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Library Programs and New Americans

From the American Library Association

Over 43 million immigrants live in the United States, making up about 13 percent of the nation’s population. More than 55 percent of new Americans use their public library at least once a week, according to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), to access English language learning classes, citizenship and civic educational programs, and a vital support network.

To help libraries better serve these populations, the American Library Association (ALA) has released a white paper exploring how U.S. public libraries can provide the services new Americans need to thrive. “Library Programs and New Americans: A White Paper,” is the result of a six-month research project conducted by ALA’s Public Programs Office and a team of public library workers and partner organizations.

Recommendations for public library staff include:

  1. Assess community needs
  2. Foster partnerships with community organizations
  3. Offer professional development opportunities for staff and volunteers
  4. Include new Americans in decision-making and implementation
  5. Use terms that resonate with your specific community
  6. Develop multilingual resources
  7. Foster connections between new Americans and existing residents
  8. Create more intergenerational programming
  9. Build sustainable services

Download the white paper at

The New Americans Library Project was funded by a grant from The JPB Foundation.

News in Brief

Registration Open for NMLA/MPLA Joint Conference
Registration is now open for the New Mexico Library Association/Mountain Plains Library Association joint conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 30 to November 1. The Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA) is a twelve state association of librarians, library paraprofessionals and friends of libraries in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. Its purpose is to promote the development of librarians and libraries by providing significant educational and networking opportunities.

Celebrate National Immunization Awareness Month with New Library Program Kit
August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Libraries can access a free and ready-to-use program kit for this observance from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. The program kit includes helpful guides, activity plans, promotional materials, and health information resources your library can use to promote awareness on the importance of immunization in your community.

Project READY: Free Online Racial Equity Curriculum
The Project READY curriculum is a series of free, online, self-paced professional development modules for school and public youth services librarians, library administrators, and others. Project READY is for anyone interested in improving their knowledge about race, racism, and racial equity, and interested in improving relationships with, services to, and resources for youth of color and Native youth through inclusive environments and programs.

ALA urges LinkedIn Learning to Reconsider Changes to Terms of Service
LinkedIn Learning — formerly, a platform used by libraries to provide online learning opportunities to library users — plans to make substantial changes to its terms of service that would significantly impair library users’ privacy rights. Under LinkedIn Learning’s new terms of service, a library cardholder will need to create a LinkedIn profile in order to access LinkedIn Learning. ALA’s Library Bill of Rights and its interpretations maintain that all library users have the right to access library resources without disclosing their personally identifiable information (PII) to third parties.

Confronting White Nationalism in Schools Toolkit
This toolkit, published by the Western States Center in Portland, Oregon, shares strategies to counter white nationalist organizing through sample scenarios that schools frequently encounter. Whether a student has been found passing out white nationalist flyers or buttons on school property, or more actively advocating for a “white pride” student group, the toolkit offers advice for parents, students, teachers, school administrators, and the wider community.

Keep up With the Latest Privacy News
The freedom to read and receive ideas anonymously is at the heart of individual liberty in a democracy. Librarians defend that freedom every day. The American Library Association encourages you to “Choose Privacy Every Day” and provides a blog with the latest links and articles.


GPO Digitizes Public Papers of the Presidents

Reposted from govinfo

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the National Archives’ Office of the Federal Register (OFR) have digitized volumes of The Public Papers of the Presidents for Presidents Herbert Hoover (1929) through George H.W. Bush (1991), with the exception of the Franklin D. Roosevelt presidency. The papers of President Franklin Roosevelt were published privately before the commencement of the official Public Papers series.

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Each volume of The Public Papers of the President is comprised of a forward by the President, public writings, addresses, remarks, and photographs. This digitization effort joined the already digital version of Public Papers for Presidents George H. W. Bush (1991−1992), William J. Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack H. Obama.

The Public Papers of the President is currently published twice a year and covers a six-month period. They may be accessed for free on GPO’s govinfo, the one-stop site to authentic, published Government information.

The Public Papers of the Presidents, which are compiled and published by OFR/NARA, began in 1957 in response to a recommendation of the National Historical Publications Commission. Noting the lack of uniform compilations of messages and papers of the Presidents before this time, the Commission recommended the establishment of an official series in which Presidential writings, addresses, and remarks of a public nature could be made available. This recommendation was issued under section 6 of the Federal Register Act (44 U.S.C. 1506).

