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WLA Announces Winners of its 2022 Awards and Grants



Wyoming Library Association logo has WLA on background of mountains and full name beneathThe Wyoming Library Association Awards/Grants Committee announced this year’s recipients. The awards and grant winners were announced at a reception during the WLA’s annual conference held in Casper on September 29-30. Watch this blog for upcoming posts with more details on award winners.

Awards

Lifetime Achievement: Richard Landreth, Lincoln County Library System Director

The Lifetime Achievement award recognizes the achievements and accomplishments of a library employee throughout their library career, including service to the public and/or library community. It is also meant to reflect the goals of the Wyoming Library Association and the library profession as a whole.

Outstanding Hero/Heroine: Nancy Loomis and Jeff Geyer, Laramie County Library Water-wise and Pollinator Bio-retention System Project

The Outstanding Hero/Heroine award provides an opportunity for WLA to recognize an outstanding person or group whose hard work has made a difference to a Wyoming library within the last two years.

Outstanding Librarian: Paula Sabatka, Fremont County School District #2 District Librarian

The Outstanding Librarian award recognizes the significant and outstanding accomplishments of a library employee in the past year, including service to the public and/or library community. It is also meant to reflect the goals of WLA and the library profession as a whole. This award is sponsored by OCLC

Outstanding Library Award: Campbell County Public Library System

The Outstanding Library award recognizes a significant special project completed within the last two years. The staff, library board, community, or people served must all have been involved in the work for which recognition is sought.

Grants

Nora Van Burgh Development Grant: Melissa Haderlie, Star Valley Branch Library Manager (Lincoln County Library System) and Katie Remme, Wright Branch Library (Campbell County Public Library System)

Nora Van Burgh began her career in Wyoming libraries as a student assistant in the Natrona County High School Library. She received her Master’s of Library Science degree from the University of Oregon in 1978 and was employed at Casper College for many years. A strong believer in lifelong learning, she served on the Wyoming Library Association’s Continuing Education Committee. WLA created the Professional Development Grants in 1985 and changed the award name in 1991 to honor her memory.

Let’s Get Ready to Raffle: Support the WLLI Program at WLA



A gift basket containing relaxation items such as a coffee mug and candles.
The En-“Lightened” Relaxation Basket is courtesy of Laramie County Library Employees in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Look at this stuff! Isn’t it neat? Wouldn’t this basket make your conference complete?

The Wyoming Library Leadership Institute (WLLI) invites you to participate in the basket raffle at the Wyoming Library Association Conference in Casper next week. This is WLLI’s major annual fundraiser and all proceeds will benefit the good work the institute does to foster leadership in Wyoming libraries.

Baskets will be arriving from libraries across the state, each one with a creative theme and several goodies to dive into. Stay tuned to the WLLI Facebook page for pictures and descriptions of the baskets leading up to the conference.

Tickets may be purchased via cash or check at the basket table in the vendor hall throughout the conference at the cost of $1 each, $5 for 6, or $20 for 25. There’s an ATM at the conference hotel if you need one during the event. Pro Tip: Bring mailing labels with your name and phone number to stick on the back of your tickets instead of having to write it on each one!

Winners are not required to be present, but must have a representative able to claim their basket for them at the time of the raffle on the morning of Friday, September 30.

To donate a basket, volunteer your time, or get more information, contact Johanna Tuttle at Johanna.Tuttle@campbellcountywy.gov or Jessica Otto at jessica.otto@wyo.gov.

There’s Still Time to Sign Up for the WLA Conference!



Conference logoHaven’t signed up yet for the Wyoming Library Association 2022 Conference in Casper? The good news is, there’s still time!

The “Stronger Together” conference will take place September 29-30, with pre-conference sessions beginning on Wednesday, September 28.

Registration is open through Thursday, September 29.

The half-day pre-conferences on the afternoon of the 28th will cover grant writing and emotional intelligence. Thursday’s and Friday’s agendas are chock full of sessions that will teach and inspire, as well as opportunities for networking with your colleagues from across the state. Events conclude with a Friday afternoon post-conference on advocacy specifically geared toward school libraries.

