Monthly Archives: May 2019

LJ Finds Library Circulation Down Slightly

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Reposted from Library Research Service

Library Journal recently released the results of its annual materials survey tracking circulation statistics in public libraries nationwide.

Materials circulation in public libraries decreased by half a percent (0.5%) in 2018, falling, though only slightly, for the first time since 1999. Two in 5 (40%) survey respondents reported that they saw their circulation decrease. Nearly 3 in 5 (57%) items circulated in 2018 were books, 1 in 10 (9%) were ebooks, and about a third (31%) were other media like audiobooks, DVD/Blu-ray, music CDs, and streaming media. Book and ebook circulation both increased from 2017 to 2018, while netted media circulation decreased.

Like in previous years the majority of materials circulated were fiction (64%). Nonfiction made up a little over a third (36%) of items circulated. Half (51%) of items circulated were adult materials, 2 in 5 (41%) were children’s materials, and about 1 in 12 (8%) were items for young adults.

The fiction genres that respondents cited as their top 5 most popular print book circulators were mystery/suspense (95%), general fiction (81%), thrillers (72%), romance (63%), and Christian fiction (41%). The genre order changes slightly for ebook circulation – mystery/suspense is still the most popular (84%), but romance moves up to second (79%), thrillers remain in third (77%), and historical and literary fiction, not present in the print top five, are tied for fourth (both at 35%).

In print nonfiction, cooking reclaimed its top spot as the most popular circulator in 2018, with 4 in 5 (82%) respondents ranking it in their top 5. Rounding out the most popular print circulators were biography/memoir (74%), self-help/psychology (50%), history (48%), and medicine/health (40%). Like in the fiction rankings, nonfiction genre popularity changes for ebook circulation. Biography/memoir (89%), self-help/psychology (67%), and history (61%) are still popular, while cooking drops to 6th place (29%). Current events/politics (46%) and fitness/weight loss (33%) are more popular in ebook format than in print.

The full report can be found here.

Note: This post is part of the series, “The LRS Number,” highlighting statistics that help tell the story of the 21st-century library.

Create a Yearly Calendar for Trustees

From the Vermont Department of Libraries newsletter

Lara Keenan is the State Library Consultant, Governance and Management, for the Vermont Department of Libraries. In her Trustee Trainings, Lara talks about the importance of “Succession Planning” – i.e. planning for the future governance of your library, no matter who is on the Trustee Board or who is the library director.

One element of Succession Planning involves creating a yearly calendar for the Trustees that:

  • Lists what topics the Trustees usually discuss each month of the year,
  • Points out when the Trustees need to start talking about certain items (the budget, for instance) to make sure those items meet deadlines, and
  • Shows when the Trustees can fit additional topics into their meeting schedule (ex: when they will review their bylaws, policies, etc.)

Having a detailed yearly calendar will help ensure that the Trustees do not have to rely on institutional memory and can continue to move forward if a Trustee needs to resign due to health or other reasons.

Creating a yearly calendar can be as simple as creating a list of to-do items for each month of the year -and revising that list as you move through the year. Or it can involve a more focused discussion during a Trustee Retreat. Whichever way the Trustees create their yearly calendar, it’s important to store it in a place accessible to any current or future Trustee — in a Trustee filing cabinet at the library or on the Trustees’ section of the library’s website, for example.

The Wyoming State Library offers support, resources, and consulting services to Library Trustees, including the online Wyoming Public Library Board Members’ Handbook. Contact the WSL’s Library Development Office for assistance.

Free Virtual Conference from Library 2.019

(Image from the conference registration website)

Library 2.019: Open Data Virtual Conference
Wednesday, June 5
1 – 4 p.m. MST

This web conference will explore how librarians are using open data, teaching others about it, and even creating it. You’ll learn about tools you can implement in your own library and hear stories from libraries that have partnered with their local and state governments. Armed with practical tools and experiences, you’ll be ready to start diving into open data to help your library and community! Click here for more information and to register.

