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How Safe Is Your Workspace?

From the ALA-APA’s Library Worklife blog

Do you keep your workspace neat and free of clutter? Do you close desk drawers and cabinets when not in use? Do you use a step ladder instead of standing on a chair to get things that are out of your reach? If you responded with a yes to these questions, then you’re on your way to having a safe work environment. But these are only a few things that you can do to ensure a safe workplace. With June being National Safety Month, it is a perfect opportunity to promote safety in the workplace.

This article lists 30 safety topics that employers can share with employees. It talks about employers’ responsibility to discuss and educate employees on safety. However, some things are each employee’s responsibility. Things such as getting a good night’s sleep or being sober when you go to work or being aware of your surroundings as you cross streets on your way to work, all help to keep you alert and ensure your safety.

Of the ten most common injuries on the job, the majority are those random incidents that can happen to anyone and at any time. Knowing this should help us grasp the idea that we all have a part to play in minimizing the risk of accidents, injuries, and even death that could occur while we’re at work. You should not become paranoid about everything around you. But you should be aware of potential hazards. It’s like noticing a “floor is wet” yellow hazard sign and being careful to avoid that particular area.


Reposted with permission.

News in Brief

News dispatch, women’s suffrage amendment adopted

New Online: The AP Washington Bureau, 1915-1930
The Associated Press Washington Bureau News Dispatches between the tumultuous years between 1915 and 1930 are now online at the Library of Congress. The collection of news dispatches of the Washington, D.C., Bureau of the Associated Press spans the period 1915-1930 and consists of 375 volumes (387,082 images), housed in 254 boxes, the contents of which provide an unbroken chronology of world and national events as reported by the news agency.

NNLM Resources for June Health Observances
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine has released easy-to-use content to support health observances in June, including LGBT+ Pride and Men’s Health. Content includes slides for electronic displays, handouts for patrons and staff, and social media tools.

In One Year, People Visited Public Libraries More Than a Billion Times
The Public Libraries Survey report, released recently by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, provides an annual snapshot of public library use, financial health, staffing, and resources in FY 2016. “Community needs are changing rapidly in today’s world, and public libraries are responding accordingly,” said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. “Libraries are offering more programs ranging from early childhood to workforce development. Community participation also continues to increase — it’s clear that people are using their libraries.”

PBS Announces ‘Summer of Space’ Lineup
PBS has announced a celestial programming spectacle sure to excite any space enthusiast. A SUMMER OF SPACE multiplatform experience, anchored by the highly anticipated AMERICAN EXPERIENCE six-hour film “Chasing the Moon,” and including new science and history programs, will begin in July timed to the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

YALSA’s Best of the Best – Free Marketing Materials
YALSA’s 2019 Best of the Best marketing materials include free downloadable bookmarks, logos, and more. Librarians are encouraged to use these free resources to help promote the year’s best young adult literature, including award winning (Alex, Edwards, Morris, Nonfiction, Odyssey, Printz) and selected list titles.

New MedlinePlus Videos Explore Health Topics
MedlinePlus has created a new series of videos in both English and Spanish to explain topics in health and medicine and to answer frequently asked questions about diseases, health conditions, and wellness issues. Each video page includes links to MedlinePlus health topic pages, where you can find more information about the subject, including symptoms, causes, treatment, and prevention.

How to Write a Sponsorship Letter
Unlike a standard fundraising letter that asks for donations, contributions, volunteer time, auction items or other gifts, a sponsorship letter has a slightly longer reach. It focuses on building a relationship with a potential donor and approaches them like a partner, including offering an incentive for their support. In this post, the Wild Apricot blog offers a how-to on writing a sponsorship letter, including two templates.

Teamwork: The Perfect Place to Practice Your Soft Skills
How much do soft skills contribute to the effectiveness of a team. The answer: soft skills contribute tremendously to the smooth performance of a team. Library Worklife, a blog of the American Library Association Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) offers this article on evaluating and developing soft skills in the workplace.

Aging at the Library: Working With Older Patrons
From the fundamentals of helping someone use a computer and talking with them about privacy, to accessibility and troubleshooting, Jessamyn West covers how to work with older patrons on technology issues. Explore the Keynote, PDF with notes, and PowerPoint from her “Aging at the Library” session at the 2019 New Hampshire Library Association conference for valuable information.

