July - August 1998

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WYLD Marketing Committee prepares for WEB2

The WYLD Marketing Committee has been busily preparing and brainstorming for the arrival of WEB2, a windows interface software upgrade that will allow users access to the web environment.

The committee has met twice this July via telephone conferences. An updated logo, scripts for three public service announcements and press releases have been discussed. All these items will be combined to create a new WYLD marketing packet for libraries throughout the state.

New WEB2 slogans are:

Along with new slogans there is also an updated dancing cat included in the new graphics who is going WYLD over WEB2. (see headline). Ideas are also in the works for three public service announcements: the first for WYLD users, the second for fund raising, and the third for the general public.

WYLD Marketing Committee members include: Patty Myers, director at Platte County Public Library System, and smaller public library representative for the WYLD Network Governing Board; June Cleveland, technical services manager at Fremont County Library System; Diana Oedekoven, adult services supervisor at Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library; Julie Hurd, public relations specialist at Laramie County Library System; Linn Rounds, public programs, publications and marketing manager and Lesley Collins, public information specialist both of the State Library.

New WSL board chair and vice chair elected

Jack Mueller of Cheyenne was recently elected chair of the Wyoming State Library Board, and Anna Sapp of Lovell was elected vice chair.

Mueller is retired from the Wyoming Department of Education. He is also a member of the Laramie County Historical Society, Laramie County Farm Bureau, and a life member of the Wyoming Alumni Association and Sigma Chi Fraternity. As new board chair, Mueller said his immediate plans are "processing, screening, and recommending a new State Librarian." His plans for the future he said are "securing funds for the continuation of our central system and WYLD (Wyoming Libraries Database) system."

Lovell Middle School Principal Anna Sapp is serving her second term with the WSL Board. She was a board member and former chair of the Park County Library.

Library Retreat Report Available

The Report on the Public Library Retreat held May 17, 18 is completed and available on line at http://will.state.wy.us/admin/. Included in the report are the processes used to design the values, vision, and mission for a public library. Also listed are ways to improve public libraries, the pros and cons of actions, and priorities.

Library Trustee Corner

National Survey of Public Library Trustees
By Jerry Krois, deputy State Librarian

A national survey of public library trustees conducted in the summer of 1997 offers some interesting perspectives on library leadership.

The majority of trustees (54%) have three years or less in their appointment. Seven is the most common size of board membership at 33% and five members is second at 17%.

Training in trusteeship was supplied by the local library in 66%, while 25% of the trustees said they received no training at all. Minority representation on boards was only 4.3% of the 762 respondents and women were 65% of those respondents. Forty percent of those surveyed did not work and the most common age ranges were 45-54 (27%) and 65-74 (25%).

The trustees indicated that they stay current on public library issues primarily through discussion with other board members (77%) , attending the state library association annual conference (20%), or reading the library journals such as Library Journal, Public Libraries, American Libraries, or Trustee Voice (the American Library Trustees Association newsletter).

This information is useful but the critical questions for trustees are: How effective are you in understanding issues and creating appropriate policies? Do you anticipate problems or issues rising and proactively plan policy? Do you communicate well with your director, commissioners and the community? Do you advocate for better libraries at the state and national levels?

Board development is an important element of our library community. If your board has a topic of interest or importance to you, please contact the State Library for development of a program for an upcoming board meeting.

Search team up and running

Art Ellis, director for the Department of Administration and Information (A&I), and the State Library Board have chosen a 12-member team for the new state librarian search and selection process.

Art Ellis heads the team that includes: Jack Mueller and Helen Fitch, representing the State Library Board; Marcia Wright, the WYLD Governing Board and Resource Sharing Council; Larry Stolz, state agencies; Brian Greene and Trish Palluck, the State Library; Charlene Paben and Helen Higby, public libraries; Sherie Monk, school libraries; and Carol Deering, academic libraries.

Sherie Monk, chair of the search team said, "This is a wonderful dedicated group of professionals to work with. We are all committed to finding the best person for the Wyoming State Librarian position."

Responsibilities of the team included defining requirements for the position vacancy announcement, and developing a questionnaire for applicants. The search team will also develop a time line for the search and selection process, create a list of interview questions, review applicant packets and compile a short list of the most promising applicants. Details regarding the interviewing and final selection of applicants have not been worked out yet.

At the suggestion of the search team a subcommitee was formed to get the announcement completed and released for advertising. The team includes Linn Rounds, Brian Greene, and Trish Palluck, all of the State Library. Advertising will include newspapers, library journals, web sites and key library list servs. A tool is also being used by the subcommitee to evaluate how applicants learned about the job opening.

On July 10 the vacancy announcement compiled by the search committee was approved by the Human Resource Division of A&I. The vacancy announcement states the position is open until filled, but eligible applicants are guaranteed consideration if they respond before the closing date of September 14.

The vacancy announcement is available on line at:

September 20 and 21 are the next scheduled meetings for the search team. The meetings will take place in Riverton, at which time the team will review applications and determine the time line for the rest of the search selection process.

Personel-ly Speaking

Sheila Russell, public programs, publications and marketing specialist, said farewell on July 21. She has accepted a job with Sierra Trading Post. Sheila was employed at the State Library for two years.

Judy Yeo, Library Development officer, is the Continuing Education Committee Chair for the MPLA.

Chris Vanburgh recently received an award from the Wyoming National Guard for her reference assistance.

