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Volume 38, Number 3
April 2005

WYLD News |  Around the State |  Professional Development |  Resources |  Library Jobs

Librarian of Congress speaks at UW

By Nancy Marlatt
Photo courtesy of UW

James Hadley Billington, the Librarian of Congress and Russian historian, spoke at Coe Library on March 9, 2005. The UW Libraries sponsored Billington's talk "The Future of Libraries In a Digital Age" that was attended by more 60 librarians and interested patrons - some who traveled from as far as Lander.

During his talk, Billington emphasized that libraries and librarians are more important now, in a digital age, than ever before. He discussed that although the internet may provide more information to more people, it is often accompanied with an inundation of information that may lack quality or which may only be available for a limited time - the average webpage has a lifespan of 44 days!

Billington lectured on how important libraries and librarians are in helping communities and researchers sort through the information maze. Librarians have the knowledge and skills to help navigate material reliably and help transform that information into knowledge. Librarians can also assist with the archiving of digital information so that it may be available for future generations to access and enjoy. Libraries and librarians play and will continue to play a central role in preserving the quality of information. And libraries will continue to be places of importance for community activities and to assist in strengthening the library profession.

Billington concluded his lecture by noting that there are three things that distinguish America from other countries: political choice, division of powers, and access to knowledge for everyone. Libraries and librarians will play a central role in keeping access to knowledge a one-stop shopping at your library.

In addition to his talk at the UW Libraries, Billington also made presentations to archivists at the American Heritage Center, the general public at the Wyoming Union, and he met with a few UW classes. His presence on campus was made possible by the Milward L. Simpson Fund in the UW Department of Political Science. Billington was sworn in as the Librarian of Congress in 1987 and is the 13th person to hold the position since the establishment of the library in 1800.

Wyoming patron survey slated for National Library Week

During National Library Week, April 10-16, the Wyoming State Library will conduct an online survey of Wyoming residents to find out what they want from their public libraries. To promote the survey, postcards will be sent and advertisements will be placed in newspapers. The survey will gather information needed to plan a statewide marketing campaign. The University of Wyoming will put the survey online and analyze the data collected.

Please help spread the word! We want to hear from people in your communities! Anyone may take the survey, which will be found at http://will.state.wy.us/survey/, linked from the WSL home page.

Celebrating National Library Week

Libraries have something for everyone, and National Library Week, April 10-16, is the time we celebrate that. Wyoming's libraries are joining others across the country to celebrate the contributions of libraries, librarians and library workers to their schools, campuses and communities.

Many Wyoming libraries have planned special events, and we've heard some highlights from a few of them. Uinta County Library has a "Read Through the Planets @ Your Library" program where eager readers get the chance to win a Bushnell Voyager 60mm refractor telescope in a drawing on April 16. Campbell County Public Library System is offering "Food for Fines," and will have three different live music performances and a program on the history of brass bands in Wyoming to encourage patrons to "Tune in @ Your Library." Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library has simply declared fine amnesty for the week and will conclude its National Library Week 2005 with the annual Friends of the Library Author Reception at 7:30 pm on Friday, April 15. Craig Johnson, author of The Cold Dish, is the guest speaker.

At the Rock Springs Library, the stained glass memorial to Terri Larsen presented at the Wyoming Library Association conference is now on permanent display in Youth Services. The library is planning a reception during National Library Week for the public to admire this lovely tribute.

What's happening in your library for National Library Week? If you have something unique and exciting, send it to The Outrider at svitti@state.wy.us and we may use it in our next issue!

State Library convenes statistics work group

The Wyoming State Library is convening a work group on April 12 to develop ways of improving the annual public library report data collected through the Federal-State Cooperative System for the National Center for Education Statistics. The work group will look at ways to improve the definitions to make reporting for the state more consistent. Results from the work group meeting will be sent out in May for comments. Keith Curry Lance from the Colorado State Library will facilitate the meeting. For more information, contact Deputy State Librarian Jerry Krois, 307/777-6496, jkrois@state.wy.us.

A poem a day for National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. Teton County Library reminds us to "Feed your inner poet with new daily verse at http://www.poems.com/."


WYLD Council sponsors "Train the Trainer" workshops with LSTA funds

In March, participants were identified for three "Train the Trainer" workshops sponsored by the WYLD Regional Council and supported with LSTA funds. These two-day workshops focus on how to teach and train adult learners. Robbie Berg, a human resources manager responsible for managing recruitment and selection for Multnomah County Oregon's 5,000 employees will conduct them. Berg is also a Rawlins native and a University of Wyoming graduate, giving her familiarity with rural issues.

Training is a priority to meet the dynamic technological requirements of the WYLD/SIRSI system. The purpose of these workshops is to create a network of individuals "trained in training" in county and community college libraries, whose expertise then can be shared throughout each region. The training will not cover library cataloging, database searching or reference assistance, but instead will introduce training tools, skills and educational concepts in how to develop effective training for adults.

The WYLD Regional Council invited each public library system and community college library to select one participant, in addition to inviting all WYLD Training Committee members. The Council suggested that participants have existing or planned training responsibilities, exceptional interpersonal skills, public speaking experience or training and teaching experience.

