Monthly Archives: October 2019

Are You Ready for a Data Adventure?

Reposted from Library Research Service

The next Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) national event will occur July 12-15, 2020, at the Eaglewood Resort in the Chicago suburb of Itasca, Illinois.

RIPL began in 2015 as an immersive, bootcamp-style event for public library staff to learn practical methods for gathering, analyzing, and using data for planning, management, and communicating impact. Now, after three national events and more than 25 regional events, it’s time for the next wave.

The 2020 national event will debut a new curriculum and format, tailored to meeting the needs of those just getting started with data and evaluation as well as data geeks, and for people new to RIPL as well as RIPL alumni. Longer breakout sessions (2.5 hours) will enable participants to explore topics in more depth. What’s not changing? Hands-on, experiential learning; an immersive, camp-like experience (with better accommodations!); and the opportunity to connect with instructors and library staff from around the US and beyond who are passionate about creating data-powered libraries.

The RIPL 2020 website is now live and provides information about the registration fee and other details: will open February 3, 2020.

RIPL 2020 and RIPL Regional Opportunities:

Up to 15 people will be selected to serve as facilitators at RIPL 2020. Both RIPL alumni and those who are new to the event are welcome to apply. You can find out more information about this opportunity here. The application deadline is November 22, 2019.

Do you work in a rural and small public library and want to attend RIPL 2020? Fifteen scholarships are available to staff working in rural and small libraries that cover the registration fee, lodging, all meals during the event, and up to $600 in travel expenses. Learn more about this opportunity here. The application deadline is November 22, 2019.

Don’t want to wait until summer 2020 to attend a RIPL event? There are regional events this winter and spring in Paradise Valley, Arizona (January 22-23, 2020) and Columbia, South Carolina (March 31-April 1, 2020). Regional events are scaled-down versions of the national events (2 days, 2-4 instructors, and up to 75 participants), that provide the training necessary to begin using data and evaluation for managing, planning, and communicating impact. Registration opens November 1 for both events.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Wyoming library staff may also want to consider applying for a Carol McMurry Library Endowment Grant for Continuing Education if financial assistance is needed.

New in the WSL Collection

The Wyoming State Library has resources available for librarians both in our professional library science collection and our Patent and Trademark Resource Center collection. Search our catalog to find titles, or contact us for assistance at or (307) 777-6333. Here’s what’s new from October:

 October Books Added

Intellectual property and information rights for librarians
Schlipp, John,
Santa Barbara, California : Libraries Unlimited, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2019]

Free Library Continuing Education Events for November

site logoThe November 2019 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with one online conference, 72 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

SirsiDynix Offering Free, Online Conference

Register now for SirsiDynix’s Connections Summit to be held November 12-15, 2019. This is a free, online conference specifically for libraries and their staff, held annually. 

The summit is not just for SirsiDynix customers — it will feature more than 100 concise, fast-paced sessions given by industry experts and thought leaders. View the agenda to see the offerings. Attendees can pop in for just a session or two and will also be able to stream it on-demand later.

The first two days, November 12-13, 2019, are open to everyone and will include sessions on going fine free, current and future library trends, wholehearted librarianship, team building and management, fundraising, inspiring stories and more! November 14-15 will feature ILS-specific content for SirsiDynix customers.

Featured in GoWYLD: Pronunciator

Ever think about learning a new language? Pronunciator makes the process easy and fun. Choose from over 100 languages, and check out their huge selection of ESL courses, films, quizzes, and drills.

Learn more and find resources to promote this resource to your patrons.

Libraries should have received their mini-marketing kit by email for this month’s feature. 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 or (307) 777-5915.

Free Continuing Education Events for October 28-31

Free, online, continuing education events for October 28-31 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, Oct 29 (12-1 pm)
The Books are Afoot (Booklist)
October has been the instigator for many things— howling winds accompanied by mysterious figures; hounds running amok in Baskerville; and now, Booklist’s mystery webinar! Join us 10/29 when we hear from Books on Tape/Listening Library, HarperCollins Publishers, Severn House, and Oceanview Publishers about the latest mysteries creeping on the shelves this fall!

Wednesday, Oct 30 (9-10 am)
Pretty Sweet Tech (Nebraska Library Commission)
New special monthly episodes of NCompass Live! Join the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Amanda Sweet, as she guides us through the world of library-related Pretty Sweet Tech.

