Monthly Archives: June 2019

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of June 17

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of June 17 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, June 17 (12:30-1:30 pm)
STEM for Frontline Staff (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
STEM programs are a fun way to engage kids and encourage them to learn outside of school. Everyone in the library has a role to play in providing a high-quality STEM experience in your community. During this webinar, frontline library staff and those not directly involved with STEM programming will learn different ways to support STEM programs and initiatives at their libraries. A great fit for circ staff, pages, and libraries that may not have the capacity to provide STEM programs but still want to support STEM learning in their communities.

Tuesday, June 18 (9-10 am)
How to Win Your Donors’ Hearts, Minds & Wallets (Nonprofit Hub)
You know who they are. The fundraiser who makes it look easy. Getting the big gifts. Loving their job. Always smiling. At the cocktail party they’re surrounded by all the donors you want to get to know. What’s their secret? Our special guest Rachel Muir, CFRE is going to spill the beans! Come learn the secrets of high performing gift officers.

Tuesday, June 18 (12-12:45 pm)
Leveraging Data and the Cloud While Protecting Student Data Privacy (Future Ready Schools/Alliance for Excellent Education)
In this webinar, Vince Scheivert, Rachel Johnson, and Linnette Attai will discuss how school districts have leveraged data and the cloud to innovate and maximize learning while also ensuring data privacy for all.

Wednesday, June 19 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Growing Partnerships Where Least Expected (Nebraska Library Commission)
Tina Walker, Keene Memorial Library Director, will share the who, what, how, and why of the many community partnerships we have developed. We have spent over 2 years analyzing, planning and implementing outreach in Fremont and the surrounding communities that have helped to increase awareness of our library services and community importance. Some of the partnerships you might look at and say “how does that fit the library” but you can be presently surprised by how well some of these easily fit into our collaboration plans. The main message is “don’t knock it til you try it”. We will share some wonderful success stories and how they are making an impact on the future of the library.

Wednesday, June 19 (12-1 pm)
Picture This: Using Instagram to Connect With and Engage Your Users (Georgia Library Association)
This session will show you how to make the best use of your Instagram account through mobile photography tips, content ideas, and special projects that bring your online content into your library. We will also look at the best way to connect with your users who use Instagram through social listening, geotagging, and building relationships with influencers.

Wednesday, June 19 (12-1 pm)
LYRASIS Trending Topics – New Tools for Digital Preservation Assessment and Training (Lyrasis)
LYRASIS and the Northeast Document Conservation Center collaborated on a grant to develop new ways to support institutions in their digital preservation efforts. The project team developed and tested a peer assessment handbook and workshops, guide for preservation assessors, and other resources to support institutions in their digital preservation efforts. In this webinar presenters will share lessons learned from the project, and introduce attendees to the freely available resources that can be used to plan for digital preservation at their institutions.

Wednesday, June 19 (12-1:30 pm)
5 Crucial Elements of Relationship Centered Leadership (Early Childhood Investigations)
In this empowering webinar, early education leadership and organizational effectiveness expert, Rosa Carrillo, will draw on multiple sources from neuroscience, psychology and sociology to provide evidence that relationships form the nucleus of both an emotionally healthy workplace and high-quality programs.

Wednesday, June 19 (2-3 pm)
PNR Rendezvous: Libraries Connecting You to Coverage (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Libraries all over are taking steps to increase consumer education around health insurance and information. How can your library help? This webinar will help public library staff better understand the importance of health insurance literacy, how to promote accurate health information and resources, and how to develop partnerships to advocate for a healthy community. Come hear about the Public Library Association’s (PLA) health insurance education initiative, Libraries Connecting You to Coverage, and from libraries who participated.

Thursday, June 20 (9-10:30 am)
Presentation Pointers: Eye-Popping Publications (State Library of Iowa)
This installment in our Presentation Pointers series offers style tips for upgrading traditional publications.  Instructors will demonstrate various design features of MS Word, PowerPoint, and Publisher.  Whether creating quick signs or flyers, compiling reports, or writing newsletters, these software features help improve the overall look and feel of printed materials.

Thursday, June 20 (11-12 pm)
Transforming Your Board into a Fundraising Force (Network for Good)
Board members are critical to your fundraising program. Learn how to keep them engaged by focusing on the mission, vision, and values of your nonprofit to transform your board into a fundraising force.

