Outrider

February 2001


Volume 33, Number 2

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WSL awarded $566,136 through LSTA

The Wyoming State Library has been awarded $566,136 through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) for 2001, and funds will be used for staff development, networking and a number of other programs and projects in the state.

Each year the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grants are awarded according to a population formula.

The $556,136 is an increase of $16,000 from last year because IMLS used 2000 census data. Wyoming had an increase of a little more than 40,000 in the census.

The award, which covers activities from October 2000 to September 2001, was received in January rather than October 2000 because Congress did not pass the budget bill in October.

The state award will be used for a number of statewide projects including sub-grants for training credits, institutions, competitive education grants, telecommunications, WSL infrastructure for statewide projects, OCLC FirstSearch, WSL newsletters and resource sharing publications. Funds also will be sent to support the Library Leadership Institute and master’s of library science summer course. Funds pay for meetings of the Resource Sharing Council, database training and travel, and ongoing technology initiatives.

The WSL will continue to address staff development, networking and resource sharing because these are the three main themes in our five-year plan, Jerry Krois, WSL deputy librarian, said.

The plan is on the Web at http://will.state.wy.us/wsl/lsta.html.

“Part of the $16,000 increase will have to be used to complete a three-year evaluation of LSTA as required by IMLS,” Krois said. “A consultant will be needed to conduct focus group sessions later this summer to identify the successes, weaknesses and future directions.”

The evaluation is from October 1999 to September 2001, which equates to $1.5 million.

“The hallmark of this program is the flexibility it gives each state to address its unique and high priority needs,” Beverly Sheppard, IMLS acting director, said. “This flexibility has been a catalyst for innovation and has broken ground for a comprehensive approach that incorporates all types and the broadest possible public.”

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$100,000 donation makes dreams come true
for Laramie County Library

The Laramie County Library System will see dreams come true thanks to a $100,000 endowment from former Cheyenne resident Sol Trujillo.

Trujillo donated the money to the LCL Foundation to initiate a community challenge fund-raising effort. He will also donate hardware and software to create a mobile training lab for the library.

County librarian Lucie Osborne told the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, “The training lab has been a dream for many years and now, thanks to his generosity, it is becoming a reality.”

The lab will consist of 12 laptops to allow library staff to work with students in Title 1 schools. The library will also be able to offer classes to businesses, clubs and organizations on how to best use online services, including WYLD CAT.

“I can’t think of a worthier, more deserving recipient,” Trujillo said. “Education has been the bedrock of everything I’ve been ale to achieve in life.

Free libraries are central to the educational process and, today, access to the new computer technologies are an essential part of that process.”

Trujillo is the CEO of Graviton Inc., a La Jolla, Calif.-based high-tech development company. He is governor of the World Economic Forum for the information technology industry.

Matching community funds will support the library’s strategic goals to enhance children’s and young adult programming, expand outreach, improve the collection and expand the library.

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Wyoming State Loan and Investment Board
will fund a matching grant of $388,500

Dubois to build new branch library

The Wyoming State Loan and Investment Board voted unanimously Jan. 17 to fund a matching grant of $388,500 to build a new Dubois Branch Library building.

However, funding for the grant wasn’t expected.

A week before the hearing, a supplemental packet with letters of support from the Fremont County mayor, children, parents and school councils was sent to the board. At the same time, Fremont County received a notice that their project had been put on the “partial or no funding” recommendation list.

The grants received were prioritized on two lists by a panel of experts. The first list was for projects approved for full funding, and the second list was to which the Fremont County grant was recommended.

“We were ready for battle,” Sheila Doyle, Fremont County Library director, said. “We had a strategy, but it never needed to be said. It was anti-climatic.”

This, in part, Doyle contributes to comments made by Wyoming Secretary of State Joe Meyer and Superintendent of Public Instruction Judy Catchpole in favor of the project. “It was gratifying to hear non-librarians make strong, supporting statements about the importance of libraries,” she said.

The letters and support from the Dubois community were also a factor. Doyle said Meyer commented that there was no question the project is needed because it has the full support of the community.

