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Native American Heritage Month Resources for Librarians



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Dark blue background with mountain. Text reads: November National Native American Heritage MonthFrom the Idaho Commission for Libraries Scoop, November 2022

While librarians know to share Indigenous stories and activities in their spaces and programs throughout the year, there are many wonderful staff training and independent learning opportunities to take advantage of during national Native American Heritage Month. Here are just a few:

Wyrkshop Mobile Makerspaces Prepare to Hit the Road



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Rebecca Austin, left, the Innovation Wyrkshop Makerspace coordinator, talks with children about the makerspace during UW’s recent STEM Carnival. (UW Photo)

From UW News

Rural and remote communities and schools in Wyoming soon will have access to robots, 3D printers, drones, laser cutters and all kinds of other STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) educational electronic tools and equipment. That’s because the University of Wyoming’s Wyrkshop Mobile Makerspace program is ready to roll.

There are three types of mobile makerspaces — crates, trailers and mobile workshops — available to suit rural communities throughout Wyoming. The concept is comparable to the old bookmobile, but with technological equipment — rather than books — on wheels being brought to the doorsteps of schools. There are three maker crates that contain five pieces of equipment; the trailer option includes two 7-by-14-foot trailers where equipment is pulled out to make a pop-up makerspace; and the mobile workshop option is an 8.5-by-28-foot cargo trailer where students can go both inside and outside. This workshop includes all of the equipment in the 7-by-14-foot trailers but in larger quantities.

Equipment in the mobile makerspaces includes 3D printers, a Glowforge 3D laser cutter, LEGO and LEGO Mindstorm, codable kits and toys, ozobots, microcontrollers and electronics, mini drones, sewing machines, a soldering bench, projectors, laptops, iPads and woodshop tools.

Mobile makerspace visits are available at no cost to public libraries, schools, and afterschool programs in rural and remote communities. Makerspaces can stay at a location from one month to six months. To request a mobile makerspace, email Emily Leinen at eschmid@uwyo.edu or go to the website for more information. To find a local makerspace, go to www.wyrkshop.org/map.

Startup funding for the project was made possible through support from Gov. Mark Gordon’s Wyoming Innovation Partnership (WIP) initiative. WIP’s goal is to improve Wyoming’s economic prosperity through the coordinated efforts that link community goals and strengths to the state’s strategy for economic development and diversification.

News in Brief



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Graphic of a "Wyoming State Library" newspaper with "News in Brief" headlineGovernment Resources for National Hispanic Heritage Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates and recognizes Hispanic American contributions to US society and culture. Designated in 1968 when Congress passed Pub. L. 90-498 authorizing and requesting the President to issue an annual proclamation of National Hispanic Heritage during mid- September. September 15 marks the anniversary of independence for the Latin American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Mexico celebrates its independence on September 16. Find online exhibits, audio and video, teacher resources and more at www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov.

Celebrate TeenTober in October with YALSA
TeenTober™ is a nationwide celebration from the ALA’s Young Adult Library Services Association. It’s hosted by libraries every October with the aims of celebrating teens, promoting year-round teen services and the innovative ways teen services help teens learn new skills, and fueling their passions in and outside the library. A toolkit and web graphics are available to promote this event.

Free Online Event Explores Digital Citizenship for Kids
Want to help kids be their best selves online? Register now for a free, virtual event on Saturday, October 22 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. MDT. DigCit Connect will empower educators and parents to create a healthy digital culture at school and home and refocus conversations around digital citizenship towards practical approaches that help educators and parents support young people in a highly digital world.

New Playbook for Libraries in Public Health Emergencies
Public libraries have been deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic on many levels. Navigating the sea of decision-making related to communicating during a crisis, managing staff needs, and maintaining our facilities have been major tasks. The newly released Public Health Crisis Management Playbook for Archives, Libraries, and Museums offers a set of guiding processes, resources, and tools to aid cultural heritage institutions when planning for, navigating through, and recovering from a significant public health emergency.

