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Wyoming Library Infographics for National Library Week

For National Library Week and beyond, we’d like to offer you some infographics specific to the value of Wyoming libraries. Please feel free to share, print, or otherwise repurpose these Wyoming-specific infographics. Click the image for a larger jpg file, or use the link below each graphic for a downloadable PDF.

“Bridge the Divide” PDF

“Busier than Ever” PDF

“Effective” PDF

“Window to Future” PDF

“Federal Funds” PDF

“Nourishment” PDF

Deadline Nearing to Apply for 2018 Leadership Institute

The 2015 Wyoming Library Leadership Institute graduating class. Be part of the 2018 cohort!

On National Library Workers Day, we’d like to encourage those working in Wyoming libraries to take advantage of a wonderful professional development opportunity. The Wyoming Library Leadership Institute is accepting applications — but hurry! The deadline is nearing on April 15 so APPLY NOW. There is no charge for participants to attend, and accommodations and meals are provided.

The main focus this year is “Teamwork and Leadership.” Participants will learn more about their own leadership potential and style and will develop valuable skills.

Leadership matters at every level of an organization, and WLLI recognizes that. It welcomes library workers from all positions at every stage of their careers — not just those who are managers or aspiring managers. You could be new in the field, or you could have an established career. You could work in a school, academic, special, or public library. The Wyoming Library Leadership Institute (WLLI) is the place for you.

I came out of the Leadership Institute with better self-knowledge and better ideas on how I could be a leader right where I am now. Maybe the best part was the networking and the friendships I made. It was an amazing experience, and I’d recommend it to anyone.

— Susan Mark, 2008 WLLI Graduate

The 2018 Institute will be held in Lander, Wyoming on July 19-20 at Central Wyoming College’s Lander campus. Those selected will be scheduled to arrive on the 18th and will be staying at a local hotel that night and the next. Accommodations will be paid for by the institute. Meals will be provided for from the evening of the 18th to lunch on the 20th.

It’s not too late to take advantage of this “don’t miss” opportunity. Submit your application now before the April 15 deadline.

Questions? Contact Tasha Reeves at or (307) 714-1321 , or Chris Van Burgh at or (307) 777-3642.


Introduction to ArchivesSpace workshop

The Wyoming State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) is sponsoring an introductory workshop on ArchivesSpace on Friday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Cottonwood Room at the Laramie County Library, 2200 Pioneer Ave. in Cheyenne.

ArchivesSpace is a widely-used open source web application for managing archives information. The application integrated Archivists’ Toolkit and Archon. This  workshop will provide information on how ArchivesSpace may be used as a collection management tool and for online finding aid development.

View the workshop agenda.

The instructor will be Miloche Kottman, Head of Cataloging and Archival Processing from the University of Kansas. Upon completing this workshop, attendees will have been introduced to using ArchivesSpace to:

  • Create Accession records
  • Create Resource records
  • Create Digital Object records
  • Create and manage Agent and Subject records, and link them to Accession, Resource, and Digital Object records
  • Record and manage physical locations within a repository
  • Produce description output files in standardized data structures such as EAD and MARCXML
  • Import legacy data

Participants are encouraged to bring a computer so they can do the hands-on exercises, but it is not required. Lunch is on your own.

The workshop is free, but the number of attendees is limited. To register, contact Cindy Brown at the Wyoming State Archives at or 307-777-7036.

This workshop is sponsored by the Wyoming State Historical Records Advisory Board with funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

New Report Affirms Invaluable Role of Our Nation’s Libraries

From the American Library Association

Today the American Library Association (ALA) released its 2018 State of America’s Libraries report, an annual summary of library trends released during National Library Week, April 8 – 14, that outlines statistics and issues affecting all types of libraries. The report affirms the invaluable role libraries and library workers play within their communities by leading efforts to transform lives through education and lifelong learning.

During this time of rapid social change, libraries of all types are providing welcoming spaces to an increasingly diverse population; working with the community to offer social service support and health resources, career and small business development assistance; and combating fake news by providing tools to assess and evaluate news sources.