On Feb. 6, three board of directors attended the Fremont County Commissioners meeting and were given authorization to proceed with the library project.

There was a tentatively scheduled budget hearing Feb. 20 for the Capital Project Funding Account for the new Dubois Branch Library.

On-site groundbreaking for the new Dubois Branch Library is scheduled for June 11, 2001. The proposed site for the new library is three blocks of Main Street, four blocks from Dubois Senior Center and four blocks from the middle school in Dubois. The new location will have lighting, sidewalks and will be handicapped accessible, items the current library lacks.

The project is on schedule and the Friends of the Dubois Library Building Committee, which raised the matching funds, anticipate the grand opening for mid-May 2002.

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Sweetwater County Library System
to hold symposium

The Sweetwater County Library System will join other organizations to sponsor a symposium Mar. 30 and 31 titled “Education Reform and Standards: A Community Discussion.”

The two-day program will kick-off at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 30, at WWCC with a keynote lecture by Dr. Diane Ravitch, a leading historian of education and former assistant secretary of education in the George Herbert Walker Bush administration.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, March 31, three panels featuring legislators, school administrators, teachers, parents, students, and state and local school board members will discuss several topics dealing with education reform and standards.

Time is scheduled after each panel for audience comment and questions. Gov. Jim Geringer has been invited to speak about his vision for Wyoming education at the Saturday luncheon.

The activities are free and open to the public; however, there will be a charge for lunch. For additional information, please call Sweetwater Board of Cooperative Educational Services in Rock Springs, 307/382-1607.

The two-day program is funded by the Wyoming Council for the Humanities, the Arlene and Louise Wesswick Lecture Series, Western Wyoming Community College and Sweetwater BOCES.

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‘Log on @ your library™’: campaign
posts new PSAs

The Campaign for America’s Libraries has made 10 print public service announcements available on the current Campaign for America’s Libraries Web site at http://www.ala.org/news/v7n4/library_launch.html.

The campaign's messages are designed to ensure that target audiences know that today's librarian is a well-trained, technology-savvy, information expert who can enrich the learning process of any library user — from early reader to graduate student to young Web surfer to retiring senior citizens.

These messages were developed after substantial internal research among ALA members, a review of public opinion research and external research among consumers. The messages meet the following criteria: convey what is unique about libraries. The messages distinguish the unique role that libraries play in society versus that of perceived "competitors," mega-bookstores and the Internet.

The PSAs are posted in a variety of downloadable formats for use by libraries nationwide.

The following PSAs are now available:
  • Sound advice @ your library™ ,
  • Bone up on osteoporosis @ your library™,
  • Czech out Prague @ your library™,
  • Garbo meets Rambo @ your library™,
  • Life Lessons @ your library™,
  • Nothing but Net @ your library™,
  • Open a book and shut out the world @ your library™,
  • Everything from Shaq to Shakespeare @ your library™,
  • The Ultimate Search Engine is @ your library™, and
  • Untangle the Web @ your library™.

The PSAs are part of an online toolkit designed to help local libraries implement the Campaign in their communities.

The Campaign for America’s Libraries is a five-year public education effort, sponsored by the ALA, to promote the value of all types of libraries and librarians nationwide.

The campaign will officially launch to the public during National Library Week April 1 to 7, 2001.

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Spirit’ statue seeks to save Sundays
at Natrona Library

After hearing that Natrona County Public Library would have to close its doors on Sundays due to a lack of funds, a Casper sculptor decided to take matters into his own hands.

Chris Navarro has donated a bronze miniature statue, “Spirit of the Thunder,” for a drawing, with proceeds going to the library. In addition, the library held a book-signing in November that featured Navarro’s latest book, “Chasing the Wind.” The book-signing event was the kickoff for the drawing that will take place March 29, 2001, in conjunction with the library’s annual book sale.

“I use the library all the time for reference material, and if they don’t have what I need, I use interlibrary loan for only $2,” Navarro told the Casper Journal.

“Spirit of the Thunder” is 22 inches high and depicts the American Indians’ warrior and medicine man in his ritual dance.

