Monthly Archives: August 2019

Free Library Continuing Education Events for September



site logoThe September 2019 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with 79 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 library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.

Sign Up for National Voter Registration Day



From the American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) encourages libraries to sign up to observe National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. This is a nonpartisan, unofficial holiday celebrated on the fourth Tuesday of September. Across the country, libraries provide voter registration forms and information about voting, as well as offer computers, which citizens can use to register to vote, update their voter registration, or research information about voting.

Libraries that sign up by Thursday, September 12, will receive a toolkit of free promotional materials such as posters and stickers, and opportunities for training. While the toolkit deadline is September 12, libraries can register their participation in the event until Sept. 24.

The American Library Association (ALA) is a Premier Partner of National Voter Registration Day.

Library Cards Fuel Learning



From the American Library Association

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, when the American Library Association (ALA) joins libraries nationwide in reminding everyone that signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic success and lifelong learning.

Across the nation, libraries are hosting events and giveaways to display the benefits of a library card and showcase library services.

Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month is celebrated each September to coincide with the onset of the school year. Librarians are literacy experts, offering everything from preschool story hours to summer reading clubs that sustain school-year learning.

Libraries are also a resource for people of any age to find what they need to transform their quality of life. Libraries are the centers of their communities, places where people of all ages and backgrounds can find and freely use a diversity of resources, all under the expert guidance of librarians.

Today’s libraries expand beyond their traditional roles, providing more opportunities for community engagement and delivering new services that connect closely with patrons’ needs.

Public programs revolve around issues that are relevant to patrons, such as finding reliable health information, acquiring skills needed to thrive in today’s digital economy, succeeding in school and life and purchasing affordable health insurance.

According to latest figures from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, there are more than 171 million registered borrowers across public libraries in the U.S. Annually more than 1.3 billion visitors take advantage of free access to information and library services.

Libraries continue to transform to bring in new technologies to serve their users — including wireless Internet access, e-readers, library apps, 24/7 online reference help, e-books, video streaming and makerspaces.

This September Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” characters Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep and friends are joining the American Library Association on an adventure to promote the value of a library card as Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chairs.

Additional information regarding Library Card Sign-up Month is available at  http://www.ala.org/news/mediapresscenter/presskits/lcsum.

WSL Closed on Labor Day



Planned Labor Day events for 1922 in Rock Springs, via the August 18, 1922, ROCK SPRINGS ROCKET in Wyoming Newspapers

The Wyoming State Library will be closed on Monday, September 2 for Labor Day. We will re-open on Tuesday, September 3. If you’re curious about the origins of the holiday, the U.S. Department of Labor offers a brief history.

While the first Labor Day celebration was held in 1882, the first mention of the holiday in Wyoming legislation was in 1921 when House Bill 106 proposed to designate November 11 as “American Day” and to replace Arbor Day in the list of legal holidays with Labor Day. The bill passed the house, but failed in the Senate. In 1923, Chapter 6 of the Session Laws added “the day that may be appointed by the Governor as Labor Day” as a holiday in State Statute. Read more on the legislative history of Labor Day in Wyoming Legislation, one of the Wyoming State Library’s six digital collections.

Featured in GoWYLD: Gale Resources for Back-to-School



It’s back-to-school time again and we’re sharing some links to resources from Gale that teachers and students will find helpful.

Learn more and find resources to promote the Gale databases to your patrons.

Libraries should have received their mini-marketing kit by email to promote this resource to patrons. If you would like to be either added to or removed from our monthly email list for the mini-marketing kits, contact Susan Mark at susan.mark@wyo.gov or (307) 777-5915.

2018-19 Wyoming School Library Statistics Released



Second grade student at Dildine Elementary during the 2018 Wyoming Snapshot Day event.

The numbers are in: the results of the Wyoming School Library Survey 2018-19 have been released and may be found on the Wyoming State Library statistics page.

