February 1998




Continuing Education grants program debuts at State Library

For the first time ever, the State Library is offering direct continuing education grants, funded by the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), to Wyoming libraries.

The grants program was developed as a result of last year’s Continuing Education (CE) Summit in Douglas, where members of the library community acknowledged a need to fund CE projects.

The new program consists of two components--Grants for Libraries, and Grants for Individuals. Under the "Library" component, the State Library will accept applications for staff development/in-service workshops that address topics of importance to the library.

Applicants will be encouraged to include staff from neighboring libraries in their CE projects, providing an opportunity to network with other library personnel.

All public, academic, school and special libraries are eligible for grants of up to $500 to meet costs of presenters and learning materials. A total of $6,000 is available this federal fiscal year.

Under the "Grants to Individuals" component, funds will be given for the purpose of advancing knowledge, skills and talents of individual library employees.

Grants to individuals may be used for graduate library science courses and related undergraduate courses such as library science, computer science, and management; library-related non-credit courses and training such as computer hardware, software mana gement; and attendance at library related conferences. These subjects are based on the categories identified by participants at the CE Summit.

A total of $9,000 is available for grants to individuals during this federal fiscal year.

"This new program offers wonderful opportunities for people to get training they may not be able to afford otherwise," said Judy Yeo, library development officer at the State Library. "The funding is now available, and libraries are encouraged to take advantage of it.

"There are three application deadlines throughout the year--March 31, July 31 and Nov. 30. All applicants will receive notification of award or rejection within 30 days of the deadlines.

Detailed guidelines and the applications are available through the State Library’s Web site at http://will.state.wy.us/admin/ under LSTA, or by calling Mary O’Hare in the administrative office at 307/777-7281 or 800/264-1281, option 5 (in-state use only).

The grant program will be periodically reviewed by the Resource Sharing Council to make certain the needs and goals of Wyoming’s libraries are being served by the program.

For more information about the grants program, contact Judy Yeo or Jerry Krois at the State Library.

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Library Community shows its wares at W.E.S.T. event

Chris VanBurgh, Wyoming State Library and Jim Nations, Natrona County Public Library talk with visitors at the Wyoming Library Community booth, which was part of the Wyoming Extension Showcase on Technology (W.E.S.T.) event in Casper. Brian Greene (Wyoming State Library), coordinator of library participation for this event, said, "The library community was well represented by librarians from around the state who demonstrated how libraries use various technologies to provide information for the people they serve." A popular demonstration involved comparing records in the present WYLD system with those in a library using the DRA Web2 product, which Wyoming libraries hope to be using within the next year.


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State Annual Report ready

Copies of the 1997 Wyoming Annual Report are available for $15 while supplies last.

The publication provides budget expenditures, mission and vision statements, major accomplishments, and problem areas from every agency under the executive branch.

Also included in the report are changes to the next year’s strategic plan for elected officials and for cabinet level and state agencies for this fiscal year.

This single volume is compiled by the State Library Division of the Department of Administration and Information.

To obtain a copy contact the Public Programs, Publications and Marketing Office at the Wyoming State Library, 2301 Capitol Ave., Cheyenne, WY 82002, 307/ 777-6338, 800/264-1281, option 6.

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Just the facts, ma'am

The 1997 edition of the Wyoming Public Library Statistics report is currently being distributed to libraries statewide. The document includes data furnished by county library directors to the Wyoming State Library and gives a statistical picture of the condition of public libraries throughout the state for the fiscal year 1997 (July 1, 1996 through June 30, 1997). All those involved with this project work together to ensure its accuracy.

The document includes some interesting facts about Wyoming public libraries, which are drawn from the annual statistical report concerning the state’s 23 county library headquarters and their 52 branches.

Use

Collections/Services

Income/Expenditures

Personnel

The State Library will provide additional data and analysis not included in this report upon request and welcomes any suggestions for improvements to this document. If you need more information about this statistical report or would like to receive a copy of the report, contact: Judy Yeo, Department of Administration & Information, State Library Division, 2301 Capitol Ave., Cheyenne, WY 82002, 307/777-5914, FAX 307/777-6289.

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Anne Frank exhibit draws attention at Sheridan library

Sheridan’s Anne Frank exhibit, a community project, proved to be a popular one, drawing many visitors to the Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library during the month of February.

Those involved in reconstructing the Frank family’s secret annex included teachers, students, librarians, and other community members. From research done by volunteers, it was determined what pictures Anne Frank used to decorate her room and what furnishings were used at that time. People from the community contributed items such as old iron beds, lamps, clothing, chairs and books.


