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Happy Wyoming Snapshot Day 2021!

Wyoming Libraries Snapshot Day logoToday, October 26, is Wyoming Libraries Snapshot Day, where we celebrate the impact our libraries have on their communities every single day. We’re collecting photos, stories, and video that show how patrons are using and enjoying their libraries.

We’ll be sharing throughout the day. Follow all the action here:

If your library hasn’t signed up to participate, it’s not too late! Contact Susan Mark at the Wyoming State Library, or (307) 777-5915.

Snapshot Day Only One Week Away

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Moorcroft Branch Library

Wyoming Libraries Snapshot Day is only one week away on Tuesday, October 26, 2021. If your library isn’t signed up to participate yet, there’s still time! Contact Susan Mark at to put your name on the list.

Moorcroft Branch Library shared their photos with us early, and we thought you might enjoy a sneak peek. Expect many more smiling faces from libraries around the state on Snapshot Day. We hope you’ll follow our Flickr page for all the wonderful photos that will come in. We’ll also have a few updates on Facebook and Twitter and will add comments to our website as we receive them.

WSL Named State’s 2021 Outstanding Library

site logoThe Wyoming Library Association (WLA) recently named the Wyoming State Library (WSL) its Outstanding Library for 2021. This annual award recognizes an exemplary library for a significant special project completed within the last two years. The award was announced during the library association’s virtual conference, held October 7-8.

In her nomination letter, Natrona County Library Executive Director Lisa Scroggins wrote, “While the WSL staff is always committed to providing resources and assistance to Wyoming libraries, never have they shined as brightly with their responsiveness as they did during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“We’re grateful and honored for this recognition from our library community,” said Wyoming State Librarian Jamie Markus. “We have exceptional staff at the state library and we’re proud to support our colleagues in local libraries and the extraordinary work they do serving their communities.”

The WSL serves as the state’s government documents depository, administers federal library funds and is responsible for the extension and development of libraries across the state. Among its many functions, the WSL manages the statewide library catalog used by every Wyoming public and community college library and the popular suite of online resources.

“If ever there was a year for us to recognize all that the WSL does for Wyoming libraries of all types, this is it,” Scroggins wrote. “Their hard work and dedication are examples to us all year after year, but their responsiveness, leadership and guidance this past year has simply been incredible.”

The Wyoming State Library is a division of the State of Wyoming Department of Administration and Information. The library has been in existence since 1871, first established as the Wyoming Territorial Library.

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.

Reference and Information Services: An Introduction, 4th ed.
Kay Ann Cassell
Chicago : ALA Neal-Schuman, 2018

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Action: Planning, Leadership, and Programming
Christine Bombaro
Chicago : ALA Editions, 2020

Shantry Miller Joins the Wyoming State Library

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Shantry Miller

On September 27, the Wyoming State Library welcomed Shantry Miller to our staff. Shantry has joined us as the Bibliographic Services Librarian on the WYLD Support Team. Most recently, she worked as a Technical Services Librarian for a nursing and health sciences college for four years.

“This position is closely related to my last one,” she said. “I like that it will involve attention to detail, maintaining the quality of the database, and providing support and training for other librarians.”

Originally from Iowa, Shantry recently moved to Wyoming from Illinois. She began working part-time in public libraries in high school and continued through college. She taught high school Spanish for four years after she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with education endorsements from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. She plans to graduate this December with her Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

“I’m excited to work at the Wyoming State Library,” Shantry said. “I look forward to learning all aspects of my new position and also getting to know librarians from around the state and being able to support them.”

Share Your Thoughts on LSTA-Funded Programs

Institute of Museum and Library Services logoMany of you in Wyoming libraries should have received an email from us with a survey link to help us evaluate LSTA-funded services. If you did not, and you work in a Wyoming library, please read on.

Are you a user of Wyoming State Library services? Of course you are!

WYLD, resource sharing, and library staff education are just a few of the programs funded in part by the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) through the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Every five years, the effectiveness of these programs is formally evaluated. Library consultant Carson Block ( is performing our evaluation this round.

We know how important our LSTA funded programs are to you, now is the perfect time to give us feedback to help us understand the performance of our LSTA-funded programs and how to improve them in the future.

Survey link:

The survey will be open through October 31. Your response will be anonymous.

Carson has also prepared a brief (approx. 4 minute) video with more information about the LSTA:

Van Burgh Marks 40 Years With the State of Wyoming

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Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian Chris Van Burgh showing off her 40-year plaque. Behind her (left to right) are Library Development Office Manager Brian Greene, Wyoming State Librarian Jamie Markus, and School Library Consultant Paige Bredenkamp.

Chris Van Burgh has reached another milestone — 40 years as a State of Wyoming employee, working in libraries. She graduated with an M.S. Ed. from the University of Wyoming and began her career with the UW Libraries in 1981. She worked in a variety of departments — Documents, Maps & Microforms; the Geology Library; and Reference and Outreach Services — before making the move to Statewide Information Services at the Wyoming State Library in 1998. At the WSL, she hit the road, visiting many of the state’s libraries and schools to train staff on Now, as a member of the Library Development Office, she continues to share the incredible wealth of resources available to Wyoming in the statewide GoWYLD databases.

Want to see Chris in action? She’ll be presenting three sessions at this week’s Wyoming Library Association conference. If you’re signed up for the conference, catch her in these sessions:

  • and Book Clubs
  • Oh yeah…GoWYLD
  • for Student Research

Congratulations, Chris!

Cyberpsychology: Lizard Brain

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Find this month’s video and more.

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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A Video Visit with the Creators of ‘Rowdy Randy’

You might have seen the news that Rowdy Randy, written by Casey Rislov and illustrated by Zachary Pullen, was named Wyoming’s “Great Read” for the 2021 National Book Festival. We sat down for a conversation with Casey and Zak about the book and its creation.

Learn more about the book and its creators. The 2021 National Book Festival will be held virtually from September 17-26.

Spotlight on Government Information: Women’s Suffrage

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Some of the resources on women’s suffrage available at the Wyoming State Library.

As we look into the history of women’s suffrage in the State of Wyoming, you can start your search at the State Library. This is the place to look for the history of the legislative process that gave women the right to vote. You can also find unique documents that detail how women got the right to vote in Wyoming.

Dive into legislative session notes and council journals in the Wyoming Legislation digital collection.  Here you can find this quote from the 1871 House Journal of the Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Wyoming discussing how female suffrage was progressing: “It is simple justice to say that the women entering, for the first time in the history of  the country, upon these new and  untried duties, have conducted themselves in every respect with as much tact, sound judgment, and good sense, as men.”

If you jaunt over to Wyoming State Publications there are more fascinating documents that outline the defense of women’s suffrage by Wyoming governors. In the 1871 State of the Territory Address, Governor John A. Campbell supported women’s right to vote. Here he concentrates on the benefits women’s suffrage brought to the territory. In December he again addressed the Legislature to prevent a repeal of women’s right to vote. The third Territorial Governor, John W. Hoyt, continued this support in his own address to the National Society for Women’s Suffrage.  Hoyt answered questions the audience had on women’s suffrage. He states that universal suffrage should be enacted “for the good of all mankind”

If you decide to  visit the Wyoming State Library you can see a treasure trove of resources to the inquiring mind. The state documents collection has everything from published histories of Wyoming to educational plays. For instance the Department of Education, in 1953, published a one act play called “The Birth of Wyoming Day.” This play dramatizes the process that brought women’s votes to the Territory of Wyoming. Come to the library to check out these surprising finds and many other documents about women’s suffrage.