Big Talk From Small Libraries 2023 Call for Speakers
The call for speakers for Big Talk From Small Libraries 2023 is now open. This free one-day online conference is tailored for librarians from small libraries. They’re looking for seven 50-minute presentations and four 10-minute “lightning round” presentations. Submit your proposal by Friday, December 16, 2022. This event will be held on Friday, February 24, 2023 between 7:45 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (MST).

NNLM Virtual Health Misinformation Symposium Call for Proposals
The Network of the National Library of Medicine invites proposals for a virtual National Health Misinformation Symposium, April 4-7, 2023. This free, virtual symposium will explore both the research behind health misinformation movements and provide practical and evidence-based solutions to support librarians, health educators, and direct care providers in combating the spread of all types of health misinformation. The deadline to submit proposals is October 31 at 9:59 p.m. MDT.

ALA Releases Free Women’s Suffrage Programming Guide for Libraries
With funding from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program, the American Library Association (ALA) has published “Programming with Primary Sources: Women’s Suffrage,” a resource guide to inspire and help library workers bring primary source inquiry into their book clubs, crafts and other library programs. The 31-page guide is free and available to all on the ALA website.

Chronicling America Reaches All 50 States
Chronicling America, the searchable online database of historic American newspapers, will soon include digitized newspapers from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and housed and maintained online at the Library of Congress, Chronicling America offers free online access to 19.9 million pages of newspapers published in the United States between 1777 and 1963. NEH recently awarded its first grant award to a National Digital Newspaper Program partner for the state of New Hampshire.

 

Today is Banned Websites Awareness Day



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To raise awareness of the overly restrictive blocking of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools in schools and school libraries, the American Association of School Librarians has designated one day during Banned Books Week as Banned Websites Awareness Day. On Wednesday, September 21, AASL asks school librarians and other educators to promote an awareness of how overly restrictive filtering affects student learning.

Learn more, and find activities and resources from AASL.

Banned Books Week: Books Unite, Censorship Divides



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Poster reads "Books Unite Us" with image of rainbow-colored birds flying, and "Censorship divides us" with three birds in separate cages in black and whiteThis year’s Banned Books Week, September 18-24, is a reminder of the unifying power of stories and the divisiveness of censorship. The 2022 theme is “Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us. and it underscores how books reach across boundaries and build connections between readers.

Since it was founded in 1982, Banned Books Week has drawn attention to the attempts to remove books and other materials from libraries, schools, and bookstores. All readers deserve to see themselves reflected in the books available to them, and people better understand themselves and each other when given the opportunity to choose what they want to read without restriction.

George M. Johnson (they/them) has been named Honorary Chair for Banned Books Week 2022. Johnson is an award-winning Black nonbinary activist and author of The New York Times–bestselling young adult memoir All Boys Aren’t Blue.The memoir was the third title on the American Library Association’s Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2021, an annual list released during National Library Week.

Additional information regarding Banned Books Week is available at ala.org/bbooks, or follow Banned Books Week on FacebookTwitterYouTube, and Instagram to get the latest updates.

News in Brief



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Graphic of a "Wyoming State Library" newspaper with "News in Brief" headlinePosters, Events are Highlights of Wyoming Archaeology Awareness Month
To celebrate Wyoming Archaeology Awareness Month (WAAM) there will be events, activities, and lectures highlighting Wyoming’s history throughout the month of September. The centerpiece of WAAM is an annually produced award-winning poster. This year’s poster, “The Enclosure,” showcases a stunning photograph of a stone structure perched atop the Grand Teton. The poster is available free at select locations or by mail with $14 shipping fee.

Wyoming PBS Adds New Education Collection Content
Over the past several months Wyoming PBS been curating content from their library and working with local educators to identify segments in their videos that would be useful in the classroom. Along with existing classroom-ready resourcesm they’ve added “We the People,” resources for 9th-12th grade students focused on the We the People Program and the U.S. Constitution. Another great resource with lessons for 6th-8th grade students is “Egypt Excursion.” They’ve also added new content to the Native American Studies collection.

PLA Releases First Staff and Diversity Survey Report
The Public Library Association (PLA) has published the 2021 Public Library Staff and Diversity Survey report. The national survey updates information on beginning librarian and library director salaries; documents traditional and emerging staff roles; explores staff diversity, recruitment, and retention efforts; and captures information about public library equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) goals and activities.