Annually, the Wyoming State Library conducts a voluntary survey of school libraries to collect basic information on staffing, budgets, student use of the library, and other measures. A large body of research has shown that a strong school library program — with sufficient staffing, collections, and budget — is associated with higher student test scores.

The response rate for this year’s survey was lower than in 2017-18. There are several possible contributors to the decline, including high staff turnover, and school closures, as well as a trend in staffing school libraries with non-certificated personnel

Questions about the survey, or about other school library issues, may be directed to Paige Bredenkamp, WSL School Library Consultant, at paige.bredenkamp@wyo.gov or (307) 777-6331.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of August 26



Free, online, continuing education events for the week of August 26 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, Aug 27 (11-12 pm)
Funding Information Network (FIN) Information Session (GrantSpace)
Join Brian Schultz, manager of the Funding Information Network at Foundation Center by Candid, to learn how the Funding Information Network program can help your nonprofit resource center, community foundation, or library support your local nonprofit and small business economy. You’ll learn about the key components of the program package, including Foundation Directory Online, grantseeking training guides, and our upcoming certification modules.

Tuesday, Aug 27 (11-12 pm)
How to Drive Donor Engagement with Social Media Storytelling (Network for Good)
For nonprofits to effectively raise money and build community on social media requires thoughtful, strategic, and consistent effort and a boatload of creativity. In this workshop, social media and digital fundraising expert Julia Campbell will walk you through the secrets to successful donor relations with social media.

Tuesday, Aug 27 (12-1 pm)
Hittin’ the Books: Back to School Titles for Your Students (Booklist)
Going back to school can be tough. Luckily, we have a team of experts to help soften the blow with some amazing back to school titles that will get readers excited for the new year! Join us August 27 at 1PM Central to hear from representatives at Books on Tape, Scholastic Library and Penguin Random House Canada about new books that will keep students reading outside of the classroom!

Tuesday, Aug 27 (12-1 pm)
Raise More Money by Automating the Right Message at the Right Time (techsoup)
This webinar will use case studies to show how data, careful segmentation, and automation combine to deliver the right message, to the right supporter, at the right time. We’ll see how this results in greater revenue for the organization.

Tuesday, Aug 27 (1-2 pm)
Library technology planning for today and tomorrow (OCLC)
This webinar will help libraries create a framework for their technology planning and introduce the tools and decisions that need to be incorporated into a working plan. Join us to learn how to successfully develop and implement a practical technology plan that can help move your library and community forward.

Wednesday, Aug 28 (9-10 am)
Finding Your Way as a New Supervisor (Indiana State Library)
Congratulations, you’re a new supervisor! But, now what?  You have so much to learn. The facility, policies, not to mention the staff…  It seems so overwhelming.  How can you possibly get your head around all of it?  This session will provide a good roadmap for managing the learning curve of what you need to know in your new position. You will also be given plenty of encouraging tips to help you along your journey.

Wednesday, Aug 28 (11-12 pm)
NCompass Live: Eliminating Late Fines is a Win-Win for Your Library and Community (Nebraska Library Commission)
In this session, Beth and Meg will review the research and results from the growing number of libraries across the country that have ditched late fines and coaxed new and former users to their doors. They will share talking points, tips, and an advocacy tool you can use to build a case to eliminate fines in your library.

Wednesday, Aug 28 (12-1 pm)
How to Scale Ed-Tech Innovations in Your Schools (Education Week)
To implement ed-tech initiatives, like personalized learning or 1-to-1 device initiatives, across a school or a district, education leaders need to communicate a clear vision, reach across silos and foster a culture of innovation. Our guests will lay out steps to help create transformative ed-tech initiatives at scale.

Wednesday, Aug 28 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Tips for Navigating in Today’s Data-Driven World (Firespring)
Technology has made it exceedingly easy to access and use consumer data. This has led marketers, fundraisers and digital leaders to learn and cultivate their audiences like never before. But with this wealth of information at our fingertips, what’s next? We explore the intricacies of how to manage data in order to keep trust with consumers, followers and donors as well as efficiently utilize the information at hand.

