The Outrider - October 1997

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'98 budgets are good news for most

Several libraries statewide have reported an increase in budgets for the next fiscal year. Plans for salary increases and extended hours are among the most widespread uses of the increased dollars.

Albany County’s mill levy was increased slightly from 1.848 last year. The total revenue for the library is slated to be $430,220.10. The library will be able to provide a $0.55/hour raise, to meet the minimum wage requirements.

A $35,000 increase at Big Horn County Library will help fund salary increases and a wellness program. Other changes to the budget include: postage for interlibrary loans for Greybull and Lovell libraries; increased WYLD expenses; increase in buildings and grounds for new lighting in the stacks; and a special fund for carpeting and painting. The 1.529 is expected to generate $192,905 for the library.

Campbell County’s budget remains about the same at $1.465 million, although its millage has been decreased slightly. Last year, the library received 0.981 mills; whereas this year, it will receive 0.904. Although money for raises was not allocated, there is a possibility for one-time bonuses at the end of the fiscal year. Additionally, training budgets were cut by 50 percent.

Carbon County mills went from .88 to .77, but the library expects an increase in revenue to provide an operating budget of $340,958.

Unfortunately, Converse County experienced a cut in its annual budget. The library’s mill was reduced to 1.069 from 1.148. It will result in an operating budget of $356,425, which is about $23,000 less than last year. According to Karen Hopkins, library director, the decrease won’t affect staff or operations.

Crook County will have an operating budget of $165,800 for FY98, with a mill levy of 1.711. The budget increased over last year and is expected to bring across-the-board salary increases for employees, as well as the additional funding needed for continued WYLD usage.

A welcomed increase came to Fremont County Library due to increased valuation despite a decreased mill of 1.735. The library’s total budget is $783,150 instead of last year’s $750,000. The increase restores full-time staff to 40 hours (previously at 36 hours a week) and part-time staff will be scheduled for 24-hour weeks instead of the previous 22 hours. In September, the library was able to offer Saturday hours as it did in years past. "We’re thankful for the increase in valuation that made this budget season less traumatic all around," Ada Howard, library director said, "and grateful to the commissioners for recognizing the need to offer some weekend hours, and for the increase that makes it possible.

Goshen County’s budget increased slightly to $124,647, up from $120,145 last year. Isabel Hoy, director, said the additional funds will provide for salary increases. The mill levy went up from 1.257 to 1.407.

Hot Springs County Library’s budget is almost double what it was just two years ago in 1995. The 1998 budget for the library is now $100,000 with 0.981 mills. A cost-of-living raise will be given to the current staff of three, and the county will pay the employees 5.57 percent of Wyoming retirement. A sizable book budget of $12,000 ($3,800 last year) will afford the library to renew magazine and newspaper subscriptions, along with a few new adult and children’s book purchases.

Johnson County’s increased budget has helped the library to open on Sundays for the first time ever. After receiving survey responses from patrons, the library board decided to implement a new schedule. The mill levy for Johnson County Library is up from 1.854 to 2.154, which brings its total budget to $222,000. "All in all the commissioners were very good to us," said library director Barbara Fraley.

Laramie County will see a slight decrease this year, although the millage remains the same at 2. The total revenue is expected to be $1.696 million, compared to last year’s $1.651 million. Increased staffing is planned: the network specialist position will become full-time and hours will be added to Information Services. Salary increases averaged about 2.5 percent.

Debbie Sturman, director of Niobrara County Library, said she thinks the library "fared well considering the railroad lawsuit and our building project." The library’s total budget is $54,360, down about $3,000. It will receive 1.3288 mills, expected to generate $45,594. This year the library is expected to operate with two "almost full-time" staff and a substitute. Because control of the library budget, payroll and operations was transferred to the Niobrara County Library Board, salary increases were given.

Park County Library’s mill levy remained the same, although its budget increased by about $40,000, totaling $667,086. Raises will be given to all employees, although one 15-hour a week position was lost in Cody.

A small increase in Platte County Library’s mill levy will bring a bigger budget this year and a five percent pay increase for employees. The total budget for FY98 is $248,751, plus a $50,000 cash reserve.

A millage increase is expected at Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library: from 2.775 last year to 2.82 this year. The operating budget increased by about $80,000 to $647,243 for FY98. Salaries are expected to increase, as well as the book budget.