Self-Paced, Online Collection Development Training from WebJunction
Check out this sequence of four, self-paced courses from the Idaho Commission for Libraries, which cover everything from collection development basics to creating policies to maintaining and building your collection. The ABLE (Alternate Basic Library Education) courses can help you build your skills!

Crowdsourcing Alternatives to “There Are No Stupid Questions”
When you say, “’There are no stupid questions,” it can reinforce the word “stupid.” Is there a better, more positive way to let people know they can ask anything? Brianna Hoffman, WebJunction Project Coordinator, put a request for a better way to communicate to her network of library colleagues. Check out the crowdsourced suggestions and contribute your own.

ACRL and Gale Launch Libraries Transform Toolkit
The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and Gale, a Cengage company, have collaborated to create the ACRL Libraries Transform Toolkit. This free new toolkit provides academic and research libraries with easy-to-use tools and resources to develop effective marketing and outreach strategies to promote their services and impact to students, faculty and administrators.

What’s Early Literacy for Kids Who Can’t See?
“How do you translate training the eye to training the fingers? How do you address the different cognitive practices and activities needed by young children with low or no vision as they get ready for a life of independent access to information?” Check out this article on the ALSC Blog to learn how.

Flag Day 2019 With the GPO

Federal document resources for Flag Day reposted from govinfo

Federal law (36 U.S.C. 110) designates June 14 as Flag Day, and:

  • calls on U.S. government officials to display the flag of the United States on all government buildings on Flag Day, and
  • urges the people of the United States to observe Flag Day as the anniversary of the adoption on June 14, 1777, by the Continental Congress of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States.

“Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field representing a new constellation.”

Resolution of the Continental Congress at Philadelphia on June 14, 1777

84 FR 27699 – Flag Day and National Flag Week, 2019 
Presidential Proclamation 9905 of June 7, 2019

18 U.S.C. 700 – Desecration of the flag of the United States; penalties

Our Flag, S. Doc. 109-18, July 18, 2006 (PDF), is a Senate Document by the Joint Committee on Printing that briefly describes the history of the flag, and sets forth the practices and observances appropriate to its display.

Purchase a printed copy of Our Flag as well as related publications, from GPO’s online bookstore.

Learn more about Flag Day from the Library of Congress’ Today in History  and America’s Story from America’s Library

Remembering D-Day With the GPO

Reposted from the GPO Government Book Talk blog  

Troops approaching Normandy Beach,
D-Day, World War II.

On June 6, 1944, exactly 75 years ago, in perhaps the most seminal battle of World War II, the U.S., together with Britain and Canada, executed Operation Overlord, better known to us as D-Day, in which they, alongside other countries, invaded the coasts of Normandy, carrying out the largest seaborne invasion in history against Nazi-Germany. The U.S. Government Publishing Office invites you to remember this historic day by highlighting some resources from our collections.

 Cross Channel Attack, by Gordan Harrison, available from the U.S. Government Bookstore, details that the preparation for D-Day started long before landing on the beaches of Normandy. The allied forces carried out an act of military deception, known as Operation Bodyguard, in which the goal was to mislead the Germans as to the location and date of the allied landing. Hitler was nonetheless aware that allied forces were intending to invade, which is why he ordered the construction of the “Atlantic Wall,” a 2,400-mile line of bunkers, mines, and water obstacles along the coast of Normandy.But due to the lack of time and resources, he was unable to complete the wall in its entirety. For the allied forces, the element of surprise was of grave importance–if Hitler did not know the exact locations of allied entry, he would be forced to spread his forces thinly along the entire coast, which is exactly what ended up happening. Though combat was difficult in all five allied-landing sites, it could have been much worse had Operation Bodyguard not succeeded.

Sometimes visuals speak louder than words; D-Day: The 6th of June (Map poster), also available from the U.S. Government Bookstore, helps one considerably in visualizing the aforementioned scenario, allowing one to see where exactly the allied forces landed and how vast the coast of Normandy actually is.

The landings were preceded by extensive aerial and naval bombardment. For organizational purposes, the allied forces divided the 50-mile coast of Normandy into five strategic sections: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword.  In 1943, at 6:30 p.m., allied forces landed on the beaches, and on each one they encountered different levels of resistance. For instance, at Omaha, the shore was heavily mined and for this reason, Omaha suffered the highest number of casualties. At Juno, despite losing 50% of their force, the Canadians succeeded in capturing most of the beach. On June 11th, all five beaches were captured. The U.S., Canada, Britain, and allied powers pushed Germany on the Western front while the Soviet Union pushed on the Eastern front, and less than a year after D-Day, Germany surrendered unconditionally. The aforementioned is a small summary of Omaha Beachhead, a book which provides significant details on the struggles at every beach.

