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Volume 37, Number 10
November/December 2004


Wyoming gets $160,720 Gates grant

The Gates Foundation recently awarded the Wyoming State Library a $160,720 grant so that county libraries can upgrade and replace public computers and acquire laptops and projectors for presentations to improve sustainability at the community level. This is the third Gates grant WSL has received.

All 23 county libraries are eligible for monies from this grant, on a two to one match basis (the grant pays 66 percent of costs). Funds may be used to step up public access computing services for Internet-based resources and library databases.

Library marketing survey: tell us what's on your mind!

The Wyoming State Library is working on the beginning stages of the statewide marketing plan for the Wyoming Library Community. In this stage, the state library is asking everyone who works in Wyoming's public libraries to answer the questions in the attached survey.


Surveys are due by Jan. 21, and a reminder will be sent in January. Either email your answers to Tina Lackey, tlacke@state.wy.us, or print out the survey, write your answers and mail them to WSL Publications and Marketing Office, 2301 Capitol Ave., Cheyenne WY 82002.

"For this to be an effective marketing initiative, we really need everyone's help," Lackey said. "You are all key members of the Wyoming Library Community, and we value and need your input. Thanks for your help, and if you have any questions, feel free to call me or email me. I will be happy to talk to you about any questions or concerns you may have."

LSTA training grants have widespread benefit

The Wyoming State Library distributes LSTA funds to library directors to be used at their discretion for staff training—with far-reaching benefits. A recent report compiled for fiscal year 2003 (October 2002-September 2003) showed that these LSTA monies benefited 242 library employees and supported 451 staff training events. Among the staff development events supported by the LSTA funds were the Wyoming Library Association conference, BCR workshops, WYLD training and graduate coursework.

This does not include LSTA Individual Training Grant funds (http://will.state.wy.us/training/indivgrant.html). During this same time, 10 people received individual training grants, mostly for undergraduate and graduate library science courses.

Dancing librarians celebrate Guy Fawkes Day

Guy Fawkes Day celebrationDressed in sensible shoes and hair pinned neatly in buns, six Northwest College librarians put on a precision drill-team book cart routine on Nov. 5 in celebration of Guy Fawkes Day — an English observance of the day Fawkes tried to blow up Parliament in 1605. This was the Hinckley Library Precision Book Cart Drill Team's comeback performance after a three-year hiatus. Drill team performers are Kay Carlson, Deb Kelly, Diane Martin, Nancy Miller, Garnet Schatz and Elfriede Milburn, who do this both to poke fun at librarian stereotypes and to raise the visibility of the library. Plus, it's fun.

Photo: Garnet Schatz, library assistant, kicks up her heels to "I Can't Get No Satisfaction" Photo courtesy of The Powell Tribune.

Senate Bill deals with water library

In the 1980s, a Wyoming statute was passed to gather information on water-related items and house them in the State Engineer's Office. The Wyoming State Library worked with the Engineer's Office to develop the library, which was known as the Herschler Building Information Center. One product produced was a bibliography of water resources that included materials from public libraries as well as government documents.

Space concerns in the past few years resulted in the State Engineer's Office decision to retain only the top items and distribute the rest to the Water Resources Data System (WRDS) library at the University of Wyoming and to the Wyoming State Library. In addition, the ability to locate water-related resources through the WYLD system made a central location less critical. "It's really been replaced by WYLD," said Venice Beske, Statewide Information Services Manager at WSL.

In the upcoming General Session of the Legislature, Senate File 2 will eliminate that portion of the statute that created the water library. With the resources distributed to other libraries and the availability of statewide searching, the State Engineer's Office, Water Commission and Wyoming State Library have agreed that the library could be eliminated without eliminating access to water-related materials.

Journey through Wyoming offers online teen book discussion club

There's still time for teens to join the Discover Wyoming Authors Online Book Group and share their love of reading with other students across Wyoming. Discover Wyoming Authors is an on-line book discussion group for Wyoming high school students. Discussions began in September and feature novels written by authors who either live or have lived in Wyoming. The next two selections are C.J. Box's Open Season and Joe Bright's The Reflection. Participants must register with a user name and password to participate in chats led by a book discussion leader. For more information, visit the Discover Wyoming Authors site at http://www.journeythruwy.com/wyread.htm

LCCC library initiates series on cultural diversity

The history of the Chinese in Southwest Wyoming was the first featured topic of a new series on cultural diversity sponsored by the Laramie County Community College Library on November 11. The speaker was Dr. Dudley Gardner, Dean of Social Sciences at Western Wyoming Community College. The evening's activities focused on the contributions of Chinese peoples in Wyoming during the late 1800's and early 1900's. Several displays of historic photographs, artifacts from archaeological digs near Evanston, books on the topic and writings by Dr. Gardner complemented the program.

