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Spread the Word About GoWYLD

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The Wyoming State Library provides access to many tools to help you during this upheaval. Our online resources can help with remote reference and remote learning for your patrons, your library staff, and students at any time of the day or night from a home computer or device. The WSL has created graphics you can use on your website, emails, or social media to promote these resources. (See bottom of post.) will take you to a list of resources by subject or alphabetical. Here you will find amazing databases and tools for kids and adults. There is also a link on the right to the ebooks, eaudio books.

Remote access is available for most GoWYLD databases with a library card from any Wyoming public or community college library and PIN. If you’ve forgotten your PIN, go to your library’s catalog in WYLDCat, and you can find a form to request it. No library card? Contact your local Wyoming library for assistance.

Subject guides and tutorials are organized by subject or by all. Select all to find guides for general research, kids, genealogy, history, and more. Each will include links to tutorials and lesson plans, if available. You will also find Help with GoWYLD and Information for Libraries.

Niche Academy offers quick introductions to some of the most popular resources. Look for the tutorials tab on the far right of the home page. (See arrow below.) Click for a popout with a list of available tutorials, or go to the GoWYLD Academy page.

If you have questions about using the GoWYLD databases, contact Chris Van Burgh, WSL Database Instruction Librarian at or (307) 777-3642.

Want to Help Spread the Word?

We encourage you to download the ready-made graphics below and share them widely to let people know these resources are available. Also, you may wish to check out our marketing downloads page for additional promotional items. Questions about promoting GoWYLD? Contact Susan Mark, WSL Outreach Librarian, at or (307) 777-5915.


Ancestry Library Available for Home Access

Ancestry Library has has temporarily lifted restrictions on home use and has made this resource available for library users accessing from home through April 30, 2020. A library card and PIN is required to log in.

Find it in the Genealogy Resources.

Ancestry Library includes databases and primary source material to support genealogical research. Ordinarily, it’s available to Wyoming residents at their public libraries for in-library use only.

Explore from Stats to Widgets

Join us for our webinar, “ from the Staff Side: From Stats to Widgets,” on Tuesday, February 25 from 11:15 a.m. until noon MST.

Register to attend.
(Webinar ID 159-031-667)

This webinar will explore where to find database statistics and announcements, FAQ’s about access, database product information and marketing tools, guides and handouts, and much more! The State Library has created and compiled information just for you.

Marketing Resources for GoWYLD

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

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

Find marketing downloads at

GoWYLD Milestone: 600,000 cloudLibrary Checkouts

Top ten circulating cloudLibrary titles in GoWYLD (click for larger image).

Since GoWYLD added cloudLibrary in 2012, there have been more than 600,000 checkouts! As of this morning, Wyoming library patrons have downloaded 615,342 ebooks and audiobooks from this service. The digital content offerings in GoWYLD mean that even when the building is closed, the library is still open to provide great reads — and our patrons are clearly taking full advantage of this service.

Not surprisingly, Fifty Shades of Grey was #1 on our list of the top 10 circulating titles of all time, but there are also some good Young Adult titles on there, too. (Click on the image to see the full list.)

GoWYLD ebooks, downloadable audiobooks, and digital magazines are available free to every Wyoming resident. Learn more, download the apps, and browse the collections at

Questions? Contact your local Wyoming public or community college library for help, or contact the Wyoming State Library.

Free Posters and Resources on World War I

Front page of the April 6, 1917 Laramie Boomerang, found in Wyoming Newspapers.

The Smithsonian Institution is offering a free poster exhibition to libraries. World War I: Lessons and Legacies is available to all types of libraries while supplies last. The deadline to request an exhibit is September 13, 2019, so if you’d like this at your library, sign up right away.

Many resources to accompany this can be found on Several history databases accommodate all levels of research, and Wyoming Newspapers can give you a sense from the news of the day what was happening on the home front right here in the Equality State.

Check out the guide World War I and Wyoming to explore a wealth of historical resources. This guide, created by the Wyoming State Archives, includes Military Units, Home Life, and People. More support materials may be found on the World History guide, including Life’s World War I, a bookazine in RB Digital, and Teaching with the Library of Congress – World War I.

Questions about what treasures are in the databases? Contact your local library for more information. Library staff wanting assistance may contact Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian, at or (307) 777-3642.

Reading Under the Stars With Gale

Gale has created new marketing materials for Gale’s Books & Authors (available in that you and your libraries can use to promote Summer Reading. With Books & Authors, readers can explore Adult Fiction, Adult Non-Fiction, Young Adult, Pre-Teen, and Kids titles that will take them to the moon and back.

Find them here.

Questions? Contact Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian, at or (307) 777-3642.

WYDOT Features GoWYLD Driving Tests

WYDOT has featured a partnership with the Wyoming State Library on their YouTube channel. New drivers in Wyoming must pass both written and road tests before their license can be issued. WYDOT and the WSL have partnered with Driving Tests to provide online test preparation materials. Find this free test and skills preparation resource in GoWYLD at

New Look, Added Content for GoWYLD Subject Pages

The subject area links are a great way to get into the resources you want quickly. Now, the Wyoming State Library is making them better. The links will now to go subject LibGuides, allowing for added content along with the list of recommended databases. You’ll find tutorials, tip sheets, lesson plans, and even marketing materials to promote the resources to your patrons.

All the subject guides will be phased in soon. Some are live already — see the new look and enriched content for:

Some subject areas have been combined in the LibGuides. Encyclopedias and Maps are part of a guide called General Research, and Social Issues may be found under Student Research Resources. Job & Career, Language Learning, and Tests and Skills Preparation are all located in the eLearning Guide.

If you have the old pages bookmarked, your links will still work — you’ll be automatically redirected to the new ones.

Questions? Contact Chris Van Burgh, WSL Database Instruction Librarian, at or (307) 777-3642.