January 2001

Volume 33, Number 1


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Core MLS course set for state; June 2001

The Wyoming State Library (WSL) and the University of Missouri, Columbia, are teaming up to bring courses to the state that are geared toward a master’s degree in Library and Information Science, and the first course for the program will be offered June 2001.

"Management of Information Agencies," a core course for the program, will begin with an orientation and advising session in March or April.

Tuition for the course is $564 plus the cost of books and there is a $25 registration fee.

The class includes assignments prior to and after the June 4 to 8 class at Casper College. Students will fullfill requirements for the course via the Internet and in the classroom.

Dorm rooms on the Casper College Campus will be available at a low cost.

Onsite, compressed, online

The courses can be taken for UM-C graduate credit, undergraduate or audited.

Dr. John Budd, who is on the faculty of the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies, University of Missouri-Columbia, is the instructor for the course.

In May, a Web site will go online with information about the course and initial reading assignments. The program is fully accredited by the American Library Association and is 42 semester hours in length.

Students can register before or during the June course. Preregistation is made by contacting Judy Yeo at jyeo@state.wy.us, 307/777-5914 or 800/264-1281, 1 to continue, then 3, by April 4.

Students do not have to take the GRE to attend this class.

If students want to complete the UM-C program, the GRE must be taken within the first nine hours of courses. Education funding is available from: LSTA Competitive Grants, WLA Nora Van Burgh Development Grants and MPLA; check the Wyoming Library Association Web site at, http://www.wyla.org.


Library Leadership Institute applications due Friday, March 30

Because developing leaders in Wyoming’s library community is a goal of the Resource Sharing Council, individuals are invited to submit applications for the first (and hopefully annual) Wyoming Library Leadership Institute.

The institute is a tool for nurturing both degreed and non-degreed individuals in leadership roles.

It is not a workshop on becoming a library director or a workshop on library administration.

The institute will be held July 16 to 18 in Casper (July 16, evening dinner). Lodging, materials and meals will be provided through LSTA and other grants; however, participants may be requested to pay travel expenses if necessary.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 30, and 12 to 15 selected participants will be announced on May 15. Interested individuals should consider applying if they want to learn more about leadership potential and style.

The institute will help those attending to define his or her styles and traits through the DISC profile and Hall Conflict Survey.

Participants will also learn how to be a leader through attitude, communications skills, interpersonal relations and conflict resolution techniques.

Those attending are expected to take future committee and leadership responsibilities in the Wyoming Library Association (WLA), WYLD Network, educational committees and other library initiatives.

To track results, participants will be surveyed several times following the institute on leadership initiatives. Individuals associated with all types of libraries (academic, public, school and special) are invited to apply.

Trustees, support staff, paraprofessionals, library media specialists and librarians are eligible (trustees must have at least one year remaining in the term of his or her appointment at the time the institute is held).

Presenters will be Jep Enck of Enck Resources, Fort Collins, Colo., and John Kanengieter of the National Outdoor Leadership School, Lander.

Questions should be directed to Chris Van Burgh at cvanbu@state.wy.us, 307/777-3642 or 800/264-1281, 1 to continue, then 3. See http://will.state.wy.us/training/lstaleadership.html for additional information and application. The page will be updated when more information becomes available.


Five states join ranks of BCR

The Bibliographical Center for Research (BCR) welcomes the state libraries of Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon and Washington as new state members, the latest partners in BCR’s multistate, nonprofit library network.

The five new states join the BCR member states of Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. This is the largest territorial expansion ever undertaken by a U.S. library network.

To find information about BCR and the many benefits it offers, see or call BCR at 800/397-1552.


Personnel-ly speaking

Courtney Hall has joined the Wyoming State Library (WSL) as a contract public information specialist.

Hall graduated from Laramie County Community College in May 2000 with an associate’s degree in mass media.

She was co-editor for the Wingspan newsmagazine from 1998-1999, and the Wingspan online editor from 1999-2000. She recently was employed by the Warren Sentinel as a production assistant.

Hall is originally from Norwalk, Conn., but has lived in Cheyenne for 10 years.

She will marry Paul Herceg in May 2001.


American Library Association votes to challenge CIPA

The executive board of the American Library Association (ALA) voted in late January to initiate legal action challenging the recently enacted Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), signed into law on Dec. 21, 2000.

The decision came after more than a week of intense discussion among leaders and members during the association’s annual midwinter meeting. The ALA contends the act is unconstitutional and creates an infringement of First Amendment protections.

The federal rider, which was attached to the Labor HHS Education Appropriations Bill, mandates libraries and schools install content filters on all computers that offer Internet access as a prerequisite to receiving federal grant funds. Funding sources include the e-rate program, the Library Services and Technology Act and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

The association is researching and exploring its options in preparation for litigation.


Around the State

Staff changes


Donations, grants



Trustees' Corner

Titanic, Beatles changed history;
so can your trustee decision

By Jerry Krois
deputy state librarian

What do the following events have in common: the maiden voyage of the Titanic, the 2000 presidential election, and the release of the Beatles’ first song, “Please Please Me?” The answer: None of us would have expected the outcomes in our wildest dreams.

Within each event, a series of decisions were made that changed history and the lives of people

Some of the decisions were based on anticipation, some on pride, some on expectations of others and some on a lack of information. As the trustees for your library, you must look at your decisions using good information in a rational and focused environment.

You must maintain a broad perspective to see whom you affect, when you affect them and why you want to affect them. Without such an approach, your decision may seem non-discriminatory on its face value but could be discriminatory in its application.

In today’s increasingly complex environment, a decision is not a single event since unrealized external and internal factors arise to have implications ranging beyond our initial intention.

Consumers of services, watchers of government operations and observers of social change all take interest in what reasoning and influencing factors lay behind the change you make.

We initiate changes for such general reasons as safeguarding the taxpayers’ investment, helping staff or making the library a better place. But your response to trends and situations require setting aside experiences and preferences. They require your attention, fact-finding and consensus.

Decision-making means that we have enough information on which to base a good policy or action and are capable of justifying the route selected. It also means looking beyond the face value of a short-term change to the underlying statement it says about the library to the community.


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