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Jennifer Beckstead, Natrona County Library Teen Librarian, was awarded the Wyoming Library Association’s Nora Van Burgh Development Grant to attend the 2018 Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Symposium in Salt Lake City. There, she will learn about all aspects of teen librarianship. Jenn can’t wait to be reenergized by all she’ll learn and experience at the Young Adult Services Symposium, not to mention the numerous opportunities she’ll have for growth and innovation. She also looks forward to exploring new avenues for programming and partnerships. The 2018 YALSA Symposium theme is “Zeroing in: Focusing on Teen Needs.”

Janet Woods was named the University of Wyoming Staff Employee of the Second quarter. Janet is supervisor of library services in Technical Services, a position she has held for 35 years. She has been at UW for 39 years, holding three other positions before joining UW Libraries. Extensive knowledge of campus materials and resources, and extremely conscious of her office workflow and department efficiency are some of the qualities that resulted in her selection.

Sandy Hight is the newest librarian to join Goshen County Library.

Michelle Green, from Oklahoma, is the new Learning and Engagement Librarian at the University of Wyoming’s Coe Library. She is focused on the information literacy of first-year learners, as well as advocacy for LGBTQ+ communities. She enjoys spending time with her two dogs, computer gaming, and reading. She came to UW from the University of New Mexico’s Health Sciences Library.

Samantha Cook has joined the University of Wyoming as the Instructional Design Librarian. Sammy’s undergraduate is in history from the University of Wyoming, and she is thrilled to be back in her home state after getting her master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on the disabled in libraries and archives, and western history.

Kristina Clement has joined the University of Wyoming Libraries as the Faculty Librarian for Student Success. Kristina comes to the UW Libraries from the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK), where she recently finished her Master’s of Information Science. As a part of the IMLS-funded Experience Assessment grant at UTK, Kristina developed a strong interest in library assessment, user experience, and strategic storytelling using assessment data, and is looking forward to using her skills at UW.

Lillianna Cervantes Joined the Technical Services Department in Coe Library in March as a Library Assistant, Sr.  Her duties include receiving all periodicals and serials and processing bindery. Lillianna is a Wyoming native from Powell. She attended Northwest College and worked in Hinckley Library for a year before transferring to the University of Wyoming. She worked in Access Services in Coe Library for three and half years as a student.

WSL to Host Broadcast on Patent Electronic Systems

The Rocky Mountain U.S. Patent and Trademark Office invites you to join us for the fourth session in a series of programming on Understanding Intellectual Property (IP). This interactive event will be broadcast live at the Wyoming State Library, 2800 Central Ave. in Cheyenne, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. MDT on Friday, August 17.

Register now.

Part IV in the series will focus on filing your patent application using the Electronic Filing System-Web (EFS-Web) and managing your patent application online using Patent Application Information Retrieval (PAIR) system. The presentation will consist of an interactive tutorial, description of various assistance resources such as the Inventor’s Assistance Center (IAC) and the Patent Electronics Business Center (EBC).

For questions, contact Vincent Gonzales at the  Rocky Mountain Regional USPTO at vincent.gonzales@USPTO.GOV or call 303-297-4600.

Free Continuing Education Events for August 1-5

Free, online, continuing education events for this week of from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at

All times MDT

Wednesday, Aug 1 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Engaging Your Community (Nebraska Library Commission)
Participants will hear how the Rochester Public Library District has engaged its community with patron-driven programs. Our outreach has included creating a donation center, summer recreation, farmers market and a seed library. Participants will learn best practices and how to replicate similar programs in their community. We will share our secret to success: you must leave your physical building to reach your entire community!

Wednesday, Aug 1 (10-11 am)
How to Handle that Dreaded Discipline Problem (Utah State Library)
In this session, we’ll discuss just what needs to be done when you know you have a discipline problem that needs to be dealt with. We’ll look at why some of us tend to actually avoid those problems and why some of us tackle them with both feet – and sometimes put our foot in our mouth in the process!

Wednesday, Aug 1 (11-12 pm)
Turning Volunteers and Board Members Into Donors (Network for Good)
During this webinar, Kay will provide participants with data about the correlation between volunteering and giving, and provide strategies for attaining full engagement.

Wednesday, Aug 1 (1-2 pm)
Science of Adolescent Learning: How Body and Brain Development Affect Student Learning (Alliance for Excellent Education)
In this webinar, the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) welcomes Dr. Jesse Washington, III, a practitioner, and Dr. Richard Clark, a researcher, to examine biological changes that occur during adolescence, both in the body and the brain, and to discuss how to ensure that learning opportunities support adolescents’ development during this critical time.