The function of libraries as community centers is readily recognized. A Brookings Institution article even referred to librarians as “ad hoc social workers and navigators” who “help local people figure out the complexities of life.” This role is especially evident, and never more essential, than in times of crisis, and 2017 had its share of adversity—from natural disasters to shootings on school campuses.

The report found that libraries continue to face challenges that carry with them the potential for censorship, to a variety of books, programs and materials. The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) tracked 354 challenges to library, school and university materials and services in 2017. Some individual challenges resulted in requests to restrict or remove multiple titles or collections. Overall in 2017, 416 books were targeted. See the Top 10.

This is the 60th anniversary of National Library Week. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is observed each April by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country. National Library Week celebrations include the release of the ALA’s 2018 State of America’s Libraries report, April 9; National Library Workers Day, April 10; National Bookmobile Day, April 11; and Take Action for Libraries Day, April 12.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of April 9

Free, online, continuing education events for this week from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at

All times MST

Tuesday, Apr 10 (11-12 pm)
Habits of a Highly Successful Fundraiser (The Good Partnership)
Join this webinar to learn about  tips and tools and to how to successfully use stories in your small nonprofit. There will also be Q&A time.

Tuesday, Apr 10 (12-1 pm)
STEM vs. STEAM: Science and Art in the Classroom (Booklist)
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics have proved to be invaluable foundations in the curriculum, but there are many areas where the arts naturally intersect. This free, hour-long webinar, sponsored by Workman, DK, Lerner, Holiday House, and Black Rabbit, will offer up a wide range of titles for students, be they more STEM or STEAM inclined.

Tuesday, Apr 10 (12-1 pm)
Adapting the FDLP Certificate Program for Training Student Workers & Library Assistants (Federal Depository Library Program)
In this webinar, participants will learn more about training library assistants and student workers.

Tuesday, Apr 10 (12-1 pm)
Go Viral! Motivating Your Employees to Share Their Knowledge (InSync Training)
We never want for information in everyday life. Have a problem? Just Google it away! Unfortunately, everything changes when we go to work. The knowledge we need remains hidden in hierarchical silos and training materials. Employees are left to fend for themselves – often with negative results. Let’s dig into the knowledge sharing behaviors that have become so commonplace in our daily lives and share specific tactics to activate these behaviors in the workplace.

Tuesday, Apr 10 (12:30-1:30 pm)
How to Think about Major Gifts (Nonprofit Hub)
In this webinar, you will learn about understanding the proper structure for major gift, how to describe and understand the 7-Pillars of a successful major gift program and be able to asses your nonprofit’s culture of philanthropy.

Tuesday, Apr 10 (5-6 pm)
Making & Amplifying Educator Connections through the AASL Standards (American Association of School Librarians)
Why are connections with educators so essential to school librarians? Participants will delve into the National School Library Standards and available resources to make authentic and purposeful connections with educators. Participants will create an action plan to help them plan, record, and amplify the results of their connections.


Wednesday, Apr 11 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Teen Services Without Teen Spaces: Innovative Programming (Nebraska Library Commission)
Learn how the Marion Public Library, with no dedicated programming space, cultivated an after school crowd through revised scheduling, drop-in programs, and new community connections.

Wednesday, Apr 11 (11-12 pm)
Why Build Relationships with Grantmakers? (Charity How To)
Why isn’t a well written proposal enough to get the grant award?! Participating in “Why Build Relationships With Grantmakers” will strengthen your relationship building efforts and grant writing results in your grant seeking strategy. In this live, interactive webinar we talk briefly about *why* relationships with grantmakers are important. We will share ways to learn if a grantmaker has the capacity to have relationships with potential grantees prior to submitting an award versus what their preference is for communication prior to an award. We will also address the key role that your colleagues should play in the grant relationship outreach process and how to get them excited and engaged to help look for connections and make introductions to grantmakers.

Wednesday, Apr 11 (12-1 pm)
How to Develop Outcome Measures & Design Effective Surveys (Public Library Association)
Outcome measurement is a way for libraries to assess their impact on the people they serve and helps libraries answer the question, “What good did we do?” Libraries may need to measure outcomes for a variety of reasons—from measuring and improving impact, to better managing services and resources, to demonstrating a need for funding or other support. This webinar will help libraries develop their own outcome measures based on program goals and implement those measures through effective survey design. This webinar is the second in a series featuring Project Outcome’s Outcome Measurement Guidelines, designed to help guide and provide additional support for outcome-focused data collection.

