Outrider

November/December 2000


Volume XXXII, Number 9

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FDLP views ‘direction’ of future to stay in step with digital age

In a world that is becoming more and more digital with each passing day, the direction that the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) will take to stay in step with the digital age is a question to be considered. Documents today are “born digital.”
Venice Beske
During a December meeting of the Wyoming Federal Depository Library Consortium, Venice Beske, (standing) Wyoming State Library Statewide Information Services manager, explains possible changes that the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) will take to stay in step with the digital age. Beth Downing, University of Wyoming Libraries, was just one of the many from around the state who attended.

The process begins with a word processing program, proceeds to a desktop publishing program or to the typesetting process and then to print. However, some documents are completely skipping the printing process.

Newsletters, brochures and reports can be emailed to a desktop or accessed online for viewing. Because of the digital age, questions such as bibliographic information access and long-term access must be addressed.

Migrating publications

“The Federal Depository Library Program has been operating for more than 100 years distributing government publications; first in paper and then in microform and tangible electronic formats,” Venice Beske, Statewide Information Services (SIS) manager, said. “Now it is in the process of migrating more and more publications to digital, online formats.”

There are more than 1,300 depository libraries in the country, and 10 of those are in Wyoming.

“Because the U.S. Congress has not appropriated the needed funds to the FDLP to continue distributing the publications in ‘tangible’ form, the staff is looking at more electronic distribution on the Internet,” she said.

Although it is a move that is still in the planning stage, more documents are becoming available over the Internet

Three to five years

“It could be three to five years before we see how the depository program looks in this new age,” Beske said.

There are two areas of concern when thinking toward moving in this direction: How will bibliographic access be provided to all the publications that are only on the Internet? How will long-term access be provided to these publications?

It’s not only nice, but also convenient, to have a publication available electronically – such as the Wyoming State Government Annual Report – but what is to guarantee that it will be available in 20 or 100 years?

To have a publication available in print and online is the best of both worlds Beske said.

“However, we are seeing more and more documents that are born digital and never produced in a tangible form,” she said. “It’s pretty scary from a librarian’s and researcher’s point of view because the digital format may not be permanent.”

Beske did say extensive research on providing permanent access to digital documents is being done.

Preserving electronic information is a big issue that everyone is grappling with,” she said, “and there are a number of proposals out there.

“From Wyoming’s perspective, we’re also concerned about bibliographic access and permanent access to publications,” she said.

This was the focus of a meeting of the Wyoming Federal Depository Library Consortium held at the State Library on Dec. 7.

Participants discussed these issues and developed a strategy to begin dealing with them. A statewide government information planning committee will begin identifying titles of federal publications that are used most.

Cooperative efforts will be made to acquire and retain these titles in Wyoming libraries. Efforts will also be made to assure that the bibliographic records for online publications are in the WYLD database.

The consortium also discussed the changing role of Wyoming’s Regional Library, University of Colorado-Boulder.

“Traditionally, one of the functions of a regional depository library was to select and retain everything that was distributed to the depository program,” she said. “Wyoming’s depository librarians would like to see the regional take on the role of archiving digital publications.”

Conference examines
proposed changes

The Fall 2000 Depository Library Council and Federal Depository Library Conference, held Oct. 22 to 25, was the largest ever held with more than 600 attending.

In response to the proposed changes in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), Venice Beske, Wyoming State Library (WSL), attended as did. Katherine Powell, University of Wyoming (UW).

Presentations from the conference included:
  • “Regional Role in Permanent Access to Electronic Government Information,” presented by Tim Byrne, government publications, University of Colorado.

Beske said Byrne’s proposal focused on the depository library program in the electronic age.

The presentation can be viewed at http://spot.colorado.edu/~byrnet/Regional/PPA.ppt
  • “Government Printing Office (GPO) Update”

Beske said this presentation’s highlights included:

GPO will be distributing to the depository libraries anything that is available in electronic format in that format only and not in any tangible format (paper, microform, CD or DVD).

