Category Archives: WSL News

July 2021 Outrider Now Available

Find a wrap-up of the latest in Wyoming library news in the July 2021 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.

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German POW Camp Newspapers Added to Digital Collection

Front page of a German POW camp newspaperThe Wyoming State Library has completed the digitization of five German prisoner of war camp titles, adding nearly 800 pages of content to the Wyoming Digital Newspapers Collection. The camps, which held captured German soldiers, were based in Wyoming during World War II and used the newspapers to report camp news as well as news from Europe and the warfront.

The newly uploaded titles include the Douglas Offene Worte, Ekkhehard, and Stockade from Douglas, as well as the Lager-Magazin and Der Zaungast from Cheyenne. Four of the titles are written entirely in German.

The Wyoming Digital Newspaper Collection is a partnership between the Wyoming State Library and the University of Wyoming Libraries. The latest addition of digitized items brings the database’s total to over 370 historic newspaper titles and 1,171,758 pages. The digital collection can be found online for free at

Welcome Katelyn Wittenborn to the Wyoming State Library

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Katelyn Wittenborn

The Wyoming State Library welcomes Katelyn Wittenborn as our new Interlibrary Loan Technician in the Information Services office. She will be responsible for providing support and training to interlibrary loan staff employed at Wyoming libraries within the WYLD network, as well as assisting with the State Library’s ILL needs, processing library materials, and managing our mail room.

Katelyn originates from southern Illinois, where she attended a local community college before moving to Laramie to attend the University of Wyoming. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in English in the spring of 2020 and is currently working towards her Master of Library and Information Science through the University of Washington’s iSchool.

She has worked in a variety of positions prior to the Wyoming State Library, from farm-sitting during high school to student work in human resources. For the past three years, Katelyn has worked as a writing tutor at the University of Wyoming, and recently joined the American Heritage Center last year where she assisted with digitization for the Rocky Mountain Online Archive. Katelyn’s continuing passion for information access is what brings her to our library.

“We are thrilled to have Katelyn join our team,” Information Services Manager Abby Beaver said. “Not only will Katelyn bring fresh ideas from her library science program, but we are eager to utilize her tutoring skills to develop more ILL training opportunities.”

Katelyn said one of the things she is most passionate about is making information accessible to everyone, no matter their background or circumstances. She hopes to learn as much as she can from her peers in order to provide the best possible experience to ILL users. “Interlibrary Loan Services play a huge part in making sure that everyone has access to the resources and materials they need, no matter where they’re from,” she said. “It’s so rewarding to help facilitate that process and to increase accessibility for patrons.”

A fun fact about Katelyn is that she is a published author, having won a couple of creative writing contents in high school. She says she can’t remember what the names of the publications were, but they’re out there somewhere.

“I’m looking forward to new adventures at the Wyoming State Library,” Katelyn said. “I hope to continue to grow and gain new experiences during my time here, and to always continue learning.”

New Books at the WSL

The latest additions to the Wyoming State Library’s collection are available to you through WYLDCAT. Questions, comments, or suggestions for purchase may be directed to Library Development Manager Brian Greene at or (307) 777-6339.


Intellectual Freedom Manual, 10th ed.
Martin Garnar and Trina Magi, eds.
Chicago: ALA Editions, 2021

Ask, Listen, Empower: Grounding Your Library Work in Community Engagement
edited by Mary Davis Fournier and Sarah Ostman; foreword by Tracie D. Hall
Chicago : ALA Editions, 2021

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Sustainable Thinking: Ensuring Your Library’s Future in an Uncertain World
Rebekkah Smith Aldrich
Chicago : American Library Association, 2018

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The Electronic Resources Troubleshooting Guide
Holly Talbott and Ashley Zmau
Chicago : ALA Editions, 2020

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Financial Management for Libraries
William W. Sannwald.
Chicago: ALA Neal-Schuman, 2018

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Going Virtual: Programs and Insights from a Time of Crisis
Sarah Ostman
Chicago : ALA Editions, 2021

Homeschooling and Libraries: New Solutions and Opportunities
Edited by Vera Gubnitskaia and Carol Smallwood; foreword by Lesley S.J. Farmer.
Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2020]

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Library Information Systems, 2nd ed.
Joseph R. Matthews and Carson Block
Santa Barbara, California : Libraries Unlimited, [2020]

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Teaching Adult Learners: A Guide for Public Librarians
Jessica A. Curtis
Santa Barbara, California : Libraries Unlimited, [2019]

Library Space: A Planning Resource for Librarians
[Watertown, Massachusetts]: Sasaki; [Boston, Massachusetts]: Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, 2020

‘Rowdy Randy’ is Wyoming’s Selection for National Book Festival

Book cover depicts cartoon horsefly in cowgirl garbRowdy Randy, written by Casey Day Rislov and illustrated by Zachary Pullen, has been selected by the Wyoming State Library for the 2021 Library of Congress National Book Festival’s “Discover Great Places Through Reading” list. This annual list of books represents the literary heritage of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The National Book Festival is an annual literary event that brings together bestselling authors, poets, and illustrators with thousands of readers for book talks, panel discussions, book signings, and other engaging activities. This year’s festival, taking place September 17-26, will be held virtually.

