Category Archives: WSL News

Federal Budget Recommendation Would Eliminate IMLS

President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget recommendation, “A Budget for a Better America,” once again proposes to eliminate funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services. While this is the third year that the President’s budget recommendation has proposed eliminating IMLS, Congress has actually increased funding for the agency over that time period.

In Wyoming, IMLS funding through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) supports statewide projects such as WYLDCAT, interlibrary loan, e-content, databases, training, and support of the Wyoming’s 13 state institution libraries. In past years, Wyoming has received approximately $900,000 annually in support of these projects that help improve library services for every resident of Wyoming, down to those in the smallest communities.

The American Library Association, Wyoming Library Association, Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, and other organizations are closely monitoring this situation.

The State Library administers IMLS funding for Wyoming. For more details on the projects that federal funds support in this state, see

Questions about LSTA funding in Wyoming? Contact State Librarian Jamie Markus at or (307) 777-5914.

‘The Path to a Patent’ at the WSL

The Wyoming State Library is hosting a free series on intellectual property, “The Path to a Patent,” from the Rocky Mountain U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. These three interactive sessions during April and May will be broadcast to the State Library at 2800 Central Ave. in Cheyenne. The Path to a Patent will be useful for small business owners, entrepreneurs, inventors — anyone interested in patents and other intellectual property.

The series will cover not just the basics, but also delve deeper into intellectual property topics. Each session can stand alone so participants may sign up for the full series or only the ones that match their interests. All will be held in the State Library’s meeting room.

Pre-registration is requested, but not required.

  • The Path to a Patent, Part I: The patent application process
    Friday, April 5, 2019, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. MDT
  • The Path to a Patent, Part II: Patent searching
    Friday, April 19, 2019, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. MDT
  • The Path to a Patent, Part III: How to file a patent application using EFS-Web
    Friday, May 3, 2019, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. MDT

The Path to a Patent is valuable for a better understanding of intellectual property and how to protect it. While filing for a patent is a legal process, this series will give participants more information and understanding before they take the step of contacting an attorney.

Learn more about The Path to a Patent and other training opportunities from the Rocky Mountain USPTO. Contact Kitchens at or (307) 777-7281 with any questions.

The Wyoming State Library is a United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) designated Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC).

February-March 2019 Outrider Now Available

Find a wrap-up of the latest in Wyoming library news in the February/March 2019 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.

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

One Book Wyoming: Ernest Hemingway

In conjunction with Sheridan College and Wyoming Humanities’ multi-year National Endowment for the Humanities grant, “Creating Humanities Communities along the Hemingway Highway”, the Wyoming State Library and Wyoming Humanities have selected Hemingway’s first short story collection, In Our Time (1925), as 2019’s One Book Wyoming.

This collection covers a number of different topics—World War I, fatherhood and family, war’s impact on soldiers, humans’ relationship with nature—which will allow libraries to tailor discussions to their communities’ interest. Wyoming Humanities will provide funds for libraries that wish to use a discussion leader.

Visit Wyoming Humanities’ Hemingway page to find out more. And learn more about Hemingway’s time in Wyoming by checking out this page from

Questions about One Book Wyoming? Contact Cary Dunlap at or (307) 777-6338.

New and Improved Wyoming Places

Have you heard? Wyoming Places has a new and improved map and updated search guides! Click on “Search Wyoming Places” to begin your virtual exploration of historic cities, parks, and sites across the state. Follow the trail of the Pony Express, locate over 300 features in Yellowstone National Park, study Wyoming battlefields, and more. Wyoming Places is a great tool for teachers, students, and libraries, and is accessible from any computer with an internet connection.

If you’ve never used Wyoming Places before, you may want to first read the Quick Guide to Using the Wyoming Places Database found at the “Search Tips PDF Download” button on the homepage, and if you find yourself virtually lost, the same PDF guide also contains the Advanced Wyoming Places Search Tips to guide you on your way!

When you’re done adventuring, take a gander at the Wyoming Places, People and Things Facebook page to share your findings, discover new historic facts, and follow along with This Day in Wyoming History stories, administered by the Wyoming State Library.

WSL Closed on Presidents’ Day

The Wyoming State Library will be closed on Monday, February 18, in honor of Presidents’ Day. We will resume our normal hours on Tuesday, February 19.

