Category Archives: GoWYLD

LinkedIn Learning Now Available to Wyomingites

Wyoming residents have access to new career development resources to help recover from the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Linkedin Learning is supported by funding from the CARES Act via the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Wyoming State Library received $52,297 to address the impacts of the current health crisis in Wyoming communities, some of which has recently been distributed to support book donations on the Wind River Reservation.

Linkedin Learning is an online resource available to all Wyoming residents with a valid library card. Offering over 6,500 courses for career development, users can take as many classes as they desire with no deadlines or mandatory class dates. As part of the databases, Linkedin Learning can be accessed from home or anywhere with an internet connection.

“We’re pleased to provide this resource to individuals across the state,” said Jamie Markus, Wyoming State Librarian. “Career development is important in any circumstance, but has become a crucial part of improving workforce opportunities in recent months. Linkedin Learning is a great resource that will benefit our individuals, businesses and communities alike.”

Topics include Microsoft Office programs, management skills, marketing, accounting, coding and more to benefit employees and small business owners in any field. Individuals can take singular classes to cater to their specific career goals or follow a predesigned learning path for structured skill sets, such as “Become an SEO Expert” and “Transition from Military to Student Life.” Visit, click on Test and Skills Preparation and go to Linkedin Learning to get started.

NatGeo Kids Database Access Ends on June 30

Wyoming’s statewide access to the National Geographic Kids database will end on June 30, 2020.

After much consideration, the Shared Purchases Committee has recommended ceasing renewal of the National Geographic Kids database subscription due to a drop in usage in recent years. The Shared Purchases Committee is looking at new resources to fill this gap in K-12 literacy resources. For now, you can find current and past issues of National Geographic Kids and National Geographic Little Kids magazines through RBDigital Magazines on the page. Please know that the Wyoming State Library and the Shared Purchases Committee continue to evaluate resources in order to bring the best to Wyoming.

Access is still available for all Wyoming residents with a valid library card through the month of June. Get the most out of NatGeo Kids’s remaining time by watching the GoWYLD Database Tutorial. For kids ages 6-14, NatGeo Kids includes books and magazines (every page, every issue), videos, and pictures. Explore topics such as animals, the environment, people and cultures, history, science and tech, and places before this resource goes away.

Changes Coming to Kids InfoBits

Summer reading is changing this year, and the  Kids K-8 databases may be playing more of a role in activities. On May 29, we’ll see a change to one of these resources as Kids InfoBits becomes Gale in Context: Elementary.

Gale In Context: Elementary will have enhancements designed to increase access to library resources and have a greater impact on elementary student success. It will look like, and search like, the other In Context databases to help students grow and progress with the research resources.

Gale is offering two webinars, one before the change happens and one after, to explore what’s new and different:

Both webinars will cover the same content and be recorded. The “Sneak Peek” video will be added to the Kids K-8 and In Context subject guides when it becomes available.

Questions about this change, or about any of the resources? Contact Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian, at or (307) 777-3642.

Training Resources for GoWYLD

With physical services limited at this time, it’s more important than ever that Wyoming library workers know how to help their patrons navigate the numerous electronic resources in

There are several places to find training tools for staff. The Wyoming State Library maintains a collection of video recordings on our Webinars Index page that explore the databases. One recent addition you might want to check out is GoWYLD from the Staff Side: From Stats to Widgets. This webinar reviews where to find database statistics and announcements, FAQ’s about access, database product information and marketing tools, guides and handouts, and so much more!

Tutorials from the State Library and from vendors are linked in the Subject Guides. Click into any of the numerous guides and look for the Tutorials tab on the left.

Niche Academy offers quick introductions to some of the most popular resources. Look for the Tutorials slider bar on the far right of the home page.

A Database Skills Checklist has been created by the WYLD Training Committee and provides a list of basic and intermediate competencies for staff.

Contact Database Instruction Librarian Chris Van Burgh at or (307) 777-3642 if you have any questions. While the State Library might be  closed to walk-ins right now, Chris and the rest our WSL staff are still here to help!

The Coronavirus in

When looking for Coronavirus information, know that there are new resources available in databases are free to every Wyoming resident, accessible with a library card and PIN.

ProQuest has added the Coronavirus Research Database to ProQuest Central. It will automatically be searched, along with all 135 ProQuest databases. You can also select it from the Databases list (link on top navigation bar) for a more specific search.

Gale has added a Coronavirus topic page within Gale Health & Wellness. This topic page includes an overview with the latest statistical data and links to magazines and journals, news items, videos, audio, and reference items.

For more information or assistance, contact Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian, at or (307) 777-3642.

May is Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month, a good time to spread the word about the reliable, authoritative library resources available to them.

From the Health & Medicine subject guide, you and your patrons can find both consumer-friendly information and deeper dives in Medline Plus, PubMed, EBSCO’s Consumer Health Complete and Alt Healthwatch, Gale Health and Wellness, or ProQuest Health & Medicine.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) offers these resources for library staff for Mental Health Month on their National Health Observances page:

Indie Authors in cloudLibrary

The cloudLibrary collection now offers the Indie Author Project (IAP) Select collection, which includes 350 independently published books licensed for simultaneous, unlimited access.  These books are featured in the apps on a shelf called“’Reading 24/7.”

The IAP titles are part of the Digital Library that includes thousands of eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines — all free to Wyoming residents, accessible with a library card.

About the Collection
Indie Author Project (IAP) Select features top indie-published books in adult and young adult fiction. The books are curated by Library Journal and library editorial boards in regions across North America. They were chosen by editors and librarians from thousands of submissions. IAP Select features New York Times and USA Today best-selling authors and numerous award winners.

Indie Author Project eBooks in cloudLibrary are licensed for unlimited, simultaneous use, so there’s never a wait to read these titles.

Find out more about the Indie Author project.

Happy Birthday William Shakespeare!

April 23 is the day traditionally observed as William Shakespeare’s birthday, and has the resources to celebrate.

In ProQuest Literature Online you can view texts by Shakespeare and access journal articles and other references about the author. The real treat, however, is access to audio performances of Shakespeare’s plays. In Literature Online you can listen to fully dramatized, unabridged audio recordings of each of Shakespeare’s 38 plays. Comedies? Check. Histories and tragedies? Yes indeed, you can hear them all!

Find this and more in our Shakespeare resources in — available free to every Wyoming resident from home with a library card and PIN.

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