Sweetwater County Library System will operate with a total budget of $2.241 million, up from $2.182 million last year. With a millage of 1.68, the library system will receive about $1.818 million. Employees received a two percent salary increase and operations will continue as always.

Teton County Library will see an increase in millage and total dollars. The library will receive 2.44 mills and $937,272 total budget. Due to the new facility, the budget category of janitorial/utilities saw the greatest increase: from $17,100 last year to $106,537 this year. No new staff will be hired, and the book budget has been eliminated. (However, Alta Branch will have a book budget from the previous funds allocated by the capital facilities tax.)

For the first time in five years, Uinta County Library expects an increase in revenues. The increase from $554,000 to $613,750 will provide for a five percent salary increase. The library will also be able to restore Saturday hours and increase the book budget by $8,000. The mill levy remains at one.

This year, Washakie County received $111,426 and 0.755 mills, which is expected to generate $75,000. The budget will result in a cut in staff and Wyoming retirement for part-time employees. Raises will be given to the director, assistant director, branch manager and one part-time employee. Additionally, the Ten Sleep Branch will be open one evening for two hours. Part of the increase will account for the raised minimum wage requirements.

Weston County Library received the same budget as last year: its total budget is $165,154 and the number of mills is 1.729. However, later last year the library received supplemental funding to the tune of $10,500 for an increased book budget. Cathy Butler, director, said they are "optimistic that supplemental funding with be repeated in FY98."

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Resource Sharing Council elects first chairperson

Biennial budgets, staffing concerns, and grant programs ted discussions at the Resource Sharing Council meeting in Casper on Oct. 17.

Vicki Hoff, Rawlins High School media specialist, was elected as the council’s first chair. "I’m pleased that we’re finding some direction for the council," Hoff said. "The work we did last Friday was the council’s first step toward achieving some autonomy." Hoff was referring to the council’s vision, established at the June meeting, to serve as an advisory group to the State Library while remaining independent of other initiatives.

In other business, Jerry Krois, deputy state librarian, reported that the Governor communicated some support of the technology components of the State Library’s biennial budget request.

This information prompted discussion on the importance of the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) grant program, which council members believe go hand in hand with the technology component. More technology will provide broader access to the state’s library resources and will require additional staff to accommodate the demand on library operations and programs, primarily ILL.

After discussing the important role of staffing to support traditional services, the council adopted the following statement: "The Resource Sharing Council urges the State Library, Governor and Legislature to recognize the essential need for staffing and operational resources to support the new and improved technologies. The Council particularly endorses the funding requests in the State Library initiatives for 1999-2000, which directly address these needs."

In other action, the Council endorsed the Principles of Resource Sharing Agreement, which include: eligibility to participate in LSTA projects; eligibility for subgrants; and eligibility to utilize the LSTA subsidized statewide programs. The agreement will eventually go out to all libraries participating in LSTA and subgrant programs.

Continuing Education grants, including staff development and professional development grants, were also endorsed. These grants are funded through LSTA. The council endorsed the conceptual grant programs for ILL and collection development, pending legislative decision on the biennial budget.

Hoff reminds the library community that every type of library is represented on the council. Comments and suggestions are welcome and encouraged. Members are listed in the 1997 Wyoming Libraries Directory. Note: Francis Clymer from the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody is a new member and should be added to the list.

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WLA conference informs, awards and entertains Wyoming librarians

Librarians from across the state gathered in Sheridan for the Wyoming Library Association (WLA) Annual Conference on Sept. 24-27 at the Holiday Inn. The conference included workshops covering topics from online databases to storytelling.

State Library staff assisted with several of the workshops regarding continuing education, the Internet, Library Services and Technology Act, focus groups, techno stress, public library boards, Universal Services Fund and government records. Fourteen members from the State Library attended the conference.

Wyoming Center for the Book sponsored a special presentation by Wyoming author Page Lambert. She talked about "the power of landscape to connect us to the past." Lambert is the author of the Pulitzer Prize nomination In Search of Kinship and her new novel Shifting Stars.

The week’s events culminated with an awards banquet on Friday night when libraries, librarians, volunteers and, of course, books were recognized for their excellence.

The Georgia Shovlain Award was presented to the Wyoming Library Database (WYLD) office at the Wyoming State Library "for working with members of the WYLD network to create a statewide information system that is unequaled elsewhere in the country." This traveling award is presented annually to any Wyoming library for a special project either completed or still in progres.