For assistance finding state and federal government information, contact the Wyoming State Library’s reference staff at or (307) 777-6333.

Copyright and Fair Use Resources

Reposted from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Questions about copyright? Not sure what counts as fair use? The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has received a lot of these types of questions recently, and wanted to provide some resources to offer some guidance.

Copyright: General Information

Copyright Crash Course from the University of Texas Libraries – This collection of resources, assembled by UT Librarian Colleen Lyon, provides questions to such topics as “Who Owns What?”, “Fair Use,” and “Getting Permission.” – The website of the U.S. Copyright Office, this website provides government information on law and guidance as well as policy issues.

ALA Copyright Tools – The home of the Exceptions for Instructors eTool also includes the Public Domain Slider and the Section 108 Spinner.

Copyright for Libraries: ALA Resources – This libguide from ALA includes books on copyright information for K-12 librarians and additional resources about copyright.

Fair Use

Fair Use Evaluator – From Michael Brewer and the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy, this tool can be useful in determining if a work can be used under the Fair Use Doctrine.

Fair Use and Other Educational Uses – From the University of Chicago’s Copyright Information Center, this resource provides a Fair Use Checklist and a rules of thumb for determining if your use can be deemed “fair use.”

Copyright and Education

Copyright for Teachers – From Auburn University, this is a concise overview of copyright law for teachers and instructors.

The Educator’s Guide to Copyright and Fair Use – This five-part series from education world includes a section on district liability and teaching responsibility.

Copyright and Primary Sources – This informative resource from the Library of Congress is structured as an easy to read question and answer format.

Exceptions for Instructors eTool – Provides a way to think about if your intended use follows under educational use of copyrighted material under the U.S. Copyright Code.

Wyoming libraries with copyright and fair use questions are welcome to contact the Wyoming State Library’s intellectual property expert, State Publications Librarian Karen Kitchens, at or (307) 777-7281. You may also wish to take a look at these titles from the WSL collection:

Search our collection for more.

As a reminder, we are not lawyers and cannot provide legal assistance. Please refer to an intellectual property attorney or your library’s legal counsel for legal questions.

July is National Ice Cream Month

From The Scoop Newsletter from the Idaho Commission for Libraries

July is National Ice Cream Month, and a great excuse for a trek to a local ice cream shop. Partake in this tradition yourself this month!

Some cool ice cream sites:


Strategic Planning Resources

Reposted from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

As part of our role as consultants, we often receive questions from library workers about strategic or long range planning. We have compiled many of the resources that we refer to when faced with these questions.

Before you get started

Why is a Strategic Plan Necessary for a Small Library? 2015 (Infopeople) – This article from Infopeople details the reasons for strategic planning.

The Planning Process

Strategic Planning When You Can’t Afford a Consultant 2018 (Texas State Library) – This 1-hour webinar presented by Michele Stricker, Deputy State Librarian of Lifelong Learning at the New Jersey State Library, explores cost-effective ways to approach strategic planning.

A Library Board’s Practical Guide to Strategic Planning 2016 (United for Libraries) – This PDF guide to the planning process is written from the library board’s perspective and includes information about how to complete an environmental scan and write vision and mission statements.

Measuring Outcomes

Project Outcome 2018 (Public Library Association) – This free online toolkit provides outcome measurement tools and resources.

Integrating Project Outcome into Strategic Planning & Measuring Priority Areas 2017 (American Library Association) – This video presentation includes panelists who have incorporated Project Outcome into their libraries’ planning processes.

Library Examples

Buda Public Library – 2017-2021 – The Buda Public Library’s strategic plan highlights a straightforward approach that is well-organized and data driven.

Fort Worth Public Library – 2019-2021 – This strategic plan is highly visualized, including photographs within the plan document and an accompanying video.

Greenfield Public Library – 2016-2020  – The data in this strategic plan is presented in a few ways, including pie charts and bar graphs.

For additional reading on strategic planning, search the Wyoming State Library catalog. We maintain a professional library science collection that includes several titles on this topic. You may also contact our Library Development Office for assistance.

‘Toy Story 4’ Stars of National Library Card Month

This year’s Library Card Sign-up Month in September stars “Toy Story 4” characters. As Honorary Chairs, Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep, and friends are appearing in print and digital graphics to promote the value of a library card. The “Toy Story 4” crew is also being featured in customizable library card artwork.