The LCCC staff has prepared a kit of materials used that evening and would like to share it with other libraries so they can build their own program. It contains ten matted historic photographs, a bibliography of books on the topic at LCCC and other Wyoming libraries, and a videotape of the presentation by Dr. Gardner with follow-up questions from the audience. Contact Mary Coffin for more information at 307/778-1283 or mcoffin@lccc.wy.edu

New college library getting on its feet

Helen Knudsen at the newly established Wind River Tribal College Library in Ethete is hard at work sorting through donations and filling the shelves for the students. Knudsen recently visited the Wyoming State Library for assistance to learn more about library development and grant opportunities. The library also recently received a grant of $1,118 from the Wyoming Community Foundation for new books. Wind River Tribal College was established in 1997.

Knudsen is seeking textbooks in a variety of subject areas to help add depth to the basic collection. If you have donations you would like to share, please send her an email at dunbarmeadows@yahoo.com

Fremont County Library director retires

The Fremont County Libraries staff bids a fond farewell to Director Jeannette Woodward. She will be leaving to pursue her love of writing books and articles. "I really love working with you all and think we have a great staff and library system," Woodward wrote. "I want to continue to be involved with the library but I need time to 'follow my muse' too." She and her muse recently saw her new title, The Customer Driven Library, published by ALA Editions.

Friends of the Library auction nets $61,000

The Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library's 22nd Annual Friends of the Library Auction broke all records. The November 13 event was attended by 575 library supporters and grossed over $61,000. Popular items included handcrafted furniture, artwork and catered dinners. During the auction, First Interstate Bank President, Frank Rotellini, presented the Friends with a check for $9,200, which represented the proceeds from the sale of the bank's Volkswagon. Proceeds from this year's auction will benefit the capital campaign to fund the interior renovation of the Fulmer Library and construct a maintenance building, as well as augment the library's book, audio and video budget.

In other fundraising news across the state, Johnson County Library raised approximately $20,000 at their annual auction (with a theme that revisited the 1960s and 1970s), Wyoming author C.J. Box was the featured speaker at the Natrona County Friends of the Library annual dinner and Park County Library raised $1,800 in one night with their annual wine tasting event. Campbell County Public Library is selling a BOOKTASTIC board game to raise money. Sweetwater County Public Library has decided to make its Foundation board independent of its board of trustees. The change will take a couple of months, and the library has made this decision to allow the foundation to increase its fund-raising ability

Retired Crook County librarian receives Governor's Arts Award

Gaydell Collier has been named recipient of a 2004 Governor's Arts Award. She will be honored at the annual Governor's Arts Awards dinner in Cheyenne on Feb. Collier was director of Crook County Library before her retirement.

Collier was nominated by her fellow members of the Bearlodge Writers group, which was formed in 1980. She is a long-time member and past president of Wyoming Writers, Inc., co-author of three horse books, including Basic Horsemanship: English and Western and co-editor of three anthologies of women's writing, Leaning into the Wind, Woven on the Wind and Crazy Woman Creek.

Fremont County reads "One Book"

Fremont County Library System, Central Wyoming College and the Wind River Tribal College are partnering to sponsor a "One County, One Book" project using Margaret Coel's Killing Raven. Coel is a Colorado writer who sets her mysteries on the Wind River Indian Reservation. Fremont County's efforts to get the community reading and discussing one book follows on the heels of a successful "One Book" program in Natrona County using Mark Spragg's Where Rivers Change Direction.

Wyoming State Government 2004 Annual Report available

The Wyoming State Government 2004 Annual Report, compiled by the Wyoming State Library, is now online at http://will.state.wy.us/slpub/ Libraries wanting print copies for their collections may order them for $10.50 each plus shipping from Kinko's, 1419 Albany Ave., Cheyenne WY 82001, 307/635-3441.

Personnel-ly speaking

Maura Dunn is the new administrative assistant for the Laramie County Community College Library. She assumed duties in September and is a graduate of the University of Wyoming with a major in history. Her previous work experience includes employment at Cogent Research in Cambridge, MA, and Lowe's Distribution Center in Cheyenne. She enjoys swimming, gardening and reading. Maura can be reached by phone at 307-778-1377 or by e-mail mdunn@lccc.wy.edu

New books

Jeannette Woodward, former Fremont County Library Director, has a new title coming from ALA Editions. She has graciously donated a copy of The Customer Driven Library to the State Library collection and it will be available for interlibrary loan. Congratulations, Jeanette!

