Monthly Archives: September 2019

Featured in GoWYLD: Intellectual Property Law

Let’s face it. Intellectual property law can be confusing, even overwhelming. That’s why we’ve put together helpful guides to basic information about patent, trademark, and copyright law.

Learn more and find resources to promote intellectual property resources to your patrons.

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Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of September 30

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of September 30 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, Sept. 30 (1-2 pm)
Marketing the Library (Tech Trends/Fall 2019) (School Library Journal)
Description:Doing good work is one thing, getting out the word about your library is important, too, drawing users, as well as critical support from the community. Our expert panel will provide case scenarios, with practical tips on marketing from pros in school and public libraries. Session 1 of TECH TRENDS/FALL 2019.

Tuesday, Oct 1 (9-10 am)
Business Liaison Librarians: Creating and Connecting Communities (Indiana State Library)
In the public library setting, business liaison librarians focus much of their time upon building relationships within the community on behalf of the library. Learn about the public library services and large-scale events offered by the business librarian, in addition to strategies on how to engage effectively within various community groups in order to encourage and enhance their use of library resources.

Tuesday, Oct 1 (10-11 am)
What data does your community need the most? (Washington State Library)
As government publishes more of its data online, libraries can provide expert guidance about what information to prioritize. But what data does the community need most, and what are the challenges to getting that data published? Hear what public libraries in Washington State are doing to get community-centered data online, and learn about the latest research on local data needs.

Tuesday, Oct 1 (11-12 pm)
4 Ways to Rock Your Year-End Fundraising (Network for Good)
Join Barbara O’Reilly, CFRE, Principal of Windmill Hill Consulting, to learn 4 ways to focus and prioritize your year-end outreach to maximize your efforts and build a strong donor engagement strategy for 2020.

Tuesday, Oct 1 (12-1 pm)
Telling the American Story with the U.S. Census: Teaching with Real Data (Association of College and Research Libraries)
Census data tells the American story. By exploring how the United States has changed—and is changing—students and researchers are not only able to examine large demographic and geographic shifts, but also intimate personal histories and changing neighborhoods. Professor Rebecca C. Hyde shows how students can tell these stories and more using Social Explorer, a data visualization and mapping tool currently enhancing over 350 research libraries in the U.S. With the census in the news daily, this is a timely webinar for all data and social science librarians, and for anyone interested in examining the patterns that emerge from massive, longitudinal data sets.

Tuesday, Oct 1 (12-1 pm)
Brilliant Book Club Picks (Booklist)
In this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from Penguin Random House Library Marketing and Workman Publishing will cut through the vast sea of new releases to spotlight forthcoming adult titles destined for book group super-stardom. The program will also include essential tips from Stephanie Saba—coauthor of Book Club Reboot (ALA Editions) and the community program supervisor at San Mateo County Libraries—to reenergize your reading group and inspire your patrons.

Tuesday, Oct 1 (12-1 pm)
Picture Perfect: Books for the Youngest Readers (School Library Journal)
Little eyes love big pictures! Join this webcast as publishing insiders discuss an assorted collection of titles to help your young readers explore life lessons, educational concepts and giggle-worthy humor.

Tuesday, Oct 1 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Instructional Design for the Real World (InSync Training)
Join in for a fast, fun tour of quick tools and tricks that will support rapid instructional design, cut to the heart of needs analysis, and improve communication with subject matter experts and managers and others requesting training solutions.

Wednesday, Oct 2 (12-1 pm)
If You Share It, Will They Come? Quantifying and Characterizing Reuse of Biomedical Research Data (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This talk will provide a deeper understanding of the impacts of shared biomedical research data by answering the question “what happens with datasets once they are shared?” This talk also considers patterns of data reuse over time and the topics of the most highly reused datasets to determine whether it is possible to predict which datasets will go on to be highly reused over time.

Wednesday, Oct 2 (1-2 pm)
Get Your Board to Help You Fundraise—Even if They Don’t Wanna! (Firespring)
Are you a nonprofit trying to fundraise? You have a board—and believe it or not, your board should function as a fundraising machine. If it runs more like a college clunker than a luxury sedan, this webinar’s for you.

Wednesday, Oct 2 (1-2 pm)
Planning a Palooza: Creating Collaborative Training Opportunities for Library Staff (Infopeople)
In this webinar, the planners and organizers of the Adult Programming Palooza will share how this model can be implemented to create a collaborative training experience for library staff. They will describe the foundations of planning a palooza including location and scalability, format and intended outcomes, and how to go about inviting presenters to be part of the training event. Presenters will cover step-by-step how to go about implementing a palooza, gathering supplies and preparing the space.

Thursday, Oct 3 (12-1 pm)
Scholarship Versus Secrecy and Fake News—Primary Sources in an Age of Misinformation (Association of College and Research Libraries/ProQuest)
Area 51, nuclear capabilities, shredded documents, WMDs, Trump’s meetings with Putin. You’ve heard about these events in the media…but what’s the real story behind them? Join Tom Blanton, Director of the NSA, to hear fascinating stories about declassified U.S. government documents obtained through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests from the independent non-governmental National Security Archive (NSA) at George Washington University.