Wednesday, Oct 30 (12-1 pm)
We Stories: Diversity in Children’s Literature at the Library (Georgia Library Association)
Research of family habits indicates that the vast majority of white families rarely, if ever, talk about race at home. At the same time, many library patrons from minority groups observe and report that there are few books for children that are culturally relevant and reflective of their lives. St. Louis County Library initiated a partnership with a local organization that aimed at addressing both of these deficits. Learn how the collaboration between a non-profit and the public library evolved and the results of this collaboration.

Wednesday, Oct 30 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Finding Grants (GrantSpace)
Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course.

Wednesday, Oct 30 (1-2 pm)
Public Libraries Partner to Respond to the Opioid Crisis (WebJunction)
As communities across the country experience the impact of the opioid epidemic, public library staff are finding themselves on the front line of this public health crisis. How should libraries engage? Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Epidemic with Their Community is an IMLS-funded project led by OCLC and PLA to expand libraries’ capacity to support their communities. The project studied a diverse set of communities where the library is an active partner in addressing the epidemic and facilitated discussions with library leaders and a range of government, public health, and community organizations. Presenters will share insights gained from the case studies and emerging practices, opportunities, and challenges, and share resources to help library staff guide their libraries’ response to the opioid crisis. This is the first in a series of webinars on this topic, highlighting the project findings.

Communication Tips for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Patrons

Jo Otterholt

By Jo Otterholt, Resource Specialist
Wyoming Services for the Deaf Library

Our communities are becoming more aware of the diversity of the people that make-up their neighborhood. Libraries are a natural gathering place for neighbors, friends, and family members to greet each other and share resources. But how do libraries make sure that the person who does not hear well feels welcomed to share the same resources, when it is difficult for them to communicate? Libraries can make this person feel welcomed with a simple greeting wave and smile. But what else can you do to enhance this relationship?

  • Speak to the individual and not their interpreter or companion.
  • A deaf person may have preference for communication: interpreter, speech-read, pen/paper, mobile device, sign language, speaking for themselves, and maybe even gestures.
  • What worked for the last deaf patron, may not work for the next one.
  • Remember the deaf person is working hard to understand you, be patient and flexible to follow their lead of communication mode.
  • Don’t throw things at the deaf person to get their attention, a light tap or two on the shoulder will work. Or a gentle wave works too. If you need to get a group of deaf people’s attention, slowly turn off and on a light switch; fast toggling of the switch means there is an emergency situation.
  • Make sure you are fully engaged in the conversation: by facing each other, having adequate lighting, and be sure your mouth-lips-and-eyes area is not covered.
  • Don’t cover your mouth with finger or hand, chew gum or food, smoke, or even chew on a toothpick when conversing with a deaf person who is trying to speech-read.
  • A good speech-reader is only able to see 30% or fewer words or syllables of English words on the mouth. The other 70% of utterances, are unseen sounds made in the throat area. A good speech-reader is usually very knowledgeable of spoken language, and a good guesser from the context of the topic.
  • Be aware of what the rest of your body language is doing while a deaf person is communicating with you — jiggling your leg, hands in pockets, eyes focused somewhere else. Don’t fake it — be a natural listener. Your eyes and body are more honest of your sincerity than your ‘talk.’
  • If the deaf person asks for you to repeat something, do so. However, after repeating the same phrase 2-3 times, rephrase what you are saying. (“That dog is fast”, rephrased to, “That’s a fast dog.”)
  • Don’t shout! It looks aggressive and sometimes is scary. Speak in a clearly enunciated, normal-paced manner of your usual speaking voice. Only increase the volume of your voice, if you are asked to.
  • Be aware of noises and lighting around you. You may need to move to a quieter place, or away from a dark area and flashing lights.
  • Deaf people like to laugh, even if you have to repeat, share your jokes or teasing with them.
  • Don’t use inappropriate slang gestures or words, unless you explain their meaning first.
  • If you should suddenly need to move or leave, tell the deaf person what is happening or where you are going. Remember they didn’t/can’t hear that you were paged on the intercom, or that the fire alarm just went off.
  • Make sure areas in your environment are clearly marked with signs, so the deaf person doesn’t have to ask directions and can maintain their independence. The sign should have a simple icon on it in addition to the printed word.
  • Use two pencils and a notepad or paper for communicating in writing. Sharing paper AND a pencil can be cumbersome, whereas it is easy to pass the paper back and forth, while keeping the pencil in your hand.
  • Mobile devices are increasingly being used as a communication tool. If a deaf person prefers to speak, s/he may use a mobile app that provides text from speech on the screen via Live Transcript or Otter apps. Or they may use the mobile device to connect to an interpreter, who is signing what you are saying and providing audio for what the deaf person signs. Follow their lead. After all, the deaf person communicates everyday with hearing people, whereas this may be your only deaf person to communicate with today or week.
  • Have a sign language dictionary handy for the deaf person to use should they ask for one. (See a list of recommended dictionaries below.)
  • If you have a TV playing, make sure that closed captioning is on. Consider playing a sign language DVD.
  • Consider designating a computer with Google Hangouts with closed caption turned on, or adding a captioned phone in your library for your deaf clients use.
  • If you have a public meeting planned in the library that you know your deaf patron would like to attend, contract for an sign language interpreter, or provide a mobile device/or laptop for the deaf person to read the transcription on. Ask the deaf person their preference. You will need to download a reliable app such as Live Transcribe or Otter. If you plan to record from this transcription app, let all attendees know at beginning of meeting. You may opt to provide a print-out of the transcription to all attendees.