Thursday, June 20 (12-1 pm)
Six Reasons Why Infographics Matter (IdealWare)
Join us as we discuss the role infographics play in a healthy communications mix.  In this webinar, you’ll learn about the benefits of using infographics to visualize your data, the resources available to create them, and what types of organization goals they can aid.

Thursday, June 20 (12-1 pm)
Creating Engagement in the Virtual Classroom: Advanced Facilitation Skills for the Experienced Training Professional (Insynctraining)
Virtual classroom facilitators have a great deal of control over engagement factors for learners. However, it takes more than clever exercises or mastery of collaboration tools like breakout rooms and whiteboards, to succeed. It takes a nuanced understanding of the learning environment and the learners participating in that environment to bring your virtual delivery to the next level. Take your virtual facilitation skills to the next level with this webinar.

Thursday, June 20 (12:30-1 pm)
Do you want a ScanDay? (North Dakota State Library)
ScanDays are events that the State Library put on with the help of public libraries and organizations around the state. Attend this webinar to learn more about what a ScanDay is, how to have one, what the expected output is, and how to create something similar. This informative webinar will cover all of that and give examples of similar events from other states.

Wyoming Book Reviews

Dusk Along the Niobrara
John D. Nesbitt
Five Star Publishing, 2019

I mainly read non-fiction, so when I was asked to read and review Dusk Along the Niobrara, I was a tad dubious. I sat down and read it over a weekend and really enjoyed it. Although there were a couple of thin spots in the plot, it didn’t diminish my overall enjoyment of the book.

Told in the first person, the story line centers upon the arrival of cowboy drifter, Dunbar, who gets a job working alongside narrator, Bard Montgomery. Dunbar eventually connects several area murders, one going back 15 years, and reveals the man responsible after a long summer and fall of ranch work.

The story develops slowly, leaving the reader wondering where all this is going, but eventually comes to a head when Dunbar brings forth a witness to the original murder. The book is easy to read and I enjoyed the author’s descriptions of the eastern Wyoming landscape.

Leslie Colin Tribble, Tech Services Manager
Park County Library

My Ranch, Too: A Wyoming Memoir
Mary Budd Flitner
Norman, OK : University of Oklahoma Press, [2018]

This evocative portrait of generations spent ranching in Wyoming sings with humor, love of family tradition, and heartbreak for the decisions every rancher must eventually confront. Even non-ranchers reading this book will recognize these fully-fleshed characters, and be able to imagine the driving rain and punishing heat of a trail drive. Flitner presents an honest picture of ranching: filled with contentment, warm conviviality and a satisfying sense of purpose, yet too often with backbreaking labor, strife among partners, and raging sorrow at the vagaries of nature. Her writing is illuminated with details of cherished friendships, quirky ranch hands and abiding love and respect for working dogs and horses. Shining through it all is a laudable dedication to responsible stewardship of the land. This beautiful book makes us all proud to be a small part of Wyoming history.

Tamara Lehner, Adult Programming Coordinator
Converse County Libraries

Flag Day 2019 With the GPO

Federal document resources for Flag Day reposted from govinfo

Federal law (36 U.S.C. 110) designates June 14 as Flag Day, and:

  • calls on U.S. government officials to display the flag of the United States on all government buildings on Flag Day, and
  • urges the people of the United States to observe Flag Day as the anniversary of the adoption on June 14, 1777, by the Continental Congress of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States.

“Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field representing a new constellation.”

Resolution of the Continental Congress at Philadelphia on June 14, 1777

84 FR 27699 – Flag Day and National Flag Week, 2019 
Presidential Proclamation 9905 of June 7, 2019

18 U.S.C. 700 – Desecration of the flag of the United States; penalties

Our Flag, S. Doc. 109-18, July 18, 2006 (PDF), is a Senate Document by the Joint Committee on Printing that briefly describes the history of the flag, and sets forth the practices and observances appropriate to its display.

Purchase a printed copy of Our Flag as well as related publications, from GPO’s online bookstore.

Learn more about Flag Day from the Library of Congress’ Today in History  and America’s Story from America’s Library

Science and Health at WLA Pre-Conferences

The full Wyoming Library Association conference runs August 8-9, but it’s worth coming a day early for the pre-conference sessions. In addition to the School Library Summit, there are two valuable workshops on August 7, one on science and one on health. Register for either or both on the WLA Conference registration form. Pre-conference sessions are $20 each.

