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Beth Cook Named LCLS Deputy Director of Public Service



Beth standing between library bookshelves
Beth Cook

Laramie County Library System (LCLS) has named Beth Cook as its new Deputy Director of Public Service. In her role, Beth will oversee the Circulation & Branch Services, Cataloging Services, Youth & Outreach Services, and Adult Services divisions while ensuring that the library’s standards for customer service and innovation are being consistently met.

Beth began working for LCLS in 1997 when she was hired to shelve books at the Central Avenue library. In March of 2011 she was named the Youth & Outreach Services Manager, a position she held until being named Deputy Director on November 1, 2022. Beth holds an MLIS degree from the University of Washington.

Beth is looking forward to continuing to meet the needs of Laramie County through the library’s collections, events, resources, and services while ensuring that the organization is inclusive and equitable in providing services to every single member of the community.

Laramie County Library System is thrilled to welcome Beth to her new position as Deputy Director of Public Service and looks forward to witnessing the impact she will make on both the library and the community. Beth has been and will continue to be a key factor in ensuring the library meets its mission to, “be a hub for engagement, literacy and learning, and lifelong curiosity and discovery.”

Job Opening: Converse County Library Director



The Converse County Library has a position vacancy for a Library Director. This is a full time, benefitted position located in Douglas, Wyoming with a branch library in Glenrock, Wyoming. Application deadline is February 15, 2023.

Vacancy announcement.

The Library Director is an exempt position, requiring advanced knowledge in the field of library science and the consistent exercise of discretion and judgment. The director must exhibit approachability, be a good listener and be able to represent the library to staff, patrons, county officials and the public. This position is responsible for the administration and management of the library; plans, directs and supervises all library programs and services. The job involves responsibility for fiscal management, information technology, collection development, personnel supervision, public relations and facilities maintenance and planning.

The library has finished construction projects resulting in two stellar library buildings with beautiful spaces and updated HVAC systems. The staff of our libraries are beyond compare with educated and experienced workers and three employees working on their master’s in library science degrees. The new director will be able to concentrate on expanding and enhancing library services. Library funding comes from county taxes and has a current budget of 1.9 million. There are 24 employees.

Desired Qualifications: Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA accredited institution; or ability to obtain within a reasonable period as determined by the Library Board. Five years professional experience, including three years of experience in supervision. Valid Driver’s License.

Salary/pay rate: $65,238.00 – $87,435.52

Wyoming State Library Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. 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 16, for Martin Luther King Jr./Equality Day. We will be open our normal hours again on Tuesday, January 17.

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.”

Wyoming Residents Continue to GoWYLD



This summer and fall, Wyoming residents were invited to “Get Out There and GoWYLD”—and they did! The GoWYLD website has a wealth of free online resources that Wyoming residents can unlock with their library card, but not everyone knows just how many resources apply to them. To help patrons explore more, the state library ran digital ads on social media channels in addition to traditional marketing materials to showcase the collection of resources freely available to Wyoming library cardholders.

The campaign produced 11.5 million ad impressions through Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and website advertisements that produced 29,000 visits to GoWYLD.com where patrons were directed to the federally funded resources. In addition to these numbers, local libraries across the state made extensive use of campaign assets on social media, in their newsletters, and displaying web banners.

This effort was created to increase awareness and usage of GoWYLD and highlight specific resources such as BookFlix, LinkedIn Learning and Libby, but there is so much more to explore with GoWYLD. Though the campaign is over, GoWYLD’s resources are always free and easily accessible to anyone with a Wyoming library card. To obtain a library card and learn more about the services available to you, contact your local library.

This campaign was made possible in part through American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, LS-250246-OLS-21.

Nominations Now Open for 2023-24 Wyoming Book Awards



Black and white logo says "Wyoming Book Awards" with prize ribbonThe Wyoming Book Awards committees are now accepting nominations from K-12 students for the 2023-2024 awards list. The purpose of these awards is to provide an opportunity for the youth of Wyoming to read and select favorite books and to honor the authors of those books.

School and public librarians are invited to solicit nominations from students and patrons and submit them using these forms:

Nominations for next year’s lists will be accepted until March 1, 2023.

