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Free Continuing Education Events for June 27-30

Free, online, continuing education events for June 27-30 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions and links are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at

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All times MDT

Tuesday, June 28 (12-1 pm)
Gale OneFile: News (Gale)
Gale OneFile: News provides access to more than 2,300 major U.S. regional, national, and local newspapers, as well as leading titles from around the world. It also includes thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts. In this webinar, we’ll explore how to find content using basic search strategies, as well as publication search and alerts. In addition, we will explore the tools and features to support simple discovery.

Wednesday, June 29 (8-9 am)
NetGalley for Libraries: Live Demo and Overview (Indiana State Library)
NetGalley is a free website for librarians to request and download digital review copies and audiobooks, while connecting with publishers and staying up to date with upcoming releases. The service is quick, efficient, secure, and always free for library staff. Learn how to get started (registration, filling in your Profile, and requesting your first book or audiobook), helpful features and tools, and ways NetGalley can specifically help librarians with collection development and readers’ advisory.

Wednesday, June 29 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Pretty Sweet Tech (Nebraska Library Commission)
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.

Thursday, June 30 (12-1 pm) Webinar (Law Library of Congress)
This orientation is designed to give a basic overview of While the focus of the session will be searching legislation and the congressional member information attached to the legislation, the new features of will be highlighted.

Thursday, June 30 (1-1:45 pm)
How to Move Up in Your Fundraising Career by Building Your Personal Brand (CharityHowTo)
Whether you are just starting out or you are a veteran fundraiser, Robin will show you how to build a passionate personal brand that elevates your presence authentically, and what you need to emphasize about your skills and achievements to get noticed.

Archives and Digitization 101 Workshop at the WSL

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Leigh Jeremias

We have a packed house at the Wyoming State Library today for a free, two-day (June 21-22) Archives and Digitization 101 workshop put on by the Wyoming State Historical Records Advisory Board (WY SHRAB). Instructors Leigh Jeremias (pictured) and Amy Hitchner are leading today’s sessions. Learn more about the workshop.

Woman at podium speaking to people seated at classroom-style tables

Workshop participants seated at tables

Bonnie Stahla to be New Crook County Library Director

Bonnie Stahla

Bonnie Stahla has been named the new Director of the Crook County Public Library. She will take the reins from longtime director Jill Mackey who is retiring July 1.

Bonnie has lived in Sundance since 1994. She was initially hired as the library’s Technical Services Librarian in May of 1999, but quickly moved into children’s services when that position opened up later the same year. In that role, she grew the outreach program to reach numerous daycares and home childcare providers, two preschools, and K-4 at the elementary school. For in-library events, she went beyond the existing storytimes to add several special events through the year: tea parties, maker days, and more. She also hosts elementary classes for events throughout the year. Of course, since it’s a small library she wears other hats touching all aspects of library services — children’s and YA collection development, answering phones, issuing cards, and giving library tours.

Her involvement in the wider library community includes coordinating Wyoming Reads in Crook County since its inception and serving on the Buckaroo Book Award committee for many years. Bonnie is a graduate of the Wyoming Library Leadership Institute.

Bonnie was attracted to the position because she thought it would be interesting and fun to become a larger part of the community, not just as the Youth Services Librarian. She felt she could bring her years of experience and knowledge of how the library worked to the position. She admits feeling a little torn about no longer being “Miss Bonnie” for the younger crowd.

“I’ve grown to love all the kids I’ve read to over the years,” she said.

She plans to build on Jill Mackey’s many years of leadership. “We have an awesome library system in Crook County and I want to continue to make it even better,” she said. “Jill has done an excellent job bringing all the libraries in our system together, and I want to continue that. Staff members from all locations meet once a month to share ideas, build friendships and relationships, and have fun! Now when you call on another library you really ‘know’ that person on the other line.”

As director, she wants to expand and grow relationships with other entities in the communities Crook County Public Library serves and get to know the patron base through each branch. She also has a great interest in expanding programs that serve all ages.

“I want to bring families into the libraries as a whole, not just reaching the kids for some things and the adults for other things,” Bonnie said. “Intergenerational programming — getting seniors and little ones involved together — is something I’ve wanted to try but never had the time in my other position.”

