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Three Staff Members Leave the WSL

We have big changes at the Wyoming State Library, with three of our staff members leaving: Marc Stratton, Karen Kitchens, and Robyn Hinds. We wish them well in their new adventures!

Marc Stratton

Marc with thumb up wearing tshirt that says "I'm Retired, Do it Yourself"
Marc Stratton

Marc Stratton, Systems Manager in the WYLD Office, is retiring from the WSL after more than 33 years. His last day will be July 16, 2021.

Marc joined the State Library before Wyoming had a statewide integrated library system — before WYLD even went by that name. His career began when individual libraries were just beginning to go on the Geac system. He saw WYLD through the DRA years when the system went truly statewide and now the Sirsi/Dynix ILS that every Wyoming public and community college uses.

“I will miss working for Wyoming libraries and with my fellow WSL workmates,” Marc wrote in an email to the WYLD network. “ There were some tough challenges over the years but with teamwork in the WYLD office, other colleagues at WSL, and great cooperation among the Wyoming library community, we have always triumphed. Keep up the good work.”

Karen Kitchens

Karen in blue sweater and scarf sitting at her work computer.
Karen Kitchens

Karen Kitchens, State Publications Librarian in Information Services, will have her last day at the WSL on May 5, 2021. She has been at the State Library since September 2009. Prior to her current position, she was the Federal Documents Librarian and the Patent and Trademark Resource Center Representative. From 2002 until she joined the WSL, she worked at the Laramie County Library System in reference, adult programming, and interlibrary loan. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Akron and a Master of Library Science from Texas Woman’s University.

A longtime member of the Wyoming Library Association, Karen was named as the organization’s Outstanding Librarian in 2017. She served as Reference Interest Group (now defunct) Leader, Special Interest Groups Board Representative, and on the audit committee. She also has had national involvement as the Patent and Trademark Resource Center Association Vice President, President, and Past President.

She’s not just leaving the State Library, but also leaving Wyoming. “I look forward to new adventures in the state of New Mexico,” she said, “but I will greatly miss the wonderful Wyoming library community – a dedicated and hard-working group of professionals who care so deeply about the citizens of Wyoming. Thank you all for the privilege of working with this extraordinary library community.”

Robyn Hinds

Robyn sitting at computer at front service desk, wearing a red facemask.
Robyn Hinds

Robyn Hinds, Interlibrary Loan Technician in Information Services, has left the State Library to move to Bentonville, Arkansas. Her last day at the WSL was March 26, 2021.

Robyn assisted with daily interlibrary loan duties and provided support and training to other interlibrary loan staff employed at Wyoming libraries within the WYLD network. She worked with physical processing of library materials, primarily serials, and maintained the WSL’s patron database. Robyn provided support for eBook databases, such as  cloudLibrary and RBdigital.

Robyn first joined the WSL in September 2015 as a Library Technician. In 2014, she graduated from the University of Wyoming with dual bachelor of arts degrees in anthropology and religious studies with a minor in museum studies. In college, Robyn did work study in library special collections in the University of Wyoming Emmet D. Chisum Reading Room, which led to her interest in libraries.

She will be working for the University of Arkansas, and she and her husband plan to start a business growing mushrooms and microgreens.

Spotlight on Government Information

Document cover: Middle Big Horn Watershed StudyWater concerns in Wyoming affect all industries, communities and residents. Water resources include water in the solid, liquid, and gas phases, including surface water, groundwater, precipitation, and water vapor in the atmosphere. The wise development and administration of this critical resource is the primary purpose of the Wyoming Water Development Program, which is administered by the Wyoming Water Development Office (WWDO) and the Wyoming Water Development Commission (WWDC).

The WWDO and WWDC provide for the planning, selection, financing, construction, acquisition, and operation of projects for the conservation, storage, transmission, supply, and use of water in Wyoming. Projects include dam and reservoir planning, groundwater planning, river basin planning, watershed studies, weather modification, and water research projects.

As the state documents depository, the Wyoming State Library collects and houses publications on this critical work. Check out water development publications, like the most recent agency publication, Middle Big Horn Watershed Study Level 1 at the State Library in print (WYDOCS WA 1.2:581/ 2021/FINAL) or digitally in our State Publications Database.

Need more information? Contact our expert reference staff at the Wyoming State Library.

Elements of a Good PC Backup

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The Wyoming State Library partners with the Wyoming CAN (Cybersecurity Action Network) Committee, to offer this free “cyber-in-a-box” educational program. This 10-minute video-based program is designed to be distributed at local libraries to increase cyber safety in Wyoming communities.

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Elements of a good PC backup
Elements of a good PC backup

Job Opening at the WSL

Join our team here at the Wyoming State Library! We currently have a job opening for an Interlibrary Loan Technician.

View the vacancy announcement.

This is a full-time, benefited State of Wyoming position. The ILL technician assists daily interlibrary loan duties and provides support and training to other interlibrary loan staff employed at Wyoming libraries within the WYLD network. They will assist in the physical processing of library materials being added or removed from the State Library’s collection and ensure they are discoverable and accessible by patrons and staff. This position supports digitization programs. The Interlibrary Loan Technician will spend a significant amount of time staffing the reference desk to support direct patron calls, emails, and queries.

Have a Happy Pi(e) Day Sunday!

Front cover of Baking in the HomeSunday, March 14 (3.14) is Pi Day! Traditionally, it’s celebrated with pie, and we’d encourage you to buy or bake your favorite flavor.

