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Spotlight on Government Information

Star with U.S. flag pattern and banner that says Presidential InaugurationOn January 20, 2021 a new president and vice president will be sworn into office as part of  the 59th Inauguration Day ceremonies. Traditionally speeches and other public events mark the transfer of power from one administration to the next.

What happens behind the scenes to ensure the federal government continues to operate smoothly during a change in leadership? According to this timeline, a Presidential Transition Directory was launched in November 2019. The U.S. General Services Administration outlines other important dates and activities that must occur prior to January 20, 2021. Approximately a year in advance of Inauguration Day, the Government Publishing Office (GPO) in collaboration with the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC) starts designing and producing items including invitations, tickets, stationary, and other items.

After the November election, the president-elect begins selecting and appointing people to fill important roles in federal agencies and cabinet positions. The Office of Personnel Management develops a guide to assist the incoming president and current agency leadership with policies and regulations to follow during the transition. The Plum Book provides detailed information related to these key positions including names, pay grades, and tenure.

Creative Aging Call for Artists

Circle of people engaged in Creative Aging activity.
Participants in a lifetime arts training. Image courtesy of Lifetime Arts.

Through a partnership between the Wyoming Arts Council, the Wyoming State Library, and Lifetime Arts, training will be provided to teaching artists and librarians throughout the state where they will learn innovative direct arts programming for older adults.

Wyoming has a growing community of elder adults. One effective way to address adverse health effects associated with aging is with intentional arts engagement. This field is referred to as Creative Aging.

The Wyoming Arts Council will co-host, with Lifetime Arts, an informational webinar for artists and library programmers on February 3. Learn more and register.

The Wyoming Arts Council is now accepting applications from Wyoming based artists to participate in a free virtual training on best practices in Creative Aging from March 8-10 Teaching artists who complete this training will have the possibility of being hired by county libraries around the state, who are undergoing similar training, to lead creative aging programs in their libraries.

Learn more and apply. The deadline for applications is Feb. 10.

The selection process is competitive. Only 50 artists from around the state will be selected to participate. Artists who are selected to participate in the training will receive a $50 honorarium to compensate them, in part, for their time. The training is free for teaching artists, paid for in part by a grant from the Wyoming Community Foundation.

For more information or to learn how to get involved, please contact Josh Chrysler at the Wyoming Arts Council at or 307-256-2010.

RIPL Data Boot Camp Webinar Series

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From Library Research Service

Is one of your new year’s resolutions to get your library’s data in shape? Then, spend the winter with the Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) and participate in our Data Boot Camp Series! This free webinar series features curriculum from the RIPL 2020 national event. These will NOT be webinars where you listen to a talking head the whole time; instead, please come ready to participate in a variety of interactive learning activities, some of which will occur in small groups in breakout rooms.

Here is the schedule – go to to learn more about each webinar and register:

  • January 27 (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MST): Observations: Data Hiding in Plain Sight
  • February 2 (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MST): Can You Hear Me Now? Communicating Data to Stakeholders
  • February 23 (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MST): Nothing for Us, Without Us: Getting Started with Culturally Responsive Evaluation
  • March 2 (12-1:30 p.m. MST): Meaningful Metrics for Your Organization
  • March 16 (12-1:30 p.m. MST): Evaluation + Culture = Change

All webinars will be recorded.

Applications Open for ARSL Leadership Institute

Outstanding in Their Field logoFrom the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

The Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) has announced the Outstanding in Their Field Leadership Institute. The Institute is for library workers who are currently working in rural and/or small libraries from various backgrounds and ethnicities.

Applications are due February 24.

ARSL encourages applications from folks who may not have a Master of Library and Information Science degree; those without a college degree are also encouraged to apply. If you are committed to serving your community through librarianship, but your library has very limited funds for professional development or attendance at conferences or if you’re a library lifer with or without a library degree and you want to up your library game – this Institute is for you. All participant travel, materials, and instructional expenses (worth approximately $8,000) are covered by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

WSL Closed for MLK/Equality Day

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - CIRCA 1999: Stamp printed in USA dedicated to celebrate the century 1960s, shows Martin Luther King, circa 1999The Wyoming State Library will be closed Monday, January 18, for Martin Luther King Jr./Equality Day. We will be open our normal hours again on Tuesday, January 19.

