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Registration Open for YALSA Symposium
Registration is now open for the 2018 YALSA Symposium, which will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, from November 2-4. Programs will cover the entire spectrum of topics related to providing services for and with young adults.

ARSL Conference Registration Opens
Early bird registration has opened for the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) 2018 annual conference that will be held September 13-15 at the Bank of Springfield Center in historic Springfield, IL. Register now to join over 500 library professionals who will be Linking Libraries in the Land of Lincoln. Early bird conference rates starting at $275 for ARSL members.

Need Help With Conference Fees?
If you’re thinking of going to YALSA or ARSL or any other library training or professional development event, but could use a little financial assistance to make it happen, be sure to look into the Carol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants for continuing education. Individuals with 12 months employment or volunteer work at a Wyoming library may be eligible.

CRS Reports in Scope of the FDLP
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 includes a provision titled, “Equal Access to Congressional Research Service Reports,” which directs the Congressional Research Service (CRS) to make non-confidential CRS Reports freely-available to the public. The Librarian of Congress, in consultation with the CRS Director, shall establish and maintain a public website containing CRS Reports and an index of all CRS Reports contained on the website. Historically, distribution of CRS Reports was limited to Members of Congress.

A Decade of Studies Reviewed in School Library Research
Volume 21 of School Library Research (SLR), the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, opens with a new article, “Still Polishing the Diamond: School Library Research over the Last Decade,” providing a review of a decades worth of studies in school librarianship. SLR promotes and publishes high-quality original research concerning the management, implementation and evaluation of school library programs. Access SLR articles for free.

ASCLA Makes Library Accessibility Toolkits Available
The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of the American Library Association, has Library Accessibility Toolkits available to help library professionals understand the challenges and opportunities presented by issues of equitable access for library users. These issues include 1) users with mental health issues  2) users with learning and/or attention issues 3) users with developmental disabilities 4) users with sensory disabilities 5) users with service animals 6) users who need assistive technology and 7) users with physical disabilities. Each guide provides an overview, recommended hardware and software solutions, tips and resources to guide library professionals in providing great library experiences for everyone.

Libraries and Money Smart Week® April 21-28
Knowing how to spend, save and invest money wisely can be a challenge. During Money Smart Week®, April 21-28, many libraries are helping their patrons make sound fiscal choices by providing unbiased sources of information. Created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002, Money Smart Week® is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. The American Library Association (ALA) is among several partnering organizations.

2016 End of Term Presidential Web Archive Now Available
Between fall 2016 and spring 2017, End of Term (EOT) Web Archive partners conducted outreach and archiving efforts to preserve and document the U.S. Government web presence at the end of the Obama Presidential term. The 2016 EOT crawl contains over 200 Terabytes of websites and data, which includes over 350 URLs/files. Access to this content is available through the EOT Web Archive project page, which contains over 50,000 records available for searching and browsing, or through the Internet Archive Collection page.

Congressional Pictorial Directory Available on GPO’s govinfo
The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) makes available the Congressional Pictorial Directory: 115th Congress on GPO’s govinfo. GPO employees designed and produced the Pictorial Directory, which features a color photograph of each Member of the House of Representatives and Senate. It also details each Member’s length of service, political party affiliation, and congressional district. The Pictorial Directory also contains pictures of the President, Vice President, and House and Senate officers and officials. In addition to the digital version, the print edition is available on GPO’s online bookstore.


YALSA Announces 2018 Teen Read Week™ Theme

From the American Library Association

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will feature “It’s Written in the Stars…READ” as the theme for this year’s Teen Read Week celebration, which will take place October 7-13. Library staff, afterschool providers and educators can use this theme to encourage teens to think and read outside of the box, as well as seek out fantasy, science fiction and other out-of- this-world reads.

After the official site launches on April 12, during National Library Week, Library staff are encouraged to join the site at for a variety of free resources for help planning Teen Read Week activities.

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) supports library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens ‒ especially those with the greatest needs ‒ on the path to successful and fulfilling lives.

Honor a Wyoming Library Worker Today

Today, April 10, 2018, is National Library Workers Day, a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.

Today’s a great time to take a few minutes to do two things. First, please head over to the NLWD site and nominate a stellar library worker to be added to their list of stars.

Then, get to know more of your library colleagues across Wyoming! The Wyoming State Library blog has a running People News category that touches on the comings, goings, and achievements of those in the Wyoming library community. Take a look for the latest.

We’re always looking for People News. When you have new staff, retirements, awards, or other news of note, please send it to Susan Mark, WSL Publications Specialist, at, or give her a call at (307) 777-5915.

