Volume 37, Number 9
A night with the authors kicked off a successful Wyoming Library Association conference, held this year in Rock Springs Oct. 13-16. Pre-conference sessions were held Oct. 13, with authors’ readings and a reception that evening at Western Wyoming Community College. Wyoming authors W. Michael Gear, Kathleen O’Neal Gear, C.L. Rawlins and Barbara Smith read from their work and signed books.
WLA members elected Erin Kinney, Wyoming State Library electronic resources librarian, as vice-president/president elect. Proposed bylaws changes were discussed, but no decision reached. Bylaws details may be found at http://www.wyla.org/about.shtml
After that, keynote speaker Jep Enck got the crowd going with his blend of humor and energy. Then it was off to the great lineup of individual sessions started -- everything from balancing work and life to Indian Paintbrush and Buckaroo booktalks to how to defend intellectual freedom in the library.
With a conference theme of “Get Jazzed,” the Thursday night awards banquet fittingly began with a big band performance and some unscheduled dancing with feather boas.
Awards this year went to:
- Nora Van Burgh Development Grant to support the continuing education of library employees: Mary Coffin, Laramie County Community College Library, Deb Kelly, Northwest College John Taggart Hinckley Library, Susan Vittitow, Wyoming State Library.
- Award Award for individuals who deserve an award, but don’t necessarily fit into one of the other categories: Greta Lehnerz, Natrona County Public Library, and Missy Falcey, Teton County Library Foundation.
- Unsung Heroine Award, for someone whose contribution to libraries might otherwise go unnoticed: Sue Hollingshead, Laramie County Library System.
- Media Support Award, for consistently supporting and communicating library news and programs: Rock Springs Daily Rocket-Miner.
- Andy Fisher Award for a county library that has achieved a special goal of outstanding merit: Laramie County Library System
- Milstead Award for outstanding service to children or young adults: Judy Norris and Susan Parkins, Laramie County Library System.
- Meritorious Service Award for a library supporter that has provided beneficial support to a library program: David Morey, Chick fil-A, for the Laramie County Library System.
- Librarian of the Year, for excellence in library performance during the past 12 to 18 months: Kay Carlson, Northwest College John Taggart Hinckley Library
- Distinguished Service Award, for a librarian who, for at least five years, has demonstrated inspired leadership, devoted service and significant contributions to Wyoming libraries and to the profession of librarianship: Lucie Osborn, Laramie County Library System.
As fund-raising strategies go, this one could best be described as, “shooting fish in a barrel.” WLA conference participants quickly noticed three women walking about with a bevy of handcrafted pins on their jackets. Hearts and books and dogs and children reading – all were the beautiful creations of Designs by Lucinda. All were for sale. And all money raised would benefit the Newcastle Middle School library. Sales were brisk.
Jackie Webb, Newcastle Middle School and High Schools library aide; Peggy Jording, Weston County School District #1 librarian; and Connie Hieb, Newcastle Elementary librarian, were the pin purveyors, who started the fundraiser as a way to buy books. In the last three years, the middle school library’s budget has been reduced by one-third and it has been difficult to buy the new books needed.
“You have to find other ways to do it,” Jording said. “”Plus, it’s a good way to meet people.” Reportedly, Jording and her compatriots sold about 60 pins at $15 or $20 each, depending on design.
Designs by Lucinda started when Lucinda, then homeless, created a simple pin in the shape of a house for a fundraiser for the homeless. She now creates pins for all manner of non-profit causes, including libraries. The company motto is “Changing the world, one pin at a time,” and the website is www.lucinda.com
Barbara Fraley, former director of the Johnson County Library, passed away
Tuesday, Oct. 26. Her funeral will be held Saturday, Oct. 30, at 2 pm in Buffalo. Barbara was the Johnson County Library Director for more than 20 years, and she was an inspirational director and leader. Diabetes complications forced her retirement 6 years ago. Memorials will be to the Johnson County Library.
