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Negotiations with database vendors to begin in springCuts made to the Wyoming State Library budget were restored by the Wyoming Legislature for Fiscal Year 2001-02.
The Joint Appropriations Committee (JAC) had eliminated the request in the exception budget allowing WSL to provide statewide licensing for electronic databases.
Currently, WYLD has five additional databases, including EBSCO, Wilson Web and Electric Library, which are licensed for use by WYLD libraries and their patrons; however, the licenses don’t cover use in non-WYLD libraries.
WSL’s plans are to extend the licenses to allow access in every library or from personal computers with Internet connectivity.
If everything goes as planned, it will give every resident of Wyoming access to these databases, said Lesley Boughton, state librarian.
Access can not occur until after July 1, 2000, when the additional funds become part of the state library’s operating budget. Negotiations with vendors will take place this spring.
The approved budget also includes an increase of $450,000 in spending authority for WSL’s central acquisitions. Participating libraries in the state establish accounts and place orders for materials through central acquisitions. This allows the libraries to take advantage of the aggregate buying power and streamlined process the office provides.
Overall, "We did quite well," Boughton said.
Legislature restores WSL exception budget request
Voyager to land at UW libraries in summer
Voyager is getting set to blast into the University of Wyoming Libraries in the summer of 2000.
Developed by Endeavor Information Systems Inc., Voyager supplies integrated library systems to academic and special libraries worldwide.
The new system will improve efficiency and service to library users allowing them to search for items in the university libraries and an electronic database without having to re-enter their search items.
If the university doesn’t own a particular item, the system can then search the University of Colorado at Boulder and Colorado State University of Libraries systems.
The George W. Hopper Law Library, the American Heritage Center and the University Libraries are partners in the project at UW. The Arthur Lakes Library at the Colorado School of Mines joins them.
The Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries will house the server for the Voyager system and will maintain the database for the four institutions. Each institution will have a separate database on the server so that they can customize it to meet their users’ needs.
The university libraries and the American Heritage Center have been on the CARL system since 1989 and 1991 respectively, and the law library has been using an in-house system.
The Voyager system was selected for many reasons:
This program provides digital copies of images throughout the system.
A team of representatives from the three UW entities will oversee the installation of the system. Each team will be responsible for working with a separate library, and the team will then work with the vender to customize the system to meet the needs of local users.
- Endeavor has designed Voyager to be a client/server product. It has devoted all of its attention to the academic market. Therefore, the company has a better understanding of UW’s library needs;
- Voyager is considered to be better in authority control, which is the capability to group all of an author’s works together, regardless of the name variation used;
- The "user interface" is more flexible, and it can be easily customized to meet the needs of atrons at UW; and
- Voyager has all of the programs that are essential to a new system at UW. For example, the ImageServer program can be of significant use to the UW Art Museum and the American Heritage Center.
Still time to attend WSL cataloging videoconference
Although the deadline for submitting questions for the Wyoming State Library (WSL) cataloging videoconference has passed, it’s still not too late to attend one of the 15 sites in the state.
The cataloging video conference is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. on Monday, April 17. To view the program, pre-registration is not required, but it will help with planning for adequate handouts and better site management.
To pre-register for the videoconference, by Monday, April 3, contact Bobbi Thorpe at firstname.lastname@example.org
307/777-3668, Judy Yeo at 307/777-5914,
email@example.com or 800/264-1281, selection 1, option 3.
Conference information is designed for library directors, catalogers, reference or other public service staff.
