News in Brief

Mar 3, 2022

Graphic of a "Wyoming State Library" newspaper with "News in Brief" headlineRegistration Open for American Library Association Annual Conference
The 2022 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exhibition will take place in Washington D.C. from June 23-28, 2022. Registration is now open for both on-site and a digital option. Wyoming library staff and volunteers may apply to the Carol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants for Continuing Education fund to request financial support to attend.

ALA Releases Libraries Build Business Playbook
The American Library Association (ALA) has released the Libraries Build Business Playbook, which showcases emerging models for small business programming in public libraries. Created by library professionals, the playbook aims to support libraries in starting or growing small business and entrepreneurship programs, especially focusing on those in underserved communities.

Tools to Promote Money Smart Week in April
Money Smart Week 2022 is coming up on April 9-16. While topics are geared towards those most impacted by the pandemic, the information shared will be useful to all. A promotional toolkit is available for online, e-mail, and social media campaigns. Use these tools to spread the word about this year’s campaign in your communities. Learn more and access the toolkit.

Social Emotional Learning Resources for School Librarians
You likely have read about Social Emotional Learning.  With the pandemic, younger learners’ social and emotional learning has suffered.  The Colorado State Library has put together some resources to support work with SEL in their latest Short Bytes blog post.

Toolkit Focuses on the Needs of New Americans
There are approximately 44 million people living in America who were born in different countries. People identifying as new Americans may fall into many categories, some of which may be refugee, asylum seekers, migrants, or immigrants. The focus of the latest toolkit from the Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers committee is on serving children and their caregivers who are new to America.

FDLP Highlights Historic Federal Publications
New highlights have been added to’s Historic Publications page for Winter 2022, including more treasures from the U.S. Congressional Serial Set collection on govinfo; Domestic and Foreign Coins Manufactured by Mints of the United States, 1793-1965; Register of Officer Personnel, United States Navy and Marine Corps, and Ships’ Data, 1801-1807; and U.S. Department of Agriculture publications on canned foods and school lunches.

AASL Town Halls Promote Community and Connections
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) continues to build community by providing opportunities for school librarians to share and network with monthly virtual town halls. Dates and registration links for the final three AASL Town Halls for the 2021-2022 school year can be found at Topics for each town hall will be announced prior to each date.

Library of Congress Releases Growing Coronavirus Web Archive Collection
After collecting a wide variety of web content documenting the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years, the Library of Congress is now making its growing Coronavirus Web Archive available to the public. The collection, which now includes 450 web archives, aims to balance government, science, business and policy content with human stories that will give future historians a sense of how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the daily lives of individuals, families and communities.

ALA Encourages Librarians to Apply for Public Service Loan Forgiveness
The American Library Association (ALA) encourages eligible library workers with federal student loans to review their eligibility under the U.S. Department of Education’s Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. federal student loan borrowers employed by government agencies, nonprofit organizations or other organizations that provide public library services or school library services, are eligible to have their federal student loan balance forgiven after making 10 years of qualifying loan payments.

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