Believe it or not, we found pie recipes in our collection of government documents. Baking in the Home is a USDA Farmer’s Bulletin from 1920. It includes a basic pie crust recipe, since you wouldn’t have likely found ready-made back then. If you’re up for baking, you can try the recipes for apple, chocolate cream, sweet-potato, and squash pies.

Have leftover pastry? Make pastry crisps, roly-poly, cheese straws, or pastry shells.

Government documents at the Wyoming State Library hold an amazing amount of historical detail for research — search our catalog to find more. Questions on state or federal information? Contact our trained reference staff at or (307) 777-6333.

Spotlight on Government Information

Part of the cowling for one of the motors for a B-25 bomber is assembled in the engine department of North American [Aviation, Inc.]’s Inglewood, Calif., plant (Library of Congress)
Throughout history, thousands of women have affected policy, changed cultural norms, and advocated for underserved populations in the United States. They have made their mark for future generations through a variety of important roles.

This March, during Women’s History Month, take some time to examine and trace the achievements of women from every walk of life using these valuable resources.

The First Ladies National Historic Site offers a unique look at the 47 women who have served in the official capacity of First Lady of the United States. The National First Ladies’ Library includes a wealth of additional materials such as biographies, historic timelines, lesson plans and trivia. A specific section of the White House website offers details to satisfy your curiosity about America’s First Families.

The National Park Service encourages the exploration of unique legacies and stories of women including Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, and others at numerous parks across the country.

Discover the stories of women who have shared their talents in science and innovation, entertainment, and activism in a collection of artwork, videos, and online exhibits curated by The Smithsonian. It’s easy to get lost in the wealth of information found in Because of Her Story.

Visit the virtual exhibit titled “In Re Lady Lawyers the Rise of Women Attorneys and the Supreme Court” for a history of those who paved the way for five women to become Supreme Court justices.

Military service has been a vital aspect of American life and women have risked their lives in every war since 1775 as nurses, spies, cooks, and soldiers. During World War II, more than 150,000 women contributed to the war efforts through the Women’s Army Corps.

Currently, 147 women represent their states in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Their leadership roles include Speaker of the House, Vice President of the United States, and the chair of committees including Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry; Commerce, Science, and Transportation; and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Women’s History Month is a reminder to pause and recognize the various ways women have influenced and continue to shape American society.

New Guide Highlights Wyoming Legislation

Wyoming Legislation database logo with image of Wyoming state capitolResearching a legislative history can be a little tricky. To make it easier, check out the new guide created by the Wyoming State Library. The guide explains and provides example of resources that can be used to research and construct legislative history from Wyoming historical records. These databases and resources create a robust collection of Wyoming legislation and promote the understanding of legislative history research.

Explore the guide.

An important resource in the guide is the Wyoming Legislation digital collection, a collaboration between the Wyoming State Library, Wyoming State Archives, and the Legislative Service Office. This collection covers territorial days to present.

For assistance with legislation and its history, contact Travis Pollok, Legislative Librarian, or the Wyoming State Library reference desk, 777-6333.

Explore Two Wyoming History Online Exhibits

News clipping, headline "Once-Empty Shelves of Library Now Hold Interest of Residents. Man and woman by library shelves looking at book.
From the August 12, 1944 Heart Mountain Sentinel. Read this issue.

Two fabulous Wyoming history exhibits, Wyoming at 125: A Celebration of Statehood and Heart Mountain Japanese-American WWII Internment Camp have a new home. Links may be found on Wyoming Places in Special Exhibits and under the Wyoming History tab in our History Resources guide.

Wyoming at 125 includes audio and transcripts of the speeches from the day in 1890 that Wyoming’s statehood was celebrated. These reenacted speeches are based on accounts in Wyoming newspapers. You can even download a recreation (MP3) of the statehood celebration or explore photos and other related documents.

The Heart Mountain exhibit pulls newspaper articles and pictures from the Heart Mountain Sentinel, as well as the art work of Estelle Ishigo. Topics around life in the internment camp for consideration are:  Farming, Education, Recreation, Medical, Military.

The camp’s newspaper, the Heart Mountain Sentinel, is found in the Wyoming Digital Newspaper Collection. You can also find more news of the day from 1890, when Wyoming joined the Union as the 44th state, in this online collection.

For more information contact our expert Wyoming State Library staff: Chris Van Burgh, Database Instruction Librarian, or Thomas Ivie, Research & Statistics Librarian (and creator of the exhibits),

Hawaii State Librarian Could Lead ALA

Portrait photo of Stacey Aldrich
Stacey Aldrich

At the Wyoming State Library, we’re always interested in what other state libraries are doing. One of the candidates for the 2022-23 presidency of the American Library Association (ALA) is Stacey A. Aldrich, State Librarian, Hawaii State Public Library System, headquartered in Honolulu.

“I became a librarian because I believe that libraries are the keepers of our collective stories and places of opportunity and hope in the communities we serve,” said Aldrich. “We’re dedicated to the success of each person who walks through our physical or virtual doors.”

State library agencies provide a wide variety of services to support library services in their respective states. Every other year, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) conducts the State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAA) Survey, which collects financial, staffing, and service information from every SLAA in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The fiscal year 2018 report details how SLAAs support their libraries through services to libraries and library cooperatives, program assistance, operational assistance, and the coordination and integration of library services.

Aldrich brings that statewide perspective to the ballot, in addition to her perspective from long-time involvement in ALA. Currently she serves on the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries Advisory Group and ALA President-Elect Patty Wong’s Presidential Advisory Committee. Among other leadership roles she’s held, Aldrich is a past president of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies.

“The American Library Association is our special place,” she said. “It is where our profession comes together to build relationships, learn, advocate, and create the future.”