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.”

Even More E-books for Kids and Teens

Last month we announced the addition of thousands of e-books and e-audiobooks in cloudLibrary for kids and teens in response to the pandemic. Now, the Wyoming State Library is excited to announce we have even more! In late December, we made an additional $750,000 in cloudLibrary purchases for young readers. In total, nearly $1 million has gone into providing nearly 50,000 digital items to keep those K-12 students reading and learning at home.

We’d like your help promoting these great resources to your own patrons, so we’ve provided a social media kit below for you to use. Please use and repurpose the press release, social media graphics, and suggested posts for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or use them as idea starters for your own tailored messages. Please spread the word!

Press release

This press release was sent out to media statewide.

Social media graphics

These have been sized for Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Click for larger image, then right-click to download.

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Promotional banner with three school-aged children children

Facebook or Twitter posts

Have a K-12 student learning at home? They can download great #reading any time from cloudLibrary with their Wyoming library card. The State Library has just added thousands of ebooks and eaudiobooks just for kids and teens! Find them all at

Does your child or teen have their own tablet or smartphone? They can use it to open up a world of #reading! Thousands of ebooks and eaudio for Wyo’s young readers have just been added to Learn more:

A pandemic might keep your young student home, but there’s an online library available to them any time through Thousands of ebooks and eaudiobooks have just been added for kids and teens. Find them at

With a phone, PC, or other device + a library card, your child or teen can read thousands of ebooks and eaudiobooks from — nearly 50,000 just added! Start their next #reading adventure at

Tell your child or teen to pick that cell phone up and start reading! In response to the pandemic, the Wyoming State Library has added nearly 50,000 ebooks and eaudiobooks to — free to read with a library card. Find them at

Instagram posts

Have a K-12 student learning at home? They can download great reading any time from #cloudLibrary with their Wyoming library card. The State Library has just added thousands of #ebooks and #eaudiobooks just for kids and teens! Visit and click on Digital Library at the top of the page to find your virtual library.

#wyominglibraries #gowyld #virtuallibrary #librariesareforeveryone #librariestransform #librariesofinstagram #instalibraries


Does your child or teen have their own tablet or smartphone? They can use it to open up a world of reading! Thousands of ebooks and eaudiobooks for Wyoming’s young readers have just been added to your library’s anywhere and at-home resources. Learn more by visiting and clicking on Digital Library at the top of the page.

#wyominglibraries #gowyld #virtuallibrary #librariesareforeveryone #librariestransform #librariesofinstagram #instalibraries


A pandemic might keep your young student home, but there’s an online library available to them any time through Thousands of #ebooks and #eaudiobooks have just been added for kids and teens. Find them by visiting and clicking on Digital Library at the top of the page.

#wyominglibraries #gowyld #virtuallibrary #librariesareforeveryone #librariestransform #librariesofinstagram #instalibraries


With a phone, PC, or other device and a library card, your child or teen can read thousands of ebooks and eaudiobooks from—nearly 50,000 items just added! Start their next #readingadventure at and click on Digital Library at the top of the page or contact our librarians for more information.

#wyominglibraries #gowyld #virtuallibrary #librariesareforeveryone #librariestransform #librariesofinstagram #instalibraries


Tell your child or teen to pick that cell phone up and start reading! In response to the pandemic, the Wyoming State Library has added nearly 50,000 #ebooks and #eaudiobooks to’s electronic resources—free to read with a library card. Find them at by clicking on Digital Library at the top of the page or contact our librarians for more information.

#wyominglibraries #gowyld #virtuallibrary #librariesareforeveryone #librariestransform #librariesofinstagram #instalibraries


Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of January 11

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of January 11 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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Calendar listings

All times MST

Monday, Jan 11 (1-2 pm)
Leveling the Playing Field: Support for Struggling Readers in a Blended Learning Environment (
Join Diana Petschauer, Managing Director and AT Consultant, Assistive Technology for Education, and Texthelp’s Kathleen Colburn, Senior Product Manager, as they explore strategies and tools to empower struggling readers in a blended learning environment.

Tuesday, Jan 12 (10-11 am)
Leadership Skills for New(er) Supervisors (Utah State Library)
Effectively leading others requires the development of new skills as you take on new leadership roles. This program provides new supervisors and managers the skills they need to be successful in leading others and accomplishing the goals of their workgroup or department.

