As we head into another Wyoming Library Association conference on August 1-3, the Wyoming Library Leadership Institute is looking for your beautiful gift baskets to raffle off for its annual fundraiser. WLLI benefits the Wyoming Library Community by nurturing leaders at every stage of their careers and every level of their organizations.
If your library can bring a basket, please contact Chris Van Burgh at email@example.com or (307) 777-3642. We especially encourage WLLI grads to participate.
Be creative! And once you’ve put the finishing touches on your basket, send a picture of it to Susan Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org so that she can post it on social media.
For those bringing baskets, please leave them at the registration table with Laura Grott rather than taking them into the vendor area.
The Institute is also looking for volunteers to man the tables and sell tickets at the conference. If you can donate a little time, please contact Darcy Acord at email@example.com or (307) 687-9227.
Going to the Wyoming Library Association conference in August and looking for a way to get a little more involved. Consider volunteering to share your knowledge in the “What the Tech is That?” session, a “lightning round” tour of technologies you can put to use in your library.
What the Tech has something for everyone in a rapid-fire, whirlwind trip of websites and tech tools. When you participate, you can have fun exploring new gadgets and gizmos, choosing and preparing a handful of topics, and trying to share each one in the 90 seconds before the bell signals the end of the round.
From “What the Tech” 2017
It’s not time-consuming to participate — put together a few PowerPoint slides that show everyone where they can find each of your chosen resources along with a screen shot or two. Then tell everyone in 90 seconds what the resource is and how you use it or plan to use it.
Resources can be anything from websites to apps to tech tools, from practical to the way-out-there bizarre. If you have used a new resource for summer reading or a new organizational app or a retirement tool, we want to hear about it! With so much technology to choose from it is helpful to have first-hand accounts of what works from staff in our own library community. Potential topics might include:
Summer reading tool
Library space resources
Social media platforms
Reading log apps
Interested? Contact Thomas Ivie at firstname.lastname@example.org or (307) 777-6330 for more details. We really hope that you will choose to participate in this fun collaboration and support Wyoming libraries!
Registration is now open on the Wyoming Library Association website for the 2018 Wyoming Library Association conference to be held August 1-3 at the Casper Events Center. Wednesday, August 1, is the Information Power pre-conference for school librarians. The full conference kicks off Thursday, August 2, with registration at 9:00 a.m. and breakout sessions beginning at 9:30.
Registration deadline is Thursday, July 19. A room block has been secured at the Ramkota Hotel for $89 plus tax for up to four people. Call (307) 266-6000 for reservations. A free breakfast buffet is provided at the hotel each morning. Registration includes breaks, lunch, and reception. The conference will be held in the lower level at the Events Center, so we recommend you park on that level.
The annual conference is a great opportunity to gather, connect, and learn with your fellow members of the Wyoming library community. On the agenda are the opening keynote luncheon, author luncheon, multiple breakout sessions, vendor booths, awards reception, and a basket raffle to support the Wyoming Library Leadership Institute.
“What the Tech?” is a rapid-fire, whirlwind tour of websites and tech tools. Contributors can have fun exploring new gadgets and gizmos, choosing and preparing a handful of topics, and trying to share each one in the 90 (or so) seconds before the bell signals the end of the round.
Deadline for nominations is June 28, 2018. You may nominate yourself or suggest names for the committee. Questions or nominations may go to Susan Mark at email@example.com or (307) 777-5915, or Richard Landreth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Devin Hodgins – Crest Hill Elementary, Library Media Tech (Casper)
Rachael Svoboda – Laramie County Library System, Business Services Coordinator
Helen M. Pugsley – Goshen County Library, Circulation/Reference
Becky M. Prelle – Campbell County Public Library, Youth Services Specialist
Doug Loughry – Big Piney Library, Branch Manager
Jana Marie Reade – Cottonwood Elementary, Library Assistant (Wright)
Kimberly Heaster – Crook County Public Library, Sundance Branch Librarian
Kyouhee Choi Berger – Campbell County Public Library, Reference Services Specialist
Rachel “Danielle” Price – Wyoming State Library, Digital Initiatives Librarian
Thomas Ivie – Wyoming State Library, Research and Statistics Librarian
Dana Urman – Campbell County Public Library, Outreach Specialist
Jennifer Kofoed – Converse County Library – Circulation/ILL Manager
The Leadership Institute exists to provide opportunities for learning, mentoring and developing leadership skills to promote the personal and professional growth of the Wyoming library community. WLLI is a tool for nurturing both degreed and non-degreed individuals in leadership roles.
The 2018 Institute will be held in Lander, Wyoming on July 19-20 at Central Wyoming College’s Lander campus.
The Wyoming Library Association Youth Services Interest Group (YSIG) is holding its spring meeting from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on May 4 at the Albany County Public Library in Laramie. Two of our Wyoming State Library Staff, Paige Bredenkamp and Chris Van Burgh, will make presentations.
The YSIG is sponsoring one $150 grant to defray costs. Deadline is April 18. To apply, download and complete the scholarship form (Word doc).
“Studio and Community Work” with June Glasson, artist, designer, and cofounder of the Wyoming Art Party and The Art & Action Project.
Glasson will talk about her art practice and how she makes work in the studio and with her community. She’ll share some of her work and talk about the importance of collaboration in her work and the community. She will also share collaboration ideas and art projects to take back to our libraries.
Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian Join Chris Van Burgh as she shares information about the WYLD databases, specifically literature, summer reading, and what GoWYLD can do for you.
Paige Bredenkamp, Wyoming State Library School Library Consultant Paige Bredenkamp will present information she gained at the YALSA forum regarding teen services competencies, the paradigm shift in teen services, and getting admin/community buy-in. Then, join in a roundtable discussion to weigh in on how to incorporate these topics in your libraries.
Deadline Nearing to Apply for 2018 Leadership Institute
The 2015 Wyoming Library Leadership Institute graduating class. Be part of the 2018 cohort!
On National Library Workers Day, we’d like to encourage those working in Wyoming libraries to take advantage of a wonderful professional development opportunity. The Wyoming Library Leadership Institute is accepting applications — but hurry! The deadline is nearing on April 15 so APPLY NOW. There is no charge for participants to attend, and accommodations and meals are provided.
The main focus this year is “Teamwork and Leadership.” Participants will learn more about their own leadership potential and style and will develop valuable skills.
Leadership matters at every level of an organization, and WLLI recognizes that. It welcomes library workers from all positions at every stage of their careers — not just those who are managers or aspiring managers. You could be new in the field, or you could have an established career. You could work in a school, academic, special, or public library. The Wyoming Library Leadership Institute (WLLI) is the place for you.
I came out of the Leadership Institute with better self-knowledge and better ideas on how I could be a leader right where I am now. Maybe the best part was the networking and the friendships I made. It was an amazing experience, and I’d recommend it to anyone.
— Susan Mark, 2008 WLLI Graduate
The 2018 Institute will be held in Lander, Wyoming on July 19-20 at Central Wyoming College’s Lander campus. Those selected will be scheduled to arrive on the 18th and will be staying at a local hotel that night and the next. Accommodations will be paid for by the institute. Meals will be provided for from the evening of the 18th to lunch on the 20th.
The 2018 Buckaroo Book Award winner is “A Perfectly Messed-Up Story” by Patrick McDonnell. First runner-up is “Coyote Moon” by Maria Gianferrari. Second runner-up is “The Princess in Black” by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale. This year, 7,252 students in K-3 voted for the Buckaroo Award—up 10% from last year!