Monthly Archives: January 2020

Free Library Continuing Education Events for February

site logoThe February 2020 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with 93 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

New Space Planned for Rawlins Library

Reposted with permission from the Rawlins Daily Times
By Ellen Fike, Special to the Times

It was a little surprising when the staff of the Carbon County Library System branch in Rawlins found out that a big move was in their future.

After nearly 40 years of being housed on the second floor of the Carbon Building, the library will at some point move down to the ground floor of the administrative building. While it will technically be physically smaller, CCLS executive director Jacob Mickelsen believes this might be the best way to move the library forward.

“I was apprehensive about losing square footage, but since the design plans have come out, we’re going to make much better use out of our space downstairs,” he said. “We’re going to add some significant features, like a maker-space or as I call it, a ‘creation station.’ Casper has one like it that they installed about a year ago and it’s really impressive.”

The move is in conjunction with the sixth penny tax, which is intended to generate funds for projects all over the county. Around $27.5 million is designated to remodel the Carbon Building and the courthouse. The library’s funds will come out of the allotment.

With the move, patrons will no longer have to use either the steep staircase or infamously slow elevator inside the building to access the library. They will enter through an outdoor plaza, instead.

There will be designated spaces for children, teens and adults, as well as a Wyoming history room and a computer lab.

Mickelsen believes that by making the library more physically accessible, the staff will see an increase in foot traffic. Being on the ground floor of an administrative building will help, since anyone stopping into treasurer’s office can swing by the library to pick up a book or surf the internet. Currently, around 100 people visit the Rawlins branch per day.

When the move was announced, the library staff held a public survey to see what people would like to see or leave behind with the move. One concern popped up again and again.

“People seem to be really worried that we’re going to get rid of all the books,” Mickelsen said. “That is not ever going to happen. Now, we might change things up and get rid of things that aren’t of any use anymore. For example, we have car manuals taking up quite a bit shelf space. They’re really taking up room when they’re not that useful anymore. This is an instance when the internet is a preferred source.”

He also pointed out how the sale of print books has increased every year for nearly a decade, so no one should be concerned that books are considered a relic of a time gone by.

Mickelsen also noted that some expressed concern that by moving the library down to the ground floor, it was a way of showing the staff and the community that the library wasn’t a concern and being put on the back-burner. However, he feels that by getting a new, remodeled library, the county is showing just how important the CCLS is to the community.

He described how a library is essentially the last place in a community where a person can spend time and not be expected to spend money. People can come in, enjoy the heating (or air conditioning) and flip through books, use the internet, or just sit in a chair and relax for a little while.

But for those averse to change, the move isn’t going to happen quite yet.

“In a project that has around 15 phases, we’re in phase two or three,” Mickelsen said. “We’ve got plans drawn up and we’re working with architects, but I’m not sure if we’re quite in the contractor stage yet.”

Right now, he feels positive about the future of the library system, which includes seven other locations besides Rawlins. These libraries include Hanna, Encampment, and Saratoga. It’s been a mission of the Carbon County commissioners to keep all eight up and running, and Mickelsen said he and his staff are dedicated to that. He even noted that if they receive any budget increases in the future, that money will go toward paying the staff and keeping the libraries open longer.

“We can have all the cool stuff in the world, but it won’t matter if the library isn’t open,” he said.

Legislative Reception Potluck Reminder

Only three weeks remain! If you’re planning to attend the 2020 Wyoming Library Association Legislative Reception, please consider bringing a potluck dish. WLA is still in need of entreés, sides, desserts, salads, and options for restrictive diets (gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, vegan- and vegetarian-friendly, etc.). This event would Flounder without your help, so Scuttle on over to the sign-up list today!

Contact Jessica Dawkins at or (307) 777-6337 to sign up for food donations. Cash donations to the Wyoming Library Association are also welcome; please contact Abby Beaver, WLA President, at (307) 777-5913 or

We hope to see you the evening of Thursday, February 20, in Cheyenne!

Helping Patrons Apply for Census Jobs

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting over 500,000 people to fill temporary positions in every county across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count. Libraries are fantastic and trusted resources for job seekers, especially in rural communities. The American Library Association’s How Can My Library Increase Awareness of 2020 Census Hiring? flyer says, “Helping the Census Bureau reach out to identify and hire qualified, culturally competent workers in every community — people who know the community’s neighborhoods and speak relevant languages — will also contribute to achieving an inclusive, accurate and complete count.”

According to the interactive 2020 Census recruitment map, every county in Wyoming is still in need of census enumerators. Teton County and Weston County have the fewest census enumerators hired, but 14 out of 23 counties only have between 40-60% of the desired census workforce for their locality. Most 2020 Census positions start soon and will last several weeks, offering competitive wages, weekly paychecks, flexible hours, and paid training. You can find job descriptions and qualifications here.