Tuesday, Jan 12 (12-1 pm)
Spring Book Club Picks (Booklist)
The best way to ring in the New Year? With new books, of course! And in this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from Bloomsbury Publishing, Sourcebooks, and W. W. Norton & Company will introduce you to plenty of them as they spotlight forthcoming adult titles destined for book group super-stardom. Whether you’re meeting in person or virtually, prepare to reenergize your reading group, inspire patrons, and spark meaningful discussion.

Tuesday, Jan 12 (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.

Tuesday, Jan 12 (12-1 pm)
Executive Function: Building Core Capabilities for Life (Colorado State Library)
What is executive function and why is it important? Come learn how to help children build executive function skills and why these skills are crucial to success for children and adults. We will go through all areas of executive function, determine what might work for different ages and practice a little ourselves.

Tuesday, Jan 12 (12-1 pm)
Gov Docs 101 Legislative History Research (Federal Depository Library Program)
We will explore how to find legislative intent, public hearings presenting various viewpoints, congressional debate, Presidential signing statements, and more.

Tuesday, Jan 12 (12-1 pm)
Bringing Public Health and Public Libraries Together (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Establishing and sustaining collaborative partnerships between Public Libraries and Public Health departments presents opportunities to bring together existing networks and partnerships and further support the communities they serve. This webinar will discuss the benefits of strong partnerships between Public Libraries and Public Health departments. Opportunities and strategies for partnerships will also be discussed.

Tuesday, Jan 12 (12-1 pm)
Media Literacy for Adults: Meeting Patrons Where They Are (Programming Librarian)
People who need media literacy skills may not be eager to sign up for a program or class on the subject; in fact, they may not know their skills are lacking at all. In this webinar, Kristen Calvert of the Dallas Public Library and Amber Conger of Kershaw County Library in South Carolina will cover how library workers can meet the needs of their adult patrons and how to incorporate media literacy practices in existing programs and at the reference desk.

Tuesday, Jan 12 (12-12:50 pm)
How to Set and Achieve Career Growth Remotely (GovLoop)
New year, new administration, new career goals? In 2021, COVID-19 is still impacting how government employees work. Many govies are working remotely or will be permanently remote going forward. This environment can feel very isolating as you chart your career growth. Join us online for a free 50-minute training to learn how to set and achieve career growth in a remote world.

Tuesday, Jan 12 (12:30-1:30 pm)
How to Get the Most Out of Your Nonprofit Website (Firespring)
Let us lighten your workload and ease your mind with this webinar that’ll help you put your nonprofit website to work for you and make it multitask as well as you do. Go beyond the basics with Molly Coke as she talks about how to leverage technology to help support your mission and make your life easier.

Tuesday, Jan 12 (5-6 pm)
AASL Town Hall: Leading Learning (American Association of 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, Jan 13 (9-10 am)
Scholarly Communication in Academic Libraries: An ever changing landscape of responsibilities (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Scholarly Communication in academic libraries provides leadership and guidance in matters pertaining to the management, policy making and procedures as they relate to various scholarly pursuits of a campus. These responsibilities encompass issues related to creating and maintaining the Institutional Repository, copyright, open access policy and publishing, open educational resources, data management and funding, among others. Scholarly Communication is a dynamic environment that requires changing approaches, making modifications and accommodating a landscape that is evolving rapidly. I will be sharing my insight on working with entities on and off campus to meet Stony Brook University and Hospital’s scholarly needs.

Wednesday, Jan 13 (9-10 am)
Tiny Spaces Bring Big Opportunity (Nebraska Library Commission)
Modern libraries can be created anywhere, in any space — even a small, unused 453 square foot room in a public housing complex. Learn how Fort Worth (Texas) Public Library created the perfect storm of political support, private funding, and fulfilling an equity need in one tiny space.

Wednesday, Jan 13 (9-10 am)
How to brand your non-profit in 2021 to increase fundraising (Nonprofit Hub)
The secret to a thriving organization in 2021 is not the latest shiny tool or social media tactic but an aligned branding and marketing strategy. Join Kerstin on this free webinar to find out more.