June 2022 Outrider Now Available

Outrider front pageFind a wrap-up of the latest in Wyoming library news in the June 2022 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.

Do you know any library colleagues, trustees, advocates, or volunteers who might be interested in the Outrider? Please share the news with them and encourage them to sign up for our monthly email.

Have news you’d like included? Contact Susan Mark, WSL Outreach Librarian, at or (307) 777-5915. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, too.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of June 20

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of June 20 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions and links are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at

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Tuesday, June 21 (11-12 pm)
Continuous Improvement Trumps Strategy: How to Become a Learning Organization (Fast Forward Libraries)
Just having a strategic plan doesn’t guarantee success! Many strategic plans are never ending “to do” lists that don’t articulate progress or impact. Shift your library by developing a meaningful, aspirational plan supported by learning-focused implementation and management tools. Learn how to ground your library’s plan in systems thinking and learning organization practices. Creating a living plan that’s adaptive and responsive from the inside out will help your library and community learn and grow together!

Tuesday, June 21 (12-1 pm)
Gale OneFile: Educator’s Reference Complete (Gale)
Gale OneFile: Educator’s Reference Complete contains more than 1,100 periodicals and 200 reports focused on K12 and post-secondary pedagogy. The resource contains information for every level of educator, as well as insight into administration, funding, and policy. Join this session intended for library staff, educators, and administrators to explore the tools, features, and content within this resource.

Tuesday, June 21 (12-1 pm)
How Emotional Intelligence Can Help You In The Workplace (GovLoop)
You can’t separate your emotions from the work you do, and neither can anyone else. That’s why emotional intelligence (EI) is critical to your success on the job. EI is the ability to understand, use and manage your emotions, and to connect with the emotions of others.

Tuesday, June 21 (12-1:30 pm)
Disaster Response for Performing Arts Organizations (Lyrasis)
Emergency response can be a daunting prospect for performing arts organizations. This webinar will lay out the basic tenets of responding to an emergency including support organizations, working with vendors, and helpful resources for organization and planning. There will also be a brief introduction to the Incident Command System so that performing arts centers can work more seamlessly with their local first responders.

Tuesday, June 21 (12-1 pm)
Lessons Learned: Engaging Teens In Evaluating Online Health Information (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
Join the National Association of Hispanic Nurses Connecticut Chapter (NAHN-CT) to learn about their successful 2020-2021 NNLM funded project to bring training to teens about evaluating health information online. Hear about the program, next steps and lessons learned, barriers and best practices for bringing programming to teens.

Wednesday, June 22 (9-10 am)
Data Makeovers: How to Make Your Data More Beautiful and Engaging (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Data visualization is like one of those unlikely couples. One partner is outgoing and a great storyteller. The other is introverted and sticks to the facts. To make great charts, maps, and graphs, you need to channel both partners in this odd couple: the artist and the analyst. In this workshop, I will offer up 10 key rules about composition that artists know and that analysts (and the rest of us) can apply when presenting data.

Wednesday, June 22 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Retirement: Time to Ease on Down, Ease on Down the Road (Nebraska Library Commission)
Over the course of your career, you spend quite a bit of time planning your professional development, envisioning your career path, and deciding on the degrees or training you need in your professional life. Conversely, how much time do you spend planning a transition away from that life in a healthy, graceful manner? Join us for an exploration of why, when, and how to retire, and hear best practices and wish-I-hadn’ts based on recent retiree’s experiences. We will include transitioning to a fixed income, implementing a succession plan at your library, and adapting to life as a retiree.

Wednesday, June 22 (11-12 pm)
Scenario Planning in Uncertain Times (Propel Nonprofits)
We all have learned skills to build assumptions that reliably helped us predict the next year or two for our organizations. But do you find your carefully developed budgets, forecasts, and plans suddenly have been turned upside down? Now you’re not sure your tools still work, but you know you must do something. Join us as we explore how to assess your current and future financial positions by developing new scenarios and contingency plans for your organizations.

