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Census Day 2020

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Happy Census Day! April 1 marks the day every household in the country will have received an invitation to complete the 2020 Census by self-response. If you don’t have an invitation, you can still submit your information; your household can respond online now by providing your address. When you respond to the census, you’ll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.

You can complete the count without leaving your house or meeting a representative face-to-face! This is the first year the census is available online and the U.S. Census Bureau is strongly encouraging the public to respond to their census invitation virtually, but phone call and mail-in response options are also available. Click here to visit the official 2020 Census webpage on COVID-19.

Currently, Wyoming is almost 10% below the national self-response rate at a total of 28.1% of residents having submitted their census information. There is plenty of time to get these numbers up! Reach out to your communities with graphics provided by the Wyoming State Library and the U.S. Census Bureau to help advocate a #CompleteCount and remind them the census has never been easier, faster, or safer to complete. After you’ve spread the word, visit the live U.S. Census Bureau’s Response Rates map to watch our communities count.

Still not sure how the census applies to you? View the 2020 Census Community Benefits Toolkit to see why every person in every community should be counted, then share your support on social media with #WyomingCounts.

Patent and Trademark Help Available

Although the Wyoming State Library is temporarily closed to the public, most of our services are still available. One of them is help through our Patent and Trademark Resource Center. If you’re looking for intellectual property information, know that staff are still available for virtual one-on-one patent and trademark preliminary search training.

Training can be conducted on numerous platforms including GoToMeeting, Zoom, and Google Hangouts. Patrons wanting assistance can contact Karen Kitchens, Patent and Trademark Resource Center Representative, at or (307) 777-7281.

March 2020 Outrider Now Available

Find a wrap-up of the latest in Wyoming library news in the March 2020 Outrider newsletter from the Wyoming State Library. Subscribe today, and we’ll send the Outrider straight to your email inbox each month. You can also see past issues.

Do you know any library colleagues, trustees, advocates, or volunteers who might be interested in the Outrider? Please share the news with them and encourage them to sign up for our monthly email.

Have news you’d like included? Contact Susan Mark, WSL Outreach Librarian, at or (307) 777-5915. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, too.

Avoid the Crowds with Your Library

You don’t need to leave the house to use your library — they are there for you 24/7 online. Your Wyoming library card opens up a world of resources to you from your home computer or electronic device on With your card and PIN, you can:

All it takes is a card from any Wyoming public or community college library and your PIN. If you don’t know your PIN, or you need assistance, contact your local library. Your library may also have additional resources available in your community that aren’t on this list.

Spotlight on Government Information

Welcome to Spotlight on Government Information! This is a new monthly feature from the Wyoming State Library to highlight resources in government documents. If you need assistance with government information, contact our reference desk at or (307) 777-6333.

Two new Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS) annual summary reports highlight Wyoming’s energy industry during the last decade. The reports give a brief overview of the state’s recent oil, natural gas, and coal production, and the factors that have affected that production.

Oil and Natural Gas Resources in Wyoming details the contribution of each major Wyoming basin—Bighorn, Denver, Greater Green River, Powder River, and Wind River—to the state’s total production. The report also reviews changes in the industry, including large oil and gas development projects, pipelines, and drilling trends in the state.

Coal Resources in Wyoming focuses on challenges faced by the state’s coal industry in 2019, including company bankruptcies and changes in the electricity generating market, such as coal-fired power plant retirements. Despite the steady decline in production over the last few years, Wyoming remains the top coal-producing state in the nation, producing about 40 percent of the country’s total in 2018 and 2019.

Find more information regarding Wyoming’s energy industry and other Wyoming Geological Survey publications in the WSL’s State Publications database.

Daylight Saving Time in Wyoming

Happy Daylight Saving Time Sunday! As you drink your third cup of coffee and try to pry your eyes open after setting your clock forward one hour this morning, know that it didn’t have to be this way!

In 1967, the year after Daylight Saving Time was enacted nationally, the Wyoming Legislature considered HB0228 to preserve Standard Time. Not only that, but an amendment called for highway signs proclaiming that “Individualist Wyoming” would set its clocks as it see fit. See the bill and find more historic documents in the Wyoming Legislation Database.