Register online in advance or at the door. You can add a pre- or post-conference session to your existing registration if you’re already signed up. You’re also welcome to attend just a pre- or post-conference event without signing up for the full conference.

Want to learn more and register? Visit the Wyoming Library Association conference page. Questions may be directed to WLA President Conrrado Saldivar at conrrado.saldivar@wyo.gov.

Hope to see you there!

Create a Basket to Support the Wyoming Library Leadership Institute



Graphic reads "We Need Baskets" with image of gift basket and additional details in textA tisket, a tasket, it’s time to make a basket!

The Wyoming Library Leadership Institute (WLLI) is seeking volunteers to put together and donate gift baskets for the basket raffle at the Wyoming Library Association Conference. This beloved annual event was put on hold during the virtual conferences the last two years, but it’s back for the first time since 2019. This is a major fundraiser for WLLI and supports the good work the institute does to foster leadership in Wyoming.

Each basket should have a theme and be composed of items donated to the cause. Collaborate with your co-workers on this one and get creative! The baskets will be raffled off at the conference in Casper on September 30. All proceeds will benefit the WLLI. When your basket is complete, send a picture to Jessica Otto at jessica.otto@wyo.gov to show it off on the WLA Facebook page!

Tickets may be purchased via cash or check (sorry, no credit or debit cards!) throughout the conference at the cost of $1 each, $5 for 6, or $20 for 25. There’s an ATM at the conference hotel if you need one during the event. Pro Tip: Bring mailing labels with your contact info to stick on the back of tickets instead of having to write it all!

Winners are not required to be present, but must have a representative able to claim their basket for them at the time of the raffle. Baskets cannot be shipped.

Besides (or in addition to) basket building, you can contribute to the cause by signing up to work the basket tables and sell tickets. To donate a basket, volunteer your time, or get more information, contact Johanna Tuttle at Johanna.Tuttle@campbellcountywy.gov or Jessica Otto at jessica.otto@wyo.gov.

Register Today for Wyoming Library Association Conference



Wyoming Library Association logo has WLA on background of mountains and full name beneathJoin your colleagues at the 2022 Wyoming Library Association conference — in-person! Conference events will take place September 28-30 at the Best Western Downtown Casper in Casper, Wyoming.

With the theme “Stronger Together,” the conference will again bring Wyoming library workers from across the state under one roof to visit with vendors, learn from an excellent slate of breakout session presenters, and participate in the organization. Although it’s in-person this year, virtual aspects will take place through the Whova app.

“After two years of virtual conferences and various meetings, we’re excited to see our library community back together again and in-person,” said WLA President Conrrado Saldivar. “The Conference Committee and Program Planning Subcommittee have worked tirelessly to offer this professional development and networking event for our colleagues to enjoy.”

Registration is open through September 29; sign up by September 15 for a pre-printed nametag. You can also sign up for pre- and post-conference sessions from the registration page. Vendor registrations and sponsor registrations will be accepted until August 31.

WLA has a full conference schedule available with session descriptions. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Camila Alire, Dean Emeritus of University Libraries, University of New Mexico. Attend the author luncheon to hear from Zak Pullen, a well-known children’s picture book author and illustrator from Casper.

Learn more on the WLA conference page and sign up now for this event! Questions may be directed to Elizabeth Albin at Elizabeth.Albin@campbellcountywy.gov or to any other member of the Conference Committee.

Wyoming Library Association Conference Registration Now Open



Conference logoThe 2022 “Stronger Together” Wyoming Library Association conference is set for September 28-30 in Casper. Registration is now open, with reduced early bird rates available through August 15. WLA members also receive a conference fee discount.

Conference information is available on the WLA website, including rates, agenda, and hotel information.

WLA will welcome Camila Alire, Dean Emeritus of University of New Mexico Libraries, and Zak Pullen, author/illustrator as luncheon speakers. Breakout programs are not finalized, but the program planning committee has a number of excellent proposals. The organization will provide more information as it becomes available.