In the morning, Leap into Science is a program designed to build interest and skills in literacy and science for children ages 3-10 and their families, in community settings like libraries, museums, and out-of-school time programs. It was developed by The Franklin Institute and the National Girls Collaborative Project. The program consists of three types of workshops (preschool, elementary, and family), and includes a broad range of science concepts. This training will be held from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. on Wednesday, August 7. Learn more about Leap into Science at

For the afternoon, Beyond an Apple a Day with George Strawley from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public. Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will be equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites, e-patient resources and collection development core lists. Participants will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach. The class will wrap up with an opportunity to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech. This course, scheduled for 1-5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 7, qualifies for up to four contact hours toward a Consumer Health Information Specialization from the Medical Library Association. George will also present a breakout session during the full conference on “Citizen Science: Putting Your Patrons in Touch with Discover.”

PC Sweeney is WLA Keynote Speaker

PC Sweeney, Political Director of EveryLibrary and keynote speaker for the 2019 Wyoming Library Association conference

If you need yet another reason to attend the 2019 Wyoming Library Association conference from August 7-9 this year, you don’t want to miss keynote speaker PC Sweeney.

Sweeney is the political director of EveryLibrary, a national political action committee (PAC) for libraries. He’s the co-author of Winning Elections and Influencing Politicians for Library Funding from ALA Editions and a lecturer for San Jose State University iSchool. He’s worked in both public and school libraries, and was a Library Journal 2015 Mover and Shaker.

His keynote will be the fun and inspirational session, “Make It Happen/Party Hard,” intended to motivate library staff to balance the stressful work of librarianship with celebrating successes in their communities. He’ll highlight the need for enthusiasm from staff at all levels to promote the work that libraries do and discuss how that enthusiasm can build positive professional networks and relationships with communities for real tangible outcomes. Finally, he’ll explore the way that emotional attractors affect library work and the level of success within communities.

Sweeney will also be leading a breakout session, “From Advocate to Activist.” In this session, he’ll challenge the traditional model of advocacy for libraries and instead look at how to create activists to build the public support libraries need to survive. He’ll look at how the current advocacy model is failing libraries and causing massive defunding and closures and will explore many of the strategies and tactics used by some of the best community organizers, political action committees, and politicians to build real actionable support. He’ll emphasize the resources and skills that librarians and library staff need to develop if they want to have the political and community support that they need in order to increase support and funding.

Learn more and register for the conference.

Innovations for School Libraries

Found in the Big Deal Media K-12 Technology newsletter.

Game Integrating Computational Thinking and Environmental Problem Solving
The New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) pioneered Design–Make–Play, a novel approach to learning and engagement, drawing on deeper learning research and supporting the creation of learning experiences that develop critical thinking, knowledge integration, innovation, and creativity skills.

Assessments for Evaluating Historical Thinking
The Olympics Protest is a new assessment from the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) that gauges whether students can identify the historical event depicted in an iconic photograph and evaluate its historical significance. Successful students will draw on their knowledge of the past to identify American track athletes John Carlos and Tommie Smith raising their fists to protest racial injustice while on the medal stand at the 1968 Olympics and then explain how the event was historically significant.

Documentary Illustrating Storytelling and Meaning Making with Children
Eric Carle, Picture Writer: The Art of the Picture Book is a 32-minute portrait of Eric Carle, creator of more than 70 books for children, including the bestselling classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar. In this documentary, Carle methodically layers a tissue paper collage of the caterpillar, pours over thumbnail sketches, and ruminates on drafts of his books.

People News

Lisa Scroggins

Natrona County Library Director Lisa Scroggins recently completed the Leadership Wyoming (LW) program, which culminated with the graduation on May 4 at the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper. LW is a challenging nine-month educational program that prides itself on its rigor and in providing participants insight to the industries, opportunities, challenges facing Wyoming, and the opportunity to create a network of leaders across the state. The program also promotes personal growth, and its participants build life-long bonds with their classmates. “I’m fortunate that I had the full support of my board, who saw the value in sponsoring me through this program.” Lisa said.  “It was an intense learning experience, but totally worth the investment!”

After six years of service, Shannon Smith will be departing from the University of Wyoming Libraries. In her time at UW, Shannon has served in the capacity of Library Specialist with the Learning Resource Center. She will assume the role of Scholarly Communication Librarian with the Digital Initiatives department at Utah State University Libraries in August.

