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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 thomas.ivie@wyo.gov 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.

Have news you’d like included? Contact Susan Mark, WSL publications specialist, at susan.mark@wyo.gov or (307) 777-5915. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, too.

Archived Webinar: Using Statistical Data



Just posted on our YouTube channel and webinars index: join the Wyoming State Library’s Research & Statistics Librarian, Thomas Ivie, and our School Library Consultant, Paige Bredenkamp, as they look at ways the annual survey can benefit your library in the newly archived webinar, Using Statistical Data to Support Your Library. The focus of this webinar is primarily school and public libraries. Download the slides and follow along for some great information.

Tools to Plan for Choose Privacy Week



From the American Library Association

Choose Privacy Week, coming up May 1-7, 2017, is an initiative that invites library users into a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital age. The campaign gives libraries the tools they need to educate and engage users, and gives citizens the resources to think critically and make more informed choices about their privacy.

The American Library Association (ALA) has developed a variety of resources to help libraries reach out to their communities and learn what they can do to spark thought and discussion around privacy issues today. Whether your library is considering creating a display, sponsoring a contest, hosting a program or workshop, or moderating a community dialogue about privacy, the ALA has tools to help.

Tell Your Story: Libraries Make Connections



Libraries are the heart of our communities. Our lives are nurtured by the people, places and resources available to us—our connections. Our communities thrive on the same. The library makes a world of resources available to your community so everyone can thrive—including you.

SirsiDynix has created this “Connections” video to help you tell your library’s story. Use the Connections video at board meetings, for digital signs, on social media, and anywhere else you find useful. Watch or embed it from YouTube, or download it for free in a variety of formats and languages.

Register Now for WLA Youth Services Meeting



The Wyoming Library Association Youth Services Interest Group will hold its 2017 Spring Meeting, “Telling Our Library’s Story,” on May 5, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Fremont County Public Library in Lander. Speakers will be:

  • Kate Lutz, Storyteller: “Catching, Shaping, Growing Stories”
    • Learn the basics of oral storytelling, from developing the tale, to effective telling. Understand the basic stories of any organization. Consider story possibilities beyond the folktale. Explore storytelling tips and techniques. Practice your newly developed skills.
    • This keynote looks across the wide spectrum of storytelling as used by storytellers, speakers, writers, organizations and the community. With an emphasis on practical applications, we explore story structure and engagement techniques. The goal is telling compelling stories, whether traditional tales or personal and professional experiences.
  • Wyoming Storytellers’ Guild
    • Join Michelle King, Cathy Ringler, and other members of Wyoming’s newly-formed Storytellers’ Guild to build on the ideas from the morning workshop and discuss storytelling in Wyoming.

Learn more on the meeting flyer. Register for this event on the WLA website (link on bottom, center panel).

Wyoming Reads Books on Their Way



The kids have made their choices and the books are on their way for the 12th annual Wyoming Reads celebration on May 16, 2017. The Natrona County Public Library has been sending out final book orders this month, thanks to the hard work of Kate Mutch, Jerry Jones, and the rest of the dedicated staff at the NCPL.

Wyoming Reads encourages literacy by providing a book to every first grade student in the state. This year, an expected 7,550 children will participate. Each child gets to pick the one title they’d like to keep from six picture book choices. Sample kits are sent to schools in the months before the event so that students can familiarize themselves with the choices and decide which one they love most.

The most popular book this year was Groovy Joe.  It garnered 30% of the total orders—nearly 1,900 books for that one title! The other selections this year were Mother BruceThe Most Magnificent ThingStrictly No ElephantsHoot and Peep, and Good Night, Baddies.

Learn more about Wyoming Reads.