The Outrider - September 1997

A Publication of the Wyoming State Library

FirstSearch coming to Wyoming

For the next three months, Wyoming libraries will have the opportunity to use Online Computer Library Center’s (OCLC) FirstSearch, an online reference service that enables access to more than 60 databases, for free.

The service will be offered on a trial basis to all public libraries and several school libraries. Academic libraries already have access to FirstSearch through the University of Wyoming.

At the Wyoming Library Association conference on Sept. 25, the Wyoming State Library, Bibliographical Center for Research (BCR), and OCLC will introduce the service.

During the presentation, Jim Hensinger from Bibliographical Center for Research (BCR), and Teresa Mullins from OCLC, Denver office, will explain the basics of FirstSearch, distribute information, and issue logins and passwords to individual libraries.

With the introduction of FirstSearch comes the opportunity for reference staff, as well as library patrons, to explore the broad range of databases available through this service.

As part of the offer, OCLC will track individual library usage and the types of databases used. This will provide libraries and the State Library with useful information regarding demand for this type of online product.

Following the WLA conference, a hands-on training series will be offered at four locations throughout the state: Monday, Sept. 29 in Cheyenne at the State Library; Tuesday, Sept. 30 in Gillette at Campbell County Public Library; Thursday, Oct. 2 in Riverton at the Fremont County Riverton Branch Library; and Friday, Oct. 3 in Kemmerer at the Lincoln County Library.

This series of training sessions will be presented by Barbara Fowler from OCLC’s main office in Ohio, and Venice Beske from the State Library. During the training, participants will have a chance to familiarize themselves with the various databases and how to search them effectively.

For more information about FirstSearch and the training schedule, visit the State Library website or call Venice Beske, 307/777-7982; 800/264-1281, option 1; or email

A sampling of databases accessible through FirstSearch:

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Read to Me, Wyoming holds "Back to School" sale!

The Read to Me, Wyoming Foundation is having a "sale" on the Taco John’s premium discount cards. Instead of selling them for $6, libraries, schools and other non-profit reading organizations would sell them for $3. These agencies would then keep $2 and send $1 from each card sale to the Read to Me Foundation. All funds received by the Read to Me Foundation helps to build grant opportunities for libraries, schools and other organizations that promote reading.

These premium discount cards give the cardholder a $1 off Taco John’s "Six Pack and a Pound" offer, which includes six crispy or softshell tacos in any combination with a full pound of Potato Oles. All cards expire Dec. 31, 1997.

If your library or school would like to earn a little "extra" money for books or services, call the State Library’s Public Programs, Publications and Marketing Office, 1-800-264-1281, option 6 or 307/777-6338 to order your cards today.

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Grants catalog available

The 1997 Catalog of Wyoming State Grant Programs has been printed and is being distributed statewide by the Wyoming State Library. One copy was mailed to each county library.

The catalog highlights 55 grant programs this year. The target audience for the publication is municipalities, nonprofit organizations and other such entities.

The publication is free to all libraries. To obtain a copy, call the State Library’s Public Programs, Publications and Marketing Office, 1-800-264-1281, option 6 or 307/777-6338.

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Directors get a first-hand look at WSL operations

Despite the wide-open spaces that separate most Wyoming towns, libraries throughout the state form a close-knit community because of the technology in place. But, even with all the fax, email and Internet capabilities, communicating with library directors in person is important to State Library personnel.

With that in mind, the State Library (WSL) organized a series of orientations for all Wyoming library directors, which will give them the opportunity to see first hand how the State Library operates. Also, State Library staff get the chance to meet and talk to the directors about their specific needs and if they can be further assisted by WSL services.

The first orientation took place on Sept. 11 and 12. Library directors in attendance were: Ann Deromedi, Hot Springs County Library; Vicki Hitchcock, Carbon County Library System; Ada Howard, Fremont County Library System; and Patty Myers from Platte County Library System. The schedule of events included sessions with each of the five offices within the library. "I like seeing the changes in the offices and personnel. All our libraries have to change and the State Library is an example for all of us," said Patty Myers. "Probably most important for me is keeping kept up to date and peeking into the future for my library; this visit provided that opportunity."

Deromedi said she shared information from the meetings with her staff. "We can’t fail as long as we have all of you guiding us through."

The next orientation is planned for next spring.

