Category Archives: Wyoming Library News

Collaboration to Establish a Traveling Archivist Program



National Archives, National Historical Publications & Records Commission logoThe Wyoming State Archives, the Wyoming State Records Advisory Board, and the University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center are collaborating on a project intended to establish a Traveling Archivist Program (TAP) in the state of Wyoming. The main point of this project is to establish a traveling archivist program that will benefit small cultural heritage institutions on how to handle, store, process, and preserve their materials.

Jordan Meyerl was recently hired as a Project Archivist to lead this first phase of the grant project. The position is funded through the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Jordan is planning to conduct a survey of small cultural heritage institutions in Wyoming to determine their needs. Further information about the project will be coming soon, here and on a planned project blog. Cultural heritage institutions in Wyoming should keep their eyes open for communications regarding this project.

“We thank you in advance for your participation and look forward to working with the myriad diverse cultural heritage institutions housed in Wyoming,” Jordan said.

If you have any questions about the project, feel free to contact Jordan at jmeyerl@uwyo.edu.

UW, Community Colleges Gain Access to New York Times



UW Libraries LogoUniversity of Wyoming Libraries and The New York Times (NYT) have partnered to provide school-sponsored NYT memberships to all UW and Wyoming community college students, faculty and staff.

Through the partnership, the Wyoming higher education community has full digital access to news and content via www.nytimes.com and The NYT app. Additionally, UW and Wyoming community college community members receive access to archives dating back to 1851, podcasts, augmented and virtual reality, newsletters, and live events.

The academic site license also includes access to The NYT in Education website (nytimes.com/edu), which provides discipline-specific areas of study, classroom discussion prompts, suggested learning outcomes and cocurricular activities, including events and discussions.

Libraries Build Business Book Launch at ALA Annual



Three people wearing conference badges standing in front of ALA background
Natrona County Library Director Lisa Scroggins, Laramie County Library System Business Services Coordinator Rachael Svoboda, and Wyoming State Librarian Jamie Markus at the book launch.

Book cover: Libraries that Build BusinessHave you heard about the new book from ALA Editions, Libraries That Build Business? Published in May, the book features 30+ libraries from around the country including the Wyoming Library to Business initiative. This book offers practical step-by-step information, innovative strategies, and inspiration to start, deepen, or expand small business services. Best part? The Wyoming State Library is purchasing one for every Wyoming public and academic library!

On June 25, during the American Library Association conference, librarians from across the country gathered at Present Company Public House, a pub in Washington, D.C.’s, oldest firehouse to launch the book. Laramie County Library System Business Services Coordinator Rachael Svoboda gave a brief talk about how the Libraries Build Business initiative has impacted the entire state of Wyoming and opened doors for future collaboration. Wyoming State Librarian Jamie Markus and Natrona County Library Director Lisa Scroggins were able to join Rachael in the festivities and captured the opportunity to visit with ALA Public Policy & Advocacy staff, Alan Inouye and Megan Janicki.

“I have to give a huge thanks to Stephen Boss over at the University of Wyoming Libraries, to the State Library, and to the 10 participating public libraries that were part of the inaugural Wyoming Library to Business Network” Rachael said. “Our work has just begun!”

Interested in learning more? Email WyomingL2B@gmail.com.

Laramie County Library to Host Americans and the Holocaust Exhibition



Banner with exhibition information and black and white photo of people holding protest signs

Laramie County Library is one of 50 U.S. libraries selected to host Americans and the Holocaust, a traveling exhibition from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum that examines the motives, pressures and fears that shaped Americans’ responses to Nazism, war and genocide in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s.

The touring library exhibition — based on the special exhibition of the same name at the Museum in Washington, D.C. — is traveling to U.S. libraries through 2023.

Americans and the Holocaust will be on display at Laramie County Library along with a series of related special events, from July 18 to August 29.

Based on extensive new research of that period, Americans and the Holocaust addresses important themes in American history, exploring the many factors — including the Great Depression, isolationism, xenophobia, racism and antisemitism — that influenced decisions made by the U.S. government, the news media, organizations and individuals as they responded to Nazism. This exhibition will challenge the commonly held assumptions that Americans knew little and did nothing about the Nazi persecution and murder of Jews as the Holocaust unfolded.

Learn more about Americans and the Holocaust and related programming at Laramie County Library. Americans and the Holocaust: A Traveling Exhibition for Libraries is an educational initiative of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the American Library Association.

Natrona County Library Services in 240 Languages



From the Natrona County Library blog

Imagine a world in which language and cultural barriers no longer exist – where understanding is universal and everyone is empowered. With the launch of Natrona County Library’s new translation services, they’re getting closer to that reality.

The library recognized that until now, they’ve been unable to adequately meet the needs of the non- or limited-English speaking members of the community, often meaning individuals who are not English proficient were unable to access the full breadth of library services. NCL sought resolutions for this in the past, but they were not sustainable. They believe they’ve finally found a solution: LanguageLine.

LanguageLine is an on-demand service that provides translators and interpreters in 240+ languages — including American Sign Language — allowing Natrona County Library to serve the members of their community at the moment of need, regardless of language, culture, or ability.

Makerspace a New Addition to Rawlins Library



Makerspace room with large windows and sewing machines and other equpment
The Rawlins Library makerspace.

The Rawlins Library, part of the Carbon County Library System, recently had the exciting addition of  a makerspace. The space is a collaboration of the County and the Library Foundation and is beautifully integrated in the remodeled library floor plan. It officially opened on April 29 and includes a Glowforge, two Makerbot 3D Printers, a Cricut Maker, heat press, and two sewing machines.

