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LSTA grants increasesWyoming has more funds for library development, thanks to an increase in the Wyoming State Library’s (WSL) annual Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant.
Grant dollars for FY00 are $550,275, an increase of $3,272 from FY99.The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently awarded the state library the grant.
IMLS is a federal grant-making agency located in Washington, D.C., which fosters leadership,innovation and a lifetime of learning by supporting museums and libraries.
The funding is part of a continuing award based on Wyoming’s five-year plan for library development.
The Wyoming State Library uses this funding to provide:
State gains funds for library development
Grants include training credits, grants to institution librarians, competitive grants for individuals and the continuing education grant for the Wyoming Library Association.
Jerry Krois, deputy state librarian, said it is good to see an increase in the IMLS funding.
"LSTA is a critical part of our total operating budget, and this award will help us keep moving forward," Krois commented.
"IMLS recognizes the power of libraries to fulfill our nation’s information needs," said Beverly Sheppard, acting director, IMLS, Washington, D.C. "Libraries are more important now than ever before in this digital age. IMLS is very proud of th
ese institutions and especially the Wyoming State Library."
WSL’s board adopted a formal plan for spending these funds at its October meeting.
The board replaced Net Lender Grants with Resource Sharing Grants, which will give each public and academic library $1 for each item loaned to another library without regard to net lending and borrowing quantities. Competitive Grants for Librar
ies were canceled, and those funds were added to an increase in Training Credits dollars.
The state library welcomes comments about the LSTA programs and plan. The five-year plan is on the Web site at http://will.state.wy.us/wsl/lsta.html.
- grants to Wyoming libraries;
- cooperative collection development planning;
- training and travel;
- large print collection development;
- OCLC First Search; and
- WSL publications, such as The Outrider.
Directory 2000 information needed by Feb. 15
Wyoming Library Directory 2000 survey forms were sent to librarians in early January.
Each year, the Wyoming State Library (WSL) uses the information from these survey forms to compile the directory of libraries across the state.
Librarians are invited to return their information by mail or by using the online update forms at
http://cowgirl.state.wy.us/directory/libraryform.cfm (library information) and
http://cowgirl.state.wy.us/directory/personform.cfm (staff information).
The online directory listings are located at
All directory updates must be returned to WLS’s Public Programs, Publications and Marketing Office by Tuesday, Feb. 15, to guarantee inclusion in the print directory.
Questions about the directory may be directed to Susan Vittitow, WSL public information specialist, at 307/777-6338; 800/264-1281, press 1, option 6; or by email at
‘Large Print Books’ manual in circulation
The Wyoming State Library (WSL) has completed the "Large Print Books" manual for the Rotating Collections Program, and participating libraries should have received their copies.
The manual offers instructions on procedures, shipping instructions, a collection route map and processing and collection management.
New procedures such as general material designations (GMD) for large print items are also included in the 17-page manual along with a rotation schedule and collection agreement.
For more information on the collection, call Jan Batson at
800/264-1281, 1 to continue and option 7, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WSL position opening
Librarian 2, Class Code: LS12-06.
Location: Administration & Information, Wyoming State Library, Cheyenne, Wyo.
Full pay band 7: $2,115 - $3,346 a month.
Hiring zone: $2,300 - $2,676 a month.
Closing date: Open until filled.
Minimum qualifications: Any combination of training and experience equivalent to a master’s degree in library science plus two years of professional work experience as a librarian.
General description of work: Provides reference and information services for state government officials and employees, libraries statewide and the general public using the Wyoming State Library’s (WSL) collection, online resources and statewide resources;
the WSL collection is focused on government information, public policy, library and information science and Wyoming; participates in cooperative reference services with local, state and regional libraries using knowledge and collections available; overse
es circulation services using WYLD, the statewide automated library system.
Essential functions: Identifies and retrieves information and resources having planning and research value for constituencies utilizing all formats; assists customers in using the information resources of the library; participates in the
selection of resources added to the library’s collections;creates sources and tools to inform state agencies and libraries of new or subject specific resources available; participates in strategic planning for statewide resource sharing, library developm
ent and information infrastructure; maintains awareness of emerging trends in library and information sciences through professional readings and meetings; works with colleagues and government employees to coordinate, integrate and disseminate government i
nformation to state residents.
