Category Archives: WLA

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.

WLA Call for Program Proposals Deadline Extended



Wyoming Library Association logo has WLA on background of mountains and full name beneathThe program planning subcommittee for the upcoming Wyoming Library Association annual conference has extended its call for program proposals through May 27!

Submit a proposal.

The Wyoming Library Association resumes its annual conference in-person on September 28-30, 2022 at the Best Western at Platte River in Casper (formerly the Clarion Inn). After two years of meeting virtually for the annual conference, we are looking forward to learning and growing face-to-face. Wyoming libraries have dealt with unique circumstances recently, from pandemic response to the fight for intellectual freedom. This conference will focus on encouraging attendees in the important work done by libraries and librarians in trying times and to provide tools and resources to equip staff to represent the needs of their entire communities – reminding us that we are truly Stronger Together.

Topics might include dealing with post-pandemic budgets, technology changes, burnout, hybrid or innovative programming, and other challenges and opportunities. Other pertinent topics might be Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice and those related to Intellectual Freedom. Can you share your knowledge with your colleagues, host an interactive workshop, or lead a discussion about best practices?

Program proposals will be accepted through May 27. Consider how best to deliver your information, and begin crafting your proposal. View this form to submit your proposal. We will be in touch regarding the outcome of your proposal(s) by July 15th. If you have any questions, please contact Conrrado Saldivar at conrrado.saldivar@wyo.gov.

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

Wyoming Library Association Calls for Award Nominations



Wyoming Library Association logo has WLA on background of mountains and full name beneathThe Wyoming Library Association’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 Program Proposal Deadline Less than One Month Away



Wyoming Library Association mountains logoWant to share your knowledge at this year’s Wyoming Library Association conference? Get your program proposal in soon! The call for proposals is open through May 16.

After two years of meeting virtually, the 2022 conference will be held in-person from September 28-30 at the Clarion Inn at Platte River in Casper.

Submit your program proposals by May 16. You will be notified if your program or programs are accepted by July 15. If you have any questions, contact Conrrado Saldivar at conrrado.saldivar@wyo.gov.

Wyoming Libraries Launch New Statewide Advocacy Program



Wyoming Library Association mountains logoThe Wyoming Library Association, EveryLibrary, and the EveryLibrary Institute have launched a new advocacy partnership program to benefit libraries across Wyoming. The partnership is focused on building new and more positive visibility for libraries in communities, schools, and campuses in every corner of Wyoming. It will include the development of a public-facing digital advocacy and outreach campaign, training and support for library leaders on communications and partnerships, and new systems of support for association policy and funding priorities.

“Wyoming libraries are uniquely positioned to help people from all walks of life succeed,” said Conrrado Saldivar, President of the Wyoming Library Association “Our goal with this partnership program is to improve the future political power and standing of all Wyoming libraries in the eyes of the public, our donors, and elected officials.”

From pandemic response to the fight for intellectual freedom, Wyoming libraries have supported resilient communities, schools, and campuses. This partnership program will leverage the excellent reputation of Wyoming libraries to advance a collective policy and funding agenda in local, state, and even federal settings. EveryLibrary will identify, cultivate, and empower supporters, using its proven direct action and digital engagement skills. The hope is to build new infrastructure to positively influence the funding ecosystem for years to come.

The Wyoming Library Association represents 171 members from across the state in every county. EveryLibrary brings its unique experience and expertise in advocacy and political action to support WLA’s statewide and local goals.

WLA Conversations on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion



Stack of wooden blocks read, "Equity, Diversity, Inclusion"The Wyoming Library Association’s EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) Committee held an Open Conversation on Pronouns on March 15. The invited speaker was Elaine Monterastelli, Student Success Advisor and member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at Casper College.

If you were unable to join the conversation, here are links to resources that were shared during the discussion:

Speaker talking points:

Videos:

Articles and websites:

Books available in WYLDCat:

Wyoming Library Association Calls for Conference Proposals



Wyoming Library Association mountains logoThe program planning committee for the upcoming Wyoming Library Association annual conference will open its call for proposals on April 1.