Winning With Library Leadership: Enhancing Services Through Connection, Contribution, & Collaboration is a practical new book by Christi A. Olsen. The four principles of changes, next generation leadership, and sticky issues are just some of the topics discussed.

Metadata in Practice by Diane Hillmann.
This book provides important background on the world of metadata. Includes some very creative and innovative examples. A good book for those interested in a little theory and a lot of practice.

Continuing education

The Dynix Institute offers free web seminars on pertinent library topics that can be viewed right at your desk top. Check in often at http://www.dynix.com/institute/ to see what is slated and for registration information.

Soaring to Excellence teleconferences will be coming your way throughout the winter. Offered by the College of DuPage, the teleconferences cover a wide variety of library related topics. These two-hour teleconferences can be viewed via video at selected sites around the state or via web cast at your desktop. For more information about each telecast, click on the Wyoming Libraries Planning Calendar link at http://will.state.wy.us/calendar/index.html and scroll through the months. The Topic for January will be "Dealing with Difficult People" and February will concentrate on library marketing.


A great on-line tool for cataloging music sound recordings is available from the Idaho State Library. The course covers basics of music cataloging and has a great bibliography of other sources. This free course can be found at www.lili.org/forlibs/ce/sable/course4/index.htm

The ALA Public Programs Office and National Video Resources (NVR) are accepting grant applications from libraries of all types that are interested in hosting The World War I Years: America Becomes a World Power, a new film viewing and discussion series. Support for the series is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Libraries interested in presenting the series can download the application and guidelines at www.ala.org/publicprograms or www.ww1films.com. Applications must be received by January 31, 2005.

In addition to the fine databases available through WYLD, there are several free on-line resources available to small and rural libraries. This project was developed by Bob Flatley of Kutztown University. To access a listing of the databases, click to http://faculty.kutztown.edu/flatley/freedatabases.htm

Grant opportunities

ALA and the NEH are cosponsoring We the People Bookshelf freedom grants, an opportunity for libraries to receive a set of 15 classic young adults books to add to their collections. All of the books relate to the concept of freedom, rights and responsibilities. Applications are available on-line at http://www.neh.gov/wtp/bookshelf/freedom-guidelines.html and will be accepted until Feb. 16, 2005.

Schools, take note! Thomson-Gale and School Library Journal have developed a new grant award for school and public libraries that have developed programs that directly impact student learning and development. The $10,000 award is nothing to sneeze at so take a look at www.gale.com/schools/giant_award/about_giant.htm Deadline is March 1, 2005

WebJunction Awards entries and nominations for library programs "Building Digital Opportunity through Community Engagement" are due on Monday, January 3, 2005. Entries/Nominations are easy to complete, and winners receive much deserved recognition for their success with their technology or public access programs. Grand-prize winning libraries get $500! You'll find details about the Awards program, prizes, and instructions on how to nominate or enter your favorite library on the WJ site. Go to http://webjunction.org and click on Community Center Awards. Questions? Email awards@webjunction.org

Cash grants for research relating to Wyoming history will again be offered by the Wyoming State Historical Society during the year ahead. The grants will be based on applications filed with the Society's Lola Homsher Endowment Fund Committee. This is an exciting opportunity for amateur and professional historians to receive financial assistance to further their research on topics of interest relating to Wyoming. The grants average from $250 to $500. Deadline for submitting proposals is February 15, 2005.

Customer service tidbit

As our population ages, we need to think about how to accommodate the needs of our older patrons. Here are a few tips for making your library a more 'senior friendly' place.

Other things to consider:

2004-2005 Wyoming Libraries Directory Corrections

Please note these final corrections to the printed version of the 2004-2005 Wyoming Libraries Directory. Corrections to the online directory are made on an ongoing basis. To look up information, check your listing or send corrections, go to http://cowgirl.state.wy.us/directory. Questions may go to Susan Vittitow, WSL Publications Specialist, 307/777-5915, svitti@state.wy.us


Campbell County Public Library System: Wright Branch
New Saturday hours: 10 am - 2 pm

Fremont County Library
Director Jeannette Woodward has left. No replacement has been named as of yet. Please direct inquiries to Barbara Oakleaf, Main Branch Manager

Fremont County Library: Main Branch
Jennie Hutchinson, jhutchinson@will.state.wy.us , has replaced Joe Lefevre in Young Adult Services.
Elizabeth "Betsy" Thurlo, bthurlo@will.state.wy.us, has replaced June Cleveland as Technical Service Manager

Fremont County Library: Riverton Branch Library
Add Sandra Hussa's job title and email: Children's Services Assistant, shussa@will.state.wy.us

Fremont County Library: Shoshoni Branch Library
Test schedule Nov. 15, 2004, to Jan. 10, 2005: 9 am - 6 pm Mon., Wed., Fri; 9 am - 8 pm Tues, Thurs; 10 am - noon Saturday; closed Sundays and holidays.