Selected titles will be distributed in tangible format. For a reminder of these titles, see http://www.access.gpo.gol

The GPO Bookstore will continue to function as it does now, making copies of publications available in paper format.
  • “Historical Government Documents Cataloging Project, The Five Colleges of Ohio,” Ellen P. Conrad, project coordinator, Five Colleges of Ohio

Beske said this presentation outlined the same process that is used by the Wyoming consortium among the WYLD libraries.

“Like us, they are searching OCLC for items that have already been cataloged,” she said.
  • “How to Balance FDLP Access WithLibrary Missions and Community Mandates,” Cynthia L. Etkin, program analyst

This presentation was a good overview of policies and access issues for depository libraries.

The two key issues are: treat all clients equally and have written policies dealing with every potential issue.
  • “Reconsidering Depository Status”

This panel presentation included Sheila McGarr, GPO, and Elizabeth M. McKenzie, from a library that had given up depository status because they couldn’t provide access any longer.

In 1992, there were more than 1,400 depository libraries. As of conference time, there were 1,325. Points discussed at the presentation included:

What needs to be surrendered? How long does it take to give up status? Why should a library continue depository status?

WSL E-team makes visit
to learn about digital content

Members of the Wyoming State Library E-team (Electronic Book team) visited the netLibrary headquarters in Boulder, Colo., to learn more about the digital content the company offers.

The occasion was the Rocky Mountain Special Libraries Association meeting in late September. Jerry Krois, Brian Greene, Linn Rounds and Erin Kinney attended the session.

The evening's agenda featured demonstrations, a tour of the facilities, and a special presentation by netLibrary staff including the vice president for research and library systems, corporate collection manager and western area manager. NetLibrary is a provider of digital content and collection management services.

During the past two years, the company has been working with publishers to provide electronic versions of their books.

The company offers thousands of choices on a variety of subjects: humanities, art, science, literature, philosophy and economics.

These are full-text electronic books along with Internet-based content collection management services.

The State Library is considering the purchase of some electronic titles, but the subject areas are yet to be determined.Although the ebooks can be shared within consortia environment, the specific details of how the collection will be managed in Wyoming is still being studied.

This project is the State Library's second venture into digital content. The first was the purchase of Rocket Ebooks for libraries to test.

WSL acquires more
Rocket eBooks

The Wyoming State Library (WSL) has acquired 10 more Rocket eBooks to allow librarians in the state the chance to obtain hands-on experience with this new technology.

WSL staff members demonstrated eBooks at the Wyoming Library Association conference in September, generating interest in these devices. Based on growing interest, the State Library chose to make temporary loans, so that more librarians can have firsthand experience with eBooks.

Participating libraries will get the eBooks for a 60-day loan period, allowing time for directors to become familiar with the devices and demonstrate them to staff, board members, friends groups, faculty and other supporters. Experience during the loan period will help librarians make future decisions about purchasing this technology.

Internal use, demonstration

These loaner eBooks are intended primarily for internal use and demonstration, not public circulation. WSL recommends that librarians do not purchase titles for these devices, as those titles will not be accessible once the device goes to the next library.

The Database Quality Committee is looking at how eBook records will be added to the Wyoming Libraries Database (WYLD).

Rocket eBooks will go first to the libraries that responded to the WSL’s initial survey: Albany, Washakie, Sublette, Crook, Big Horn, Converse, and Teton county libraries, and Central Wyoming College Library. Northwest College Library will also be in this first group.

60-day testing period ends

The State Library will work out delivery to the next two sets of libraries as the first 60-day testing period ends. WSL personnel will also bring Rocket eBooks to some meetings and training sessions for demonstrations.

For questions about Rocket eBooks, contact Jerry Krois, deputy state librarian, 307/777-6496, 800/264-1281 (press 1, then 5) Linn Rounds, Public Programs, Publications and Marketing manager, 307/777-5915, or Brian Greene, WYLD manager, 307/777-6339

Trustees’ Corner
We all have a story
to tell and should
By Jerry Krois
deputy state librarian

Your library staff has undoubtedly seen success stories. Stories of a patron using the library’s Internet access to locate a long-lost family member, using staff referrals to identify speakers for a community organization, or using library resources to help a small business succeed.

Do you know about those success stories?

Advocating the value of the library to commissioners and community leaders is much more convincing when you have a story to tell.

