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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Training Events and Resources



Wyoming Library Association logo has WLA on background of mountains and full name beneathAs part of the Wyoming Library Association EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) Committee’s ongoing efforts, they’ll highlight interesting programs, webinars, workshops, and more that support the WLA’s EDI Statement. The hope is to share ideas of how to incorporate EDI into programs, see what other libraries are doing regarding EDI in libraries, and learn from each other.

Here are the most recent event/webinar highlights from the committee.

Pre-recorded and other resource types

Why Use Inclusive Language
Libraries: All, Target Audience: All
Short, but important article about why we should be using inclusive language. “Inclusive language acknowledges diversity, conveys respect to all people, is sensitive to differences, and promotes equal opportunities.”

Wyoming Arts Council’s Arts Access Project Grant
Libraries: Rural, All, Target Audience: All
Up to $750 in funding for “arts projects led by and/or primarily serving BIPOC communities” or organizations meeting other criteria

National Archives Black Wall Street: 100 Years Since the Tulsa Race Massacre
Libraries: All, Target Audience: All
Featured document display from the National Archives Museum collections in memory of the 100th Anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre

REFORMA Colorado’s 2021 Conference Recorded Sessions
Libraries: All, Target Audience: All
Two recorded sessions, “Cultivating Community Partners through Outreach, presented by Angelique Velasco” and “Fostering Empathy through Diverse Picture Books, presented by Ana Siqueira, Cynthia Harmony, and Mariana Llanos”

Project Enable
Libraries: School, Public, Target Audience: All
Free training to help meet library and information needs of PreK-grade 12 students with disabilities. Also includes a database of over 1,000 resources.

Upcoming

June 8-9
Beyond the Buzzwords: A Deep Dive into Today’s Most Important Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Conversations
Libraries: All, Target Audience: All
Four keynotes and six panels covering EDI in a variety of topics

If you are holding any events that focus on EDI or come across any resources, send them to Conrrado Saldivar at CSaldivar@natronacountylibrary.org. The committee will compile and share as they’re able to. As always, make sure to check out the training calendar linked above for more continuing education opportunities.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Training Events and Resources



Wyoming Library Association logo has WLA on background of mountains and full name beneathAs part of the Wyoming Library Association EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) Committee’s ongoing efforts, they’ll highlight interesting programs, webinars, workshops, and more that support the WLA’s EDI Statement. The hope is to share ideas of how to incorporate EDI into programs, see what other libraries are doing regarding EDI in libraries, and learn from each other.

Here are the most recent event/webinar highlights from the committee.

Pre-recorded and Other Resource Types

Project READY: Reimagining Equity & Access for Diverse Youth (Libraries: School and Public, Target Audience: Youth Services): “Series of free, online professional development modules for school and public youth services librarians, library administrators, and others interested in improving their knowledge about race and racism, racial equity, and culturally sustaining pedagogy.”

Diverse Book Finder​ (Libraries: School and Public, Target Audience: Youth Services): Collection Analysis Tool for picture books

Inclusive Metadata & Conscious Editing Resources (Libraries: All, Target Audience: Cataloging/Tech Services): Extensive list of resources “related to conscious editing and anti-oppressive metadata practices”

Spanish for Librarians (Libraries: All, Target Audience: Public-facing positions): Published in 2002, basic Spanish grammar and phrases for library staff (Note: REFORMA’s Translations Committee is actively updating this resource)

WebJunction’s Spanish Language Outreach Program​ (Libraries: All, Target Audience: Collection Development, Public-facing Positions, Outreach): Various resources for starting outreach to Spanish speaking populations (Note: most resources are from 2012, but still provide beneficial starting points)

Storytelling for Justice: How Libraries and Archives Hold History to Account (Libraries: All, Target Audience: All): “Learn about the power and potential of these memory institutions to confront race, policing, and mass incarceration, to foster equity of access and participation, and to educate and train the next generation of librarians, archivists, and activists.”

Upcoming

May 20
SLJ Day of Dialog* (Libraries: School and Public, Target Audience: Youth Services): Various free programs will discuss EDI and social justice topics. Note that while registration is free and unlimited, each program has an attendance cap.

May 20
Spanish Language Collection Development* (Libraries: School and Public, Target Audience: Collection Development): Diana Miranda-Murillo from the Austin Public Library (TX) will give us an update on the current tools she is using for Spanish language collection development — from the traditional tools (catalogs and websites) to the not-so-traditional ones like book tubers and social media.

* Highlight taken from the Wyoming State Library’s Training Calendar.

If you are holding any events that focus on EDI or come across any resources, send them to Conrrado Saldivar at CSaldivar@natronacountylibrary.org. The committee will compile and share as they’re able to. As always, make sure to check out the training calendar linked above for more continuing education opportunities.

WLA Reminder: Conference Presenters Needed!



Cartoon megaphone with text CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The Wyoming Library Association 2021 program subcommittee needs you! They are in need of presenters to join them in offering a robust virtual conference, with presentations, mashups, discussions, and the like for all WY library staff, directors, trustees, and supporters.

The WLA’s annual conference will take place virtually on October 7-8, 2021.

The conference theme is Resilience. How are libraries and library staff resilient? Pre-COVID? During a Pandemic? And what does resilience planning have to do with the future of libraries in Wyoming? Can your library be a center of resilience and sustainability for your community?

Program proposals will be accepted through May 31, 2021. Although resilience is the main focus, proposals on other topics are welcome.

Consider how best to deliver your program virtually, and begin crafting your proposal. If you have any questions, contact Jeff Collins at jcollins@lclsonline.org, chair of the WLA 2021 program subcommittee and WLA Vice President. You may also contact the other members of the program subcommittee.

Your program(s) will make this year’s conference a memorable and resilient one!

