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WSL Job Opening: Integrated Library System (ILS) Administrator



The Wyoming State Library seeks an experienced individual to serve as the Integrated Library System (ILS) Administrator for the WYLD Network office in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

View the vacancy announcement.

The WYLD Network is a statewide, multi-type library consortium of more than 100 different member libraries. The ILS is managed by the Wyoming State Library’s WYLD Office and is a SirsiDynix Symphony hosted system. The shared database contains more than 1 million bibliographic records and 300,000 patron records.

The ILS Administrator (CRLI09) reports directly to the WYLD ILS Program Manager and is responsible for the overall technical management of all aspects of the ILS, supporting automated system operations and related technologies for all libraries in the WYLD consortium. The position leads the WYLD Office support team and oversees day-to-day operations and maintenance of the SirsiDynix Symphony ILS (SirsiDynix Symphony) and the public access catalog (SirsiDynix Enterprise).

Preferred:
An ALA-accredited graduate degree. Three to five years’ experience supporting an integrated library system, preferably SirsiDynix Symphony, and related library software and hardware. Demonstrated ability to work with programming languages such as PHP, Perl or Python. Excellent oral and written communication skills. A strong service orientation. Ability to effectively troubleshoot technical problems, isolate causes, and implement solutions.

For a full description of duties and preferred qualifications, please visit CRLI09-2021-00576-Librarian Technical Analyst-Cheyenne.

Find an overview of the services the WYLD Office supports at library.wyo.gov/wyld/support/services.

Children’s Discovery Center at the Rock Springs Library



Children playing at the wind tunnel in the new Children’s Discovery Center.

The Children’s Discovery Center at the Rock Springs Library opened in March. The idea began in the spring of 2019 when longtime Rock Springs resident Jana Pastor approached the library system about establishing a children’s museum type of space in Rock Springs. Both libraries in Rock Springs were considered. The downtown library was eventually selected because of the value this type of space will bring the downtown area.

Funds were raised in a matter of months thanks to several donations by local nonprofits, businesses and private citizens. Construction began in January of 2020 after the entire Children’s Department was relocated from the bottom floor of the library to the top floor. This required other areas of the library to be modified. An unused teen section was eliminated, the adult non fiction collection was condensed, the audiobooks were relocated. Many items were moved across town to the White Mountain Library. Countless hours were spent by staff, volunteers, and Jana and her family to prepare the space.

Now open, the space includes a mini grocery store, ice cream truck, dress up stage, animal hospital, flight simulator, wind tunnel, building area with numerous blocks and much more. This space is a new way for children to learn and discover and represents how libraries are changing to meet the different needs in their community.

Jana Pastor and students from the YWCA cut the ribbon for the Children’s Discovery Center.
Jana and her grandchild in the new Discovery Center space.

Three Staff Members Leave the WSL



We have big changes at the Wyoming State Library, with three of our staff members leaving: Marc Stratton, Karen Kitchens, and Robyn Hinds. We wish them well in their new adventures!

Marc Stratton

Marc with thumb up wearing tshirt that says "I'm Retired, Do it Yourself"
Marc Stratton

Marc Stratton, Systems Manager in the WYLD Office, is retiring from the WSL after more than 33 years. His last day will be July 16, 2021.

Marc joined the State Library before Wyoming had a statewide integrated library system — before WYLD even went by that name. His career began when individual libraries were just beginning to go on the Geac system. He saw WYLD through the DRA years when the system went truly statewide and now the Sirsi/Dynix ILS that every Wyoming public and community college uses.

“I will miss working for Wyoming libraries and with my fellow WSL workmates,” Marc wrote in an email to the WYLD network. “ There were some tough challenges over the years but with teamwork in the WYLD office, other colleagues at WSL, and great cooperation among the Wyoming library community, we have always triumphed. Keep up the good work.”

