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Volume 37, Number 5
June 2004

New WYLD licensed databases added

Three new licensed databases have been added to WYLD and several others are being added July 1. Erin Kinney, Wyoming State Library liaison to the WYLD Database Products Committee, said the purchases will fill some of the needs in the statewide electronic resources for more specific databases and more school-oriented materials.

"People are excited - especially school and academic libraries," said Kinney. "We had a good turnout at the annual WYLD meeting about this."

Up and running already, purchased with LSTA funds, are three databases:

A new and exciting feature of the contract with CQ Researcher is Perpetual Electronic Ownership Rights (PEOR). Just as a library keeps its physical journals, WYLD will keep access to CQ Researcher online issues from 1991 to the last issue purchased if the subscription is ever cancelled. CQ Press reports that this is their first statewide purchase of Perpetual Electronic Ownership Rights.

At its last session, Wyoming's Legislature approved funding for several additional licensed databases that will be available July 1:

Expansion of the state's electronic resources comes at a time when studies are beginning to show the measurable impact of licensed databases. One such study was even conducted in Wyoming recently at Pinedale High School.

Training on specific databases is available; contact Chris Van Burgh, WSL Outreach Librarian at cvanbu@wyo.gov or 777-3642 or your regional WYLD representative for details.

Keep an eye out for the Wyoming Library Roundup

Keep an eye on your mailbox -- the Wyoming Library Roundup is coming back into circulation this summer. The Roundup was published as a quarterly magazine by the Wyoming Library Association (WLA) from 1942 until 1990. The Wyoming State Library has partnered with WLA to bring back the publication. Expect the first re-issue in July or early August with articles, interviews and book reviews focused on children and libraries. Future issue topics will include business and technology, genealogy and local history, leadership, and literature.

Chris Van Burgh, WSL, and Amy Shelley,
Laramie County Library System, making their way
around the track.

Library teams help make Relay for Life a resounding success

Sixteen cold, wet walkers represented the Wyoming Library Community in the 2004 Laramie County Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society. Participants represented the Wyoming State Library, Laramie County Community College Library, Laramie County Library System and Albany County Public Library. The team raised more than $2,500 toward cancer research and took home top honors for the third time in five years for the Friday night "Tailgate Gourmet" contest, serving up an English high tea menu including patés, Welsh rarebit, ginger scones with lemon curd, strawberries with clotted cream, Scotch eggs, shortbread and English custard. Details and a team roster are at http://wyomingweb.net/relay/team.html

High tea at the 2004 Relay for Life.

In other parts of the state, Western Wyoming College Paraprofessionals also walked last Saturday among thunderstorms and winds. And the Johnson County FRIENDS will have a team in the July Relay for Life in Buffalo. Last year, the Buffalo group sponsored a 10-member team that raised $1,550 and had two staff members who walked in the cancer survivors lap.

Relay for Life is a 24-hour fundraiser; teams commit to keeping someone walking on the track every hour to signify the 24-hour battle that people face when diagnosed with cancer. Congratulations to all those library employees who walked (and cooked) for a good cause!

Speaking of cooking

April 1 is the date for the International Edible Books Festival, a date to create and consume edible art related to books! For details, check the Books2eat Web site at http://colophon.com/ediblebooks/

Library Leadership Institute selects 2004 participants

The 4th Wyoming Library Leadership Institute will be held in Lander July 20-22. More than 20 applications were received for the Institute, and the application committee had a difficult task narrowing the field. Based solely on information provide in their applications, the committee used a set of questions and a numbered scale to select attendees. The application committee is made up of Institute alumni and chaired by Frances Clymer, Librarian at McCracken Research Library. "I am continually amazed by the dedication and quality of the Wyoming library community at every level," said Clymer.

Those selected for the Institute are:

Jep Enck of Enck Resources in Fort Collins and John Kanengieter from NOLS (the National Outdoor Leadership School) in Lander will be program presenters. Topics will include leadership skill building, teambuilding, communication skills, problem-solving and conflict exploration.

Web site http://will.state.wy.us/training/wlli.html

Wyoming library success stories featured

A new book by Neal-Schuman Publishers uses two case studies of success stories in Wyoming libraries. "Library Marketing That Works!" by Suzanne Walters shows how Sweetwater County Library used focus groups to identify specific customer needs and how Laramie County Library System used its joint newsletter with its Foundation to create a brand image.

Although the Wyoming State Library's collection is currently closed, "Library Marketing That Works!" is available for checkout through the Library Development Office. To request it, contact Jill Rourke, Continuing Education Coordinator, at 777-5914, jrourk@state.wy.us

FREE to good home

First-come, first-served: the Wyoming State Library has a number of clear brochure holders imprinted with "Leave a Legacy Wyoming" on the front to give away. Put a sticker on the front, and it's perfect for those tri-fold brochures. Each library may request up to 10 by emailing Chrissy Dasis at cdasis1@state.wy.us or calling 777-5453.

