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Mental Health Webinar Series

In addition to the webinars and courses they create, WebJunction also includes quality training content from other organizations on its website. As part of the California State Library Mental Health Initiative, Infopeople hosted a webinar series, Where Compassion Meets Action. This series is now available in the WebJunction Course Catalog:

See full descriptions of each webinar here.

January 2020 Outrider Now Available

Find a wrap-up of the latest in Wyoming library news in the January 2020 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.

WSL Closed for MLK/Equality Day

The Martin Luther King Jr Memorial in Washington DC

The Wyoming State Library will be closed Monday, January 20, for Martin Luther King Jr./Equality Day. We will be open our normal hours again on Tuesday, January 21.

From our Wyoming Legislation database, we find that in  1990, the Wyoming State Legislature designated the third Monday in January as a legal holiday, “Martin Luther King, Jr., Wyoming Equality Day.” (1990 Session Laws, Chapter 21)

Noted civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929. The Library of Congress has many digitized primary source materials on King in “Today in History – January 15.”

Apply Now for Inclusive Internship Initiative

The Public Library Association’s Inclusive Internship Initiative (III) offers paid, summer-long internships to high school students at their local public library. Over the course of the summer, each intern works with a library mentor on a community-based learning project. Through III, students from diverse backgrounds are introduced to careers in librarianship, library mentors practice leadership skills, and host libraries grow new audiences through outreach and programming.

Any public library in the US is welcome to apply. Small, rural, tribal, and pueblo libraries are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications for the 2020 Inclusive Internship Initiative opened January 6, and will close on Monday, February 3, 2020. Libraries will go through a competitive application process to be selected as a host site. Once selected, the library is responsible for recruiting an intern from a background representing the diversity of their local community.

Marketing Resources for GoWYLD

The Wyoming State Library has a plethora of amazing resources available to Wyoming residents through — everything from scholarly research to language learning to driving tests. The efforts of local librarians are key to ensuring that end users know, use, and embrace everything that’s available to them.

The State Library maintains a page of marketing downloads featuring resources such as Learning Express Library, BookFlix, downloadable audiobooks, Pronunciator, Literature Online, Britannica Library, and more. Find posters, handouts, bookmarks, and graphics to download and print or post on your website. These are a great way to put your patrons in touch with the resources they need, but might not know about.

Find marketing downloads at

People News

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Yolanda Hood

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has selected Yolanda Hood, the Carol J. McMurry Distinguished Librarian for Academic Excellence at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, as the new editor of its quarterly, digital journal, Young Adult Library Services (YALS), to serve a one-year term through December 1, 2020. Yolanda has worked in libraries for over 14 years where her positions have involved working closely with teens and those that provide library services for teens. She is the co-creator, along with Kristine Shrauger, of the Diverse Families Database. She’ll work with the Editorial Advisory Board to set the tone and direction of the journal, as well as solicit and determine content.

Lucas Seeks AASL Presidency

Jennisen Lucas

Jennisen Lucas, District Librarian for the Park County School District #6 in Cody, Wyoming, is one of two candidates for the 2021-2022 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) presidential term.

Jennisen is currently serving on the AASL Board of Directors as the Region 9 Director. Her most recent AASL volunteer involvement includes chair of the standards implementation committee, member of the school librarians as leaders position statement task force, and member of the leadership development committee. Along with AASL, Lucas is a member of ALSC and YALSA.

“AASL is an amazing group of talented school librarians at all levels,” Jennisen said. “In my roles on various committees and as a regional director, I have come to better understand the overarching concerns and goals of our profession. It’s an honor to be selected to run for president-elect.”

Phoebe B. Warmack, director of the William H. White Jr. Library and Reynolds Family Learning Commons at the Woodberry Forest (Va.) School, is the other candidate for the AASL president-elect position.

The full slate of AASL candidates can be found at Ballot mailing for the 2020 ALA election will begin on March 9, 2020, and will run through April 1, 2020. To vote, AASL membership must be current as of January 31, 2020. The American Association of School Librarians is a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

Marquis Named State Archivist

Wyoming State Archivist Kathy Marquis

Kathy Marquis has been named as the new Wyoming State Archivist. She’ll lead the Wyoming State Archives after serving as Deputy for the past four years and Interim for the past six months.

Kathy received her undergraduate degree in history from the University of Michigan and holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Simmons College. She has worked in a variety of archival institutions and libraries, including the University of Michigan, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Minnesota Historical Society, and as Public Services Librarian at the Albany County Public Library in Laramie.

Her extensive experience in academic, government, and special subject repositories has largely been focused on public services:  providing direct service to those doing primary source research, managing reference and outreach departments, and conducting workshops across the country training archivists on how to run an archival reference program.