The Librarian of the Year award was presented to Mary Jayne Jordan, Sundance Junior and Senior High School librarian, for her involvement with the WLA legislative research document.

The Indian Paintbrush award, which is chosen by a voting process among fourth through sixth grade students, was given to Watchdog and the Coyotes by Bill Wallace.

A vote among seventh through twelfth grade students determined Hatchet by Gary Paulsen as the winner of the Soaring Eagle Award. These annual book awards are sponsored by sections of WLA and the Wyoming Reading Council to encourage interest in and awareness of books and authors.

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A funny thing happened on the way home from WLA

After several days of training, including a disaster preparation and recovery workshop, it was time to depart the WLA conference. In order to carry all his luggage, Brian Greene stashed a cup of water (with a flip-top) in his briefcase while he went downstairs. He went into the gift store and subsequently forgot about the hidden cup.

Dreary, rainy weather bombarded the Suburban escorting six librarians (four women, two men) representing Laramie County Community College, Laramie County Library and the Wyoming State Library. Upon arriving at the first rest area in Kaycee, Brian reached into his briefcase to find it wet. Unfortunately, there were library books inside, and one of them was particularly saturated.

The crew went to the convenience store near the rest area and decided to put their new-found knowledge of disaster recovery into action. They bought wax paper and paper towels. Bobbi Thorpe, assisted by Marc Stratton and Marjorie Elwood, cut wax paper with Swiss army knives, which were supplied by three of the women passengers. "Operation Save Book" was in effect: recovery workers blotted with paper towels, placed wax paper between pages, took off the book jacket, used their luggage to help press the book and rearranged the luggage to allow the book jacket to dry.

Just when the crew thought things were back to normal, the driver’s side wiper blade blew off. So, they pulled off the Interstate, and Marc and Brian went on a valiant attempt to reclaim the lost state property. After combating the cold and damp weather, Brian finally recovered the blade. Meanwhile, the women sitting in the car advised them to just switch the passenger side and driver side blades. After the recovery of the blade, Marc switched the blades just in case. Then the rain stopped.

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Check out these grants available through ALA

Application materials are available for the American Library Association (ALA) Loleta D. Fyan Grant. The deadline to apply is Dec. 10, 1997.

The $10,000 grant is for a project that will develop and/or improve public library services that are innovative and responsive to the future. The project should have the potential for broader impact and application beyond a specific local need and should be capable of completion within one year.

Applicants can include, but are not limited to: local, regional or state libraries; associations or organizations, including ALA units; library schools; or individuals. Application materials have been posted on the ALA Web site and can be accessed through the Office for Research and Statistics page: http://www.ala.org/, or contact: ALA Office for Research and Statistics, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611. Telephone: 800-545-2433, ext. 4274. Fax: 312-280-3255. Email: ors@ala.org.

The American Library Trustee Association (ALTA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is seeking nominations and applications for several 1998 awards. The deadline for all nominations and applications is Dec. 1, 1997.

The ALA Trustee Citation, established in 1941, is awarded annually to two public library trustees. It recognizes distinguished service to library development that symbolizes and honors the best contributions and efforts of the estimated 60,000 American citizens who serve on library boards.

The ALTA/GALE Outstanding Trustee Conference Grant enables public library trustees, currently in service on a library board, to attend the ALA Annual Conference. A grant of $750 each is presented to two trustees who have demonstrated qualitative interests and efforts in supportive service of a local public library, and have never attended a previous ALA Annual Conference.

The ALTA Literacy Award is given annually to a library trustee or a volunteer who has made a significant contribution to addressing the U.S. illiteracy problem, particularly as it relates to the role of the public library.

The ALTA Major Benefactors Honor Award is presented annually to individuals, families or corporate bodies who have made a major benefaction to a public library in the form of money, real or personal property, negotiable paper or other tangible contributions.

Applications may be obtained by sending a postcard to: ALTA, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611, or by calling 800/545-2433, ext. 2161.

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Trustees Corner: The board as the library's voice

By Jerry Krois, deputy state librarian

An article I recently read said that the image of the library, its services, and its outlook reflects the personality of the director. The director’s extroversion, energy, technology interests, service philosophy, reading interests, business focus and interest in youth will all show. This is true in many libraries countrywide.