Have you noticed how world leaders recount stories about individuals when speaking before an audience?

You too should know that a visually impaired individual was taught how to use email by your staff and how that person now helps train other disabled people in email for self reliance, or know that the large print collection you placed in the assisted-care facility has stimulated families to purchase additional books, or know that a mother has published her first book due to your staff and resources.

These success stories add a valuable personal touch to the budget hearing or community discussion while showing how the library touches individuals.

Documenting needs, using statistics and charts, showing survey results all add to the visual component, but personal stories draw attention to the individual whose life is changed by the presence of your library.

Stories might be about the results obtained for the user, an accomplishment of a library employee, how staff helped someone in need, or how staff demonstrate expertise in providing information. The best stories might even be about you as a board member.

Successes don’t occur every day; however, establish a mechanism with your director so you will know about some successes.

A few special stories in your arsenal can be an effective tool when demonstrating to funding officials and community leaders the value of the institution, quality work of the staff, and continuing benefit for tax dollars invested in the organization.

New foundation section to be added
Look for libraries directory
survey in January

Librarians should watch their mailboxes in January for the 2001 Wyoming Libraries Directory survey.

Each year, the Wyoming State Library (WSL) updates and reprints the directory, which lists contact information, addresses, key staff members and other information for all types of Wyoming libraries.

This year, WSL plans to add a section on library foundations.

The State Library relies on librarians to complete the survey to keep directory information current. The survey form also provides the opportunity to order free copies of the print directory.

In addition to the print version, the State Library maintains an online directory that is updated continually throughout the year. WSL staff ask that librarians check their entries during December in the directory for accuracy in preparation for production of the printed directory.

Questions may be directed to Candice J. VanDyke, WSL public information specialist, at 800/264-1281 (press 1, then 6), 307/777-5453 or Linn Rounds, WSL public information specialist, at 800/264-1281 (press 1, then 6), 307/777-5915.

Discard list grows smaller; still available on Internet

If the Wyoming State Library (WSL) discard list has been missing from your mail lately, don't blame the postman. The discard list went digital about seven months ago and offers libraries the opportunity to add their own discards to the list or to request other libraries' offerings at any time.

Bobbi Thorpe, WYLD database manager, said schools, as well as other libraries, may want to check the online list since it is the only way to access the State Library's list. The mailed, paper copy discard list from WSL has been discontinued. The University of Wyoming, as well as a small number of other Wyoming libraries, also contribute items to the discard list.

Currently the average monthly number of discards on the list is approximately 700 items. These can be sorted by general titles, government documents, and periodical titles. Libraries can also search broad subject areas or search for the offerings of individual libraries.

All libraries may enter information manually, while WYLD libraries can also have the system extract their discards.

Participating libraries must make their own shipping arrangements. Greater participation from all Wyoming libraries is welcome. Thorpe and Marc Stratton, WYLD systems manager, continually refines the online pages to make them easier to use. Pages are updated regularly to reflect changes in the list.

The discard list is found at http://cowgirl.state.wy.us/ccd/.

Information about features of the discard list and general instructions for its use are available in TechNote 64 found at http://will.state.wy.us/wyld/technotes/index.html.

Non-WYLD libraries interested in using the discard list must first contact Thorpe for the creation of a numeric location code and to have a valid email address entered into the address book for the discard list.

Burns Branch Library opens
doors to new building, future

The Burns Branch Library officially opened the doors of its new building in November sporting a café, an expanded poetry section and a much larger collection.

The new library now shares a home with Wyoming Bank and Trust, moving into the bank’s old, unused offices. Nearly 100 volunteers helped with the Laramie County Public Library’s branch construction.

“This is an example of people working together, pulling together, to make a dream come true,” Jack Knudson, Laramie County Commission chair, said at the ceremony.

Dennis Wallace, Wyoming Bank and Trust manager, donated the building space.
Burns Branch Library
Burns Branch Library

Because the donated portion of the building consisted of many small offices, construction was needed to make one large open space.

Enter 16-year-old David Mikesell, a Boy Scout looking to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. In addition to providing 300 hours of volunteer time, he also saved the taxpayers and library $10,000. Mikesell found 30 other volunteers to complete some needed work.