Free Library Continuing Education Events for June

site logoThe June 2019 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with 75 webinars, one mini-conference, and four 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

PBS Books Offers Library Engagement Program

PBS Books has launched its Library Engagement Program and invites libraries to sign up and take advantage of this free program.

They are offering:

  • The opportunity for free screenings of PBS programming
    • AMERICAN EXPERIENCE’s Chasing the Moon (before July 8)
    • AMERICAN EXPERIENCE’s Stonewall Riots
  • Monthly Curated Booklists (an adults and youth list will be sent this week focused on the Moon)
  • Access to an archive of 650+ videos
  • Social Media Accelerator (crossposting ability and much more)
  • Ability to take learn about livestreams related to books and the future of libraries

Learn more and sign up.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of May 27

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of May 27 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, May 28 (5-6:30 pm)
Fostering Accountability: Media Literacy in the Classroom (Teachers First)
As digital media increasingly replaces traditional media, students must have the skills to think critically about these new types of texts.  Media literacy – the ability to skillfully read and write in a wide range of message forms – allows students to identify themes and issues emerging from popular culture. Media literacy standards have been incorporated across content areas and grade levels in all 50 states. Join us to learn more about this information age survival skill.

Wednesday, May 29 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Let’s Get Real About Virtual Reality (Nebraska Library Commission)
When Chadron State College began collaborating on virtual reality, they had hardware and software in a space that was small and out of the way, and little idea of what to do with it.We will discuss some of the primary challenges we faced, how we identified areas of our mission to which VR could contribute, and how we connected with our most helpful allies in other staff and faculty. We hope to provide some insight on how smaller libraries can integrate VR, or any newer technology.

Wednesday, May 29 (12-1 pm)
Tools for Data-Powered Discovery: NLM’s Data Discovery and Pillbox (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
As the National Library of Medicine transitions to become a platform for biomedical discovery and data-powered health, one area of focus is building a workforce for data-driven research and health. In support of this strategic goal, NLM launched Data Discovery, an online platform for making data findable, interoperable, accessible, and reusable (the FAIR principles). Pillbox, NLM’s pill identification and reference resource, long overdue for redesign, was rebuilt using Data Discovery as its foundation to showcase the power of this platform.

Wednesday, May 29 (12-1 pm)
Measuring the Success of Health Programs and Services (Public Library Association)
In this webinar, participants will learn how Project Outcome’s new health survey will help public libraries measure the success of health programs and services. Participants will also discover helpful resources and training tools to enhance their health services.

Wednesday, May 29 (1-2 pm)
New Media and Preschool Services – Practical Applications (Association for Library Service to Children)
Three public libraries will share their format, tools, and resources for facilitating digital storytimes, with sample plans and tech suggestions. After this webinar, you will be prepared to plan, promote, and present your own digital storytime for preschool audiences.

Thursday, May 30 (12-1 pm)
Enjoy That Vacation and Find a New Hobby: Government Resources on Travel, Recreation, and Safe and Interesting Hobbies (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will provide information on Government resources on leisure time, vacation planning, and hobbies. Topics covered will include hobbies which can help the disabled and avoid dementia. Hobbies can also be a source of extra income. Vacation time is important to maintain balance in our lives, and this webinar will offer resources from agencies such as OSHA and explore the science of leisure time with information from sources like PubMed. And to add a touch of fun, we’ll pay a virtual visit to some of our national parks which offer great vacation and leisure time activities.

Thursday, May 30 (1-2 pm)
Check It Out! New Books for Ages 0-18 (State Library of Iowa)
Join us on the last Thursday of each month for a review of brand new titles published for ages 0-18. You’ll hear short booktalks of new titles (and new entries in ongoing series) from major and Indie publishers and get ideas on how to keep up with the endless tide of what’s new in kidlit and young adult literature.

Friday, May 31 (11-12 pm)
Defending against malicious bot attacks: Where, when, and how (O’Reilly)
Malicious bots were responsible for the world’s largest DDoS attacks on record, and bad actors are likely already using AI to power their bots. This webcast will help you understand the risk to your networks, websites, applications, APIs, and data and outline how you can mitigate the growing risk posed by malicious bots now and in the future.