Wednesday, Jan 13 (10-11 am)
Controlling Your Nerves When Presenting: No Vomiting Allowed! (Training Magazine Network)
This session is for anyone who wants to face down nervousness and find their authentic selves before their virtual audiences. Most of this hour will apply to in-person presentations, as well.

Wednesday, Jan 13 (11-12 pm)
Libraries Serving Older Adults During COVID: A facilitated conversation (Colorado State Library)
Throughout the pandemic, libraries across the US have been creating innovative ways to continue providing important services and to remain connected to their communities. But reaching older adults provides additional challenges these days. So, let’s talk about it! Join us for a facilitated conversation, where we all brainstorm and learn from each other.

Wednesday, Jan 13 (11-12 pm)
Virtual Business Research Orientation (Library of Congress)
The virtual Business Research Orientation provides an overview of resources and services for business research, with an emphasis on Library of Congress tools and search strategies that can be used from home. This class is designed to introduce students, librarians, researchers, and entrepreneurs to research at the Library, navigating the online catalog, and highlighting resources specific to business research. You’ll be able to send chats throughout the presentation; we love it when you bring your questions with you!

Wednesday, Jan 13 (12-1 pm)
The Uplifting Story of Calvin Spann, a Tuskegee Airman (Mackin)
History is shaped by people who work for change. Throughout history, those who have faced discrimination have made significant accomplishments while fighting to secure their rights. Some of these achievements have become well known, while others have not.

Wednesday, Jan 13 (12-1 pm)
Embracing AI to Scale Your Fundraising (Candid Learning)
In this webinar, Allison Fine and Beth Kanter will outline the processes and products needed to expand philanthropic giving with AI, drawing on  research from the AI4Giving Report (made possible  by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation). You’ll leave this webinar ready to have a conversation with your leadership about the benefits of AI to the nonprofit sector and whether your organization is ready to adopt AI.

Wednesday, Jan 13 (12-1 pm)
Social Media and Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar will offer an introduction to including social media in your volunteer recruitment and retention plans. You’ll see examples of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as blogs that other nonprofits have successfully used to draw attention to their organizations and volunteer opportunities.

Wednesday, Jan 13 (12-1:30 pm)
Fearless Conversations With Toddlers: How to Open a Can of Worms With Little Ones (Early Childhood Investigations)
Join early educator Nick Terrones and author Ann Pelo for an interview-style session about Nick’s new book, A Can of Worms. Moderated by Mike Browne, this deep discussion will explore the core of the book. In it, Nick shares stories about toddler-initiated conversations about race and identity. While the stories are sometimes amusing and often jarring, at their core, they are probing and important which opens a can of worms that make most adults uncomfortable. Ann, as the Co-Originator of the Reimaging Our Work Series of Books, and Nick the author of the newest book in the series, will share the importance of sitting with discomfort and model a willingness to talk about challenging topics with the youngest children.

Wednesday, Jan 13 (1-2 pm)
Proactive Advocacy and Communication for Library Trustees and Staff (OCLC)
This webinar explores communication tools and strategies for boards and library staff to be better prepared for unknown changes.

Thursday, Jan 13 (9-10 am)
Orientation to Legal Research: U.S. Case Law (Law Library of Congress)
Provides participants with an introduction to legal sources and research techniques regarding U.S. case law research, including information about the U.S. federal court system, the publication of court opinions, methods for researching case law, and information about locating records and briefs.

Thursday, Jan 14 (10-11 am)
Implementation: Adoption vs. Abandonment (AbleNet)
You have met your client, analyzed their strengths and weaknesses, maybe you did a nice SETT process…you found a tool. Now what? How do you promote use and success of the tool you worked hard to find? This session will review some of the evidence bases which identify factors which predict adoption or abandonment of tools. Come learn what can be done from assessment to receiving equipment to help increase success.

Thursday, Jan 14 (12-1 pm)
Be Your Best Self in 2021: Reads To Help You Find Peace, Comfort, and Inspiration (Booklist)
Join the Library Love Fest Team as we talk about forthcoming fiction and nonfiction titles sure to soothe your body and soul, liven up your kitchen, recharge your batteries, and increase productivity wherever you are!