For nine hours on a Saturday, they cleared away the office walls and salvaged windows and doors for an auction.

In addition to the café, the library also has a new meeting room with seating for 12, a TV and a VCR. The children’s area is in a sunny area of the building and has soft carpeting and pillows. The new branch also offers Internet connection and the WYLD system.

At the opening of the new building, patron Lela Youtz, 100, was given the first card for the new branch. Her late husband, Fletcher, received the first card issued in Burns more than 50 years ago.

Already, $40,000 has been raised for the new project; however, $200,000 more is still needed for the project and donations are being accepted.

Chugwater residents
band together for library move

Residents of Chugwater banded together in November to move books and other library items to the new building of the branch library.

Spearheaded by volunteer labor and donations, the new building has more shelving, floor space and Internet access. The old branch was located in City Hall and the new branch is now located on the corner of Second Street and Clay Avenue, a historic schoolhouse and church building.
Chugwater new library
Darla Teeter (left) and Ruth Vaughn pack books from the old Chugwater Branch Library to move to the new building.

A “bucket-brigade line” consisting of students, library staff, and members of Chugwater Attendance Center, was formed to move hundreds of books from the old building to the new building.

Better future

Chugwater Mayor Stan Reib, who opened the building, talked about the importance of libraries for the well being of any community, and the community pride in preserving a landmark and making a better future.

The building was dedicated on Nov. 19. Darla Teeter, Chugwater Branch librarian, was presented with new books for the children’s collection from Nancy Curtis, library board chair, at the library opening.

The Chugwater Branch Library was established in 1976.

Five WYLD Network Regions
each receive $1,000
LSTA training credit

Five WYLD Network Regions have been awarded a $1,000 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) training credit.

The award can be used for any training events that benefit both WYLD Network members and other libraries in the multi-county region. This includes a single or multiple events, and regions can also combine their award with that of other regions.

Funds can be used for a BCR program, a speaker from outside the state, or other creative training or education event.

The LSTA awards are based on a successful pilot project in Region One.

New Park County director
takes the ‘next natural step’

The new library director for Park County sees her new job as the “next natural step” in her career.

It may be her first time working in Wyoming; however, Arlene Ott, from Fort Morgan, Colo., is no stranger to the library community.

While working at two other libraries, she oversaw large remodeling projects and automation and is now looking forward to working with the Park County library and its branches.

“I’m excited to be here,” Ott said. “I’ve been welcomed very warmly by the staff and the community.”

The new director said accepting the Park County job was a professional advancement that will allow her to work with multiple libraries and gain supervisory experience. It will also allow her to be closer to one of her daughters who lives in Bozeman.

Previously, Ott worked in the Glenwood, Minn., library where she directed a $550,000 new addition project.

Following the completion of the remodeling project, she got members of the community together to shelve the books. A chain of 130 people was formed to pass books from one to the other.

“It gave the community a sense of possession of their library. It was great fun,” she told The Cody Enterprise.

She also worked on automating the Minnesota library — establishing a bar code inventory system. While serving as the director at Fort Morgan, Ott managed a complete $65,000 remodeling project.

Ott, who advocates the purchasing of computers for libraries, said they provide “far better access” to a libraries inventory than the old-style card catalogs.

She said that traditionally libraries have always had to fight for funding, but that Park County seems to “be very fortunate because it receives good support from the public and from the libraries’ groups.”

After earning a bachelor’s degree in English from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., Ott then completed her master’s degree program in library science from Emory University. She also has a master’s degree in geography from Mankato State University in Minnesota.

Wyoming people, nature
bring new director to Fremont

The “friendly, unpretentious people” and the fact that Wyoming is still “dominated by nature” are just two of the many reasons the new Fremont County Library director made her way to the state.

Sheila Doyle’s last library job was in Telluride, Colo. Before that, her library career has taken her to such places as North Carolina, Chicago, the Caribbean and Central America.

Working in the Caribbean and Central America libraries was different for Doyle because the offshore medical schools lack the resources that academic libraries in the states have, including other librarians.

“It was a tremendous physical and mental challenge to update the libraries; you had to be tenacious, efficient and resourceful,” she said.