Following are some free apps that your patron may be using, or you may want to check out for yourself:

  • Live Transcribe – free from Google Play (voice to print)
  • Otter – free for both Apple and Google Play (voice to print)
  • InnoCaption – both Apple and Google Play (voice to print)
  • Skype – Video + audio calls on mobile device from both Apple and Google Play
  • P3 Mobile for Androids – make phone calls with help from signing and voice interpreters
  • Convo Mobile – free video relay services for Apple and Android
  • Speech2RTT – free from Google Play (voice to print)
  • Connect by BeWarned – speech to text from Google Play only


  • Gordon, Jean. The Gallaudet Children’s Dictionary of American Sign Language,
  • Valli, Clayton. The Gallaudet Dictionary of American Sign Language
  • Sternberg, Martin L.A. American Sign Language: A Comprehensive Dictionary.

Jo Otterholt and her twin were born with bi-lateral profound hearing loss, which was not discovered until they were four-years-old. They were educated in the days before Special Education was available in schools. Now they both wear cochlear implants. Jo works for the Wyoming Department of Education at the Wyoming Services for the Deaf Library in Casper.

Scholarship Funds Available for MPLA Leadership Institute

The Wyoming Library Association Awards/Grants Committee has announced that scholarship funds are available for Wyoming library employees accepted into the Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA) Leadership Institute.

The Debbie Iverson MPLA Scholarship was established in 2008 by Debbie Iverson, when she retired from Sheridan College. The purpose of this fund is to help Wyoming library employees further their leadership skills at the MPLA Leadership Institute.

Applications to the Institute are due by November December 15, 2019, so time is limited. If you have applied, or are interested in applying, this is a scholarship fund to consider. The MPLA Leadership Institute is held every two years.

To be eligible for scholarship funds for this purpose, an applicant must apply to MPLA directly, be accepted into the MPLA Leadership Institute, and show verification of acceptance into the program, to the WLA Awards/Grants Committee.

Questions? Contact Anna Street, WLA Awards/Grants Committee Chair, at

Library of Congress Launches Constitution Annotated

The Library of Congress launched a new website — — for the Constitution Annotated, the authoritative source for how the Supreme Court has interpreted the Nation’s governing document.

With advanced search tools and a modern user-friendly interface, the new website makes the 3,000 pages of the Constitution Annotated fully searchable and accessible for the first time to online audiences, including Congress, legal scholars, law students, and anyone interested in U.S. constitutional law. Learn more.

Download Women’s Suffrage Posters

Last month, Rightfully Hers pop-up displays from the National Archives began arriving at schools and cultural institutions nationwide. The display contains simple messages about the expansion of the vote to millions of women, before and after the 19th amendment, and its impact today.

If you didn’t receive one, you can download the high-resolution posters for your school or institution from the U.S. National Archives website.

The ratification of the 19th Amendment was a landmark moment in American history that dramatically changed the electorate. It enshrined in the United States Constitution fuller citizenship for women and a more expansive democracy for the nation.