Category Archives: WSL News

September 2022 Outrider Now Available



Front page of newsletterFind a wrap-up of the latest in Wyoming library news in the September 2022 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 susan.mark@wyo.gov or (307) 777-5915. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, too.

WYLD Road Trip Brings Training to Locations Around the State



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(L to R) Cori Hundley, Katelyn Wittenborn, and Shantry Miller

Three Wyoming State Library staffers took to the road recently to train library workers, answer questions, and share news of upcoming developments.

Two members of the WYLD Support Team, Systems Librarian Cori Hundley and Bibliographic Services Librarian Shantry Miller, were accompanied by Interlibrary Loan Technician Katelyn Wittenborn from the WSL’s Information Services work unit. Their trip took them to the Ten Sleep Branch Library, Washakie County Library in Worland, Hot Springs County Library in Thermopolis, Riverton Branch Library, Central Wyoming College, and Fremont County Library.

Cori and Shantry offered updates on the impending switch from the Enterprise interface to Aspen in WYLDCat. Among other topics, Shantry focused on cataloging, and Cori spoke on circulation maps. Katelyn was on hand to answer VDX and WorldShare questions.

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Cori conducting training at the Washakie County Library.

If you have questions on topics concerning your Wyoming library, WSL staff are always ready to assist. Visit our staff page or contact our service desk at statelibrary@wyo.gov or (307) 777-6333 to be directed to the appropriate person. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if we may help!

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Shantry conducting training at Washakie County Library. Katelyn is seated on the left.

Saldivar Appointed to ALA Diversity and Outreach Committee



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Conrrado Saldivar, Wyoming State Library Outreach and Development Librarian

Conrrado Saldivar has been appointed to the American Library Association’s recently expanded Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) Advisory Committee. Conrrado, the Wyoming State Library Outreach and Development Librarian, will serve a one-year term.

“As someone who has benefited from an ODLOS program while earning my MLIS, I’m excited to give back to the community and work with other professionals from across the country,” he said.

The committee provides advice and support to the ODLOS on the areas of diversity, literacy and outreach.  The Advisory Committee is comprised of member groups that represent diverse viewpoints and constituents and will provide a two way forum to communicate member needs to ODLOS and for the Office to share information with member groups.

Advisory committee members will offer dynamic perspectives to help guide the strategic direction of ODLOS, will assess program effectiveness, encourage the exploration of new ideas and initiatives, and strengthen the growth of equity and inclusion within the American Library Association and the profession as a whole. The Advisory committee also oversees a number of subcommittees or related groups, including Diversity Research Grants Advisory Committee, Services to Refugees, Immigrants, and Displaced Persons, Spectrum Advisory Committee and EDI Assembly.

Wyoming State Library Strategic Plan Guides Services



Strategic plan cover pageThe Wyoming State Library’s mission is to “promote statewide library development, foster library cooperation, and provide reliable information to our customers.” The State Library recently updated its strategic plan that guides how this is accomplished. The new plan is for FY2023-2025.

Wyoming State Library Strategic Plan: Who We Are, What We Do, and Where We’re Going” outlines the primary purpose, duties, and goals for each of the five work units housed in the agency:

  • Business & Acquisitions
  • Information Services
  • Library Development
  • Marketing
  • WYLD Support

The WSL staff is always available and ready to assist our colleagues in the Wyoming library community. If you have a question, concern, or anything else we may help you with, either find a specific contact in our Staff & Department Directory or contact our main desk at (307) 777-6333 or statelibrary@wyo.gov and they will direct you to the right person.

By statute, the Wyoming State Library serves as the state publications depository, manages federal library funds, and is responsible for the extension and development of library services throughout Wyoming. The WSL is a division of the Wyoming Department of Administration & Information.

Download the plan here.

WyoCAN September Video: An Interview with Alexa



Cyber-in-a-Box School Video Challenge

The School Video Challenge was created to encourage Wyoming middle and high school classrooms to create original video content promoting public cybersecurity awareness as part of the Cyber-in-a-Box program. This video was created by the Buffalo High School Code Club.

See more cybersecurity videos at library.wyo.gov/wyocan

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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Wyoming State Library 5-Year Plan for Federal Funds Approved



Plan cover page with Wyoming State Library logoThe Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently approved Wyoming’s five-year plan for Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds for federal fiscal years 2023-2027. Access it here:

Wyoming State Library Library Services and Technology Act Five Year Plan: 2023-2027

This new plan will guide the use of more than $1 million in federal dollars annually. Goals include resource sharing through WYLDCat and interlibrary loan, statewide electronic resources through the GoWYLD databases and e-content, and building local library capacity through staff development.

While the new plan is similar to the prior one, it looks forward to new opportunities including expanded topics for staff training and development and wider marketing of electronic resources to increase use. The WSL will continue to use its relationship with the Wyoming library community to determine needs and use federal dollars effectively for the development of library services statewide.

Learn more about what federal library funds are used to accomplish in Wyoming.

The 2023-2027 plan will take effect when the State Library begins expending funds received in federal FY23 (October 1, 2022-September 30, 2023). The WSL has a two-year window to use these funds, ending on September 30, 2024. Remaining FY22 funds are guided by the 2018-2022 plan.

August 2022 Outrider Now Available



Newsletter front pageFind a wrap-up of the latest in Wyoming library news in the August 2022 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 susan.mark@wyo.gov or (307) 777-5915. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, too.

New Books at the Wyoming State Library



This latest addition to the Wyoming State Library’s professional development collection is 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.

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Libraries That Build Business: Advancing Small Business and Entrepreneurship in Public Libraries
Edited by Megan Janicki, ALA Public Policy and Advocacy Office
Chicago, Illinois: ALA Editions, 2022

Spotlight on Government Information: Back to School



Smiling schoolchildren in classroom holding notebooks and backpacksIn August and September, millions of Americans return to classrooms signaling the end of summer. Students, parents, teachers, and life-long learners, in their quest for knowledge, will find a variety of back to school resources from numerous federal government agencies.

Approximately 49 million students attend pre-K through grade 12 public schools across the United States. An additional 9 million students are enrolled in public charter schools, private schools, and homeschools as parents search for alternative learning environments. Efforts by the Office of Overseas Schools and the Bureau of Indian Education ensure quality educational programs and student achievement for American citizens living abroad and for tribal nations, respectively.

Adults pursuing higher education opportunities can compare colleges and universities based on location, cost, and programs of study. Undergraduate and graduate students need to submit a FAFSA to determine if they qualify for student aid. Military veterans and eligible family members have access to benefits through the GI Bill and tuition assistance.

From math to science and from history to the arts, the following agencies and others manage content that will expand everyone’s understanding of the world through engaging contests, projects, and lessons.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration, NASA, and the USGS focus on STEM topics such as minerals, solar flares, aquatic systems, air pressure, and natural hazards.

Explore facets of the federal government through historical documents and games on Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government. Bring history alive by accessing photographs, interviews, and recipes from the Library of Congress. Consider making one of the ice cream soda recipes featured on Minerva’s Kaleidoscope as a fun, end of summer activity.

The National Park Service’s Materials for Loan program allows educators to borrow traveling trunks for classroom use. Themes include Victorian toys, fossils, architecture, and more. The National Gallery of Art also loans materials that teach the connection between art, science, math, and history. Discover artistic works and styles spanning the 7th century to the 20th century and representing cultures around the globe.

The sites mentioned represent a small number of the educational resources available from the federal government. For additional information, please contact the Wyoming State Library at 307-777-6333 or statelibrary@wyo.gov.