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Volume 38, Number 5
July/August 2005

Amy Shelley

Wyoming news from the ALA conference

The American Library Association (ALA) held its 2005 Annual Conference in Chicago June 23-29, and Wyoming was well-represented:

Sirsi is now SirsiDynix. Sirsi Corp., maker of the software that powers WYLD, announced a merger with Dynix, another integrated library software company. For details, see http://www.sirsidynix.com/releases.html

Albany County Library during the Jubilee Days parade

Wyoming's summer dragon sightings

With a summer reading theme of "Dragons, Dreams and Daring Deeds," it's not surprising that public libraries are reporting dragon sightings this summer. The Youth Empowerment Council, the Nicolaysen Art Museum and Natrona County Public Library teamed up to give Casper's youth "Somethin' to do" during their summer vacations. During June's "We're all about the Dragon" event, teens created this giant papier-mâché dragon that they marched down Center Street on Parade Day. Albany County Library in Laramie also took a dragon to the parade during Jubilee Days and won 1st place for best float with the theme, "Even Dragons Dream of Being Cowboys." (see the pictures at http://acpl.lib.wy.us/parade.html) Children at Washakie County Library in Worland and at Rock Springs Library met today's real-life dragon slayers: firefighters. In the meantime, Isabel Hoy at Goshen County Library in Torrington reported that Bucyrus-Erie, a not-so-friendly yellow construction dragon was eating the street and blocking the parking lot.

Leona reading to child

Then there's the Lions on the prowl

What a roaring success it was for Leona to visit all the county libraries during the first three weeks of July! We realized just how popular Leona from the PBS show, Between the Lions, really is among the younger crowd. This summer, Leona hugged, high-fived and made a connection with over 1500 Wyoming kids. I want to thank each and every one of you who helped me pull this together. I couldn't have done it without you and all those great people who can fit into a costume made for someone around five feet tall. Through the course of this "tour" I saw great communities, great libraries and great librarians.
-Tina Lackey, Wyoming State Library

WLA/MPLA joint conference nears

The Wyoming Library Association/Mountain Plains Library Association (WLA/MPLA) 2005 joint conference will take place October 12-15 in Jackson, Wyoming. The MPLA Newsletter conference issue at http://www.usd.edu/mpla/documents/newsletter/august2005.pdf has the registration form with program, pre- and post-conference, and tour information.

Among this year's great offerings, keynote speaker Roy Tennant is an award-winning, internationally recognized pioneer in digital library development and Internet training. Also, Stephen Abram, Vice-President of Innovation at SirsiDynix Corporation, has two sessions on Friday--one on Google and Libraries and the other on Millennial Users. Wednesday's Author Night and Opening Night Reception, "Movie Takes: Writing For the Silver Screen" at the National Museum of Wildlife Art will feature authors Bonnie Kreps and Charlie Craighead, Tim Sandlin, William Broyles, Jr., and Mark Spragg. Other events include a free one-day symposium on health information outreach on Oct. 11 and numerous opportunities for school librarians, complete with a progressive luncheon school library tour on Thursday, Oct. 12 at12:30.

NEW this conference:

2005 Wyoming Library Community Relay for Life Team

Library walkers raise more than $6,000 to battle cancer

The Wyoming Library Community Relay for Life team raised more than $6,000 for the American Cancer Society through the Cheyenne Relay for Life on June 17-18. This was the sixth year the team has walked the track for 24 hours, and it was the biggest fund raising total yet. They also successfully defended their Tailgate Gourmet trophy with a tomato-based feast tying in with the team theme: "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes - on Cancer!" Many thanks to all of those in the library community who bought 50/50 raffle tickets or contributed otherwise. Every bit of support helped.

A future team member arrived mid-event. Team captain Des Saunders had a little girl, Avery Katherine Saunders, in the early morning hours of June 18. Congratulations to Des and the rest of the Relay for Life team!

September is Library Card Sign Up Month

Another September, and Library Card Sign Up Month rolls around again. It's a time when the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all. Check out "52 ways to use your library card" at http://www.ala.org/ala/pio/piopromotions/lcsu52ways.htm.

Wright hit by tornado; library roof slightly damaged

The Town of Wright was hit by a tornado Friday, Aug. 12 that killed two people, destroyed 82 homes, damaged many other dwellings and left many homeless. The Wright Branch Library sustained minimal roof damage, and Campbell County Library Director Patty Myers reports that all library staff, their families and homes are fine. The library, located across the street from the emergency center at the school, has opened for community access to a safe place, email, etc.

Natrona County Library Director Bill Nelson in the dunk tank

Big summer for Natrona County

Natrona County Public Library broke the half-million circulation mark in a single fiscal year this summer. On Monday, June 20, 7-year-old Alyssa Wesnitzer put them over the top when she checked out a book on the planet Venus, and the library celebrated with balloons and prizes for their young reader. At the end of the fiscal year on June 30, NCPL had checked out 514,951 items - an 18 percent increase from last year and a 57 percent increase since 2000. The library celebrated with a "Dunk the Director" event on Friday, Aug. 12, despite a lightning strike that damaged a transformer and closed the library that day. Bill Nelson took his seat on a dunk tank on the library lawn and invited patrons to take their best shot.