WYDOT Features GoWYLD Driving Tests

WYDOT has featured a partnership with the Wyoming State Library on their YouTube channel. New drivers in Wyoming must pass both written and road tests before their license can be issued. WYDOT and the WSL have partnered with Driving Tests to provide online test preparation materials. Find this free test and skills preparation resource in GoWYLD at

WSL Closed for Memorial Day

The Wyoming State Library will be closed Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day. We will resume our normal hours on Tuesday, May 28.

The town of Veteran, Wyoming, was given that name at the behest of ex-service men who had settled in Goshen County. On October 6, 1921, the Goshen County Journal, printed this article on the town name (click for larger image). The Veteran post office was established on August 2, 1922.

You can learn more about Veteran in Wyoming Places and Wyoming Newspapers.

A Wyoming Letters About Literature Reading List

The Letters About Literature contest invites each student in grades 4-12 to write to an author — living or dead — whose work influenced the student’s life. It’s not a formal report where someone picks a book the child or teen “should” read. Instead, the students themselves pick the books that touched their hearts. If a fourth grader found inspiration in War and Peace, so be it. If a high school senior turned his or her life around after reading Captain Underpants, we welcome their letter. What matters most is that a connection was made.

With that in mind, we thought it would be fun this year to compile a reading list of  all the titles our Wyoming Letters About Literature participants chose. Some are newer, some are classics, some might be surprises, but all touched the lives of at least one young reader. Enjoy.

  • Solo, by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess
  • The Amityville Horror, by Jay Anson
  • The Future of Us, by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
  • Tyrell (series), by Coe Booth
  • Daring Greatly, by Brene Brown
  • Gold Buckle Dreams, by David G. Brown
  • The DaVinci Code, by Dan Brown
  • 70×7 and Beyond, by Monty Christensen
  • The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho
  • Out Of My Mind, by Sharon M. Drapor
  • The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexander Dumas
  • The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein
  • Rumble Fish, by S.E. Hinton
  • The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton
  • Impulse, by Ellen Hopkins
  • The Wheels of Time (series), by Robert Jordan
  • Cracker, by Cynthia Kadohata
  • Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes
  • Under the Dome, by Stephen King
  • “I Have a Dream” (speech), by Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by Jeff Kinney
  • American Sniper, by Chris Kyle
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
  • The Autobiography of Gucci Mane, by Gucci Mane
  • Dear Nobody, by Gillian McCain
  • Renegades (series), by Marissa Meyer
  • Parakeets, by Nikki Moustaki
  • Black Friday (Cherub), by Robert Muchamore
  • Fablehaven (series), by Brandon Mull
  • Ashfall (series), by Mike Mullin
  • The Greatest, by Walter Dean Myers
  • Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah
  • Wonder, by R.J. Palacio
  • Brian’s Winter, by Gary Paulsen
  • A Child Called “It” (series), by Dave Pelzer
  • The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn
  • By the Time You Read This I’ll Be Dead, by Julie Anne Peters
  • The Dogs of Winter, by Bobbie Pyron
  • Where The Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls
  • Nyxia, by Scott Reintgen
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians (series), by Rick Riordan
  • Echo, by Pam Munoz Ryan
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secret of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  • The Beginning of Everything, by Robyn Schneider
  • Salt to the Sea, by Ruta Sepetys
  • Admonitions to a Special Person, by Anne Sexton
  • The Book of Basketball, by Bill Simmons
  • The Last Song, by Nicholas Sparks
  • The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • I Cry, by Tupac
  • “Why Am I Not Good Enough?” (poem), by Olivia Vella
  • Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat, by Bill Watterson
  • Adult Children of Alcoholics, by Janet Geringer Woititz, Ed.D.
  • I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai

May 2019 Outrider Now Available

Find a wrap-up of the latest in Wyoming library news in the May 2019 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.

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