Wednesday, Apr 11 (12-1 pm)
5 easy wins to increase online donations in 5 minutes (The Digital Nonprofit)
Getting more people to donate online can sometimes seem more like voodoo than science: Your ED says to add more links. Blogs say to run intricate A/B tests for button colors. You just want the thing to friggin’ work on mobile! What strategies actually work? And better yet, which ones will yield the biggest return for your effort? In this webinar, we’ll answer those questions by reviewing 5 easy wins all nonprofits should do to increase donations online. These are 5-minute tweaks we’ll show you how to do yourself—no more waiting for the webmaster to make 1 change.

Wednesday, Apr 11 (12-1 pm)
An Organizer’s Tale: Mobilizing Allies for Union Negotiations in Libraries (EveryLibrary)
In this free webinar, Emily Drabinski will discuss lessons learned through fighting for a fair union contract. More than anything, making political change requires mobilizing people. Drawing on the experiences she described in the Political Librarian piece “An Organizer’s Tale: LIU Brooklyn’s Lockout and Union Contract Negotiation,” Drabinski will share concrete strategies for building power, developing and maintaining lists, assessing allies, and holding organizing conversations.

Wednesday, Apr 11 (12-1 pm)
Sustainable Connected Learning for Youth (Georgia Library Association)
Connected Learning is an innovative approach to youth learning that is based on the principle that learning happens best when it is interest-driven, peer supported, and academically oriented. Learn how the connected learning model has been implemented at Cuyahoga County Public Library’s 27 branches and how you can implement similar programming in your library.

Wednesday Apr 11 (12-1 pm)
Child Care Now & Beyond: Perspectives from American and Canadian Advocates (Early Childhood Investigations)
In this powerful webinar, two of the most influential child care advocates in the US and Canada share their insights about the state of child care in their respective countries. Lynette Fraga from Child Care Aware of America, and Morna Ballantyne from Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada will discuss current challenges and opportunities for child care systems in their countries now, and share insights about the path forward toward increasing quality and affordability of, and access to child care in the future.

Wednesday, Apr 11 (12-1 pm)
What is the Federal Register? (Federal Depository Library Program)
The Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other Presidential documents. This webinar will cover the historical background and purpose of the Federal Register, as well as how to use it in daily life. It is appropriate for anyone who ever gets questions about: food labelling requirements, cosmetic ingredients, Fair Labor standards, oil drilling regulations, the Physician Fee Schedule, pesticide tolerances, net neutrality, presidential proclamations and executive orders in the news, and so much more.

Wednesday, Apr 11 (12-1 pm)
Spotlight on Emerging Tech in Gov (GovLoop)
From automation to cybersecurity to the cloud, the way the government works is fundamentally different than it was even 10 years ago. And now the pace of that technological revolution is advancing at an even faster rate. So how can agencies keep up? And what emerging technologies are making the biggest impact?

Wednesday, Apr 11 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Fundraising Planning (GrantSpace)
Does your organization need help directing its fundraising efforts? Planning focuses your organization by setting fundraising priorities and helps give staff and board members a roadmap to success.This introductory class will provide you the basic steps for developing a fundraising plan.

Wednesday, Apr 11 (1-2 pm)
College and Career Ready! Motivate and Empower Struggling Readers in High School (edWeb)
In this edWebinar, high school co-teachers Elizabeth Hauser and Katherine Young will demonstrate how to channel motivation to increase literacy skills in struggling adolescent students.

Thursday, Apr 12 (10-11:30 am)
Helping the Homeless: How Libraries Offer Hope (Utah State Library and ULS RASART Roundtable)
Join Ethan Sellers (Volunteers of America) to learn about the role of the library in aiding the homeless population. Find out about demographics, factors and causes, and agencies that can offer assistance. Learn best practices for interacting with the homeless and the library’s role as a tool in reducing poverty.

