November 1999

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E-Rate: 21 libraries qualify for $72,936 in second year

In the second year of E-Rate, 21 of Wyoming's eligible libraries have qualified for $72,936 of USF support; more than doubling the amount received in the first year.

A successful application for telecommunications support of the eligible WYLD libraries was also completed. The amount approved for the support was $58,718; therefore, Wyoming libraries are eligible for $131,654 in the second year of the program.

"Year 3" (July 1, 2000 to June 30, 2001) application period has now started. Eligible Wyoming libraries and schools have until Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, to submit forms 470/471 to the Schools and Libraries Division.

If received by this day, they will be part of the "Year 3" window and will be treated as if they arrived on the same day. Applications received after that day will be treated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Brian Greene, Wyoming State Library network development, encourages libraries to seek E-Rate support in other eligible services.

Teton County Public Library sought support for internal connections work and was rewarded for those efforts in "Year Two." Even though they have the lowest discount level of eligible libraries in Wyoming, 40 percent,they received support because the US F Fund was able to fund internal connections to the minimum level of 20 percent this year.

Year One" E-Rate funded this area only at the 60 to 70 percent ranges.

Shelves of Wyoming libraries benefit from Sen. Enzi, Library of Congress

Libraries throughout the state may have a few extra books on their shelves courtesy of the Library of Congress (LOC), Wyoming's U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi and the Wyoming State Library (WSL).

U.S. senators can send copies of surplus LOC books back to their states, and Enzi elected to send the books to the WSL in care of Lesley Boughton, Wyoming state librarian.

She then uses the WYLD system to search the libraries in the state to identify those that don't have copies of the books sent to her.

"The Library of Congress book program is such a wonderful way to promote literacy and contribute to the library shelves in our home state," Enzi said. "Books are a fundamental tool for learning and I am proud to help promote education by sending Wyomin g this wonderful gift."

Boughton said many of the books are sent to smaller libraries in the state that don't have large book-purchasing budgets, and about 10 libraries in the state have received a portion of the books.

In the most recent shipment of books from Enzi, a lot of children's books were included.

Enzi has been sending the books to Boughton for almost one year, and said she hopes to continue receiving the books as often as possible. She has asked directors from the libraries receiving the books to send a "thank you" note to Enzi to show apprecia tion for the books.

WSL Web site named Netscape Editor’s choice

The Wyoming State Library Web site has been named a Netscape Editor’s choice site.

It is "a very nice gateway to the libraries of Wyoming. An online database allows you to search for titles and find out what library they are in. Good site for research in Wyoming," states Netscape.

In a letter of congratulations, Gov. Jim Geringer said, "I’ve visited the site more than once and agree with Netscape."

The Netscape link and comment is located at, http://directory.netscape.com/Regional/US/Wyoming/Arts_and_Culture.

The library’s site is located at http://will.state.wy.us.

The selection of the Web site by Netscape proves that "our staff does a great job in design and maintaining the site," said Lesley Boughton, Wyoming state librarian.

In addition to providing a link to WYLD, the site also offers users a Wyoming Libraries Directory and "Wyoming Bibliographies" that points the user to lists of books about Wyoming and other interesting links to Wyoming information.

The Web site was designed and is maintained by Desiree Sallee, systems librarian; Chris Van Burgh, statewide outreach librarian; and Susan Vittitow, publications specialist.

Osborn wins Cheyenne ATHENA Award

Lucie Osborn, Laramie County librarian, was recently recognized for her role in "advancing women in professional excellence and leadership" when she received the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Award.

Osborn was selected from 17 nominees.

"I believe the library is the most important public service institution in the community because it serves as the people’s university, offering everyone free access to information and knowledge," Osborn said in a chamber press release. "It doesn’t segr egate by education, race, gender or income."

The ATHENA Award is designed to recognize an individual who demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in business or profession, provides valuable service by contributing time and energy to improve the quality of life for others and assists wo men in reaching their full leadership potential.