Andrea Testi, economic and community development librarian, is the new Fremont County business councelor for the Small Business Development Council (SBDC). She will also remain on contract with the State Library.

WEB2 is coming!

WEB2 is coming, resulting in training, changes, advancements, and easier access for patrons and libraries throughout the state.

WEB2, a web-browser interface specifically, will allow users access to information through a web environment. The old PAC system was text-based, but the new software is a multimedia environment including audio, video, and graphics.

Navigating through the new system will no longer require typing skills. Users will be able to easily navigate through databases and the World Wide Web with a mouse.

Access to a graphical web environment requires a greater bandwidth than the current system. Libraries are preparing for the upgrade by expanding memory capacity at individual PCs, and the State Library has directed an increase in bandwidth capacity between libraries.

With the new software libraries are bound to see an increase in computer use. Corky Walters, manager of the WYLD office, said because of the increased usage libraries might consider various PC-based devices, such as replacement mice, privacy screens, and filtering software.

Training will be provided for the new software by State Library personnel and external database vendors at various locations throughout the state.

Seminars for local public library trustees will also be offered late this summer or early fall. The training will provide guidelines to assist in the development of Internet policies.

A tentative schedule for the WEB2 upgrade has been released by the WYLD office. The State Library recently received the Server equipment on which WEB2 will be mounted so the schedule has been pushed back a month.

Despite the delay, the WYLD Network Committee has started WEB2 page designs that will be mounted for a trial period on selected WYLD library staff terminals later this. Comments and suggestions for redesign of the web page will follow the trial period.

WEB2 will be available for public use at several alpha site libraries early this fall. Corky Walters said she hopes to see WEB2 implemented statewide by the end of the year.

New telecommunications strategy for WEB2

Installation of WEB2, a windows interface software upgrade, will require the implementation of a new telecommunications strategy.

With the upgrade and the anticipated implementation of TAOS, libraries will require greater telecommunications capacity.

Access to a graphical web environment requires a greater bandwidth than the current text-based system, and the State Library and State Telecommunications Division have arranged for the installation of T-1 Frame Relay circuits. Frame Relay will give the increased bandwidth needed for larger libraries in the system.

Along with greater capacity the frame relay circuits can easily carry more data traffic. Traditional digital circuits followed the state's backbone network, and were affected by other state traffic.

T-1 Frame Relay is only available in selected Wyoming cities which include: Cody, Powell, Jackson, Lander, Riverton, Rock Springs, Sheridan, Gillette, Casper and Laramie. Nearly all WYLD libraries will eventually need the bigger circuits and will be accommodated.

Former WSL Board chair in plane crash

Oval Meier, former Wyoming State Library (WSL) board chair, was involved in a plane crash in Black Hills National Forest near Spearfish this July 1. Also involved in the crash was the pilot Donald Cluff.

Preliminary FAA reports indicate the engine of the plane was dead when the plane hit Green Mountain at 11 am.

Both men were taken to Rapid City Regional Hospital where Meier was treated for a chipped ankle bone, and Cluff was treated for a broken back.

The two men had taken off from Spearfish Airport in a 1961 Piper Colt two-seat plane and were headed to Cheyenne for a doctor's appointment. The plane cleared a power line, then hit tree tops about one-fourth mile to the west, Meier said. Meier then used his cell phone to report the accident to Lawrence County authorities.

Job Opportunity: Children's Librarian

Responsible for public relations, programming, outreach, collection development, reference and fund raising with a team of 1.15 full time employees and 4 plus volunteers in DRA network. Minimum of three years of experience. ALA/MLS or equivalent. Full-time salary: $24,700-$26,300 with benefits. Send cover letter, resume, transcripts and the names of three references to Search, Albany County Public Library, 310 S. 8th Laramie, WY 82070 by September 30.

Trends

Trends in Wyoming Public Libraries: 1992-1997 Summary Report, is now available at the State Library Public Programs, Publications & Marketing Office.

Adapted by Judy Yeo, library development officer of the State Library, the report examines several trends that are shaping public library services in Wyoming for the six-year period of 1992-97.

For more information contact Judy Yeo at 307/777-5914.

All about Diabetes

Mini-fair set for Aug. 24 in Herschler Gallery

A mini fair, "All About Diabetes," will launch the statewide celebration of the National Diabetes Education Program Awareness Campaign in Wyoming on Monday, Aug. 24. The Fair is from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be in the Herschler Gallery, located on the lower level between the Capitol and the Herschler Bldg.in Cheyenne.

Purpose of the fair is to bring attention to the burden of diabetes in Wyoming which results in an estimated $142 million annually. It affects approximately 23, 610 adults in state. There will be a short program at the fair which includes remarks by Gov. Geringer , Don Rolston and Dr. Eric Wedell. Blood glucose testing will be offered and a number of health care providers with be on hand to provide information.

This marks the official start of a year long program to increase awareness of diabetes in the state and additional programs will be promoted. During the past year Wyoming libraries have been participating in educating residents about the disease through a cooperative program which furnished current diabetes materials to more than 30 libraries. The Wyoming Public Health Association recognized the program at its annual meeting and the Centers for Disease Control nominated the program as a demonstration project. An abstract on the program will be presented at the American Public Health Association conference later this year.

Kaetz Beartusk, diabetes program manager at the Department of Health, coordinates the program and she worked with the State Library to order, distribute and promote the diabetes materials.


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