Also this summer, the August issue of VOYA: Voice of Youth Advocates featured NCPL's recently opened Teen Zone in "YA Spaces of Your Dreams" on pages 202-203.

Branch libraries face building woes

Carbon County's Medicine Bow Branch Library closed indefinitely in July until it can be moved to a new location. The Medicine Bow Town Council terminated the lease on the building where the library was housed because of increasing maintenance and repair costs. Plans are to relocate the library in the former senior center. The Town of Medicine Bow has offered the library no charge for water, sewer, garbage and mosquito control fees if they use the old senior center, and the County Commission has authorized $10,000 to renovate the facility with additional funding pending.

In Sweetwater County, Bairoil Branch Library may have to close by winter because of severe roof cracks and other maintenance issues in the old trailer where it is housed. The roof is irreparable, and replacement is estimated at $7,000. Sweetwater County Library System is seeking another location in Bairoil to house the branch.

Laramie, Sweetwater go wireless

Laramie County Library System and Sweetwater County Library System have both added free wireless access at their central locations. Patrons can now bring in their own wireless-enabled laptops or PDAs and access the Internet in the library. WebJunction's recent issue of Crossroads newsletter has numerous resources on wireless internet access in public libraries. Crossroads is a free monthly email newsletter produced by OCLC and its partners. Subscribe and/or read back issues by registering with the WebJunction site at http://webjunction.org

Libraries Join Arch Coal Teacher Awards Program

Wyoming's libraries will become a partner in the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards program in the coming school year. The recognition program asks the public to nominate teachers either by mail or over the Internet. Libraries will now post information about the program.

"We count on libraries across the state as important tools in the learning process, as well as being repositories of information," Arch Coal Vice President Greg Schaefer said. "Now, they'll also be a part of our program that asks the public to tell us who it believes are our best teachers."

Each year, 10 recipients a $2,500 personal, unrestricted cash award. "It is Arch Coal's way of saying 'thank you' for doing such a great job with our children," said Schaefer.

"Teachers have long been 'partners' with libraries," said State Librarian Lesley Boughton. "We are pleased to be a part of this program." Other partners are the Governor's Office, Department of Education, Wyoming Education Association, Taco John's and Loaf 'n Jug.

Arch Coal is the nation's second largest coal producer and employs approximately 900 people in Wyoming. Arch Coal's Black Thunder mine in Campbell County sells more than 90 million tons of clean-burning, low-sulfur coal annually and is one of the largest and most efficient coal mines in the world. Its corporate headquarters are in St. Louis, Mo.

On-line reading promotes Soaring Eagle selections

WY Read Book Club is an on-line book discussion group for teens. Discussion takes place in a monitored chat room setting using five outstanding books from this year's Soaring Eagle list. Beginning in October, students can register on the WY Read web site for sessions. WY Read wants to see students to see students excited about reading and discussing books and also increase Soaring Eagle participation. The Book Club is totally free, safe and fun! For more information: http://www.journeythruwy.com/wyread.htm for session

Constitution Day September 17

School librarians take note: Congress passed a law in May that all educational institutions receiving federal funding from the Department of Education are required to hold an educational program pertaining to the United States Constitution on September 17 of each year. For more information: http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2005-2/052405b.html

Family Day September 26

The National Association on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University is encouraging libraries to celebrate the fifth annual Family Day - A Day to Eat Dinner with your Children on Sept. 26. Studies by CASA find that the more often children eat with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use illegal drugs. For more information: http://www.CASAFamilyDay.org.


Library Development Office creates new information portal for State Institution Library Managers. (http://will.state.wy.us/ldo/institutions.html)

The Wyoming State Library Services to State Institutions portal contains information on the programs available for the 12 State Institution's Library Managers and staff (including LSTA grants, material acquisition support, and continuing education opportunities), bibliographies of resources concerning services to special populations, and links to programming grants and traveling speaker/exhibit resources.

In brief

New Library Science Publications at the Wyoming State Library (see http://will.state.wy.us/ldo/newpubs.html for descriptions and new additions)

Don't Forget! The Wyoming State Library maintains a professional collection of library science materials, including periodicals, monographs, and videos, and offers access to H.W. Wilson's Library Literature & Information Science database. All items are available through InterLibrary Loan.

