Category Archives: National Library News

National Library Week Begins Sunday

National Library Week is next week, April 19-25. National Library Week is an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities. The theme for the 2020 celebration was “Find Your Place at the Library,” but due to self-isolation and quarantine rules in place across the country to combat COVID-19, the American Library Association has made a brilliant switch to “Find the Library at Your Place.”

Despite current events — and even encouraged by current events — celebrating libraries is easy to do. Promote your library’s online and at-home resources with ALA’s free, updated promotional tools, including a list of “Ways to Celebrate National Library Week” to inspire you.

Whatever you come up with, we want to see it! Share your library’s National Library Week campaigns with the Wyoming State Library and the American Library Association. This is a great opportunity to highlight your library and its successes, so email and to share your story.

Celebrations during National Library Week include:

  • Monday, April 20: State of America’s Libraries Report released, including the Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2019.
  • Tuesday, April 21: National Library Workers Day, a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.
  • Wednesday, April 22: 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 23: Take Action for Libraries Daya day to rally advocates to support libraries.

Stay tuned to the Wyoming State Library’s Twitter and Facebook pages for graphics to share with each of these events.

$50 Million in Federal Funds for Libraries, Museums

From the Institute of Museum and Library Services

On Friday, March 27, the Institute of Museum and Library Services announced that the President has signed the CARES Act, which designates $50 million in coronavirus response funding for IMLS. Following passage in the House of Representatives earlier, both chambers of Congress approved of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2 trillion response to the growing pandemic.

The emergency investment allocated to IMLS will enable libraries and museums to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, including by expanding digital network access, purchasing Internet accessible devices, and providing technical support services to their communities.

“As Americans are sheltering in place, working from home, and isolating themselves from all but their closest family, the digital divide only deepens,” said IMLS Director Crosby Kemper. “The need for access to information about the virus, government actions, and community safety messages in addition to telemedicine, job, and unemployment resources is crucial. This funding sustains our most trusted institutions as they provide vitally important information and useful tools to our citizens. IMLS is committed to channeling this much needed grant-based funding as quickly as possible to help the impacted library and museum sectors as they continue to support their communities.”

Summaries of the legislation can be found here and here. For more information, please visit and subscribe to email news updates.

State of America’s Libraries 2019 Report Released

From the American Library Association

To kick off National Library Week yesterday, the American Library Association (ALA) released its State of America’s Libraries 2019 report, an annual summary of library trends that outlines statistics and issues affecting all types of libraries. Never have our nation’s libraries played such a pivotal role in strengthening communities through education and lifelong learning.

Libraries are a microcosm of the larger society. They play an important and unique role in the communities that they serve and provide an inclusive environment where all are treated with respect and dignity.

No longer just places for books, our public libraries serve as a lifeline for some of our nation’s most vulnerable communities. From community-wide issues as illiteracy, homelessness and community silos, our nation’s public libraries are acting as catalysts in fostering community-wide solutions that strengthen communities.

The report found that library workers are on the frontlines addressing community challenges. Many serve as first responders who take on roles outside of traditional library service that support patrons’ needs and community development. Functioning at various times as career counselor, social worker, teacher and technology instructor, library staff give special care to adopt programs and services that support our most vulnerable and curious.

Additional findings illustrate library workers’ efforts to safeguard library collections and the freedom to read. In 2018 hundreds of attempts to remove materials or eliminate programs took place in public, school and academic libraries. Many of these library materials and services included or addressed LGBTQIA+ content.

Other library trends are available in the full text of the 2019 State of America’s Libraries report.

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 National Library Workers Day, April 9; National Bookmobile Day, April 10, and Take Action for Libraries Day, April 11.

Celebrate National Library Week April 7-13

“Libraries = Strong Communities” is the theme for National Library Week, which kicks off on Sunday, April 7, and runs through April 13. 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.

Melinda Gates

This year’s honorary chair is Melinda Gates, who has dedicated her life to achieving transformational improvements in the health and prosperity of families, communities and societies. Now she will lend her support to advocate for our nation’s libraries. Over the last 20 years, Gates has invested more than $1 billion through her foundation’s Global Libraries initiative to enhance the power of libraries to improve lives. As co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, she sets the direction and priorities of the world’s largest philanthropy.

Celebrations during National Library Week include:

  • Monday, April 8: State of America’s Libraries Report released, including Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2018.
  • Tuesday, April 9: 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 10: 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 11 is Take Action for Libraries Day: #MyLibraryMyStory.

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 outreach librarian, at to tell her about it.

Library News in Brief

USPTO National Summer Teacher Institute Focus on Intellectual Property
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will conduct its 5th Annual National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property July 29-August 3, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. The central focus of this year’s Institute is on the creation and protection of intellectual property, which will be modeled as both a teaching and learning platform to help inspire and motivate student achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, computer science, and other fields of study such as innovation and entrepreneurship. Apply by June 8.

Public Innovators Lab for Libraries to be Held October 9-11
The American Library Association (ALA) and The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation announce a three-day training opportunity to help libraries strengthen their role as agents of positive change in their communities. The Public Innovators Lab for Libraries will be held Oct. 9 to 11, 2018, in St. Louis, Missouri. Librarians, community partners and stakeholders in libraries of all types — public, academic, school and special libraries — are invited to attend. Participants must register online by Friday, Sept. 28. The cost is $995 per person, and team participation is encouraged.

IMLS Releases FY16 Public Library Statistics
The Institute of Museum and Library Services has released the latest data from its 2016 Public Libraries Survey. The Public Libraries Survey examines key indicators of public library use, financial health, staffing, and resources. The data are collected from approximately 9,000 public library systems comprised of over 17,000 individual main libraries, library branches, and bookmobiles in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. For Wyoming statistics, see our statistics page, or contact Thomas Ivie, WSL Research & Statistics Librarian, at or (307) 777-6330.