Agenda items will include:
The conference can be accessed at:
Buffalo, BUFS, Johnson County Schools, Schools Administration Office, 601 W. Lott Ave.;
Cheyenne, CHY2, State of Wyoming, Emerson Building, Room 101, 2001 Capitol Ave.;
Casper, CPR2, University of Wyoming (UW) Outreach Center, 951 N. Poplar, Room 107;
Douglas, DGL, Eastern Wyoming Community College, 203 N. 6th St.;
Evanston, EVN, Like Long Learning Center, 336 Summit St., Room 7A;
Gillette, GLT2, UW Outreach Office, 720 W. 8th, Annex D;
Jackson, JKSN, CWC Outreach Center, 220 S. Glenwood, Room 4;
Laramie, LAR3 UW, Beta House, East End of Fraternity Row;
Lusk, LSKS, Niobrara County High School, 702 W. 5th St., Room 100;
Newcastle, NEWC, Newcastle Education Center, 808 Birch St.;
Powell, PWL, Northwest College , Sinclair Orendorff Administration and Science Building, Room 122, 231 W. 6th Ave.;
Rawlins, RWL, Carbon County Higher Education Center, 600 Mahoney St., Room 1;
Riverton, RVN, Central Wyoming Community College, Classroom Wing, Room CW122;
Rock Springs, RKS, Western Wyoming Community College, 2500 College Drive, Room 1229 E;
Sheridan, SHR1, Sheridan College, Griffith Memorial Building, Room GMB 012; and
Torrington, TOR, Eastern Wyoming Community College, Tebbet Classroom Building, Room 252, 3200 W. C St.
- history of library catalogs,
- evolution of WYLD database,
- system limitations, and
- cataloging issues and solutions.
Actually writing the words might ‘grant’ you a success
Excerpted from Grantseeker Tips, Feb. 4, 2000 - Number 28
Grantseeker Tips, now in its second millennium, is a bi-weekly electronic newsletter that helps you inspire, sustain and trouble-shoot your grantseeking activities.
For the next grant you write, try putting down your words as you would actually say them.
Here’s what we do: we sit in front of the computer, "talking" though the keyboard to our imaginary reader on the monitor.
We write in plain English. We talk to the reviewer on paper. We write the way we talk. For example, we use common words and a variety of punctuation. This issue provides some examples; look for more in the next issue. We’ve adapted some ideas from a great paperback by Edward P. Bailey: The Plain English Approach to Business Writing. Put this one in your shopping cart.
Use common words when you write grants
Professional grant writers use common words unless they are writing very technical proposals.
Bad amateur grant writers use impressive words all the time unless they can’t think of them. Writing grants with common words doesn’t mean writing with kindergarten language or producing only simple-minded ideas.
Writing grants with impressive words makes the reviewer’s job harder. For example, look at this sentence with mainly impressive words:
"Subsequent to the implementation of this program, it is incumbent upon us to instruct our clients to comply with it."
And if we rewrite that sentenced with common words:
"After the grant starts, we’ll tell our clients to comply with it."
Would you rather read pages of the first version or the second?
Here’s a list of impressive (bureaucratic) words and some more common substitutes. Avoid using the first; instead, use the second in each word pair below.
Accomplish -- do
Advise -- tell
Anticipate -- expect
At the present time -- now
Commence -- begin
Demonstrate -- show
Endeavor -- try
Facilitate -- help
Implement -- carry out
In an effort to -- to
Inasmuch as -- since
Modify -- change
Numerous -- many
Provided that -- if
Review -- check
Therefore -- so
Utilization -- use
Viable -- workable
When you talk, you are more apt to use the second rather than the first in these pairs. Write as you talk. It’s easier for you and your reviewer.
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We encourage you to pass along this issue of Grantseeker Tips, provided that you do not change the copy, you keep the opening and this closing material.
Park County director resigns after 34 years
After 34 years with the Park County Library System, the director submitted a letter of resignation to the Park County Library Board at their regular meeting on Thursday, March 9, 2000.
The board accepted Charlene Paben’s resignation as submitted.
Noting a desire for a smooth transition to a new director, Paben gave an effective date of July 1, 2000. Paben, who has been the director for 22 years said, "There are several unfinished projects that I would like to complete before leaving. I believe that I can still be effective on the task force, (which is currently working on library funding), in the preparation of this year’s budget, and working with the Friends of the Library on this year’s Greening of the Library campaign."
Paben also noted that she plans to continue in the role of library advocacy and fund-raising.
The board authorized Cynthia Thomas, chairwoman, to form a search committee for the process of hiring a new director.
"The library board gratefully recognizes the many years of work and dedication Mrs. Paben has contributed to the Park County Library System," Thomas said.
A public reception will be arranged in Paben’s honor at a later date.