Thursday, Apr 12 (11-12:30 pm)
PubMed for Librarians: Customization with My NCBI (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
PubMed for Librarians: Customization with My NCBI, is a synchronous online session that includes hands-on exercises. Attend this class to learn about the advantages of creating a My NCBI account, managing and manipulating settings in your My NCBI account, identifying available filters in your My NCBI account, and how to create a custom filter.

Thursday, Apr 12 (12-1 pm)
Interactions with Teens (YALSA)
Join this YALSA webinar facilitated by knowledgeable youth development experts and library staff that focuses on interactions with teens.

Thursday, Apr 12 (12-1 pm)
A Librarian’s Guide to Solo Leadership: How to lead when you don’t think you have anyone to lead (Colorado State Library)
It’s not always easy to lead an entire organization by yourself. Solo librarians are in the unique position where we are expected to be leaders but we very rarely, if ever, have a staff to lead. This presentation is geared toward the solo librarian or librarians who oversee a very small staff. Through storytelling and anecdotes, I hope to encourage and inspire librarians to take charge of their unique leadership roles within their organizations and discover opportunities to collaborate, learn, and influence others outside of their organization.

Thursday, Apr 12 (1-2 pm)
Serving Older Adults and Their Care Partners at Your Library (Infopeople)
By 2030, projections indicate that 25% of the US population will be 65 or older. This means that libraries will be serving a steadily increasing number of older patrons and their care partners.his webinar will help you understand and adapt to these users’ changing needs.

Thursday, Apr 12 (2-3 pm)
Author Ideas on Integrating Fiction into the Middle-Grade and Middle-School Curriculum (American Association of School Librarians)
Three authors of novels for middle-grade/middle school students discuss the value of including fiction in teaching various curriculum areas – and not just designating novels as “extra-credit!” The authors will reveal the depth of their research for historical fiction (Rebecca Behrens, “The Last Grand Adventure”); for science/nature study (Jo Hackl, “Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe”); and about political and social change (Sara Holbrook, “Enemy”).

Friday, Apr 13 (10:30-12 pm)
LYRASIS Second Fridays – It Takes a Village: Open Source Software Models of Collaboration and Sustainability – Themes and Future Directions (Lyrasis)
Why do some community-supported open source programs seem more successful than others? Why do some live on grants while some achieve financial sustainability? What can open source program staff learn from one another? In 2017, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) provided grant funding to enable LYRASIS to assess how open-source software (OSS) programs serving cultural and scientific heritage organizations attain long-term sustainability. Join the webinar to find out the results.

Wyoming Authors Wiki to Close April 30

The Wyoming Authors Wiki, a clearinghouse of information about authors who live, or have lived in, Wyoming is shutting down April 30. On that date, the site will be taken down. The site will be downloaded before it is closed, and the data it contains will be available upon request.

Authors who have pages on the wiki are encouraged to check their pages to ensure that their information is correct before the final download on April 30 and that they have all the information they may need from the site before it is taken down.

Because the wiki is currently closed to editing by participants, requests for corrections should be sent to Susan Mark, WSL Publications Specialist, at or 307-777-5915. She will also be glad to answer any questions you may have.

People News

Jes Renz has been named the new Assistant Director at Converse County Library. She has been serving as the library’s business manager. Her background is in human resources, personnel management and finance, and she is a journalist with the Wyoming Air National Guard. “I’m excited for my new role with the Converse County Library,” she said. “My time here has been amazing and I’m ready to get more involved with our staff and programming. Together we will do great things!”

Cindy Kellogg was honored with the University of Wyoming Unsung Hero Award at the Staff Recognition Day ceremony on March 28, 2018. This award honors UW staff members who are deserving of recognition for outstanding duties performed. As a library specialist in the UW Libraries digital collections office, Cindy supervises student workers in scanning digital projects and responds to questions from students and faculty. Her commitment to customer service and her positive attitude inspired several nomination letters and the ongoing respect of her colleagues. A UW Libraries employee for 25 years, Cindy previously worked in the Coe Library Research & Instruction Department and in the Science Library. She began working at the University of Wyoming as a student in 1977. In the photo, Cindy is with UW President Laurie Nichols.