Karen Kitchens

Karen in blue sweater and scarf sitting at her work computer.
Karen Kitchens

Karen Kitchens, State Publications Librarian in Information Services, will have her last day at the WSL on May 5, 2021. She has been at the State Library since September 2009. Prior to her current position, she was the Federal Documents Librarian and the Patent and Trademark Resource Center Representative. From 2002 until she joined the WSL, she worked at the Laramie County Library System in reference, adult programming, and interlibrary loan. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Akron and a Master of Library Science from Texas Woman’s University.

A longtime member of the Wyoming Library Association, Karen was named as the organization’s Outstanding Librarian in 2017. She served as Reference Interest Group (now defunct) Leader, Special Interest Groups Board Representative, and on the audit committee. She also has had national involvement as the Patent and Trademark Resource Center Association Vice President, President, and Past President.

She’s not just leaving the State Library, but also leaving Wyoming. “I look forward to new adventures in the state of New Mexico,” she said, “but I will greatly miss the wonderful Wyoming library community – a dedicated and hard-working group of professionals who care so deeply about the citizens of Wyoming. Thank you all for the privilege of working with this extraordinary library community.”

Robyn Hinds

Robyn sitting at computer at front service desk, wearing a red facemask.
Robyn Hinds

Robyn Hinds, Interlibrary Loan Technician in Information Services, has left the State Library to move to Bentonville, Arkansas. Her last day at the WSL was March 26, 2021.

Robyn assisted with daily interlibrary loan duties and provided support and training to other interlibrary loan staff employed at Wyoming libraries within the WYLD network. She worked with physical processing of library materials, primarily serials, and maintained the WSL’s patron database. Robyn provided support for eBook databases, such as  cloudLibrary and RBdigital.

Robyn first joined the WSL in September 2015 as a Library Technician. In 2014, she graduated from the University of Wyoming with dual bachelor of arts degrees in anthropology and religious studies with a minor in museum studies. In college, Robyn did work study in library special collections in the University of Wyoming Emmet D. Chisum Reading Room, which led to her interest in libraries.

She will be working for the University of Arkansas, and she and her husband plan to start a business growing mushrooms and microgreens.

People News



Have People News at your library? Send it to Susan Mark at susan.mark@wyo.gov.

Woman with dark hair wearing dark blue shirt and jeans, seated

Audie Cunningham departed the Fremont County Library System at the end of March after nine years with the library. She plans to pursue her art design business full time.

Elderly woman in pink sweater, patterned shirt and eyeglasses with cake in front of her

Mabel Hinz had a much-delayed celebration of her retirement from the Weston County Library. Mabel worked at the library from 1971-1975 before returning to teaching kindergarten. She came back to the library as a circulation assistant in 1999 and worked until 2020. COVID delayed her retirement celebration until this month. It was a dual celebration, as the day also marked her 83rd birthday.

 

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of April 12



Free, online, continuing education events for the week of April 12 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 library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.

All times MDT

Tuesday, Apr 13 (10-11 am)
Gaslighting in the Nonprofit (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation meant to cause a person to doubt their perception of reality and understanding of a situation. Gaslighting happens frequently in the workplace and is ultimately about exerting power and control over a person. It can be done by a colleague, boss, companion, or anyone in a position of power. This course brings awareness to workplace gaslighting and provides tools to help protect against this form of harassment that can result in demotivating employees or volunteers and disrupting the nonprofit mission.

Tuesday, Apr 13 (11-12 pm)
Partnering through the Pandemic to Reach Patrons (iSchool @ UW-Madison)
The pandemic has emphasized the need for our organizations to work with partners to reach patrons. Furthermore, 2020 has highlighted the ability to develop partnerships beyond our traditional communities and introduce patrons to resources across the globe. During the last year, in my role as the Education Coordinator of a children’s museum, I have used traditional library skills to increase museum partnerships over 200% and network with libraries and cultural institutions well beyond my state. These relationships have moved beyond professional networking and have allowed me to fill in gaps left by virtual programming. This webinar will offer a helpful guide to other institutions with similar needs.