She’s been active in the Society of American Archivists, delivering papers on archival reference and outreach, and chairing committees on continuing education, annual conference structure, accessibility in archives, and the status of women in the profession. In 2015 she was named an SAA Distinguished Fellow. She is co-author, with the American Heritage Center’s Leslie Waggener, of Local History Reference Collections for Public Libraries, published by the American Library Association.

In her time as State Archivist, Kathy says she hopes to place a special focus on “shining a light on our amazing staff, fabulous collections, and the wide variety of services we offer the public and state and local government employees.  The key to getting information to people who can use it is to enhance the ‘discoverability’ of what we offer.  Don’t be surprised if you see me in the State Archives with a flashlight in my hand!”

She notes that one of the most important services offered by the State Archives is to help government staff manage their records, whether in paper or digital format.  “I’m excited to continue to get the word out about all the State Archives can do for staff who are drowning in records — or who can’t find the record they need at the right time. Call us!”

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of January 13

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of January 13 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

Tuesday, Jan 14 (11-12 pm)
NER 2020-2021 Funding Webinar (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Join the NNLM NER staff to hear about the funding opportunities and logistics of applying for an award during 2020-2021. There will be a brief presentation and then an opportunity for your questions to be answered. Call for proposals have been posted – Award Applications are due: March 20th, 2020.

Tuesday, Jan 14 (11-12 pm)
Reverse Strategic Planning: Evaluating A Team’s Workplace Productivity (Pattern Research/Loveland Public Library)
A reverse strategic planning meeting is about creating a group snapshot of what members of a team, department, committee, or staff (25 people or less) are doing. Everyone creates a prioritized list, which is posted and commented upon in writing. Then, each person makes a brief presentation, responding to comments and questions. Helps people understand how everyone’s work fits together. This snapshot can reveal where a group, committee, department or small workplace is regarding current project goals, job descriptions, contracts, strategic plans, and much more.

Tuesday, Jan 14 (12-1 pm)
Presenting the 2020 Morris Award Finalists (Booklist)
Join Booklist for this exciting Q and A with four of the five authors nominated for YALSA’s 2020 William C. Morris Debut Award, an honor presented annually to first-time authors writing for teens. This webinar features conversations with Ben Philippe (The Field Guide to the North American Teenager), David Yoon (Frankly in Love), Katy Rose Pool (There Will Come a Darkness), and Nafiza Azad (The Candle and the Flame).

Tuesday, Jan 14 (12-1 pm)
Doing Business with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) (Federal Depository Library Program)
Learn about the programs and services of the USDA Farm Service Agency. The FSA serves farmers, ranchers, and agricultural partners, and is dedicated to achieving an economically and environmentally sound future for American Agriculture.

Tuesday, Jan 14 (12-1 pm)
The Universal Way to Unlock Bold Change (InSyncTraining)
Nearly everyone wants to make some kind of change in their life whether its losing weight, overcoming anxiety and depression, increasing their confidence, improving their relationships, or just managing their time better.  Yet nearly everyone struggles to make the  important changes in their lives. Discover ways to successfully make important changes in your life in this webinar.

Tuesday, Jan 14 (1-2 pm)
Responding to All: Managing Relationships with Key Constituencies (WebJunction)
Do you know an amazing library director who stumbled into trouble unexpectedly? Are you one? Every library director seeks to be responsible and successful, but sometimes things go wrong. Understanding concepts for responsible leadership and strategies for fostering key relationships will boost your effectiveness and impact as a director, whether you are new to the position or have been around the block a few times. You will identify key relationships that need to be managed well⁠—your governing authority, your staff, your community, your profession, and last but not least, yourself. Embracing these relationships and working out a checklist of behaviors and communications for each audience will lead to more balance in your work. You’ll leave this webinar inspired by big ideas and motivated by practical steps that will refine your practice as a successful library leader. Presented by Jamie LaRue and Sharon Morris.

Wednesday, Jan 15 (9-10 am)
Best New Children’s Books of 2019: Discovering New Books for the Young and the Young at Heart (Nebraska Library Commission)
Attendees will learn the best (we think) children’s books in the categories of: Picture Books (Story time faves), Non fiction, and Middle Grade fiction, that were published within the last year.

Wednesday, Jan 15 (11-12 pm)
Fireside Chat: Exploring the 2020 Tech Landscape (GovLoop)
Join GovLoop for an intimate online discussion with government and industry leaders about the 2020 tech landscape and how agencies can think outside the box to realize their goals.

Wednesday, Jan 15 (12-1 pm)
Promoting Your Library 365 (Novelist)
Kick off the new year with a plan to hit the ground running to promote your library and all that it offers. From advocacy to newsletters, social media to collection building, you’ll leave this webinar with actionable steps to keep your library and its value to the community top of mind all year long.