NoveList Improves Subject Headings Relating to Indigenous Cultures
NoveList has been making changes to some of its headings to make their catalog of subjects more equitable, diverse, and inclusive of all audiences. They’re now wrapping up a huge project to change more than 2,300 subject headings relating to Indigenous peoples and cultures of the Americas.

Free, Online Privacy Mini-Conference Call for Proposals
The third Library 2.022 mini-conference: “Libraries and Privacy: Critical Issues for Information Professionals,” will be held online (and for free) on Thursday, October 13, 2022, from 1-4 pm MDT. The mini-conference will highlight the many different kinds of privacy (and privacy problems) that information institutions and professionals face, with an emphasis on how to engage with the critical dimensions of privacy. The call for proposals is currently open and will close no later than September 30.

ALSC Core Competencies Include Social-Emotional Learning
More than two decades ago, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identified “core competencies” for librarians working with young children. Those competencies have been updated several times over the years. In the August installment of ALSC’s publication “ALSC Matters,” New York librarian Corinthia Price outlines five core competencies essential to social and emotional learning: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.

ALSC Graphic Novel Booklists Available for Download
Compiled and annotated by ALSC’s Quicklists Consulting committee and filled with engaging reads, the Graphic Novels Reading Lists are a great give-away for your library or school. Released this summer, these three new lists cover age ranges from kindergarten to eighth grade and include classics as well as new titles that have been widely recommended
and well-reviewed. Plus, there are books that have popular appeal as well as critical acclaim.

REALM Publishes Public Health Crisis Management Playbook
The REALM Public Health Crisis Management Playbook for Archives, Libraries, and Museums offers a set of guiding processes, resources, and tools to aid cultural heritage institutions when planning for, navigating through, and recovering from a significant public health emergency. This resource can help archive, library, or museum staff who are part of a crisis management planning or communications team.

Registration Open for YALSA 2022 Symposium
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is holding its 2022 YA Services Symposium in Baltimore from November 4-6. The theme is Rediscovering our Charm: Supporting Teens and Each other in our Libraries. Early bird rate ends September 15. Wyoming library workers may consider applying for a McMurry Continuing Education Grant by September 30 if they need financial assistance to attend.

Library Card Sign-Up Month Kicks Off Today!



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As school starts, libraries are celebrating Library Card Sign-up Month! Each September, this celebration reminds parents, teachers, and others that a library card should be in every child’s back to school supplies. And it’s not just for kids — library cards open up a world of resources for people of all ages such as new books, access to technology, and educational programming.

Tony Award-winning performer, actress, singer-songwriter, and philanthropist Idina Menzel and her sister author and educator Cara Mentzel are honorary chairs of Library Card Sign-Up Month 2022. Idina and Cara remind everyone that one of the best places to find your voice is at the library.

Library users can take part by visiting the library, signing up for a card, and taking part in the #GetLibraryCarded social media campaign. Post a photo of yourself with your library card (conceal personal info, please!) to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #GetLibraryCarded for a chance to win $100. The promotion begins at 11 a.m. MDT today and ends September 23 at 11 a.m. MDT. All library lovers and librarians are encouraged to participate.

Libraries can celebrate and help spread the word with activities, social media graphics and other tools on the Library Card Sign-up Month site and in the available press kit.

Tools to Promote Library Card Sign-up Month



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Singing cartoon mouse holding library card. Text reads: September is Library Card Sign-up Month

During Library Card Sign-up Month, the American Library Association (ALA) and librarians across the country will remind students, parents, and caregivers that a library card is the most important school supply of all.

All libraries can participate and amplify this message with free tools from ALA that include social media graphics, a #GetLibraryCarded promotion, proclamations, PSAs, posters and more. Learn more and access the toolkit.

Each September, ALA and libraries around the nation celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month. A library card provides access to technology, multimedia content, and educational programming that transforms lives and strengthens communities. Libraries provide people of all ages the opportunity to pursue their dreams and passions.

Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. During the month, the American Library Association and libraries unite together in a national effort to ensure every child signs up for their own library card.

