The National Archives is always finding gems to feature on Today’s Document, and for the whole month of April, they’re hosting a citizen archivist takeover. Here’s your chance to see one of your favorites featured — and we have a few suggestions with Wyoming connections.

Participating is easy! Simply click their search link to browse documents from April (be patient — it was slow for us), or choose one of your own favorite April-dated docs. Once you’ve found a document you think would make a great feature, enter it through their submission form.

If we might suggest, here are a few that have a Wyoming connection:

You could also run with the Internet mania of cats, if you’d rather have “Photograph of Socks the Cat Posing Next to Easter Eggs Decorated with Paw Prints.” Regardless, you might see the document you’ve chosen featured on Today’s Document. So go vote for your favorite!

Take the Survey

If you’re a Wyoming librarian, student, or library patron who’s made use of the resources at, here’s your opportunity to weigh in on what should be included. You are invited to take this short survey to help the Shared Purchases Committee evaluate and set priorities for these resources.

Take the surveyThe survey will be available through April 8, 2019.

Your input influences the recommendations the committee makes to the Wyoming State Library. They’re  interested in your feedback about GoWYLD use, priorities, and level of satisfaction as well as digital content that might be on your wish list.

Newly Renovated LCCC Library Reopens

Students in the Ludden Library on campus of Laramie County Community College in February of 2019. Michael Smith/LCCC

Laramie County Community College’s Ludden Library recently reopened after a $6.2 million expansion. The project was funded with $2.6 million from the LCCC Foundation and $2.5 million from the Wyoming State Legislature, with the balance coming from a mill levy and major maintenance funds.

Students in the Ludden Library on campus of Laramie County Community College in February of 2019. Michael Smith/LCCC

The new library space is already busy with students and members of the local community exploring all the resources. While the Ludden Library is a college library, it is open to all members of the public who have a library card from any public Wyoming library or college or university.

“Traffic has been huge,” said Associate Dean and Library Director Maura Hadaway. “The feedback from our patrons is amazing. The ones who saw it before the renovation were just floored. We tried not to over-engineer it so that we can make room for people and room for people to grow. There’s a feeling that the library is a space for everyone now.”

When demolition began June 1 last year, the library moved its services into two small rooms in the College Community Center. Most staff worked out of interim locations, the bulk of the physical collection was unavailable, and study space was limited. Still, the library was able to offer regular hours and staffing, computers, a small physical collection, reserve materials, seating, and increased interlibrary loan.

Students in the Ludden Library Learning Commons on the campus of Laramie County Community College in February of 2019. Michael Smith/LCCC

Now the library has a redesigned learning commons, two large conference/instructional rooms, an innovation lab and even a family study room, complete with toys and coloring books, so that students with children can work and study on the two desktop computers. Some much-needed weeding freed up space for students.

Student tutor Haley Simpson, right, helps Amani Kibinda, center, and Gabriella Nunez, left, study for Anatomy class in the Ludden Library on the campus of Laramie County Community College in March of 2019. Michael Smith/LCCC

Maura was especially proud of how well the renovated facility is tailor-made to serve its community. “We did a survey of student needs and asked them what barriers kept them from using our resources,” she said. “We really tried to address those in the renovation. The family study room, more quiet space, more group study space, more technology options—all those were things our students asked for and we were able to deliver.”

Student in the Ludden Library Learning Commons on the campus of Laramie County Community College in February of 2019. Michael Smith/LCCC

The library will hold its official Grand Re-Opening at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 25. Library benefactors Randy and Yvonne Ludden are expected to travel from Texas to join the celebration. The entire community is invited to attend to see this beautiful new space.

The library’s hours and additional information can be found on the LCCC website at


Wellness in the Library Workplace Online Course starts in April

From the American Library Association

You’re a library worker. You are already helping those in your community find health information. But what are you doing to manage your own well-being?  Are you a supervisor? How are you helping to ensure your staff stays healthy (physically, emotionally, etc.)?

Individual and community well-being are inherently connected. Thus, it is critical that workplaces provide an environment of wellness for their employees. The ALA-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) has partnered with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) to bring a complimentary two-week course to library workers worldwide. The course begins April 15, 2019.

Register now.

Join us to discover ways to improve your own personal well-being and create a healthy workplace. We will discuss ways to increase overall wellness for all staff in libraries so that we have happy, healthy and safe work environments.