Navarro chose the statue because it’s “such a landmark of Casper, and it’s the spirit of the library,” he said. The monument-size version of the statue graces the lawn of Casper College and also serves as college’s mascot and appears on the president’s seal.

His book, “Chasing the Wind,” tells his life story and feature more than 75 pieces of his artwork. “Books opened windows of the world to me,” he said. “The great artists of the world taught me there are no limitations in the world of art.”

Navarro was a rodeo competitor and much of his work reflects the rodeo life he loved.

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WSL staff is winning ‘lifeline’
for online database answers

“User name,” “loading a cookie” and “static IP address.”

If these phrases sound like a list of answers for a “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” question, which you need to call a “lifeline” for the answer, don’t despair. You don’t get the million dollars, but you can get the answers from the WYLD office at the Wyoming State Library (WSL).

When trying to access some of the online databases available on WYLD, some users in schools are accessing the wrong URL and are then asked for a username and password.

A session that is conducted from a school does not require either.

“Database vendors use an authentication method to verify that users are in the state,” Desiree Sallee, WSL systems librarian, said. “This requires a specific ‘static’ Internet protocol (IP) address that can be identified for a particular machine or group of machines.”

ISP and IP

The WYLD office sees the problem occurring because many Internet service providers (ISP) use what is called “dynamic addressing” of IP addresses. Users are assigned a random IP address for the particular session, and this can hinder the ability of one or more of the WSL database venders to authenticate the user.

WYLD staff has and is still working to fix authentication problems with the Wyoming Education Network (WEN).

WYLD staff members have submitted the specific IP addresses of public, branch and community colleges on the network. In addition, they have also submitted the entire remaining IP range allotted on the WEN, which includes most Wyoming schools. Most of the problems have been worked out, but the WYLD office needs users to call immediately if they encounter any problems accessing these databases.

If a library or school’s IP addresses are made available to the vendors, machines that are “physically” located in the institutions should be able to access the databases freely without the use of a user name, password or loading of a cookie. Users may have to clear a “cookie” from the computer that is left over from trial access to SIRS by going to the following Web site, one-time only: http://ars.sirs.com/cgi-bin/nocookies.

Usernames and passwords

The links at the bottom of the page are for “remote and non-authenticated users” who have a username and password that is not the users library card and PIN number. A list of the usernames and passwords can be obtained from any local public library or the WSL.

Remote users can also access the databases if they have a WYLD library card (14 digit number) and a PIN. They will then be authenticated to use all the licensed databases for the particular Internet session.

Schools can also contact Chris Van Burgh, WSL statewide outreach librarian, for help over the phone or to schedule a training session. She can be reached at 307/777-3642.

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Around the State

Staff changes

  • Gloria Gutierrez is the new audiovisual/periodicals/circulation assistant atthe Park County Library. She previously served as the circulation assistant.

    Carmela Conning is no longer interim in her position as reference/ILL at the Park County Library.

    Two other slots are open at the library—technical services coordinator and administrative assistant.

  • Joyce Dunkelberger has left her job of outreach coordinator at the Teton County Library. Kirsten Corbett has taken over the position. Corbett can be reached at kcorbett@will.state.wy.us.

Programs

  • Carbon County Library is holding its second “Book Lovers’ Book Sale” during February. Proceeds from the sale will be used to purchase additional materials and equipment.

  • “Snow Better Time to Read” is the theme for the sixth annual Family Reading Program at the Cody Library, which runs through March.

    Developed to help encourage families to read aloud together, the program consists of at least two family members reading together for 15 minutes each day for 25 days.

  • The Lander Children’s Museum and Fremont County Libraries are offering families a “Passport to Play.”

    This new program allows county library cardholders, 18 years and older, to check out a free admission pass to the Lander Children’s Museum. Each passport admits up to six people free of charge.

  • The Natrona County Library System has reinstated its volunteer program.

    A “volunteer” volunteer coordinator is looking for help with checking shelves for accuracy, collection care, clerical, housekeeping and plant care and displays.

  • The Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library has reactivated its Youth Advisory Board.

