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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.

GoWYLD Database: CultureGrams for National Poetry Month

Can you find National Poetry Month resources on CultureGrams? You bet!

CultureGrams offers the history of poetry around the world, as well as the various forms poetry can be found in. Searching “poetry” in the World Edition or the Kids Edition (and one entry in the Provinces Edition; the Sourdough Rendezvous festival in Yukon) will provide you with fun and interesting facts in these various cultures—the perfect resource to explore as National Poetry Month winds down over the next week.

Here are a few fun poetry facts we found using CultureGrams:

  • Bangladeshis are generally proud of their artistic tradition, which is much older than their young country. Poetry, music, and literature are highly valued. Ethnic Bengali poetry, known for its passion and emotion, reflects the character of the Bangladeshi people.
  • In the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, orators known as ighyuwa, or griots, sing praise poetry and recite oral histories and other forms of poetry.
  • In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, poetry  is a cherished art. Anciently, poets used their art to shame enemies, record great feats and genealogies, and praise their patrons. Today, poems and stories are both published and preserved orally.

To start exploring CultureGrams, go to, or click here for resources to promote this database in your library.

Featured in GoWYLD: Spring Means Baseball!

Baseball season is here — with opening day coming earlier than any season before — and we’ve got you covered. Check out these resources to celebrate the arrival of spring and America’s favorite pastime.

Libraries should have received their mini-marketing kit by email to promote this resource to patrons. If you would like to be either added to or removed from our monthly email list for the mini-marketing kits, contact Susan Mark at or (307) 777-5915.

Big News for RBDigital and CloudLibrary

Some exciting changes are happening with both RBDigital and CloudLibrary in April.

First off, the Wyoming State Library will launch the RBDigital Unlimited subscription service that will increase the unlimited, simultaneous access titles from approximately 8,000 to 28,000. All content from the RBDigital family of imprints, including all Recorded Books titles that are one year or older, and all titles from Gildan, Christian Audio, Tantor Media, and others will be available in this unlimited collection. Thanks to the contributions of many libraries, we will continue to be able to purchase single user titles from publishers like Blackstone, Simon & Schuster Audio, Macmillan, Books on Tape, and Recorded Books within the embargo period of one year.

Find marketing materials, including bookmarks, posters, web images and more for the rollout.

Usage reporting for RBDigital Audiobooks has also been improved. View the new report – FY19 Circs with Library Detail on the library information Libguide. Usage for each library is more accurate now that a library card number in the patron’s account is required.

For Cloudlibrary, the mobile app has a major new redesign coming in April. In addition to improvements in navigation, there are new features such as push notifications for holds, the ability to tap an author or series name and search for more books by that author or in the series, and a completely new browse interface. Users will not have to install an update or log back in to the app; the update will be automatically pushed out.

This seven-minute video will demonstrate the highlights of the release. For a more in-depth tour, watch the 30-minute marketing department demonstration. An updated user manual will also be available on the CloudLibrary support site. Library staff may want to spend a few minutes watching the videos and reviewing the user manual in the next few weeks to prepare for questions from patrons, as the app navigation is significantly different from the current form.

Take the Survey

If you’re a Wyoming librarian, student, or library patron who’s made use of the resources at, here’s your opportunity to weigh in on what should be included. You are invited to take this short survey to help the Shared Purchases Committee evaluate and set priorities for these resources.

Take the surveyThe survey will be available through April 8, 2019.

Your input influences the recommendations the committee makes to the Wyoming State Library. They’re  interested in your feedback about GoWYLD use, priorities, and level of satisfaction as well as digital content that might be on your wish list.