News in Brief



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Graphic of a "Wyoming State Library" newspaper with "News in Brief" headlineA Trauma-Informed Lens: Communities, Libraries and Research
This blog post from the Colorado State Library delves into trauma-informed practices for research and everyday interactions for library workers. Experiencing trauma can have lasting negative impacts on one’s mental, physical and emotional health. These impacts can then extend beyond the individual to the communities they exist within. Being trauma-informed will help you navigate your work with understanding and compassion for those around you as well as for yourself.

Increase Equitable Access to COVID-19 Testing in Your Community
Color Health is collaborating with the CDC to bring no cost COVID-19 testing to at-risk people in under-resourced communities. They are partnering with organizations like libraries nationwide to better serve communities with low testing access, rural locations, and/or neighborhoods with high social vulnerability index.

Free Tech Programs for Older Adults from AARP
Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) from AARP provides free technology programming and support to older adults throughout the country through their Senior Planet programs.

Bring a Girls Who Code Club to Your Library
Girls Who Code is on a mission to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. They partner with school districts, library networks and afterschool programs to launch clubs in communities across the country. Girls Who Code Clubs offer free computer science programs for 3rd-5th and 6th-12th grade students with a flexible, adaptable curriculum.

OLA/MPLA Call for 2023 Conference Program Proposals
The call for proposals has gone out for the 2023 Oklahoma Library Association/Mountain Plains Library Association (OLA/MPLA) conference, to be held March 8-10 in Norman, Oklahoma. The conference theme is “Building for the Future: Block by Block.” The deadline to submit a proposal is September 30.

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Graphic of a "Wyoming State Library" newspaper with "News in Brief" headline2022 Wyoming KIDS Count Data Book Released
The Wyoming Community Foundation has released its 2022 Wyoming Counts Kids Data Book. The publication looks at the well-being of children and families both county-by-county and across the state, and includes demographic, family structure, income, health and education data. The book also includes data features focusing on programs and issues that offer opportunities in the Equality State.

Registration Open for Association for Rural and Small Libraries Conference
Registration is now open for the 2022 Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference, to be held September 14-17 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Conference theme is “Connecting at the Crossroads: On Track to Real Change.” For the reduced Early Bird rate, register by July 26.

ABOS Award and Scholarship Nominations Open
The Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS) is currently accepting nominations for its annual awards and scholarships. Deadline is July 29, 2022.

NCCE Offering Free Training for Crossroads of History Project
This free NCCE course provides instruction on using the Library of Congress primary sources to develop and implement informed, meaningful activity plans based on social justice and civil rights issues. Crossroads of History is a completely virtual professional learning experience for educators including PreK-16 educational professionals and public librarians.

New Interactive  Map of Chronicling America Historic Newspapers
The Library of Congress has announced the publication of a new interactive map and timeline of all digitized titles in the Chronicling America Historic American Newspapers collection. This visualization features a map that shows approximate locations of all digitized newspapers available in the collection. Users can explore the newspapers by clicking the dots on the map and/or access a time slider in the lower left hand corner to interact with the timeline and explore the available digitized newspapers published between 1777-1963. This map is updated weekly.

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention for Veterans from WebJunction
WebJunction is collaborating with the Veterans Health Administration and Legal Services Corporation to promote free and reliable services, information, and resources on suicide prevention. They’re offering a new resource list on mental health and suicide prevention for Veterans and a webinar on August 12 so you can learn how your library can promote mental health and well-being among Veterans, service members, military families, and their communities.

New and Improved Courses Available on DigitalLearn.org
In 2013, PLA launched the digital literacy training site, DigitalLearn.org, with a variety of courses that build digital literacy skills and confidence using technology. The self-paced, online courses are freely available to everyone. With support from AT&T, PLA has been able to add and update courses, improve training materials, and include Spanish translations. Visit DigitalLearn.org to view the new and improved courses. (marked “New!”).

New REALM Research on Ventilation in Buildings
This research briefing, prepared by researchers at Battelle, is intended to provide timely information about the latest research on the effects of ventilation on the spread of COVID-19, to libraries, archives, museums (LAMs), and their stakeholders.