January 2000

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LSTA grants increases
State gains funds for library development

Wyoming 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:

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.

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 http://cowgirl.state.wy.us/directory/.

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 svitti@state.wy.us.

‘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 jbatso@state.wy.us.

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 eracy-related items.

To request a free catalog, call 800/545-2433, ext. 5046.

Personnel-ly Speaking

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.

WYLD Things

Around the State

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;
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 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.

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