As county librarian, Osborn provides leadership and direction for the Laramie County Library System (LCLS). She works with the library board of directors, government officials, library staff and community groups. She develops and implements the library budget, works with planning teams to form strategic plans and coordinates fund-raising efforts.

"Libraries have always been part of my life, and fortunately I fell into librarianship, a profession I love," Osborn said. "Being county librarian is tremendously rewarding because what I do impacts people’s lives"

Approximately 80,000 people are served through Cheyenne’s central library, the Burns and Pine Bluffs branches and a bookmobile. The library system has a staff of 34 FTE, an annual budget of $2.1 million, a 33,000-square-foot central library, circulatio n of more than 600,000 and a collection of more than 228,000 volumes.

Osborn is a past president of the Cheyenne Chapter of Zonta International, past president of the local chapter of the League of Women Voters, past president of the Wyoming Library Association, a member of the Girl Scout Council of Wyoming, the Cheyenne -Laramie County Regional Planning Commission, an active member of the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Community Pride and Vision 2020 committees, a member of Rotary International, and a member of the Greater Cheyenne 2000 Celebration Committee.

This is the fourth year the ATHENA Award has been presented in Cheyenne. The ATHENA Award is presented in more than 300 cities nationwide.

Personnel-ly speaking

Debbie Buchmeier, Wyoming State Library financial/statistical specialist, has been selected for the National Center for Education Statistics Fellows Program. Started in October 1990, the program is designed to improve the quality, timeliness and co mparability of education data. Buchmeier recently attended a one-week training and technical assistance program for the program.

Trustee Corner: Searching for a vision of the future

By Jerry Krois, Deputy State Librarian

I have been reading about the future during the past couple months. Not about what events might or could actually take place, but about positioning yourself to deal with the uncertainties of the future.

Who would have thought six years ago that sport utility vehicles would dominate the auto market? Who would have thought a few years ago that the Dow would reach 10,000? Who would have thought five years ago that Y2K would be such a societal issue? And who would have thought that the Internet and World Wide Web would lead to so many ".com" sites?

Which of these events have affected the library directly or indirectly? Did you position your library in relation to any of these (or others)? Did you evaluate or review the outcomes?

One concept about future visioning reappearing in a number of articles I have read is "scanning." This means the constant search for information relating to current and future assumptions about the organization.

A related concept is called splatter vision: Constantly looking at the large picture even when you might find interest in focusing on specific technological issues or operating practices. As a board member, you should regularly scan several key topics -- government, technology, culture and our discipline of librarianship.

I wouldn’t expect or encourage you to consume volumes of research data to be effective at scanning for the library but finding a few relevant articles from time to time on governmental issues related to libraries and information delivery, trends in tec hnology and telecommunications and education. These areas combined with consumer habits can all help build a picture of your library in the future. Ask yourself what the issues and actions could mean to your library; ask yourself what and when changes are needed in your library.

Remember to maintain the "splatter vision" to find overlying trends in these readings that could enable you to pro-actively position your library.

Board members need to work with each other and the director to develop the mental model of what libraries will be about, and what you collectively expect your library to focus on and achieve during the next several years.

The future of the library is not beyond your control if you gain understanding of the trends and issues and advocate for your institution.

Writers’ Database seeks information for updates

The Wyoming Writers’ Database, a project of the Wyoming Center for the Book (WCB), hosted by the Wyoming State Library (WSL), is preparing to update the database, and the library is accepting new and updated information for the Web site.

WCB defines a Wyoming book author as an individual who writes in or about Wyoming. Books may be included in the database if the book would not exist without the efforts of the individual such as the editor or photographer. A Wyoming author may also be any organization, if the organization is credited as the author of the book.

The database has roots back to the early 1980s when the public library section of the Wyoming Library Association began gathering information. When momentum slowed, the files were given to the Public Information Office of the state library for safekeep ing. In the mid ’90s, the WCB adopted the project through the efforts of Allen Wyatt who combined the old files with new contributions and constructed the database.