Your library can help promote this important job opportunity to your community members by sharing recruitment information on your website and social media, or through flyers, and handouts. Patrons can also:

  • Text Wyomingjobs (nospaces) to 313131 to receive a recruiting advertisement and link to more information from the U.S. Census Bureau
  • Visit for more information and to apply online, as well as to check your application status, and update or download your application
  • Check current competitive wages for your county using the Pay Rate Calculator

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UW Libraries Names Alt-Textbook Grant Recipients

From UW News

University of Wyoming Libraries recently awarded alt-textbook grants to five faculty members and four graduate students to implement open educational resources (OER) in their classes this spring.

The open textbooks resulting from the grants are projected to save UW students more than $40,000 each semester in addition to the $141,233 already saved by UW students since the program launched in spring 2018.

“With the Alt-Textbook Grant Program, University of Wyoming Libraries hopes to continue to encourage the creativity and innovation we have seen from past applicants,” says Hilary Baribeau, digital scholarship librarian. “What was interesting for this cycle of grant applications was to see how many applicants are already committed to teaching low- or no-cost textbook courses. The OER grant program will help these recipients not only continue to support UW students, but potentially create OERs that will be used in classrooms around the country.”

Grants are awarded to instructors who adopt, adapt or create new open textbooks or other materials for their courses. Grant awards range from $1,500 to $3,000.

See the recipient list.

Invitation: CFPB Financial Education Program Survey

From the Federal Depository Library Program

To help libraries better serve patrons, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is interested in learning about libraries’ financial education resources. They are inviting those working in libraries to participate in CFPB’s 2020 Financial Education Program Survey of Libraries. This short, 10-minute survey will ask about your library’s familiarity with and use of financial education resources. An independent contractor, Fors Marsh Group, LLC, has been selected to administer the survey on their secure web domain.

The 2020 Financial Education Program Survey of Libraries is available at:

Participation in the survey is voluntary. CFPB will use your feedback to improve the financial education materials that it provides to libraries.

CFPB has partnered with multiple library associations to send survey invitations. Only one response per person is needed.

This message was posted on behalf of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

Big Talk from Small Libraries Schedule Now Available

The full schedule for the 2020 Big Talk From Small Libraries online conference is now available. This free one-day event is a great opportunity to learn about the innovative things your colleagues are doing in their small libraries. Big Talk From Small Libraries 2020 will be held on Friday, February 28, via the GoToWebinar online meeting service.

If you haven’t registered yet, now is the time to jump over to the registration page and sign up.

Avoiding Census Scams and Frauds

The United States Census happens once every ten years and asks every resident of the United States and its territories to answer the official U.S. Census Bureau questionnaire.

Unfortunately, households across the nation are already receiving fraudulent mail, emails, and phone calls claiming to be a part of the U.S. Census. The Census will not be delivered by email or text message, and the Census Bureau cannot and will not ask for anyone’s Social Security number, bank account or credit card information, nor ask for money, donations, or anything on behalf of a political party. They will not threaten legal action, either.

Keep yourself and your patrons safe by learning what the 2020 Census looks like with this official sample questionnaire. Most households will be invited to complete the questionnaire, which they can do online at the official Census 2020 website, by phone to an official Census 2020 call center, or by visiting the Census 2020 website for a printable copy to mail to the Census Bureau receiving center. Since fraudulent surveys have been circulating, it’s important to remind patrons to use their best judgement when it comes to filling out forms with personal information.

Every correspondence with the U.S. Census Bureau and Census 2020 campaign will have the official United States Census 2020 logo. If there is no logo on the document, it is not official census material.

Sample of the tagline and official Census 2020 logo

It is important to remember patrons may be weary of filling out an official Census form if they believe they have already done so by completing previous fraudulent requests. If you or a patron suspect fraud, call 1-800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative.

Patrons may also be concerned about the privacy of the information they provide in the census questionnaire. For more information on patron privacy in the 2020 Census, watch this brief video.


Census representatives will be in communities to verify address information starting in the spring of 2020. If someone visits your patron’s home to collect a response for the 2020 Census, they can take safety precautions by verifying the representative’s identity. A census field representative must present an ID badge containing a photograph of the field representative, a Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. If asked, they’ll provide supervisor contact information and/or the regional office phone number for verification, will provide a letter from the director of the Census Bureau on U.S. Census Bureau letterhead, and may be carrying a laptop and/or bag with the Census Bureau logo.

When in doubt, you or your patrons can contact the Regional Census Office in Denver, Colorado, at 1-800-852-6159 and provide the visitor’s identity to verify their affiliation with the Bureau. If the visitor claiming to be a census representative does not work for the Census Bureau, the local police department should be contacted immediately.

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Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of January 27

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of January 27 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 MST

Monday, Jan 27 (9:30-10:30 am)
Are You Ready? Essential Disaster Health Information Resources for Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), based at the National of Institutes (NIH), is the largest biomedical library in the world. It offers a variety of databases and resources for consumers and health professionals alike, including the Disaster Information Management Research Center. This presentation will review these resources and give updates on apps such as the Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER). It will also feature government databases like PubMed and Disaster Lit for finding publications. Furthermore, opportunities for programming and a partnerships with non-traditional entities such as libraries will be discussed.

