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Volume 37, Number 3
April 2004

Wyoming Library Directories Available This Fall

After long discussion, the State Library has decided to print the Wyoming Libraries Directory in the fall this year. Due to a great number of board transitions and personnel changes in the schools, we decided this would provide much more accurate information for a longer period of time. Thanks to all of you who sent in your corrections, we are working on getting those corrections made online before the summer months. A new information sheet will be sent out in August for any new additions or changes. The new print directories will be delivered at the fall Wyoming Library Association meeting.

Welcome Back to Susan Vittitow

Susan Vittitow has rejoined the Wyoming State Library staff as Publications Specialist/Center for the Book Coordinator. She will work in the Publications and Marketing office, which is headed by Tina Lackey.

Previously, Susan worked for WSL from 1998 to 2001. Between then and now, she has been in the nonprofit world, most recently as director of the Laramie County Library Foundation.

A former journalist, Susan brings strong writing skills and a passion for libraries to her job at WSL. She is an avid reader, a published creative writer and a past president of Wyoming Writers. She has lived in Wyoming for more than 10 years, both in Sheridan and currently in Cheyenne. She credits reading and libraries with many of her achievements in life.

"I really believe that libraries change lives and change communities," Susan said. "What better job can there be than telling the story of libraries?"

Her responsibilities at WSL will include writing for the email Outrider newsletter and the soon-to-be launched Roundup magazine, confirming and updating database and directory information and working with the Center for the Book board to promote the values of a learned and literate society.

Susan may be reached at the Wyoming State Library at 307/777-5915, svitti@state.wy.us

Preparing for New Shelves at the Wyoming State Library

shifting reference
Left - Venice Beske, Jan Batson and Anna Slutsky
shift the books on the shelves in the public reference area
of the State Library.

Beginning May 10, the collection at the Wyoming State Library will be placed in storage for approximately six months. Thanks to the Wyoming Legislature, the funding for new shelving was approved and the transition will take place during this time. If there are any items that you anticipate needing during the next few months, please contact the Statewide Information Services section at 777-6333.

During the move and while their collection is in storage, SIS will continue to provide reference and interlibrary loan services.

WLLI logo

The Library Leadership Institute exists to provide opportunities for learning, mentoring and developing leadership skills to promote the personal and professional growth of the Wyoming library community.

2002 WLLI

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.

Lodging, materials and meals will be provided thanks to the Carol McMurry Library Endowment grant. Participants will need to provide for their own travel.

Interested individuals should consider applying if they want to learn more about leadership potential and style. The 2004 Institute will be held July 20-22 in Lander.

The application process will be competitive. Twelve to 15 will be selected to attend, and 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.

2003 WLLI

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).

Questions should be directed to Chris Van Burgh at cvanbu@state.wy.us or 307/777-3642 or a committee member.

MPLA Library Leadership Institute-don't miss this remarkable opportunity!

—Katie Jones

Where can you regress to Kindergarten, take a relaxing walk in a beautiful and wild setting, converse with like-minded people about anything and everything, and complete a life-chan ging exercise? For members of state library associations from the twelve-state Mountain Plains Library Association, this describes the MPLA Leadership Institute. This Institute has been created to assist emerging leaders in the library community to be the best leaders possible. In 2003, 30 participants and 6 mentors were chosen to attend this intensive retreat. From Wyoming, Elizabeth Cuckow (Laramie County Library System), Lori Phillips (University of Wyoming Libraries), Katie Jones (Albany County Public Library) and Debbie Iverson (Sheridan College Library) were all honored with this amazing opportunity.

The Institute is coordinated by Mary Bushing and facilitated by Maureen Sullivan, both of whom have many years of experience in presenting to libraries and library associations on leadership topics. The topics covered for the second Institute included: leadership style, interpersonal communication, managing differences, risk taking, power and influence, leading change, commitment, consensus building with groups and teams, and personal planning. Everything the group discussed brought into focus how we, as individuals, lead and tied into the concept of leadership. Reading materials were provided and we often divided into pairs and small groups for exercises and thought-provoking discussion. When the participants and mentors were not enjoying the solitude of Ghost Ranch (no phones, internet or television) or learning more about leadership during the group sessions, they were encouraged to meet with each other to discuss individual situations and goals. The mentors provided a welcome wealth of advice, encouragement and support to participants.