The WSL then developed the database for the Web site. For the last two years there haven’t been many updates; however, the WSL is now seeking updates for the site.The site is located at http://c owgirl.state.wy.us/wywriters/index.html.To update or create a new listing, click on the link titled "email your updates."

Serials need to include all four digits

Attention all serials staff members. Use all four digits.

The Online Quality Committee is asking that all year 2000 issues contain the entire four digits of the new year.

Lori Kirchoff, chairwoman of the Online Quality Committee, has made the request but said that any issues that have already been logged "00 01" do not have to be changed.

Kirchoff said remaining issues should be linked as "2000 01, 2000 02/03 or 2000 01 14."

Using the four digits will ensure consistency and maintain quality in the WYLD system.

Internet policies ride the wave of libraries in the state

To filter or not to filter. To chat or not to chat.

Libraries must address these questions and many other concerns involving the Internet every day. At one time, computers in the library were used only for research and accessing databases; today they are used to surf the Internet, participate in chat r ooms, exchange email and a host of other things.

In Wyoming, how much control or restriction libraries exercise varies.

In Campbell County, all users under the age of 17 are required to use filtered Internet access. Those over 18 have a choice between filtered or non-filtered. Karen Hopkins, director, said a staff committee developed the policy to guide staff an d allow enforcement.

Central Wyoming College is developing a policy that will be "scrutinized" by the college attorney or the board. The library is working with the campus Information Technology Committee on wording and intent. The proposed policy will state that li brary computers are for educational and research purposes and not for recreation.

Carol Deering, director of library services, said "abusing this privilege by purposefully accessing pornography, obscenity or profanity not related to educational purpose" will not be tolerated.

Patrons under the age of 18 may use the Internet, but a parent or guardian must accompany any child under age 14 and sign a waiver for any teen-ager between 14 and 18. The library prohibits chat rooms, games and real-time applications.

At the Converse County Library, there are no restrictions on who may use the computers and the Internet. There is also no limit on what type of site can be visited; however, users are asked to be "respectful of the rights of others." Users under the age of 18 need a signed permission slip, and parents and guardians are responsible for their children's use of the Internet at the library, said Karen Hopkins, director.

Jill Mackey, Crook County Library director, said the library prohibits chat rooms, pornographic or sexually explicit materials and games. Children under 13 can't email without the consent of a parent or guardian. She said the staff also advises parents of their responsibility to accompany their children if they have concerns about appropriate use.

At East High School in Cheyenne, parents have the opportunity to deny Internet access to their children through a Parent Information Notice. Schools in Laramie County School District No. 1 operate under an "opt out" policy for using the Internet . It's assumed that every student has permission to use the Internet unless a written statement from a parent or guardian is presented to the school.

The district's policy states that Internet use through the school's connection may be used for research and education, but not to access, download, store or distribute any material that "is defamatory, abusive, obscene, profane, threatening or sexually explicit to the average person."

At the Fremont County Library, Internet access is unfiltered, but parents may restrict their children's use of the Internet. This summer, the library also set a 15-minute limit for checking email.

The Laramie County Library does not censor the databases on the public computers or through the Internet. The library reserves the right to limit access "deemed incompatible with the stated intent of the Internet services" -- information and res earch. Chat rooms and email must be minimized. The library also advises parents who might be concerned with their children's access to the Internet to accompany their children to the library.

At the Natrona County Library, all users under the age of 18 need a written permission statement from their parents or guardian. Users are prohibited from using the Internet to violate copyright or software laws; attempt to breach the security o f any computer system; engage in illegal activities; misrepresent themselves; harass others; use their own software or disks; or to alter, remove or damage programs on the library's computers.