Wednesday, June 22 (12-1 pm)
Am I Doing This Right? Advice for First Time Managers (Georgia Library Association)
Becoming a manager is an exciting but also daunting transition. As first-time managers, we are faced with many new opportunities which may seem more like challenges, especially if we are new to the library system, have recently received a promotion, or struggle with imposter syndrome. In this webinar we will discuss strengths-based leadership, how and what to delegate, strategies for self-care, time management tips, and more.

Wednesday, June 22 (12-1 pm)
A New Frontier – Setting Your Library Up for Remote Work Success (Niche Academy)
Join author and librarian Molly Virello as she discusses how librarians can lay the framework for successful remote work in a library setting. The focus of this webinar will be about the conversations library staff, managers, and other library leadership should have (or at least keep in mind) in order to create library-specific remote work policies, including laying out expectations, term limits, and criteria in order to facilitate working outside of traditional library spaces. These conversations can bring remote work that much closer for librarians, ranging in time from a few hours to a few months.

Wednesday, June 22 (1-2 pm)
Introduction to Proposal Writing (Candid Learning)
Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation.

Wednesday, June 22 (1-2 pm)
Active Listening: How to Use Audio to Empower Every Student’s Learning Journey (edWeb)
Discover how the power of audio—podcasts, audiobooks, and music—provides increased accessibility to content and information, how audio aids in building and boosting literacy and active listening skills, why equitable access of resources is critical, and how building mindful listening experiences into the curriculum, across grades and subjects, can be transformative for students at every age and grade.

Wednesday, June 22 (1-2:30 pm)
I See You: The Strengths-Based Perspective in Public Service SBEC (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Think of a time when a friend or loved one built up your confidence and made you feel understood. What did they say? What was their tone? What did they notice in you? Did they focus on your faults or did they emphasize your strengths? This session will introduce the strengths-based perspective, examine its use in a world that is often problem-focused, and discuss the ways in which focusing on the strengths of our patrons can help empower our communities.

Thursday, June 23 (11-12 pm)
The Great Transfer of Wealth: How to Reach The Next Generation of Donors (Charity Village)
Millennials have surpassed other generations in their population size and generosity mindset. This signals the rise of micro-philanthropy, where more frequent smaller donations match the occasional larger donations. In this session, we will discuss the trends that highlight current generational shifts in giving behaviors and how this directly impacts your nonprofit organization. You will learn how to implement key donor cultivation and fundraising strategies to attract and retain younger donors.

Thursday, June 23 (11-12:30 pm)
Care of Musical Instruments (Connecting to Collections Care)
Musical instruments are a unique but not uncommon object type found in collections for various sized cultural institutions. In this webinar attendees will learn about the basic requirements to ensure the conservation of a collection of musical instruments, as well as various methods for their registration and documentation. The instrumental groups will be explained according to their function, materials, technology and condition of use, as well as the challenges involved in the preservation of each one according to their vulnerability. The session is focused on any collection, regardless of its size, use or location.

Thursday, June 23 (12-1 pm)
How to Access Education Data (US Census Bureau)
Learn how to access education data, using a variety of online tools. In this training, you will also learn the source of the data, the tables available on the subject, and how to download and create maps.

Wyoming State Archivist Sara Davis Receives Mark A. Greene Award

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Sara Davis, Wyoming State Archivist

From the Society of American Archivists

Sara Davis, State Archivist at the Wyoming State Archives in Cheyenne, is the 2022 recipient of the Mark A. Greene Emerging Leader Award from the Society of American Archivists (SAA). The award celebrates and encourages early-career archivists who have completed archival work of broad merit, demonstrated significant promise of leadership, and performed commendable service to the archives profession.

Since her initial position as an archives intern at the Frederick Law Olmstead National Historic Site to her current role at the Wyoming State Archives, Sara has been a strong advocate for archival collections, users, and colleagues. At the State Archives, she successfully applied for a National Historic Public Records Commission grant to support a traveling archivist program to build a network connecting the state’s numerous cultural institutions. She effectively uses her role as a spokesperson for “people’s history” for the state to preserve the voices of those not traditionally represented by the archives. For example, she established a community speakers’ bureau to communicate with members from underrepresented communities about the crucial role their records play in documenting Wyoming state history. With the institution’s recent acquisition of the Latin American Federation’s papers, these efforts are already bringing positive results.