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Planning guide distributed

By now, county libraries have received the new Technology Planning Guide distributed by the State Library earlier in September. The guide was compiled by Corky Walters in anticipation of the technology planning libraries will be required to have in place before applying for Universal Service Funds (USF). A formal technology plan is required for any library applying for USF discounts.

Brian Greene, Wyoming libraries USF administrator, will present "E-Rate (USF) and You" at the Wyoming Library Association conference on Friday, Sept. 26. Any questions regarding the Technology Planning Guide or USF applications may be directed to Greene at 307/777-3634; 800/264-1281, option 7; or email

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CU receives help from unlikely source

A strong rivalry has always existed between the University of Wyoming and the Colorado State University (CSU) sports teams. But when CSU needed help, a company in Laramie was quick to respond.

After the horrific flood that damaged the majority of the CSU’s library collection, Laramie Cold Storage came to the rescue.

"We were glad to help," said Kayce Baldwin, customer service representative for Laramie Cold Storage. "And CSU has made it easy to accommodate them."

In early August almost a quarter of a million flood damaged books worth $100 million were delivered to the cold storage facility on Snowy Range Road. Some 36,855 cartons of books will be housed at the facility until the books are ready to be restored by vacuum freeze drying--and that could take up to a year, according to Baldwin.

Storing flood damaged books "has been a new experience for us," said Baldwin of the facility that normally stores produce. She was quick to point out that the books are segregated from all food products to protect the volumes. "They’re in their own little corner of the facility."

After their stay at Laramie Cold Storage and other storage facilities, the damaged books will be shipped to Disaster Recovery Services in Fort Worth, Texas, where the restoration process will begin. Some books were shipped directly from Fort Collins to Fort Worth.

After the flash flood damage at CSU, 10 percent of the library’s collection was totally destroyed. On a brighter note, about 80 percent of the collection is hoped to be recovered. Work to restore the damaged basement will begin in December.

UW is also assisting CSU with interlibrary loan and giving top priority to their requests for materials. Compared to last August, UW reported ILL requests from CSU doubled.

CSU is estimating they will borrow 300,000-450,000 items from various libraries this year.

Electronic updates about the CSU flood situation are available at

How can libraries respond efficiently to disasters?

Information from "Disaster Planning and Recovery Program" May 1997 in Denver, provided by Martha Hanscom, Wyoming State Disaster Recovery Service Coordinator.

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Trustee Corner: Evaluating the director

By Jerry Krois, deputy state librarian

Life is full of surprises such as Uncle Amos visiting unexpectedly, a son or daughter eloping, or winning the Publisher’s Clearinghouse contest. Don’t surprise your library director with an announcement of a poor performance if the board has not established written, agreed upon goals for evaluation. "Discussions" at a meeting may not have been interpreted by the director as a new priority for evaluation.

What are key indicators for evaluation?

Organizational leadership is probably your number one indicator. Does the director take the needed steps to keep the county library functioning well by making good decisions, offering good recommendations to the board, supervising staff well, representing the library to the community, commissioners and organizations? Does the director understand the relationships among the library, foundation, community and other interest groups, and make effective use of those relationships?

Creativity is another good indicator for evaluation. Does the director look at situations as problems or opportunities? Is she or he able to build upon discussed solutions to create an even better resolution?

Business savvy is important for the director knowing how to negotiate contracts, understand the payoff between best price and product quality, seeing the short and long term impact of fiscal decisions, and maximize productivity of staff.

Communications skills reveal the ability of the director to motivate and organize staff, maintain the information flow to the Board, and promote the library as an important community resource.

Technological knowledge needs to be added to your evaluation factors since the director has to have a basic working knowledge of computers, printers, and telecommunications equipment and understand the impact of these upon the library’s mission, staff, facilities, collection, library users and budget.

These qualities, along with agreed upon projects, set the managerial environment for the year and should allow the board and director to work together without surprises.

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97 Summer Internet workshop in review

The computer lab is packed away, the tires on the state van have cooled, and the 1997 Summer Internet Training Workshops are over.

Throughout the summer, State Library staff members Brian Greene and Desiree Sallee took their training show on the road to six regional training sites in Cheyenne, Casper, Kemmerer, Gillette, Riverton and Meeteetsee. More than 200 librarians participated in the three-day workshops to learn more about Windows95 and the Internet.