Knowledge and skills: Knowledge of theories and practices of library science; knowledge of state and federal government, library and information science and local resources; knowledge and use of electronic information resources; skill in
interpersonal relations; skill in oral and written communications.
Applications: An official state application must be submitted in duplicate to the Human Resource Division, Emerson Building, 2001 Capitol Ave., Cheyenne, Wyo. 82002-0060, 307/777-7188, Fax 307/777-6562 along with transcripts of any relev
ant course work.
Date released: Nov. 19, 1999
Announcement: Number 7413
Applications should be submitted promptly. Vacancy will close without advanced notice.
Note: The state of Wyoming actively supports the ADA and reasonably accommodates qualified applicants with disabilities. No notice of eligibility will be sent to applicants who meet the minimum qualifications.
Graphics catalog available
ALA Graphics, the products and promotions unit of the American Library Association, announces the publication of its Winter 2000 ALA Graphics Catalog, featuring National Library Week (April 9-15) and other library, reading and lit
To request a free catalog, call 800/545-2433, ext. 5046.
Candice VanDyke, public information specialist, is the newest Wyoming State Library employee in the public programs, publications and marking office.
She has been working on contract since August 1999. VanDyke has also been appointed to serve on the State Emergency Response Commission for the Wyoming Emergency Management Agency.
- Ten Sleep Branch Library in Washakie County went live on WYLD (Wyoming Libraries Database) on Jan. 4.
- Sweetwater County Library, Rock Springs, White Mountain and Carbon County Libraries, will be live on WEB2, the graphical public access catalog of WYLD, in January.
- The WYLD office at the Wyoming State Library has begun work on the new online Wyoming Union List of Periodicals (WULP), with the goal of meeting the late February deadline for a prototype.
- The new fee structure proposed to the WYLD governing board just before Christmas has been submitted out for comment to members. The board plans to adopt a final form at its retreat in late January. The new proposed fees will be largely based on pop
Around the State
- Windows smashed at the Albany County Library in December have cost the library about $1,000. Rocks were used to break the front-door glass and two large windows in the reading room. Nothing inside the library was
stolen or vandalized.
- Cody Library has five new computers thanks to a donation from Marathon Oil-Cody and the Rotary Club. Three of the computers will be for Internet use and two will be used in the children’s section.
- The Johnson County Library has a new "presence." A massive American bison mount, a gift from Romaine and Gary Marshall, is holding court in the Boone and Crockett Record Room. The library hosted "Find That Book! Become a Book D
etective" to celebrate Children’s Book Week.
- US Bank of Cheyenne donated $6,000 to the Laramie County Library Foundation for upgrades at the Burns Branch Library. Funds will be used to buy three new computers and a printer.
Adults with beginning to intermediate reading skills are invited to participate in the reading-discussion series "National Connections 2000" at the Laramie County Library in Cheyenne. Funded in part by the Wyoming Council for the Humanities, the
series begins Monday, Jan. 31 and continues every other week for three months.
- Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library received the Multiple Sclerosis Society’s 1999 PAVE Award for its installation of automatic door openers at the library’s entrance. Dan and Louise Griffith of Sheridan provided the funding.
All libraries in the SCLS met the goal to read 2000 books by 2000.
- Teton County will host the exhibit,"Whispered Silences: Japanese American Detention Camps, Fifty Years Later" in February. The Smithsonian Institution exhibit features photographs of the 10 World War II "relocation camps."
A film and speaker series focuses on the history of Heart Mountain, a camp located in Northwest Wyoming between the towns of Cody and Powell.
The library is the last stop on the exhibit’s tour, which has been organized and circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). The exhibit’s visit to Jackson has been made possible by the Teton County Library Foundatio
n through a gift from Tat and Paul Maxwell.
- Last month, "The Outrider" reported on the cancellation of the book discussion group in Rawlins.
