Find a wrap-up of the latest in Wyoming library news in the July 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.
Free, online, continuing education events for the week of July 22 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 library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.
All times MDT
Tuesday, July 23 (12-1 pm)
Fall YA Announcements (Booklist)
New school year, new reading goals, new YA! Please join us July 23 for a special one-hour, free webinar where we’ll give you an inside line to the teen books that are sure to fly off the shelves this upcoming school year.
Tuesday, July 23 (12-1 pm)
4 Steps to Creating a Team to Deliver on Your Mission (Wild Apricot)
If you’re trying to drive impact or increase membership by yourself, it can feel almost impossible — but luckily, you don’t have to do it alone. Many organizations know their staff, members, volunteers, and board members already talk about them on a regular basis. With the right training and motivation, your entire team could be spreading the word about the benefits of membership, helping you attract more new and returning members and increase your impact. To learn how to ask, train and support your team, please join us for this free webinar.
Wednesday, July 24 (9-10 am)
STEM-LINC Webinar on Visualizing Research Impact: Tools and Tips from EPA-RTP Library (North Carolina Library Association)
Taylor Johnson will present Visualizing Research Impact: Tools and Tips from EPA-RTP Library. She will discuss how she puts together bibliometric data and visualizations to create portfolios, reports, and infographic-like products for researchers to use for reviews, promotions, and awards.
Wednesday, July 24 (12-1 pm)
DAP Learning Series: Misunderstood Metrics (DigitalGov)
Google Analytics provides a plethora of metrics for DAP reporting. Digital Analytics Program (DAP) users have access to many metrics, but many of these metrics are misunderstood. What are some examples of misunderstood metrics, and how and when should you use them? We’ll talk about these metrics and their potential misinterpretations and pitfalls.
Wednesday, July 24 (12-1 pm)
Gov Insights: State and Local Innovation (GovLoop)
Join this webinar to hear an exciting panel discussion on how state and local governments are innovating in the areas of cybersecurity, digital services, customer experience and more.
Wednesday, July 24 (12-1:30 pm)
Is Starting a Nonprofit Right For You? (Grantspace)
In this session you’ll learn the legal and logistical elements necessary to start a successful nonprofit. You’ll also learn about possible alternatives to starting your own nonprofit that you may not have considered. Finally, you’ll be introduced to a tool that will help you assess your own readiness to move forward.
Wednesday, July 24 (4-5:30 pm)
Power Packed Primary Sources for the Classroom (Teachers First)
Help your students learn from history by examining primary source materials. Join us to learn strategies for the use of historical evidence in the classroom.
Thursday, July 25 (12-1 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.
Thursday, July 25 (12-1 pm)
Providing Access to Digital Documents (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will present basic information about digital U.S. Government documents. Different methods for making documents available will be explained, and examples of how libraries provide patron access will be provided.
Thursday, July 25 (12-1 pm)
Exploring Census Data Webinar Series: Healthcare – Key Census Data on Healthcare (U.S. Census)
During this webinar, Census Bureau experts will help you:; Understand practical ways to use our healthcare data through illustrations and use cases; Learn about available resources and data tools, which can assist you in saving time looking for data; Learn how to compare and contrast the different types of available data.
Thursday, July 25 (1-2 pm)
Training and Copyright: Do I Always Have to Get Permission? I’ve Heard of Something Called Fair Use… (Training Magazine Network)
Those of us who want to keep our jobs and reputations need to protect our clients from risks, including running afoul of copyright and trademark laws – like “Fair Use” – when creating training materials. Through case studies, we’ll explore the process for determining when Fair Use may apply (It’s not a slam dunk) and examine best practices.
Friday, July 26 (11-12 pm)
From A(ddiction) to Z(its): Supporting Teens with Health Information (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This is a one hour webinar that will provide youth-serving staff with skills and knowledge related to health information and health-focused programming. The one hour class will present an overview of health information needs of teenagers and their information seeking behaviors, review communication skills needed during reference interviews with teenagers, and explore credible health information resources that are designed for teens.
