Category Archives: GoWYLD

Explore Our GoWYLD Subject Guide for Black History Month



Black history month illustration with womanFebruary is Black History Month. The Wyoming State Library has created a Black History subject guide highlighting GoWYLD resources.

Black Freedom Struggle features select primary source documents related to critical people and events in African American history.

Other resources include African American Biographical Database and U.S. History (Gale In Context). Within U.S. History (Gale In Context) there is a the topic header: African American Perspectives. Find this under Browse Topics on the main page. This includes 43 topics from African Americans in WWI and WWII, Abolition, Montgomery Bus Boycott, Jazz, Slave Rebellions, Jackie Robinson, and Langston Hughes. Also check out the Biographies topic header. Look for Booker T. Washington, Jesse Owens, Sojourner Truth, and Dred Scott, or conduct a search for Pauli Murray or Ida B. Wells.

Included in the Black History subject guide are links to guides, articles and classroom materials, including Primary Source Sets from the Digital Public Library of America. You’ll also find a guide created by the Wyoming State Archives called African American History in Wyoming and articles from wyohistory.org.

Visit the GoWYLD subject guides page and select All Guides to find the Black History guide.

For more information about the databases, training, or marketing materials, contact Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian, chris.vanburgh@wyo.gov.

New in the Niche Academy Tutorials: TeenBookCloud



Niche Academy has just added TeenBookCloud. You can find it on GoWYLD.net by clicking on Tutorials on the far right of the page.

These point-of-need videos are brief introductions to more than 30 GoWYLD resources.

TeenBookCloud is an online database of YA/Teen eBooks and educator resources perfect for middle school, high school, and public libraries. Find a selection of graphic novels, enhanced novels, e-books, classic literature, National Geographic videos, educator resources, and audiobooks.

The collection is available online around the clock. No downloads, no waiting! If you can access the internet, you can be reading, watching, or listening to fantastic content in an instant!

TeenBookCloud is available for free from your library or, using your Wyoming library card and PIN, from your personal computer or mobile device.

For more information on this and other GoWYLD resources, contact your local library or Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian, chris.vanburgh@wyo.gov.

Enjoy Public Radio? Take a Listen with GoWYLD!



Smiling female radio host in headset talking in live broadcast. Illustration.Public Radio Broadcasting Day on January 13 provides us with an opportunity to highlight GoWYLD resources that bring back audio from radio and television in their results, including public media broadcasting.

A search in Gale In Context databases results in a variety of source types. In honor of the day, we want to highlight audio results. Those include National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, and Talk of the Nation. Transcripts are included with the audio programs.

Find these resources alphabetically on GoWYLD.net, either by In Context or by specific In Context database such as Biography, Global Issues, High School, etc.

Hear about it in the news?

Did you hear about a book on the radio or during a television program? Another GoWYLD resource tags books people are talking about in the media, including public radio.

On the main page of Novelist Plus, scroll down to find Explore Books in the Media. Or go to Quick Links (top left) and select Explore Pages and look for Media Mentions: What’s Included or Explore Books in the Media. From here you can browse by show or media outlet.

In a results record for a book, Media Mentions are listed with the appeal terms. For example, the Louise Penny book State of Terror lists Media Mentions for CBS: Mornings (Jun 2022); CBC Radio (Canada): The Next Chapter (Dec 2021); NPR: Fresh Air (Oct 2021); NPR: Weekend Edition (Oct 2021); and CBC Radio (Canada): Day 6 (Oct 2021)

A search strategy handout, Finding Recent Media Mentions, is available.

GoWYLD is free for Wyomingites!

These great resources are available free to all Wyoming residents at GoWYLD.net. Access them at your library or, using your Wyoming library card and PIN, from any computer or mobile device. For more information about the databases, training, or marketing materials, contact Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian, chris.vanburgh@wyo.gov.

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.

Christmas Eve Books and Other Icelandic Traditions in GoWYLD



Child in pajamas and Santa cap sitting in front of Christmas tree and readingIn Iceland’s Christmas Book Flood, Jólabókaflóð, people exchange books as gifts on Christmas Eve and then settle in with hot cocoa to read. Two GoWYLD resources in let you explore Iceland and its language: Culturegrams and Pronunciator. Find these in the alphabetic list.

