Libraries Build Business Book Launch at ALA Annual

Jul 15, 2022

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!”

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