Tuesday, Apr 13 (12-1 pm)
Social Media 101: Keys to Reaching Your Entire School Community (School Library Journal)
Now, even as schools transition back to in-person instruction, social media remains a vital channel for getting the word out – especially when it comes to your school library! But navigating all the different platforms and finding the right voice for each can be challenging – which is why we’re here to help! In this webinar, Caroline Carr, a Library Media Specialist and bona fide Twitter expert will join Christina Samek, Outreach Specialist and social media graphics whiz from OverDrive to lead a crash course on how to become your best social media self. Attendees will walk away ready and excited to take to the web and put what they’ve learned into practice in their own districts – you won’t want to miss it!

Tuesday, Apr 13 (12-1 pm)
Booklist Middle-Grade Panel (Booklist)
Booklist is celebrating all things middle grade with a special author panel on Tuesday, April 13 at 1 PM CT! Join us as we chat with Sharon Draper, author of OUT OF MY HEART (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing); Barbara Dee, author of VIOLETS ARE BLUE (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing); Kelly Jones, author of HAPPILY FOR NOW (Random House Children’s Books); and Kwame Mbalia, editor of BLACK BOY JOY: 17 STORIES CELEBRATING BLACK BOYHOOD (Random House Children’s Books). Moderated by Books for Youth senior editor Julia Smith.

Tuesday, Apr 13 (12-1 pm)
Surviving and Thriving with Bad Bosses (GovLoop)
Bad supervisors can make or break your job satisfaction. Whether a micromanager, an authoritarian, or simply missing in action, bad bosses can ruin not only your day but your career, too. How do you actually manage a bad boss? Join GovLoop and NextGen for an interactive discussion to learn best practices and insights on how to manage up effectively and when to leave a bad work environment.

Tuesday, Apr 13 (12-1 pm)
From Being to Doing: Anti-Racism as Action at Work (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
With recent events highlighting specific issues and challenges around racism in the U.S., libraries have started asking questions about how to transform themselves into anti-racist institutions. In this session, we will focus on anti-racism as action, rather than using the word anti-racist as an identity. Can changing how we define organizational culture in library workplaces be an example of anti-racist action? We will take a critical look at how certain hallmarks of white supremacist culture inform our notions of professionalism and workplace norms. These commonly accepted norms can actually contribute to low morale, the prevalence of microaggressions, retention issues, etc. This session will present specific actions to resist these norms, which libraries can then implement to create more equitable workplaces.

Tuesday, Apr 13 (1-2 pm)
Mental Health First Aid and Trauma-Informed Approaches for Libraries (WebJunction)
The mental health impacts of the pandemic are taking a toll on our communities, often compounding the physical and emotional effects of trauma experienced by many, including library patrons and staff. With increased understanding of mental health and trauma-informed care, library staff can be better prepared to provide unbiased service to those struggling to find help, information, and support. Join this webinar to learn how libraries can be better prepared to respond using the principles of trauma-informed care, and how Mental Health First Aid can equip staff with the knowledge and confidence to communicate with compassion, even in difficult situations. Learn ways to apply a trauma-informed approach to library services, internal and external policies and practices, and how to build connections with other community providers.

Tuesday, Apr 13 (2-3 pm)
Together, Learning More! Interactive Family Learning in California’s Libraries (Infopeople)
A newly published report, Together Learning More! Interactive Family Learning in California’s Libraries(link is external), highlights a few of the many examples of high-quality interactive learning happening in libraries across the State. The report shares insights from a survey conducted with library staff, as well as interviews with library leaders across the state; these findings from the field are connected to academic research on social-emotional and cognitive development. This webinar will discuss key components of interactive learning, the research-backed value of play, the role of social-emotional development, and priorities related to the training of library staff.

Tuesday, Apr 13 (5-6 pm)
AASL Town Hall: Leading Learning (American Association for School Librarians)
What began as an event to build community during the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved into a monthly opportunity for school library professionals to network and brainstorm around a central theme. During the town halls, participants will share successes, solicit ideas, and strategize the best ways to meet the needs of you and your learners. Join AASL Leadership and peers across the country in an open conversation focused on leading learning in your school and community.