Sara’s leadership is also evident in her previous work as a university archivist for the University of Wyoming at the American Heritage Center. Sara played an essential role in founding the institution’s Diversity Committee, as well as curating a digital and physical exhibit to commemorate Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming who was murdered in 1998. Within SAA, she has led continuing archival education efforts as an active member, vice chair, and then chair of the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Education Subcommittee, where she reviews curriculum to ensure courses meet the needs of a growing number of archivists seeking to learn more about digital archives.

As her nominator writes, Sara’s “rapid growth from consultant to state archivist demonstrates her increasing responsibility, proven track record, and potential in the profession.” One former mentor writes that they “[look] to her as a guide and role model where we were once in opposite roles. I have watched Davis become an expert at whatever she takes on while leading with compassion and grace. She is clearly dedicated to and passionate about her work as an archivist.” A former supervisor adds that “Davis creates programs from scratch, sees projects successfully to completion, and ensures that every product is of high quality.”

Established in 2011 and renamed in 2017, the award honors the memory of SAA Fellow and Past President Mark A. Greene, the director of the University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center from 2002 to 2015. He was Emeritus Director of the AHC at the time of his death in 2017.

Wyoming Digital Newspapers Easier Than Ever to Search

Image of front page of historic newspaper with headline WAR IS OVERThe Wyoming Digital Newspaper Collection is now easier to use for those looking for freely available historic newspapers.

A new search feature allows users to limit search results to unrestricted content. The entire collection contains more than three million newspaper pages, dating back to 1849, but many are only available through request from the University of Wyoming Libraries. Now, users can confine their searches to newspapers with unrestricted access from anywhere at any time.

“The Wyoming Digital Newspaper Collection is a robust, online collection, perfect for exploring the state’s history,” said Travis Pollok, Wyoming State Library Legislative Librarian. “This new search feature will make it much more friendly with customizable searching and browsing.”

Historians, genealogists, students, and scholars can find a wealth of reliable information in the collection, all first-hand accounts of local news from days gone by. The earliest newspapers date back to the mid-1800s, but many survived for only a brief time and disappeared like the boom-and-bust ghost towns of Wyoming and the West.

The Wyoming Digital Newspaper Collection is a partnership between the Wyoming State Library and the University of Wyoming Libraries. The database includes 400 historic newspaper titles, 223,439 issues and 3,178,268 pages – and it’s still growing! The digital collection can be found online for free at

Questions about the digital newspaper project may be directed to Bryan Ricupero, Metadata Librarian at the University of Wyoming Libraries at or (307) 766-5615.

ALA Awards COVID Relief Grant to Fremont County Library

The American Library Association (ALA) announced on June 1 that the Fremont County Library System (FCLS) has been awarded one of only 77 national grants from the ALA COVID Library Relief Fund. The $20,000 grant will assist libraries that continue to experience substantial economic hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. The grantees include academic, correctional, public, school, and tribal libraries from 32 states and Puerto Rico. The ALA COVID Library Relief Fund is one of the largest non-federal grant opportunities for libraries.

The grant will help FCLS purchase print and digital books for public checkout, book kits for loan to school classrooms, books for children learning to read, and promotion of the library system’s services and resources throughout Fremont County.

Library Director Anita Marple commented, “This award is an important source for supplementing our budget during this difficult economic period. Thank you to ALA and Acton Family Giving for helping us in the most practical way to continue our mission of meeting the resource needs and desires of our whole community.”

The impact of the pandemic and the economic downturn resulted in a 47.2% reduction of the FCLS operating budget over two years. To meet the challenges of reduced staffing and loss of funding for purchasing collection materials, the Library has relied increasingly on the generous support of the Fremont County Library Foundation and the Friends of the Library groups. These volunteer organizations have funded temporary staffing during summer months and have been provided most of the funds for purchasing new materials, as well as supporting literacy programming.

FCLS Assistant Library Director Shari Haskins said, “All of this represents hard work and good communication among all our stakeholders. Library staff and volunteers are committed to maintaining a high level of service to our county citizens.”