Last we checked on Friday, this year’s legislature is still considering HB0044 to make the clocks stay still year-round — this time to preserve Daylight Time. Track all of this year’s bills on the Wyoming State Legislature’s website.

‘Real News’ About Census 2020

What can Wyoming libraries do to fight off “fake news” and census scams?

Wyoming and other states have reported census scams for several months now and, with the Census 2020 invitations being mailed to households in a couple of weeks, the fight against misinformation is stronger than ever. Reported census scams include phone calls, mailers, and even emails.

These census scams are very painful for the count since some patrons may not want to fill out the actual 2020 Census because they think they already filled one out and it is no longer applicable to them, or they no longer trust any census-related materials they receive.

Remind your staff and patrons the census is free to participate in and will never ask for money, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, or social security numbers. Another red flag when looking over census frauds is questions about a resident’s political party. The Census 2020 questionnaire does not ask for an individual’s chosen political party.

You and your library can be LOTSA help to your patrons for the 2020 Census by addressing these key points:

  • Logo: All communication from the U.S. Census Bureau will have the official United States Census 2020 logo on it (see an example here). If you or your patrons receive a form or questionnaire that does not have this logo showing, it is a scam.
  • Online: Even though this is the first census available for online completion, the U.S. Census Bureau is not sending out emails to complete the census. Households will receive a physical invitation to complete the questionnaire (either by mail or by door-to-door delivery through an official field representative). If a patron receives a “census” email invitation, it is fraudulent and they should not click on any links provided. Patrons may submit their questionnaires by phone, online, and by mail.
  • Trustworthiness: By law, the census must keep your information confidential, and sharing or granting access of your information to any law enforcement agency is prohibited. Still, patrons may be worried their answers aren’t safe online (or anywhere else) for a multitude of reasons. Refer to American Libraries’  Fact Versus Fear” to see how libraries across the country are battling census anxieties.
  • Spread Awareness: The U.S. Census Bureau needs your help setting the record straight — click here for more official information, and report rumors you see or hear (big and small) to If you or your patrons are unsure of the source of anything claiming to be related to the 2020 Census, you can call 1-800-923-8282 to speak with a U.S. Census Bureau representative and verify its validity. There is no concern too big or too small — the U.S. Census Bureau is taking safety very seriously and is providing these resources to assist anyone with concerns, to increase awareness of harmful fraudulent information, and to strengthen the awareness of true information. Click here for statistics and common myths (and how to bust them!) in the latest issue of American Libraries.

To help promote real information about the 2020 Census, follow the U.S. Census Bureau on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram where you can share Census 2020 content with your patrons, directly from the source. Census representatives also share information for complete count partners (libraries, schools, community officials, etc.) that your library might find helpful. Clicking “share” will reach your followers easily and won’t cost you a penny!

This year is the first census offering online completion, and patrons may be reaching out to their local library for internet and computer resources. Through training in your library, overall census awareness, and promotion in your community, we can help Wyoming achieve a Complete Count!

Do you have a Census 2020 program planned for your library? Let us know and we’ll share the information with our local Census 2020 partners to spread the word!

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Wyoming Snapshot Day in Video

Each year, Wyoming Snapshot Day offers an opportunity for libraries to collect the photos, videos, and comments that tell the story of their impact on the community every single day.

The Wyoming State Library takes Snapshot Day contributions and turns them into a presentation that plays during the Wyoming Library Association’s Legislative Reception. Here is a shortened version (faster slides, not fewer photos!) of what our legislators saw. Feel free to share! Also — if you want to turn some of your own photos and comments into a video and would like some assistance, contact Susan Mark, WSL Outreach Librarian at or (307) 777-5915. She’ll be happy to help you with this or other promotional efforts for your library. She also welcomes contributions for this blog and for the Outrider newsletter.

Mark your calendars for 2020: this year’s Wyoming Snapshot Day will take place on Wednesday, October 21. Hope your library will take part!