Terri Perry is joining Converse County Library as the Children Services Manager in Douglas. Previously, she was a Senior District Executive for seven years with the Boy Scouts of America in Michigan. Her bachelor’s degree is in elementary education from Central Michigan University, and she has led children’s programming in several venues. Terri has two sons, one beautiful granddaughter, and has never lived in Wyoming before! She looks forward to offering diverse experiences, learning, and programming to the Douglas community, especially regarding summer reading.

Heidi Hobson is the new Teen Lead Librarian at the Riverton Branch Library, part of Fremont County Library System. Heidi is from the Denver area, and worked at Jefferson County Public Library as well as spending two years as a reading interventionist and one as a math interventionist in low income schools. She says she is happily settling into a little log cabin in Riverton and aspires to become both a YA author and a “Crazy Cat Lady.”

Fremont County Library System also has two new employees at the Lander Library. Ami Vincent is Library Assistant II in Adult Services and Heather Walker is a Library Aide.

Celebrate National Library Week Beginning April 8

“Libraries Lead” is the theme for National Library Week, which kicks off on Sunday, April 8, and runs through April 14. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries—school, public, academic and special—participate.

This year’s honorary chair is dancer and celebrated author Misty Copeland. In 2015, Misty was promoted to principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, making her the first African American woman to ever be promoted to the position in the company’s 75-year history. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, Life in Motion and her 2014 picture book, Firebird, won the Coretta Scott King Book Illustrator Award in 2015. Her new book, Ballerina Body, an instant New York Times Bestseller, published in March 2017.

Celebrations during National Library Week include:

  • Monday, April 9: State of America’s Libraries Report released, including Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2017.
  • Tuesday, April 10: National Library Workers Day, a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. Pop on over to the site and nominate a library star!
  • Wednesday, April 11: National Bookmobile Day, a day to recognize the contributions of our nation’s bookmobiles and the dedicated professionals who make quality bookmobile outreach possible in their communities.
  • Thursday, April 12 is Take Action for Libraries Day: #fundlibraries.

Is your library doing something special for National Library Week? Let us know! Give us a shout-out in the comments or on Twitter (@WyoLibraries) or Facebook. You can also email Susan Mark, Wyoming State Library publications specialist, at to tell her about it.

Grant Opportunities

The Great American Read
DEADLINE: April 17, 2018

Public libraries are invited to participate in a programming opportunity around The Great American Read, an eight-part PBS series designed to spark a national conversation about reading and the books that have inspired, moved, and shaped us. Fifty U.S. public libraries will be selected through a competitive application process to receive a cash grant to support programming around the series, as well as a programming kit.

Wyoming Humanities Council Major Grants
DEADLINE: July 1, 2018
Funding for larger humanities projects between $2,001 and $10,000. All approved projects must contain a central focus on the humanities and use of the humanities as a tool to explore the central theme. Projects must contain public components and be matched at least 1:1 with non-Federal dollars.

Local Government Energy Audit/Retrofit Grants
DEADLINE: August 31, 2018
The Wyoming Business Council has grants available to towns, cities and counties for energy-efficiency improvements and retrofits. Applicants must sign up for the Wyoming Energy Conservation Improvement Program by June 30 to receive a free energy assessment. The assessment must be completed before submitting an application. All grant funds must be expended by June 30, 2019.

Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program
The D.U.C. Library Program has thousands of free art books available for distribution to public and school libraries in underserved communities. Participating libraries may order books from the D.U.C. catalog once annually. Branch libraries may participate independently or through their main library. All items received from the D.U.C. must be cataloged in the library’s holdings and made available to all patrons.

Celebrate National School Librarian Day Today with the GPO

From the U.S. Government Publishing Office

April 4th is National School Librarian Day.  It’s a day all Americans, especially those with children, should actively honor all school librarians. School librarians spend their days keeping the library organized and helping children find the resources they want and need to keep learning. They are dedicated to their profession and to creating an environment where all visitors can learn every day of the year. All of this hard work too often goes unnoticed, even unappreciated.

Young minds needs to be nurtured.  Gently challenging those minds with good quality, by offering up interesting and new reading material and reference materials is what school librarians do best.

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) has a deep connection to the libraries across America, and the GPO’s Government Bookstore offers many publications that can benefit young minds. Read the full blog post for suggested titles and resources.