Boys State Visits State Library

Jake Jacobs, taking over for Lesley Boughton during Boys' State

Green River High School student Jake Jacobs, 17, spent some time at the Wyoming State Library on June 10 as part of the American Legion Boys State program. Jacobs, who will enter his senior year in the fall, was particularly impressed with the GoWYLD databases, saying they "should really help out with the senior year."

He has wanted to go to the University of Wyoming ever since he was a small child at his first Cowboys football game. A film class freshman year sparked his interest in a possible major in film production, although paleontology and archeology also have some allure as careers. He plays football and intends to compete for a football scholarship to attend UW. He also runs track and has worked hard to excel in that sport.

Boys State is an educational program of government instruction for high school students. Participants become a part of the operation of government by touring a specific agency and learning its functions.


Dasis joins State Library staff

Chrissy Dasis joined the Wyoming State Library staff on June 1 as an administrative assistant for the Statewide Information Service, Library Development and Publications and Marketing offices. Dasis is a Cheyenne native who moved back to the area in 2002 to work for Qwest. She decided she wanted to work for state government when she was employed with the Wyoming Department of Health's Cancer Surveillance unit through a local staffing service. "I've received a warm and wonderful welcome," Dasis said. "I hope to be working a long time into the future with all the great people that run our state library."

Lyman Branch Library wins national History Channel contest

The Lyman Branch Library recently received the Grand Prize of $1,000 in the nationwide History Channel, "JFK-A Presidency Revealed" Library Tribute Program and Contest. It was one of six libraries selected for the Grand Prize on the basis of creativity, relevancy, generating awareness and aesthetic appeal. The contest was designed to encourage further learning and discussion about JFK in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of his assassination this past November. The Lyman entry consisted of a JFK display created by Branch Assistant Sonya Buckner, a wall mural exhibit produced in collaboration with the Lyman High School art class and designed by teacher, Kathy Hamblin, and an interactive memory wall scroll where community members could record their answer to the question, "Where were you when you heard President Kennedy had been shot?"

Casper College honored for customer service

Casper College Goodstein Foundation Library was the business winner for the first annual Exemplary Service Person (E.S.P.) program customer service awards in Natrona County sponsored by the Casper Area Chamber of Commerce, the Business Retention and Expansion Committee and the Wyoming Business Council.

The nomination letter was a full two notebook pages long from a woman who detailed how helpful the staff was in guiding her through the research process.

"We never, ever considered that we would be recognized," Director Lynnette Anderson said in an interview with the Casper Star-Tribune. The staff was beyond excited, Anderson said, and the fact that the letter writer took two pages gave it added meaning."

CWC celebrates 35 years

Central Wyoming College celebrated its 35th anniversary as a library and as a Federal Documents Depository with an evening of speeches by state legislators Rep. David Miller and Senator Bob Peck, a presentation from a former CWC librarian, a letter and scrapbook from the very first librarian at CWC, flowers donated by local businesses, and refreshments including a beautiful sheetcake donated by Wal-Mart (pictured with CWC director Carol Deering). "The cake had both the CWC and the Federal Government logos," said Deering, "And, yes, we had to get permission to reproduce these onto the cake!" CWC took the opportunity to survey attendees about what type of documents training they could use.

Eatmon named LCLS volunteer coordinator

Julie Eatmon has been named as Laramie County Library System's new volunteer coordinator, replacing Lynn Patterson who retired in the spring. Eatmon has worked more than three years in Youth and Outreach Services and will continue a "dual role" at the library. "To be a part of the connection the library has with our volunteers and to foster that relationship is very rewarding," Eatmon said. One of her goals is to expand the library's volunteer program; last fiscal year, 350 volunteers dedicated nearly 10,000 hours.

Natrona County building bookmobile

Natrona County Public Library is getting a new bookmobile! See the pictures as they build it at http://will.state.wy.us/natrona/new-bkm.html

Library computer walks away… with help

Thieves stole one of two public access computers from the Saratoga Branch Library on May 4. Unfortunately for the perpetrators, the machine was equipped with an internal locking device that prevents its use by anyone not associated with the library system. So someone ended up with a non-working Dell that didn't belong to them, and the library ordered a replacement.

Book-loving teens create library fundraiser

Three Park County teens decided a) the Cody Library didn't have enough young adult books and b) they were going to do something about it. Sixth-graders Jane Bell and Marie Schow and seventh-grader Natasha Pettinger organized a six-hour garage sale that raised $505 for books. Library director Arlene Ott suggested there may be a budding librarian or two or three in this trio of book-loving teens.

Grants, etc.

LSTA continuing education grants [up to $1000 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
McMurry http://will.state.wy.us/mcmurry/indivgrants.html
Application deadline for fall events is July 30.

Looking for children's books to enhance your library collection? Consider a Libri Foundation grant. Cost is negligible and the grant process couldn't be easier. For more information, click to http://www.librifoundation.org/ If you need assistance in writing your grant application, contact the Library Development Office 307-777-5914.

SBC Communications foundation is offering technology and community growth grants. Deadline is August 13th. Take a look at http://www.sbc.com/foundation for additional information. Need help? Contact the Library Development Office for assistance.

