News in Brief

Jul 19, 2022

Graphic of a "Wyoming State Library" newspaper with "News in Brief" headline2022 Wyoming KIDS Count Data Book Released
The Wyoming Community Foundation has released its 2022 Wyoming Counts Kids Data Book. The publication looks at the well-being of children and families both county-by-county and across the state, and includes demographic, family structure, income, health and education data. The book also includes data features focusing on programs and issues that offer opportunities in the Equality State.

Registration Open for Association for Rural and Small Libraries Conference
Registration is now open for the 2022 Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference, to be held September 14-17 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Conference theme is “Connecting at the Crossroads: On Track to Real Change.” For the reduced Early Bird rate, register by July 26.

ABOS Award and Scholarship Nominations Open
The Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS) is currently accepting nominations for its annual awards and scholarships. Deadline is July 29, 2022.

NCCE Offering Free Training for Crossroads of History Project
This free NCCE course provides instruction on using the Library of Congress primary sources to develop and implement informed, meaningful activity plans based on social justice and civil rights issues. Crossroads of History is a completely virtual professional learning experience for educators including PreK-16 educational professionals and public librarians.

New Interactive  Map of Chronicling America Historic Newspapers
The Library of Congress has announced the publication of a new interactive map and timeline of all digitized titles in the Chronicling America Historic American Newspapers collection. This visualization features a map that shows approximate locations of all digitized newspapers available in the collection. Users can explore the newspapers by clicking the dots on the map and/or access a time slider in the lower left hand corner to interact with the timeline and explore the available digitized newspapers published between 1777-1963. This map is updated weekly.

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention for Veterans from WebJunction
WebJunction is collaborating with the Veterans Health Administration and Legal Services Corporation to promote free and reliable services, information, and resources on suicide prevention. They’re offering a new resource list on mental health and suicide prevention for Veterans and a webinar on August 12 so you can learn how your library can promote mental health and well-being among Veterans, service members, military families, and their communities.

New and Improved Courses Available on
In 2013, PLA launched the digital literacy training site,, with a variety of courses that build digital literacy skills and confidence using technology. The self-paced, online courses are freely available to everyone. With support from AT&T, PLA has been able to add and update courses, improve training materials, and include Spanish translations. Visit to view the new and improved courses. (marked “New!”).

New REALM Research on Ventilation in Buildings
This research briefing, prepared by researchers at Battelle, is intended to provide timely information about the latest research on the effects of ventilation on the spread of COVID-19, to libraries, archives, museums (LAMs), and their stakeholders.

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