The awards lists are only as excellent as the nominations, so please spread the word! You can nominate up to 10 titles at a time, and fill out the form as many times as needed. It’s very helpful to the committees when you submit nominations as you receive them; it helps the members keep up with the amount of reading they need to do.

The Wyoming Library Association and the Wyoming State Literacy Association jointly sponsor these awards. For more information, contact Melissa Snider, Wyoming Book Awards Advisor, at msnider@tcsd.org.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of January 9



Free, online, continuing education events for the week of January 9 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.

Calendar listings

All times MST

Monday, Jan 9 (1-2 pm)
Making Digital Citizenship Meaningful (edWeb)
Have you been struggling with how to integrate positive digital habits, routines, and expectations when there are a million other things on your plate? Are you trying to incorporate more student leadership and voice? Join this edWebinar to hear from elementary, middle, and high school teachers about how they are meaningfully integrating digital citizenship into daily routines and instruction, as well as how they’re partnering with their families. Attendees will leave with clear ideas of how to incorporate digital citizenship routines and habits into their daily/weekly routines and schedules that can be implemented immediately!

Tuesday, Jan 10 (12-1 pm)
Cultivating Racial Equity & Inclusion: Using XR (Association of Southeastern Research Libraries)
The XR Equity & Diversity Playbook was constructed for libraries to explore how to use virtual reality (VR) and discuss equity and diversity through an “immersive experience.” VR is an immersive medium through which one can experience how it is to “walk” in another person’s shoes or “see” through their eyes. Therefore, it is a perfect medium to build empathy and create understanding between diverse people and cultures. Hear about community “lost stories”: Witness the world through a blind person’s eyes in “Notes on Blindness,” or understand the hurdles an African American would have encountered in 1960s‘America in “Travelling While Black.”

Tuesday, Jan 10 (12-1 pm)
Recharge and Refresh with Wellness Educator Shayna Marmar (Public Library Association)
This webinar will complete the Social Emotional Learning series and focus on personal applications and benefits of SEL. Attendees will take away strategies and techniques for improving their own emotional wellness.

Tuesday, Jan 10 (12-1:15 pm)
New Year, Balanced Life (Booklist)
Join Penguin Random House Library Marketing along with their distribution partners, North Atlantic Books, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Shambhala Publications, Hay House, Watkins Publishing, and Parallax Press for a New Year, Balanced Life webinar as they kick off 2023 with the perfect selection of titles to enhance health, wellness, and balance in the new year.

Tuesday, Jan 10 (1-2 pm)
Social Media 101 for Nonprofits (Firespring)
This session includes practical tips and tools for extending your cause and mission via social media. We cover the basics of using social media for your nonprofit organization and give you handy tips for the “big 3:” Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. You may be surprised to learn that Facebook is less important than you’ve been told and LinkedIn may be more important.

Wednesday, Jan 11 (8-9 am)
Dementia Friendly Community Collaborations: Thrive Alliance and Bartholomew County Public Library (Indiana State Library)
Over the last decade many areas in the state of Indiana have paid increasing attention to individuals living with dementia, primarily due to the rapid growth of the elderly population. Thrive Alliance and Bartholomew County Public Library have formed a partnership to work with individuals that are experiencing memory issues. This partnership has included working with music, delivering educational programs to the community at large and to the staff at the library, circulating kits targeting this population, and many more services. Come learn about how Thrive Alliance and Bartholomew Public Library evaluated and implemented these services.

Wednesday, Jan 11 (9-10 am)
Creativity, Ideation, And Engagement: How A Grant Idea Is Formed (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
Forming partnerships, thinking of grant ideas, and finding the time to execute projects can feel daunting, especially when it isn’t clear where to start. Gibson D. Lewis Library at The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth dedicates full-time staff to outreach and community engagement, an intentional focus for over 30 years. Grants have been a central part of our efforts since 2002. This session will walk through a practical process of identifying grant ideas, provide real-life examples, and explore learned insights. Together we will demystify the creative process and gain confidence in building a grant that works for everyone’s situation.

Wednesday, Jan 11 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Best New Teen Reads of 2022 (Nebraska Library Commission)
Brief book talks and reviews of new titles recommended to school and public librarians, covering both middle and high school levels, that were published within the last year.