Equipped with portable laptop computers and a busy agenda, the State Library trainers covered topics such as Wyoming Libraries Database (WYLD) equipment, software setup and troubleshooting.

Participants also received training on using the Web as a reference tool, assisting patrons in the use and evaluation of resources on the Web, and using email. The University of Wyoming (UW) presented a session on providing service to outreach students.

Upon review of the workshop evaluations, a majority of participants said the sessions on Netscape Navigator, Internet Explorer and the World Wide Web were most useful to them. "This course was very helpful for a good background of the World Wide Web and netscape," one person commented.

Another wrote, "The presenters were obviously experts and made me aware of the many and varied aspects of Internet use that I have been ignorant of." Many appreciated the workbook and also the training information available on the State Library website.

"I think the responses show that all the hard work the State Library and the Internet Committee put into the planning of the workshop was worthwhile," said Sallee. "The workshops were well-received."

Pamela Boger, assistant director at Campbell County Library said, "The workshop was excellent. We had good attendance from our region, and every person I talked to, even those who have had extensive experience with the Internet, walked away with additional skills and knowledge."

"I’m amazed at the success of this training," said Brian Greene, one of the trainers. "Not only did I get to work with a knowledgeable and talented co-trainer, but consider the others who helped make this effort successful: Corky Walters and Judy Yeo at the State Library; WYLD Internet Committee; UW Library Outreach Services; Wyld Office staff; training site coordinators; the students whose diligence and perseverance kept us going; and many others."

Participants were selected by their libraries as designated "technical mentors" and will share their new knowledge with home library staff, as well as provide assistance and training.

Around the State

Amelia Shelley has been named the manager of children’s/young adult services for the Laramie County Library System.

She has a bachelor of art’s degree in dramatic art from the University of California at Davis and a master’s in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she most recently served as graduate research assistant at the Education and Social Science Library.

Shelley is a member of the American Library Association and the American Society for Information Science.

Lincoln County Library held an end-of-summer-reading program party Aug. 12. The event was open to anyone who had spent 55 days over the summer "Reading Around the World," and included swimming, refreshments and a drawing for prizes.

Readers theater has made a come back at the Campbell County Public Library. The performing troupe is currently made up of volunteer library employees for the purpose of promoting reading, writing, library use, and drama in voice through literature and is available for bookings at no charge.

Eventually the group hopes to turn the project over to readers from the community. For information call Marcia Wright or Cynthia Ebertz at 687-0009.

Over 2,000 pounds of books and teaching materials were donated to Grand Forks, N.D., and East Grand Forks, Minn. by various groups in Sheridan County.

Listed in the letter of thanks to the donors from Sheridan teacher Ann Van Trump were Sheridan County School District 2, Karen Dehn, Holy Name School, Tongue River Elementary, Loren Leichtnam, Patsy Tate, Michelle Havenga, the Sagebrush Student Council, Delta Kappa Gamma, Sara Ary, Dianne Sarr, Sheridan Stationery, The Book Shop, parents, teachers and students.

The University of Wyoming Coe Library Reference Department now offers an electronic classroom for hands-on instruction. Resources are available through UW Catalog Plus, including the on-line library catalog, article indexes, full-text databases and the Internet.

The 13 computers in the classroom are also equipped with CD-ROM drives and networked to a laser printer.

Keith Cottam, director of libraries at the University of Wyoming, announced Mary Bender has been appointed principal serials cataloger in the cataloging department of the libraries through June 1999.

Cottam said, "Mary brings many years of exceptional experience and service to the position and I look forward to her leadership in this important position."

An open house for Pat LeFaivre, head librarian of the Sweetwater County Library System, will be held Oct. 1 at the library. LeFaivre will retire Sept. 30 after 26 years of service.

The Sweetwater County Library Bookmobile is now able to circulate on the WYLD circulation system. Leanna Bunderman and Trice McKinney can connect to the PAC through their cell phone so patrons can see the entire catalog for the state of Wyoming as well as the SCLS. The SCL Bookmobile is the first in the state to run live circulation on the WYLD system.

An open house for Cokeville Branch Librarian JeNiene Dimond was held Aug. 15. Dimond has worked at the library for almost 19 years. She is moving to the Phoenix area, where her parents and two sons live.

The Albany County Library is now open on Sundays, according to Director Susan Simpson. Hours are 1-5 p.m.