New statistics paint a picture by numbers of services,Wyoming Public Library Statistics FY99 and Wyoming Academic Library Statistics FY99 are now available in print and online.
The reports include data furnished by library directors for the fiscal year (FY) 1999, from July 1, 1998, to June 30, 1999. Copies were sent to library directors in early March.
The Wyoming State Library’s (WSL) business office produces the library statistics each year. The public library statistics are compiled nationally every year. Academic statistics have been compiled nationally every two years but will be compiled annually beginning next year.
Each year, WSL works to make the reports more accurate, but there are still some data that are questionable. However, in most cases, librarians should be able to make valid comparisons with other libraries in the same population group and with the averages for their group. Also, the National Center for Education Statistics now has a Web site at
which allows public libraries to do some comparisons with other public libraries around the nation, and a site for academic libraries at
According to the Public Library Statistics, total revenue for public libraries increased. However, funding from mill levies, the primary source of funds, is expected to be lower in FY00. Library visits are on the increase, as are interlibrary loans.
For the first time, the WSL has posted these documents online at
Both reports are available as Portable Document Format (PDF) files, which can be viewed with Adobe Acrobat Reader.
WSL welcomes any questions, comments or suggestions on this report and will provide additional data and analysis on request.
For more information on this statistical report, or to request a print copy, contact Joe French, WSL budget officer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 307/777-5916 or 800/264-1281, option 4-1-1.
staffing and resources in Wyoming’s libraries
Librarians to host cancellation reception for second-day issue
Librarians in five counties are planning events for a Second Day of Issue celebration on May 9 featuring the Library of Congress bicentennial postage stamp.
The Wyoming State Library (WSL) will host the cancellation reception at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 9, planned with the help of librarians from Laramie County Library System, Laramie County School District 1, Laramie County Community College and the Veterans’ Administration.
Related events will take place in the afternoon.
Sheridan, Goshen, Platte and Sublette County Libraries are planning events in their locations for the same day.
The Library of Congress stamp, picturing the dome of the LC, will be unveiled in a First Day of Issue ceremony on April 24 in Washington, D.C. Librarians around the country were invited to plan their own second-day events to promote libraries in the news.
WSL has designed a special cover (printed envelope) for the second-day event, featuring Mabel Wilkinson, an early library organizer in Platte and Park counties.
For a Second Day of Issue, the U.S. Postal Service creates a unique cancellation stamp, which is destroyed after 30 days. Often, participating groups will design a cover, as WSL has done. The cover, commemorative postage stamp and cancellation are considered a collectible.
The covers are priced at $3 each, and some libraries are taking pre-orders.
More information is available from participating libraries, or from WSL’s Public Programs, Publications and Marketing Office at 800/264-1281, option 1, selection 6; Linn Rounds at 307/777-5915,
or Susan Vittitow at 307/777-6338,
Workshop to focus on strengthening libraries’ foundations
"Strengthening Your Library’s Foundation,-- a one-day workshop, will be presented by the Wyoming State Library (WSL) in Douglas on Friday, April 28, and in Riverton on Saturday, April 29.
Sponsored by Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds, the workshop is for foundation members, library trustees, library friends and staff.
"This will be the first of several actions to strengthen library foundations," said Jerry Krois, WSL deputy librarian. "The May 1998 public library funding retreat identified strong foundations as important to stable funding, and we will attempt to help establish the framework for quality foundations."
The free workshop will show participants how to:
Workshop participants will also network with others from throughout the state and learn about their successes, find-raising efforts and business plans.
The three speakers for the workshop are: Missy Falcey, Clare Payne Symmons and Suzanne Walters Clarke.
Falcey has spent many years in the private and not-for-profit sectors. Following a career in corporate finance, she moved into the foundation world with her work focusing on private support for California public education.
She currently coordinates the Teton County Library Foundation and is providing leadership for its endowment effort.
Symmons worked in a broad spectrum of fields, including the arts, health care and social services.
Currently serving as the executive director of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, Symmons has managed growth of organizational assets from $2.6 million to $9.2 million. Endowments grew from $250,000 to $4.5 million.