Wednesday, Aug 28 (1-2 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. So join us for a fun and informative webinar, and of course, it will include some sources of hobby and vacation information for your users who speak other languages.

Wednesday, Aug 28 (2-3 pm)
Support Positive Literacy Outcomes with Large Print (edWeb)
In this edWebinar we will be sharing results from a Project Tomorrow efficacy and feedback study to evaluate the impact of using Thorndike Press large print books on 4th – 11th graders at 15 schools representing a diverse set of communities. Learn the benefits associated with the effective usage of large print from the perspectives of students, teachers, librarians, and administrators, including relationships with academic outcomes, as well as a regular print comparison.

Thursday, Aug 29 (11-12 pm)
SocialGov Talks: Leveraging Pop Culture With Paul Lester of the DOE (DigitalGov)
Join Paul Lester, Digital Content Specialist for the Department of Energy (DOE), to discuss how DOE leveraged the popular TV show, “Stranger Things” as a conversation starter about the agency’s mission and work using digital media (social media, blog, podcast, etc.). Mr. Lester will also discuss how he got management buy-in to use a pop culture phenomenon to promote the agency’s work.

Thursday, Aug 29 (12-1 pm)
Danger in the Comfort Zone: How to change when change isn’t coming naturally (Colorado State Library)
Rationally we know that change is imminent and to stay relevant we must adapt quickly, but emotionally we want to stay in our “comfort zone.”  In this session you will learn how to change when change doesn’t come naturally by mastering new habits and skills.  After all, for things to change, somebody has to start acting differently. Maybe it’s you, maybe it’s your team.

Thursday, Aug 29 (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.

YALSA Announces TeenTober



From the American Library Association

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)’s new, month-long celebration will be named TeenTober and will take place every October. In June, a naming contest was held for the celebration and teens across the nation voted and selected “TeenTober” as their top choice.

TeenTober is a new, nationwide celebration hosted by libraries every October and aims to celebrate teens, promote year-round teen services and the innovative ways teen services helps teens learn new skills, and fuel their passions in and outside the library. TeenTober replaces YALSA’s previous Teen Read Week™ and Teen Tech Week™ celebrations, allowing libraries the flexibility to choose what to celebrate (digital literacy, reading, technology, writing, etc) and the length of time for each celebration.

Library staff are encouraged to use this new celebration to advocate for and raise awareness of the importance of year-round teen services in libraries. Digital marketing materials will be available for free download soon.

The mission of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is to support library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens ‒ especially those with the greatest needs ‒ on the path to successful and fulfilling lives. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to www.ala.org/yalsa, or contact the YALSA office by phone at (800) 545-2433 ext. 4390 or by email at yalsa@ala.org.

PLA Resources for Serving Homeless Patrons



Libraries are open and welcoming to all, including the most vulnerable in our society, leaving library staff sometimes doubling as social workers. The Public Library Association is actively working in this arena to provide resources to help libraries best serve homeless and other marginalized patrons.

In a series of interactive virtual forums, a rotating panel consisting of members of the PLA Social Worker Task Force will answer questions related to social work in public libraries. This is an opportunity to learn from the experts and engage with your peers on social service issues facing public libraries today. Attendees are encouraged to share their experiences and ask questions throughout the session.The next forum is scheduled for Tuesday, September 10, from 1-1:30 p.m. MDT. The event is free but you must register to get the call information. Register here.

There is a PLA Social Work Interest Group on ALA Connect. This is a space to help answer your questions, have important conversations, and provide resources that can help your library provide the best service to patrons. You do not need to be a PLA or American Library Association member to join the interest group. However, you will need a free ALA Connect login.

PLA also maintains a list of resources for serving persons experiencing homelessness.

Finally, the PLA Social Work Task Force is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, September 24. Participants will be charged a fee for this webinar, and registration is not yet open. Visit www.pla.org for registration updates and more information.