Category Archives: WLA

Book Awards Deadline Nears



An important deadline is fast approaching. Three book awards for K-12 children and teens, sponsored by the Wyoming Library Association and the Wyoming State Literacy Association, are taking nominations for 2021 titles, but the deadline is looming!

Nominations are due to the committees by March 1. Nominations come from students and their teacher or librarian inputs them on the form.

See the criteria and submit your nominations at wyla.org/Book-Award-Committees.

The awards are selected by age group: the Buckaroo Book Award for children in grades K-3, Indian Paintbrush Book Award for children in grades 4-6, and Soaring Eagle Book Award for youth in grades 7-12. This is a great opportunity for the children and teens you work with to engage with reading and weigh in on the new titles they love best.

Potluck Dishes Still Needed for WLA Reception



The Wyoming Library Association is counting on YOU — if you’re planning to attend the 2020 WLA Legislative Reception and would like to partake in the annual potluck dinner, bring a contribution! There are not currently enough sign-ups to provide food for both legislators and library guests, and there is still a dire need for entreés, sides, desserts, and options for restrictive diets (gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, vegan- and vegetarian-friendly, etc.).

Contact Jessica Dawkins at jessica.dawkins@wyo.gov or (307) 777-6337 to sign-up for food donations ASAP. Cash donations to the Wyoming Library Association are also welcome; please contact Abby Beaver, WLA President, at (307) 777-5913 or abby.beaver@wyo.gov.

The reception will take place from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on February 20, and it will be preceded by a legislative update at 5:00 p.m. We hope to see you and your dish this Thursday at the Wyoming State Library in Cheyenne!

Deadline Extended for Library Leadership Applications



The deadline to apply for the 2020 Wyoming Library Leadership Institute has been extended until March 15. WLLI will be held July 31 – August 1 in Pinedale, Wyoming.

PLEASE NOTE: The information and application that was posted originally had an incorrect email address. Completed applications should be sent to wyllinstitute@gmail.com.

Learn more and apply by March 15.

Wyoming Library Leadership Institute (WLLI) provides an opportunity for librarians and others associated with libraries to learn about leadership potential. These acquired skills will be used to benefit their library, community and library association involvement.

WLLI is a tool for nurturing both degreed and non-degreed individuals in leadership roles. It’s not a workshop on becoming a library director or a workshop on library administration — it’s about leading from wherever you are in your organization.

Questions? Contact Rachael Svoboda at rsvoboda@lclsonline.org or (307) 773-7200, Jacque Strike at jstrike@sublettecountylibrary.org or (307) 367-4114, or Chris Van Burgh at chris.vanburgh@wyo.gov or (307) 777-3642.

Apply Now for Wyoming Library Leadership Institute



Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Wyoming Library Leadership Institute that will be held July 31 – August 1 in Pinedale, Wyoming.

Application deadline is March 1.

Wyoming Library Leadership Institute (WLLI) provides an opportunity for librarians and others associated with libraries to learn about leadership potential. These acquired skills will be used to benefit their library, community and library association involvement.

WLLI is a tool for nurturing both degreed and non-degreed individuals in leadership roles. It’s not a workshop on becoming a library director or a workshop on library administration — it’s about leading from wherever you are in your organization.

Learn more and find application materials on the Wyoming Library Association website. Completed applications should be sent to wyllinstitute@gmail.com.

Questions? Contact Rachael Svoboda at rsvoboda@lclsonline.org or (307) 773-7200, Jacque Strike at jstrike@sublettecountylibrary.org or (307) 367-4114, or Chris Van Burgh at chris.vanburgh@wyo.gov or (307) 777-3642.

Legislative Reception Potluck Reminder



Only three weeks remain! If you’re planning to attend the 2020 Wyoming Library Association Legislative Reception, please consider bringing a potluck dish. WLA is still in need of entreés, sides, desserts, salads, and options for restrictive diets (gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, vegan- and vegetarian-friendly, etc.). This event would Flounder without your help, so Scuttle on over to the sign-up list today!