The workshops will be held in Rock Springs at the White Mountain Library April 14-15, in Lander at the Fremont County Library April 18-19, and in Gillette at the Campbell County Library April 21-22.

Wyoming Statewide Database Trials Survey 2005

The Resource Sharing Council Electronic Resources Committee has previews of several databases available through May 6. Please take some time to look at them and complete the survey to help determine the future of WYLD's online resources. Previews at http://will.state.wy.us/admin/resource/electronic/trials05.html work best with Internet Explorer. The survey is available at http://will.state.wy.us/admin/resource/electronic/survey/index.cfm Personal information need only be entered once. Users who complete part of the survey may click on their name on the second half of the page to continue taking it.

WYLD Annual Meeting

The 2005 WYLD Annual Meeting will be held at Northwest College in Powell on May 19-20. A joint meeting of the of the Regional Council and the Governing Board will be held the evening of May 18, just prior to the annual meeting. Training sessions will be offered May 19 and the WYLD Network business meeting will be held the morning of May 20.


Sheridan County Library Foundation accepts "Circle of Friends" Sculpture challenge

An anonymous donor contributed $10,000 to the Sheridan County Library Foundation toward the purchase of artist Karen Crain's "Circle of Friends" sculpture, with the stipulation that the Foundation will raise the other half of the purchase price, plus installation costs. "Circle of Friends depicts a young girl reading within a wheel that is inscribed with the titles of children's books. Donations may be sent to the Sheridan County Library Foundation, 335 West Alger, Sheridan, Wyoming. Please specify that it is for Circle of Friends. The library foundation is a 501 (c) (3) Foundation.

Photo courtesy of SCFPL

Mills Branch Library moves temporarily

Beginning April 5, Mills' Bob Goff Memorial Library will be housed at the old Mills Fire Hall at 401 Wasatch to make way for a library expansion project that will add 1,400 square feet to the existing building, nearly doubling the library's size. It will provide more room for materials and an activity room. About a third of the library's materials will be moved; the rest will be stored in the current building during construction, expected to be completed in July. The Town of Mills has secured $162,000 in funding from the Natrona County Recreation District for the project.

It's A Mouthful!

photo courtesy of LCLS

Ashton Thomas takes in a mouthful of sprouts during St. Patrick's Day Fear Factor at the Laramie County Library System. More than 50 people came out in a challenge that dared teens to eat a variety of green foods, from lima beans to guacamole to spinach-flavored jelly beans.

LCLS Program Gets Newsweek Mention

Laramie County Library System's Mother-Daughter Book Club, a highly popular six-part series for moms and their teen daughters, recently founds its way to the pages of Newsweek. The article in the March 21, 2005, issue examines the popularity of these book clubs across the country. Titled "Girls' Night Out Gets Smart" by Lauren Picker, Cheyenne even gets a special mention for the large wait list for the LCLS club. Although the book club just completed its final session of the season, the library hopes to return in the fall -- or even sooner -- with a new series.

Other news and notes

Personnel-ly speaking

Authors in the libraries

What? We don't have your news?

Well, send it our way! Although we can't always publish it all, we like to know what's going on in your libraries so we can share it in the Outrider. Send your snippets of news to Susan Vittitow at svitti@state.wy.us Questions? Call Susan at 307/777-5915.


Patent and Trademark Workshop at CCPL

Campbell County Public Library will host "The Basics of Intellectual Property and Patent and Trademark Searching" Wednesday, April 27 from 1-5 p.m. The workshop, presented by Dawn Rohan, Wyoming State Library Intellectual Property Librarian, will address patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyright. The event is co-sponsored by the Wyoming Small Business Development Center. Preregistration is required; contact CCPL, http://ccpls.org/

South Dakota Library Association hosts conference

The South Dakota Library Association (Western Region)invites all regional librarians to its One-Day Spring Forum from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 20 at the Rapid City Public Library. Registration $35, mail checks payable to: SDLA One Day Spring Forum, c/o Rapid City Public Library, Brenda Hemmelman, 610 Quincy Street, Rapid City, SD 57701-3655. For more information, contact Hemmelman at 605/394-6139, ext. 246, bhemmelman@rcplib.org, or Ed Hughes 605/394-6139, ext. 222, ehughes@rcplib.org Information is also available online at http://www.usd.edu/sdla

Collaborative Digitization Program workshops

The Water Resources Data System is hosting three workshops by BCR (Bibliographical Center for Research) and the Collaborative Digitization Program (http://www.cdpheritage.org/) June 1-3 at the University of Wyoming in Laramie:

For information and to register, see: http://www.bcr.org/training/workshops/CDP-workshops.html

Rocky Mountain Special Libraries Association offers scholarship

The Rocky Mountain Chapter SLA is accepting applications for its Rebecca Jackson Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to a library science student currently enrolled in a graduate degree program. Students must live in and/or be enrolled in a library school program in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, or South Dakota. The current application may be found at http://rmsla.org , or contact Linda Van Wert linda.vanwert@gambrobct.com, to request a copy. Deadline is June 30, 2005.