A Feb. 1 grand opening featured a multi-cultural program, including a Native American Cedar Blessing, Hebrew folk songs and a signature panel blessed by St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.

The highlight of the event was a speech by Holocaust survivor Jack Polak, with the Anne Frank Center-USA. Polak’s parents were deported to Sobibor in 1943, where they died in the gas chambers. He was taken to Westerbork in 1943 and was also held in Bergen -Belsen. In 1943, before being liberated by the Russian Army, he was taken all over Germany in cattle cars. He finally returned to Amsterdam and married a woman he had met in the camps.

Polak’s family, which includes three children, immigrated to the United States in 1951.

The secret annex replica is supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council through funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wyoming State Legislature. The project also received a $250 grant for the replica with a matching $250 grant from the Scott Foundation. Georgia Foster, with the People for Human Rights, served as director of the project.

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Once upon a time...

Helen Meadors, state librarian, reads to kindergarten students at Goins Elementary School in Cheyenne during their annual Reading Night. The children, toting teddy bears and dolls, were dressed in their pajamas for the event. Each child received a free book from the school.

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Teton County Library hires new director

Betsy Bernfeld has been selected as the new director of Teton County Library effective March 1, according to Board president Warren Adler.

Bernfeld will fill the vacancy left by Nancy Effinger who, after 15 years as director, has resigned to pursue other interests.

"While the Board accepts with regret the resignation of Ms. Effinger, we feel fortunate that we are able to find a qualified candidate to promote from within our excellent staff," said Adler.

Bernfeld holds a Master of Arts degree in Information Services and Library Science from the University of Arizona and has supervised adult services at the Teton County Library for the past six years.

A resident of the valley for 23 years, Bernfeld and her husband Joe, a teacher at Jackson Hole Middle School, live in Wilson.

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Collection assessment completed

The numbers are in! WLN, Inc. of Lacey, Wash., sent the State Library results of a collection assessment study, which was based on a listing of collection records of the 23 county libraries in Wyoming. The list was compiled by the Library Automation Sy stem Services Office (LASSO) at the State Library.

The resulting data provides detailed information about Wyoming’s library collection status, including facts about the ages of collections, the most predominant book subjects in Wyoming, and how much money libraries spend on collection development.

After further analysis, a detailed report will be generated and distributed to each county library. The same type of study will be conducted for academic libraries in the future.

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Library community grows

Welcome to the Mills Library!

At a time when budgets are tight and some libraries have faced closures, a little hope shines through the vast plains of Wyoming’s Library Land.

A new library has entered the Natrona County Library System. The Mills Library, which quietly opened its doors on Tuesday, Feb. 17, is Wyoming’s newest electronic information center. A grand opening is slated in April for "Celebrate Natrona County Libraries" during National Library Week (April 19-25).

The library, which was run by volunteers for 20 years, received an overhaul when the town’s governmental officials decided they wanted a more modern, technologically-based library. That’s when Natrona County Library System took the Mills Library under its wings. The town is still maintaining the building and has given assistance to help fund staffing.

The Mills Library collection will focus on children’s materials for pre-school and elementary-aged kids. Some recreational reading will be provided for young adults and adults. However, the biggest difference from traditional libraries, is the information needs will be provided through the Wyoming Libraries Database (WYLD) and the Internet.

If a patron needs more assistance, the main library in Casper (about five miles away) will provide those services.

The new library is staffed by Tanise Lavering, who was a library aide at the Mills School Library for several years. Story time and information services will be provided by staff from the main library.

Mills Library will be open Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 am-5 pm; Thursday, 3 pm-8 pm; and Saturday, 10 am-1 pm.

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Goshen County Commissioners help library go after grant...and get it!

Goshen County recently received word that it received the Farm Loan Board matching grant of $34,000 to help remodel the library’s current facilities.

The Goshen County Library has been planning to remodel and comply with the American Disabilities Act (ADA) for about two years. After receiving $250,000 from the one percent money, the library’s dreams were becoming more of a reality. However, the library needed a little bit more money to get the plans into action. So, that’s when Library Director Isabel Hoy approached her board to ask for assistance to apply from the Farm Loan Board. The Goshen County Library Board members then approached the county commissioners to go after the grant. They agreed. The grant was then submitted in the name of the Goshen County Commissions for benefit of the library. Hoy says it was a cooperative effort, and thanks to the commissioners, it became possible to go after the grant.

The library plans to remove the mezzanine area by lowering it and bringing it to the main level of the library. As a result, the restrooms will be moved to the main floor and will be ADA compliant. The staff area will be consolidated and will hopefully be "really efficient," Hoy said. A warehouse of about 500 square feet will be added in the back alley since storage space is being eliminated in the basement.