Libraries Celebrate June as GLBT Book Month™
The American Library Association (ALA) and hundreds of libraries will celebrate June 2018 as GLBT Book Month™, a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the GLBT experience. GLBT Book Month™ is held annually in June and honors the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.  GLBT Book Month™ is coordinated through the ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table.

Host a Community Screening of NOVA’s Decoding the Weather Machine
On April 18, NOVA aired its newest climate change documentary, Decoding the Weather Machine, and you can bring a screening to your school or library. NOVA will provide local partners with a free DVD of Decoding the Weather Machine and a screening guide for planning the event. It will include more information about climate science, as well as sample discussion questions and panel formats to inspire community conversations once the film is over. Contact Outreach Coordinator Gina Varamo with any questions at

White Paper Examines Eliminating Fees on Children’s Materials
Whether to charge fines is an oft-debated topic in libraries. The Colorado State Library issued a white paper in 2016, Removing barriers to access : eliminating library fines and fees on children’s materials. Their conclusion from their research was that libraries should eliminate fines and reconsider fees for lost or damaged items, on children’s materials.

AASL Position Papers on School Libraries and Librarians
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) offers a number of position papers addressing issues such as the definition and role of an effective school library program, appropriate staffing, and the preparation and instructional role of school librarians.

Selection & Reconsideration Policy Toolkit for Public, School, & Academic Libraries
Every library should have a policy guiding the selection, deselection or weeding, and reconsideration of library resources. This toolkit from the American Library Association (ALA) has sample policies to guide you through updating or creating these policies. It includes an appendix an appendix with core intellectual freedom documents and additional resources.

Surveys and Questionnaires: A Short Course for Library Staff
The Montana State Library has a three part mini-course on creating surveys on its Vimeo channel. View the archives of Part 1: “To Survey or not to Survey,” Part 2: “Good Questions/Poor Questions,” and Part 3: “Measuring Up.”

The 5 Early Literacy Practices: PLAY
From Pamela Mejia de Rodriguez at Colorado Virtual Library: “Play has been called ‘the work of children’ and for good reason! It is through play that children learn to interact in their environment, discover their interests, and acquire speech, language, new vocabulary, and cognitive, motor, and social-emotional skills (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2007) –  so we can say that play is not just a game. Play is a learning process!” Learn more in the full post, one in a series about the five literacy practices of sing, play, read, talk,  and write.

Library News in Brief

New NNLM Webinar: ‘Beyond the Memes: Social Media Evaluation’
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region has archived its April PNR Rendezvous webinar (above), ‘Beyond the Memes: Social Media Evaluation.’ Learn the basics about social media analytics, and how to use the data to evaluate social media campaigns and programs. PNR Rendezvous is a monthly webinar series focusing on various such as health, research, resources, librarianship, and technology.

GPO Completes Digitizing All Issues of the Federal Register
The The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the National Archives’ Office of the Federal Register (OFR),  have digitized every issue of the Federal Register, dating back to the first one published in 1936. A total of 14,587 individual issues, or nearly two million pages, has been digitized and is now available on GPO’s govinfo. The Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.

2018 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees Announced
The 25 nominees for the 2018 Teens’ Top Ten award have been announced and may be found on the YALSA website. Teens are encouraged to read the titles, then vote for their favorites starting on August  15. Winners will be announced the week after Teen Read Week.

United for Libraries survey deadline May 19 for ‘Identifying Barriers to Library Board Service’
United for Libraries is working with the ALA Emerging Leaders program to identify possible barriers to service on library boards. Feedback from current and past library trustees, friends, foundation staff/board, and others will be extremely helpful in recognizing common issues that current and past board members encounter, and in the brainstorming on how to alleviate any issues. The survey will be open through Saturday, May 19.

The Value of Continuous Teen Services: A YALSA Position Paper
YALSA has issued a new position paper that promotes year-round services for teens and offers resources for addressing continuous teen services at your library. From the abstract: “All teens have the capacity to learn, grow, and develop into knowledgeable, caring, and contributing adults, but to do this they must have access to the very best services and programs school and public libraries can offer all year long.”

National Summer Learning Day is July 12
National Summer Learning Day is a national advocacy day aimed at elevating the importance of keeping kids learning, safe and healthy every summer, ensuring they return to school in the fall ready to succeed in the year. The National Summer Learning Association offers tips and resources to celebrate.

Photos Free to Use and Reuse From the Library of Congress

This page features items from the Library of Congress’s digital collections that are free to use and reuse. The Library believes that this content is either in the public domain, has no known copyright, or has been cleared by the copyright owner for public use. Each set of content is based on a theme and is first featured on the Library’s home page.

These sets are just a small sample of the Library’s digital collections that are free to use and reuse. The digital collections comprise millions of items including books, newspapers, manuscripts, prints and photos, maps, musical scores, films, sound recordings and more. Whenever possible, each collection has its own rights statement which should be consulted for guidance on use. Learn more about copyright and the Library’s collections.

Today is World Intellectual Property Day

Celebrate World Intellectual Property Day — April 26, 2018 — with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). This year’s campaign, Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity, celebrates the brilliance, ingenuity, curiosity and courage of the women who are driving change in our world and shaping our common future. More information on World IP Day is available here. Also follow along on Twitter with hashtag #worldipday.

Interested in the creative and innovative women of Wyoming? Download and view the full list of Wyoming Women Inventors from 1890 to 2017.  Check out more Wyoming inventors in the Wyoming Inventors Database offered by the Wyoming State Library, and find more information on intellectual property in the WSL’s Patent and Trademarks Resource Center.

Library News in Brief

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.