Category Archives: 2022 Conference

Let’s Get Ready to Raffle: Support the WLLI Program at WLA



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A gift basket containing relaxation items such as a coffee mug and candles.
The En-“Lightened” Relaxation Basket is courtesy of Laramie County Library Employees in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Look at this stuff! Isn’t it neat? Wouldn’t this basket make your conference complete?

The Wyoming Library Leadership Institute (WLLI) invites you to participate in the basket raffle at the Wyoming Library Association Conference in Casper next week. This is WLLI’s major annual fundraiser and all proceeds will benefit the good work the institute does to foster leadership in Wyoming libraries.

Baskets will be arriving from libraries across the state, each one with a creative theme and several goodies to dive into. Stay tuned to the WLLI Facebook page for pictures and descriptions of the baskets leading up to the conference.

Tickets may be purchased via cash or check at the basket table in the vendor hall throughout the conference at the cost of $1 each, $5 for 6, or $20 for 25. There’s an ATM at the conference hotel if you need one during the event. Pro Tip: Bring mailing labels with your name and phone number to stick on the back of your tickets instead of having to write it on each one!

Winners are not required to be present, but must have a representative able to claim their basket for them at the time of the raffle on the morning of Friday, September 30.

To donate a basket, volunteer your time, or get more information, contact Johanna Tuttle at Johanna.Tuttle@campbellcountywy.gov or Jessica Otto at jessica.otto@wyo.gov.

There’s Still Time to Sign Up for the WLA Conference!



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Conference logoHaven’t signed up yet for the Wyoming Library Association 2022 Conference in Casper? The good news is, there’s still time!

The “Stronger Together” conference will take place September 29-30, with pre-conference sessions beginning on Wednesday, September 28.

Registration is open through Thursday, September 29.

The half-day pre-conferences on the afternoon of the 28th will cover grant writing and emotional intelligence. Thursday’s and Friday’s agendas are chock full of sessions that will teach and inspire, as well as opportunities for networking with your colleagues from across the state. Events conclude with a Friday afternoon post-conference on advocacy specifically geared toward school libraries.

Register online in advance or at the door. You can add a pre- or post-conference session to your existing registration if you’re already signed up. You’re also welcome to attend just a pre- or post-conference event without signing up for the full conference.

Want to learn more and register? Visit the Wyoming Library Association conference page. Questions may be directed to WLA President Conrrado Saldivar at conrrado.saldivar@wyo.gov.

Hope to see you there!

Create a Basket to Support the Wyoming Library Leadership Institute



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Graphic reads "We Need Baskets" with image of gift basket and additional details in textA tisket, a tasket, it’s time to make a basket!

The Wyoming Library Leadership Institute (WLLI) is seeking volunteers to put together and donate gift baskets for the basket raffle at the Wyoming Library Association Conference. This beloved annual event was put on hold during the virtual conferences the last two years, but it’s back for the first time since 2019. This is a major fundraiser for WLLI and supports the good work the institute does to foster leadership in Wyoming.

Each basket should have a theme and be composed of items donated to the cause. Collaborate with your co-workers on this one and get creative! The baskets will be raffled off at the conference in Casper on September 30. All proceeds will benefit the WLLI. When your basket is complete, send a picture to Jessica Otto at jessica.otto@wyo.gov to show it off on the WLA Facebook page!

Tickets may be purchased via cash or check (sorry, no credit or debit cards!) throughout the conference at the cost of $1 each, $5 for 6, or $20 for 25. There’s an ATM at the conference hotel if you need one during the event. Pro Tip: Bring mailing labels with your contact info to stick on the back of tickets instead of having to write it all!

Winners are not required to be present, but must have a representative able to claim their basket for them at the time of the raffle. Baskets cannot be shipped.

Besides (or in addition to) basket building, you can contribute to the cause by signing up to work the basket tables and sell tickets. To donate a basket, volunteer your time, or get more information, contact Johanna Tuttle at Johanna.Tuttle@campbellcountywy.gov or Jessica Otto at jessica.otto@wyo.gov.

Register Today for Wyoming Library Association Conference



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Wyoming Library Association logo has WLA on background of mountains and full name beneathJoin your colleagues at the 2022 Wyoming Library Association conference — in-person! Conference events will take place September 28-30 at the Best Western Downtown Casper in Casper, Wyoming.

With the theme “Stronger Together,” the conference will again bring Wyoming library workers from across the state under one roof to visit with vendors, learn from an excellent slate of breakout session presenters, and participate in the organization. Although it’s in-person this year, virtual aspects will take place through the Whova app.

“After two years of virtual conferences and various meetings, we’re excited to see our library community back together again and in-person,” said WLA President Conrrado Saldivar. “The Conference Committee and Program Planning Subcommittee have worked tirelessly to offer this professional development and networking event for our colleagues to enjoy.”

Registration is open through September 29; sign up by September 15 for a pre-printed nametag. You can also sign up for pre- and post-conference sessions from the registration page. Vendor registrations and sponsor registrations will be accepted until August 31.

WLA has a full conference schedule available with session descriptions. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Camila Alire, Dean Emeritus of University Libraries, University of New Mexico. Attend the author luncheon to hear from Zak Pullen, a well-known children’s picture book author and illustrator from Casper.

Learn more on the WLA conference page and sign up now for this event! Questions may be directed to Elizabeth Albin at Elizabeth.Albin@campbellcountywy.gov or to any other member of the Conference Committee.

Wyoming Library Association Conference Registration Now Open



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Conference logoThe 2022 “Stronger Together” Wyoming Library Association conference is set for September 28-30 in Casper. Registration is now open, with reduced early bird rates available through August 15. WLA members also receive a conference fee discount.

Conference information is available on the WLA website, including rates, agenda, and hotel information.

WLA will welcome Camila Alire, Dean Emeritus of University of New Mexico Libraries, and Zak Pullen, author/illustrator as luncheon speakers. Breakout programs are not finalized, but the program planning committee has a number of excellent proposals. The organization will provide more information as it becomes available.

Questions or issues with registration may go to WLA President Conrrado Saldivar at wylibraryassociation@gmail.com or Kristin Evans with Amigos Library Services at wla@amigos.org.

WLA Call for Program Proposals Deadline Extended



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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!

WLA Program Proposal Deadline Less than One Month Away



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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 Library Association Calls for Conference Proposals



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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.