Wednesday, Jan 11 (10-11 am)
Designing Surveys for Evaluating Training Programs (Training Magazine Network)
Surveys are key tools for evaluating training programs. Surveys are revered for their ease of use and promise of reaching many, but we must be able to craft rich, concise, and focused questions that yield useful data. For this, we must understand the cognitive processes our respondents use to answer questions with accuracy and candor. Participants will increase their understanding of how to design high quality surveys and leave with resources for further skill development.

Wednesday, Jan 11 (12-1 pm)
Engaging the Volunteer of the Future (VolunteerMatch)
The age of one-size fits all volunteer engagement is coming to an end. This webinar will start with a review of some of the things that we know about what volunteers are looking for in an opportunity. It will then help you use this information to start designing volunteer opportunities and determining who is the “right” volunteer for your organization. You’ll also learn how “word of mouth” plays such a large role in attracting volunteers to your organization and how social media makes this even more important.

Wednesday, Jan 11 (12-1 pm)
UX Research Methods for Libraries (Niche Academy)
Join Mark Aaron Polger as he introduces selected user research methods utilized in User Experience (UX) design. No matter what kind of library you’re in, Mark will discuss various qualitative and quantitative research techniques and activities to help participants better understand library users. UX research methods combine techniques used in marketing and ethnographic research. UX includes examples such as usability testing, A/B testing, card sorting methods, survey research, eye tracking research, diary studies, customer journey mapping, focus groups, and user interviews.

Wednesday, Jan 11 (12-1:30 pm)
Supporting Trauma-Informed Play to Facilitate Healing in Early Childhood Programs (Early Childhood Investigations)
Play and play based learning are important for healthy growth and development of all children and is psychologically and physically restorative for children with a history of trauma. This session, presented by child development and trauma specialist, Dr. Barbara Sorrels, will focus on the benefits of play to healthy brains and bodies and will include practical strategies for creating effective play-based classrooms to help children flourish and heal.

Wednesday, Jan 11 (1-2 pm)
Practical Strategies for Engaging Veteran and Military-Affiliated Patrons at Your Library (WebJunction)
Virtually every library has patrons who are veterans, military service members, or military family members. Join us for this webinar as library staff with experience developing programming for the veteran and military communities share best practices and practical ideas for engaging veteran and military-affiliated patrons. The presenters will also share the Libraries & Veterans Toolkit, a new resource to help workers at all types of libraries garner new ideas for veteran-related exhibits, book clubs, events, collections, celebrations and more.

Wednesday, Jan 11 (1-2 pm)
Is Starting a Nonprofit Right for You? (Candid Learning)
In this session you’ll learn the legal and logistical elements necessary to start a successful nonprofit.  You’ll also learn about possible alternatives to starting your own nonprofit that you may not have considered.  Finally, you’ll be introduced to a tool that will help you assess your own readiness to move forward.

Wednesday, Jan 11 (1-2 pm)
Making Your Nonprofit’s Website More Accessible and Inclusive (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
In the United States, most websites are required by law to be accessible to people with disabilities, including nonprofits’ websites. Is your website meeting your organization’s legal requirement for accessibility? During this webinar, attendees will learn how to identify accessibility problems on your website, even if you’re not a developer, and tools you can use to resolve those problems. Additionally, attendees will learn more about the existing laws related to website accessibility and if they pertain to your organization.

Wednesday, Jan 11 (5-6 pm)
AASL Town Hall | New Year: Reflection & Goals (American Association of School Librarians)
The beginning of a new calendar year is always a great time for school librarians to reflect on the first half of the current school year and to make goals for the remainder of the year. What are your hurdles, highlights, and hopes? AASL invites all school librarians to join AASL panelists in the conversation about staying positive and moving forward during challenging times.

Thursday, Jan 12 (11-12 pm)
Maximize Growth With a 2023 Nonprofit Marketing Plan (Bloomerang)
Looking to maximize your nonprofit’s growth in 2023? You need a strong marketing plan to lead the way. While no one knows exactly what 2023 is going to bring, having a strong plan in place will help you effectively navigate the changing landscape. This way, you can ensure your nonprofit successfully scales impact – no matter the circumstances.

