Category Archives: Training

Wyoming ARMA Seminar: Are You Cyber Aware?

Registration is underway for the Wyoming Chapter of ARMA Annual Spring Seminar, “Are You Cyber Aware?: Who And What Can You Trust?” The event will be held Tuesday, March 13,  from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Rooms 111/113 Health Science Building, Laramie County Community College, 1400 College Drive, Cheyenne.

Everyday many new threats are discovered. This seminar will give you additional information on cyber threats and ideas to help protect  you and your organization.  The day’s seminar schedule will include an outline for developing a business aligned cyber security strategy, ten things an employer can do right to understand vulnerabilities,  and a workshop style presentation with an overview and toolkit for Threat Modeling.  Also included will be a presentation on the Wyoming Highway Patrol Digital Driver’s License Pilot, WYDOT’s Connected Vehicle Pilot Project,  as well as a panel discussion bringing together speakers and seminar attendees.

Registration for the event is $50 for ARMA members, $25 for full-time students with valid identification and $75 for non-ARMA members. The registration fee includes beverages, morning break, lunch, and an afternoon ice cream social. In addition, a Silent Auction will raise funds for Wyoming ARMA’s Scholarship Fund.

For more information contact Donna Crock at (307) 777-5751, email:; or Carolynn Coy at (307) 755-4910, email:

Download the brochure.

Big Talk from Small Libraries Registration Open

Registration for the 2018 Big Talk From Small Libraries conference is open. This free, one-day online conference is aimed at librarians from small libraries, the smaller the better. The event will be held on February 23, 2018.

Topics range from technology (new and old tech) to programming to new roles for the library.  This event is a great opportunity to learn about the innovative things your colleagues are doing in their small libraries. Each speaker is from a small library or directly works with small libraries. Presentation schedule has not yet been set, but should be announced soon.

Everyone is welcome to register and attend, regardless of how big or small your library. But, if your library serves a few thousand people, or a few hundred, this is the day for you.

Details may be found on the registration page.


Learn Best Practices in Using Library Data at RIPL

The 2018 Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) is taking place from July 29 to August 1 at the Emory Conference Center Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. RIPL is for public library leaders and others interested in public library data and evaluation. In this immersive, bootcamp-style event, participants learn practical, strategic methods of gathering, analyzing, and using data for planning, management, and communicating impact.

The event is limited to 110 participants and these seats fill up fast. If you are interested in attending, please contact Thomas Ivie at the Wyoming State Library by December 29 at or (307) 777-6330. The institute fee of $1,200 includes three nights lodging and most meals.

Funding for Wyoming library workers, trustees, and volunteers may be available through individual continuing education grants from the Carol McMurry Library Endowment. For questions about McMurry grants, contact Brian Greene at or (307) 777-6339.

Social Media and Libraries Webinar Series

Registration is now open for the Social Media and Libraries Webinar Series, hosted in collaboration by WebJunction and TechSoup for Libraries. This series will highlight social media best practices to keep patrons and library staff engaged, develop measurable goals, and cultivate new readers and learners in your community.

Register now for one or all three of the webinars!

  • Part 1: Getting Started with Social Media for Your Library
    Tuesday, October 24, 12:00-1:30 p.m. Mountain Time
    Social media has the potential to increase community engagement with new and existing library patrons. Learn how libraries can effectively use social media tools, even with limited staff and time.
  • Part 2: Social Media Analytics: What to Measure and Why
    Thursday, November 30, 12:00-1:30 p.m. Mountain Time
    Now that you are using social media to engage with your community, how do you know if it’s working? Learn the best methods to measure your library’s social media outcomes.
  • Part 3: Going Deeper with Social Media
    Tuesday, December 19, 12:00-1:30 p.m. Mountain Time
    Learn how to take the next steps toward amplifying your library’s social media program. This third webinar will discuss best practices in growing your library’s social media program and managing user engagement.

If you can’t attend a scheduled live session, the recordings will be available for you to watch at your convenience. Whether or not you plan to attend, please take this brief Social Media and Libraries Survey. Initial survey results will be shared in the webinars, and a final report with survey analysis will be available in early 2018.

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair

On Wednesday, October 25, the National Archives will host the fifth virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast. Viewers can participate with the presenters and other family historians during the live event on YouTube. All of the session videos and handouts will be available from this web page free of charge. You can watch the sessions and download the materials at your convenience.

Session Schedule (all times MT):

  • 8 a.m.: Welcoming Remarks
    Archivist of the United States of America David S. Ferriero
  • 8:05 a.m.: Taking Care of your Family Heirlooms
    Training Conservator Katie Smith, National Archives at College Park, MD
  • 9 a.m.: 19th Century Ancestors in Tax Assessment Records
    Archives Technician Elise Fariello, National Archives at Chicago, IL
  • 10 a.m.: From the Cradle to the Grave: Birth, Childhood, and Death in the National Archives at St. Louis
    Archivist Daria Labinsky & Archives Technician Cara Moore, National Archives at St. Louis, MO
  • 11 a..m.: A is for Archives, B is for Burn File: Accessing Burned Records at the National Archives at St. Louis
    Preservation Specialist Ashley Cox, National Archives at St. Louis, MO
  • 12 p.m: Locating the Relocated: Deciphering Electronic Records on Japanese Americans Interned During World War II
    Archives Specialist John LeGloahec & Archivist Jana Leighton, National Archives at College Park, MD
  • 1 p.m.: Beyond the War Relocation Administration: Finding Japanese Relocatees in Other Records
    Director, Gwen Granados, National Archives at Riverside, CA
  • 2 p.m.: Closing Remarks
    Executive for Research Services Ann Cummings

Are you going to miss the live broadcast?  The National Archives has you covered. The video broadcasts and the presentation materials will continue to be available after the live event. offers many genealogy resources for Wyoming residents. Check out the Genealogy Resources in GoWYLD LibGuide for links, tutorials, research guides, and more.

