Category Archives: WSL News

Job Opening at the WSL: Librarian

site logoJoin the team at the Wyoming State Library. Currently, we have an opening for a Librarian in our Information Services office. This position:

  • Provides professional level information, research and resources to state employees and the public
  • Assists the State Publications Librarian with cultivating an education and outreach program for state agencies on State Library services and agencies’ statutory obligation to the State Publications Depository Program.
  • Builds and maintains the Online State Publications library,
  • Utilizes PTFS software to develop web-crawling strategy to harvest born-digital content from state agency websites.
  • Performs descriptive metadata manipulation and organization.

Read the vacancy announcement on the State of Wyoming job opportunities site to learn more.


Teens Can Win in 2018 Summer Reading Video Challenge

Above: The winning Wyoming teen video from 2016.

Teens ages 13-18 can show off their creativity and win a $100 prize for themselves and a prize worth $50 for their local library in the Collaborative Summer Library Program’s (CSLP) 2018 Teen Video Challenge. Deadline to enter is February 22.

Full details are available on our Summer Reading LibGuide (partway down the page.)

For this contest, Wyoming teens are invited to create a 30 to 90 second video with their unique interpretation of the 2018 slogan Libraries Rock! in combination with reading and libraries. The idea is to involve them in summer reading, before and during the summer months, by being part of the process. This is an opportunity for them to display their creativity and have their ideas heard before a national audience. It’s a great project to do with your young adult patrons.

Videos should be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo, titled “2018 TVC – WY – Unique Name.” Entry and model release forms must be sent, postmarked by February 20, to 2018 TVC Chris Van Burgh, 2800 Central Ave., Cheyenne WY 82002. Late entries will not be considered.

You’ll find full guidelines, forms, and many more resources on the Summer Reading LibGuide, including this sample (silly!) how-to video from the Wyoming State Library using the 2016 theme. Created with an iPad, it runs through the process and suggests editing tools and audio and image sources.

WSL Closed for MLK/Equality Day

The Martin Luther King Jr Memorial in Washington DC

The Wyoming State Library will be closed Monday, January 15, for Martin Luther King Jr./Equality Day. We will be open our normal hours again on Tuesday, January 16.

From our Wyoming Legislation database, we find that in  1990, the Wyoming State Legislature designated the third Monday in January as a legal holiday, “Martin Luther King, Jr., Wyoming Equality Day.” (1990 Session Laws, Chapter 21)

Noted civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929. The Library of Congress has many digitized primary source materials on King in “Today in History – January 15.”

Pollok Named New Legislative Librarian at WSL

Travis Pollok is stepping into a new position at the Wyoming State Library as our Legislative Librarian, effective January 17.

Travis has been the Digital Initiatives Librarian at the WSL since August 2014, one month after his initial hire as a Library Assistant for Access Services.

“Working in the digital collections has brought something new and challenging each day,” Travis said. “I’ve enjoyed my time  overseeing the collections—working with the rest of the staff here, as well as our vendor PTFS and other Wyoming agencies, including ETS and Archives. I’m looking forward to seeing what challenges the new position brings, and I hope to keep making digital resources available to Wyoming State Employees and the public.”

In his new role, he will manage the Wyoming Legislative Project and be the first reference person of contact for Wyoming Legislation. This digital collection includes access to journals or digests of the journals, from the first territorial legislature in 1869 to present. He will manage and organize the Wyoming Legislative Database by performing metadata manipulation and organization, and adding links to all legislative bills and bill actions. Travis will continue to serve as the library’s specialist in digital collections.

“Travis has a lot of experience with the digital collections, including Wyoming Legislation,” said Abby Beaver, WSL Information Services Manager. “He’s extremely capable of taking on new tasks and we’re eager to see the leadership he will bring to this position. I’m excited, too, to see him flourish as a librarian with legislative research.”

Before joining the State Library, Travis worked at the United States Air Force Academy Robert F. McDermott Library as an Archival Assistant/Digital Collection Tech in the A. P. Clark Special Collections Branch from July 2010 to December 2013. He earned his Bachelors of Arts in History from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 2013 and is currently working on a Masters of History in Military History through an online program at Southern New Hampshire University.

WSL Says Goodbye to Two Staff Members

This Friday, January 12, the Wyoming State Library says goodbye to two wonderful staff members: Paul Goodson and Angela Wolff. We will miss them, and we wish them well as they take the next step in their careers.