Dan and Barbara Bogart are owners of "Bear River Books," which opened recently in Evanston. Barbara is also a board member of Wyoming Center for the Book and the Wyoming Council for the Humanities.

"Bear River Books" offers books for adults and children, and, because of Barbara’s special interest in the west, has "quite a bit" on western literature.

The store is also the meeting place for a book club that Barbara belongs to.

On Sept. 3, the Dubois Branch Library added two hours to their library schedule and will be open from 2 to 8 p.m. instead of 2 to 6 p.m.

Betty Amick, Glendo Branch Library librarian, and the Platte County Friends of the Library hosted a book signing for the four Glendo writers in Leaning Into the Wind. Editor Nancy Curtis from Glendo is also a library board member. A reading and signing will be hosted in Wheatland on Oct. 30.

Patty Myers, director of Platte County Public Library System, is the new president of the Wyoming State Historical Society.

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Help Wanted

MANAGER, TECHNICAL SERVICES, Search extended: Opportunity for professional growth with the Laramie County Library System, serving a pop. of 78,000 through a central library, two branches and a bookmobile.

This position will provide leadership for a staff of five (three FTE). Looking for dynamic and innovative manager comfortable in a participatory management environment.

Must have strong public service commitment and enjoy challenge of fast paced library. Must demonstrate ability to work independently, creatively and cooperatively.

Responsible for the supervision and management of TS, which includes acquisitions, cataloging, serials, and processing. Experience with DRA system highly desirable; proven supervision experience.

Required: ALA/MLS, practical experience with OCLC, AACRII, DDC 21, LCSH.

Salary/Benefits: $26-27,000; 100% paid retirement; 75% paid medical/dental; three weeks vacation.

By Nov. 4, 1997, send a letter of application and resume to: Search Committee, LCLS, 2800 Central Ave., Cheyenne, WY 82001-2799.

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WYLD things . . .

At the recommendation of the Database Quality Committee, the Serials Module will be made available to all Wyoming Libraries Database (WYLD) libraries at no extra charge.

The primary reason for this offering is to enable each WYLD library to enter summary holdings statements for its magazines, so patrons may see at a glance which issues are available at any given library. The module can also be used for check-in of periodicals.

During the next few months, WYLD office staff will be working with libraries and the WYLD regional groups to deliver training in the use of the module.

The WYLD office has been working with DRA and the Telecommunications Division to begin planning for the additional equipment and telecommunications needs for implementing DRAWEB2 next summer.

The present WYLD machine can be upgraded to accommodate WEB2, and T-1 Frame Relay will be deployed at larger libraries to handle increased bandwidth needs by next summer.

The new DRA Staff Modules (now called TAOS) are expected to be gradually implemented by the end of 1999, and a new larger, faster WYLD mainframe will be installed.

The State Library’s complete WYLD Technology Plan is available from the WYLD office, and WYLD libraries will be notified in advance of any portions of the planning relevant to their operations or budgeting.

All WYLD OCLC libraries may soon start using a new improved version of NETCAT to retrieve OCLC records.

The State Library is currently testing a new version of NETCAT software that allows libraries with passport software to export from OCLC to WYLD without using a terminal server. The terminal servers occasionally hang up and require resetting, which sometimes requires assistance from the WYLD office.

The State Library has been using the software for two weeks and reports faster transfer times and no problems. Libraries using the same logon to export from different terminals may want to implement session management software before using the new NETCAT.

Each WYLD OCLC library may contact Trish Palluck in the WYLD office to start the new program.

The State Library renewed licenses for the Business, Health, and Magazine indexes, along with Academic Index, until May of 1998. Access to IAC database backfiles is now available for as many as two Netscape terminals at each WYLD library.

Off-campus University of Wyoming (UW) students may now successfully access UW-licensed databases on CARL through WYLD PAC terminals by using their UW ID numbers.

Despite an intensive examination of the State’s roster of possible candidates, the technical support position in WYLD remains open. A new search has been initiated.

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Upcoming Meetings

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News Briefs

Plans are under way for the fifth annual Rocky Mountain Book Festival, which takes place at Currigan Exhibition Hall in Denver on Nov. 1-2, 1997. The festival features exhibitors, authors, panel discussions, costumed characters, children’s performers, literary chautauquans, book arts demonstrations and the grand return of the BiblioArcade.