Thursday, Oct 3 (12-1 pm)
Practical Book Repair (Connecting to Collections Care)
This webinar will cover basic book structure, damage assessment, cost effective decision-making regarding repairs, appropriates supplies and techniques for basic repair of bound volumes, periodicals and pamphlets.

Thursday, Oct 3 (12-1 pm)
How to Develop Healthy Living Programs through Shared Use Partnerships (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This webinar gives you the information you need to bring shared use partnerships to your library. We’ll go over how to reach out to potential partners, how to develop memorandums of understanding, how to work through perceptions of legal liability, and how to institutionalize shared use agreements. The focus will be on shared use agreements to increase healthy living practices, particularly around Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL).

Thursday, Oct 3 (4-5 pm)
Mental Health and Self-Esteem through Digital Portfolios (edWeb)
This edWebinar will examine how the use of digital portfolios can help students who have mental health issues. This edWebinar will be of particular benefit to kindergarten through high school teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders. There will be time to have your questions answered at the end of the presentation.

Friday, Oct 4 (10-11 am)
Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents… Advertising Government Documents: Simple and Easy Ways to Raise Awareness of Collections (North Carolina Library Association)
The Government Resources Section of the North Carolina Library Association welcomes you to a series of webinars designed to help us increase our familiarity with government information. All are welcome because government information wants to be free. This webinar will highlight many of the fun, easy and inexpensive ideas that any library can use to promote government resources.

Free Library Continuing Education Events for October

site logoThe October 2019 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with one online conference, 70 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

Keep the Light on for #BannedBooksWeek

The Wyoming State Library can help you “Keep the Light On” during Banned Books Week and throughout the year with resources from the WSL’s professional library science collection, available at our location or through interlibrary loan. Visit our catalog and search for “intellectual freedom” or “banned books” for some good titles. If you need assistance finding items in the collection or finding other resources on intellectual freedom, contact the WSL’s Library Development Manager Brian Greene at or (307) 777-6339.

Is your library facing a book challenge? Janice Grover-Roosa, Director of the Western Wyoming Community College Hay Library, is the Wyoming Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Advisor. She provides services to association members and all Wyoming libraries on questions of intellectual freedom. Contact her for help at or (307) 382-1701.

The American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom has a wealth of resources on their site both to be ready if someone wants a book removed from your shelves and to respond if it happens.

Always remember: the best time to decide how to handle a book challenge is before it ever happens. Take advantage of the resources available to you and be ready to defend intellectual freedom in your library.

National History Day Resources from the National Archives

Reposted from the National Archives

Hundreds of primary sources and teaching activities are available on the new DocsTeach National History Day page devoted to the 2020 NHD theme: Breaking Barriers in History.

DocsTeach is the online tool for teaching with documents from the National Archives. The NHD page is one of several Popular Topics pages.

You can use this special DocsTeach page to help your students prepare for this year’s National History Day contest. Choose teaching activities to get them thinking about breaking barriers. And share primary sources for possible NHD topics.

Primary Sources for Possible “Breaking Barriers” Topics

Teaching Activities

Access online teaching activities related to Breaking Barriers in History:

  • the space program
  • women’s suffrage
  • civil rights
  • integration
  • foreign relations
  • westward expansion

Find these and other topics on the DocsTeach NHD page!

Access even more resources for National History Day from the National Archives at

Images, from top to bottom:

The White House Lit in Rainbow Colors, 6/26/2015; Records of the White House Photo Office; Barack Obama Presidential Library. 

“Open for Business” by Clifford Berryman, 8/15/1914; Records of the U.S. Senate.

Mission Concept Diagram of Project Gemini, ca. 1962; Records of the U.S. Senate.

A West German Chips Off a Piece of the Berlin Wall, 11/14/1989; Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics, 1936; Records of the U.S. Information Agency.

Paw Patrol on the Road in Wyoming

High fives all around with the Paw Patrol at Johnson County Library.
Paw Patrol visiting Sweetwater County Library System.

Want a little more “pawsitivity” at your library? The State Library has Paw Patrol costumes available to Wyoming libraries. They’re great for programming, parties, community engagement, advocacy, fundraising, making new friends, and more! To borrow the Paw Patrol costumes, contact Robyn Hinds at the WSL at or (307) 777-7282. If Robyn is unavailable, you may always call our main desk at (307) 777-6333.

The pups have been appearing around the state, including at the Sweetwater County Library System and the Johnson County Library. See the photos below, see what those library directors have to say, and contact Robyn to get on the schedule and bring Paw Patrol to your library.

Sweetwater County Library System

Sweetwater County Library System held a Paw Patrol event at the Green River Library in January 2018 and one at the White Mountain Library in Rock Springs in April 2018. Both drew 300 or more attendees. The library partnered with the Rock Springs Fire Department for the White Mountain Library event.