“Celebrating Wyoming Enterprise,” an exhibit created by the Wyoming State Library Patent and Trademark Depository Library, will be at the Wyoming State Museum from Nov. 2 to Jan. 29. This temporary exhibit navigates the complex world of intellectual property and provides examples of creativity and enterprise by Wyomingites over the years. Objects include original patents, patented items and different forms of Owen Wister's famous story, The Virginian.
A public reception will be held Friday, Nov. 5, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. with remarks by Secretary of State Joe Meyer on "Wyoming's Trademark, the Bucking Horse and Rider."
Shaun Ziegler, UW Trademark Licensing, will present a lecture on Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. on, "The Licensing of a Legend." The Bucking Horse and Rider has been an icon of Wyoming since 1918. Learn how the state protects this image and how to receive approval to use the state's trademark.
- Laramie County Library Foundation has hired Mary Meyer as its new director. Meyer is a Wyoming native and a Cheyenne resident since 1971. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication from the University of Wyoming, and has a strong background in marketing, public relations and fundraising. She is the wife of Joe Meyer, Wyoming Secretary of State.
- Sweetwater County Library System has hired Boyd Broughton as the new head librarian of the Rock Springs Library in Sweetwater County. Broughton attended the University of Wyoming, earning a B.S. in history and a B.A. in English literature. He earned his MLS from Indiana University. Most recently, he was the head librarian of one of the branches in the Denver Public Library System, and he had also worked previously for Albany County Public Library as their adult services librarian. He and his wife Joni have two children.
- The Niobrara County Library Foundation had a sweet return on their latest fundraiser. They raised $1,296 toward their Kresge Challenge Grant goal of $250,000 selling Krispy Kreme donuts.
- Natrona County Public Library Foundation has successfully reached its interim goal of $250,000 toward a library endowment. The Kresge Foundation will give NCPL an $83,333 match for achieving this goal.
- Laramie County Library Foundation raised more than $5,000 in a one-night barbecue bash on Oct. 8. The event included a balloon grab, silent auction and live music with Cheyenne musician Todd Dereemer. Money raised supports the library’s Books for Babies program, which gives a first book and information on library services for children and families to the parents of every child born at United Medical Center.
- Converse County Library is trying a different fundraising vehicle. Literally. They’re raffling off chances on a 1969 red Mustang coupe: $25 one chance, 5 chances for $100, only 2,000 chances sold. We hope whoever wins it drives it to the library on a regular basis.
- THIS AND THAT
- Fall is a busy time in Wyoming libraries. On top of the WLA conference, library staff and volunteers are busy celebrating Banned Books Week and Teen Read Week, setting up voter forums in advance of the upcoming election and organizing used book sales.
- In Rock Springs, the White Mountain Library has a teen advisory group that calls themselves the Literate Nerds. The group helps select materials, plan activities and spread the joy of reading to other young adults.
- The National Endowment for the Arts study, Reading at Risk, says that reading is down, but the Laramie County Library System has seen a jump in juvenile circulation in the last year of 15 %. Adult circulation is not yet keeping pace, but they’re adding programs to try to change that.
- The Wyoming State Law Library took 100 jackalope hunting licenses to the Western Pacific Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries. Reportedly, they were a big hit. No word as to whether anyone’s gone hunting with one.
- Writers, take note(s)! Campbell County Public Library is forming an adult writers group called, Put it in Writing @ your library. The program kicked off with a get acquainted gathering hosted by CCPL Director Patty Myers, reference specialist Candi Varvaro and Wyoming poet Midge Farmer. Monthly programs are planned.
- Laramie County Library System marked its 35 years in the current building by checking out DVDs, videos, games and CD-ROMs for only 35 cents, offering a 1969 trivia contest quiz (with groovy prizes) and displays, bibliographies and showings of 1969 books, movies and music. Not to mention a few staff members in tie-dye.
LIBRARY DIRECTOR, PARK COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM
Ideal candidate will have Master’s Degree in Library/Information Science from ALA-accredited program, five years’ professional library experience, minimum two years’ administrative experience. Desirable qualifications: public library, governmental relations and fiscal experience, strong oral and written communication skills, planning skills. Salary $39,500 - $47,700 plus benefits, DOE. Send cover letter, resume and references to Cheryl Wright, Park County Library System, 1057 Sheridan Ave, Cody WY 82414. Applications received before January 15, 2005, will be given first consideration. Additional information at will.state.wy.us/park and www.parkcounty.us.