Wednesday, Aug 1 (1-2 pm)
Leading with Emotional Intelligence – Free Seminar Preview (American Management Association)
EI has evolved from an area of research to a recognized set of best practices and core competencies that are at the heart of successful leadership. Today we use EI as an integrated set of skills that underpin highly effective, fast-reacting and innovative organizations.If you want to become the consummate emotionally intelligent leader, this preview provides the perfect opportunity to hear how the AMA seminar can help you achieve your goals.

Thursday, Aug 2 (11-12 pm)
How to Design a No-Fail Capital Campaign, and 3 Truths You Need to Know (Bloomerang)
Amy Eisenstein & Andrea Kihlstedt will reveal three truths you need to know for a successful capital campaign, including how to design a no-fail capital campaign, as well as letting you in on closely held secrets of campaign consultants.

Thursday, Aug 2 (12-1 pm)
Controlled Digital Lending by Libraries (District Dispatch)
Controlled digital lending (CDL) is the term for any library project that digitizes print materials and makes them available in a manner consistent with traditional lending principles. CDL requires the use of digital rights management to ensure a consistent owned-to-loaned ratio, so that a library cannot circulate more than the number of copies it owns, and only authorized users have access to these digitized works. Libraries perceive copyright as a roadblock to this vision, and this session seeks to demonstrate why copyright can be a library’s ally instead.

Thursday, Aug 2 (12-1 pm)
Navigating Resources for Military Members and Veterans (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will introduce, the official benefits website of the U.S. Government, managed by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Register Now for Library Journal Design Institute

The latest Library Journal Design Institute, a one-day, hands-on, small group event on library design, will be held September 21 at Minneapolis Central Library and hosted by LJ and Hennepin County Library Director Lois Langer Thompson. There’s also an optional half-day tour of surrounding libraries on September 20, capped by a reception hosted by MSR Design at Open Book.

Those who register before August 10 will have the opportunity for their library’s design challenges — from one-room fixes to building-wide renovation to new construction — to be workshopped by participating architects, who’ll share their expertise in small breakout sessions.
Registration is open only to librarians, library board or foundation members, and the library’s city planners/officials. Wyoming attendees can register at a special rate of $114.(The full rate is $163 ) Use promotion code MN30 to unlock this rate when registering.

Register now.

Whether or not your library is selected for a workshop/breakout, you’ll be able to sign up for breakouts that spur imagination and ideas. Beyond the breakout sessions, the day also features a mix of panels — on designing for changing collections, staff roles, and new services — and speed sessions where you can can get answers to your own questions from architects and vendors. There’s plenty of time to network with colleagues as well.

Professional Development for your Board(s)

Reposted with permission from Library Strategies

Public libraries often have a number of boards, including a Library Board, as well as a Foundation or Friends Board. As professional bodies that can affect the performance of your library, it is important that each member of the board regularly participates in professional development activities. In this way, the board members become informed leaders, such that their work improves the Library and advances the work of the expert, professional staff.

Here a few ways to help your board in their annual professional development:

Key 1: Board orientation – Hold a board orientation for all new members that covers their roles and responsibilities, as well as the basic services of the library. A board orientation is also valuable as a refresher for long-time board members, and requiring attendance once every three years can help members stay on track.

Key 2: Define annual activities – All board members should engage in some aspect of professional development each year. The topics may be library-related, or how to run an effective board, or on broader trends, such as publishing or the digital world. Conferences, webinars, and state and national organizations today offer a wealth of opportunities for board training and advancement. Help your board by offering a smorgasbord of opportunities each year, with regular reminders to participate.

Key 3: Board evaluation – Have an annual board evaluation process, which can be as simple as the board president sending out an annual comment sheet to each member asking what is working well or not on the board, and what they would like to see changed. By annually evaluating the board, you can help discover board weaknesses that might effectively be addressed through training or support.

Some additional ideas for professional development activities for your boards include regular presentations by professional staff on library trends; using former board members as mentors to new board members; and thinking outside the library to explore issues in publishing, technology, finance, change management, fundraising, social media, governance, etc.

In board professional development, it is important that board members fundamentally understand and embrace their defined roles and responsibilities. But for an energized board, it is equally important that they participate in interesting, social, and other engaging activities that help them support the library and plan for its future.


Also check out the Wyoming State Library’s Library Board Members’ Handbook.