If you’re in town for Cheyenne Frontier Days, take a side trip to the Wyoming State Library at 2800 Central Ave. to see its distinguished visitor “Chief Washakie,” a bronze by sculptor Dave McGary (1958-2013), the smaller version of the two that are housed in the Wyoming State Capitol and in the U.S. Capitol Visitors’ Center Emancipation Hall. The statue is on temporary loan to the WSL and currently graces the library’s main reading room.
According to Architect of the Capitol, Washakie, born around 1800, was a renowned warrior. Around the year 1840, he united several Shoshone bands. Realizing that the expansion of white civilization into the West was inevitable, he negotiated with the army and the Shoshone to ensure the preservation of over three million acres in Wyoming’s Wind River country for his people—this valley remains the home of the Shoshone today. Upon his death in 1900, he became the only known Native American to be given a full military funeral.
Washakie also successfully negotiated for part of the hot springs in Thermopolis to remain free and open to the public in perpetuity.
While you’re here, you can peruse the Congressional records, treaties, federal documents, and other resources pertaining to the Shoshone and other Native American peoples. Also on display at the State Library is the “Two Nations” exhibit from Wyoming Humanities–ThinkWY that details the history of the Wind River Indian Reservation.
You can take a virtual visit, too, and read accounts of Chief Washakie in Wyoming Newspapers (newspapers.wyo.gov). With a Wyoming library card or in a Wyoming library you can also explore the many resources available in GoWYLD.net.
Either way, know that our librarians are always available to help you find information. Stop by the front desk if you’re in the building, or contact us at (307) 777-6333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will resume normal hours on Thursday, July 25.
One hundred years ago, Cheyenne Frontier Days was held just after Session Law Chapter 25 took effect making it “unlawful for any person directly or indirectly, to manufacture, sell, transport, export, receive, deliver, possess, barter, solicit or take orders for, give·away or furnish, any intoxicating liquors, or possess any equipment for making such liquor…”
But some argued the State of Wyoming wasn’t “dry” just yet. Read the story in the July 23, 1919 Wyoming State Tribune.
From The Scoop Newsletter from the Idaho Commission for Libraries
July is National Ice Cream Month, and a great excuse for a trek to a local ice cream shop. Partake in this tradition yourself this month!
Some cool ice cream sites:
- IceCream.com: Fun Facts for your July trivia night, recipes, and a quiz to find out your flavor personality
- Official National Ice Cream Month website
- Ice Cream Storytime from Storytime Stephanie
- Ice Cream in a Bag recipe from AllRecipes
Campbell County Public Library System (CCPLS) and its employees joined the ranks of the shocked on July 1 as Blackjewel Holdings, LLC, filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy and abruptly shuttered the operation of Campbell County’s Belle Ayr and Eagle Butte mines, immediately putting 580 people out of work. As members of the community, and by their very nature as librarians, CCPL staff began to make plans to reach out to local miners.
The first step when they heard the stunning, unexpected news, was to communicate support through social media: “Our hearts go out to all employees of Blackjewel Mines and others affected by mine closures. We stand ready, willing and able to assist with any and all with resume writing, computer services interned access, job search assistance, etc.”
As soon as July 2, CCPL saw a steep increase in patron use of the Technology Center and reference services. Displaced workers came to the library to work on new job prospects, to file for and seek out relief, and to use the library as a hub for information on what to do next. Compared with Reference Department statistics from July 2018, average use increased 64% over two weeks, with a bulk of those statistics coming from job search related questions.
Since the mine closure, CCPL Reference Department staff worked to coordinate with the local Wyoming Workforce Services branch and attended informational sessions for displaced workers to be able to provide patrons with the most up to date and accurate information. Two Saturday resume writing open sessions were held July 6 and 13, and community-sponsored free Technology Center services (printing, copies, faxing, etc.) are being provided to library patrons affected by the mine closures.
CCPL Youth Services continues to provide regular programs and services for children and teens, including free summer reading programs and access to computers within the Children’s Department for parents who need computer access but have children with them.
Through the recent turbulent times for their friends at the coal mines, Campbell County Public Library has been, and continues to be, a community meeting space and resource for access to technology, assistance with online forms, technology skills training, and more.
On July 1, Katrina Brown officially took over as Director of the Casper College Goodstein Foundation Library. She came to Casper College from Sheridan College, where she was Director of the Mary Brown Kooi Library.