    The group will meet once a month. The board’s first task will be to establish guidelines for the newly established Youth Room and plan an opening.

  • Uinta County Libraries have extended their hours. The Lyman and Mountain View branch libraries hours are: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday and Saturday.

    The Evanston Branch Library hours are: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday.

Donations

  • Burns Branch Library received a $175.20 gift and 844 books donated by students at Burns Junior and Senior High School.

  • CenturyTel and Gary Perlberg donated $1,000 to the Big Piney Library.

  • Park County Library received a $2,000 Bargain Box grant and a $1,500 Wal-Mart donation to buy books and other materials.

  • The Friends of the Worland Library donated $500 to the Washakie County Library Foundation in memory of Roberta Colson, former foundation president.

  • The Carbon County Library Foundation received a $500 gift from the Rawlins Rotary Club. The foundation is building an endowment to fund non-operating improvements at the county library system.

Renovations

  • The Laramie County Community College Library will get a makeover this summer. Renovations will begin in May, and include installing a new heating/air system and new carpeting. The library will be closed May 1 to June 11 and will be relocated to the cafeteria at this time.

    Interlibrary loans will not be honored; however, loan requests will continue for materials in other libraries, and materials not relevant to summer classes will be put in storage. WYLD will be available.

    For more information, contact Mary Coffin at 307/778-1283 or mcoffin@lccc.cc.wy.us.

Budgets

  • The Casper City Council and Natrona County Commission are working together to help solve the Natrona County Library’s funding shortfall.

    A proposed two-year agreement would increase county funding from $700,000 to $950,000 in the first year and to $1,060,000 in the second year.

    Casper’s contribution would be $550,000 for the first year and $840,000 the second year.

    The plan also calls for the Natrona County Library Foundation to provide $400,000 in private funding for the first year.

  • Staff at the Weston County Library should know at the end of this month if county commissioners will approve a requested 10 percent increase for all staff members.

    Eleven employees would be affected by the proposal that will increase the lowest wage to $5.75 an hour.

Building programs

  • The Laramie County Library System has scheduled 17 meetings to seek public input about criteria for a new library building and potential sites.

    Meetings in February and March will address criteria for the library, and locations will be discussed in April.

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Long-time children’s librarian
retires after 23 years

Sarah Cummings, long-time children’s librarian at the Sweetwater County Library, retired after 23 years of service.

Cummings started her career in 1976 at the old Carnegie Library as a librarian. She began by weeding the children’s collection, something that hadn’t been done for more than 25 years.

In 1980, after the new library was completed, she helped move the children’s library from the basement to the main floor of the new library.

“I’ve loved it,” she told the Green River Star. “I have been so fortunate to be surrounded by some of the world’s greatest literature and to be able to introduce that literature to young readers.”

Cummings will continue to work part-time at Western Wyoming Community College teaching children’s literature. She plans to learn how to play the cello and do some gardening.

No matter what happens, Cummings plans to stay involved with children and books.

“One of the greatest joys in the world is to place a wanted book in the hands of a child and watch their eyes light up,” she said.

“My only regret is that I never had a library cat.”

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Winterholler retires to enjoy life

Betty Winterholler has ended her 15-½ year tenure as assistant director at the Big Horn County Library to enjoy life.

“I have had to work all of my life, literally,” she told the Basin Republican-Rustler. “From the time I was old enough to baby-sit, clean houses, etc.

“I finally decided I just didn’t want to work anymore. I think you should enjoy life before you are too old to do so.” Winterholler began her tenure at the library as a book repairer and then started cataloging books.

She then moved on to working with the interlibrary loan and doing research. “It was a lot of fun, and I learned a lot from it,” she told the Basin Republican-Rustler.

Now that Winterholler is in retirement, she said she plans to go when she feels like going and do what she feels like doing.

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Natrona Library forms foundation

On March 1, an independent Natrona County Library Foundation will begin operation.

Since 1972, when the library foundation was initially incorporated, private fund-raising duties have fallen upon the library board of trustees. The change will separate the two groups and enable the library to raise private funds to augment library programs and services.

