Category Archives: Training

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.

Free Webinars to Prepare for the Eclipse

As national interest continues to turn toward the August 21 solar eclipse, STAR_Net is holding two upcoming free webinars offering tips and resources that you can use in your library to celebrate this celestial event:

Eclipse Cultural Connections
Wednesday, July 12, 1 p.m. MDT
Join Isabel Hawkins, astronomer and educator with the Exploratorium of San Francisco, CA, to learn about cultural connections for the 2017 Great American Eclipse.
Register here.

Safe Eclipse Viewing
Wednesday, August 2, 1 p.m. MDT
Join NCIL Staff and Doug Duncan, Director of the Fiske Planetarium at UC Boulder, to learn about ways to safely view the 2017 Great American Eclipse.
Register here.

These webinars are hosted through Adobe Connect, which requires Flash Player and may need Administrator approval to download. It is recommended to run the Adobe Connect Diagnostic Test ahead of time.

Don’t have time to attend? The webinars will be recorded and posted to their archive following each event. Also, find promotional and programming materials, including hands-on activities, on their website and eclipse planning ideas from a number of libraries on WebJunction.

Starting Immigration Services at Your Library

Photo by Samuel Schneider on Unsplash

The Public Library Association (PLA) in partnership with ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) is presenting a free webinar, “Starting Immigration Services at Your Library,” on Wednesday, July 26, at from 12-1 p.m. MDT.

Are you interested in learning how to incorporate immigration services into the library? In this webinar, the Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) to share valuable information about their free online tools—immi and Citizenshipworks—which can be used to expand the capacity of your citizenship corner and provide people with self-guided immigration legal assistance. IAN will also discuss the ways libraries are currently using immi and Citizenshipworks in its branches. In addition, two public librarians engaged in working with the immigrant population in their communities will give examples of citizenship workshops and other programs at their libraries aimed towards immigrant patrons.

Learn more and register.

Wyoming librarians may also want to explore the citizenship resources in the Adult Learning Center in Learning Express Library and our training video (YouTube) on this resource.

WSL Webinar Tomorrow: Personal Learning Networks

What’s a personal learning network, and how can it benefit you?

Join Paige Bredenkamp, Wyoming State Library School Library Consultant, for a free webinar, Personal Learning Networks for School Librarians, at 10 a.m. MDT on Tuesday, June 27.

Paige will share an overview of personal learning networks: what they are, why they are important, and how to build your own.

Learn more and register.

Learn How to Perform a Trademark Search

On June 20, the Rocky Mountain Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and its partners across the Rocky Mountain region are hosting an interactive virtual conference at satellite sites with experts from the Trademark Assistance Center (TAC), in Alexandria, VA. TAC personnel will provide an overview of of the trademark registration process and answer questions.

June’s presentation will concentrate on reasons for performing a trademark search and available tools for searching. 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 or the Trademarks Basics Webinar (9 a.m. MDT, June 15) before the session and prepare questions to ask the trademark experts.

The program will be hosted on Tuesday, June 20, at 11:30 a.m. MDT at locations across the Rocky Mountain region including the Wyoming State Library, 2800 Central Ave., Cheyenne, Wyoming. This event is free and open to the public. Please bring your own lunch to enjoy during the session. Space is limited, so learn more and pre-register.

For more information about attending at the Wyoming State Library, contact Karen Kitchens at or (307) 777-7281.