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) is the foremost national organization providing resources to inspire library and information professionals to transform their communities through essential programs and services. For more than 140 years, the ALA has been the trusted voice for academic, public, school, government, and special libraries, advocating for the profession and the library’s role in enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for all. For more information, visit

About Acton Family Giving

Acton Family Giving supports distinct initiatives and collective efforts. Its Empathy Building Initiative, launched in 2014, partners with organizations building connections across difference and reaffirming our common humanity. This work is rooted in the belief that an empathetic society fosters stronger, healthier, and more just communities. Acton Family Giving is part of the Wildcard Giving philanthropic family.

Jill Mackey Retiring from Crook County Public Library

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Jill Mackey

After nearly 28 years at Crook County Public Library — the last 23 as Director — Jill Mackey is retiring on June 30.

Jill was initially hired by the library in Sundance in October, 1994, as a part-timer. That lasted only briefly until the Children’s Librarian moved on.

“I was asked if I wanted to give it a try,” she said. “I did and I loved it! I had no formal training, but all those years of raising kids, home day care, and Girl Scout leader stood me in good stead.”

Jill became director when Gaydell Collier retired in June of 1999. When she began, all staff were part time with no benefits, other than the Wyoming Retirement System. Now, staff at each of the three libraries have full-time employment with benefits, equivalent to other county employees.

Under her direction, all three libraries continue active and varied programming in their libraries, but are also now reaching out into their communities with storytimes and reading at elementary schools, preschools, day cares, the nursing home, and assisted care facilities. The library has a presence at community events with information tables, parade floats, and the book bike.

Another accomplishment she’s proud of this that the library was able to complete the Wyoming Library Endowment Challenge and establish a permanent endowment. “The return on that has enabled us to continue programs we wouldn’t have been able to due to budget cuts the last two years,” she said.

Bonnie Stahla has been selected as the library’s next director. Jill foresees that the library will “Continue to be welcoming to all, meeting the needs of all, and reaching out to serve communities.”

Now that she’s retiring, Jill plans to care for family members and conduct local history research. She will always retain her deep love of libraries.

“Books are my first and favorite memory of the library as a child,” she said. “However, libraries are not just about books — we provide so much more! I like to think of libraries as a living, breathing entity that seeks ways to serve its patrons and communities. It’s flexible to change, it’s accepting of all, it’s curious — a mirror image of our humanness at its best.”

New on the Wyoming Library Job Board

Graphic reads "Wyoming State Library Job Board with figure holding up papersThe Wyoming State Library maintains a job board for library positions around the state. These are the latest opportunities that have been posted. See more on the board.

Have a Wyoming library job you’d like to post? Contact Susan Mark, Wyoming State Library Outreach Librarian, at

Youth Services Librarian
Albany County Public Library
Laramie, WY
Open until filled

Library Assistant (part-time)
Albany County Public Library
Laramie, WY
Open until filled

Foundation Administrative Specialist (part-time)
Albany County Public Library
Laramie, WY
Open until filled

Computer Center Assistant (part-time)
Laramie County Library System
Cheyenne, WY
Open until filled
First review of applicants June 24, 2022

Library Media Specialist
Conestoga Elementary
Gillette, WY
Open until filled
Position start date is August 10, 2022

Deputy Director, Public Service
Laramie County Library System
Cheyenne, WY
Closes July 1, 2022, at 12:00 p.m.

Branch Specialist (part-time)
Laramie County Library System
Cheyenne, WY
First review of applicants June 22, 2022

Office Support Specialist (Law Librarian)
Wyoming State Penitentiary
Rawlins, WY
Open until filled

Lead Technician
Laramie County Library System
Cheyenne, WY
Closes June 27, 2022 at 12:00 p.m.

Library Assistant, Senior – Acquisitions, Resource Discovery & Management
University of Wyoming Libraries
Laramie, WY
Open until filled

Assistant Librarian – Innovative and Immersive Technologies Librarian
University of Wyoming Libraries
Laramie, WY
Open Until Filled
Priority Deadline June 26, 2022