On D-Day, men and women from all over the world came together for a common goal. Though this event happened on a 50-mile coast of land, it impacted everyone, which is why D-Day is remembered to this day throughout the world. For instance, in 2012, the French Ministry of Culture announced its official consideration for adding the D-Day landing beaches to the UNESCO list of world heritage sites. In addition, the United States on an annual basis commemorates the memory of D-Day. “D-Day Plus 50 Years” is one such example.These commemorations can be found on govinfo.

GPO offers a wide array of resources that cover every angle of D-Day. These include beautiful maps, commemorations, digital images, and historical books. The  books mentioned above are available for purchase from the U.S. Government Bookstore, and can also be downloaded for free electronically via GPO’s Catalog of Government Publications. Below is a small sample of resources we offer:

Available from the Catalog of Government Publications

Available from the U.S. Government Bookstore

Available on govinfo

Discounted Rate for LJ Design Institute

Library Journal, in partnership with the Pikes Peak Library District, is bringing the latest installment of their library building and design event to Colorado Springs on September 13, 2019.

Design Institute will bring the latest trends in library design. It will dig deep with architects, librarians, and vendors to explore building/renovating/retrofitting spaces both large and small that will redefine the relationship with users and engage community.

The Library Journal Design Institute is offering Wyoming librarians, board members, and others a special rate of $96, discounted from the full rate of $140. Sign up before June 21 to submit real-life design challenges with your registration. Whether or not your library challenge is selected, you’ll find sessions to spur your own imagination and ideas. There’s plenty of time to network with colleagues, as well.

Use the code JW20 when registering for the discounted rate. Deadline for Challenge Submission is June 21, 2019.

Learn more and register.

LJ Finds Library Circulation Down Slightly

Image credit: Library Journal

Reposted from Library Research Service

Library Journal recently released the results of its annual materials survey tracking circulation statistics in public libraries nationwide.

Materials circulation in public libraries decreased by half a percent (0.5%) in 2018, falling, though only slightly, for the first time since 1999. Two in 5 (40%) survey respondents reported that they saw their circulation decrease. Nearly 3 in 5 (57%) items circulated in 2018 were books, 1 in 10 (9%) were ebooks, and about a third (31%) were other media like audiobooks, DVD/Blu-ray, music CDs, and streaming media. Book and ebook circulation both increased from 2017 to 2018, while netted media circulation decreased.

Like in previous years the majority of materials circulated were fiction (64%). Nonfiction made up a little over a third (36%) of items circulated. Half (51%) of items circulated were adult materials, 2 in 5 (41%) were children’s materials, and about 1 in 12 (8%) were items for young adults.

The fiction genres that respondents cited as their top 5 most popular print book circulators were mystery/suspense (95%), general fiction (81%), thrillers (72%), romance (63%), and Christian fiction (41%). The genre order changes slightly for ebook circulation – mystery/suspense is still the most popular (84%), but romance moves up to second (79%), thrillers remain in third (77%), and historical and literary fiction, not present in the print top five, are tied for fourth (both at 35%).

In print nonfiction, cooking reclaimed its top spot as the most popular circulator in 2018, with 4 in 5 (82%) respondents ranking it in their top 5. Rounding out the most popular print circulators were biography/memoir (74%), self-help/psychology (50%), history (48%), and medicine/health (40%). Like in the fiction rankings, nonfiction genre popularity changes for ebook circulation. Biography/memoir (89%), self-help/psychology (67%), and history (61%) are still popular, while cooking drops to 6th place (29%). Current events/politics (46%) and fitness/weight loss (33%) are more popular in ebook format than in print.

The full report can be found here.

Note: This post is part of the series, “The LRS Number,” highlighting statistics that help tell the story of the 21st-century library.

PBS Books Offers Library Engagement Program

PBS Books has launched its Library Engagement Program and invites libraries to sign up and take advantage of this free program.