New books at the Wyoming State Library

The Wyoming State Library has library science books for professional development on many topics. Here's a sampling of the latest:


Digital planning documents archive provides community development ideas

A digital archive of community-planning documents is now available at http://will.state.wy.us/planning/index.html The Wyoming State Library and the Wyoming Business Council worked together to develop the digital archive of plans that have been submitted for grant and loan programs. The archive creates a clearinghouse of applicable ideas, processes and techniques. Through the archive, a community can search for plans by geographic area or topic, such as downtown development, historic preservation or land use.

Wyoming "Art of the Books" project launches web site

The "Art of the Books" web site is now live at http://www.artofthebooks.com "Art of the Books" is a fundraising opportunity specifically developed for libraries by Annette Chaudet, editor and publisher at Pronghorn Press in Cody. It will use large, fiberglass books that may be embellished by local artists and sold to raise money for libraries. It's much like the many events where large, decorated fiberglass animals dot the local landscape (think "Where the Buffalo Roam" in Casper) but scaled down to make it more manageable. A "how-to" book will be available to guide local libraries through the process. Chaudet hopes to have participants sign on by June 2005 to have adequate planning time before the scheduled summer 2006 rollout. For more information, contact Chaudet at 307/765-2979 or pronghorn@tctwest.net or visit the web site.

Wyoming Council for the Humanities holds "A Wyoming Conversation"

A Wyoming Conversation is a statewide discussion program in partnership with Wyoming Public Radio, Wyoming Public Television, the Wyoming Community Foundation, and the University of Wyoming American Studies Program. Wyoming Public Radio's evening show, Wyoming Today, will air monthly interviews on topics gleaned from last year's Community Conversations, the council's series of public meeting held around the state. The next day, Wyoming Council for the Humanities staff and representatives, along with community leaders, will host follow-up conversations in targeted communities. Upcoming conversations:

Campbell County Public Library will host the Gillette event on Thursday, April 21 at 7 p.m. A final statewide forum will be held in Riverton, June 12 at 8 p.m. More information is at http://www.uwyo.edu/wch/AWC.htm.

PLA to give cash for "Smartest" ideas

The Public Library Association (PLA) is offering $100 cash prizes for the best examples of how libraries have used "The Smartest Card @ your library®" campaign. To enter, simply tell in one page how your library has used the campaign theme and the results. Photos and sample materials are welcome. Email your entry with the subject line: Smartest Card Success Story to Barb Macikas at PLA, bmacikas@ala.org You may send attachments to the email or mail your entry to: Barb Macikas, PLA, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611. Deadline is May 2, 2005. For more information, see: http://www.pla.org/smartestcard.htm

Beaumont Foundation offers technology equipment grants

Wyoming nonprofit organizations and government agencies are eligible for technology equipment grants from Beaumont Foundation of America. Grants are for specific focus areas that include mentoring programs for children, restart programs for released offenders, and services to homeless persons, people with disabilities and senior citizens. More information at http://www.bmtfoundation.com Deadline for letter of interest is April 22, 2005.

Wyoming literary offerings


Other resources


Wyoming State Library, Librarian 2

Location: Cheyenne WY

Description: Participates in the statewide library development initiatives of the state library: improves the knowledge, skills and abilities of librarians, library workers and trustees statewide through staff development initiatives; manages federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) sub-grants to libraries; participates in statewide program planning; offers consultation and workshops to librarians and trustees; conducts outcome based evaluation on programs.

Qualifications: Any combination of training and experience equivalent to a master's degree in library science, plus two years of professional work experience as a librarian.

Hiring range: $2,587 to $3,040 monthly

Application: Open until filled. The state's online application is at http://personnel.state.wy.us/stjobs/forms/online.htm Job details are at http://statejobs.state.wy.us/JobSearchDetail.aspx?ID=7957 or submit a State of Wyoming Employment Application and transcripts of any relevant course work to: Human Resource Division, Emerson Building, 2001 Capitol Avenue, Cheyenne, WY 82002, 307/777-7188, fax: 307/777-6562. EOE/ADA

Wyoming State Library, Librarian 3

Location: Cheyenne WY

Description: Under supervision, participate in a variety of statewide library development services and projects that increase the capabilities of librarians, library workers and board members in providing quality library services to their customers.

Qualifications: Any combination of training and experience equivalent to a master's degree in library science.

Hiring range: $1,837 to $3,738 monthly

Application: Open until filled. The state's online application is at http://personnel.state.wy.us/stjobs/forms/online.htm Job details are at http://statejobs.state.wy.us/JobSearchDetail.aspx?ID=7252 or submit a State of Wyoming Employment Application and transcripts of any relevant course work to: Human Resource Division, Emerson Building, 2001 Capitol Avenue, Cheyenne, WY 82002, 307/777-7188, fax: 307/777-6562. EOE/ADA

Other job listings

See all Wyoming Library job postings and links to other job boards at http://will.state.wy.us/libraries/libjobs.html