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Sep 7, 2022

Graphic of a "Wyoming State Library" newspaper with "News in Brief" headlinePosters, Events are Highlights of Wyoming Archaeology Awareness Month
To celebrate Wyoming Archaeology Awareness Month (WAAM) there will be events, activities, and lectures highlighting Wyoming’s history throughout the month of September. The centerpiece of WAAM is an annually produced award-winning poster. This year’s poster, “The Enclosure,” showcases a stunning photograph of a stone structure perched atop the Grand Teton. The poster is available free at select locations or by mail with $14 shipping fee.

Wyoming PBS Adds New Education Collection Content
Over the past several months Wyoming PBS been curating content from their library and working with local educators to identify segments in their videos that would be useful in the classroom. Along with existing classroom-ready resourcesm they’ve added “We the People,” resources for 9th-12th grade students focused on the We the People Program and the U.S. Constitution. Another great resource with lessons for 6th-8th grade students is “Egypt Excursion.” They’ve also added new content to the Native American Studies collection.

PLA Releases First Staff and Diversity Survey Report
The Public Library Association (PLA) has published the 2021 Public Library Staff and Diversity Survey report. The national survey updates information on beginning librarian and library director salaries; documents traditional and emerging staff roles; explores staff diversity, recruitment, and retention efforts; and captures information about public library equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) goals and activities.

NoveList Improves Subject Headings Relating to Indigenous Cultures
NoveList has been making changes to some of its headings to make their catalog of subjects more equitable, diverse, and inclusive of all audiences. They’re now wrapping up a huge project to change more than 2,300 subject headings relating to Indigenous peoples and cultures of the Americas.

Free, Online Privacy Mini-Conference Call for Proposals
The third Library 2.022 mini-conference: “Libraries and Privacy: Critical Issues for Information Professionals,” will be held online (and for free) on Thursday, October 13, 2022, from 1-4 pm MDT. The mini-conference will highlight the many different kinds of privacy (and privacy problems) that information institutions and professionals face, with an emphasis on how to engage with the critical dimensions of privacy. The call for proposals is currently open and will close no later than September 30.

ALSC Core Competencies Include Social-Emotional Learning
More than two decades ago, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identified “core competencies” for librarians working with young children. Those competencies have been updated several times over the years. In the August installment of ALSC’s publication “ALSC Matters,” New York librarian Corinthia Price outlines five core competencies essential to social and emotional learning: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.

ALSC Graphic Novel Booklists Available for Download
Compiled and annotated by ALSC’s Quicklists Consulting committee and filled with engaging reads, the Graphic Novels Reading Lists are a great give-away for your library or school. Released this summer, these three new lists cover age ranges from kindergarten to eighth grade and include classics as well as new titles that have been widely recommended
and well-reviewed. Plus, there are books that have popular appeal as well as critical acclaim.

REALM Publishes Public Health Crisis Management Playbook
The REALM Public Health Crisis Management Playbook for Archives, Libraries, and Museums offers a set of guiding processes, resources, and tools to aid cultural heritage institutions when planning for, navigating through, and recovering from a significant public health emergency. This resource can help archive, library, or museum staff who are part of a crisis management planning or communications team.

Registration Open for YALSA 2022 Symposium
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is holding its 2022 YA Services Symposium in Baltimore from November 4-6. The theme is Rediscovering our Charm: Supporting Teens and Each other in our Libraries. Early bird rate ends September 15. Wyoming library workers may consider applying for a McMurry Continuing Education Grant by September 30 if they need financial assistance to attend.

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