Library 2.017 Web Conference: Makerspaces

The San Jose State University School of Information is hosting its third and final Library 2.017 web conference on the subject of “makerspaces” Oct. 11. The conference will be held entirely online from 1-4 p.m. Mountain Time, and registration is free.

Developed in collaboration with Dr. Heather Moorefield-Lang from the University of South Carolina, the conference is described as a “unique opportunity to showcase the research, work, and thinking on ‘maker learning spaces,’ especially the way that libraries and librarians utilize makerspaces to deliver services to their community.”

Moorefield-Lang’s current research focuses on makerspaces and their subsequent technologies in libraries of all types and levels. She will serve as the opening keynote panel moderator leading the discussion around makerspaces and how libraries can partner with communities. Opening keynote panelists include Drs. June Abbas and Kyungwon Koh (University of Oklahoma), Dr. Leanne Bowler (University of Pittsburgh), and Kristin Fontichiaro (University of Michigan). Moorefield-Lang will also deliver the final conference thoughts.

Scheduled between the keynote sessions will be a number of concurrent crowd-sourced sessions. Among the accepted proposals to be presented are “Volunteers at Your Library Makerspace,” “Low Cost Tools to Bring Making into Your Library,” “Sending the Invitation: Getting Kids to Use Makerspaces,” “From Zero to System Wide Makerspace in Three Grants and Four Years,” and “Finding What Fits: Approachability of Makerspaces and Making in the Library.”

Earlier this year, Library 2.017 web conferences covered the topics of “fake news and digital literacy” and “expertise, competencies and careers.” Thousands of information professionals worldwide joined the SJSU School of Information for these stimulating conversations. The recordings are available under the Archives tab on the Library 2.0 website and at the Library 2.0 YouTube channel.

Conference co-chairs Dr. Sandra Hirsh and Steve Hargadon are already preparing three topic-specific conferences for Library 2.018, with the first conference slated for March. More information on the 2018 events will be available in January.

WSL Webinar Tomorrow: Tech Savvy in the School Library

Join Paige Bredenkamp, School Library Consultant at Wyoming State Library, for “Tech Savvy in the School Library,” a free webinar tomorrow, September 21, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. MDT. She’ll explore a list of software, apps, and hardware useful in the school library.

Register here.

Questions about this webinar, or about other school library topics? Paige is on hand to help. Contact her at or (307) 777-6331.

Wyoming Innovations in Learning Conference

Here’s a gathering for those in the Wyoming library community who are interested in teaching, learning, and connecting. Registration is open through October 15 for the inaugural  Wyoming Innovations in Learning Conference. The event will be held November 2-3 at the University of Wyoming Conference Center in Laramie. Registration fee is $25.

Administrators, curriculum directors, homeschooling parents, librarians, superintendents, teachers, and tech directors are all welcome. Educators will find opportunities to explore teaching and learning practices they can apply to classrooms and distance learning environments from kindergarten through higher education.

Keynote speaker will be Travis Allen, president and founder of iSchool Initiative. The iSchool Initiative is focused on building a foundation with your administrators, teachers, students, and community to embrace new ways of teaching and learning. The broad conference tracks include open education resources, innovations in teaching, digital learning, student learning assessment, online and blended learning, educational technology tools, using a Learning Management System (LMS), and Future Ready Schools.

This conference is being developed through a partnership with the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE), postsecondary institutions, and the Wyoming State Library. The Wyoming Distance Education Consortium (WyDEC) and UW have put on their own conferences in the past. Moving forward these two events have been joined with WDE efforts to provide digital education learning opportunities in a combined conference for a K-20 audience.

Learn more and register.

Learn Trademark Basics at the WSL

The Wyoming State Library is one of several sites hosting an interactive session from the Rocky Mountain Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Tuesday, September 19, at 11:30 a.m. MDT, with experts from the USPTO’s Trademark Assistance Center.

September’s presentation will be a trademark basics presentation which will include general information about trademarks, clarification of terminology, searching considerations, and enforcement/post registration filing requirements.This event is intended for individuals with a beginning to intermediate level of trademark knowledge. To get the most out of this event, we recommend participants view  informational videos regarding trademark registration before the session and prepare questions to ask the trademark experts.

Register for this free event. Please bring your own lunch to enjoy during the session. During the registration process, you will be asked to indicate from which location you will be participating. The Wyoming State Library is located at 2800 Central Ave. in Cheyenne.

Questions may be directed to WSL State Publications Librarian Karen Kitchens at or (307) 777-7281. The WSL is one of several partners across the region who collaborate with the Rocky Mountain Regional USPTO to offer these quarterly sessions.


Working With Friends Group Webinar

Some of the items the Ten Sleep Friends of the Library gathered for a raffle auction.

Members of the Sundance Friends of the Library.

Want to know how to work better with your Friends of the Library group? Tune in for a free webinar at 11 a.m. MDT on Monday, July 17, “Working with Friends Groups: The Good, the Great, and the Unfriendly,” with Sally Gardner Reed, Executive Director of United for Libraries.

Reed, who is also a former Executive Director of Friends of Libraries U.S.A., has decades of experience liaising between Friends groups and the libraries that they support, serve, and (sometimes) exasperate. In this free webinar she will offer guidance on building and maintaining these important relationships, showing not only how to effectively harness Friends’ goodwill and enthusiasm but also sharing tactful techniques for steering an ineffective or unfriendly group down the right path. She’ll also discuss fundraising, advocacy, programs, and membership development best practices.

Register to attend.