The Farm Loan Board grant has made the project "look like a feasible process," said Hoy. She hopes the reconstruction will be complete some time this summer, although she is just now starting to get the preliminary paperwork done for the job.

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Franscell publishes first novel

Wyoming writer Ron Franscell will publish his first novel, Angel Fire, in June 1998.

A contemporary fiction, Angel Fire is set in a small Wyoming town and is the tale of two brothers’ separate odysseys of self-discovery. Twenty-four years after Daniel McLeod is killed in a Viet Cong ambush, his only brother Cassidy finds himself mysteriously drawn to their small hometown, where he must confront a lifetime of his own ghosts.

Angel Fire features familiar landscapes, both geographic and mental, and will be very appealing to Wyoming readers.

Franscell grew up in Casper and graduated from Casper College and the University of Wyoming. He is the editor of the Gillette News-Record, past president of the Wyoming Press Association and sits on the board of the Wyoming Center for the Book.

To order copies of Angel Fire, call Laughing Owl Publishing at 1-800-313-7412 or visit their web site at http://www.laughingowl.com.

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Wyoming native authors book

Tales and Irreverencies of a Country Parson is the autobiography of storyteller Reverend Eugene Todd, a country boy born and raised on his pioneer father’s cattle ranch in northern Wyoming.

The book is a collection of poignant and comical human interest stories of Todd’s experiences as a clergyman and growing up in Wyoming.

For more information or to order copies of the book, contact Western Americana Publishing, P.O. Box 20044-7011, Cheyenne, WY 82003, FAX 307/778-6447.


Around the State

Rick and Mary Jo Newton, principal and librarian respectively, have been on sabbatical from Buffalo High School since last fall. They accepted teaching positions in Maracaibo, Venezuela, a city of 1.2 million. He is serving as principal and she is the librarian for K-12 of the Escuela Bella Vista school, which has an enrollment of 390 students. Among Mary Jo’s duties are to automate the library and update the collection.

Two members of the Hay Library staff at Western Wyoming Community College recently were awarded master’s degrees after several years of studying and attending classes part time. Carol Brown received a master’s in Library Science and Information Management from Emporia State University. Kate Kelly received a master’s in English from Utah State University. Kelly previously had earned a M.L.S. from the University of Arizona.

Debra Sims is the new children’s librarian at the Glenrock Branch Library. She was formerly a clerk at the Converse County Library. Sims has a degree in education and has 12 years experience in early childhood education. She replaces Lorie Hinton, Converse County’s first children’s librarian, who had been employed there for 20 years.

Meeteetse Library was recently awarded a Libri Foundation Books For Children grant. The Libri Foundation is a one-woman organization based in Eugene, Ore. Barbara McKillip established the organization in 1990 as a way to supply books to small, remote libraries with limited budgets. The Meeteetse Library purchased 70 new children’s books worth $1,087.

Ann Miller is the new reference librarian in the Instructional Resources Center at Laramie County Community College. She previously was coordinator of library instruction at Northern Michigan University since 1994. Prior to that she was reference a nd instruction librarian at College of the Mainland in Texas City, Texas for 20 years. Miller earned a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s in library science from the University of Texas at Austin. She also has a master’s in humanities from the University of Houston, Clear Lake City, Texas.

Carey Junior High School teacher Paul Crips hosted a star party Jan. 14 at the Pine Bluffs Branch Library. Crips brought an 18-inch Newtonian telescope and allowed the public to view planets and M42 in Orion. Crips is a Christa McAuliffe Fellow and is advisor for the Carey Student Astronomers. A star party was also held at the Burns Branch Library.

The late Jane E. Lutzke bequeathed approximately $100,000 to the Johnson County Library. Lutzke was a former Buffalo resident who died May 14, 1997. She was an English teacher and librarian at Buffalo High School for 36 years. The money will go into a permanent endowment fund ensuring the future of the library, according to foundation president Lynette Durrant.

The Buffalo Bill Historical Center recently presented a $1,000 check to the Park County Library System. The money was raised from a reception, book signing and dinner at the museum which featured author Robert Utley.

Diane Roccabruna is the new full-time assistant of youth services at the Rock Springs Library. The new position replaces two part-time positions in that department. Roccabruna previously worked for nine years as a teacher’s aide and then librarian’s aide at Yellowstone Elementary School in Rock Springs.

Lorene W. Welch recently donated $10,000 to the Sheridan Library Foundation. The gift is to be used for the purchase of new books. Welch has been a strong supporter of the library for many years. Among her contributions are helping to fund the expansion of the Wyoming Room and the purchase of much-needed equipment.