Laramie County Library System: Burns Branch
In the large print listing, PO Box should be 112 Main and the email is burns@lclsonline.org (Incorrect in last month's directory corrections in the Outrider)

Natrona Public Library
Emily Townley is now Emily Daly. New email is edaly@will.state.wy.us
The extension numbers for staff at the Natrona County Library have changed due to a new phone system. Where Bill Nelson is extension 15 in the 2004 directory, he is now 115. All staff have a "1" added in from of the current extension.

Platte County Public Library
Add second email for Ruth Vaughn: platill@will.state.wy.us
Ruth is the large print contact for Platte County.
Add staff: Toni Anne Cochran, Technical Services/Circulation, tcochran@will.state.wy.us

Teton County Library
Deb Adams's extension is 128


Albany County Library Board
Melanie Francis has resigned.

Albany County Library Foundation
Melanie Francis has resigned.
John Burman's was reappointed. His term ends October 2007.
Add: Mary Lee Corley,1607 Spring Creek Dr., Laramie WY 82070, term ends 10/07.
Add: Ben Chesebro, 2518 Hillside Drive, Laramie, WY 82070, (H) 307/742-9238, benrc@aol.com, term ends 10/07.

Converse County Library Board
Ellen Vinnola's correct mailing address is PO Box 1078

Converse County Library Foundation
Susan Henry's PO Box is 145

Hot Springs County Library Board
Nancy Ready's address is now PO Box 249

Laramie County Library Foundation
Vanda Edington's address is now 7333 Legacy Pkwy, Cheyenne 82009

Niobrara County Library Board
Add Carol Kilmer's address: PO Box 765, Lusk WY 82225

Park County Library Foundation
Graham Jackson's correct address is: Shoshone First Bank, 1401 Sheridan Ave. Cody WY 82414

Sheridan County Library Foundation
Eula Yancey's address is now 1633 Pond View Ct., Sheridan

Sweetwater County Library Board
Debra Izatt's address is now 1714 Utah Ave.

Sweetwater County Library Foundation
Debra Izatt's address is now 1714 Utah Ave.

Teton County Library Foundation
Add addresses:
Barbara Della Corte, PO Box 2919, Jackson, WY 83001
Jackie Childress, 2925 White Pine Lane, Wilson WY 83014
Anne Ladd, PO Box 1230, Wilson, WY 83014
Diann Mann, PO Box 8129, Jackson WY 83002

Washakie County Foundation Board
Michael Bies's correct address is PO Box 992


Big Horn County School District 4: Main office
Delete vroady@hotmail.com
Fax# is 307/568-2415

Big Horn County School District 4: Hyattville School
Delete - school closed.

Big Horn County School District 4: Laura Irwin Elementary
Change PO Box to 151
Delete vroady@hotmail.com
Remove Mary Hillman, and replace with Linda Mullins

Big Horn County School District 4: Manderson School
Change name to Manderson Elementary/Cloud Peak Middle School (5-8)
Add Linda Mullins as main contact, phone numbers 307/568-2846 or 307/568-2488

Big Horn County School District 4: Riverside High School
Change PO Box to 151
Delete vroady@hotmail.com
Remove Mary Hillman, and replace with Linda Mullins

Campbell County School District 1: Campbell County High School North
Mitzie Neugebauer's correct email is mneugebauer@ccsc.k12.wy.us
Library closes at 6, not 6:30

Campbell County School District 1: Campbell County High School South
Address is 4000 Saunders Blvd

Campbell County School District 1: Rozet Elementary School
Peggy Howard's job title is now Library Media Specialist

Carbon County School District 2: Saratoga Elementary School
Correct phone number is 307/326-8365

Laramie County School District 1: Deming School
Sandra Bectholdt's job title is Educational Assistant.

Sweetwater County School District 1
Cheryl Confer is at White Mountain Elementary School, not at Northpark.
(White Mountain Elementary School was an addition listed in the last issue of the Outrider)

Weston County School District 1
The District Librarian and the contact person for both Newcastle High School Library and Newcastle Middle School Library is Peggy Jording, Library/Media Specialist, jordingp@www.weston1.k12.wy.us

Weston County School District 1: Newcastle High School Library
Delete Stewart Shipman and replace with Peggy Jording

Weston County School District 1: Newcastle High School Library
Delete Christi Hampton and replace with Peggy Jording


Wyoming State Law Library
Web site is now http://courts.state.wy.us/LawLibrary/