In this two-week, four-CE online course, participants will explore the aspects of a healthy workplace, including physical, mental and emotional components. During the first week, we will look at the evidence showing the benefits of maintaining a healthy working environment and why it matters to you, to the library and to your community. We will discuss what does and does not make a healthy working environment. During the second week, participants will learn about and explore changes they can make at an individual level to improve workplace health and wellness. We will also discuss changes that could and should be made at the team and organizational levels to improve workplace health and wellness for everyone.

This course is asynchronous online using Moodle. There are no set hours to be online each week. Send questions about this course to Bobbi Newman. Send questions about the ALA-APA to Beatrice Calvin, Manager of Professional Development.

For wellness resources, visit the ALA-APA Wellness page.

Tools for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Art by Gary Murrel. Image credit: National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities.

March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, and the Association of Specialized Government and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASGCLA), a division of the American Library Association, has created a free toolkit designed to help you create a more welcoming and accessible library environment for visitors who experience developmental, cognitive, and intellectual disabilities.

National Developmental Disabilities Awareness month is a project of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities in partnership with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities and the National Disability Rights Network. The campaign seeks to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all areas of community life, as well as awareness to the barriers that people with disabilities still sometimes face in connecting to the communities in which they live.

According to the National Association of Councils on Development Disabilities, over five million Americans are estimated to have a developmental disability. To learn what steps you can take to build a more inclusive library community, visit the websites of the advocacy and educational organizations provided at the end of the toolkit and also the ASGCLA website.

The Wyoming State Library partners with the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) at the University of Wyoming and directs libraries an patrons to the many great assistive technology resources they make available to Wyoming residents, including those that may benefit people with developmental disabilities. Learn more on the WSL website, or contact Tekla Slider, WSL Federal Documents Librarian, at or (307) 777-6955 for more information.

New Women’s Rights Teaching Resources

Flag Bearer for Women’s Rights Standing Near White House, 1/30/1917. Available on DocsTeach.

Reposted from the National Archives

Hundreds of primary sources and teaching activities are available on a new webpage devoted to Women’s Rights and Roles in American History on DocsTeach, the online tool for teaching with documents from the National Archives. It’s one of their several Popular Topics pages.

Many of the documents, photos, and other primary sources are featured in the new National Archives exhibits Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote and One Half of the People: Advancing Equality for Women that commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.

Some highlights on the new page include:


Read documents sent to Congress and others in support of women’s suffrage—from individuals, organizations, and suffrage associations around the country.


Find images of parades, marches, protests, and picketing the White House.


Anti-suffragists formed organizations to resist a federal women’s suffrage amendment. Some argued, among other reasons, that involvement in politics would change family roles; others believed it was a decision best left to the states.


Historically a woman’s citizenship status in the United States was linked to the man she married. Legislation over the years solidified and then changed this practice.


Explore diverse stories of women who pushed the limits of what was expected and accepted of them.


Access online activities about:

    • the amendment process,
    • the duration and techniques of the women’s suffrage movement,
    • arguments for and against giving women the vote,
    • a comparison of the women’s suffrage and Civil Rights movements, and
    • how – for some – the struggle to vote persisted even after the 19th amendment.

Find these and many other topics on the DocsTeach Women’s Rights page!

Let’s Laugh With WSL NASA Selfies

Thomas Ivie, WSL Research & Statistics Librarian

March 19 is National Let’s Laugh Day, and we hope we can bring you a chuckle with our Wyoming State Library staff floating in space, thanks to the NASA Selfies app, available for both Apple and Android. The app was created to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the launch of NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope.

The new NASA Selfies app lets you generate snapshots of yourself in a virtual spacesuit, posing in front of gorgeous cosmic locations, like the Orion Nebula or the center of the Milky Way galaxy. It’s a great tie-in to this year’s Collaborative Summer Library Program theme for summer reading, “A Universe of Stories.”

Danielle Price, Digital Initiatives Librarian. (Today is Danielle’s one-year anniversary of joining the WSL!)
Paige Bredenkamp, School Library Consultant
Cary Dunlap, Marketing Lead
Susan Mark, Outreach Librarian
Abby Beaver, Information Services Manager
Karen Kitchens, State Publications Librarian
Jessica Dawkins, Collections Technician


Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of March 18

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of March 18 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, Mar 18 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Library Data & Evaluation (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Four Idaho Library Directors will share their experiences and insight on strategic methods of gathering, analyzing, and using data for planning, management, and communicating impact within their communities. The methodology will be based on attendance at the Research Institute for Public Libraries’ bootcamp-style event.

