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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 thomas.ivie@wyo.gov 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 gina_varamo@wgbh.org.

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 www.ala.org/teenread 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 susan.mark@wyo.gov, 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 susan.mark@wyo.gov 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.