At the Niobrara County Library, an Internet Use Policy was established in June 1997. It states that the library does not control or censor databases or services available on the Internet. Deb Sturman, director, said parents are required to sign a consent form for children up to the age of 14 to use the Internet.

Northwest Community College Library has a "campus computer policy." Registered students or staff can use the "computer labs on campus for just about anything they want." She said they do not censor usage, but labs under computer services domain have put some restrictions on chat rooms.

Internet access at the Sheridan County Library is provided equally to all library users, said Cathy Butler, director. Parents and guardians are responsible for the Internet information accessed by their children, and parents may restrict their c hildren's use. The library does not censor any access.

Teton County Library system's policy adheres to the American Library Association statement regarding no filtering. Suzanne Morlock, reference supervisor, said there is no censoring. Users must also follow copyright law, and the Internet can only be used for legal purposes.

At the Washakie County Library, Tobi Leides-Bell, director, said the library is not responsible for what users -- including children -- search for; parents and guardians are responsible for their children's use. The library prohibits chat rooms, uploading and downloading.Stewart Shipman, media specialist at Newcastle High School, said their policy requests that users do not violate copyright law. Users are also prohibited from accessing pornographic, obscene or sexually explicit mater ial or language. Students cannot enter into a financial transaction while using the district's computers.

GIS software prepares to ‘map’ its way into Wyoming libraries

Thanks to a donation by leading Geographic Information System (GIS) software producer ESRI, Wyoming residents will be able to access geographic information systems technology in their public libraries.

The donation was a direct result of Gov. Jim Geringer's expressing to ESRI President Jack Dangermond his interest in moving Wyoming into the forefront of national efforts in GIS.

GIS is a computer-based tool for mapping and analyzing things that exist and events that happen. GIS technology integrates common database operations such as query and statistical analysis with unique visualization and geographic analysis benefits offe red by maps. This definition can be found at http://www.esri.com/library/gis/abtgis/what_gis.html.

Wyoming State Library (WSL) is coordinating the effort. WSL, Sweetwater, Campbell and Laramie counties chose to be first-round participants. They have all received the donation packages of software, manuals and data. Northwest and Sheridan Colleges wil l also participate in this part of the program, bringing to five the number of counties in which the GIS software will be available in the first round.

Lesley Boughton, Wyoming state librarian, asked Emily Sieger, state government information coordinator; Chris Van Burgh, statewide outreach librarian; and Marc Stratton, WYLD systems manager, to form a team to implement the ESRI donation. They first ha d to canvass the public libraries to determine the public libraries that had the hardware capability and that also wanted to commit staff resources to learn the software.

Before the libraries can provide access to GIS, staff will need extensive training. The WSL team is developing appropriate training for librarians who will be helping patrons access geographic data. After implementation and evaluation of the first roun d, additional libraries may choose to participate. ESRI has committed to donating their software to all the county libraries in Wyoming.

LAMA seeks PR materials for awards

The Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) is seeking "outstanding library public relations materials" for the Swap and Shop "Best of Show" awards.

Entries will be accepted after March 15, 2000, but no later than April 15, 2000.

Promotional materials will be judged on content, originality, design format and effectiveness. Anyone entering needs to provide three consecutive issues in two categorie s, calendar of events and newsletters. Complete rules and entry forms are at: http://www.ala.org/lama/awards/bestofshow.The additional categories for judging include:

Entries in these categories also need to include four copies of the items to be judged.

More information is available by contacting Amy Shaw, public information officer, Southwest Public Libraries, 3359 Park St., Grove City, Ohio, 43123; swplcro@ohionet.org; 614/875-6716, ext., 60; or by con tacting Shonda Russell, LAMA, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, Ill., 60611; srussell@ala.org; 312/280-5037.

UW Catalog Plus goes live

The University of Wyoming Catalog Plus is now "live," and a variety of databases is available from all UW terminals and from off-campus computers.

When the site is accessed from a UW terminal, the user has no restrictions placed on the databases they can access. Users can also access areas of the catalog from a remote location, but only those with a username can access restricted databases on the site.