Tuesday, Mar 19 (10-11 am)
Spiff Up Your Next Presentation (Training Magazine Network)
Whether you are reporting progress, leading a meeting, or training people, your ability to present is measured in large part by how well you communicate. How you say it is just important as what you say! Becky will share simple, creative methods refine your own content into an engaging presentation. You’ll discover techniques to command attention, motivate people to action and build productive working relationships.

Tuesday, Mar 19 (11-12 pm)
How To Set Your Nonprofit Up for Social Media Fundraising Success (CharityHowTo)
In this 45-minute webinar, social media marketing expert Julia Campbell will dive into these important questions and you will learn how you can effectively leverage social media for fundraising and new donor acquisition for your nonprofit. You will also hear about best practices in the sector and specific tips on measuring the ROI of social media for your nonprofit.

Tuesday, Mar 19 (11:15-12 pm)
Find family in Wyoming Newspapers (Wyoming State Library)
Join Chris Van Burgh for an exploration of Wyoming Newspapers (1849-1922) and how you can use them to find bits and pieces about your relatives’ time in Wyoming. Did they own a business? Play bridge? Serve in the war? So much to find!

Wednesday, Mar 20 (9-10 am)
Reading Diversely (Nebraska Library Commission)
Nebraska Library Association Diversity Committee members will booktalk diverse titles and share resources for finding more reading to diversify your shelves. Attendees will be encouraged to share titles of diverse literature they have read to create a list for everyone to use.

Wednesday, Mar 20 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Finding Grants (GrantSpace)
Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course. You will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, including: Who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations; What do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding; How do you identify potential funders and make the first approach; In-person classes will end with 30 minutes of hands-on, guided online grant research. It is advisable, but not necessary, to bring a laptop/tablet for this portion of the class.

Wednesday, Mar 20 (2-3 pm)
Climate Change and Community Health in Rural Alaska (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This session provides an overview of climate change in rural Alaska, the impacts on the environment and observed health effects. Effects of climate change on health in general will also be addressed.

Wednesday, Mar 20 (3-4 pm)
Digital Collection Development (Ed Web)
Purchasing digital educational content is tricky business. The big trade publishers can change licensing agreements in ways that impact schools because K-12 is not their priority market. Textbook publishing, which seemed simple and profitable in the print format is far more complex for eTexts. The term “eBook” calls to mind an alphabet soup of delivery formats (EPUB, MOBI, AZW, IBA, PDF, and more). Purchasing as we have traditionally known it is replaced by a wide array of “leasing” models where a dropped contract can result in collection depletion. Managing a digital collection requires attention to detail. The screen reading vs. print reading debate rages on.

Thursday, Mar 21 (8-9 am)
Step Up Your Library Signage (Indiana State Library)
Could your library’s signage do with a makeover?  This session will look critically at many types of library signs and review positive and negative aspects of library signage.  We will also address how to conduct a signage audit and the importance of library branding.  Attendees will learn practical approaches and inexpensive and free ways to improve the library’s image and to develop library brand recognition.  Also addressed will be issues of customer service and how not to use signage to solve library problems.

Thursday, Mar 21 (12:30-1 pm)
Digital Horizons: A Treasure Trove (North Dakota State Library)|
In the last couple of years you have been hearing a lot about Digital Horizons and what it has to offer your library. This webinar will go over the treasure trove of information that is housed in the archive, how it can help with genealogical research, and how you can contribute to it.

Thursday, Mar 21 (1-2 pm)
DRM-Free One Year Later: How Libraries Can Transform Data into Actionable Acquisition Methods (Library Journal)
Are DRM-free titles used more than DRM-enabled e-books in libraries? How can libraries determine which e-books to acquire as DRM-free? Get answers to these questions and more by joining Library Journal and EBSCO for an in-depth discussion about DRM-free e-book data and trends.

Friday, Mar 22 (12-1 pm)
5 Ways to Promote Digital Equity in Your Library (Booklist)
Libraries have committed to addressing the digital divide as part of our mission, but addressing this issue today requires more than providing PC access or email classes. How can libraries ensure that access to services like coding workshops and 3D printers are available to the whole community? These are 5 ways you work to make sure that your community is getting the tools, resources, and training that they need. Join Booklist and author Lauren Comito who will be discussing her book “Tech for All: Moving Beyond the Digital Divide.”