New Report Affirms Invaluable Role of Our Nation’s Libraries

From the American Library Association

Today the American Library Association (ALA) released its 2018 State of America’s Libraries report, an annual summary of library trends released during National Library Week, April 8 – 14, that outlines statistics and issues affecting all types of libraries. The report affirms the invaluable role libraries and library workers play within their communities by leading efforts to transform lives through education and lifelong learning.

During this time of rapid social change, libraries of all types are providing welcoming spaces to an increasingly diverse population; working with the community to offer social service support and health resources, career and small business development assistance; and combating fake news by providing tools to assess and evaluate news sources.

The function of libraries as community centers is readily recognized. A Brookings Institution article even referred to librarians as “ad hoc social workers and navigators” who “help local people figure out the complexities of life.” This role is especially evident, and never more essential, than in times of crisis, and 2017 had its share of adversity—from natural disasters to shootings on school campuses.

The report found that libraries continue to face challenges that carry with them the potential for censorship, to a variety of books, programs and materials. The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) tracked 354 challenges to library, school and university materials and services in 2017. Some individual challenges resulted in requests to restrict or remove multiple titles or collections. Overall in 2017, 416 books were targeted. See the Top 10.

This is the 60th anniversary of National Library Week. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is observed each April by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country. National Library Week celebrations include the release of the ALA’s 2018 State of America’s Libraries report, April 9; National Library Workers Day, April 10; National Bookmobile Day, April 11; and Take Action for Libraries Day, April 12.

Celebrate National Library Week Beginning April 8

“Libraries Lead” is the theme for National Library Week, which kicks off on Sunday, April 8, and runs through April 14. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries—school, public, academic and special—participate.

This year’s honorary chair is dancer and celebrated author Misty Copeland. In 2015, Misty was promoted to principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, making her the first African American woman to ever be promoted to the position in the company’s 75-year history. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, Life in Motion and her 2014 picture book, Firebird, won the Coretta Scott King Book Illustrator Award in 2015. Her new book, Ballerina Body, an instant New York Times Bestseller, published in March 2017.

Celebrations during National Library Week include:

  • Monday, April 9: State of America’s Libraries Report released, including Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2017.
  • Tuesday, April 10: National Library Workers Day, a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. Pop on over to the site and nominate a library star!
  • Wednesday, April 11: National Bookmobile Day, a day to recognize the contributions of our nation’s bookmobiles and the dedicated professionals who make quality bookmobile outreach possible in their communities.
  • Thursday, April 12 is Take Action for Libraries Day: #fundlibraries.

Is your library doing something special for National Library Week? Let us know! Give us a shout-out in the comments or on Twitter (@WyoLibraries) or Facebook. You can also email Susan Mark, Wyoming State Library publications specialist, at to tell her about it.

Study Reveals Voter Perceptions of Libraries

From the Idaho Commission for Libraries

OCLC, the American Library Association (ALA) and its Public Library Association (PLA) division partnered to investigate current perceptions and support among US voters and how they may have shifted since 2008 when OCLC first published From Awareness to Funding: A Study of Library Support in America, a national study of the awareness, attitudes, and underlying motivations among US voters for supporting library funding.

Explore the updated 2018 study.

The 2018 survey was again conducted by Leo Burnett USA, repeating questions and segmentation analysis from the original study, to allow for comparison with 2008 results. Key findings include:

  • a majority of U.S. voters believe public libraries are essential to communities and a source of civic pride;
  • voters still highly value traditional library services such as free access to books and quiet areas, but also increasingly value the library as a community hub.
  • There continues to be a disconnect between the services libraries offer and public awareness and support for those services;
  • although a majority of voters are likely to support library funding at the local ballot box, fewer are committed to definite support than a decade ago; and
  • a majority of voters still do not realize that the primary source of library funding is local.

A free webinar, hosted by WebJunction, is offered on April 17 to discuss the report:

Voter Perceptions of Libraries: Getting From Awareness to Funding in 2018
Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 1-2 p.m. MDT
Hosted by WebJunction, this free webinar presents the results of a new study investigating voter perceptions and support for public libraries, with comparisons to similar research conducted 10 years ago.

Register now.

Celebrate Food and Cooking During Preservation Week

Michael Twitty

Food writer, independent scholar, culinary historian and historical interpreter Michael W. Twitty is Honorary Chair of Preservation Week, April 22 – 28, 2018, a time when librarians and library workers share their expertise about preserving family heirlooms and treasures.

Author of The Cooking Gene (Harper Collins 2017), Twitty is a noted culinary and cultural historian and the creator of Afroculinaria, the first blog devoted to African American historic foodways and their legacies. You can follow Twitty online with @KosherSoul on Twitter or through his Facebook page for cooking tips and resources.

Preservation Week is your opportunity to inspire action to preserve collections—in libraries, archives, and museums, of course, but especially the items held and loved by individuals, families, and communities. Preservation Week activities will also raise awareness of the role libraries and other cultural institutions play in providing sound preservation information.

