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May 8, 2023

standing graphicWyoming Historical Society Seeks Executive Director
The Wyoming Historical Society (established in 1953) is seeking an Executive Director to work directly with the Executive Committee, the Wyoming Historical Foundation, members and chapters across Wyoming and beyond. The ideal candidate is one who can use their professional experience, administrative skills, creativity, and relationship-building skills to implement the goals and objectives of the Society. Serves as the first point of contact for members, chapters, institutions, and the public. The position is currently based in Wheatland, Wyoming, but that is not mandatory. For the full job description, including salary information and benefits, see the website or email To apply, provide a cover letter, resume, and three references to no later than June 1.

Discounted Price for Joint ALA/WLA Membership Available to Library School Students
Library school students (MLS/MLIS, CAEP, or LTA) are eligible to join both the American Library Association and the Wyoming Library Association at one low price of $44 a year. Joint student members are full members of both associations. Student members have all of the benefits of active members, including the ability to serve on committees with both organizations and reduced costs for conferences and purchases from the ALA store. If you’re interested, or know someone who is, visit ALA’s webpage to get started.

ALA Announces Theme for Banned Books Week, October 1-7, 2023
The American Library Association has announced the theme for Banned Books Week 2023: “Let Freedom Read!” Banned Books Week will take place October 1 – 7, 2023. ALA offers a variety of “Let Freedom Read” downloads and materials, including posters, bookmarks, stickers, and buttons, as well as print-on-demand items such as apparel and drinkware. Evergreen assets without Banned Books Week dates and branding are available to encourage use and community engagement throughout the year. Grants are available for libraries, schools and nonprofit groups planning Banned Books Week events in their communities through the Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund.

Dolly Parton Awarded Honorary Membership in the American Library Association
The American Library Association (ALA) is set to confer an honorary lifetime membership upon award-winning singer-songwriter, actress, businesswoman and philanthropist Dolly Parton for her longstanding support and commitment to inspiring a love of books and reading. Recommended by the ALA Executive Board and elected by the ALA Council, honorary membership is the highest honor given by the Association and conferred upon a living person whose outstanding contributions have made a lasting impact on librarianship, libraries, and the communities they serve.

Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) National Institute to be Held in Denver in 2024
The next Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Institute will be nearby in Denver! Youth services staff in Wyoming should mark their calendars for September 19-21, 2024. The ALSC National Institute is an intimate, intensive learning opportunity with a youth services focus. Designed for front-line youth library staff, children’s literature experts, education and library school faculty members, and other interested adults, it is one of the only conferences devoted solely to children’s librarianship, literature and technology and takes place every two years. Help the organizers create a meaningful and memorable experience by filling out a brief pre-Institute survey.

Submit Program Proposals for Public Library Association Webinars
A primary source of Public Library Association webinars is their biannual call for webinar proposals, with deadlines of May 31 and November 30 of each year. Proposals submitted by May 31 are considered for presentation in August or later; and proposals submitted by November 30 are considered for presentation in February or later of the following year.

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