When serious issues arise with commissioners, an interest group or the media, it is time for the director to step aside and let the library board, primarily the chair, be the spokesperson for the library. The library director may have detailed familiarity of the issue and wish to respond to questions, but it should be the chair of the board who becomes the library’s voice.

This is important for two reasons: 1) the board represents the county commissioners and reflects the community, and therefore speaks as the organizational leader; 2) the director may find himself or herself in a situation that makes operational management difficult if he or she serves as the spokesperson.

Examples of serious issues include perceived misuses of funds, contractual problems, revenue reductions, personnel issues gone public, a lawsuit, or branch closure.

In some instances the chair can represent the library with a simple quote in a news release to explain board actions. When the chair is queried by the press for information, the following tips can help make your interview successful. Remember, don’t ask the media to kill the story as it may make the reporter more inquisitive.

Talk from the viewpoint of the public’s interest, not the library’s or director’s interest. Nothing is off the record so don’t make a statement you will regret. Give a direct answer to the direct question; don’t make up an answer if you don’t know the right answer, but offer to find out and let the reporter know.

Finally, tell the truth even if it hurts, and don’t exaggerate the facts. The chair, or another member authorized to speak for the board, may want some background, facts or figures before speaking publicly. Get that information from the director, other board members or other officials. You have every right and the responsibility to have that information available in order to organize your presentation.

Paying attention to details during board meetings, keeping good meeting minutes on policy decisions, and maintaining advocacy for the library will help you be prepared to speak articulately and positively when issues arise.

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Around the State

The Park County Library System and the Park County Library Foundation sponsored the second annual "Greening of the library 1997" in September. "Greening" projects began as a response to a reduction of funding by the county commissioners for the three Park County libraries more than a year ago. Various fund raisers were held with the money to be used to increase book collections.

Lisa Kinney, shareholder in the firm Corthell and King, P.C., former Albany County Public Library director, and state senator, spoke Sept. 26 at a national rural library convention in Spokane, Wash. The conference explored the role for the rural library in a changing society as the library seeks to meet the needs of rural communities while remaining politically and economically viable. Kinney has written a book, "Lobby for Your Library: Know What Works," and has since spoken at more than 10 state or national library conventions regarding lobbying and working with political leaders and processes.

Natrona County Library received a matching grant from KN Energy that will pay for one of the three new computers that will be used for reference in the new Young Adult section. The $3,550 grant will be used to pay for a computer and a wireless modem that will provide Internet access to its users. The computer will work alongside two others in the research section.

The Sweetwater County "Love of Reading" committee received a mini-grant from the Wyoming Council for the Humanities to host a forum on book censorship, titled "Where Do We Draw the Line?" The forum was held at the White Mountain Library Sept. 30.

The Laramie County Library System Board of Directors voted at their September meeting to change the name of the Eastern Laramie County Library back to the Pine Bluffs Branch Library. The board decided the name change would help patrons readily determine the location of the branch library and to identify it as a branch of the library system.

Trice McKinney is the new acquisitions librarian at White Mountain Library. She replaces Mary Timlin, tires Oct. 31.

The Glenrock Branch Library has a new microfiche reader for the public’s use, for archival, newspaper and microfiche research. The library has the Glenrock Independent from March 1922 to the present, and the Glenrock Gazette from April 1919 through April 1922.

A surprise party was held Oct. 1 at the Northwest College Library for Diane Martin. She recently received her MLS.

Community First Bank’s Meeteetse branch recently donated $1,000 to the Friends of the Meeteetse Library. The money will be used to purchase books and fund library projects.

The Torrington Women of the Moose’s Educational Advancement Committee recently donated $100 to the Goshen County Library. The money will be used for community service activities and was raised by the club’s farmers market.

Hot Springs County Library received $500 from the local Auxiliary of the Fraternal Order of Eagles to support services for the elderly.

The Cheyenne Auxiliary of the Fraternal Order of Eagles donated $500 to Laramie County Library Foundation for large print books.