‘What in the World’ at Centennial Library

From UW News

Jean Garrison

University of Wyoming students and faculty members will give three presentations, free and open to the public, during the fifth annual “What in the World?” summer program at the Albany County Public Library Centennial branch. All sessions, moderated by Jean Garrison, UW Center for Global Studies (CGS) director, highlight the work that recent UW graduates completed for their international research projects and the innovative research of UW-affiliated faculty.

The summer CGS schedule is:

  • Wednesday June 14, at 5:30 p.m., Centennial Fellow presentations: Ashkia Campbell, zoology and physiology senior, from Casper, “Nest Predation in Ecuador”; and Jeremy Goldsmith, international studies, and environment and natural resources master’s degree candidate, from Louisville, Ky., “How and Why Gambians Migrate.”
  • Wednesday, July 12, at 5:30 p.m., faculty research presentation: Mark Ritchie and Lena Hardy, both Department of Art and Art History professors, “Riding the Range in Mongolia and Australia: Art, Insights and Impressions.”
  • Wednesday, Aug. 30, 5:30 p.m., faculty research presentation: Thomas Risse, Department of Political Science, Free University of Berlin, “Europe, the U.S. and the Transatlantic Relationship during Tumultuous Times.”

The series is made possible by the Ruth R. Ellbogen Foundation and the CGS’s UW partners. For more information about CGS, call Garrison at (307) 766-6119, email, or visit

Military News in Wyoming Newspapers

Wyoming Newspapers now includes 1944-45 issues of the Fort Warren Sentinel:  “A weekly newspaper published by and for the military personnel of Ft. Warren, Wyoming.” In the first issue on February 11, 1944, Hollywood stars such as Jimmy Durante, Mickey Rooney, Abbott and Costello, and Bing Crosby wished the fledgling paper well.

The Sentinel is one of several military newspapers the Wyoming State Library makes available online. We also expect to add German POW newsletters from Camp Douglas and Fort Francis E. Warren in the near future. (Watch this blog for the announcement!)

Currently, Wyoming Newspapers includes:

The Wyoming State Library added the Fort Warren Sentinel recently with the help of the Wyoming State Archives whose archivists found a set of old single issues in their stacks and digitized the paper copies so the images could be added.

So this Memorial Day, enjoy these glimpses into Wyoming’s military history in Wyoming Newspapers.


Wyoming Libraries See 3.5 Million Visits in FY16

Happiness at Niobrara County Library! Wyoming’s 23 public libraries held more than 11,500 children’s programs in FY16.

Libraries are vital to Wyoming residents — and we have the numbers to prove it. The Wyoming State Library has just released FY16 public library data on its Wyoming Library Statistics page for the period from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016. A summary report, county rankings, and 5-year trends are available.

Among the report highlights:

  • There were 3.53 million visits to public libraries in FY16 – 6 visits for every Wyoming resident.
  • Public libraries were open for a combined total of 142,508 hours annually (almost 1,000 more hours than in FY15)..
  • Circulation dropped slightly to just over 4.54 million, 7.8 items per capita (from 4.93 million and 8.4 items per capita in FY15).
  • Public libraries held 2.7 million books and audio-visual materials in their collections, a decrease from FY15.
  • All Wyoming public libraries offer free Wi-Fi. The 14 libraries that were able to provide this data reported, collectively, 237,321 Wi-Fi sessions in FY16 (37.5% increase over FY15.
  • Public libraries employed 648 people for a total of 385.2 full-time equivalent positions.

Although these statistics allow for comparisons among libraries, caution should be exercised when interpreting them. Local needs, economies, geography and library policies differ, and that can be reflected in the numbers.

Questions about library statistics? Contact Thomas Ivie, WSL Research & Statistics Librarian at or (307) 777-6330.

Report Highlights Academic Library Contributions to Student Learning

From the Association of College and Research Libraries

Through a new report issued by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Academic Library Impact on Student Learning and Success: Findings from Assessment in Action Team Projects, the higher education community now has compelling assessment findings that tell a strong story about the multiple ways that academic libraries are contributing to student learning and success

Positive connections between the library and aspects of student learning and success in five areas are particularly noteworthy:

  1. Students benefit from library instruction in their initial coursework.
  2. Library use increases student success.
  3. Collaborative academic programs and services involving the library enhance student learning.
  4. Information literacy instruction strengthens general education outcomes.
  5. Library research consultations boost student learning.

Learn more and read the full report. The executive summary is available as a separate document, formatted to share broadly with campus stakeholders.

The ACRL is a division of the American Library Association.

May 2017 Outrider Now Available


Find a wrap-up of the latest in Wyoming library news in the May 2017 Outrider newsletter from the Wyoming State Library. Subscribe today, and we’ll send the Outrider straight to your email inbox each month.

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