Category Archives: Professional Development

New Books at the WSL

The latest additions to our professional library science collection are available to you through WYLDCAT. Questions, comments, or suggestions for purchase may be directed to Library Development Manager Brian Greene at or (307) 777-6339.

Librarian’s guide to online searching : cultivating database skills for research and instruction, 5th ed.
Bell, Suzanne S.
Santa Barbara, California : Libraries Unlimited, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2018]

Collaborative library design : from planning to impact
Chicago : ALA Editions, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2018.

The science of managing our digital stuff
Bergman, Ofer
Cambridge, MA : MIT Press, [2016]

Get your community moving : physical literacy programs for all ages
Carson, Jenn
Chicago : ALA Editions, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2018.

Harnessing the power of Google : what every researcher should know
Brown, Christopher C.
Santa Barbara, California : Libraries Unlimited, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2017]

UW Libraries to Hold Open Education Symposium

University of Wyoming Libraries has announced the first annual Open Education Symposium with keynote speaker Tanya Spilovoy, breakout sessions, and practitioner meetings. The symposium will be held from 12:00 to 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, October 4, at the Coe Library in Laramie.

Learn more and register.

Tanya Spilovoy, Ed. D., is the Director, Open Policy at the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET). Spilovoy leads the Z Initiative which focuses on the policy, practice, and implementation of Open Educational Resources in states, systems, and higher education institutions.

For any questions related to the symposium, email

Free Badges to See the Exhibits at ALA Midwinter

ALA Midwinter 2018 is close by in Denver, Colorado. The conference runs February 9-13, and the Wyoming State Library is offering free “Exhibits Only” badges for Wyoming library staff, sponsored by EBSCO and SirsiDynix, for the days of Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, February 9-11. These badges will not get you into the meetings, but you will be able to visit with vendors such as Scholastic, Capstone, YALSA, and more.

For more on the exhibitors already scheduled, visit the conference General Exhibits Information page. Wyoming State Library staff will be there on Saturday, February 10, if you would like to meet up with any of us and say hello.

If you are interested in getting your free badge(s), contact Paige Bredenkamp at

Application Period Open for ALA Leadership Institute

From the American Library Association

Applications are now being accepted through March 9, 2018, for the 2018 “Leading to the Future” ALA Leadership Institute (Aug. 6-9, Eaglewood Resort, Itasca, Illinois). Building on the success of the past ALA Leadership Institutes, the four-day immersive leadership development program for 40 mid-career librarians will be led again by ALA Past-President Maureen Sullivan and library and leadership consultant Kathryn Deiss.

Now in its sixth year, the institute helps future library leaders develop and practice their leadership skills in areas critical to the future of the libraries they lead. Through reflective and active learning, it offers participants an opportunity to delve into leadership practices, concepts, and frameworks, and to shape their own sustainable leadership vision and ethos, at the same time as building a learning community and network. With content based on real-world cases and nuanced situations, participants explore topics related to the greatest challenges and possibilities of leading into a future marked by turbulence and ambiguity.

Learn more and apply.

Two Conferences Issue Calls for Proposals

The Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) has opened their call for session proposals for their 2018 conference in Springfield, Illinois, September 13-15. Proposals are due by 4 p.m. MST on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, maximum two proposals per presenter, including individual and group presentations.

Learn more.



The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is accepting program or paper proposals for its 2018 Young Adult Services Symposium to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, from Novermber 2-4. The theme of the 2018 symposium is: “Zeroing In: Focusing on Teen Needs.” Symposium participants will explore how libraries can best support teens’ social and emotional learning to help them effectively navigate a challenging world.

Submit your program or paper proposal by February 1, 2018.

Find Financial Aid for Library School

Don’t forget—you can also check into McMurry Endowment grants and Wyoming Library Association Nora Van Burgh Grants for support.

From the American Library Association

Need financial assistance to attend library school or know of someone who does?  Take a look at the 2017-2018 edition of the Financial Assistance for Library and Information Studies (FALIS) Directory.  It is an annual directory of awards from state library agencies, national and state library associations, local libraries, academic institutions and foundations that give some form of financial assistance for undergraduate and/or graduate education programs in library and information studies.

The updated Directory is now available on the ALA scholarships page.

For information on scholarships available through the American Library Association, visit the ALA scholarships page or call the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse at (800) 545-2433, ext. 4279. The ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse is managed by the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR).  For additional assistance, comments or questions contact

NLA-MPLA Conference Call for Proposals Open

The joint conference of the Nevada Library Association and the Mountain Plains Library Association will be held October 16-18 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Stateline, Nevada, at Lake Tahoe.  From the sounds of sensory story time to the whir of a 3D printer, libraries are much more than quiet spaces; they are hubs of experience and knowledge creation that set the stage for vibrant communities. As librarians it’s time to turn up the volume on innovation as we seek inspiration to deliver new models of information literacy and lifelong education, to engage with listeners, learners, and makers of all ages and from all backgrounds, and to advocate by sharing stories of how libraries empower.

 Call for proposals is now open and closes on May 31. NLA-MPLA are seeking proposals to support the theme of Turn Up the Volume! in the areas of innovation, advocacy, and engagement.