Here are a few words from each Wyoming attendee that expresses their experience at the Institute.

Debbie Iverson

It was my pleasure to be invited to attend the second Mountain Plains Library Association Leadership Institute as a mentor. MPLA has long been a key part of my professional library life. While on the MPLA Board, I was able to witness and in some ways foster the development and implementation of this incredible event; participation as a mentor was the frosting on the cake!!

I came away from the time at the Ghost Ranch Leadership Institute (Abiquiu, New Mexico) last November very much heartened by the quality of upcoming leadership in the region. Each of the participants brought a unique set of skills and talents to the five day institute; Maureen Sullivan, institute leader, coached each of us present (participants and mentors); we all came home with techniques and energy to encounter our leadership challenges in new ways; we each also have a new support group with whom to share our issues and problems. The Leadership Institute was as beneficial to me as a mentor as it was to each of the participants; learning is a never ending commitment.

Lori Phillips

Reflection about management and leadership issues is a luxury that many busy librarians can ill afford. The Leadership Institute was a welcome opportunity for me to disengage from the day-to-day bustle and think about the big picture with a group of engaged and engaging librarians. Participants represented all types of libraries and possessed all levels of experience. It was energizing to work with both new professionals and seasoned veterans to consider issues like empowerment, morale and managing conflict.

Katie Jones

The personal introspection, individual exercises, and meetings with mentors allowed me to learn more about my perceptions of leadership and what I expected from myself in terms of leadership. I was encouraged to think about leadership and professional options in a much broader sense than I had ever previously considered. In addition to these very personal understandings, specific leadership and management strategies, ideas, and theories were introduced that will help with the day-to-day situations every leader and manager encounters-from how to create an agenda and take minutes to the theoretical nature of power. Add to this the wonderful landscape and beauty of Ghost Ranch, with the additional and priceless opportunity to meet and share your thoughts with other librarians from the region. I could not have asked for a more empowering experience than this Institute.

Elizabeth Cuckow

I was surprised every day of the Institute at Ghost Ranch. It was amazing, inspiring and instructive on many levels, sometimes all at once! Our formal and informal discussions on elements of leadership challenged my ideas of what a "leader" does and how leadership can work throughout organizations. It was wonderful to see how much Wyoming librarians share with other librarians in the Western region, and of course the stunning landscape underlined that we were separated, for a few days, from our everyday lives. The opportunity to learn from the mentors, the facilitator and each other was unique in my experience.

EBSCO Information Services has underwritten the Institute as a founding partner for the past two years and this coming Institute, scheduled for Tuesday, November 30th - Sunday, December 5th, 2004, so the registration costs are very low. There is funding (http://www.wyla.org/awards/grants.shtml) for Wyoming participants through the Carol McMurry Library Endowment, LSTA grants, Wyoming Library Association grants, and Mountain Plains Library Association grants. If you meet the qualifications (http://www.usd.edu/mpla/leadership/), we encourage you to apply for this absolutely fantastic opportunity!

MLS or equivalent master's degree relevant to the library field
Less than 10 years post-master's work in a library related job
Employed in a library organization in MPLA's 12 state region
Current member of one of MPLA's 12 affiliated state library associations
Has a record of experience (including non-library) that demonstrates leadership potential

Training opportunities

Just a reminder about the CYA / Schools spring section meeting April 30th & May 1st in Dubois. If you haven't already registered, please email Laura Grott grottski@aol.com for details. If you are planning on registering in Dubois, please let Mary Bowles-Banks maryloub@rams.fremont2.k12.wy.us know as soon as possible.

Principles of cataloging and classification, a graduate level web-assisted course offered by the University of Missouri-Columbia, will begin the end of May. The class will meet for on-site training June 4-6. Click to http://www.mudirect.missouri.edu/ for registration information.