Wyoming Joins Leap Into Science

The Wyoming Afterschool Alliance (WYAA) has announced a new partnership with Leap into Science, a national program targeted to underserved rural communities.

The Wyoming State Library is proud to be involved in this effort. Our School Library Consultant, Paige Bredenkamp, is on the state leadership team for this project, along with WYAA Director Linda Barton and Wyoming Alliance for Environmental Education Executive Director Susan McGuire.

Leap into Science is a series of evidence-based curriculum and training resources that integrate open-ended science activities with children’s books for children ages 3-10 and their families. The program is designed to take place in community settings like libraries, museums, and out-of-school time programs to engage underserved audiences in accessible and familiar settings. The program has been developed by The Franklin Institute Science Museum and supported by the National Girls Collaborative Project.

Learn more about Leap into Science. For questions on this or on other school library issues, contact Paige at or (307) 777-6331.

WSL Resources for African American History Month

We took a look on our shelves here at the Wyoming State Library, and put together this reading list for African American History Month. If you have an interest in any of our items, stop by and see our display or request materials interlibrary loan. Any time, anywhere, you can find more great history online in Gale’s Biography in Context. And don’t forget, our reference staff is always here to help you find the resources you need. Contact us at (307) 777-6333 or

Call Number: AE 1.124:108/2010
Title: Black Family Research : Records of Post-Civil War Federal Agencies at the National Archives
Author: National Archives 2010

Call Number: AE 1.124:105/2006
Title: Records of Military Agencies Relating to African Americans from the Post-World War I Period to the Korean War.
Author: Lisha B. Penn. Rev. 2006.

Call Number: AE 1.124:112
Title: Federal Records Pertaining to Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas (1954).
Author: National Archives and Records Administration. 2004.

Call Number: D 114.2:SW 7
Title: Freedom by the Sword : the U.S. Colored Troops, 1862-1867.
Author: William A. Dobak. 2011.

Call Number: PTDL T 39 .G458 1995
Title: Black Inventors : from Africa to America : Two Million Years of Invention and Innovation.
Author: C. R. Gibbs. 1995.

Call Number: PTDL T 39 .J28 1989
Title: The Real McCoy : African-American Invention and Innovation, 1619-1930.
Author: Portia P. James.1989.

Call Number: PTDL T 39 .S29 2006
Title: African American Women Inventors, 1884-2003.
Author: Frank H. Schaller. 2006.

Call Number: PTDL T 39 .S57 2004
Title: The Inventive Spirit of African Americans : Patented Ingenuity. Author: Patricia Carter Sluby. 2004.

Call Number: Y 1.1/2:SERIAL 14904
Title: Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007.
House document 108-244; (United States. Congress. House). 2008.

A ‘Snapshot’ of Wyoming’s Libraries

On Wyoming Snapshot Day, we collected facts, photos, and quotes that showed how important libraries are to their communities. Every year, we select from what we gathered to display at the annual Wyoming Library Association legislative reception. The reception presentation moves a little more slowly, but here’s the shortened version to enjoy and share online.

This year’s reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 7, here at the Wyoming State Library, 2800 Central Ave., in Cheyenne. It will be preceded by a legislative update at 5:00 p.m. If you can bring a potluck dish for the event, contact Jessica Dawkins at or (307) 777-6337.

New Wyoming Collection in DPLA

Sculpture, Birdman. Easter Island. University of Wyoming Art Museum

Sculpture, Birdman. Easter Island. University of Wyoming Art Museum

The Plains to Peaks Collective – a partnership of the Wyoming State Library and the Colorado State Library – has added new Wyoming and Colorado historic collections to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).

The latest Wyoming additions are from the University of Wyoming Art Museum. The collections shared with the DPLA comprise items from their ethnographic art collection including a collection of 20th century sculptures, tools and other miscellaneous carvings from Easter Island. These first items shared with the DPLA are just a small sample of the Art Museum’s rich collection of 8,000 objects which they plan to share more of in the future.

New Colorado partners include:

  • The American Alpine Club
  • The University of Colorado, Art Museum
  • Colorado State University Libraries
  • Mountain Scholar
  • University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Strauss Health Sciences Library
  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Kraemer Family Library

With the latest additions, the Plains to Peaks DPLA hub includes more than 180,000 items, including selections from the American Heritage Center and University of Wyoming. The State Library funds Wyoming’s participation in DPLA.