Thursday, Jan 12 (11-12 pm)
Orientation to Legal Research: U.S. Case Law (Law Library of Congress)
Provides participants with information about legal sources and research techniques regarding U.S. case law, 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 12 (11-12 pm)
Recession-Proofing Your Nonprofit: How to Continue Serving Your Mission During Challenging Times (Charity Village)
Once again the nonprofit sector is seeing a decline in revenue and increased demand for its resources. So how can organizations like yours start preparing yourselves to weather the storm? Join fundraising experts Bryna Dilman, Senior Director of Growth & Marketing, and Meredith Gray, Senior Marketing Manager, from Keela for an interactive session and learn how to raise more with your current donors and stakeholders, save acquisition costs and engage supporters during this difficult economic time.

Thursday, Jan 12 (12-1 pm)
Successfully Implementing Volunteer Program Changes (VolunteerMatch)
What should you do when it’s time to change the policies and procedures that govern or guide the volunteers who work with your organization? How can you create a culture of inclusion and get buy-in for those new policies? This training will give you the tools to approach program changes in a strategic way. We will also cover what to do if volunteers either can’t or won’t adopt the policies, how to manage that situation, and what to do if ultimately you need to ask a volunteer to leave.

Thursday, Jan 12 (12-1 pm)
What You Need to Know about Small Claims and the Copyright Claims Board (US Copyright Office)
You may have heard about the Copyright Claims Board, or CCB for short. But what is the CCB? Who can use it? In this fifty-minute session, learn the basics about what anyone should know before filing or participating in a CCB proceeding. Attendees will learn about the types of claims the CCB can hear, legal resources to be aware of, and why respondents might want to consider participating in the United States’ first intellectual property small claims tribunal.

Thursday, Jan 12 (12-1:30 pm)
Using the Census Survey Explorer to Get Started (US Census Bureau)
Discover which surveys/censuses meet your criteria or needs. Search by topic, geography, and frequency of the survey or program. Through exercises we will locate the desired data results and help you get more familiar with Census Bureau surveys/censuses.

Thursday, Jan 12 (1-2 pm)
From Isolation to Conversation: Talking with the Community – Part 1 (Colorado State Library)
Join this workshop series to learn and conduct interviews in your community. Walk away with confidence and support to do this in your community.

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.

Gale Tools – Google Classroom Integration (Gale)
This tutorial shows you how to integrate materials from library resources directly into your Google Classroom site to share with students.

Promote Community Engagement and Challenge Prejudice with a Human Library (WebJunction)
The idea of circulating ‘human books’ first emerged in 2000, in Copenhagen, Denmark, as a way to help grow community understanding of the diversity of the human experience, locally and on a global level. The Human Library® model seeks to create safe spaces for dialogue where topics are discussed openly between human books and their readers. Join us to gain insights from a public and academic library using this innovative and impactful model to create meaningful community dialogue.

Graphic Novel Collection Development for School Libraries (LibraryPass)
Adding popular graphic novels and manga to your school library’s collection is a surefire way to drive circulation—but it can also bring scrutiny from parents and administrators who don’t believe they’re appropriate for young readers. Ensuring your collection development plan is up-to-date with your administration’s goals and objectives is a critical first step to garnering support for your efforts. In this webinar, our panel of experienced librarians discuss how to successfully integrate comics, graphic novels, and manga into your collection development plan, and offer insights on aligning your collection to support classroom instruction, while also meeting students’ varied reading needs and interests.

Receptive to Race: Normalizing the Discussion of Race with Children in Libraries (Colorado State Library)
Research shows that children notice race at a very young age, and often draw erroneous conclusions if no one speaks to them about it. With a focus on story time, programming, collection development and user services, we will discuss and model ways librarians can talk about race and racism in age appropriate ways with children.

News in Brief



Graphic of a "Wyoming State Library" newspaper with "News in Brief" headlineHelp Your Patrons Protect Themselves During National Consumer Protection Week
National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) is set for March 5-11, 2023. Your library’s involvement can help those in your community understand consumer rights and make well-informed decisions about money. Order educational materials now from the Federal Trade Commission (shipping takes three to four weeks) and watch the NCPW website for promotional materials as they become available.

Registration Opens for 2023 AASL National Conference
Registration is now open for the 2023 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference. The conference, taking place Oct. 19-21, 2023, in Tampa, Florida, convenes school library professionals for in-person learning and networking opportunities. Register at national.aasl.org.