Doyle said her job was made easier because of the extraordinary way librarians support each other and share information.

“The altruism that is evident is this profession is unlike anything I’ve encountered, and because it exists, we can often work miracles.

Through that support system in the states I was able to move swiftly and effectively in such a geographically isolated environment,” she said.

One element that attracted her to the state and the director’s position was working with a countywide system in a county the size of Fremont.

“The staff, the board and the friends groups at each library all seem to have such a positive energy,” she said.

“There is a real cohesiveness throughout the library system and it’s obviously a result of Ada’s (Howard) strong leadership and the Board of Directors’ support.”

Howard recently retired, and continues to reside in Fremont County. She plans to remain active in libraries through volunteering.

Doyle is, “counting on Ada – and she’s fully aware of this – to continue enriching Fremont County’s libraries through her vast knowledge.”

Doyle worked as a vocational nurse for 10 years. She then earned a bachelor’s degree in English. After attending a career-planning workshop, which indicated that librarianship would be a good career choice, she researched the profession. As a result of what she discovered, Doyle enrolled at San Jose State University and earned a master’s degree in library science in 1992.

Around the State

Grants and gifts
  • Niobrara County Library recently received matching funds from numerous donors for an anonymous gift of $5,000.

  • Natrona County Library has expanded its number of Internet machines from two to three following a $3,270 grant from the Dain Rauscher Adviser Fund of the Wyoming Community Foundation.

  • The Paleon Foundation Board, Glenrock’s fossil museum, has entered into a contract for the Bronco Building to purchase the historical downtown Glenrock landmark and convert the east side into a museum, education center, library and gift shop. Money for a down payment of $30,000 needs to be raised and then monthly payments of $1,100 will be needed.

    Fund-raisers

  • The ninth annual Johnson County Library Benefit and Auction raised more than $32,000, and after expenses, the library foundation and Johnson County Library expect to split nearly $28,000. More than 400 tickets were sold, and organizers said every goal was met or exceeded.

    Staff changes

  • Karene Wagner, Lovell Library head librarian, retired in October. She has held the position for 18 years. She held her final storytime hour Oct 31, 2000.

  • Sheralyn Nicholls, assistant librarian, will move to the position of head librarian.

    Awards

  • The Campbell County Chamber of Commerce Image and Beautification Committee recently presented their monthly Beautification Award to the Campbell County Public Library and Bob Parkin. He maintains the library building and landscape.

    Activities

  • The Friends of the Albany County Public Library have taken their book sale to cyberspace. The group is auctioning off 25 items on . They also are allowing anyone without an Internet connection to bid on the books.

  • Eileen Nugent, children’s librarian at Glenrock Branch Library, is conducting a teen book discussion program. Participants range in age from 12 to 14 years old and are reading a series of books with a Civil War theme. The program continues through April.

  • The Indian Paintbrush Elementary School Library’s Gift of Reading Program allows books to be purchased for the library and then dedicated to someone. Each book is given a plate, which list whom the book was donated for, why and who purchased the book.

  • Washakie County Library Foundation hosted the Homesteaders’ Festival in October. Funds raised are for the foundation’s endowment fund, and organizers hope it will become an annual event.

    Budgets

  • Natrona County Commissioners have agreed to continue funding for the Mills Branch Library of the Natrona County Public Library until the town council can adopt a budget in March. It has been agreed that the town of Mills will reimburse the $7,500 to the commission.

    Web site news

  • The Wyoming Young Authors group has a new Web site. The URL is http://www.trib.com/~jviren/index.htm. The Web site offers tips on implementing the program.

    et cetera

  • Phillip Dubois, University of Wyoming president, recently explained to the Northern Wyoming Daily News and the town’s Rotary Club the transfer of funds from UW research income to the libraries. Because the Wyoming Legislature was unable to grant all the university’s requested funding to keep the collections up-to-date, Dubois moved money from one fund to another.

PDF version available online
WSL offers ‘Tools for Internet
Safety’ guide for parents

“Tools for Internet Safety,” a tri-fold brochure created as a guide for parents, is available online.

