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Bring a Basket for the Annual WLLI Fundraiser

Raffle baskets at the 2017 WLA conference.

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 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 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 or (307) 687-9227.


The ‘What the Tech’ WLA Session Needs You!

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:

  • Planning/organizational tools
  • Summer reading tool
  • Communication app
  • Informational websites
  • Gaming
  • VR/AR
  • Programming tools
  • Library management
  • Library space resources
  • Homework help
  • Social media platforms
  • Reading log apps
  • And more….

Interested? Contact Thomas Ivie at or (307) 777-6330 for more details. We really hope that you will choose to participate in this fun collaboration and support Wyoming libraries!

WLA Conference Registration Now Open

Click for PDF of program

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.

See the program
Register for the conference and/or Information Power

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.

Join the Fun at ‘What the Tech’

It’s back! The ever popular “What the Tech is That?” session is on the schedule for the Aug. 2-3 Wyoming Library Association conference in Casper. You can help make it a great time for all, especially yourself, by taking the stage as one of the session contributors.

“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.

Interested? Contact Thomas Ivie at or (307) 777-6330 for more details.

Wyoming Library Association Call for Nominees

The Wyoming Library Association is seeking nominations for two positions to be elected at its conference August 1-3, 2018:

  • Vice President/President-Elect – serves three years: one year as Vice President, one as President and one as Past President
  • American Library Association representative – serves a three-year term

To learn more about the requirements for each position, see the:

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 or (307) 777-5915, or Richard Landreth at


WLLI Announces 2018 Cohort

The Wyoming Library Leadership Institute has announced the names of those in its 2018 cohort. These 12 participants were selected through a competitive application process.

  • 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.


WLA Awards Nominations Open

The Wyoming Library Association’s Awards and Grants Committee is accepting nominations for the following awards until the deadline of June 15th:

  • Outstanding Hero/Heroine Award
    Recognizes an outstanding person or group whose hard work has made a difference to a Wyoming library within the last two years.
  • Outstanding Librarian
    Honors the significant accomplishments and service by a library employee in the past year, to library users and to the Wyoming library community.
  • Outstanding Library
    Recognizes a significant special project completed within the past two years that involved the library system, its board members, and the library’s community.

Individuals interested in the Nora Van Burgh Grant are encouraged to apply by the June 15 deadline. The first review of applications will begin May 29.

For further information about these awards and the grant, please contact the Committee chair Jeff Collins, or 307-773-7220.

WLA Youth Services Spring Meeting Upcoming

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.

Registration is $20 on the WLA website (scroll to bottom right). Lunch is not included. Learn more on the workshop flier.

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.

It’s not too late to take advantage of this “don’t miss” opportunity. Submit your application now before the April 15 deadline.

Questions? Contact Tasha Reeves at or (307) 714-1321 , or Chris Van Burgh at or (307) 777-3642.


2018 Buckaroo Book Award Winners

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!

Sponsored by the Wyoming Library Association and the Wyoming State Reading Council, the Buckaroo Book Award provides the opportunity for Wyoming youth in grades K-3 to select a favorite book and honor its author.