One service available to anyone using the site is the catalog. A search can be executed using different types of categories ranging from subj ect or author to keyword or title. In addition to the usual call number, the database provides the location for the type of medium selected, and if the material is available for check out.

Using the UW databases provides the user with a desktop for a wi de variety of resources. It also aids the user in locating materials for interlibrary loans.

The site can be accessed at http://www-lib.uwyo.edu/uwcatplus/default.htm.Instructions on obtaining a username and password are located on the site.

Lander family aids Fremont County Library expansion

A Lander family has come to the aid of the Fremont County Library and its expansion.

The Wolfe family esta te, represented by Kim Wolfe, is selling the county four lots adjoining the present library at discount. Ada Howard, county library director, told the Riverton Ranger newspaper that without the family's help the library would had to find a differen t site for the library's future needs.

The library board has asked the county commissioners for a loan of $108,000; a $1,000 earnest payment has been made toward the property. County Treasurer Scott Harnsberger suggested the county grant the loan from t he budget reserve, and commissioners agreed with the recommendation.Library board members will now develop a timeline and begin raising funds for the project.

Around the State

Bill Nelson, Natrona County Pu blic Library director, and his family were honored with a public reception on Oct. 25 at the library. Nelson, who started his duties as director June 1, has been using the past three months to learn the areas of the library and its operations. Before moving to Casper, Nelson was a librarian in Seattle. In 1974, he received his bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy. He also has a master’s degree in engineering, management, national security-strategic studies and library and information science. Nelson retired from the Navy in 1994 and in 1997 earned a library degree from the University of Washington.

Ieleen Gregory from Pennsylvania is the new director for Uinta County. She has a master’s of library science and is slated to begi n her duties in early December.

Mary Ann Bayers is now working full-time at the Johnson County Library. Bayers began working part-time at the library in 1996. Her duties include processing the new book arrivals.

Opening ceremonies for th e Brinkerhoff Earth Resources Information Center were held Nov. 12 in Laramie. The center provides access to the world’s geology literature through its collections of books, journals and government documents and to the University of Wyoming Library ’s networked database resources.

The Moorcroft Elementary Annual Fall Book Fair was held Oct. 28 and 29. Profit from books sold supplements the book budget and supports the Young Authors Program. Proceeds are also used to bring authors, illustrat ors and storytellers to the community.

The Lincoln County Library held "Family Fun Night -- Reading Together" on Oct. 18. Teen Read Week was celebrated Oct. 17-23. Teen-age readers who checked out a book about monsters, a mystery or a "scary" boo k, received a lab pass to "Dr. Bookenstein’s Spook Party." The Scholastic Book Fair was the first week in November at Burgoon and Kemmerer Elementary Schools.

Youth services librarians in the Sweetwater County Library System issued a challenge to adults and children in the county to read 2000 books by the year 2000 in each of their buildings. To promote the idea, staff gave out packages of M & M candy, and in Green River the bookworm "WhyToo-Kay" was used. Artists were invited to s ubmit work for the End of the Century/Beginning of the Millennium celebration. The winning piece of art will be used on a T-shirt and the artist will receive $50. Artists entering had to be high school age or older and the slogan, "Libraries: Yours 2 Know ," had to appear on the design.

The Laramie County Library System has a new look to its Web site along with a new URL. The site is hosted for free by Lonetree.com Internet Services. The new site is designed to be more user-friendly and better ref lect the library system’s image. It also offers more information about the library system and its services. The new site, located at http://library.gowyo.org, provides additional Internet tutorial and reference resou rces.

Floyd Esquibel has been appointed to the Laramie County Library System Board of Directors. Esquibel, a Cheyenne resident, has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming and a master’s degree and a juris doctorate from the Uni versity of Denver.The library board recently elected new officers: Sharyn Guthridge, chairwoman; Mark Anderson, vice chairman; Barbara Rogers, treasurer; and Esquibel, secretary. Denise Kelsey serves as a member-at-large and Co unty Commissioner Jack Knudson is an ex-officio member.

The Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library director is seeking Sheridan High School students’ opinions on a proposed youth homework room at the library.The library board is proposing t hat an area in the library, complete with computers, be set aside for students to work on homework assignments and research.Library Director Cathy Butler told the Sheridan Press that the project depends on funding.

The Wyoming Library Associat ion has a new Web site look and URL. Created by Erin and Scott Kinney, and assisted by Desiree Sallee and Marc Stratton of the Wyoming State Library, the site’s URL is http://www.wyla.org. Erin Kinney works at the F.E. Warren Air Force Base Library, and Scott Kinney works at the Laramie County Library.

Correction: Philippines President Joseph Estrada did not personally present Agnes Milstead the Presidential Aw ard for the Republic of the Philippines. Emissary Col. Arsenio Sulquiano presented her with the award.

Review: Evanston writer creates ‘Survivor’s Journal’

"How to Create a Survivor's Journal, Preparing Your Family For Your Death and Disability" is the title of a new book by Denice Wheeler and Mac McIntire.

Wheeler is an Evanston businesswoman, former educator, feature writer, author and member of the State Library Board. McIntire is her son, president of a management training and consulting firm in Las Vegas, Nev.

Information was gathered by Wheeler from her experiences as chairwoman of the Wyoming Commission for Women where she compiled information on retirement planning .

She also speaks on women's issues for the American Association of Retired Persons. McIntire has been an adjunct instructor at three universities, contributing author to four books and twice received the "Creative Trainer Award" from the American Societ y for Training and Development.When a family member dies or becomes ill, injured or disabled it is difficult to obtain necessary information to make critical decisions.

The material in this book helps to ease that process. It is assembled into a three-ring notebook with text, blank forms and case studies to show examples for each of the topics. Sample legal documents allow the reader to create a living will, durable p ower of attorney and last will and testament and more.

From the initial self-assessment test to the final pages on how to protect the journal contents, there is a lot of information that is both thought provoking and practical. For example, how many of us are likely to keep handy explanations of our keys, or operating instructions for equipment or appliances or names of service providers.

All of these and more are helpful to note for survivors whether they are a spouse, significant other or child.

Cost of the notebook is $29.95 plus $5 shipping. Forms and documents can be purchased without purchasing the book and these can be used for spouses or partners to create their own journal.

The forms-only packet is $14.95 and $3 for shipping and hand ling. Orders should be sent directly to Denice Wheeler, Box 106, Evanston, WY 82931, 307/789-3655. --Linn Rounds

‘Rosie to Roosevelt’ receives funding

"From Rosie to Roosevelt: A Film History of American in World War II" has received a second round of funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Public libraries are eligible to participate in the project, and 25 libraries will be sele cted to host the program. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2000.

Libraries selected can choose from two program themes.

Participating libraries receive $1,000 grants for local scholar honoraria, a set of videocassettes for the six-week series and related print materials. Each library will also send a two-person team consisting of a library programmer and a local scholar to a national workshop to be held in June 2000.

Information and applications are available at http://www.ala.org/publicprograms, http://www.nvr.org, 212/284-8080, nvrinfo@nvr.org. Additional information is also available at 312/280-5055, pgoodes@ala.org.

News Briefs

WYLD Things

Griffith extends Federal Depository

For any one who has been searching for the latest issue of The Schizophrenia Bulletin, the search is over.

The NWCCD Griffith Memorial Library, Sheridan College, has agreed to exte nd its Federal Depository access to the Sheridan Veterans Affairs Library and NWCCD Gillette Campus Library. Beginning in October, various government publications became available at the libraries through an agreement.

Katrina Jones, NWCCD Griffith Memo rial Library, can provide more information. She can be reached at 307/674-6446, ext. 6213.

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