Look for additional job listings on the Wyoming State Library’s job postings page at http://will.state.wy.us/libraries/libjobs.html or on the new Wyoming Library Association job board at http://wyla.org/guestbook/gbook.php
Please review your copies of the Wyoming Libraries Directory and send corrections to email@example.com or by mail to Publications office, Wyoming State Library, 2301 Capitol Ave, Cheyenne WY 82002. If your library has not received its directory copies, please use the above email or call 307/777-5915.
Please note the following corrections to the 2004-2005 Wyoming Libraries Directory. Additional corrections received will be published in the November Outrider if received by Nov. 15, 2004.
- Second divider tab should read: WYLD Governing Board & Wyoming Libraries Foundation
- p. 61, 72, Wyoming State Law Library
- Change website to: http://courts.state.wy.us/LawLibrary/
- p. 5, Albany County Public Library
- Change job title to: Ruth Hitchcock, Older Adult Services Librarian/Large Print Contact. Add “.us” to the end of Ruth’s email.
- Add email: Jessica Flock, firstname.lastname@example.org
- p. 25, Saratoga Elementary School (K-5)
- Phone number incorrect. Replace with: 307/326-8364
- p. 28, Wind River Middle/High School (6-12)
- Dana Hugus is the main contact. Hughes is a misspelling of her name.
- p. 32, Laramie County District 1
- Cheyenne Central High School
- Delete: Linda Herget
- Replace with: Marraya Metzger, MetzgerM@laramie1.k12.wy.us
- p. 45, Sweetwater County District 1
- Add library:
- White Mountain Elementary School
- MAIL: PO Box 1089, Rock Springs, WY 82902
- Foothill Blvd
- Phone: 307/352-3464
- Fax: 307/352-3471
- p. 49, Weston County District 7
- Upton Elementary School (K-8):
- Delete: Judy Flynn, Librarian, email@example.com
- Replace with Christine Hampton, Librarian/Media Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Add staff: Judy Keller, Library Aide K-12, email@example.com
- Upton High School Library (9-12)
- Delete: Judy Flynn
- Replace with: Christine Hampton
- Change job title: Judy Keller, Library Aide K-12.
- p. 60, SBDC Region 5 Resource Center
- Change address to: 201 W Lakeway Rd Suite 1004, Gillette, WY 82718
- p. 61, Yellowstone Research Library
- Add under key staff: Heather Thams, Librarian,firstname.lastname@example.org
LARGE PRINT ROTATING COLLECTIONS
- p. 67, Delete Guernsey Branch Library
- Add libraries:
- Burns Branch Library
- Main contact: T.J. Russi, Library Aide
- MAIL: PO Box 220, Burns WY 82053
- 102 E First St, Burns
- Phone: 307/547-2249
- Fax: 307/547-9253
- Email: email@example.com
- F.E. Warren AFB Library
- Main contact: Mary Davis
- 7205 Randall Ave Bldg 214, Cheyenne WY 82005
- Phone: 307/773-3416
- Key staff: Flora O’Connor
- Lincoln County Library
- Main contact: Sheryl Alleman, Head of Technical Services
- 519 Emerald St, Kemmerer WY 83101
- Phone: 307/877-6961, ext. 131
- Fax: 307/877-4147
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lovell Branch Library
- Main contact: Sheralyne Nicholls, Head Librarian
- 300 Oregon Ave, Lovell WY 82431
- Phone: 307/548-7228
- Email: email@example.com
FEDERAL DEPOSITORY LIBRARIES
- Add library:
- Wyoming State Library
- 2301 Capitol Ave, Supreme Court/State Library Bldg, Cheyenne WY 82002
- Phone: 307/777-6333
- Fax: 307/777-6289
- Website: http://will.state.wy.us
- Hours: 8-5, M-F
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