Culturegrams

Culturegrams is a reference resource for cultural information on places in our world. It includes World and Kids editions (Check out both for fun facts, demographics, interviews, Life as a Kid and recipes.), as well as States and the Provinces of Canada. You will find information about daily life and culture, including the background, customs, and lifestyles of the world’s people.

For Iceland you will discover that history, literature, and language are highly valued in Icelandic culture. Iceland publishes more than 2,500 books per capita each year, one of the highest levels in the world. Iceland’s legislative body, called the Althingi, is one of the world’s oldest parliaments. Also included are several recipes, including one for Pönnukökur, Icelandic pancakes.

Pronunciator

GoWYLD also includes Pronunciator, a language learning resource. There are 163 languages to choose from. From Afrikaans to Zulu, Duri to Dutch and Hindi to Hungarian, and (of course!) Icelandic. You will also find American and Mexican Sign Language.

You can check it out as a guest using the Instant Access tab, then Launch Pronunciator or click on Register to create a login, which allows you to track your progress and use on mobile devices.

Select a language to find 3 categories: Daily Lessons, Main Course, and Learning Guides & More.

  • Daily lessons are available for beginner, intermediate, and advanced.
  • The Main Course includes structured drills, quizzes, audio lessons, music & movies, and more.
  • Learning Guides & More includes structured 8 week courses, city tours, interactive grammar, and more.

Ready to start?

Find both of these great resources at GoWYLD.net. They’re available for free from your library or, using your Wyoming library card and PIN, from your personal computer or mobile device. For more information, about the databases, training, or marketing materials, contact Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian, chris.vanburgh@wyo.gov.

Keep Your Vehicle Running with ChiltonLibrary in GoWYLD



Man working on vehicle. Text reads: Gale; Do it yourself; ChiltonLibrary. With access now button.Whether you work on cars or just own a car, ChiltonLibrary has information you can use — even if you’re an old car enthusiast fixing up your 1960 Ford Ranch Wagon or your 1974 Volkswagen Beetle.

Chilton is one of many GoWYLD resources available to Wyoming residents. Find it at GoWYLD.net alphabetically or in the Auto Repair & DIY subject area.

ChiltonLibrary contains authoritative automotive repair information with thousands of year, make, and model combinations covering the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years, plus additional coverage of specialty models.

Within Chilton you can find maintenance schedules, recalls/bulletins, diagnostics, wiring diagrams, step by step service and repair procedures, and a labor estimating tool.

They have a newly added Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) decoder widget and model-specific recall information. It also includes demonstration versions of ASE test preparation, providing an assessment of overall readiness to pass an ASE certification exam.

To learn more, check out the Niche Academy introductory video (click on the Tutorials tab at the far right of GoWYLD.net) and the 45-minute video from Gale.

ChiltonLibrary is available for free from your library or, using your Wyoming library card and PIN, from your personal computer or mobile device. For more information, about the databases, training, or marketing materials, contact Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian, chris.vanburgh@wyo.gov.

Get Started in GoWYLD with Niche Academy Tutorials



Niche Academy logoGoWYLD offers numerous online resources available to every resident in Wyoming — everything from encyclopedias to auto repair manuals. So what’s the best way to get started? For those just exploring GoWYLD who’d like a little direction before plowing in, the Wyoming State Library subscribes to Niche Academy video tutorials.

These point-of-need tutorials provide quick start guides to more than 30 GoWYLD resources. These include research databases such as the Gale In Context suite and CQ Researcher. More videos cover GoWYLD electronic resources for legal forms, early literacy, language learning, e-books, e-audiobooks, and more.

Click the Tutorials tab on the far right of GoWYLD.net to access Niche Academy or find them at my.nicheacademy.com/gowyld. They’re also linked within GoWYLD subject pages. Access GoWYLD licensed resources at local libraries or log in from any computer or device with a Wyoming library card and PIN.

Niche Academy’s Founder & CEO, Jeromy Wilson, began the company in 2013, with one of the goals being to increase usage of the growing number of online resources. He recruited the help of former Dynix co-worker Jared Oates. He also brought his dad Jim Wilson, a Wyoming resident, on board. Jim had helped start Dynix, a company responsible for the software system that replaced library card catalogs. (Dynix merged with Sirsi to form SirsiDynix in 2005.) Read about their team here.

For more information on this and other GoWYLD resources, contact your local library or Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian, chris.vanburgh@wyo.gov.