Here is some additional information.
"It comes down to a question of the most wise use of public funds," said Robert Young, director for the Wyoming Council for the Humanities, about the council canceling funds.
The group could not maintain a total of eight people attending the discussion sessions. Young also based his decision on reports from two of the humanities scholars who led the groups. The scholars said some people attending the discussions had not rea
d the books and been disruptive and this makes it difficult for everyone attending.
In addition to paying for the books, the humanities council pays $150 to each scholar each month, plus expenses to lead the discussion group.
President Nixon makes ‘Top 100’ list three times
In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America’s Best-run Companies is taking up a lot of room on library shelves.
A survey of WorldCat (the OCLC Online Union Catalog) shows the book is on more libraries’ shelves than any other book with 3971 holdings. In second place is Megatrends: Ten New Directions Transforming Our Lives with 3738 holdings.
The Top-100 list is packed with reference books and non-fiction bestsellers and contains only three children’s books -- Owl Moon, The Polar Express and The Way Things Work. Missing from the lists are books like The Bible and works from Shakesp
eare. This is due to the number of editions, and different editions cataloged as separate works.
Rounding out the top-10 list are:
3. A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses and Dissertations, Kate L. Turabian, 3524;The late President Richard Nixon is the subject of a big share of the books sitting on the shelves.
The Final Days, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, covering the last days of the Nixon administration before he resigned is No. 38 with 2785 holdings. All the President’s Men, published before The Final Days and also written by Woodward and Berns
tein, covers the watergate investigation. It has 2632 holdings and is ranked No. 73.
Breach of Faith: The Fall of Richard Nixon, by Theodore H. White, ranks No. 100.
Woodward is the author with the most titles with the additions of The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court, No. 17, and Veil: The Secrets of the CIA, 1981-1987, No. 44.
4. Familiar Quotations, John Bartlett, 3513;
5. The Closing of the American Mind, Allan Bloom, 3506;
6. A Passion for Excellence, Thomas J. Peters and Nancy Austin, 3374;
7. A Brief History of Time: From the Big Ban to Black Holes, Stephen W. Hawking, 3365;
8. Iacocca: An Autobiography, Lee Iacocca with William Novak, 3275;
9. The Elements of Style, William Strunk, 3261; and
10. Megatrends 2000: Ten New Directions for the 1990s, John Naisbitt and Patricia Aburden; 3248.
The conference will focus on changes facing academic and research librarians in the 21st century and will explore innovative ways librarians can react to and implement change.
ACRL seeks proposal submissions for contributed papers, panel sessions, workshops, poster sessions, pre-conferences and roundtable discussions. The full-text of the "Call for Participation" is available on the ACRL national conference Web site
The deadlines for proposal submissions are:
contributed papers, panel sessions, workshops and pre-conferences, May 1;
poster sessions, Oct. 15; and
round table discussions, Dec. 1, 2000.
For additional information or questions, contact Margot Sutton at 800/545-2433, ext. 2522; email, email@example.com.
- The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is seeking proposals for its 10th National Conference, "Crossing the Divide," to be held March 15-18, 2001, in Denver, Colo.
The American Library Association (ALA) and Global Learning Inc. have been awarded a $300,000 grant by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for a program titled "Libraries Build Sustainable Communities."
The program is aimed at educating ALA members and the public about the linkages between sustainability issues for local communities and sustainability issues for the global community.
The grant award will support a number of activities and publications, including a one-day, train-the-trainer pre-conference to be held at the 2000 Annual ALA Conference in Chicago.
The current issue of "Knowledge Quest,' the journal of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has made the jump to Cyberspace.
includes five "KQWeb Extra" Web-only items.
Each Web-only item is referenced within the associated print feature article or column, directing the reader to the additional online content. Abstracts for the issue's three feature articles are also available online.
The editors encourage AASL members and "Knowledge Quest" subscribers to offer feedback on the journal's editorial content and expansion onto the Web.
Comments and suggestions can be sent by email to
or mailed to Knowledge Quest, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, Ill. 60611-2795.
AASL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA).
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