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Author Ron Franscell to Speak at WLA



Ron Franscell

Ron Franscell

USA Today bestselling crime writer, novelist, and journalist Ron Franscell will be the featured luncheon speaker at the 2019 Wyoming Library Association conference on Friday, August 9.

Ron is a Wyoming native, author of 17 fiction and nonfiction books, and long-time journalist. His chilling true crime story of rape and murder in Casper — released in hardcover as Fall and in paperback as The Darkest Night — is still in print after more than 12 years. In 2001, Ron was awarded the SIRS/WLA Intellectual Freedom Freedom Award.

He returns to Wyoming in his new book, Alice & Gerald: A Homicidal Love Story which covers (and uncovers) the disturbing secrets of two murderers who evaded justice for almost 40 years.

Ron’s books will be available for purchase at the conference through Casper’s Wind City Books. Plan on getting your copies signed after the luncheon and during the Friday vendor break.

The full conference runs August 8-9, with pre-conference sessions taking place August 7. Learn more and register.

Science and Health at WLA Pre-Conferences



The full Wyoming Library Association conference runs August 8-9, but it’s worth coming a day early for the pre-conference sessions. In addition to the School Library Summit, there are two valuable workshops on August 7, one on science and one on health. Register for either or both on the WLA Conference registration form. Pre-conference sessions are $20 each.

In the morning, Leap into Science is a program designed to build interest and skills in literacy and science for children ages 3-10 and their families, in community settings like libraries, museums, and out-of-school time programs. It was developed by The Franklin Institute and the National Girls Collaborative Project. The program consists of three types of workshops (preschool, elementary, and family), and includes a broad range of science concepts. This training will be held from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. on Wednesday, August 7. Learn more about Leap into Science at leap.fi.edu.

For the afternoon, Beyond an Apple a Day with George Strawley from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public. Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will be equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites, e-patient resources and collection development core lists. Participants will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach. The class will wrap up with an opportunity to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech. This course, scheduled for 1-5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 7, qualifies for up to four contact hours toward a Consumer Health Information Specialization from the Medical Library Association. George will also present a breakout session during the full conference on “Citizen Science: Putting Your Patrons in Touch with Discover.”

PC Sweeney is WLA Keynote Speaker



PC Sweeney, Political Director of EveryLibrary and keynote speaker for the 2019 Wyoming Library Association conference

If you need yet another reason to attend the 2019 Wyoming Library Association conference from August 7-9 this year, you don’t want to miss keynote speaker PC Sweeney.

Sweeney is the political director of EveryLibrary, a national political action committee (PAC) for libraries. He’s the co-author of Winning Elections and Influencing Politicians for Library Funding from ALA Editions and a lecturer for San Jose State University iSchool. He’s worked in both public and school libraries, and was a Library Journal 2015 Mover and Shaker.

His keynote will be the fun and inspirational session, “Make It Happen/Party Hard,” intended to motivate library staff to balance the stressful work of librarianship with celebrating successes in their communities. He’ll highlight the need for enthusiasm from staff at all levels to promote the work that libraries do and discuss how that enthusiasm can build positive professional networks and relationships with communities for real tangible outcomes. Finally, he’ll explore the way that emotional attractors affect library work and the level of success within communities.

Sweeney will also be leading a breakout session, “From Advocate to Activist.” In this session, he’ll challenge the traditional model of advocacy for libraries and instead look at how to create activists to build the public support libraries need to survive. He’ll look at how the current advocacy model is failing libraries and causing massive defunding and closures and will explore many of the strategies and tactics used by some of the best community organizers, political action committees, and politicians to build real actionable support. He’ll emphasize the resources and skills that librarians and library staff need to develop if they want to have the political and community support that they need in order to increase support and funding.

Learn more and register for the conference.

WLA Conference Registration Open



Registration for the 2019 Wyoming Library Association Annual Conference is now open. The conference will be held at the Little America Hotel & Resort in Cheyenne from August 7-9:

  • Wednesday, August 7: School Library Summit (formerly called Info Power)
  • Wednesday, August 7: Preconference
    • Leap Into Science
    • Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information At Your Library
  • Thursday-Friday, August 8-9: WLA Conference

Learn more and register.