The foundation members are experienced in raising community awareness and private fund raising. They will begin looking for long-term private financial support.

The board of trustees will continue to wrestle with public funding and library service issues.

The initial foundation board members are: Wendy Bilek, Anita Dodds, Linda McKay, Doug Morton, Julie Scarlett and Drew Walker. Cary Brus will serve as the library board of trustees liaison.

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WSL invites schools, special librarians
to ‘open' an Ebook

The Wyoming State Library (WSL) will now loan Wyoming schools or special librarians the Ebooks it has purchased. Jerry Krois, Wyoming deputy state librarian, said the books can be loaned for two to four weeks.

Also included in the loan are instructions for using the software, a support sheet on ebooks, and articles and Web sites that focus on ebooks.

Krois said anyone borrowing an Ebook does need to have access to the Internet.

An evaluation form will be included for users to fill out and return.

Anyone interested in borrowing an Ebook should contact the WSL reference staff at refdesk@state.wy.us or 800/264-1281, press 1 to continue and select 1.

The Ebooks were purchased with funds from the Library Services and Technology Act, Fall 2000.

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‘Harry Potter’ again tops the banned books list

Harry Potter series again tops list of most challenged books.

The best-selling series of children’s books by J.K. Rowling tops the list for the second year in a row.

The American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom received a total of 646 challenges in 2000, up from 472 in 1999. A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint filed with a library or school about a book’s content or appropriateness.

Schools, school libraries, and public libraries report the majority of challenges.

The “Ten Most Challenged Books of 2000” are:
  • Harry Potter series;
  • “The Chocolate War,” by Robert Cormier;
  • Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor;
  • “Killing Mr. Griffin,” by Lois Duncan;
  • “Of Mice and Men,” by John Steinbeck;
  • “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” by Maya Angelou;
  • “Fallen Angels,” by Walter Dean Myers;
  • Scary Stories series, by Alvin Schwartz;
  • “The Terrorist,” by Caroline Cooney; and
  • "The Giver,” by Lois Lowry.

For more information about the most challenged books of the decade, please see http://www.ala.org/alaorg/oif/top100bannedbooks.html>

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2001 Newbery, Caldecott winners announced

Richard Peck, author of “A Year Down Yonder,” and David Small, illustrator of “So You Want to Be President?” are the 2001 winners of the John Newbery and Randolph Caldecott Medals, the most prestigious awards in children’s literature.

Peck and Small were among the award winners announced Jan. 15 by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Considered the “Academy Awards” of children’s book publishing, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals honor outstanding writing and illustration of works published in the United States during the previous year.

“A Year Down Yonder,” a linked series of carefully crafted vignettes, is set in rural Illinois during the Depression.

“Peck’s characters are fully realized, from the quiet widow nursing her war-injured son, to Maxine Patch, running out of Grandma’s house draped only in the biggest snake outside the Brookfield Zoo,” said Caroline S. Parr, chair of the Newbery Award Selection Committee.

“These stories will, like Maxine, streak ‘straight into the annals of undying fame.’ ”

“So You Want to Be President?” written by Judith St. George, contains illustrations using a mix of watercolor, ink and pastel chalk. The books outlines the history of the presidency with imaginative detail, wry humor and refreshing dignity.

“Small’s illustrations liberate the presidents from years of bulletin-board duty,” said Connie Rockman, chair of the Caldecott Award Selection Committee. “He humanizes these oh-so-familiar icons with art that captures the spirit of the individual and collectively provides a genuinely enlightening overview of this unique American institution.”

Four Newbery Honor Books were named: “Hope Was Here,” by Joan Bauer; “The Wanderer,” by Sharon Creech; “Because of Winn-Dixie,” by Kate DiCamillo; and “Joey Pigza Loses Control,” by Jack Gantos.

Three Caldecott Honor Books were named: “Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888,” illustrated by Christopher Bing, written by Ernest Lawrence Thayer; “Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type,” illustrated by Betsy Lewin, written by Doreen Cronin; “Olivia,” written and illustrated by Ian Falconer.

More information on the Newbery Medal can be found at http:www.ala.org/alsc/caldecott.html.

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