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!

Training opportunities

OCLC Update in Laramie Tuesday, July 6, 2004 1-4 pm. on the University of Wyoming campus. This BCR workshop is designed for library personnel who use OCLC services regularly and are interested in a summary of recent and upcoming OCLC activities that will affect their use of OCLC. Register at www.bcr.org/training/workshops/register.htm. No registration fee is required.

Information Power V begins Tuesday, August 10 in Casper. Jan Segerstrom will present this four day course geared toward school media specialists. For information and registration click to http://wyla.org/infopower/IP_V_Summer_Institute.pdf

Join award-winning author Michael Gorman (ALA President 2005-2006) for an exploration of "The Enduring Values of Librarianship," July 14, 2004, 9 a.m. a presentation based on his book, Our Enduring Values, which received the 2001 Highsmith Award for the best book on librarianship. This free webinar is hosted by the Dynix Institute and can be viewed directly at your desktop. For information and registration, click to http://www.dynix.com/institute/seminars.asp

New to library management or would like to gain the skills necessary to move into library administration? Consider "Basic Public Library Management", a one semester continuing education course offered by the University of Wisconsin - Madison. This on-line course runs September 20 - December 13 and will cover all aspects of library management, including personnel issues, collection development, planning, and service. LSTA and McMurry grants are available to defray tuition costs. For more information, click to: http://www.slis.wisc.edu/academic/ces/basicplmanonline.html For other quick courses offered through UW-M, click to http://www.slis.wisc.edu/academic/ces/index.html

Snowy Range Nonprofit Institute is holding its third annual training conference Aug. 1-3 in Laramie. 2004 theme is "Nonprofit Leadership: Looking In, Reaching Out." The Institute will include four program tracks in community networking, fundraising development, leadership and management. A limited number of scholarships are available. See http://outreach.uwyo.edu/conferences/srni/ for details.

Four additional dates have been added to the schedule of FREE Colorado EBSCO Tips and Tricks: Database Searching Made Easy workshops. Morning and afternoon workshops are held at the BCR offices, 14394 East Evans Ave., Aurora on June 16-17. For details and to register, see http://bcr.org/training/workshops/ebsco.html

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! Click to http://will.state.wy.us:5630/wslce


Crook County School District, Librarian, K-12

Crook County School District is accepting applications for the following teaching position at Hulett: Librarian, K-12: requires Library/Media certification by the Professional Teaching Standards Board. Coaching available. Apply promptly; open until filled. Call to speak with the principal, John Balow. 307-467-5231.

Director, Teton County Library, Jackson, Wyoming.

Seeking an individual with proven leadership, collaborative style and team-building skills to serve as director of busy, innovative public library.

Preferred Qualifications and Experience: ALA/MLS plus 5 years public library experience with at least 3 years in a supervisory or administrative capacity; experience in team environment, long-range planning; effective communication and marketing skills; knowledge of latest library technology, budgeting and statistics; commitment to multicultural service. Knowledge of Sirsi system helpful.

Starting salary range: Upper $50s to mid $60s. Excellent benefits. EOE.

Submit resume, three references and a cover letter of not more than two pages that includes your vision regarding the future management of public libraries to: Elizabeth S. Hoke, Teton County Library Search Committee, P.O. Box 12049, 125 Virginian Lane, Jackson, WY 83002. E-mail only for additional information: elizabethshoke@mac.com.

Open until filled, preference given to applications received by July 10th.

Details at http://tclib.org/administration/director-search.html

Information Services Librarian, Sheridan County Public Library System

Information Services Librarian works as member of management team to provide quality patron services to area residents. Duties include reference, collection development, interlibrary loan, staff supervision, and branch library support.

Preferred Qualifications and Experience: Requirements include an ALA accredited MLS and excellent customer service and communication skills. A thorough knowledge of computerized library systems, reference tools, including electronic resources is essential.

Starting salary range: $32,935+, DOE

Closing date July 1, 2004.

Send letter of interest and resume to: Cathy Butler, SCPLS, 335 West Alger, Sheridan, WY 82801. Email: cbutler@will.state.wy.us

Web site: www.sheridanwyolibrary.org/

Executive Director, Laramie County Library Foundation.

Benefited, full-time position (38 hours exempt) Primary responsibility is to cultivate individual donors, raise funds, develop capital campaign. Responsible for operation of the Foundation including grant writing, marketing, newsletter, public speaking, maintenance of donor data base, volunteer management and other activities to organize, plan, implement and accomplish the goals of the board. Reports to Board of Directors, works closely with library staff. Competitive salary/benefits.

Preferred Qualifications and Experience: Bachelor's degree and professional fundraising experience required. Cover letter and resume accepted through July 9, 2004. LCLF, 2800 Central Avenue, Cheyenne, WY 82001. Details at http://www.lclsonline.org

Fun stuff and nonsense for the month of July

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

July is National Ice Cream Month. Some ideas to help celebrate:

And if you're not interested in ice cream, keep in mind July is also National Anti-Boredom Month [but I will leave it to you to figure this one out on your own!!]