The Dynix Institute will be offering two one-hour webcast seminars in May. These are broadcast directly to your desktop! No travel, no lost time! The first will a one hour presentation on open source software with Jamie LaRue of Colorado, May 12, 9 a.m. The second will be "Five Minutes to Team Excellence in Your Library", May 19, at 9 a.m. with Andrew Sanderbeck. The focus will be on team development and managing teams in times of change. Mr. Sanderbeck was a presenter at the Utah Library Association Conference this year. Registration information for both seminars can be found at http://www.dynix.com/institute/. The seminars require computers with Internet access and audio capabilities. For more information, contact Jerry Krois, jkrois@state.wy.us at the State Library.

The WYLD annual meeting is coming up May 20& 21 in Riverton. Keep an eye on the WYLD members page as training registration will be posted soon. Please note that Thursday, May 20th will be devoted to training and Friday, May 21 will be the network business meeting.

Have a great idea for training? Looking for a speaker to do regional or in-house training? Heard a speaker you would love to share with others in the state? Contact Jill Rourke at the Library Development Office, 307-777-5914 or jrourk@state.wy.us

Don't forget the Wyoming State Library continuing education calendar! This is a great tool for directors and library staff to look ahead and plan continuing education. Click to http://will.state.wy.us:5630/wslce

Grants and more Cool Stuff!

First Book is a national non-profit organization with a single mission: to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books. To achieve this goal, First Book works with existing literacy programs in communities to distribute books to children in need. These books are provided at no cost to the children or the program. Interested or know of another organization in your community that might be? Contact First Book at 886-READ-NOW or click to http://www.firstbook.org

Remember!! LSTA continuing education grants [up to $750 per year] and Carol McMurry Library Endowment grants [up to $1500 per year] are available to help defray costs of continuing education. This includes the cost of college courses, conferences, workshops, institutes, workshops, etc. For more information and applications, click to LSTA http://will.state.wy.us/training/indivgrant.html and McMurry http://will.state.wy.us/mcmurry/indivgrants.html.

Looking for a lively speaker or other adult programming? Check out the Wyoming Council for the Humanities speaker's bureau http://www.uwyo.edu/wch/sb.htm They have many outstanding programs and will assist in underwriting the cost. While there, take a look at the book discussion and grants programs http://www.uwyo.edu/wch/sb.htm

New one-stop shopping website for federal grants www.grants.gov includes information about 800+ available grant programs involving all 26 federal grant-making agencies. The "Find Grant Opportunities" feature is really nice, especially if you are looking for local partnerships or cooperatives.

The Department of Education is seeking Community Technology Centers (CTC) Program grant applications for FY 2004. This includes novice and non-novice categories.
Applications Available: April 16, 2004.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 1, 2004.
Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: June 16, 2004.
Estimated available funding is $10,000,000 and up to 25 percent of the available funds will be set aside for novice applicants. This is a great stand alone project, an opportunity for partnership between public libraries and their school districts, or as a partnership with other community entities. For the full text of the notice, see: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/04-8660.htm.. Reference Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.341A.

Mix-it-up grants are being offered by the Southern Poverty Law Center to support programs that focus on identifying, crossing and challenging social barriers in schools and communities. More info at www.tolerance.org/teans/grants.jsp

Captain Planet funds hands-on environmental projects focusing on children and teens creating solutions to environmental problems in local communities. Awards are limited to $500. More information is available at www.captainplanetfdn.org/aboutUs.html

Milagro Foundation makes grants to community based organizations that focus on the needs of underprivileged and disadvantaged youth in the United States. Awards are between $2500-$5000. More info at www.milagrofoundation.org/appli.asp

Looking for other grant opportunities? Don't forget the Foundation Center collections on-site at Campbell County Library, Teton County Library, Sheridan-Fulmer County Library, Casper College and Laramie County Community College. Be sure to call ahead and make an appointment to use these valuable resources!