“The Carbon County Library System has been a part of daily life in Rawlins since 1925, and has changed immensely since its start as one small room at the local school,” said Maria Wenzel, the library’s Executive Director. “A library must change and grow with its community, and we’re excited to help usher the CCLS into its next iteration and continue serving the public for another century.”

She continued, “Our hope is for our community to know that our libraries are more than just books and we’re here to embrace the change and growth with them. From our business station to learning a new skill in the makerspace or a stop at our job search station with Wyoming at Work, we’re here for them.”

Patrons are pleased with the library remodel and the makerspace addition. Maria shared one patron comment as an example: “Great showcase of the wonderful possibilities a library can possess.”

Natrona County Library Named Community Partner of the Year



From the Natrona County Library blog

Natrona County Library has been awarded the “Community Partner of the Year” by the Casper Area Chamber of Commerce. On the evening of May 4, the Chamber held their 119th annual Excellence in Business Award ceremony, also known as the EBBIES. The event sees businesses, organizations, and citizens from around Casper and central Wyoming recognized for their positive impact on the community.

This year, the Library was nominated for two EBBIES awards, including both “Community Partner of the Year” and “Large Business of the Year”. Organizations and individuals are nominated by their peers for these honors and awards.

The “Community Partner of the Year” honors individuals or companies who volunteer their time and service to an organization, school, or community endeavor in the Casper area that has resulted in the advancement of that entity, its mission, and/or cause. The winner is recognized for their significant contribution of time, skills, and resources toward the improvement of the Casper community.

“This honor wouldn’t be possible without each of our amazing staff, and it serves as confirmation that the community recognizes the many things the Library does to positively impact our community,” said Lisa Scroggins, NCL Executive Director.

Read more on the Natrona County Library blog.

Tour Two Washakie County Library Buildings Online



3D image of library

Washakie County Library System has debuted three-dimensional tours of their Worland and Ten Sleep locations for patrons and virtual explorers to use. Scroll through library spaces, view artwork, and use tools such as dollhouse view or measurement mode to explore the library anytime, anywhere. You can even zoom in on the shelves to find your favorite author!

“It will make some people more comfortable as they come into the buildings because they’ll know the floorplan and have an idea of meeting spaces,” said Karen Funk, Washakie County Library System Director. “And statistics are available to see how many people have made a virtual visit.”

Credit for this new feature goes to Ten Sleep residents Tess and Don Anderson of Tess Anderson Photography. Using a special camera, the photographers were able to take a three-dimensional infrared scan of the locations and capture a series of panoramic photos of each space.

“For Washakie County Libraries, this includes roughly 1,600 images,” said Don Anderson of Tess Anderson Photography. “We then use a 3D data platform that incorporates GPS mapping and artificial intelligence to create a three-dimensional model. Together, these tools create the immersive 360-degree virtual tour that people view online.”

Visit washakiecountylibrary.com and click on the Take a Tour tab in the top right corner to get started. The models can also be viewed at their respective addresses in Google Street View through Google Maps.

Wyoming Stars Shine on National Library Workers Day!



Cute illustration of stars and sleeping crescent moon on a starry night.In celebration of National Library Workers Day (NLWD) yesterday, the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) collected nominations for library “stars”. Two Wyoming library workers received shout-outs — Teresa and Tina in Worland.

See all the stars from Wyoming and nationally.

Do you know of someone in a Wyoming library who deserves special recognition? It’s not too late to add their names and accomplishments to the list! Visit the NLWD website to learn more and add some names to the list.

Terri Lesley Honored for Intellectual Freedom Contributions



Photo of Terri Lesley with text: INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM ROUND TABLE. Congratulations Terri Lesley, Campbell County Public Library, on receiving the 2022 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award

From the American Library Association

The American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) Immroth Award Committee has announced Terri Lesley as the recipient of the 2022 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award, which honors notable contributions to intellectual freedom and demonstrations of personal courage in defense of freedom of expression.

Terri Lesley has led the staff and library board of Campbell County Public Library in Gillette, Wyoming through an onslaught of challenged materials and protests. Beginning in the summer of 2021, the number of challenges to unique titles rose from 3 in August to nearly 30 by the end of the year. Library board meetings have been very contentious and there have been repeated protests outside the library. In October 2021, two of the patrons who led the challenges went to the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office to attempt to prosecute CCPL librarians, including Terri, of violating child sex laws based on five books they described as “hard-core pornography to children.”

Throughout this period, Terri has not only stood up for intellectual freedom for her patrons, she has also continued to build community support for her library through her interactions with the public. She has also strived to support her staff and maintain a strong working relationship with her board. Terri has shared what she’s learned with other library directors in Wyoming

“Terri’s commitment to intellectual freedom, her community, and her staff is second to none,” said Conrrado Saldivar, President of the Wyoming Library Association. “Her resolve and defense of library materials has been an inspiration to all library staff in Wyoming and ensures that her community can continue having a robust exchange of ideas and opinions.”

The award will be presented on Friday, June 24, at 7:00 p.m. EDT at ALA’s Annual Conference in Washington D.C.

Established in 1979, upon the death of John Phillip Immroth, the Immroth Memorial Award honors the courage, dedication, and contribution of a living individual, group, or organization who has set the finest kind of example for the defense and furtherance of the principles of intellectual freedom. The award consists of a citation and $500. John Phillip Immroth was a teacher, author, scholar, advocate, and defender of First Amendment rights. He was the founder and first chair of the Intellectual Freedom Round Table in 1973.