Volume 37†† Number 2

March 2004


New Databases for State Library

The State Library did receive the full funding to the exception budget request.  That means, in addition to the currently subscribed to databases, we will subscribe to a few new ones.  These include CQ Researcher, eLibrary and eLibray Elementary (formerly BigChalk and BigChalk Elementary), EBSCO's Alternative Health Watch and
History Reference Center, and Gale Literature Resource Center.  Most of these databases will begin on July 1, 2004, but there may be exceptions.

In addition, we will subscribe to ProQuest's HeritageQuest, in addition to AncestryPlus.  This will be paid using LSTA money.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Erin Kinney at 307/777-6332 or erin.kinney@state.wy.us.



Donít Miss the Wyoming Library Leadership Institute


Coming Soon!The Fourth Wyoming Library Leadership Institute will be held this summer in Lander.This is your opportunity to interact with peers from around the state and develop your leadership skills.

The institute is for both degreed and non-degreed individuals. It is not a workshop on becoming a library director or a workshop on library administration.

Lodging, materials and meals will be provided through a McMurry grant. Watch for the application to go live as soon as the dates have been determined. This information is available at http://will.state.wy.us/training/wlliform.html.

If you know of someone that should attend, please encourage them to talk with a graduate of the Institute.Names, pictures, and some history can be found on the website, http://will.state.wy.us/training/wlli.html.


Warrior or Worrier, which are you?


High Plains Regional Library Service System is pleased and excited to announce a WAY COOL workshop open to all librarians."Warrior vs. Worrier" is a high-energy session designed to help you feel more confident about how you communicate your goals, needs, and dreams.David Olcott, CEO of Samurai Success, will keep you on your feet and energized as he combines rock music, martial arts demonstrations, and useful tips on how to be a more positive communicator.Do you want to be a Warrior instead of a Worrier? Then sign up today!


For more information, please go to the High Plains web site at www.highplains.org and click on "Warrior vs. Worrier."Registration is open through April 2nd.


In order to help defray the costs for this workshop, we are also selling Samurai Librarian T-shirts and book bags.Order by March 31st to receive your shirt by April 15th!Go to http://www.highplains.org/Downloads/T-shirt%20flyer.pdfor http://www.highplains.org/Downloads/T-shirt%20flyer.pdffor ordering information.


For more information, contact Lois Brown, Samurai Librarian and Director, High Plains RLSS, Greeley, CO80631, 1-800-332-7335.




Big Horn Library Conference focus on Consumer Health Research


The 5th annual Big Horn Basin Library Conference hosted by Hinckley Library at Northwest College in Powell will be held Saturday, April 3, from 1 to 3 p.m. Guest speaker this year is Richard Wojtowicz who will speak on Consumer Health Research.  Lesley Boughton, Edie Philips, NWC President Dr. Miles LaRowe, and Professor Darren Wheeler will also be speaking.  This conference is not just restricted to Region 2, everyone is invited!


For additional information, please contact Kay Carlson (carlsonk@northwestcollege.edu) or Nancy Miller



Wyoming Happenings


Serendipity Poets will be meeting at 7 p.m. on April 25 (instead of April 18) at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Cheyenne to celebrate its annual poetry reading. It will be a celebration of Shakespeare's birthday as well as National Poetry month with the reading of original and favorite poems. Jim Rolf will serve as emcee. Poets of all ages are encouraged to participate. FMI: Ed Warsaw, 307-635-4725, warsaw2muse@yahoo.com


Start planning now for the third Creative Writing Series event on April 28 as part of National Poetry Month. David Romtvedt will be in Laramie to discuss the connections among "Music, Poetry and Literature" He is a contributor and co-editor of "Deep West: A Literary Tour of Wyoming." At 7 p.m., in the auditorium of the Laramie Plains Civic Center, 710 Garfield in Laramie.