“I enjoy being a library director,” Katrina said. “It’s gratifying to help library staff identify, grow, and improve library services. And there’s always that challenge of balancing the needs and desires of different populations.”
She continued, “The Kooi Library is a great one. I appreciate all I learned working there. Although I’m moving on, I look forward to seeing it grow and change under its new director.”
Katrina has been active in the library community, and is currently on the Executive Board of the Wyoming Library Association as its Past President. She’s a 2011 graduate of the Wyoming Library Leadership Institute (WLLI). She holds associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in history and a Master of Library and Information Science. She was born and raised in California and moved to Wyoming in 2005.
“At Casper College, I’m taking over a library with a lot of strengths,” Katrina said. “The staff is incredible. They’ve kept the library running seamlessly and increased services such as their instruction sessions. The library is also fortunate to have such solid support from the college.”
She wants to continue to build on those strengths by continuing the growth in instruction programs and increasing student engagement.
“If you have any interest in leadership, attend WLLI,” she added. “It helped me believe I was a leader and could do the job.”
Conrrado Saldivar, Adult Services Specialist at Natrona County Library, was recently awarded a Spectrum Scholarship from the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services. His award was given based on his commitment to equity and inclusion, demonstrated community outreach, commitment to the library profession, and leadership potential. The scholarship provides assistance for graduate study expenses and a stipend to attend the Spectrum Leadership Institute and the ALA Annual conference in 2020.
He was one of 60 recipients nationwide. Since 1997, the ALA has awarded more than 1,100 Spectrum Scholarships.
Conrrado began working at the Natrona County Library in April 2015 as an Adult Services Specialist. He received a BA in Anthropology and a BA in Spanish from the University of Wyoming in 2013 and began working on his MLIS at the University of Washington iSchool in 2018. He is also currently a contributing writer for the Hack Library School blog and Co-president of the Student Chapter of the American Library Association at the University of Washington.
As part of our role as consultants, we often receive questions from library workers about strategic or long range planning. We have compiled many of the resources that we refer to when faced with these questions.
Before you get started
Why is a Strategic Plan Necessary for a Small Library? 2015 (Infopeople) – This article from Infopeople details the reasons for strategic planning.
The Planning Process
Strategic Planning When You Can’t Afford a Consultant 2018 (Texas State Library) – This 1-hour webinar presented by Michele Stricker, Deputy State Librarian of Lifelong Learning at the New Jersey State Library, explores cost-effective ways to approach strategic planning.
A Library Board’s Practical Guide to Strategic Planning 2016 (United for Libraries) – This PDF guide to the planning process is written from the library board’s perspective and includes information about how to complete an environmental scan and write vision and mission statements.
Project Outcome 2018 (Public Library Association) – This free online toolkit provides outcome measurement tools and resources.
Integrating Project Outcome into Strategic Planning & Measuring Priority Areas 2017 (American Library Association) – This video presentation includes panelists who have incorporated Project Outcome into their libraries’ planning processes.
Buda Public Library – 2017-2021 – The Buda Public Library’s strategic plan highlights a straightforward approach that is well-organized and data driven.
Fort Worth Public Library – 2019-2021 – This strategic plan is highly visualized, including photographs within the plan document and an accompanying video.
Greenfield Public Library – 2016-2020 – The data in this strategic plan is presented in a few ways, including pie charts and bar graphs.
For additional reading on strategic planning, search the Wyoming State Library catalog. We maintain a professional library science collection that includes several titles on this topic. You may also contact our Library Development Office for assistance.
This year’s Library Card Sign-up Month in September stars “Toy Story 4” characters. As Honorary Chairs, Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep, and friends are appearing in print and digital graphics to promote the value of a library card. The “Toy Story 4” crew is also being featured in customizable library card artwork.
All the free graphics and artwork can be downloaded through the Library Card Sign-up Month Toolkit (an account is required but registration is free, and anyone can join). Sample tools, including a proclamation, a template press release, radio PSA scripts and social media posts are also available for libraries to use. The tools remind the public of all the resources available with a library card.
Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. During the month, the American Library Association and libraries unite in a national effort to ensure every child signs up for their own library card.