For 10 years, Clarke served as the director of Marketing and Development for the Denver Public Library. Her assistance with marketing and customer service strategies led to a successful bond issue to build new facilities and renovate current libraries throughout the city. A separate private capital campaign continued to enhance the new facilities.
Clarke has served as a marketing director in private industry as well as the public sector. The workshop schedule will include: Track One, "Board Dynamics and Maintenance," presenter, Sue Walters Clarke; "Getting the Foundation Moving," presenter, Clarke; Track Two, "The Teton County Library Foundation: A Case Study," presenter, Missy Falcey; "Personal Solicitation Strategies and Nurturing the Giver," presenter, Clare Symmons; and "Bringing In the Bucks."
Lunch is provided, and the WSL may be able to offer mini-grants for travel expenses.
For information about the workshop or mini-grants, interested people should contact Judy Yeo, WSL, 2301 Capitol Ave., Cheyenne, Wyo. 82002, 307/777-5914, 800/264-1281, option 1, selection 3 or email@example.com.
- organize a foundation,
- work effectively with other members,
- develop the endowment, and
- nurture prospective donors.
From 10 cents to county court,
librarians work to close the book on overdue materials
Final in a series of two
Have you heard the one about the pregnant mother of two who spent a day in jail because she failed to return her overdue library books?
You can stop waiting for the punch line because there isn’t one.
In Florida, a 24-year-old woman became the second library patron in one week to be jailed for overdue books. Her excuse: she moved and had never received any notices concerning overdue materials that included books and videos with a value of $127.86.
She was arrested by two detectives on charges of failing to appear in court on seven counts of failing to return overdue library materials.
Librarians in Wyoming have many different methods for collecting fines and materials ranging from using collection agencies and holding students’ grades to having someone picked up on a warrant; after all, keeping library books past their due date is larceny.
Twice last year, the Crook County Library had to resort to the county court system to help out with the problem.
Jill Mackey, director, said one person was picked up on a warrant and another person went to trial.
One case resulted in a larceny conviction and a fine of $300. The other case was dismissed when the materials were returned.
Of course, libraries take many steps to retrieve the overdue materials before things get out of hand.
Fines around the state for overdue books range from 5 to 10 cents a day and 25 to 50 cents a day for videos. Some libraries then mail patrons overdue notices or make phone calls.
Libraries also send out letters from the head librarian, a certified letter from the library director, and then some counties turn the problem over to the county attorney.
The Campbell County Library gives its patrons a five-day grace period before charges begin, and "house calls" to retrieve the items are not uncommon at Weston County.
Patty Myers, director at the Platte County Library, said they call a patron twice "as a reminder" and then send one letter. Their final process, a "letter from the county attorney is nasty, but we get about a 98 percent return."
At Eastern Wyoming College (EWC) and East High School (EHS) in Cheyenne, the librarians have a different type of leverage to get their overdue materials back.
Dorothy Middleton, EHS librarian, said they withhold a student’s grades if everything is not returned by the end of the year. They also will call parents if there is a real problem with the student.
Marilyn Miller, library director at EWC, said the library staff blocks the students from getting a transcript or registering.
"It may take 10 years, but we do sometimes get things back," she said.
As for the pregnant mother in Florida who was arrested for her overdue items, she spent eight hours in jail waiting for friends and family to post her bond. Where the overdue materials are is still unknown; in fact, she doesn’t even remember checking anything out.
Big Horn Basin librariansLibrarians from the Big Horn Basin Library are sponsoring a conference to share common goals and information access from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, 2000, at Northwest College.
The conference is for all librarians -- school, public, college and special.
Speakers for the conference include:
look to share common goals,
information with others in state
- Lesley Boughton, Wyoming state librarian, Wyoming State Library (WSL), State Library Update;
- Corky Walters, Wyoming Libraries Database (WYLD) manager, WYLD Update;
- Venice Beske, Statewide information Service manager, WSL, Interlibrary Loans;
- Ronda Peer, director of extended campus, Northwest College (NC), Steve Thulin, assistant professor of history, (NC); Kay Carlson, library director( NC), Distance Education Discussion;
- Jan Segerstrom, Jackson Hole Middle School librarian coordinator of state implementation plan for information power, Information Power; and
- Colleen Williams, Cody High School librarian, Library Classroom Collaboration at Cody High School.