Laramie County Community College's "Literary Connection" event will be May 21-22. Authors are Annie Proulx, C.J. Box, Alexandra Fuller, Gus Lee, and James Galvin. All have lots of books to sell. Tickets for "Literary Connection" are a reasonable $55. A free writers' workshop will be held on Friday, May 21, 1-4 p.m. in Room 130 at the college (pre-registration required). Saturday, May 22, is the main event at LCCC with a book-signing to follow at Little America. City Newsstand and LCCC foundation are the event's cosponsors. For more information, go to http://www.lcccfoundation.edu/Litbios.asp.




Remembering Charles Levendosky


Charles Levendosky died March 14, 2004, in the loving arms of his wife at his home from colon cancer. Cremation has taken place.


He was born July 4, 1936, in the Bronx, New York, to Charles L. and Laura (Gregorio) Levendosky.  Because his father was a professional military man, his schooling was diverse -- from Oklahoma to Germany. As an adult, he also lived in the Virgin Islands and Japan.


He was a poet and a journalist.


He received an undergraduate degree in both physics and mathematics and a Master's in Education from New York University. He shared his passion for learning in the classrooms of New York, Georgia, New Jersey and Wyoming and did poetry readings in places as varied as Harvard University to auditoriums filled with coal miners in Gillette. He left New York City in 1972 to move to Wyoming and fell in love with the state.


On July 15, 1961, he married Charlotte Jaeger in New York. They were divorced in 1997.


On Feb. 8, 1999, he married Dale Eva Eckhardt in Casper.


He wrote 12 books and chapbooks in addition to a remarkable career in journalism.


He was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1974. In 1988, Gov. Mike Sullivan selected him as Wyoming's Poet Laureate and he served in that capacity until the end of Sullivan's term in office.


He was the editorial page editor and a columnist for the Casper Star-Tribune since 1982. His weekly column was distributed by the New York Times wire service and appeared in more than 225 newspapers around the country. He was equipped with a home office in 1999 when illness prevented him from working in the Star-Tribune building and he continued to write editorials and his weekly column despite having metastatic cancer.


His columns earned him a reputation as an expert on First Amendment issues. He was honored with the following awards: Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award for Print Journalism, American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award, the Baltimore Sun's H.L. Mencken Award and the Society of Professional Journalist's First Amendment Award. He was the recipient of a number of First Amendment awards given by the American Library Association and the Freedom to Read Foundation.


He received a literary fellowship from the Wyoming Arts Council in 2001 and a major poetry award from the literary magazine, Prairie Schooner. He skillfully combined his intuitive love -- poetry-- with a passion for journalistic truth and the right for everyone to speak out.


In 2001, he was the recipient of the Wyoming Wildlife Federation's Conservation Communicator of the Year Award for his columns and editorials.


Survivors include his wife, Dale Eckhardt, of Casper; his mother, Laura Levendosky, of San Diego, CA; two daughters: Alytia Levendosky and her husband of Ann Arbor, MI, and Ixchel Whitcher and her husband of Fort Collins, CO; a stepdaughter, Daria O'Neill and her husband of Portland, OR; a stepson, Damien Eckhardt-Jacobi of Brooklyn, NY; a brother, Richard Levendosky and his wife, of Sebastopol, CA; a sister, Laurie Hamilton, of San Diego, CA; three grandsons; two nephews; one niece; and two great-nieces.


The family requests no flowers. Donations in his memory to Freedom to Read Foundation, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL, 60611; Wyoming Outdoor Council, 262 Lincoln St., Lander, WY, 82520; the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, 125 Broad St., 18th Floor, N.Y., N.Y., 10004; Native American Rights Fund, 1506 Broadway, Boulder, CO, 80302; Central Wyoming Hospice Program, 319 S. Wilson, Casper, WY, 82601; or any organization that believes in preserving the beauty of our land and the right of freedom for all beings would be appreciated.



National Library Workers Day


As you may know, the ALA-APA Council voted last summer to designate the Tuesday of National Library week, National Library Workers Day (NLWD). The NLWD Working Group, ALA, and ALA-APA staff are busily creating promotional materials, strategy recommendations, and celebration ideas for individual libraries wishing to commemorate the First Annual National Library Workers Day this Tuesday, April 20.

So, how will you recognize or have you recognized library workers at your institution?  How has your community celebrated you in the past?