The theme of the Cody Library Children’s Department annual winter Family Reading Program this year is "Discover the Treasure of Reading Together." The event features a treasure hunt, making pirate hats, marble races and a special program by storyteller Charlie Williams. The six-week program will conclude with an awards party and entertainment.

The Woman’s Club of Cheyenne Libraries 2000 donated books and $100 to the Laramie County Library recently. Libraries 2000 is a national project of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs to provide $12.5 million in books and tutoring materials to public and school libraries.

Urie Elementary Library hosted its annual "Pig Out On Books Week" last month. Students and teachers contracted to read a certain number of minutes or books during the week and received a new paperback book at the end of the week when they fulfilled their contracts. "Pigging Out Week" included activities such as wearing "grubbies" on Pig Day and concluded with watching the "Pig Film Festival" on pajama day.

Sweetwater County Library is hosting "Cinephreaks," a series of free black and white movies from the 1940s. The movies are shown once a month through the month of May. Hosts Geoff Peterson and John Crouch introduce each film and conclude with a discussion period to consider the film’s historical significance.

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WYLD things...

Three more libraries will soon have dedicated access to the Wyoming Libraries Database (WYLD) network. Assisted by LSTA grants, Guernsey, Kaycee and Lovell will be joining the system. Welcome!

Libraries have a few more weeks to take advantage of trial access to several databases, selected and arranged by the WYLD Database Products Committee. The committee will select databases to be licensed during the coming year based on WYLD user opinions. Complete instructions for access and descriptions of the products can be found on the WYLD Web page at http://will.state.wy.us/wyld/.

All libraries are encouraged to try out the products and offer feedback to the Database Products Committee by filling out the online evaluation form, which will be available on the State Library’s WYLD Web site by the first week in March. Comments may also be directed to Karen Hopkins, chair of the Database Products, in Converse County, at 358-3644.

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WYLD network meeting scheduled

Casper will be the site of the Wyoming Libraries Database (WYLD) Network spring meeting, tentatively scheduled for Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2, 1998.

Committees will meet on Friday and training will take place on Saturday. The specific location and other details will be posted on the WYLD Council Web site at http://will.state.wy.us/wyld/wyldco.html.

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Sublette County Library opens its "new" doors

Sublette County Library recently dedicated its new building at an open house celebration on Feb. 14, 1998.

"The library was a wonderful gift the people of Sublette County gave to themselves," said State Librarian Helen Meadors, who was a guest at the event. "It’s an absolutely beautiful and functional library."

Eighty percent of the two million dollars in construction costs for the 13,500 square foot log cabin facility was funded through private donations.

To help lighten the load during the move, the public checked out 6,000 books from the old library and returned them when the new library opened.

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Free book available to county library headquarters

The Wyoming State Library is offering free copies of Cataloging Correctly for Kids to all 23 county libraries.

The 1998 edition includes sections on:

County libraries interested in receiving a free copy of this publication may contact Judy Yeo at the State Library by March 20. Call 800/264-1281, option 3.

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Deadline set for LSTA National Leadership Grants

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has set a deadline of Friday, April 17, 1998, to apply for the National Leadership Grants under the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

The program is designed to enhance the quality of library services nationwide and to encourage collaborative efforts between libraries and museums. As this is the first year of this newly revised program under LSTA, ALA encourages applications from the library community.

Grants will be awarded in September 1998 for exemplary projects in library education and training, library research and demonstration, library preservation or digitization, and model programs of cooperation between libraries and museums. The projects must have national impact. These competitive grants receive 3.75 percent of LSTA appropriations. (The total appropriated for LSTA for TY 98 is $146,340,00.)

All types of libraries, library schools, library agencies, and library consortia are eligible for the grants. Museums are also eligible if in partnership with libraries. For more information, see the National Leadership Grants guidelines at http://www.imls.fed.us/guidelines/natlead.pdf or call IMLS at 202/606-5227 (TTY for hearing impaired, call 202/606-8636).

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News Briefs

Karen Hesse, author of "Out of the Dust," and Paul O. Zelinsky, illustrator of "Rapunzel," are the 1998 winners of the John Newbery and Randolph Caldecott Medals, the most prestigious awards in children’s literature. Considered the "Academy Awards" of children’s book publishing, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals honor outstanding writing and illustration of works published in the U.S. during the previous year. The awards are administered by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced its 1998 list of Notable Children’s Books selected for their originality, creativity and suitability for children. The list can be found on the ALA Web site at http://www.ala.org/alsc/notable98.html.