 

Computer Science Education Week Resources in GoWYLD.net



Illustration of teen boy learning coding on laptopComputer Science Education Week is December 5-11, 2022. This annual event was created to encourage access to computer science for every student. We thought we’d take this opportunity to highlight access to free computer courses in two GoWYLD.net resources: LinkedIn Learning and Computer Skills Center. Find both under our Test & Skills Preparation subject area.

LinkedIn Learning

Access LinkedIn Learning with your library card number and PIN. Click on Browse and then Technology. Here you will find Software Development (including programming languages, game development), Network & System Administration, Security, Web Development and more. There are courses for kids and adults.

In addition to the Browse function, there is also a search box. For example, a search for “computer programming for kids” brings up courses such as Programming for Kids and Computer Science Principles: Programming. Also, educators can find courses on Canvas, Microsoft Teams, and OneNote, and more.

Computer Skills Center

Computer Skills Center provides courses to learn the basics of computers, from exploring social media to using popular programs for word processing, creating spreadsheets, implementing design, and more. You’ll need to create a login to view and take courses. This will let you save work in progress, store score reports, and revisit any practice tests, tutorials, or e-books. Video courses run from about 30 minutes to 6 hours.

Questions?

GoWYLD resources are available for free to all Wyoming residents from local libraries or from any computer or mobile device with a Wyoming library card number and PIN. For more information about the databases, training, or marketing materials, contact Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian, chris.vanburgh@wyo.gov.

Fibonacci Day by the Numbers in GoWYLD



Illustration of spiral arrangement in nature. Fibonacci patternFibonacci Day is November 23. Explore the Fibonacci Sequence and Leonardo Fibonacci in Science (Gale In Context). This resource can be found on GoWYLD.net under the Science & Technology subject area.

The Fibonacci sequence is a series of numbers in which each succeeding number (after the second) is the sum of the previous two. The most famous Fibonacci sequence is 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89…. This sequence expresses many naturally occurring relationships in the plant world.

Search for Fibonacci in Science (Gale In Context). The drop down menu (search assist) includes Leonardo Fibonacci and Fibonacci Sequence. Each of these has an In Context topic page that includes a Read More section and search results in a variety of sources such as, reference and journal and magazine articles.

More biographical information can also be found in GoWYLD.net in Biography (Gale In Context) and Britannica Library. Find both under the Biography subject area.

GoWYLD resources are available for free to all Wyoming residents from local libraries or from any computer or mobile device with a Wyoming library card number and PIN. For more information about the databases, training, or marketing materials, contact Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian, chris.vanburgh@wyo.gov.

Learning Express Library for Wyoming’s Future Teachers



Young woman with notebook and pen looking at laptop computerNovember 20 is Future Teachers of America Day. Practice tests and career information for our future teachers can be found in Learning Express Library, a GoWYLD.net resource. Find it under Tests & Skills Preparation or alphabetically by title.

Learning Express Library is an interactive platform of practice tests and tutorials designed to help students and adult learners succeed on many common academic and licensing tests. It also includes Job and Career Accelerator and the Computer Skills Center.

Using the search box on the main page, a search for “teacher” will result in Career Snapshots for Preschool Teacher, Secondary and Middle School Teacher, and Special Education Teacher as well as Best Careers for Teachers. These items are not practice tests, but informational articles on careers.

A search for Praxis results in 59 practice Praxis tests that include Praxis Mathematics, Praxis Elementary Education, Praxis Elementary Science, Praxis Social Studies, and Praxis Core Writing. Praxis measures the knowledge and skills needed to prepare for the classroom, including the Core tests used for entrance into educator programs.

In Learning Express Library, each person will need to create a login to access tests and tutorials. This will allow students to save their work in progress, score reports, and revisit any practice tests, tutorials, or e-books. Registration only requires a valid email address and a password.

In addition, from the main page, select College Students for college placement preparation, tutorials on college success, and finding tools for schools and scholarships.

To learn more about Learning Express Library, go to the Tutorials link on the far right of GoWYLD.net.

Future teachers may also be interested in research resources on GoWYLD, such as Educator’s Reference Complete and Teacher Reference Center, under subject Education.

All these resources are available for free from your library or, using your Wyoming library card and PIN, from your personal computer or mobile device. For more information, about the databases, training, or marketing materials, contact Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian, chris.vanburgh@wyo.gov.