The Wyoming Library Association resumes its annual conference in-person on September 28-30, 2022, at the Clarion Inn at Platte River in Casper. After two years of meeting virtually for the annual conference, the committee is looking forward to learning and growing face-to-face. Wyoming libraries have dealt with unique circumstances recently from pandemic response to the fight for intellectual freedom. This conference will encourage attendees in the important work done by libraries and librarians in trying times. It will provide tools and resources to equip staff to represent the needs of their entire communities — reminding us that we are truly Stronger Together.

Topics might include dealing with post-pandemic budgets, technology changes, burnout, hybrid or innovative programming, and other challenges and opportunities. Other pertinent topics might be equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice; and those related to intellectual freedom. Can you share your knowledge with your colleagues? Host an interactive workshop. Lead a discussion about best practices? Your idea for a program could be one to help make this year’s conference great!

Program proposals will be accepted April 1 through May 16. Consider how best to deliver your information, and begin crafting your proposal. Visit www.wyla.org to submit your proposal by May 16. You will be notified of the outcome of your proposal(s) by July 15. If you have any questions, contact Conrrado Saldivar at conrrado.saldivar@wyo.gov.

WLA Conversations on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion



Stack of wooden blocks read, "Equity, Diversity, Inclusion"Upcoming March Conversation

Mark your calendar — the Wyoming Library Association’s EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) Committee has planned an Open Conversation on Pronouns on March 15 at 4:00 p.m. All library staff are welcome to attend. Guidelines for these conversations are available online. For details and to learn how to attend, contact Conrrado Saldivar at conrrado.saldivar@wyo.gov.

Resources from the February Conversation

If you were unable to make the February Conversation on Critical Race Theory, here are some links to additional resources that were shared during the discussion:

Videos:

Articles and websites:

Books:

Also check the Wyoming State Legislature’s website at wyoleg.gov/Legislation/2022 for the current status of SF0103 Education-limitations on teaching critical race history-2.

2022 WLA Legislative Reception a Success



A great turnout at the Wyoming Library Association legislative reception last night! Despite the roads and weather, Wyoming librarians came together to put on a potluck feast to make our legislators feel welcomed and appreciated. Here are a few photos we thought we’d share — click on each for a larger image. Great job, everyone!

Large group of people seated at several round tables
The Wyoming Library Association reception drew a large number of legislators.
Four decorated cookies on a table around a centerpiece
We celebrated the Wyoming State Library’s birthday with specially made cookies provided by the WYLD Network.
Table filled with food items. Another table in background has crock pots on it.
As always, Wyoming librarians put together a potluck feast to make legislators feel welcome and appreciated.
People standing at cocktail tables
Gathering around the cocktail tables to eat and chat.
Two men in suits and nametags, standing.
Wyoming State Librarian Jamie Markus and Wyoming Library Association President Conrrado Saldivar.
Womand man sitting at a table.
Susan Parkins, Laramie County Library System Senior Outreach Specialist, and Travis Pollok, Wyoming State Library Legislative Librarian, at the welcome table.
Four women standing by table with sodas and water on it. Three of the four are wearing masks.
(L to R) Kim Storey, Laramie County Library System Interlibrary Loan Specialist; Abby Beaver, Wyoming State Library Information Services Manager; Anne Kuipers, WSL State Publications Librarian; and Kate Mutch, Natrona County Library Assistant Director.

 

 

WLA Hosts February EDI Conversation on Critical Race Theory



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 February 15 at 4:00 p.m. All library staff are welcome to attend.

The topic for this discussion will be Critical Race Theory — what it is and isn’t, and how it applies to libraries.  Members of the EDI Committee will facilitate the conversation.

Prior to joining on the 15th, please take about 30 minutes total to read a short article by Ibram X. Kendi and a brief overview in Britannica Library provided to Wyoming residents through GoWYLD.net (if you’re at home, go to this page first to enter your library card information). Don’t have enough time to read these? Not a problem! The session will start with a brief video to get the conversation going.

Register here. Please note that Open Conversations will not be recorded.

The next Open Conversation is planned for March 15 at 4:00 p.m. Guidelines for these conversations are available online. Contact Conrrado Saldivar at conrrado.saldivar@wyo.gov with any questions.