Rowdy Randy is a children’s picture book telling the story of a bronc bustin’ horsefly. She acts taller than any tall tale. She might be easy to overlook, but Rowdy Randy definitely can’t be ignored. She spends her days buzzing and biting all the creatures in her path, all the while stirring up a whole heap of trouble.

Both the author and illustrator make their homes in Wyoming. Rislov has six award-winning books and a love for all things picture books. She has been actively involved with children in sports and academics from preschool to high school for over 25 years. Pullen has illustrated close to 20 books and loves to illustrate stories of the West. His first book The Toughest Cowboy garnered starred reviews and was accepted into the Original Art show at the Society of Illustrators.

What Are Deep Fakes?

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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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WYLD Office Announces Staff Changes

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Bobbi Thorpe

The Wyoming State Library’s WYLD Office has some staff changes. Bobbi Thorpe, Bibliographic Services Librarian, has retired after more than 30 years with the WSL.

People don’t always realize all the ways that the work of catalogers and technical services experts like Bobbi improves the patron and staff experience in a large, shared system like WYLD.  Bobbi’s knowledge of cataloging standards and willingness to train and mentor library staff throughout the state in best practices will be greatly missed.  It will be difficult to fill her shoes, but the WYLD Office will be able to bring on a new person to fill the position soon.

Cori Hundley will soon be joining WYLD as the new Systems Librarian. Cori comes to the Wyoming State Library from Central Wyoming College where she has gained experience managing circulation staff and the IT help desk.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to bring someone on board who already has several years experience as an end-user in the SirsiDynix Symphony system and familiarity with WYLD libraries in general,” said Desiree Saunders, WYLD Program Manager.

Cori will start her new position at the WSL in early August. The systems librarian position was vacated when Katie Rahman was promoted to System Administrator earlier this spring.



Wyoming Library Laws 2021 Now Available

The 2021 edition of Wyoming Library Laws has been posted on the Wyoming State Library website. This annual publication is a ready reference to the range of statutes affecting Wyoming libraries.

The statutes in Library Laws are extracted, not printed in their entirety, so this is intended as a ready reference only. The WSL recommends that libraries consult the full text of Wyoming Statutes and visit with their legal counsel when faced with difficult issues.

Questions? Our Library Development Office is ready to assist. Contact LDO Manager Brian Greene at or (307) 777-6339.

WSL Independence Day Closure

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The Wyoming State Library will be closed Monday, July 5, for the Independence Day holiday. We will reopen on Tuesday, July 6.

We celebrate the July 4 holiday in honor of the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on that date in 1776. Learn more about the Declaration from the National Archives.

Did you know you can find great information on the American Revolution in our databases? In honor of our nation’s upcoming celebration, we invite you to explore U.S. History (Gale in Context) — find it on our History topic page. Search for “American Revolution” for a wealth of resources. Available free in  Wyoming school, public, and community college libraries. You can also access it from home with your Wyoming library card and PIN.

Wyoming State Library Welcomes Anne Kuipers

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Anne Kuipers

The Wyoming State Library welcomes Anne Kuipers as our new State Publications Librarian in the Information Services office. Anne comes to us from the Thorp Public Library in Wisconsin, where she served as director.

“I faced a few challenges there, like the pandemic and flooded basements,” she said, “but we were always able to help the public find the resources they needed.”

Anne has a BA in history and English from the University of Wisconsin: Eau Claire, and an MLIS from the University of Iowa. Her undergraduate studies focused on the social history of women and other marginalized populations, as see in literature and popular publications. Her graduate work was interspersed between archives/special libraries and public librarianship.

“We’re so excited to have her here at the State Library,” said Abby Beaver, Information Services Manager. “Her skills and enthusiasm for librarianship make her the perfect addition to our team.”

Anne said she was interested in library work from an early age. “It was my career goal at 7, then I moved to florist and was back at librarian by age 12 when it stuck. Much of my work experience has been in libraries throughout the years, along with some customer experience to help me through college.”

Several things attracted Anne to the position at the Wyoming State Library. Part of her graduate work focused on archives and special libraries, and as a public library director, she missed the scholarly side of things. She also realized how much she loved cataloging and wanted to find a position that allowed her to dedicate more time to it.

“Truthfully, seeing the job offer was serendipitous. It combined a great deal of what I find rewarding to do as a librarian. Plus it’s in a beautiful state and is an opportunity to work at a state library without having to move to a larger city. I want to get a better feel for Cheyenne and enjoy some of the hiking trails around once my lungs adjust to the altitude. I enjoy being outside, but not trying to keep any green things alive. ”

Once she has the chance to get a firm handle on her job duties, she’d like to focus on outreach ideas using the fun and fascinating documents and information in the WSL collections.

Away from the office, she’s a crafter currently into knitting and crochet, although she also dabbles in embroidery, sewing, and “basically any handicraft.” She has a soft spot for children’s books and collects vintage ones (a habit from her father). Her reading is trending to Science Fiction at the moment, and is right now reading Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth.

“I’m very excited to be here,” she said. “I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone. I loved my patrons and staff, but after being the only ‘librarian’ on staff at a small library, it’s refreshing to be around people who understand the more technical side of librarianship.”