- There is no charge and continuing education units are available for the conference. Carlson said librarians are welcome from all over state.
- Anyone interested can contact Kay Carlson, Hinckley Library, Northwest College, 231 W. 6th St., Powell, Wyo. 82435.
National Library Week celebrates
the freedom to Read! Learn! Connect!
- Where do you go when you need to know?
- Chances are it’s the library. Some two-thirds of Americans say the library is where they go to get books, use computers and find other resources they need in the information age, according to a poll conducted by the Gallup Organization for the American Library Association (ALA).
- "Read! Learn! Connect! @ the Library" is the theme for this year’s National Library Week, April 11-17, sponsored by the ALA and library supporters across the nation.
- "National Library Week is a time to celebrate this great democratic institution and the freedom we enjoy as Americans to read, learn and connect to ideas and information," said Ann K. Symons, president of the 56,000-member ALA.
- The role of libraries and librarians in providing public access to information is more important than ever, Symons said.
- Symons notes that some 75 percent of public libraries now offer public access to the Internet -- almost double the number two years ago.
- The American Library Association also offers resources for the public -- recommended books, Web sites, tips for parents and more on its Web site at
WSL Board gains 2 new members, 1 re-appointment
- At the March 2000 Wyoming State Library Board meeting, one member was re-appointed and two new members were appointed.
- For District 3, Denice Wheeler was re-appointed for her third term.
Wheeler was a Wyoming delegate to the first White House Conference on Libraries and later served as chairwoman for the Wyoming conference. A published author, Wheeler said, "Books are my passion."
- One issue Wheeler said the board needs to focus on is the First Amendment and the right to access the World Wide Web.
- "Continued funding is imperative," she said.
- "If you take away our libraries," she said, "I feel that you take away our hearts."
- Donna Ricks, District 7, Fremont, Natrona and Converse counties, is serving her first term on the board. Ricks is a Wyoming native and has worked in the Douglas County School District for 20 years.
- Ruth Osborn,who is from Buffalo, is serving from District 4 -- Sheridan, Johnson and Campbell counties. She is also serving her first term on the board. She said she is a great user of libraries for pleasure and resources. Ricks and Osborn serve through 2003.
Around the State
- Campbell County Public Library (CCPL) will celebrate National Library Week, April 9-15 with a variety of events.
The library will have a special railroad-related décor and a poster design contest for preschoolers through high school seniors.
The week will also include extra computer training classes, a program on the history of Gillette, and a Wyoming author will give a presentation.
- Carbon County Library recently received a check for $2,000 from L.M. Olson Inc. of Rawlins. Gregg Olson, who presented the funds, told the Rawlins Daily Times the library can use the funds how ever they want, and he hopes the donation will encourage other business to make donations.
Library staff is planning to expand the audio corner of the main library in Rawlins with the money.
- Friends of the Dubois Branch Library, Fremont County, have launched a petition drive to convince the Dubois Town Council that a vacant section of city land adjoining the town park is the best spot for a new library.
- Granger Branch Library, Sweetwater County, now has Internet access, thanks to the Granger Town Council and Sabrina Yates, librarian. The library now has access to the WYLD system.
The Sweetwater County Library Board (SCLB) agreed to hire a temporary employee for two hours a week to keep track of Wamsutter Branch Library’s rotating collection. The funding will continue through the end of the year.
Lesley Boughton, Wyoming state librarian, recently delivered 20 boxes of books to Wamsutter that she had received from the Wyoming School for the Deaf. Harold Hayes received two boxes of books from the Glendo School Library.
- Two new programs have been initiated at Greybull High School Library this semester.
The first program encourages community residents with hobbies or interest to share them with the students and to create displays in the library. The second program consists of volunteers who work in the library during the week.
Medicine Bow Branch Library, Park County, recently received a donation of $500 from CenturyTel Inc. The donation originated from a company program that makes funds available in districts where it provides service. Funds will be used to purchase books and videos for children and adults.
- Park County Library System sought input from Park County residents to identify future needs and examine cost and funding for the library.
The special task force meetings were held in February and March.