Thursday, Jan 14 (12-1 pm)
From the Rocks to the Stocks – Library Research with a Geosciences Librarian and a Finance Librarian (Federal Depository Library Program)
Learn how a geosciences librarian and a finance librarian collaborate in helping students discover geological and financial data for natural resources (oil, natural gas, renewable energy, and mineral resources/commodities).

Saturday, Jan 16 (9-10:30)
Tech for Teens Club : Coding Websites (PACER)
This workshop will introduce teens with disabilities to the basics of coding for the internet with HTML and CSS. Students will create their own unique website and publish it on the Internet using a free online tool at Students will be able to experiment with code and see the results online in real-time.

Portman is National Library Week Honorary Chair

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From the American Library Association

Natalie Portman, Academy Award-winning actress, director, producer, author and activist, will lend her star power to shine a spotlight on our nation’s libraries as the honorary chair of National Library Week, April 4-10, 2021. She will help highlight the essential role libraries, librarians and library workers play in serving their communities, especially during challenging times.

“Libraries are open, inclusive places that foster a sense of belonging and community,” Portman said. “They show us anything is possible by encouraging a love of learning, discovery and exploration.”

The theme for National Library Week 2021, “Welcome to Your Library,” promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building – and that everyone is welcome to use their services. During the pandemic libraries have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of their users. Whether people visit in person or virtually, libraries offer opportunities for everyone to explore new worlds and become their best selves through access to technology, multimedia content and educational programs.

Free digital graphics promoting National Library Week are now available at

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is an annual observance by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April. National Library Week celebrations include the release of ALA’s 2021 “State of America’s Libraries Report,” April 5; National Library Workers Day, April 6; National Day for Bookmobiles and Outreach Services, April 7; Take Action for Libraries Day, April 8; and the celebration of School Library Month throughout April.

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 January:

Intro to Podcasting (Podcasting 101, Part 1) (Wyoming State Library)
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What’s a podcast and why should I have one? Learn about how to start your own podcast for your museum or library and find a whole new audience outside your walls for your programs and collections. Cameron Green, technical producer of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum’s “Saddle Lore,” will discuss the basic technology needs for starting and web hosting your podcast. Skye Cranney, cohost of the Idaho State Historical Society’s “Behind Gray Walls,” will discuss how to build consistent content. Learn about budget, technology, production, and more in this informative session, the first of a two-part series.

Thinking about Race, Voting Rights, and the Past: People, Moments, and Documents (Federal Depository Library Program)
“Research is like archaeology” – Prof. Fuentes-Rohwer has done research in many libraries and archives (the Library of Congress, presidential libraries, the Dirksen Congressional Center, and academic libraries) for the book that he is completing on race and voting in the United States. Central to the story of the book are the Voting Rights Act and the Freedom Movement. Prof. Fuentes Rohwer will talk about his research, sharing stories about historical figures in the Freedom Movement and his research uncovering Government documents that are central to his work. Ms. Morgan will provide information on historical and archival resources used for researching U.S. Congressional documents, judicial case records, and archival collections.

Building a Fundable Strategic Plan (EveryLibrary Institute)
EveryLibrary’s executive director John Chrastka will share actionable insights from nearly 100 library funding campaigns about inclusive planning, and uncover what data drives successful strategic plans to build political and social support for funding libraries.

Personal Planning for Professional Development (Montana State Library)
Training is important in any job but especially in libraries because libraries are always moving on the cutting edge of transformations. Libraries react endlessly to technology changes, social needs, community interests, political climates and (as we have recently discovered) local, national and global crises. As the Montana State Library launches the new Strategic Track to support veteran library staff, this session will help library directors and those who are looking to advance their careers in librarianship to understand the direct relationship between the training you choose, the work you do, and the success of your library’s programs and services. The new Strategic Track for MT State Library Certification supports a model for planning training that is customized to the needs of the learner and the library where they work.

News in Brief

Resources to Recognize and Counter COVID-19 Vaccine Mis/Disinformation
As the COVID-19 vaccine inches closer to widespread distribution, help your patrons and community find reputable and reliable information about the vaccine with these resources from the Texas State Library and Archives. Also included are some helpful tutorials on spotting fake news and evaluating information found on the web.

2020 Wyoming Kids Count Data Book Now Available
The Wyoming KIDS Count Data Book takes a county-by-county look at the well-being of Wyoming children and families. It includes information ranging from health to education and much more. KIDS COUNT is a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation designed to track the well-being of children by providing high quality data and trend analysis.