“When we are forever trying to come up with the next big and amazing program to bring people to the library, this is too easy,” said Jason Grubb, Library Director.

“People come because they want to see the characters. Find a date, find some people to wear the costumes — we used volunteers — and promote the event.” Jason said organization and preparation are simple. He recommends a craft for people to do while waiting to see the characters and a brief safety message that the local fire department can provide.

Sweetwater County has also brought in Clifford, Give a Mouse a Cookie, and one of the Wild Things in addition to the Paw Patrol. “We order costumes frequently and do nothing more than advertise the event as ‘come out and meet them,’” Jason said. “Our community is extremely receptive to these type of events.”

Johnson County Library

Library Director Steve Rzasa said Johnson County Library had their visit with the Paw Patrol a while back and the kids had a blast! Cynthia Twing and Megan Herold donned the costumes.

Who’s behind the masks?
Why, it’s Megan Herold and Cynthia Twing!
Big hugs with the Paw Patrol.

Crocker Named Director of Albany County Public Library

Rachel Crocker

The Albany County Public Library Board of Directors has named Rachel Crocker as ACPL’s new library director. Crocker previously held the role of assistant library director, and she served as interim library director since May. Rachel joined the ACPL staff in January 2018.

“Rachel has impressed me the last 18 months as an assistant and interim director,” ACPL Board Chairman, Scott Shoop, said. “She has the intelligence, leadership, and management skills to be very successful in this position.”

Rachel has ample strategic planning and visioning experience, as well as sound knowledge of the three branches of Albany County Public Library and of the Albany County community. She’s taken a lead on budget preparation and library operations during her time at ACPL. Her financial and organizational management skillset are an asset to the library.

“Working with the staff over the last 18 months to serve our community has been such a pleasure, and I’m thrilled to take on this new role,” Rachel said. “I look forward to working with the staff, board, and community to continue the library’s great work and to create a vision for how we can best serve and adapt to the growth and changes in Albany County.”

Rachel graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming and a master’s degree from Denver University. She formerly worked for Kansas State University teaching library instruction classes, doing community outreach, and conducting reference.

She also worked at IREX, an international education nonprofit, facilitating discussion and leading planning to assist public libraries in eight countries. Rachel’s skills helped libraries to develop initiatives that matched community needs. She worked primarily in the Philippines and Nigeria for the project.

ALA Launches Campaign Against E-book Embargo

From the American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) and Public Library Association (PLA) announced a public campaign in response to recent efforts to limit library access to e-books. In a press conference held at the Nashville Public Library during the 2019 Digital Book World conference, ALA debuted an online petition at for members of the public to urge Macmillan Publishers CEO John Sargent to reverse the proposed embargo on e-books sold to libraries.

Macmillan’s proposed business model would affect the availability of their titles through the cloudLibrary and Overdrive platforms used by Wyoming libraries.

ALA has denounced Macmillan’s embargo and mobilized opposition to it using the social media hashtag #eBooksForAll since the publisher announced the embargo in July. Under Macmillan’s new pricing model, a library may purchase one copy upon release of a new title in e-book format, after which the publisher will impose an eight-week embargo on additional copies of that title sold to the library. The additional copies will then be available for two years of access.

October is American Archives Month

The Wyoming State Archives will celebrate American Archives Month in October with a special public lecture and participation in two national campaigns to promote awareness about archives.

On Tuesday, October 15, at 6:30 p.m., Rick Ewig, former Associate Director of the American Heritage Center, will present “Ira Hanna: Cheyenne’s Around-the-Clock Mayor.” Ewig’s talk will explore bribery, corruption, and gambling by the mayor of Cheyenne and its chief of police, culminating in a 1944 trial and prison sentence for all involved.

Ask an Archivist Day is October 2. Archivists at the State Archives (@WyoArchives) will be responding to questions from around the country via Twitter. Use the hashtag #AskanArchivist and challenge them! This is part of a campaign sponsored by the Society of American Archivists.

Electronic Records Day is on October 10. Sponsored by the Council of State Archivists, the purpose of Electronic Records Day is to raise community awareness of digital records and the need to manage and preserve them.

The public is invited to visit the Wyoming State Archives at 2301 Central Ave. in Cheyenne to discover the many resources available for family and local history, academic research, or just personal curiosity about Wyoming history. Visit their website at and explore the online resources listed under the Find It in the Archives tab.

American Archives Month is a collaborative effort by professional organizations and repositories around the nation to highlight the importance of records of enduring value. Archivists are professionals who assess, collect, organize, preserve, maintain control of, and provide access to information that has lasting value, and they help people find and understand the information they need in those records.

For more information, contact Kathy Marquis, Interim State Archivist at the Wyoming State Archives at or (307) 777-8691.

The Wyoming State Archives is accessible according to the Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines. If you require special assistance, please contact the Wyoming State Archives at (307) 777-7826.