Wednesday, Apr 14 (9-10 am)
Telehealth in Rural Public Libraries (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
Learn how a rural library partnered with the University of North Texas Health Science Center to launch a pilot telehealth program. In rural communities, libraries often have the fastest internet connection in town together with digital literacy to assist users. Rural Americans face health inequities that result in worse health care outcomes than their peers in more populated areas. The presentation will include a discussion of logistics, and the role of health and digital literacy in telehealth.

Wednesday, Apr 14 (10-11 am)
How to Use Surveys & Assessments to Drive Learning & Coaching In Your Organization (Training Magazine Network)
During this session, you will learn: How customer feedback can help drive your existing training and development initiatives; How to convert a customer service survey into a coaching strategy; How to use engagement studies and assessments to create a Culture of Coaching within your organization; How to convert an employee assessment into a coaching strategy; How you can enable your employees to coauthor their training and empower your managers to become partners and DRIVERS in the Training & Development process! and much more…

Wednesday, Apr 14 (10-11 am)
Planning an Exit Strategy for a Board Member (Network for Good)
Join speaker Alyssa Wright during this webinar as we discuss how to identify disconnected or poorly matched board members, craft a plan of action and help create a mutual exit strategy that doesn’t impact the overall culture of your organization.

Wednesday, Apr 14 (11-12 pm)
Finding Valuable Scientific, Technical, and Business Information by Using Technical Reports Databases (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will explore the realm of technical reports – the results of scientific, engineering, and business research done by Government agency in-house experts and consultants. A report can include analysis, recommendations, and a detailed executive summary of a timely issue, emerging topic, or critical problem.

Wednesday, Apr 14 (11-12 pm)
Books That Heal for Children and Young Adults (Library Journal)
This presentation will offer thoughtful discussion about the healing power of stories, and the messages they teach our youth for coping. It will provide examples of titles, for both children and young adults, that afford a variety of mental health benefits, supporting issues of trauma, self-esteem, identity, loss, anxiety, etc. Librarians have long championed literacy and the power of reading for our youth. Following this presentation, participants will have tangible ideas and language to use as they continue their advocacy for young readers.

Wednesday, Apr 14 (12-1 pm)
Media Literacy for Adults: Media Engagement and Creation (Programming Librarian)
Learn how the library works as a media creator and how library workers can discover their voice through media creation.

Wednesday, Apr 14 (12-1:30 pm)
How Testing Your Documents Can Improve Plain Language Compliance (Digital.gov)
Have you ever wondered whether people will be able to understand and use your letters, notices, fact sheets, or other documents? Usability testing isn’t only for websites. Come work with Dr. Ginny Redish and learn three techniques for quick and easy ways to test documents’ usability: paraphrase, plus/minus, and task-based.

Wednesday, Apr 14 (1-2 pm)
Story Time STEM with Steve Spangler: Strategies for Connecting Amazing Science with Great Children’s Literature (edWeb.net)
This edWebinar is for early childhood educators who are looking to use popular pieces of children’s literature to help young learners strengthen their critical-thinking skills and increase their sense of wonder, discovery and exploration. Story Time STEM gives you the teaching tools, ideas and strategies you’ll need to explore creative ways to teach STEM through the medium of children’s literature.

Wednesday, Apr 14 (1-2 pm)
The Power of Blogging & Thought Leadership for Nonprofits (Firespring)
Most nonprofits that have tried to blog have failed miserably. In this session, we will share the collective wisdom we’ve gleaned from dozens of nonprofit organizations that have stumbled upon the magic formula for becoming thought leaders in their community.

Thursday, Apr 15 (9-10 am)
Successful Leadership Development in the Post-COVID World (Training Industry)
Join us for this complimentary Training Industry webinar, sponsored by Hemsley Fraser. Your hosts, Ian Klein, vice president, solution architect, and Ben Clarke, head of Hemsley Fraser U.S. will provide insights on: The top soft skills and leadership traits needed for business success; Key considerations and best practices for delivering virtual leadership development programs; Creating virtual upskilling and reskilling programs that align with company goals and engage learners; And  why adopting an Agile approach to organizational learning is key.