Librarians are invited to make photocopies of the brochure to make available to patrons and parents. The Wyoming State Library (WSL) created the brochure in conjunction with the “Keeping Children Safe Online: The Internet and Sexual Exploitation of Children” conference held in Casper Oct. 26-27.

Lesley Boughton, Wyoming state librarian, served on a discussion panel at the conference and three WSL staff members, Desiree Sallee, Chris Van Burgh and Kim Capron, demonstrated filtering software for participants.

“Tools for Internet Safety” gives parents a starting point as they assess how they will handle Internet access for their children at home. It explains the basics of filters, offers safety tips and provides Web sites where they can find more information.

WSL Central Acquisitions
Program hits $2.9 million mark

As more libraries throughout Wyoming used the Wyoming State Library’s Central Acquisitions Program, the program’s revenues went beyond the $2 million mark earlier this fall and now stand at just less than $3 million.

Established in 1964 to accommodate centralized purchasing for Wyoming libraries, the program allows libraries in the state to save money when purchasing materials and books, and minimize the amount of paperwork for the libraries’ staffs while earning interest on their deposits made to the fund. The program serves public, academic, school and institutional libraries, and other state agencies.

“Participating libraries deposit money to be used for purchases. Then they can purchase the books themselves or have the State Library do the ordering,” Jack Willmarth, central acquisitions manager, said.

The Acquisitions Program operates on three levels: full-service accounts, limited-service accounts and restricted-service accounts.

Full-service Accounts earn 2 percent interest, and central acquisitions will order materials, pay invoices and fulfill special customer service requests.

No limit is set on the number of deposits, withdrawals and transfers.

Limited-services Accounts earn 4 percent interest, and central acquisitions will pay invoices for users who have ordered their own materials.

There is no limit on transactions, but the participating library must maintain a minimum balance of $100.

Restricted-service Accounts earn 6 percent (rate may be adjusted annually). Central acquisitions customers can make unlimited deposits; however, they are limited to 12 withdrawals and transfers a year. Minimum balance is $500.

Willmarth stressed that even the smallest libraries in the state can earn volume discounts and reduced shipping costs through the combined purchasing power.

Library staff also save time and money if they use one purchase order and one check to the WSL instead of numerous purchase orders and checks for orders made to multiple venders.

Willmarth said one county library reported that using the Acquisitions Program saved them the equivalent of one full-time employee (FTE).

While interest earned on the funds help to pay the sections operating cost, WSL also uses the earnings as “seed” money to temporarily fund the startup of projects such as Center for the Book, Read to Me Wyoming and various databases.

Central Acquisitions has also provided funding for the Large Print Rotation Collection (LPRC), contributing $9,000 to that project during the last three years, and is the vehicle used to track WYLD (Wyoming Libraries Database) revenues and expenditures.

Willmarth can answer librarians’ questions about the program or walk librarians through the central acquisitions process.

In the spirit of the holidays
Libraries provide
full plate of good fortune

By Helen Higby
Sweetwater County Library System

In the spirit of the holidays, it seems appropriate to inventory some of the things about the Sweetwater County Library System and all Wyoming libraries for which we should be grateful.

Such an effort tends to yield superficial results, so I am making a conscious effort to be substantive.

We often forget that public libraries do not exist throughout the world. The idea was born in this country and ties right in with our sense of democracy. Every citizen has a right to information, for how else can he or she make intelligent decision at the polls.

Our constitution allows all citizens to vote regardless of race, gender, religion, economic condition, and so on. In the same vein, the public library and its resources are open to everyone.

Again, tying in with the constitution, the public library sees its role as providing information on the entire spectrum of human knowledge and thought.

In the library world, we like to joke that if you cannot find something offensive in the library then we are not doing our job.

The truth behind the jest is that every single one of us takes exception to something, and yet, in our free country, we are guaranteed the right to read and express whatever we want.

Some folk think this is a dangerous freedom, and indeed, it is. Even so, I am thankful for that dangerous freedom, especially when I consider the alternative.

Narrowing the focus from worldwide to the United States, I am grateful that public libraries in Wyoming are organized into county systems. Only one other state has had the wisdom to adopt such an approach: Maryland.