Contact Jessica Dawkins at jessica.dawkins@wyo.gov or (307) 777-6337 to sign up for food donations. Cash donations to the Wyoming Library Association are also welcome; please contact Abby Beaver, WLA President, at (307) 777-5913 or abby.beaver@wyo.gov.

We hope to see you the evening of Thursday, February 20, in Cheyenne!

WLA 2020 Awards Open for Nominations



The Wyoming Library Association’s Awards/Grants Committee is accepting nominations for Outstanding Hero/Heroine; Outstanding Librarian; and Outstanding Library. If you know of anyone, or a group, deserving of recognition for what they have done in and for a Wyoming library, this is the time to nominate them for those achievements.

Learn more. Awards nominations are due by May 31, 2020.

The Nora Van Burgh Grant is also available for continuing education. Applications are due by June 15, 2020.

An awards reception will be held at the WLA 2020 Conference, as well as visits to acknowledge and celebrate at the home libraries of the recipients.

And don’t forget the Mountain Plains Library Association Debbie Iverson Leadership Institute Scholarship. If you applied to the MPLA leadership institute by December 15 and are accepted, please contact this committee for scholarship funds to cover most, if not all, of the fee for the institute.

If you have any questions about the awards, grants or scholarships available through WLA, please contact committee chair Anna Street anna@ccpls.org.

WLA Conference Set for October



The Wyoming Library Association has announced that its annual conference will be held October 8-9, 2020, at the Clarion Inn at Platte River in Casper.

Past President Kate Mutch will be the Conference Chair and Vice President Jake Mickelsen will be the Program Chair. If you have any interest in helping or joining a committee for the 2020 conference, please contact Kate, Jake, or Abby Beaver.

Not a member? Learn more about WLA on their website.

Tasty Treats Needed for Legislative Reception



The Wyoming Library Association legislative reception will be held on Thursday, February 20, at the Wyoming State Library, 2800 Central Ave. in Cheyenne, beginning at 5:30 p.m. We need your help to make the potluck feast happen! Appetizers, hot dishes, sides, salads, and desserts are all welcome. If you would like to attend and bring something for the potluck dinner, contact Jessica Dawkins at jessica.dawkins@wyo.gov or (307) 777-6337. Please indicate whether you will need an electrical outlet for hot dishes.

Monetary donations toward the reception are also welcome. Make checks payable to the Wyoming Library Association and indicate in the memo line that it’s for the legislative reception. Mail to WLA at P.O. Box 1387 Cheyenne, WY 82003.

The reception will be preceded by a legislative update at 5 p.m.

Save the Date for the 2020 WLA Legislative Reception



Pencil it in now, and make plans to attend: the 2020 Wyoming Library Association Legislative Reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 20, at the Wyoming State Library, 2800 Central Ave. in Cheyenne.

Library directors, employees, trustees, and volunteers are encouraged to be there. It’s a great opportunity to thank your Wyoming senators, representatives, and elected officials for their support of libraries and to offer them an evening of home-cooked food. The event will be preceded by a legislative update at 5 p.m.

Our Library Development Office is currently planning training sessions in conjunction with the reception earlier that day and on Friday morning, February 21. Details coming soon.

If you can bring a potluck dish, please contact Jessica Dawkins at the Wyoming State Library at jessica.dawkins@wyo.gov or (307) 777-6337 and indicate what you will bring and whether you will need an electrical outlet.

Take a Tour of What the Tech



Extensions and podcasts and apps, oh my! Topics at the Wyoming Library Association “What the Tech” session included everything from coding for kids to keeping your doggie happy while you’re at work with a remote treat dispenser. See the slides! We’ve posted the slides for those who couldn’t make it and for those who were there and would like to review them. We’ve also included the links below so that you can check out these tools yourself.

This presentation wouldn’t have happened without the people who stepped up to share:

  • Danielle Price, Wyoming State Library
  • Angie Wolff, Laramie County Library System
  • Karen Kitchens, Wyoming State Library
  • Jessica Dawkins, Wyoming State Library
  • Gisele Knopf- Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources
  • Michelle Boule, Sheridan College Mary Brown Kooi Library
  • Chuck Scheppy, ABDO
  • Ann Novak, Capstone/PebbleGo
  • Paige Bredenkamp, Wyoming State Library