Thursday, Apr 15 (12-1 pm)
The New Volunteer Manager’s Toolkit (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar will walk you through the three primary Rs – recruitment, retention and recognition. We’ll discuss the most popular program components such as interviews, orientations, volunteer handbooks, and more. And, we’ll talk about the importance of managing risk for your program and your organization. All attendees will also receive a sample packet with examples of program documents and program assessment checklists to help you evaluate your existing program.

Thursday, Apr 15 (12-1 pm)
What’s Ahead for Hybrid Learning: Putting Best Practices in Motion (Education Week)
This webinar will review best practices for hybrid learning on challenges such as concurrent teaching, scheduling, relationship building, equitable learning environments, and use of technology, with a special look at how to make the shift from mostly hybrid to fully in-person instruction, and from fully remote to hybrid, as smooth as possible.

Thursday, Apr 15 (12-1:30 pm)
Leaning into Culturally-grounded Anti-bias Child Assessment (Early Childhood Investigations)
Children should be assessed in the context of their daily routines and activities as they engage with familiar materials through an asset frame. Unfortunately, there is evidence that children of color, especially Black children, are often assessed as less cognitively, linguistically, and socially astute than their peers. There is a need to transform child assessments as an equity tool to support children in a racially-affirming and holistic way. This means interrogating the content, purpose, and goals of the assessments, and the role of adults’ biases, behaviors, and the learning environment.

Thursday, Apr 15 (1-2 pm)
Literature as a Lens: Using Texts to Broaden Students’ Perspectives (Saddleback Educational Publishing)
Are you working to build an inclusive literacy classroom for all students? In this FREE one-hour webinar, we will discuss potential challenges that might exist as teachers try to diversify their classroom literature. We will review strategies for incorporating diverse texts and examine a planning tool that can help teachers to create inclusive reading experiences for students.

ALA Announces $1.25M Emergency Grant Fund



ALA COVID Library Relief Fund
DEADLINE: May 20, 2021
The American Library Association (ALA) has made available $1.25 million in emergency relief grants to libraries that have experienced substantial economic hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ALA COVID Library Relief Fund invites public, school, academic, and tribal libraries across the United States and US Territories to apply for grants of $30,000 to $50,000. These funds are intended to bolster library operations and services including broadening technology access, developing collections, providing digital instruction, staffing, and expanding outreach, as well as maintaining and amplifying existing service strategies or adding new ones to extend impact through the end of 2021.

Grants will be announced on June 23, 2021. The grant funds are to support libraries through December 31, 2021. Grants are to help support library operations, including but not limited to staff time, collections, technology, equipment. Grants are to re-stablish, sustain, amplify, or create new needed services, to underserved target audience(s).

Library systems (municipal, county, district) and library school districts can only submit only one application per system or district, but the application can request support for one or more library and /or one or more target audience across your system/district.

The ALA COVID Library Relief Fund is generously supported by Acton Family Giving as part of its pandemic responsive grant making. Initial seed funding was provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as part of its efforts to bolster educational and cultural organizations devastated by the economic fallout out from COVID-19.

Spotlight on Government Information



Document cover: Middle Big Horn Watershed StudyWater concerns in Wyoming affect all industries, communities and residents. Water resources include water in the solid, liquid, and gas phases, including surface water, groundwater, precipitation, and water vapor in the atmosphere. The wise development and administration of this critical resource is the primary purpose of the Wyoming Water Development Program, which is administered by the Wyoming Water Development Office (WWDO) and the Wyoming Water Development Commission (WWDC).

The WWDO and WWDC provide for the planning, selection, financing, construction, acquisition, and operation of projects for the conservation, storage, transmission, supply, and use of water in Wyoming. Projects include dam and reservoir planning, groundwater planning, river basin planning, watershed studies, weather modification, and water research projects.