They are offering:

  • The opportunity for free screenings of PBS programming
    • AMERICAN EXPERIENCE’s Chasing the Moon (before July 8)
    • AMERICAN EXPERIENCE’s Stonewall Riots
  • Monthly Curated Booklists (an adults and youth list will be sent this week focused on the Moon)
  • Access to an archive of 650+ videos
  • Social Media Accelerator (crossposting ability and much more)
  • Ability to take learn about livestreams related to books and the future of libraries

Learn more and sign up.

Armed Forces Day Pays Tribute

From GovInfo

“This will remain the land of the free so long as it is the home of the brave.”

– Elmer Davis, the Director of the United States Office of War Information during World War II; Source: Patrick Air Force Base

Know a man or woman who serves in the United States military? Be sure to thank them this May 18, Armed Forces Day 2019. This observance pays tribute to the men and women who serve in the United States military, and this year’s theme is “For the Nation. For the People.”  The following are documents related to Armed Forces Day and the Department of Defense.

“On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. The single day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense.” (Source: )

Read remarks from Senator Lodge on Secretary Johnson’s announcement as printed in the Congressional Record.

95 Cong. Rec. (Bound) – Senate: April 7, 1949

The first Armed Forces day was observed May 20, 1950, by Presidential proclamation.
“Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, 1950, marks the first combined demonstration by America’s defense team of its progress, under the National Security Act, towards the goal of readiness for any eventuality. It is the first formal procession of preparedness by the unified forces of our land, sea, and air defense.”

President Truman, Presidential Proclamation, March 2, 1950

Federal Register Vol. 15, No. 41, March 2, 1950, Proclamation 2873 – Armed Forces Day

National defense legislation is codified in Title 50 of the U.S. Code.

50 U.S.C. – War and National Defense

Related Resources

ALA Releases ‘Libraries’ Guide to the 2020 Census’

The American Library Association has released the Libraries’ Guide to the 2020 Census, a new resource to prepare libraries for the decennial count of every person living in the United States.

The Guide contains practical information to assist library staff in addressing potential patron and community requests regarding the upcoming 2020 Census. The Guide includes:

  • basic information about the Census process;
  • highlights of new components in the 2020 Census, such as the online response option;
  • frequently asked questions;
  • a timeline of key Census dates;
  • contact information and links to additional resources.

ALA teamed with the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality to develop the Guide, with support from ALA’s 2020 Census Library Outreach and Education Task Force. ALA plans to provide additional resources for library practitioners in the months leading up to Census Day on April 1, 2020.

The Libraries’ Guide to the 2020 Census is available for free download at

Mental Health Resources at Your Library

May is Mental Health Month, and libraries can help with authoritative, reliable health information. This list of helpful resources was prepared by Park County Library Reference Librarian Nicholle Gerharter.

In-Library Resources

  • General nonfiction collection
    • Dewey Decimal range 610-618, generally
    • Search your local Wyoming library’s catalog at
  • Librarians
    • Confidential interactions — information, not medical advice
    • Submit purchase recommendations
    • Interlibrary loan when appropriate

Library Online Resources

  • Online card catalog searchable at Search, place holds, request loans, view your account. 
  • New card catalog app, in your mobile device app store. It’s called WYLDCAT. Search, place holds, request loans, view your account. Digital library barcode works on self-checkout machines.
  • Research databases online at, scroll to Health & Medicine
    • Health & Wellness Resource Center – Carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials including hundreds of health/medical journals, videos, pamphlets and a broad collection of reference titles
    • Alt Healthwatch – Focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness
    • Consumer Health Complete – Comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content, designed to support the information needs of patients and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics
  • Book recommendations online at, scroll to Recommended Reading
    • NoveList Plus – For fiction and nonfiction. Describe a plot, receive author readalikes, find reviews, download book discussion guides, and more

Unbiased Internet Resources

  • MedlinePlus:
    • National Institutes of Health website for patients, families and friends in reader-friendly language. Includes information about treatments, drugs and supplements, procedures, research, clinical trials and more. Videos, illustrations, directories, and a medical encyclopedia included. No advertising and no endorsements.
  • National Institute of Mental Health:
    • Lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. Their mission is “to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illness through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.” Includes overviews, signs & symptoms, risk factors, treatments & therapies, studies and more
  • National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health:
    • Lead federal agency for “scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine.”
  • DailyMed:
    • Trustworthy information about marketed drugs and official provider of FDA label information. A standard, comprehensive, up-to-date, look-up and download resource of medication content and labeling found in medical package inserts.