Jennifer Beckstead, Teen Librarian at the Natrona County Library, graduated from the Leadership Casper Class of 2019. The in-depth program provides participants with a better understanding of community issues, resources and services. provided in the Casper community. “The most memorable part of Leadership Casper has been the way our class has bonded from the very start,” Jenn said. “I’ve made connections and friendships with leaders from all around our community. Jenn has worked as the Teen Librarian at the Natrona County Library since August 2005. She was recently promoted to Youth Services Manager, beginning July 2019.

Wyoming Book Featured at National Book Festival

Rusty and the River: A Rusty the Ranch Horse Tale by Wyoming’s Mary Fichtner and illustrated by her daughter Roz Fichtner has been selected for the “Discover Great Places Through Reading” list for the National Book Festival. The festival will be held Saturday, August 31, in Washington, D.C.

“Discover Great Places Through Reading” is an annual list of books representing the literary heritage of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The list is distributed by the Library of Congress’s Center for the Book during the National Book Festival.

Rusty and the River was selected by the Wyoming State Library as part of its Center for the Book program. Each book is selected by a Center for the Book state affiliate or state library, and most are for children and young readers. Books may be written by authors from the state, take place in the state, or celebrate the state’s culture and heritage.

Mary and Roz Fichtner, now in Casper, lived in Cheyenne many years. Mary is a graduate of the University of Wyoming, and rodeo was her sport from 10 years old through college. She is certified in equine assisted learning to help veterans and families. Her daughter Roz attends college at the University of Wyoming where she has competed on the rodeo team and is pursuing a degree in Art Education.

(L to R) Roz and Mary Fichtner with the real-life Rusty the Ranch Horse.

Their books include, Rusty Under the Western Skies (Reader’s Favorite Five Star Award), Rusty Goes to Frontier Days, Rusty and His Saddle, Rusty and the Pot of Gold and the first of a new series called The Big Battle of Thunder the Smallest War Horse. Rusty and Thunder live in a beautiful place in the west by the Platte River where they enjoy grazing and gentle breezes. Rusty is a retired ranch horse and his small companion Thunder never leaves his side.

The full “Discover Great Places Through Reading” list may be found on the Library of Congress website at To learn more about the Fichtners, visit

WLLI Plans First Graduate Institute

All Wyoming Library Leadership Institute graduates are invited to attend the first-ever Graduate Institute July 19-20, 2019, in Gillette. Reignite and increase your passion for leadership and collaborate with other grads to create the WLLI Future Plan. Jep Enck, Enck Resources, will lead the group through the planning process and fire up your leadership skills. Plans are in the works to live stream this event for those who can’t make it to Gillette.

Register here.
(Use code WLLIGRAD if asked.)
Registration deadline is June 22, 2019.

If you have any difficulty registering, contact Chris Van Burgh at or (307) 777-3642, or contact Laura Grott at

Download the PDF flyer.

Grant Opportunities

Nora Van Burgh Development Grants
DEADLINE: June 15, 2019
Nora Van Burgh had a lengthy and distinguished career in Wyoming libraries, and she was a strong believer in lifelong learning. The Wyoming Library Association’s Nora Van Burgh Development Grants honor her memory. These grants provide funding assistance to those who wish to enhance their effectiveness as library employees through additional educational experience. Non-degreed library employees, a majority of the WLA membership, are particularly encouraged to apply, though any current member of WLA may apply.

Great Stories Club series on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT)
DEADLINE: July 15, 2019
The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is currently accepting applications for the Great Stories Club series on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation. The theme is “Growing Up Brave on the Margins.” Up to 35 libraries will receive 11 paperback copies each (10 to gift to participants; 1 for discussion leader/library collection) of up to four books on the reading list, A programming grant of up to $1,200, Travel and accommodation expenses paid for attendance at a two-day orientation workshop, as well as additional resources.

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
DEADLINE: July 16, 2019
The Humanities Collections and Reference Resources (HCRR) program supports projects that provide an essential underpinning for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities. Thousands of libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country maintain important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture, and digital objects. Funding from this program strengthens efforts to extend the life of such materials and make their intellectual content widely accessible, often through the use of digital technology. Awards are also made to create various reference resources that facilitate use of cultural materials

Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program
The D.U.C. Library Program has thousands of free art books available for distribution to public and school libraries in underserved communities. Participating libraries may order books from the D.U.C. catalog once annually. Branch libraries may participate independently or through their main library. All items received from the D.U.C. must be cataloged in the library’s holdings and made available to all patrons.