- Tom Segerstrom is the newest Teton County Library Board of Trustees (TCLBT) member. He replaces Marilyn Stowell.
Teton County Library (TCL) celebrated March 2, "Read Across America Day," by inviting children in day care and pre-school to a special storytime. The day, also the birthday of Dr. Seuss, was celebrated with dramatic readings of "Green Eggs and Ham" and other Dr. Seuss books.
Children could listen to live music performed by their peers and learn about instruments during the Children’s Music Program on Friday, March 10, at TCL
Friends of Teton County Library held their annual Cabin Fever Book Sale March 16 to 19.
New to the friends organization this spring is Jackie Childress, book sale organizer. She has 35 years experience working book sales for the Vassar Alumni Association, the Ardmore Library in Pennsylvania and the public library in Guilford, Conn. TCL will host a "Wetlands" photographic exhibit through May 9 as part of the community-wide Spring Earth Festival.
- "Prairie Elephants and Cactus Juice" is a collection of stories by George Peverly of Rawlins. Peverly spent 50 years working for newspapers and in public information positions in Wyoming. During that time he met many notable personalities and politicians and some of those meetings are the subject of the essays.
Others are based on historical events along with some original poetry and stories about Peverly’s Powboys, his Dixie band. Copies are available from the author at 333 LaPaloma, Rawlins, Wyo. 82301; cost is $16.95, plus $2.50 shipping and handling.
Resource Sharing Council to meet May 18
- Wyoming's State librarian is convening the Resource Sharing Council for a meeting at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 18, in Riverton.
- The council has not met for approximately two years.
- For more information, contact Lesley Boughton, Wyoming state librarian, 307/777-5911 or 800/264-1281, option 1, selection 5.
- Three Wyoming State Library employees were recognized in March 2000 at the State Service Awards.
- Nancy Bienz, information services, 20 years of service;
Jan Batson, bibliographic services, 10 years of service; and
Debbie Buchmeier, business office and acquisitions, 10 years of service.
UW libraries go digital for books
- Electronic books have become a part of the University of Wyoming University Libraries.
- UW has joined a pilot program, through the CARL/ Alliance, to offer netLibrary to the campus community, and more than 11,000 titles are available online, with the future holding the capacity of adding 200 a day.
- UW does have a few "technical hurdles to overcome before making the service public;" however, staff should have no trouble getting into the service. University Libraries also has access to every title.
- The idea is that the first time anybody in the Alliance "opens" a book, it’s free. The second time that person or anybody else open the same title, the Alliance automatically purchases it, said Janis Leath, in a department memo.
- E-books are becoming so popular that author Stephen King’s newest book, "Riding the Bullet" debut Tuesday, March 14, on http://www.netlibrary.com for $2.50. Site visitors can browse through the first seven pages of the story and then purchase the full 66 pages. It can be downloaded to a PC or PDA.
- In a netLibrary chat room on Tuesday, the day the book was released, patrons were pleased they didn’t have to run out to a local bookstore to make a purchase; however, some said they were having trouble downloading the file.
- "I’m curious to see what sort of response there is and whether or not this is the future," King said in a statement.
- King wrote the story shortly after he was hit by a car and nearly killed near his home in Maine in June 1999.
- The Feb. 15, 2000, issue of Library Journal has an article on the subject of e-books.
It takes ‘boards’ to build, staff a booth
- Staff of the Fremont County Library System (FCLS) and volunteers from the Friends of the Lander Library, Fremont County Library Board, Fremont County Library Foundation Board, and the Wyoming State Library Board pulled together to build and staff a booth at the Wyoming State Winter Fair in Lander, Feb. 3-5.
- Thanks to Kim Capron, regional WYLD technician, the booth featured a wireless Internet connection to show fair visitors how to get at-home access to the WYLD system using their library cards and PINs.
- The booth also had a display board with photographs and news articles that showed the progress of libraries in Fremont County.
- A paperback book sale netted $50.
CCL adds thousands of words to collection -- using pictures
Star-Tribune’s donation captures daily life
- The Casper Star-Tribune newspaper has donated hundred of thousands of photographs to the CCL, and the donation joins that of previous journalists including Alfred J. Mikler, Frances Seely Webb and Chuck Morrison.
