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Volume 37, Number 4
May 2004

WYLD network trainings, meetings draw more than 120

More than 120 people attended the WYLD Network Annual Meeting in Riverton May 20-21 to take part in training and business meetings. Participants included librarians from around the state, Wyoming State Library staff and vendor representatives from EBSCO, Gale and ProQuest.

Thursday's training sessions on everything from the intricacies of SIRSI to remote access to the WYLD databases were well-attended. "If we look at the training attendance, it shows a real need and interest in these offerings," said Brian Greene, WYLD Program Manager at the Wyoming State Library (WSL). "Since it's so popular, we want to see how we can improve it year after year."

Sue Seniawski, Laramie County Library System, walks a group
through HeritageQuest.

On Friday, two people were elected to the WYLD governing board. Frances Clymer, McCracken Research Center librarian, will represent special libraries and Patty Myers, Campbell County Public Library director, will represent larger public libraries.

In other network business:

New Regional Council members (elected by their regions) are:
Region II (Big Horn, Hot Springs, Park, Washakie) Diane Martin (2006)
Region III (Campbell, Crook, Johnson, Sheridan, Weston) Marci Mock (2006)
Region V (Albany, Goshen, Laramie, Platte) Jack Willmarth (2006)
Recorder - Lori Mares (2005) - Teresa Authier stepped down from this position

Two communities have already offered to host the next WYLD annual meeting. Diane Martin from Northwest College's John Taggart Hinckley Library offered Powell as a meeting place. Sheridan was offered as a potential site by Debbie Iverson, Sheridan College Library director, and Cathy Butler, Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library director.

MPLA nominees

The Wyoming Library Association Executive Board has appointed Jill Rourke, Continuing Education Librarian at the Wyoming State Library, as interim representative to the Mountain Plains Library Association. Jill will serve from now through the closing session of conference on Oct. 15, 2004. This summer and fall, voting will take place for the next three-year term, and the results will be announced at the annual conference in October.

Recycling old books into art

Marla Rosenlieb with book art

One of the deep, dark secrets of librarianship is that books do have an end to their useful life as reading matter. But some creative souls are turning those old novels into book art. During National Library Week, Marla Rosenlieb of Fort Collins brought her colorful collection of handmade and altered books for a special exhibit at Laramie County Community College.

Rosenlieb's altered books were painted, cut, folded, gold-leafed and rubber-stamped. Most, she said, were books that would have been thrown out. Many of her books have themes, and she collaborates with other book artists on certain projects. "Grandma's Buttons" uses buttons, lace and pictures of the various artists' grandmothers. Each artist in the collaboration does part of the book before mailing it along to the next one.

She doesn't just alter old books, she also creates new ones - from small, simply bound ones to an elaborate creation that stands on the table in the shape of a starburst when opened.

More photographs on Rosenlieb's work are online at www.picturetrail.com/marlarosenlieb The International Society of Altered Book Artists have a Web site at http://www.alteredbookartists.com/

Library of Alexandria reportedly unearthed

This month, BBC World News reported that archeologists believe they have found the ruins of the legendary Library of Alexandria. The library was founded in the 3rd century BC and later burned, much to the pain and chagrin of librarians everywhere. Archeologists estimate that the lecture halls they found could house as many as 5,000 students. Read the whole story at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/3707641.stm

Betsy Bernfeld resigns

After 12 years of service to the Teton County Library, Director Betsy Bernfeld has announced that she will be leaving her position this summer to begin law school. Library Assistant Director Debra Adams will assume the role of Acting Director upon Bernfeld's departure.

Betsy Bernfeld

"I want to stay in the library profession, but specialize in law," Bernfeld said, "Many of the issues that reach my desk can't be resolved through a knowledge of librarianship or with management skills. They're legal issues involving intellectual property, intellectual freedom, licensing contracts, privacy and the Internet."

Bernfeld became director in 1998, shortly after the move to the new building, and oversaw development of new collections in the expanded space. She directed the creation of four new departments: a professional reference service, a computer center, an outreach office to coordinate programming and public relations, and Latino services. Bernfeld was named the Wyoming Library Association's Librarian of the Year in 2000.

Assistant Director Debra Adams has been at Teton County Library since 1987. After 13 years as Alta Branch Manager, she moved to the Jackson Library in 2000 as Circulation Supervisor. She was promoted to Assistant Director in July, 2001 and served a six-month stint as Acting Director in 2003.

Wyoming Libraries Directory updates

Although we're waiting until fall to print a new directory, we make updates to the online version year-round. Help us keep your information up to date - either use the form at http://cowgirl.state.wy.us/directory/update.cfm to let us know of changes, or email Susan Vittitow, Publications Specialist and Center for the Book Coordinator at svitti@state.wy.us

Platte county gets new director

Julie Henion was named director of the Platte County Public Library in early May, succeeding Patty Myers who has moved to the Campbell County Library.

Henion says she "just fell into" librarianship. Fifteen years ago, she started at the Platte County library as the bookkeeper. A couple of years later, she began working additional hours on the circulation desk. She said her financial background has given her a solid understanding of library budgets.