Wyoming Happenings

Sundance writer Page Lambert will be featured at Western Wyoming Community College's "Friday Nite Live" series in Rock Springs at 7:30 p.m. on April 30 in Room 14302 at the college. She wraps up the 2004 series, which has featured writers from "Deep West: A Literary Tour of Wyoming." It is funded by the Arlene and Louise Wesswick Lecture Series in the Humanities, the Wyoming Center for the Book, and the WWCC English Dept. Lambert also will conduct the WWCC Visiting Writer Workshop on Saturday, May 1, 9 a.m.-noon. Its title is "Embracing Passion: In Our Lives and in Our Stories, Exploring the Inner and Outer Landscape of a Life in Transition." Community members may attend for a $20 fee. For more information, contact Barbara Smith at 307-382-1726.

Steve Grace, Laramie author of "Under Cottonwoods." will speak at the Laramie County Library in Cheyenne at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4, in the Exhibition Gallery. This event is free and open to the community. Grace will read from his book and talk about his unconventional path to write the book and find a publisher. FMI: www.LCLSonline.org.

Author Tim Sandlin will be at Chickering Books in Laramie on Friday, May 7 at 6 p.m. reading and signing the paperback edition of "Honey Don't." FMI: <chickeringbooks@wyo2u.com>.

"Crazy Woman Creek," a new collection of nonfiction and poems by Western women, will be available at an autograph party for contributors from noon-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 8 at City News and Pipe Shop, 1722 Carey Avenue in Cheyenne. The collection is subtitled "Women Rewrite the American West," and published by Houghton Mifflin. It has been selected as a "Book Sense" title by independent booksellers. Official publication date is May 18; this will be one of the first autograph parties in the nation. Cheyenne contributors to "Crazy Woman Creek" include Linda M. Hasselstrom. A.J. Harnish, Pat Ogle, and Bess Armstrong. Cheyenne contributors to all three anthologies edited by Linda Hasselstrom, Gaydell Collier, and Nancy Curtis have been invited to attend and autograph their writing. These writers include Susan Vittitow, Donna Harvey, Donna Williams Dereemer, and Rhae Foster. For more information, contact Hasselstrom at www.windbreakhouse.com.

LCCC's "Literary Connection" event is in Cheyenne May 21-22. Authors are Annie Proulx, C.J. Box, Alexandra Fuller, Gus Lee, and James Galvin. For more information, go to http://www.lcccfoundation.edu/Litbios.asp.

Jon Billman, Kemmerer, Tim Sandlin, Jackson, David Romtvedt, Buffalo, and Alyson Hagy, Laramie, will read from "Deep West: A Literary Tour of Wyoming" on Thursday, May 27, at 7 p.m., at the Teton County Library in Jackson. Books will be sold at the reading, with proceeds going to the Wyoming Center for the Book. The WCFB will also staff an info/book sale table on Saturday for Old West Days.

This year's Wyoming Writers, Inc., conference will be held at the Casper Radisson Inn June 4-6. Early registration is $125 before May 15 and $150 after. For conference information, contact Phyllis Dugan, P.O. Box 1017, Thayne, WY 83127; 307-883-3675 or phdugan@silverstar.com

ENGL 2055, "Creative Writing in the Wild," will be held May 30-June 6 in Yellowstone National Park. It's a three-credit class taught by Terry Rasmussen of Casper College. FMI: http://wind.caspercollege.edu/~rasmuta/yellowstone2001.html. Call Rasmussen in Casper at 307-268-2480.

Thirteenth Annual Jackson Hole Writers Conference will be held June 26-29 at the Snow King Resort in Jackson. FMI: 877-733-3618 to register; 307-766-5249 for information. Check out the web site at http://ses.uwyo.edu/conferences/jacksonwriters/

Fun websites for kids! [and the rest of us, too!]

April is National Poetry Month. A good source for incorporating poetry into every day activity is the National Poetry Almanac www.poets.org/npm/

Good website for teen researchers. You can use author name, title or a series name to locate all books in a series or all series by an author. http://www.rbls.lib.il.us/bpl-bin/series.pl

School media specialists! A good source for lesson plans, resources, fundraising ideas, etc is www.galeschools.com