- "It is a record of all the reporting that occurred" through the eyes of the newspaper’s photographers from 1976 to mid-1995, Kevin Anderson, director of CCL’s special collections department told the Star-Tribune. "The chronicle of our daily lives is the foundation of history."
- The donation contained three logbooks and nearly 19,000 envelopes arranged by date, photographer and topic.
- "There is no selectivity," Anderson told the Star-Tribune, "It records things that happened. Nobody sorted it as to what they consider historically important."
- This record provides a nearly unbroken record -- photograpers and written -- of central Wyoming’s history.
- With the help of Anderson and other librarians, patrons can search negatives through computer databases and computer files and view them on a document camera that allows immediate viewing of the negative as a positive image. A flatbed scanner is then used to prepare prints from the negative or positive image.
- Dan Neal, Star-Tribune editor, said the collection’s volume and order "reflects everyday life in Casper" from snowstorms and summers at poolside, to hard news events and the famous and infamous people who came to town.
- "We donated all our images, not just the ones we published," Neal said in the Casper Star-Tribune story.
- In addition to the photos, the newspaper also donated maps, schedule books of assignments, some notes, audiotapes, and the original cartoons of former cartoonist Greg Kearney.
ALA to recognize excellence in after-school programs for young adults
- The American Library Association (ALA) has received a grant from the Margaret A. Edwards Trust to recognize outstanding library after-school programs for young adults.
- ALA will honor six libraries as models of excellence. All public and school libraries are encouraged to apply for the grant. An online application is available on the ALA Web site at
- The deadline for submission is April 30. All programs must serve youth ages 12-18; be offered on a regular basis -- daily, weekly or monthly -- throughout the school year; include a component that encourages teens to read for pleasure; and involve a partnership with another type of library or community organization.
Sheridan County Public Library, information services manager
- Responsibilities: The information services manager will provide reference and interlibrary loan (ILL) services; schedule, train and supervise reference and ILL staff; provide individual and group instruction on use of library and its resources; manage reference and non-fiction collections; assist branches with collection management; manage serials acquisition; participate in professional organizations; and serve on management team to develop programs, services and policies.
- Required: Master’s of library science and thorough knowledge of professional library principles, methods and techniques; excellent oral and written communication skills; and the ability to work with all ages. Experience working in public library setting preferred.
- Sheridan County Public Library System serves the Sheridan County area (population ~ 26,000) with main a library in Sheridan and three branch libraries. It has a fully integrated, automated library system (vendor, DRA) and uses a shared statewide database.
- Salary: $23,500 to $30,500, with insurance, retirement annual and sick leave.
Deadline: Applications due April 28; starting date is July 5.
- Application information: Contact the Sheridan County Public Library System, 335 W. Alger St., Sheridan, Wyo. 82801, 307/674-8585, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Wyoming, science reference/collection development
- Science Reference/Collection Development Librarian; University of Wyoming is seeking applicants for an entry level position; position reopened.
- Responsibilities: Participates in reference desk service; some evenings and weekends. Develops and shares an expertise in the sciences. Participates in the library instruction program; participates in collection development by serving as liaison to science departments. Position requires a flexible work schedule, including weekend and evening hours.
- Required: Master’s in library science degree (MLS) from an American Library Association accredited program or an accepted equivalent combination of education and experience; knowledge of traditional and electronic reference sources; strong instructional technology skills; excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills; ability to adapt to change.
- Preferred qualifications: degree(s) in science or engineering; library instruction experience and science reference experience.
- Hiring range: $30,000 to $33,000 dependent upon qualifications and experience, 12-month appointment, 22 days vacation; sick leave, group health insurance, state and TIAA-CREF retirement plans.
- Deadline: Applications must be postmarked by Monday, April 17, 2000.
To apply: Send cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses, and email of three professional references to Scott Royce; assistant director of Administrative Services, University of Wyoming Libraries, P.O. Box 3334; Laramie, Wyo. 82071, Fax, 307/766-2510
Follow-up faxed or emailed applications with copy by mail. EEO/AA
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