The alternative has public libraries within the same area or county actively competing for the limited available tax dollars. The predictable result is more libraries but each with poorer resources.

In our county system model, can you imagine how long a library director would survive if he or she neglected, or obviously favored, one of the libraries in his or her purview?

Another admirable feature of library service in Wyoming is our attitude toward cooperation and research sharing.

Our statewide network is the envy of libraries across the nation. It sometimes makes us shake our heads and wonder; but, when other states start bragging about some of their new efforts, we roll our eyes and say, “We’ve had a system like that in place for the entire state for more than 10 years.”

Due to the efforts of librarians and library supports petitioning our State Legislature, every person everywhere in Wyoming now has access to more than 1,000,000 print and non-print items.

Not everyone is a fan of technology, but even with its frustrations, I am thankful it allows us to live in a place as beautiful and wonderful as Wyoming without having to sacrifice easy access to information. There are times, like now, when I realize how lucky we are and it brings tears to my eyes.

Yes, we need to be grateful for a great deal more than our public libraries, but neither should we overlook the important place they occupy in our full plate of good fortune.

Position opening

Park County Library System, Cody Library, technical services supervisor

Duties: Works under the supervision of the director. Supervises one full-time and one part-time employee. Trains library staff and volunteers in all aspects of technical services using WYLD and OCLC systems. Supervises cataloging and processing of all materials in WYLD and OCLC for three libraries in system while maintaining quality control of database. Shares in Cody Library Saturday rotation as scheduled. Will help develop a staff manual for technical services. (Full description available upon request.)

Salary: $25,064 to $26,624 annual DOE. Position is exempt.

Benefits: Vacation, sick leave, health insurance, Wyoming Retirement.

Application process: Send resume with transcripts (unofficial copies of bachelor and American Library Association (ALA) accredited master degrees) and references to Arlene Ott, director, 1057 Sheridan Ave., Cody, WY 82414, 307/527-8820. Full position description available upon request. Review of applications will begin Dec. 27, 2000. Open until filled.

FOLUSA releases
1999 Readers’ Choice
Awards winners

Friends of Libraries U.S.A. (FOLUSA) released the results of the second annual Readers’ Choice Awards for books published in 1999.

Library users across the country selected the seven titles using an open ballot published in the FOLUSA newsletter.

Selections are:
  • General fiction, “White Oleander,” Janet Fitch, Little Brown;
  • Romance fiction, “River’s End,” Nora Roberts, Putnam Publishing;
  • Mystery/Thriller, “Testament,” John Grisham, Doubleday;
  • Science fiction, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” J.R. Rowling, scholastic;
  • General nonfiction, “The Greatest Generation Speaks: Letters and Reflections,” Tom Brokaw, Random House;
  • Autobiography/Biography, “ ‘Tis,” Frank McCourt, Scribner; and
  • Self-help, “Kitchen Table Wisdom,” Rachel Naomi Remen, Riverhead.

WDOT premieres GIS site;
map identifies public utilities
in relation to highways

The first phase of the Wyoming Department of Transportation’s (WDOT) Geographic Information System (GIS) is now available on the Internet.

The map identifies public utilities in relation to highways in the state. GIS is a computer-based tool for mapping and analyzing objects and events, combining the power of a database with the visualization capabilities of maps.

WYDOT’s map is located at http://gis.dot.state.wy.us.

For additional information about GIS and GIS in Wyoming Public Libraries; interested people can visit the Wyoming State Library’s GIS page at http://will.state.wy.us/sis/sisgis.html or contact Emily Sieger, State Library’s GIS Initiative Team coordinator.

The library’s GIS Web pages offer resources, assistance, contacts and places to discuss GIS.

Glenrock author publishes ‘Flying
By the Seat of Their Pants'

"Flying by the Seat of Their Pants," the story of Walter B. Hawkins and his role in early aviation, was published by John Bonar of Glenrock through Endeavor Books of Casper.

The book is about the life of his brother-in-law and personalities he encountered while working in California.

The cost is $9.95, and copies can be ordered from Endeavor Books, 7307 6WN Road, Casper, WY 82604, 307/265-7410, 888/324-9303 (toll free), 307/265-3646 (Fax).