As the state documents depository, the Wyoming State Library collects and houses publications on this critical work. Check out water development publications, like the most recent agency publication, Middle Big Horn Watershed Study Level 1 at the State Library in print (WYDOCS WA 1.2:581/ 2021/FINAL) or digitally in our State Publications Database.

Need more information? Contact our expert reference staff at the Wyoming State Library.

Online Training ‘At Your Leisure’



In addition to the live webinars in our training calendar, each month we try to pick some videos out there that you can watch “At Your Leisure.” These on-demand offerings caught our attention for April.

Explora for School and Public Libraries (EBSCO): Just type Explora into the search and hit enter to learn how Explora provides a safe, trustworthy environment for students to look up articles and facts for research papers, class projects or homework.


Best Practices for Fair Use in OER (American Library Association): CopyTalk is a series of webinars on specific copyright topics that include orphan works, mass digitization, international copyright developments, pending and recent copyright court cases, the copyright implications of new technologies, and more.


Evaluating Virtual Programs and Events (InfoPeople): Libraries have quickly pivoted in the last several months to moving their programs and events to a virtual environment. The early months were about figuring out “the how” and getting new routines in place. Now it is time to find meaningful ways to evaluate and assess the success of what we are offering. How does program success in a virtual world differ from in person programs and events? What data should we collect? How do we get feedback? These questions and more will be explored in this webinar.


How to Improve Your Workplace When You are Not the Boss (Pattern Research): It’s not enough to criticize and complain if you want to make your workplace better, particularly when you don’t have power or authority. Also, being right about the technical details of the problem and possible solutions is usually not enough either. You can improve your situation by building better workplace relationships, learning to navigate the political maze of your workplace, and ensuring your own behavior is beyond reproach.


Lunch at the Library: Nourishing Bodies and Minds (WebJunction): For too many children and teens, summer is a time of hunger and learning loss. Libraries offer the perfect environment to combat childhood hunger and obesity while preventing summer learning loss by offering free, healthy lunch to kids through the USDA Summer Food Service Program. Join us for this webinar to learn about the tools and practical tips for starting or expanding a USDA summer meals site and incorporating lunches into your summer reading program. Even if you’ve been offering summer lunches for years, you’ll come away inspired and ready to plan.

Celebrate Citizen Science Month



Citizen Science Month 2021 logoApril is Global Citizen Science Month! If you are looking for ways to involve your community in your library activities, Citizen Science is a great way to do it. Patrons of all ages can participate in collecting and analyzing data, engaging in real research to advance science. Projects include monitoring light pollution, investigating the safety of drinking water, observing plants and animals in your area, Alzheimer’s research, and much more. Free resources abound to help you plan programs, access materials, learn about projects, and more!

To get started with Citizen Science, visit SciStarter. To find out more about Citizen Science Month including projects, programming ideas, and other resources, visit scistarter.org/citizensciencemonth-about.

Wyoming Bookmobile Parade!



National Library Outreach Day (formerly National Bookmobile Day) is today, April 7. The event celebrates library outreach and the dedicated library professionals who are meeting their patrons where they are. Whether it’s a bookmobile stop at the local elementary school, services provided to community homes, or library pop-ups at community gatherings, these services are essential to the community. Each year, National Library Outreach Day is celebrated on the Wednesday of National Library Week.

The Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services is marking the day with a parade! See bookmobiles from libraries everywhere on their Twitter feed and Facebook page.

In the meanwhile, we’d like to share some our favorite Wyoming bookmobile pictures here.

Woman speaking in front of bookmobile that has image of an outdoor scene on its side.
Natrona County Library Director Lisa Scroggins with the library’s newest bookmobile, launched early in 2021.
Laramie County Library System’s bookmobile.
Natrona County Library’s former bookmobile, which has found a new home at the Albany County Public Library. We’ll keep you posted when WCPL launches bookmobile services!