Questions or issues with registration may go to WLA President Conrrado Saldivar at wylibraryassociation@gmail.com or Kristin Evans with Amigos Library Services at wla@amigos.org.

Two Opportunities for Greater Involvement With WLA



Wyoming Library Association mountains logoAre you a member of the Wyoming Library Association? The organization has two great opportunities to become more involved.

The WLA EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) Committee is looking for additional volunteers to join their team. Time commitment is one monthly meeting when the members can meet, with additional special projects that may take 1-5+ hours. Contact Eva Dahlgren at edahlgren@tclib.org if you’re interested.

The School Library Interest Group is recruiting new members. The mission of SLIG is to network, encourage, and disseminate information helpful to the school library community in Wyoming. Interest group members meet annually at conference and communicate regularly during the rest of the year. If you’re a school librarian or have an interest in topics related to the field, consider adding a $10 membership to SLIG to your account at www.wyla.org.

As always, be sure to sign up for the email lists relevant to the interest groups you have included in your membership, as well as to the general membership list. You do have to subscribe to the lists you wish to receive. Don’t miss out on important information regarding your WLA membership and interests!

Contact Conrrado Saldivar (conrrado.saldivar@wyo.gov), Darcy Acord (Darcy.Acord@campbellcountywy.gov), or Katrina Brown (katrina.brown@caspercollege.edu) if you have any questions, would like to learn more about WLA, or just want to chat.

WLA Hosts July EDI Conversation on Intersectionality



Stack of wooden blocks read, "Equity, Diversity, Inclusion"The Wyoming Library Association’s EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) Committee invites Wyoming library workers to their next Open Conversation on July 19 at 4:00 p.m. All library staff are welcome to attend.

This month’s topic is Intersectionality: what is it and how it affects libraries, librarians, and our work. Members of the EDI Committee will facilitate the conversation.

Please register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Prior to joining on July 19, please take about 15-30 minutes to read the Vox article, “The intersectionality wars.” The session will begin with a couple of videos to get the conversation going.

Guidelines for these conversations are available on the WLA website. Contact Eva Dahlgren at edahlgren@tclib.org or Leah Shlachter at lshlachter@tclib.org with any questions.

Deadline Nearing for Wyoming Library Association Awards and Grants



Wyoming Library Association logo has WLA on background of mountains and full name beneathIf you haven’t submitted a Wyoming Library Association award nomination or applied for a grant yet, there’s still time — just not much! The deadline for both is August 1.

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

Award nominations are due by August 1, 2022.

The Nora Van Burgh Grant is also available for continuing education. Applications are also due by August 1, 2022.

Learn more about all awards and grants here and submit your nominations or your application for the Nora Van Burgh Grant!

An awards reception will be held at the WLA 2022 Conference, as well as possible visits to acknowledge and celebrate at the home libraries of the recipients.

If you have any questions about the awards, grants, or scholarships available through WLA, please contact a committee member at WLAAwardsCommittee@gmail.com or committee chair Angela Wolff at Awolff@lclsonline.org.

WLA Hosts June EDI Conversation on Ageism



Stack of wooden blocks read, "Equity, Diversity, Inclusion"UPDATE: The date for the July conversation has been changed from July 26 to July 19.

The Wyoming Library Association’s EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) Committee invites Wyoming library workers to their next Open Conversation on June 21 at 4:00 p.m. All library staff are welcome to attend.

The topic for this discussion will be Ageism. Prior to joining, please take about 15-30 minutes to explore the Ageism.org website. The session will start with a brief video to get the conversation going. Members of the EDI Committee will facilitate the conversation.

Register here in advance to attend. Please note that Open Conversations will not be recorded.

This virtual space is intended to be a forum for discussion of ideas and for learning about differing viewpoints, not for debate. Guidelines for these conversations are available online.

Upcoming Open Conversations are planned for Intersectionality on July 19 and Mental Illness on August 30.

Contact Eva Dahlgren at edahlgren@tclib.org or Leah Shlachter at lshlachter@tclib.org with any questions.