For the first time there will be an admission price of $3 for adults and $1 for children. Barnes and Noble has agreed to be the admission sponsor, so as of Oct. 1, 1997, all 12 of their stores throughout Colorado and in Cheyenne will carry coupons for free admission to the festival.

Applications for the Grolier National Library Week Grant are due October 10, 1997. The $4,000 grant, sponsored by the Grolier Educational Corporation, is awarded for a proposal for a public awareness campaign that best supports the theme and goals of National Library Week (NLW).

Sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), NLW, April 19-25, 1998, will focus on how libraries connect children and adults with books, computers and other global resources with the theme "Kids Connect @ the Library."

For guidelines and an application form, see ALA’s web page a

A free tip sheet with ideas and publicity materials for promoting libraries and librarians during NLW (and all year) is available from the ALA Public Information Office and on the ALA Web page at

"StoryLines America: A Radio/Library Partnership Exploring Our Regional Literature" will debut Oct. 5 and air for 12 consecutive weeks on National Public Radio stations in the Southwest and the Northwest regions of the U.S.

The project is funded by a $390,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and administered by the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office.

Radio listeners will have the opportunity to discuss a particular book with scholars and on-air hosts by calling an 800 telephone number.

Participating libraries will distribute series books and discussion guides to participants. Tapes of completed broadcasts will also be available.

For a list of featured titles and other information, contact the ALA at 312/280-5045 or 5054. E-mail: Or, visit the ALA Public Programs Web site at: http://www.ala/org.publicprograms.

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Personel-ly Speaking

The WYLD office staff is very pleased to welcome Desiree "Des" Sallee to their WYLD support staff. Des, in her previous position as part of the State Library’s Information Services staff, was part of the training team that helped deliver training statewide on WYLD and other products for the last two summers. She will now assume many of the system support and WYLD module training duties, and continue to develop the State Library’s presence on the Web. Des started work at the State Library in April 1996.

In other State Library news, Norma Lockhart Cloyd, executive assistant, has been appointed chair person of the Department of Administration and Information’s Compensation and Classification Committee. The committee will be addressing the internal pay policies for the department, based on the new Wyoming Compensation and Classification System slated to go into effect in January 1998. Norma has been with the State Library since October 1991.

State Library staff attending WLA include: Venice Beske, Norma Cloyd, Brian Greene, Jerry Krois, Helen Meadors, Karen Mydland, Trish Palluck, Linn Rounds, Desiree Sallee, Marc Stratton, Bobbie Thorpe, Janet Williams, Corky Walters, and Judy Yeo.

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Children's Book Week ahead

"Any Time is Book Time" is the theme chosen by the Children’s Book Council for its 78th annual observance of National Children’s Book Week, Nov. 17-23, 1997.

A variety of exciting and colorful Book Week materials, created by well-known authors and illustrators, are available from the Children’s Book Council 1997 Catalog. Promotional items include bookmarks, posters, and t-shirts.

For a copy of the catalog, write to Children’s Book Council, Attn: 1997 Catalog, 568 Broadway, suite 404, New York, NY 10012, or call CBC at (212) 966-1990.

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CFB sponsors author at WLA

Author Page Lambert will speak on "the power of landscape to connect us to the past, the present and the future," at the Wyoming Library Association’s annual conference in Sheridan Sept. 24-27 at the Holiday Inn.

Lambert’s program is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, and is sponsored by the Wyoming Center for the Book, which is administered through the Wyoming State Library.

In addition to reading excerpts from her two books, In Search of Kinship and Shifting Stars, Lambert also will talk about her recent two-week river trip through the Grand Canyon.

In Search of Kinship is a meld of intimate memoir and nature-based and was picked by the Rocky Mountain News as "one of the summer’s hottest reads." It was a Denver bestseller and has been excerpted in Houghton-Mifflin’s acclaimed anthology, Leaning into the Wind.

A Colorado native, Lambert has lived for the last 10 years with her husband and two children on a small ranch west of Sundance. She has won numerous statewide awards for her writing, including a Wyoming Arts Council Literary Fellowship.

Her work appears in a variety of publications, including Parabola: Magazine of Myth and Tradition, the Christian Science Monitor, Bugle, and Women’s World. Her essays are also aired on public radio, and are part of the Wyoming Nature Conservancy’s radio presentation, "Range of Respect."

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