Malcolm Wallop Civic Engagement K-12 Curriculum Virtual Library
As schools across Wyoming face a growing need for virtual education resources, the University of Wyoming Wallop Civic Engagement Program shifted its focus to address the need. Through the creation of a virtual curriculum catalog, new free resources will be available for Wyoming teachers. The virtual library includes short video presentations across a range of topics, such as civics, civic engagement, government, history, geography and economics — all from UW faculty and partners from Wyoming community colleges and public experts.

Association for Rural and Small Libraries Launches Leadership Institute
The Association for Rural and Small Libraries has launched its inaugural ARSL Outstanding in Their Field Leadership Institute. They will be looking for 30 people who are currently working in rural and/or small libraries throughout the country. All participant travel, materials, and instructional expenses are paid for by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The application period will open in January 2021.

Space Planning Resources for Renovations and New Libraries
The Massachusetts Libraries Board of Library Commissioners released a brand-new resource for library space planning. Library Space: A Planning Resource for Libraries specifically focuses on the step-by-step process of public library design and includes illustrations of seating, room types, shelving, and more. It empowers librarians, administrators, and designers with the tools for planning and redesigning public libraries. Find more space planning resources in the Wyoming State Library’s handbooks for boards and directors.

Call for Applications for Community History Web Archiving Program
The Internet Archive invites public libraries in the United States and cultural heritage organizations in U.S. territories to apply to join its Community History Web Archiving program. Apply by January 31st, 2021 to join a diverse network of 150+ public libraries and librarians who are documenting local history, growing their professional skills and increasing institutional technical capacity, and building a public understanding of web archiving.

Book Clubs in Lockdown: New Research, Free Report
“Book Clubs in Lockdown” examines how book clubs have responded to the challenges of 2020 and how some of these changes will impact book groups for the long term. It is based on original research analyzing over 3,400 survey responses collected this October with many findings particularly relevant for public librarians. The report is also relevant to those in book clubs, so librarians may wish to share findings or the download link in their own communications.

Copyright Tools, Best Practices, and More
Whether you’re teaching students the basics of copyright or trying to make sure you don’t run afoul of the law yourself, the Alaska State Library can help. As part of their Online With Libraries (OWL) project, they’ve  put together an extensive set of resources on copyright. OWL is a longstanding project here for supporting broadband, videoconferencing, and more.

Six Copyright Concepts Your K-12 Students Should Know
The Library of Congress, with the U.S. Copyright Office, has assembled six points to remember when teaching students about copyright. Incorporating copyright concepts into your lesson plans can help engage a student’s creativity and foster an appreciation for the importance of protecting creative works.

Registration Opens for 2021 AASL National Conference
Registration is now open for the 2021 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference. The conference, taking place Oct. 21-23, 2021, in Salt Lake City, Utah, convenes school library professionals for in-person learning and networking opportunities. Content provided at the conference will be rooted in AASL’s “National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries.” Wyoming librarians needing assistance with conference expenses are encouraged to apply for a Carol McMurry Library Foundation grant.

White Paper on Serving non-English Speakers and Newcomers to the U.S.
The American Library Association’s New Americans Library Project explored the landscape of literature and resources about library services for new Americans, studied how libraries can more effectively serve new Americans, and made recommendations about this topic for the library field. This white paper provides a synthesis of the project to help library professionals understand opportunities for libraries’ work with new Americans.

LSCUTC Toolkit for Spanish-Speaking Populations
The Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers committee is devoting the 2020-2021 calendar year to creating a vibrant, dynamic toolkit with up-to-date resources for working with marginalized populations.  This month, the LSCUTC Toolkit focuses on resources for serving Spanish-speaking populations. Most of the resources focus on creating an inclusive space for Spanish-speaking families through materials, programs, and outreach.

Guide to Law Online: U.S. States and Territories
The Law Library of Congress has announced the launch of a redesigned Guide to Law Online: U.S. States and Territories at its new Library of Congress Research Guides location. This project originally started in 1999 as an outgrowth of the nation-specific guide portal, with the state pages created to provide quick links to primary and selected secondary free online resources. The initial launch included Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, and Arkansas. Groups of 5-10 states will be added alphabetically each week.