WebJunction Offers Resources for Helping Unhoused Patrons
For many people experiencing homelessness, the library might be the only place where they can seek shelter during daylight hours. Access to technology that allows people to stay in touch with family and friends, apply for jobs, and seek online support for social services, can all be powerful lifelines. WebJunction has compiled a list of resources to help you serve these vulnerable patrons.

New Interactive Map Showcases Panoramic Maps Collection
The Panoramic Maps Collection, one of the Library of Congress’s most popular collections, features more than a thousand beautifully illustrated “bird’s-eye-view” maps of towns and cities across the United States, Canada, and even some internationally. They’ve launched “View from Above: Exploring the Panoramic Map Collection,” an interactive map that makes browsing and discovering maps in the collection easier and more fun.

Explore the New and Improved National Archives Catalog
The National Archives Catalog has a new look. In November, they launched a fully redesigned and modernized online public access catalog that makes the records of the National Archives even more accessible. The new catalog makes it easier and more intuitive for to find records and discover related content of interest.

Online Conferences and Events in January



Illustration of computer monitor with "Online Conferences and Events" in textEach month we post upcoming free virtual conferences to our training calendar. Here are the offerings coming up for January.

Jan 21, 2023 (9-11 am)
Future Ready Librarians® January Summit (All4Ed/Future Ready Librarians)
Connection Development: Exploring Your Collaborations and Partnerships: The Future Ready Librarians® summit is a FREE, live, virtual, interactive, high-quality professional learning experience for librarians interested in learning, growing, and expanding their professional practice through collaboration and networking with like-minded colleagues from across the country. This interactive online event will help librarians ground their practice in the research-based Future Ready Librarians® Framework and define new ways in which they can lead, teach, and support learning in their schools.

Jan 27, 2023 (6-4 pm)
National NewsLitCamp®: Trust and Credibility (News Literacy Project)
The decline of the public’s trust in news media and major institutions has had a dramatic impact on civic life. As misinformation continues to spread online, and partisan divides in media trust widen, how we decide who to put our trust in and what to believe is critical to a functioning democracy. In a complex digital landscape where anyone can be an “expert,” the ability to identify signs of credibility is a vital skill. This special NewsLitCamp is a unique, virtual event designed to help educators teach students to evaluate news and information with a skeptical — not cynical — eye. This immersive day of professional learning will zero in on what it means for news to inform us credibly, how persuasion can and should be credible, and what it means for a source to be trustworthy.

Partnership Brings Blood Pressure Kits to Libraries Around the State



Man's arm wearing automated blood pressure cuffSelf-measured blood pressure monitoring kits are coming to Wyoming libraries, thanks to a collaborative pilot project among the University of Wyoming’s Wyoming Center on Aging (WyCOA), the Wyoming Department of Health’s Chronic Disease Prevention Program, and local public libraries.

Albany County Library began circulating 10 kits in October, available at all locations, including the bookmobile. Sweetwater County Library System and Park County Library went live on December 14. Natrona County Library will begin on January 16. Sublette County Library, Lincoln County Library System, Big Horn County Library, Washakie County Library, Sheridan County Public Library System, Laramie County Library System, and Carbon County Library System are slated for February.

The kits, available in both English and Spanish, include an automated home blood pressure cuff, blood pressure logbooks, educational materials from the American Heart Association, information on what blood pressure is, and ideas for healthy lifestyle changes. The kits also include a resource directory of local community-based organizations and referral resources to the Cent$ible Nutrition Program and the Healthy U chronic disease self-management program.

Nearly half of adults in the United States — 47 percent, or 116 million — have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, or are taking medication for hypertension, and 24 percent with hypertension have their condition under control, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Wyoming, 30.7 percent of adults have been told that they have high blood pressure, according to the Wyoming Department of Health’s Chronic Disease Prevention Program.

While self-measured blood pressure is not a substitute for regular visits to a primary care physician, it is a way for individuals to see and track their numbers, giving them more information that can be communicated to their doctors.

“Information is power, and the more information a patient and their doctor have, the better the treatment plan,” says Maggie Kougl, a WyCOA senior project coordinator. “Better treatment plans lead to better overall health. That’s the goal of this project — to work to improve the health of our communities.”