Category Archives: Past Conferences

Take a Chance on a Basket to Benefit WLLI



“Tea Party” from Johnson County Library

The Wyoming Library Leadership Institute (WLLI) is holding its popular basket raffle again at the Wyoming Library Association conference in Sheridan August 10-11. WLLI provides opportunities for learning, mentoring and developing leadership skills to promote the personal and professional growth of the Wyoming library community.

Libraries from across the state are donating baskets — and you could win one. Tickets are $1 each, 6 for $5, or 25 for $20. All proceeds benefit WLLI and make it possible for your library colleagues across the state to attend this wonderful learning experience.

You need not be present to win, although you will need someone in attendance to haul it home if you do, as baskets cannot be shipped.

Photos are still coming in, but here are some of the ones that we know will be in the raffle. Follow the #wyla17 hashtag on Twitter to see more.

Devil's Tower Basket
Devil’s Tower Basket from Hulett Branch Library in Johnson County
Dr. McGillicuddy's basket
Dr. McGillicuddy’s basket from the Moorcroft Library in Johnson County
“Sunshine in the Kitchen” from Johnson County Library
“Basque-It” from Johnson County Library
“Wonder Woman” from Lander Library
The Wyoming State Library’s “Sci-Fi” and “Creativity” baskets are still under construction, so there will be more goodies coming.

Share WLA Conference News With Hashtag #wyla17



Be a Tweetie pie: when you’re at the Wyoming Library Association conference this week, use #wyla17 on Facebook and Twitter to share updates, reports, photos, and more with each other and with the librarians around the state who weren’t able to join us in Sheridan.

Brian Greene, Library Development Manager at the Wyoming State Library, already has a tweet up using that hashtag from @BrianLibrarian. Get your initial Tweet up there or do a retweet of a #wyla17 posting so that you can connect and follow each other for the conference. Also don’t forget to follow the Wyoming State Library feed at @WyoLibraries.

For those on Facebook, please do the same thing by adding #wyla17 to conference posts and shares.

For those on Twitter, new to Twitter or want to try Twitter in a conference experience refresh or create your accounts and let’s capture some conference history as it happens and share it.  And this also includes you folks making the Information Power workshop happen next Wednesday. Those of us not going to InfoPower want to share your power.

See you there or at #wyla17 in the Twitterverse.

Deadline Looming for WLA Conference Registration



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A reminder that the deadline to register for the 2017 Wyoming Library Association conference Aug. 9-11 at Sheridan College is coming up fast on Tuesday, August 1.

This is a hard deadline — there will be no late or on-site registrations for the full conference.

If you are thinking of attending, we encourage you to check out the conference program to see the great offerings. Also, you can learn more about the featured speakers on this blog. The WLA conference is a great chance to learn and to network with your colleagues from around Wyoming.

If you’re registered, be sure to find exactly where you’re going with the Sheridan College map and to check out the lodging options on the WLA website.

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For school librarians planning to attend the Information Power pre-conference for school librarians on August 9, registrations will be accepted at the door. On-site registration is available for Information Power ONLY, not for the main conference. However, there will be no online registrations for Information Power after August 1. You can register online until then on the WLA conference page link.

Hope to see you all there! We look forward to coming together for another great WLA conference.

Check Out the WLA Conference Program



JUST UPDATED
One session, “Explore, Learn, Create: Teen Engagement, Empathy and Activism,” has been canceled, and some changes have been made to presenters.

heading to the Wyoming Library Association conference in Sheridan August 9-11? Then check out the great lineup of sessions in the conference program. You’re sure to find something of interest.

The annual conference offers numerous opportunities to learn and to network with library colleagues from across the state.

Deadline to register is August 1. There will be no late or on-site registrations, so sign up now for the 2017 WLA Conference.

Still Time to Join “What the Tech?”



Like to play with tech toys? Want to bask in the adulation of your fellow librarians at the upcoming Wyoming Library Association conference?

There’s still time to join the “What the Tech is That?” team. This session is a crowd favorite: a rapid-fire, whirlwind tour of websites and tech tools. Choose and prepare a handful of topics, and share each one in 90 (or so) seconds flat before you’re stopped by the bell.

Interested? Contact Thomas Ivie at thomas.ivie@wyo.gov, (307) 777-6330, or Paige Bredenkamp at paige.bredenkamp@wyo.gov, (307) 777-6331, for more details.