Having served as Legislative & Research Librarian at WSL since 2013, Paul Goodson is departing to return to his native North Carolina. He will be taking the position of Director of Library Services at Pamlico Community College. He and wife Michele will be living in nearby New Bern, North Carolina, a coastal town where they have deep family ties. They are thrilled with this move as they have long planned to retire there someday.
As WSL’s Collections Technician since 2014, Angela Wolff will be leaving the State Library and moving down the street to the Laramie County Library as a Reference Librarian with the 3rd floor Reference Department. In addition to working the general reference desk, she will be working with the Special Collections including the Wyoming History and Genealogy Collections. Angela and her husband are both Cheyenne natives who grew up using the Laramie County Library and are University of Wyoming Alums. Angela graduated with her Master of Library and Information Science degree in 2015 from San Jose State University. They are both very excited for the chance to continue to grow in their careers in the Capitol City.



Another Look Back at the Heart Mountain Internment Camp

We’ve added video to our Heart Mountain Japanese-American Internment Camp digital exhibit, thanks to this great find from Wyoming PBS, “Aura Newlin – Japanese Americans in Wyoming,” on Wyoming Chronicle. Newlin provides a present day look back at the Japanese Internment Camp at Heart Mountain.

Aura (Matsumura) Newlin is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Northwest College and the Board Secretary for the Heart Mountain Foundation. She is a fourth-generation Japanese-American and a fourth-generation Wyomingite. Her grandmother’s family was held against their will at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center on the basis of their race.

The Wyoming State Library also invites you to join us on Thursday, January 18, from 11:15 a.m. to noon MST for our free Database of the Month webinar, Heart Mountain Internment Camp exhibit and Wyoming Newspapers. The WSL’s Thomas Ivie and Chris Van Burgh will take a look at the Heart Mountain Internment Camp exhibit, part of Wyoming Newspapers. They will look at searching in Wyoming Newspapers, as well as a few other resources available in Learn more and register.

Job Opening at the WSL: Collections Technician

site logoIf you’d like to join our crew at the Wyoming State Library, we currently have an opening here at our offices in Cheyenne for a Collections Technician.

Collections Technician

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 3M Cloud and RB Digital.

Learn more on the State of Wyoming jobs site.

Family Tree Magazine Names Wyoming Newspapers to ’75 Best’ List

The December 2017 issue of Family Tree Magazine named Wyoming Newspapers to its list of the 75 best state websites for genealogy for 2017. They wrote: “Search and view more than 800,000 newspaper pages (and growing), including all papers published in Wyoming between 1849 and 1922.”

With your Wyoming library card and PIN, you can read more in this and other issues of Family Tree. The publication is accessible through Zinio Digital Magazines, now part of RBDigital in our GoWYLD e-content resources. Family Tree is one of more than 100 popular magazine titles available at no cost to Wyoming residents.

Wyoming Newspapers is a service of the Wyoming State Library to ensure the preservation of the state’s historical Wyoming newspapers. Making these documents available to the world for education and historical research, including genealogy, is the cornerstone of this service. Questions about Wyoming Newspapers may be directed to Thomas Ivie, WSL Research & Statistics Librarian, at or (307) 777-6333.


WSL Closed New Year’s Day

From the January 4, 1920, Cheyenne State Leader. Found in Wyoming Newspapers.

The Wyoming State Library will be closed on Monday, January 2, for New Year’s Day. We will re-open our regular hours on Tuesday, January 3.

If you run out of things to read on the long holiday weekend, remember we have downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, and digital magazines in our GoWYLD e-content resources.

Happy New Year!

WSL Receives Keppel Award

(L to R) Thomas Ivie and State Librarian Jamie Markus with their Keppler Award abaci.

The Wyoming State Library has received the 2017 Francis Keppel Award. This award is “given to State Library administrative agencies that have excelled in the completeness, promptness and high quality of the local public library data that they collect, edit and submit annually to IMLS by the designated award due date.”

The WSL collects and maintains library and community statistics for libraries to use for comparison, management, and advocacy. Learn more about what data services we offer and take a look at our statistics webpage.

Questions on the numbers? Contact Thomas Ivie, WSL Research & Statistics Librarian, at or (307) 777-6330.