All the free graphics and artwork can be downloaded through the Library Card Sign-up Month Toolkit (an account is required but registration is free, and anyone can join). Sample tools, including a proclamation, a template press release, radio PSA scripts and social media posts are also available for libraries to use. The tools remind the public of all the resources available with a library card.

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 in a national effort to ensure every child signs up for their own library card.

Webcast to Celebrate Apollo 11

From The Scoop newsletter from the Idaho Commission for Libraries

On Monday, July 15, join STARnet for a Live Webcast Event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission. This live webcast, brought to you by the American Museum of Natural History, will feature a guided recreation of the Apollo 11 voyage – the space-flight that landed the first two astronauts on the Moon.

NASA’s Space STEM site has a wealth of resources to make your Apollo 11 celebration a blast!

  • Visit the Lessons and Activities page for recommended activities for all ages
  • Join the worldwide Global Launch on July 16, celebrating the Apollo 11 launch. All rocket types
    are welcome, and no launch is too small.
  • Visit the Printables page for Apollo 50th materials (bookmarks, posters, etc.) that you can
    download and print!
  • Record audio of yourself or a loved one who remembers the Apollo era and share your Apollo
    story with NASA.
  • Holding a public event? Submit it to the Apollo events map.

News in Brief

Submit a nomination for the I Love My Librarian Award
Has a librarian made a difference in your life, or changed your community for the better? Now’s your chance to celebrate their impact by nominating them for the prestigious I Love My Librarian Award. Up to 10 exceptional school, public, and college/university librarians will be selected to receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony in January 2020, during the ALA’s Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Philadelphia. Nominations are open through October 21 at 11:59 p.m. CT.

ALA Accepting Applications for 2020 Class of Emerging Leaders
The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting applications for the 2020 class of Emerging Leaders (EL). The ALA EL program is a leadership development program which enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. It puts participants on the fast track to ALA committee volunteerism as well as other professional library-related organizations. Deadline to apply is August 30, 2019.

Hooray for Freedom! Legal and Ethical Foundations of Library Practice
This summer WebJunction is pleased to host, in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries and Library Journal, a two-part webinar series exploring library policies and procedures related to intellectual freedom, privacy, and confidentiality. Margo Gustina and Eli Guinnee, co-founders of, and authors of Why Social Justice in the Library: The case for shifting library policy, practice, and culture toward radical inclusivity, bring expertise and practical experience to the topic.

View WebJunction presentations from ALA Annual in Washington, DC
WebJunction staff attended ALA Annual 2019 in Washington, D.C. In addition to conference presentations and poster sessions, they presented at the OCLC booth for Hot Topics, 15-minute presentations where you can learn about technologies and strategies that help your library serve your community more effectively. Presentations have been posted on their website.

2020 ALA Annual Conference Program Proposals are Now Open
ALA Conference Services is accepting program proposals for the 2020 American Library Association Annual Conference, to take place in Chicago, Illinois, on June 25-30, 2020. The deadline to submit content is September 10, 2019, at 12:00 Midnight (EST).


Independence Day With the GPO

Reposted from govinfo

Independence Day commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, by the Continental Congress declaring that the thirteen American colonies were no longer part of the British Empire, but now the United States of America.

S. Doc. 111-4 – Constitution of the United States and the Declaration of Independence, Pocket Edition


Did you know?

  • There is a message written upside-down across the bottom on the back of the Declaration of Independence that reads, “Original Declaration of Independence dated 4th July 1776.” It’s thought that the text was added as a label.
  • In 1870, July 4th became a National holiday, but it was not until 1941 that the provision was expanded to grant a paid holiday to all Federal workers.
  • The Continental Congress voted in favor of independence on July 2, 1776, but July 4, 1776, was the day when the delegates actually adopted the Declaration of Independence.

“The Second Day of July 1776 will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires, and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

John Adams, in a letter to his wife Abigail, predicting July 2 would be the day America would celebrate its independence

Purchase a printed copy of the Constitution of the United States and Declaration of Independence (Pocket Edition) as well as related publications, from GPO’s online bookstore. 

Learn more about the history of Independence Day from the National Park Service’s History of Independence Day  and Today in History – July 4 from the Library of Congress.