Wyoming Library Association Grant and Award Nominations Open



Wyoming Library Association mountains logoThe Wyoming Library Association (WLA) Awards/Grants Committee is opening nominations for the Wyoming Library Association Awards/Grants for 2021. Nominations open Friday, April 30, and close on Monday, August 2.

The four award categories are:

  • Outstanding Hero/Heroine
  • Outstanding Librarian
  • Outstanding Library
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

The Nora Van Burgh Grant offers funding assistance to those who wish to enhance their effectiveness as library employees through additional educational experience. Any WLA member is eligible, and non-degreed library employees are especially encouraged to apply.

Learn more about the awards and detailed criteria.

Questions? Contact committee chair Anna Street at anna@ccpls.org or email the committee at wlaawardscommittee@gmail.com.

Wyoming Library Association Book Award Winners Announced



The Wyoming Library Association and the Wyoming State Literacy Association jointly sponsor three awards: the Buckaroo Book Award for children in grades K-3, the Indian Paintbrush Book Award for children in grades 4-6, and the Soaring Eagle Book Award for youth in grades 7-12. The purpose of these awards is to provide an opportunity for the youth of Wyoming to read and select favorite books and to honor the authors of those books.

Learn more about the awards.

WLA Call for Program Proposals



The program planning committee for the upcoming Wyoming Library Association’s annual conference will open its call for proposals soon.

This year’s annual conference will take place virtually on October 7-8, 2021.  The conference theme is Resilience. The program planning committee is hoping to offer a robust virtual conference, with presentations and discussions for all types of Wyoming librarians.

The COVID-19 pandemic has tested the resilience, ingenuity, and resources of Wyoming libraries. Think about ways you have pivoted your services, adapted to a virtual environment, or found ways to meet your patrons’ new needs during the pandemic.

Other topics might include dealing with budget constraints, technology changes, burnout, and other challenges and opportunities. Topics do not have to be related to the pandemic. Can you share your knowledge with your colleagues or lead a discussion about best practices?

Program proposals will be accepted April 19 through May 31, 2021.  Consider how best to deliver your information virtually, and begin crafting your proposal.  Visit www.wyla.org to submit your proposal by May 31, 2021.  If you have any questions, contact Jeff Collins at jcollins@lclsonline.org.

Your idea for a program could be one to help make this year’s conference great!

Leadership Group Starts Mentorship Program



LEAD (Leadership Excellence and Development) logoThe Wyoming Library Association has a number of interest groups. One of the youngest is LEAD (Leadership Excellence and Development), formed in 2012. Starting in 2017, LEAD members began facilitating and sponsoring workshops at WLA Conferences about leadership development, customer service, association membership, and the importance of EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) in libraries.

Another workshop and its subject evolved into a wider discussion for LEAD, WLA and library leadership statewide: the need for a library mentorship program for all Wyoming library staff members, professional and support staff alike. In October 2020 the WLA Mentorship Program was successfully launched at the WLA Virtual 2020 Conference.

“Our hope in WLA is that this mentorship program will grow each year and encourage the ongoing professional growth and confidence of both established and emerging leaders in the library field,” said Anna Street, WLA LEAD Interest Group Chair.

LEAD and WLA are now taking applications and starting the matching process between mentors and protégés. This is a 12-month program between a mentor and a protégé, inspired by other successful mentorship programs at organizations like ALA.

Learn more and apply to be either a mentor or a protégé. If you have any questions or want verification that your application was received, contact the LEAD chair or co-chair.

Olympus Games and Comics is WLA’s Hero



Photo of award ceremony.
Pictured left to right, Mynda Camphouse (Youth Services Event Coordinator at Laramie County Library System; Kyle McCormick of Olympus Games & Comics; Abby Beaver (Wyoming Library Association President)

From Laramie County Library System

Olympus Games and Comics received the Wyoming Library Association’s Hero/Heroine Award after being nominated by Laramie County Library System. The award, which recognizes an outstanding group or person whose hard work has made a difference to a Wyoming library, was presented to owner Kyle McCormick during a small ceremony at Laramie County Library on Tuesday, September 29.

Olympus Games and Comics has played an instrumental role in many of Laramie County Library’s programs and events by providing comics, activities, games and more. They are an exceptional partner to the library who goes above and beyond to ensure the children in Laramie County have access to the many worlds and adventures lying in wait behind the cover of their comic books.

Mynda Camphouse, Youth Services Event Coordinator for Laramie County Library System, nominated the hobby store, located at 1710 Central Avenue in Cheyenne. “Their investment in encouraging youth and adult literacy has been demonstrated by donating all the free comics for our Free Comic Book Day, by bringing employees and interactive table top games to library events, and by providing guidance to adults on encouraging youth literacy,” she said. “They are a fantastic partner and an amazing group of people who see the importance of promoting literacy in all its forms in the Cheyenne community.”

Olympus Games and Comics is a locally-owned store that specializes in board games, miniatures, comics, role playing games, and more. The store fosters a great sense of community and ensures that comic culture is accessible to all by participating in free library events including Star Wars Reads, Library Con, and Free Comic Book Day.

WLA Conference Moves Online



The Wyoming Library Association annual conference, originally scheduled for October 8-9 in Casper, has been moved online for 2020.

“This decision was made by the WLA Executive Board with input from library directors and staff from around the state and reflects a common-sense response to reduced budgets and ongoing public health concerns,” said Jacob Mickelsen, WLA Vice President, in an email.

Rather than holding its regular sessions digitally, WLA has decided to try a different approach for this conference. They plan to arrange for a smaller number of bigger presenters, focusing on timely and relevant subjects to libraries in 2020 and beyond.

Jacob thanks those who have already submitted program proposals and hopes they’ll consider holding on to those until the next in-person conference or regional gathering.