The 1998 Andrew Carnegie Medal winner is "Willa: An American Snow White," a video produced and directed by Tom Davenport and distributed by Davenport Films. Now in its eighth year, the Carnegie Medal, established with the support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, honors an outstanding American video production for children released during the previous year.

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of ALA, has announced the 1998 list of Best Books for Young Adults, including the Top Ten Best Books. YALSA also announced its 1998 list of Quick Picks for Young Adults, a list of recommended books for reluctant teen readers. Both lists are available on the ALA Web site at http://www.ala.org/yalsa or from Fax-On-Demand at 1-800-545-2433, press 8.

Lisbon High School in Lisbon, Maine, is the winner of the Great Book Giveaway II competition sponsored by YALSA. The high school will receive more than 1,200 children’s, young adult, and adult library materials that were sent to the YALSA office in 1997 for review by the division’s selection committees. Applications for Great Book Giveaway III will be available in June, 1998. For more information contact the YALSA Office at 800/545-2433, ext. 4390 or email yalsa@ala.org. Information will also be available at the YALSA section of the ALA home page http://www.ala.org/yalsa.

TEENHoopla: An Internet Guide for Teens, a Web page with links to more than a hundred sites of special interest to ages 12-18, is now online at http://www.ala.org/teenhoopla/. The site was produced by YALSA. It is the latest in a series of initiatives designed to showcase the role of librarians in helping parents, children and teens navigate in cyberspace.

Libraries, schools, bookstores and parents are urged to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss on Monday, March 2, 1998, by joining in Read Across America. Sponsored by the National Education Association, the event aims to involve children in reading activities across the country. The American Library Association (ALA) is a partner in this effort. Find more information on the NEA website http://www.nea.org/readacross/.

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Personel-ly Speaking

Karen Carpender, a Wyoming native, is the new temporary assistant in Central Acquisitions. She spent the last nine years in Arizona, working at Arizona State University as an administrative associate for an engineering department where she interacted with about 300 foreign students. She likes her job at the State Library and is glad to be back in Wyoming.

As the State Government Information Coordinator, Emily Sieger will be responsible for working with others to develop State government publications policy for the state; and developing a locator system for state information. She spent two years at Montana State University as a reference librarian and was a management intern for the federal government. She also worked in the Museum of Modern Art and the Library of Congress where she specialized in reference work in motion pictures. She most recently worked at the Wyoming State Department of Audit after receiving her Master’s degree in Public Administration.

Chris Van Burgh is the new Statewide Information Services Outreach Librarian. She came to the State Library from the University of Wyoming Libraries, where she worked for 17 years, most recently in the Library Outreach Services. Chris said she feels she has pleased both her father, a teacher, and mother, a librarian. She has a bachelor’s degree in education and has almost completed her master’s in education, but has worked in libraries from the beginning. She loves to travel, which is a definite plus in her new responsibilities: she’ll be traveling statewide to train librarians on electronic resources and databases.

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Read to Me, Wyoming offers win/win opportunity for libraries

Back by popular demand, the Taco John’s "Buy one, Get one Free" discount card is offered by Read to Me, Wyoming. Entering its fourth year, the Read to Me program, whose goal is to have every child read to at least 10 minutes a day, is a partner with Taco John’s, Rotary Clubs of Wyoming and the Center for the Book at the Wyoming State Library. Taco John’s has agreed to bring back the popular discount card, which costs $6 and allows the cardholder to "buy one, get one free" at any Taco John’s location in Wyoming. The cards expire on Dec. 31, 1998.

"The best part about the partnership is libraries, schools and youth service groups who sell the cards keep $2 from each sale made," said Linn Rounds, the Center for the Book’s liaison to the Read to Me program. Each Group’s reading programs are instantly funded, and the remaining $4 is placed in the Read to Me Foundation for mini-grants.

The State Library will distribute the Taco John’s cards to any library or youth service group in the state. If your library or "Friends" group would like to conduct a sale of the cards, contact Julie Hurd or Linn Rounds, 1-800-264-1281, option 6, in the Public Programs, Publications and Marketing Office to place an order.

If you are a school librarian, you may wish to work in conjunction with your school parent/teacher organization in establishing a sales campaign. The cards will be shipped to your library as soon as possible after your order is received. Any unsold cards may be returned to the State Library.

The proceeds from the sale of the cards (after you deduct your library or school share) will be placed in a foundation by Rotary Clubs of Wyoming. Therefore, you will want patrons to write checks to your library or school. One check may then be written to Read to Me and forwarded to the State Library.

The Center for the Book at the State Library is again the liaison for county, branch and school libraries to become involved in the program sponsored by Rotary Clubs. A letter describing this year’s program has been mailed to all libraries and Rotary presidents.

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