Wednesday, Jan 15 (12-1 pm)
Build Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
Is your organization open to engaging volunteers in new ways? Often one of the biggest challenges to a new model of volunteer engagement is the resistance of paid staff. Often attitudes and fears of our co-workers prevent us from expanding the work that volunteers do. But, if you’ve never worked with volunteers before, it can be scary. In this webinar we’ll discuss strategies for working with paid staff to engage volunteers. We’ll cover what you can do to alleviate some of those fears, strategies for working within a Union environment, and how you can train and support your coworkers as they become responsible for managing volunteers.

Wednesday, Jan 15 (1-2 pm)
A Conversation with the 2020 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalists (School Library Journal)
Join School Library Journal for a lively conversation featuring four 2020 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award finalists. Learn a bit about the inspiration behind these fantastic titles; hear from the authors about their research and storytelling processes; and take away some insights into how publishers select engaging and relevant nonfiction titles for teens. Don’t miss out on this exclusive event ahead of the award announcement at ALA Midwinter!

Thursday, Jan 16 (11-12 pm)
How to Lead Event Committees to Success (CharityHowTo)
An engaged, enthusiastic event committee is key to the success of any nonprofit event. However, it is up to YOU to ensure they work as a team to help your organization maximize the event’s profits and impact. In this free 45-minute live webinar, event planning expert A.J. Steinberg of Queen Bee Fundraising will show you how to be an effective committee leader and how to create a happy, productive volunteer event team.

Thursday, Jan 16 (11-12 pm)
PubMed and Beyond: Clinical Resources from the National Library of Medicine (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This presentation will introduce free bedside information resources for the busy clinician. Resources presented will include Clinical Queries in PubMed/MEDLINE and free drug, patient education, and point-of-care resources.

Thursday, Jan 16 (12-1 pm)
Trade Trends, Policy Actions and Resources for Metals and Critical Minerals (U.S. Census)
This webinar with the Census Bureau and International Trade Administration will provide valuable information on the Metals and Critical Minerals Industry, including related industry groups within energy storage/battery, technology and manufacturing bases with supply-chains impacted by critical minerals. Census will discuss its resources, Schedule B Search Engine and the Global Market Finder.

Thursday, Jan 16 (12-1:30 pm)
Executive Function and Language Development: Unpacking the Science and Exploring New Findings (Early Childhood Investigations)
It is no secret among seasoned early childhood teachers that children who thrive are those who are able to articulate their needs, have the ability to regulate their emotions, and can focus their attention on a task. Now, findings from new research studies are not only backing up that intuition, but they are providing teachers and child care staff with the new approaches and techniques to employ in their classrooms. This webinar will review those highlights.

Thursday, Jan 16 (1:30-2:30 pm)
Personal & Authentic: Designing Learning Experiences that Impact a Lifetime (Alliance for Excellent Education/Future Ready Schools)
Join Thomas C. Murray (Director of Innovation, Future Ready SchoolsⓇ)and All4Ed President Deb Delisle in this webinar on how educators have the power to leave a legacy by: making students’ learning experiences personal and authentic; ensuring that the culture around you is personal and authentic; developing and nurturing personal and authentic relationships; and being personal and authentic. The work is hard, but our kids are worth it!

Thursday, Jan 16 (3-4 pm)
Hacking the Research Paper with Human-Centered Design (School Library Connection)
What does it mean to bring human-centered design to student learning in the classroom and library? It starts with moving from assignments that ask students to “prove you understand” toward those that encourage them to “use this knowledge to make a difference.” Learn the steps to transform your research assignments into human-centered projects in both the library and the classroom with road-tested, easy-to-replicate exercises and web-based resources that will nurture your students’ empathy and strengthen their talents for collaboration, creativity, and inquiry.

WLA 2020 Awards Open for Nominations

The Wyoming Library Association’s Awards/Grants Committee is accepting nominations for Outstanding Hero/Heroine; Outstanding Librarian; and Outstanding Library. If you know of anyone, or a group, deserving of recognition for what they have done in and for a Wyoming library, this is the time to nominate them for those achievements.

Learn more. Awards nominations are due by May 31, 2020.

The Nora Van Burgh Grant is also available for continuing education. Applications are due by June 15, 2020.

An awards reception will be held at the WLA 2020 Conference, as well as visits to acknowledge and celebrate at the home libraries of the recipients.

And don’t forget the Mountain Plains Library Association Debbie Iverson Leadership Institute Scholarship. If you applied to the MPLA leadership institute by December 15 and are accepted, please contact this committee for scholarship funds to cover most, if not all, of the fee for the institute.

If you have any questions about the awards, grants or scholarships available through WLA, please contact committee chair Anna Street