For more information on Library Development events or resources, contact Jamie Markus, 307-777-5914, jmarku@state.wy.us


The Yellowstone Journal Corp. in Lander used materials from University of Wyoming Libraries' Hebard Collection to illustrate the 2005 edition of the travel and tourism guide, 99 Things To Do in Yellowstone Country. The issue includes cover illustrations from several dude ranch and Yellowstone brochures that are part of the Hebard Collection. Associate Librarian Tamsen Hert also supplied several postcards from her personal collection. FMI: http://www.yellowstonepark.com/

Western Wyoming Community College Hay Library will have a keynote presentation and reception on Sept. 16 with Dr. Johanna M. Smith, University of Texas, Arlington for the traveling exhibit "Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature." Dr. Smith is a writer, teacher, and scholar about Mary Shelley and her novel, Frankenstein. WWCC is one of 80 libraries nationally to host this exhibit; it appeared in Cheyenne at Laramie County Library System earlier this summer. "Frankenstein" will be at WWCC Aug. 18 to Oct. 7. For more information: http://www.wwcc.wy.edu/library/frank.html



Sallis to Conduct Mystery Writing Class Oct. 1

James Sallis, one of the masters of mystery fiction, will conduct a class, "Telling Good Lies: Where Fiction Comes From," at the 19th annual Casper College Literary Conference on Oct. 1 in Casper. The class will be held from 9 a.m.-noon in Room 217 of the Strausner Student Center on the Casper College campus. The fee is $25 for students, $40 for non-students. CEU credits are available. An afternoon reading with other authors, reception and book signing will be free to the public. To register for the Sallis class, call 307-268-2212. For more information: 1-800-442-2963, ext. 2639 or http://www.caspercollege.edu/events/Literacy2005/

Other upcoming book events

NEA offers grant for The Big Read

The National Endowment for the Arts is accepting applications until Aug. 31 for "The Big Read," a community-wide reading grant program. Six communities will be selected nationwide the first year. For more information: http://www.artsmidwest.org/downloads/bigReadRFP.pdf


Weston County Library Director

Weston County Library System seeks a dynamic people-oriented leader with proven administrative, public relations, and communication skills. The director reports to a five-member appointed Board of Trustees and is responsible for administering the daily operations of the Weston County Library in Newcastle and the Upton Branch Library. Weston County Library System is a member of the WYLD Network

Qualifications: Bachelor degree; prefer three years progressively responsible experience in library operations; or any equivalent combination of education or experience which demonstrates possession of the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Ability to operate and direct use of library's computer systems and programs. Knowledge of general accounting functions, accounts payable and payroll. Salary $24,000-$26,000 DOQ. Open until filled. Letter of interest, resume and three letters of recommendation to Search Committee, Weston County Library, 23 W. Main Street, Newcastle, WY 82701.

Children's Services Librarian, Campbell County Public Library

The Campbell County Public Library in Gillette, WY seeks an enthusiastic, innovative and energetic individual to deliver dynamic services to Campbell County's youth. The position will manage, direct and supervise the daily operations of the children's department and work closely with staff to develop, enhance and promote services. The qualified candidate should demonstrate experience in collection development, creative programming, reference and readers' advisory services.

Qualifications: Preferred Master's degree in Library Science (MLS) from an ALA accredited institution or a degree in a closely related field. Minimum 5 years of professional library experience including at least two years of progressively responsible supervisory experience. Salary DOE. Minimum starting salary of $43,523. A complete job description can be viewed at http://ccg.co.campbell.wy.us/hr/html/librarian_childrens.html. The library's website can also be viewed at www.ccpls.org.

Application packets available at the Library Administration office or contact Peggy Bloxham at (307) 687-0009. Send the completed application along with your letter of application, resume, and contact information for three professional references to: Campbell County Public Library System, 2101 S. 4-J Road, Gillette, WY 82718. Applications will be accepted through August 31, 2005. Campbell County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Meeteetse Branch Library Manager, Park County Library System

Park County Library System, in Wyoming near Yellowstone Park, seeks dynamic, public service oriented librarian to direct the operations of the Meeteetse Branch Library. One of three libraries in the Park County Library System, the Meeteetse branch serves the Meeteetse Schools (K-12) as well as the community at large. The library participates in the statewide WYLD network and consortium for automation and licensed databases. Meeteetse, Wyoming, is a small, rural community (population 350) located 32 miles south of Cody on the banks of the Greybull River. Opportunities for outdoor recreation abound. (To learn more about Meeteetse and its environs visit: http://www.meeteetsewy.com/)

Our ideal candidate will have a Master's Degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA accredited program (or be currently enrolled in a degree program). Public and/or school library experience and strong oral and written communication skills are desirable. A willingness to reside in Meeteetse is a distinct plus. For a full job description please visit: http://will.state.wy.us/park/

The library system offers a salary of $30,000 to $34,000 per year, depending upon experience, and a generous benefits package. Wyoming has no personal income tax.

Please submit a cover letter highlighting interest in and knowledge of rural and school libraries, a professional resume, and references to Cheryl Wright, Park County Library, 1057 Sheridan Avenue, Cody, WY 82414 or cwright@will.state.wy.us. Please reference Meeteetse Library. Preference will be given to applications received before October 1, 2005.

For more information and for other library jobs http://will.state.wy.us/libraries/libjobs.html