In January of this year, Myers left and Henion was named as an interim director. She discovered she enjoyed leading a library system, and applied to be director. "I just love books," Henion said with a laugh, explaining her decision to apply. "Everyone says that, so I almost hate to go back to the whole 'I love books' thing, but it's the truth."

Another thing that encouraged her was the quality of the library board and of the employees she oversees. "I have an unbelievable staff," she said. "They are just excellent." She describes the board as "supportive, savvy and hard working."

Henion was born and raised in Wheatland. She earned a B.S. in finance from the University of Wyoming and then returned to the community. As she takes the reins of Platte County Library system, Henion says libraries are moving from a reference and reading room model to that of a community center - a gathering place for all people the library serves. She wants to hold more programs, introduce patrons drawn by the Internet to other services and bring more people in the door to experience a vibrant library.

"What I want is for our library to be the heart of the community," said Henion. "I appreciate the opportunity to serve as director and the support of this community."

Former UW librarian publishes novel

Anne Macdonald (nee Ostrye-Macdonald), former head of reference at the University of Wyoming Coe Library, has just published her first novel, "A Short Time in Luxembourg" (Gardenia Press, 2004). The novel depicts Baby Boomers' disappointments in their youthful decision-making and the resulting difficulty to control their own lives. After her career at UW, MacDonald moved to Fort Collins to raise her family and do freelance grant-writing for Wyoming and Colorado clients. She is presently director of Arts Alive Fort Collins. Visit www.annetheresemacdonald.com

Park County Library System gets new logo

It's a new look for the Park County Library System, with the selection of a new logo designed by John Warren, creative director at Vision West, Inc. in Powell. This attractive, easily recognizable symbol was selected from more than 60 entries in a contest sponsored by the system and Friends of the Library groups to create a logo for the library.

Last chance to apply for Library Leadership Institute

June 4 is the application deadline for this year's Library Leadership Institute, so get those applications in at http://will.state.wy.us/training/wlliform.html For more information about LLI, see the March and April Outriders, accessible at http://will.state.wy.us/slpub/outrider/2004/

Tell us - how much are libraries worth in cold, hard cash?

Carbon County Library System's National Library Week theme of "We're Giving it Away" was an umbrella for fun, fascinating, factoids about how libraries make dollars and sense. For example, "on any given day in Carbon County, library users take out about 1,585 books. Value? $39,575."

So tell us - how do you let your communities know the tangible value of your library? Share your ideas, and we'll use them in the next edition of The Outrider!

Send us your news

The Outrider exists to share news and resources among the Wyoming Library Community. If you have news you'd like to submit, contact Susan Vittitow at svitti@state.wy.us , 307/777-5915 or at the Wyoming State Library, 2301 Capitol Ave., Cheyenne WY 82002.

Wyoming library jobs

Wyoming State Library
Librarian 3 (Federal Documents Cataloger)

Manages bibliographic records added to WYLD database representing print and electronic publications received by Wyoming libraries through the Federal Depository Library Program; coordinates maintenance and annual update of Government Printing Office Record Processing Profiles for each Wyoming depository library; catalogs and classifies federal documents received by State Library or other WYLD libraries when no other source is available. Any combination of training and experience equivalent to a master's degree in library science required. More details… http://statejobs.state.wy.us/JobSearchDetail.aspx?ID=6732

Laramie County Library Foundation
Foundation Director

Primary responsibility to cultivate donors and raise funds. Responsible for operation of the Foundation including grant writing, marketing, newsletter, public speaking, maintenance of donor data base, volunteer management and other activities. Bachelor's degree required, professional fundraising experience desirable. http://www.lclsonline.org/news_events/jobs/index.html

Training opportunities

The Dynix Institute will be sponsoring a free desktop "webinar" on strategies for promoting on-line collections June 9, 2004 at 9 a.m. Paula Wilson, contributing editor of Tech Talk, a column in Public Libraries, will lead the discussion. For more information and to register for this free event, click to http://www.dynix.com/institute/seminars.asp

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, etc.

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 at http://will.state.wy.us/training/indivgrant.html and McMurry at http://will.state.wy.us/mcmurry/indivgrants.html

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.

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!

New Library Science Resources

Wondering what the future holds for libraries and librarians? Check out the 2003 OCLC Environmental Scan: Pattern Recognition. This document takes a fascinating look at libraries and where we fit in other world trends. Click to http://www.oclc.org/membership/escan/introduction/default.htm to view a web version of this report. Copies may also be obtained via ILL.

The stacks will be closed at the Wyoming State Library until fall. A limited number of library management materials are still available through the Library Development Office. If you are having difficulty in locating specific information, please contact Jill Rourke at the LDO office for assistance 307-777-5914 or jrourk@state.wy.us

"Dewey or Don't We? Librarians Cook"

A unique idea for a library fundraiser -- the Iowa Library Association is putting together a cookbook being written (with permission from OCLC) in which traditional cookbook organization is out the window. The Dewey number of the recipe presented along with Library of Congress subject headings will arrange this cookbook. (Along with a great index.) Profits from this cookbook will be donated to the Iowa Library Association's Endowed Speakers Fund. The book should be ready for sale in October, 2004.