Tuesday, Jan 28 (11-12 pm)
Asking Styles: A Revolutionary Concept in Fundraising (CharityHowTo)
You have your own Asking Style, and if you learn to ask in your Style, you will be more comfortable, confident and successful as an asker. Are you a Rainmaker? Go-Getter? Kindred Spirit? Mission Controller? A mix of two Styles?Join Brian Saber, President of Asking Matters, to learn about the revolutionary concept of Asking Styles created by his company.

Tuesday, Jan 28 (12-1 pm)
Creating a Culture of Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
It’s important to create a culture of inclusion and engagement of volunteers within your organization. But, it can be hard to recognize what your current culture says to volunteers, or identify how to make changes to help volunteers feel more welcome. This webinar will help you identify how your organziation’s current culture is shaping or limiting what volunteers do, and provide steps you can take to start to create more understanding, respect, and appreciation for engaging volunteers.

Wednesday, Jan 29 (8-9 am)
Quick Play Gaming for Teen Outreach (Indiana State Library)
Teen patrons in every community live lives that are more and more hectic with little spare time and sometimes shrinking awareness of libraries and what they have to offer. It is sometimes the case that to engage them the best thing to do is to go where they are. In the community of Hagerstown, IN, a significant part of that has been accomplished by going into the high school and with the development of a program called the Quick Play Game Club. The program began over three years ago, originally as an International Gaming Day event that was highly successful, working in partnership with the school. This webinar will cover how the game club began, the process of working with the school staff and finding a place in that very set daily schedule and how it has evolved into a twice monthly outreach program, the games used and the tips and rules that have made it fun for everyone.

Wednesday, Jan 29 (9-10 am)
Community Engagement: Straight Talk (Nebraska Library Commission)
Participants will leave with a clear definition of Community Engagement, along with the framework for how to build a Community Engagement plan. One size doesn’t fit all. Your library is uniquely special and to honor this fact, this interactive hour will include brainstorming about what’s right for your library and community. This discussion will be supported by concrete examples and case studies from libraries who have implemented successful community engagement plans.

Wednesday, Jan 29 (11:15-12 pm)
eLibrary (Wyoming State Library)
General reference database for middle school, high school, college and for educators. Includes curated research topic pages to get students started on their research. Webinar ID 210-540-131

Wednesday, Jan 29 (12-1:30 pm)
Are LGBTQ+ Donors Still Saying “I Do” After Marriage Equality? (Grantspace)
The fight for marriage equality demonstrated the power of collaboration, collective impact, and LGBTQ+ philanthropy. This session will explore how LGBTQ+ giving has changed, or not, since marriage equality and how communities of all sizes are being impacted by LGBTQ+ philanthropy.  We will share perspectives from LGBTQ+ community centers and LGBTQ+ donors.

Wednesday, Jan 29 (1-2 pm)
NNLM Resource Picks: Bookshelf (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Bookshelf provides free access to the full text of books and documents in the biomedical and life sciences as well as health care, medical humanities and social sciences at the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM). Through integration with other NCBI databases, such as PubMed, Gene, Genetic Testing Registry, and PubChem, Bookshelf also provides reference information for biological, chemical and other biomedical data and facilitates its discovery. This webinar will provide an overview of Bookshelf, including why it is a trusted resource of reference and health information, how it is related but different from PubMed Central and PubMed, and how to best find and navigate the content it archives.

Thursday, Jan 30 (9-10 am)
Marketing Trends Nonprofits Need to Know (and Embrace) (Firespring)
Marketing trends come and go, but the top marketing trends are the ones worth adopting. Digital marketing, content marketing, social media marketing—each plays a role in a nonprofit’s strategy. Join us to discuss the 2020 marketing trends that’ll shape your nonprofit’s future and grow your impact.

Thursday, Jan 30 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to OpenRefine: Using Open Software to Weed and Manage your Government Documents Collection (Federal Depository Library Program)
This hands-on training will provide an introduction to OpenRefine, a powerful open source tool for exploring, cleaning, and manipulating “messy” data.

Thursday, Jan 30 (1-2 pm)
Literacy Strong All Year Long: Powerful Lessons for Grades K–5  (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)
Join the authors as they share practical literacy techniques for navigating strong all year long by laying a solid foundation with literacy components, finding creative ways to fend off the mid-year blahs, empowering ideas for ending the school year on a high note, and proven strategies for motivating students in literacy all summer long!

Thursday, Jan 30 (1-2 pm)
Struggles and Strategies for Survival Beyond the Walls of Jail (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
In this webinar Louie Diaz will share his own story of substance use disorder and incarceration as well as the work he is doing in the cities of Lowell and Lawrence, Massachusetts to address the addiction crisis. He will discuss what it was like to be followed by a film crew for 5 years as this documentary was being made. He will also share why this film is important as we begin to treat substance use disorder as a public health issue instead of a law enforcement issue. The NLM Resources related to substance use disorder that are highlighted during the webinar are MedlinePlus, Opiate Addiction and Treatment Portal, and the Graphic Medicine Book Club. Also, an extensive substance use disorder resource list that includes materials from NLM and partner organizations will also be made available with the recording link and webinar slides.