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Employment opportunity

Reference/Instruction/Collection Development Librarian: Responsibilities: participates in general reference desk service, including some evenings and weekends in a rotation with seven other reference librarians. Participates in the library instruction program by developing and presenting instruction targeted to particular courses, including English, coordinating instruction for English classes, and teaching basic library skills to students, including the OPAC, WWW resources and locally owned electronic and paper sources. Participates in collection development by serving as liaison to one or more departments in the humanities. Shares responsibility for evaluating and monitoring reference electronic resources and coordinating with the libraries technology support unit. Librarians hold faculty status with expectations for scholarship and service.

Qualifications: MLS from ALA accredited program or an accepted equivalent combination of education and experience. Knowledge of traditional and electronic reference sources. Strong computer skills. Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills. Ability to handle stress and adapt to change and a flexible work schedule. Prefer library instruction and reference experience in an academic library and knowledge of government documents. Prefer degree(s) in English or another humanities area.

Environment: University of Wyoming with over 12,000 students enrolled. Library system includes over one million volumes and a staff of 28 librarians. For more information about the university and library see the web page at http://www.uwyo.edu.

Salary: $24,000-$27,000 dependent upon qualifications and experience; 12-month appointment, 22 days vacation; sick leave, group health insurance, state and TIAA-CREF retirement plans.

Deadline: Preference given to applications received by Nov. 26, 1997. Send letter of application, resume and the names of three professional references to Scott Royce, Asst. Director of Administrative Services, University of Wyoming Libraries, P.O. Box 3334, Laramie, WY 82071; FAX 307/766-2510; email royce@uwyo.edu. If you fax or email your application, please follow with hard copy. EEO/AA

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WYLD things . . .

The WYLD (Wyoming Libraries Database) office at the State Library has changed its name to Library Automated System and Services (LASSO), but you can expect the same great service as always. The name change was initiated to represent the variety of services offered by the office.

Beginning in mid-November and continuing through February, LASSO staff will deliver onsite training to WYLD libraries on the use of DRA Serials Module. The training will include familiarizing staff with creating pattern records, adding copy information and providing summary holdings statements for serials to improve public access to serials in the database. Other features, such as serials check-in will also be demonstrated. As recommended by the WYLD Database Quality Committee, the State Library will stop charging separately for access to the Serials Module.

The de-duping program has been run through the first 270,000 records in WYLD. There are 300-500 duplicates reported for every 10,000 record range, but many of those were created by the Northwest College and Meeteetsee loads.

All but two of Wyoming’s WYLD OCLC libraries are now using new NETCAT software to export records directly from OCLC to WYLD without using a terminal server. Reports so far indicate users are pleased with the new interface.

After re-opening the search process, applications for the Technical Specialist 4 position previously held by Ivan Hoopman are now being examined. The LASSO office hopes to fill the position soon.

Following discussion at the recent WYLD Regional Council meeting, the LASSO office will try to post formal answers to technical questions raised within regions to the full regional council. On behalf of the WYLD system, the State Library has communicated strong objection to the recent FCC consideration of discouragin regation of services and application of discounts for telecommunication services. If forced to submit separate applications and apply discounts library by library, the process would likely be too burdensome for most to complete.

The State Library will be working with the WYLD governing board to conduct some form of patron satisfaction survey during the next few months, possibly under a contract arrangement to a university or another research studies provider.


Librarians involved in governor's summit

Representatives from the library community were selected to participate in the Governor’s Summit for Wyoming’s Future on Sept. 14 in Casper. The summit was held in conjunction with the Healthy Community, Healthy Youth conference, sponsored by the Wyoming Community Coalition for Health and Education (WCCHE).

In July the governor sent letters to county commissioners throughout the state and asked them to delegate teams of four to nine people to be a part of the summit. Library directors Marcia Wright, Campbell County, and Patty Myers, Platte County, as well as two Sheridan County Library Board members, Spike Forbes and Jo Scott, were chosen.

Patty Myers said libraries easily fit into the five goals for youth established by the national initiative: ongoing relationships with caring adults; safe places to learn and grow; a healthy start; marketable skills through effective education; and opportunities to serve/to give back. "I can see where libraries will be fully involved in this initiative," said Myers. "It’s about developing mentors and good relationships with young people for a better America tomorrow.

Currently, national efforts to promote mentoring, volunteering and improving are in place and becoming more and more apparent in radio and television advertising, with spokespersons such as General Colin Powell leading the way.

Challenged to return to their communities with the five goals for youth in mind, representatives from each county in Wyoming will pursue programs and strategies locally to create an awareness of the concepts and goals presented at the summit.

