Category Archives: WLA

WLA Unveils New Website

The Wyoming Library Association has a fresh, new website on the Wild Apricot platform. Intended to improve communication and member benefits, the site features an updated look and feel and improved functionality.

WLA Vice-President Abby Beaver, Communications Advisor Elizabeth Thorson, Executive Secretary Laura Grott, and Wyoming State Library Marketing Lead Cary Dunlap managed the website migration. The new site is not only more attractive, it’s easier for the web administrators to update content and manage members. As a bonus, it’s less expensive, saving WLA money.

Members are encouraged to peruse the site at and let Laura or Abby know if any information is missing or incorrect. Questions may also be directed to Laura at or Abby at

Potluck Dishes Needed for Legislative Reception

Potluck dishes are still needed for the Wyoming Library Association Legislative Reception at the Wyoming State Library on February 7.

What sets the WLA reception apart from the many others is the food. Delicious potluck dishes are a welcome treat for legislators away from home and living on restaurant fare during the session. Your help makes this possible. If you can bring a dish of any type — entree, salad, dessert, side, bread, appetizer — please sign up with Jessica Dawkins at or (307) 777-6337.

While all contributions are welcome, hot dishes are particularly appreciated. Please let Jessica know if you need an electrical outlet. You can also make monetary contributions to the reception by sending your donation to the Wyoming Library Association at P.O. Box 1387, Cheyenne WY 82003.

The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. on February 7 here at the Wyoming State Library, 2800 Central Ave. in Cheyenne. It will be preceded at 5:00 p.m. with a legislative update.

Submit Program Proposals for WLA Conference

The 2019 Wyoming Library Association conference will be held August 7-9 at the Little America Hotel & Resort at 2800 West Lincolnway in Cheyenne. The 7th will be devoted to school libraries, with the main conference on August 8-9.

Your program proposals are wanted! Do you have expertise in a topic of interest? A successful program others could try? Whatever type of library you work in, WLA encourages you to share your knowledge and know-how with colleagues from across the state.

Submit your proposal online by March 31, 2019. Proposals must be 45-60 minutes in length. The conference planning committee will review proposals by April 30.

Whether you plan on presenting or not, you won’t want to miss this learning and networking opportunity. Mark your calendar now and plan to attend.

Need assistance with travel and registration? Always remember that Carol McMurry Library Endowment grants are available for library continuing education.

Tasty Treats Needed for Legislative Reception

The Wyoming Library Association legislative reception will be held on Thursday, February 7, 2019, at the Wyoming State Library in Cheyenne. The reception will begin at 5:30pm, and a potluck dinner will be served at the event, but we need your help to make it happen! Appetizers, hot dishes, sides, salads, and desserts are all welcome. If you would like to attend and participate in the potluck dinner, please contact Jessica Dawkins at 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 WLA Legislative Reception

Pencil it in now, and make plans to attend: the 2019 Wyoming Library Association Legislative Reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 7, 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 8. Details coming soon.

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

WLA Names Natrona County Library ‘Outstanding Library of the Year’

The Wyoming Library Association (WLA) has named the Natrona County Library “Outstanding Library of the Year.” The award is given for a significant special project completed within the last two years. In this case, the Natrona County Library’s Creation Station was recognized. The only Makerspace in Casper, the Creation Station transformed an aging and inflexible building into a dynamic and flexible space that provides the community with 21st century innovations and ingenuities.

Initiated by the Natrona County Library’s Executive Director Lisa Scroggins, the Creation Station Committee consisted of Kate Mutch, Betsy O’Neil, Jerry Jones, Gayla Peterman, Gary Collums, and Jennifer Beckstead. In addition, Natrona County Library Foundation Executive Director Beth Worthen worked tirelessly to secure the necessary funding to make the Creation Station a reality. The Creation Station was funded through private donations.

The library was honored at an award ceremony emceed by WLA President Kate Mutch on Wednesday, September 12 at 1 p.m. at the Natrona County Library.

Customer Service in the Library

Our customers (patrons) are our bread and butter! This presentation at the 2018 Wyoming Library Association conference examined customer service with respect to both diversity and generations in public and school library settings. Presenters Richard Landreth and Anna Street have shared their slides for those who missed it or those who wanted a refresher of what they learned at the conference.

WLA Elects Two to Board

At its 2018 conference, the Wyoming Library Association announced that Abby Beaver was elected as its new Vice President/President-Elect. Abby is the Information Services Manager at the Wyoming State Library. As Vice President, she will chair the program planning committee for the 2019 WLA conference and assume the presidency for 2019-2020. “I’m excited to work with librarians to provide quality programming and encourage more participation in our association,” she said in her candidate statement.

Janice Grover-Roosa was elected ALA Councilor. She will serve as WLA’s representative to the American Library Association and also as Intellectual Freedom Advisor. Janice is Director of the Western Wyoming Community College Hay Library. “I will commit myself to helping all of us in the Wyoming Library Community navigate and make use of the many useful tools ALA has prepared on behalf of libraries,” she said in her candidate statement. “My goal is not to ‘promote ALA’ but rather to promote our libraries by recommending various resources and opportunities provided by ALA.” She succeeded Brian Greene, Library Development Manager at the Wyoming State Library.

Thanks go to the other candidates on the ballot who were willing to step forward and offer their time and talents to WLA. Brenda Mahoney-Ayres, Director of the Weston County Library, ran for Vice President. Terri Lesley, Executive Library Director of the Campbell County Public Library System who ran for ALA Councilor. It was truly an excellent slate of candidates this year, and all of them should be commended.

WLA Presentation: Beyond Fake News

Another informative presentation we’re sharing from the recent Wyoming Library Association conference: in “Beyond Fake News,” Michelle Boule demonstrated methods to teach students of any age how to evaluate information sources, from a rogue tweet to a scholarly book to a picture on Imgur. She reviewed strategies that use what students already know and build upon that through in-class activities that get students up and moving physically and mentally.

The presentation included resources for curriculum creation and media fact checking. Presentation and handout are available at