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. 10-11 Wyoming Library Association conference in Sheridan. 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.

If you haven’t seen a WTT session and would like a better idea of what’s involved, find examples of previous year’s handouts and slides on the WLA New Tech Interest Group wiki. Also enjoy the video of last year’s hybrid conference presentation below.

Interested? Contact Thomas Ivie at thomas.ivie@wyo.gov, (307) 777-6330, or Paige Bredenkamp at paige.bredenkamp@wyo.gov, (307) 777-6331, for more details.

 

 

WLA Announces Conference Speakers



Garth Stein

The Wyoming Library Association has secured two top-notch speakers for the 2017 WLA conference August 10-11 in Sheridan.

The keynote speaker at the Thursday, August 10, kick-off luncheon, will be Stephen Hughes on “Influence: The Art & Science of Changing Minds.” This exciting program draws on the latest scientific research to illustrate how you can influence others to see things your way without resorting to manipulation. You’ll leave with practical ideas you can apply right away.

Garth Stein will be featured at the author luncheon on Friday, August 11. Stein writes for all ages. His newest novel is A Sudden Light, published by Simon and Schuster in September, 2014.  He has three previous novels:  Raven Stole the MoonHow Evan Broke His Head and Other Secretsand The Art of Racing in the Rain  and has authored the Enzo children’s series. (Enzo, Zoë, and Denny are actually characters from The Art of Racing in the Rain.) 

School librarians, don’t forget: Information Power will be held as a pre-conference on August 9.

Register to attend on the WLA website.

Tentative Conference Schedule:

Wednesday, August 9

  • 10 a.m.: Information Power

Thursday, August 10

  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Registration and vendors open
  • 12-1:15 p.m.: Keynote speaker Stephen Hughes on “Influence: The Art & Science of Changing Minds”
  • 1:15-1:45 p.m.: WLA Annual Meeting
  • 2-3 p.m.: Breakout sessions
  • 3-3:45 p.m.: Break and vendor time
  • 3:45-4:30 p.m. Breakouts sessions
  • 4:30-5:30: Happy hour and awards celebration at Sheridan Kooi Library

Friday, August 11

  • 8-9 a.m.: Breakfast with vendors
  • 9-9:50 a.m.: Breakout sessions
  • 10-10:30 a.m.: Vendor time and basket raffle drawing
  • 10:45-11:45 a.m.: Breakout sessions
  • 12-1:30 p.m.: Lunch with author Garth Stein
  • 1:30-2 p.m.: Interest group meetings

WLA Conference Registration Open



Registration is now open on the Wyoming Library Association website for the 2017 conference to be held Aug. 10-11 at Sheridan College. School librarians can also register for Information Power, which will be held on Aug. 9 in Sheridan in conjunction with the WLA conference.

Events will kick off with lunch on Thursday, Aug. 10 (vendors will open mid-morning), and conclude after lunch on Friday, Aug. 11. Low-cost lodging options in the Villas at Sheridan College and in the residence halls are available in addition to a room block at the Holiday Inn.

The annual conference is a great opportunity to gather, connect, and learn with your fellow members of the Wyoming library. On the agenda are the opening keynote luncheon, author and/or legislative luncheon, multiple breakout sessions, vendor booths, awards reception at the Sheridan Kooi Library, and the Wyoming Library Leadership Institute basket raffle.

Find more details and register on the WLA website. Conference registration will close on August 1; no late or no-site registration will be available.

Try These Great Tools from “What the Tech?”



A perennial favorite at the Wyoming Library Association program is the whirlwind tour through the newest tools, the “What the Tech is That?” session. For the 2016 conference, “What the Tech” returned on the list of program videos. Check out this year’s presentation and see the list of featured technologies with links below. A lot of great segments — we particularly enjoyed the young University of Wyoming Learning Resource Center students sharing the STEM resources at the LRC.

FREE SOUND EFFECTS

OTHER RESOURCES

Watch Opening Remarks and Keynote Speakers from WLA 2016 Conference



Three events were live streamed during the 2016 Wyoming Library Association conference: the opening remarks from WLA president Sid Stanfill, and the keynote speeches from Bob Beck, News Director of Wyoming Public Radio, and Eugene Gagliano, author and Wyoming State Poet Laureate. If you didn’t catch them last Thursday, watch them now on YouTube: