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Revzin Joins the WSL for Summer as MLIS Student Intern



Debbie Revzin

Debbie Revzin is joining the Wyoming State Library this summer as an intern. Debbie is a MLIS student at Simmons College in Boston with an interest in state libraries. She will graduate in 2019.

“Having a new perspective on loan for the summer is very exciting,” said Jamie Markus, State Librarian. “We plan to tap into Debbie’s talent in user experience design to enhance the Wyoming Places digital collection.”

Debbie grew up in Pennsylvania and obtained her BA in Communications from Penn State. She moved to Atlanta, Georgia, in 2010 to pursue a job opportunity. Her pursuit of an MLIS took her to Boston in 2017 where she works for Harvard University’s Office of Scholarly Communication acquiring and maintaining published works from faculty and visiting scholars for Harvard’s open access repository, DASH.

She’s worked in various roles: as a technical writer for Georgia State University; Communications Manager for a small city in Georgia; Knowledge Management Intern at Abt Associates; and in Education Operations for SAP America. She also has an Event and Meeting Planning Certification from Emory University and has planned and executed both municipal and private events.

For the summer, she’ll be here in Cheyenne as she completes her internship. “My husband has family that lives in Wyoming,” she said. “and after visiting the first time I fell in love with the state. Each time we’ve visited, I find myself drawn more and more to this place.”

When she began researching places to complete her internship, “I wanted to find a place that I connected with and an institution that was active in its library community where I could use my skils and get a lot of hands-on experience. The Wyoming State Library checked off all those boxes and offers me the ability to learn more about state libraries.”

She reached out to State Librarian Jamie Markus, expressing her interest. They worked together to formalize a plan that fit with Simmons’ internship criteria and that worked for the WSL.

Debbie is housed in the Information Services Office and will work on a number of varied projects this summer from Wyoming Places to reviewing position playbooks to marketing. She’ll visit all WSL sections to learn about how each supports the Wyoming library community.

While here, she said, “I hope to learn about the daily operations of a state library, the digitization process both on the front end and back end and more about library development. I’m also hoping I can provide some fresh insight on documentation and user experience projects.” After she graduates in 2019, her goal is to work with an institution that is passionate about its community and strives to improve the library field for both librarians and information users.

WSL Staff at WYLD Annual



Several of our Wyoming State Library staff members were at the WYLD Annual meeting in Riverton this week. More than 80 people attended! Here are a few photos of the presentations and the crowd.

Katie Rahman, WSL Systems Librarian

Marc Stratton, WSL Systems Manager

Attendees at WYLD Annual

 

Wyoming and Colorado Historic Collections Added to DPLA



The State Library is proud to be part of the Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC) that has made Wyoming and Colorado historical resources available online through the Digital Public Library of America (dp.la). The WSL is using LSTA funds to support the ability of all Wyoming libraries and museums to be part of this DPLA Hub

Currently, resources from the American Heritage Center and the University of Wyoming are part of this online collection. WSL resources will be added soon, and when they are, we’ll announce it on this blog.

From the Colorado Virtual Library
By Leigh Jeremias

The Colorado State Library is happy to announce that historic collections from Colorado and Wyoming are now part of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). The DPLA website is a free portal that allows visitors to discover over 21 million unique items from across the United States and then go directly to the digital collections held at the home institution. Visit the Colorado and Wyoming collections in the DPLA here.

The Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC), the Colorado-Wyoming Service Hub of the DPLA, is a collaboration between the Colorado State Library and the Wyoming State Library that brings together descriptive information about collection material held by our libraries, archives, and museums, and makes it freely available to the world. Through the PPC institutions can now share their unique digital collections with a wider national audience of avid researchers, genealogists, students, teachers and history buffs. It is our hope that every institution in Colorado and Wyoming has the opportunity to participate in the DPLA through the PPC.

Many institutions in our two states hold unique stories of local and national significance. Together, these items tell the story of the people, places, events and cultures that shaped the history of Colorado, Wyoming, and American West.

For its inaugural collection, the PPC partnered with seven institutions — Denver Public Library, Colorado State Publications Library, History Colorado, Colorado College, University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center and the Marmot Library Network — which represent the unique landscapes of Vail, Gunnison, Salida, Durango and Laramie and many other towns. By bringing this collection information together, DPLA visitors can now explore over 46,000 unique collection items from Colorado and Wyoming through one search, as well as through online exhibits and classroom primary source sets.

DPLA visitors can also explore materials that document the life and culture of the native peoples that inhabited our two states. The inaugural collection contains items from Mesa Verde, the seasonal home of the ancestral Pueblo people who lived in southwest Colorado for over 700 years; historic images of Lakota, Arapahoe, Cheyenne, and other tribes in Colorado, as well as historic images of the Crow and Shoshone tribes in Wyoming.

The collections of our initial partners, Colorado College and the University of Wyoming, also reveal the vast and diverse collections held by our universities. DPLA visitors can explore collections that document student life, faculty work, and university initiatives. Included in these collections is the University of Wyoming’s 75-year initiative to create experimental farms to better serve the state.

New Books at the WSL



The latest additions to our professional library science collection are available to you through WYLDCAT. Questions, comments, or suggestions for purchase may be directed to Library Development Manager Brian Greene at brian.greene@wyo.gov or (307) 777-6339.

The data librarian’s handbook
Rice, Robin
London : Facet Publishing, 2016.

 

Meaningful metrics : a 21st century librarian’s guide to bibliometrics, altmetrics, and research impact
Roemer, Robin Chin
Chicago : Association of College and Research Libraries, A division of the American Library Association, 2015.

This Year’s Letters About Literature Judges



Each year that Wyoming participates in the Letters About Literature student reading and writing contest, the State Library relies on volunteer judges to donate their time and attention to the difficult task of choosing the state’s winning student letters. First-place state-level winners were advanced to national competition, but Wyoming had no national winners this year.

Our thanks go out to our three judges for the 2017-18 competition:

Level I: Grades 4-6

​Max Maxfield served two terms each as Wyoming State Auditor and Secretary of State. He has spent many of Dr. Seuss’s birthdays as The Cat in The Hat, reading at grade schools and even at several High School graduations.

Level II: Grades 7-8

Professor Barbara Chatton taught courses in children’s and young adult literature in the College of Education at the University of Wyoming for nearly thirty years before retiring in 2011. Prior to that she was a public librarian in California. She continues to read and review books for young people.

Level III: Grades 9-12

Nathan E. Bender is a librarian living in Laramie, Wyoming, and working at Albany County Public Library.  A book reviewer for Library Journal, he has over thirty years professional experience in  libraries and archives, writing widely on topics of western history and culture.

May 2018 Outrider Now Available



Find a wrap-up of the latest in Wyoming library news in the May 2018 Outrider newsletter from the Wyoming State Library. Subscribe today, and we’ll send the Outrider straight to your email inbox each month.

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

Heart Mountain in the News



The Heart Mountain Japanese-American Internment Camp is once again in the news. WREN (Wyoming Rural Electric News) published an article on Estelle Ishigo in its April 2018 issue.

Ishigo’s husband was Japanese-American. When he was relocated to Heart Mountain during World War II, she went with him and recorded life at the camp in her sketches, many of which were used in the Wyoming State Library’s Heart Mountain online exhibit, part of Wyoming Newspapers.

The WREN article was written by Thomas Ivie, WSL Research & Statistics Librarian.

See the April issue and other back issues of the magazine in the WREN archives.

Job Opening at the WSL: Collections Technician



site logoJoin the fantastic team here at the Wyoming State Library. We are now accepting applications for a Collections Technician.

Learn more and apply on the State of Wyoming’s job site.

The Collections Technician serves as the custodian of Wyoming State Library’s physical collection, including state documents, federal documents and maps. This position assists in the preservation and physical processing of library materials being added or removed from the collection, which includes the development of materials and documents to prepare them for public use or digital production. This position uses common archival practices to repair damaged or fragile materials to allow for preservation and continual use by the public. This position provides support for digital projects by creating metadata and scanning documents, using various types of software. This position provides first point of contact in support for digital devices content questions from patrons and Wyoming libraries using WYLD databases such as Cloud Library and RB Digital.

Read the full description and apply.