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News Briefs

Nancy Bolt, Colorado state librarian and assistant commissioner for libraries and adult education, is the new president of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Bolt has served on the ALA Executive Board, Committee on Program Evaluation and Support and the Advisory Committee to the Office of Library Technology Policy. Bolt has also served as president of the Public Library Association and the New Members Round Table. She is the author of numerous books and articles. She authored the book "Evaluating Your Library Director" in 1984 and wrote the article "Role of Libraries on the Information Highway" (Colorado Libraries, 1996). She was Colorado Librarian of the Year in 1992.

The Romance Reader is offering free bookmarks to promote its website, the largest site on the Internet offering in-depth reviews of the latest in romance fiction. The site includes author interviews, reader contests, feature columns and publisher information. The colorful bookmarks include the URL http://www.theromancereader.com and a brief description of the site. The associate editor of The Romance Reader reports the website is non-profit and several of their 12 reviewers are librarians. Send four 32-cent stamps for 150 bookmarks, or six stamps for 300 bookmarks. Address your request to Romance Reader Bookmarks, P.O. Box 2516, Midland, MI 48641-2516.

Michael Sauers has joined Bibliographical Center for Research’s (BCR) staff as the new Internet trainer. He will be responsible for Internet, World Wide Web and reference service workshops. Sauers came to BCR from the Computer Skills Institute in Las Vegas, Nev., where he provided training in Internet skills and web page creation. He also has written Internet-related articles and columns for various publications. Sauers has an MLS from the University at Albany. He is a member of the American Library Association, the Library and Information Technology Association, HTML Writers Guild and Internet Trainers and Consultants Association.

Combining a history of challenges to academic freedom with censorship of the college press, the Long Island Coalition Against Censorship has developed a new exhibit, "Censorship in Public Colleges and Universities. The exhibit may be readily displayed on poster boards and retained for reference purposes. The cost, including mailing charges, is $48. Mail requests to Donald Parker, Co-coordinator, Long Island Coalition Against Censorship, PO Box 296, Pt. Washington, N.Y. 11050. Call 516/944-9799 for more information.

Entries are being sought for Diversity Fair, a celebration of diversity in America's libraries, sponsored by American Library Association President Barbara J. Ford's Presidential Advisory Committee on Diversity. The deadline to enter is December 5, 1997. Scheduled for June 27, from 3 to 5 p.m., during the 1998 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., the fair invites members from all types of libraries to submit the extraordinary examples of diversity in America's libraries. All types of libraries may submit abstracts of 150 words or less that would cover description of the library's "diversity in action" initiative; details of its implementation; degree to which it has succeeded; and possible uses by other libraries. Entry forms are available on the ALA Web site: http://www.ala.org/diversity/entryform.html or via Fax-On-Demand: 800-545-2433, press 8, Document 016. Questions may be e-mailed to [Table of Contents]


Freebies and money savers from WSL

For anyone who missed out on the first round, the State Library still has more than 200 free copies of The Diary of Anne Frank to give away to any Wyoming library or school. The Allen and Ruth Ziegler Foundation donated 9,000 of the books to Wyoming earlier this year. To make delivery arrangements, call Gary Poch at the State Library, 307/777-3514 or 800/264-1281, option 4, 1, 3. You may also email your requests to gpoch@windy.state.wy.us.

Gary also reports recycled toner cartridges are available at a cost of $15, rather than the regular price of $24 each. Cartridges can be recycled twice - the third time a new cartridge will need to be purchased. The following toner cartridges may be recycled: 51626A, 51633A, 51608A, 51633M, 51629A. Gary says these are mainly Hewlett Packard compatible cartridges. Call him for details at the number listed above.

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New director headed for Sheridan

First on the agenda for Cathy Butler, the new Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library director, is getting to know the staff and the public.

"The Sheridan community has an outstanding record of support for their library," Butler said, "and I’m excited about working with the public and a staff that is able to encourage that type of support."

Butler begins her new position on Nov. 1. Until then she will be involved with the search process for her replacement at the library in Weston. She is looking forward to the challenge a larger system presents. Sheridan County is approximately four times the size of Weston County and has three branch libraries while Weston County has one.

Butler said, "I’ll have the best of two worlds--the challenge of moving to a new community and working with a new staff while remaining a part of the familiar Wyoming library community."

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