This year’s Preservation Week theme is cooking and community archiving, and participating libraries will celebrate by offering special programs and services to connect library users with preservation tools, promote the importance of preservation and strive to enhance knowledge of preservation issues among the general public. Institutions around the world will be using the hashtag #preswk to talk about their preservation programs and services.

Preservation Week is an initiative of the Association for Library Collections &Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association.

Take Part in Día With the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress has planned an upcoming free distance learning program aimed at K-12 teachers, school librarians, and young adult and children’s librarians to celebrate “El Día de los Niños, El Día de los Libros” on April 30. This online event will take place from 1:00-2:10 p.m. MST. Register now if you would like to be one of a limited number of interactive sites.

April 30 has been traditionally celebrated as “Dia de los Ninos, Dia de los Libros!” to honor “the day of the child, the day of the book.” The Educational Outreach team at the Library of Congress, in partnership with Internet2, invites public librarians, school librarians, and K-12 teachers from around the country to join us via interactive videoconference or live web stream to honor this day and its value in promoting diversity in children’s literature. The conversation will take on the theme of librarians as heroes and how they have inspired and continue to facilitate diversity in books and other media.

There are two ways for your organization to participate:

  1. Register as an interactive videoconferencing site no later than Friday, April 13. This will allow you and your colleagues to talk live with the presenters and as though you were in the same room with them. Only the first ten classrooms and libraries to register and successfully test will be accepted as an interactive site so register soon!
  2. Tune into the live stream and watch the complete program online (URL to  come). No registration is required for this option.

For questions about the program, contact Karen Jaffe at

Design Institute Invites Wyoming Libraries

The next Library Journal Design Institute will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 27, and Wyoming librarians, library board or foundation members, and city or county planners and officials can take advantage of a special rate.

Library Journal is extending their early bird rate of $140 per person to Wyoming libraries for the duration of the registration period. The full rate is $175 per person. Please use promo code “UT20” to unlock the association ticket when registering.

Library Journal’s Design Institute is a one-day think tank that brings librarians together with leading architects, designers, and product vendors for a day of presentations, interactive discussions, and innovative problem-solving on library space, design, and construction. Design Institute draws between 80-100 attendees with the majority being library directors, city librarians, as well as city and facility planners.

John Chrastka

John Chrastka, Founder and Executive Director of EveryLibrary, the first nationwide Political Action Committee for libraries, is the keynote speaker. Chrastka will discuss what you need to do to win at the ballot box and get your project funded. Since 2012, EveryLibrary has provided pro-bono support to 75 library communities with ballot measures and tax referenda.

Sign up before March 16 to submit real-life design challenges with your registration. Each submission is vetted and reviewed by Library Journal, and then each sponsoring architect selects their top choice of design challenge to take on. The architect and library then work together to create a breakout session to be held onsite at the event. Even if a library’s submission is not selected, Design Institute affords every attendee the opportunity to have face-to-face time with the architects and product vendors to discuss their challenge needs. Whether you’re renovating, retrofitting, or building anew, you’ll find ideas, information, and inspiration no matter your budget.

Learn more and register. Remember to use the promo code “UT20” to unlock the special early bird rate of $140 when registering.

Libraries Transforming Communities Free Learning Series

The American Library Association (ALA), the Public Library Association (PLA) and the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) invite public library staff serving small, mid-sized or rural communities to attend a free learning series to learn to lead productive conversations in their communities.

Through Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change, a two-year ALA initiative, library professionals may participate in three online learning sessions and one in-person workshop, all free of charge, between February and June 2018.

Library professionals should attend these sessions to learn to convene critical conversations with people with differing viewpoints; connect more meaningfully with library users and better meet their needs; and translate conversation into action.

Registration is currently open for the following three webinars:

  • Session 2: Libraries Transforming Communities: Future Search
    Wednesday, April 25, 12 p.m. MST
    Participants will learn how they can use the Future Search process to enable large, diverse groups to validate a common mission, take responsibility for action, and develop a concrete action plan.
  • Session 3: Libraries Transforming Communities: Conversation Café
    Wednesday, May 23, 12 p.m. MST
    Participants will learn how Conversation Cafés can help community members learn more about themselves, their community or an issue; essential elements of hosting a Conversation Café; facilitation skills; and techniques for addressing challenges.

Each session will be recorded and archived for free on-demand viewing on ALA’s Programming Librarian website.

Individuals who view all three webinars, live or recorded, will be invited to attend a free pre-conference workshop exploring the Conversation Café approach in-depth at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans on June 22, 2018. Space is limited, and preference will be given to public library professionals serving small, mid-sized, or rural communities.