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Volume 38, Number 2
February/March 2005

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Trish Palluck is Library Journal's parapro of the year!

Congratulations go to Trish Palluck whose picture is on the March 1 cover of the Library Journal as the paraprofessional of the year! Palluck is a Library Specialist in the Wyoming State Library's WYLD office. She celebrated her 26th anniversary with WSL on Feb. 1.

"I look at this as an award for Wyoming," Palluck said. "It's not just my award. I'll be the poster child, but I'm proudest of the fact it brought some attention to Wyoming. We have such a great library community, and I don't think we get enough recognition. People think we're behind the times in Wyoming, but in terms of libraries, we're way, way ahead."

Palluck was on vacation in January when State Librarian Lesley Boughton called to tell her the news. She said she was both honored and shocked. "I didn't know what to think," Palluck said. "It took all the glitter out of Las Vegas. I was like a puddle the rest of the day."

Palluck first applied to WSL for a government document shelving position. Her first day of work at WSL was the day the first bids were opened for a statewide automation system. In essence, she said, she has "grown up" with the WYLD system. Her duties now include providing support and training for WYLD libraries, and she was instrumental in the implementation of the Fretwell-Downing VDX system for interlibrary loan.

"Everyone in the Wyoming library community is immensely proud of Trish," said Boughton. "We've known for a long time that she is deserving of this kind of recognition."

Palluck gladly credits others, describing the many mentors and opportunities for continuing education and training she's had along the way. She's also given back: Palluck was instrumental in founding the Wyoming Library Association's Paraprofessional/Support Staff Section and later served as President of WLA.

"The library community here has been very good to me," she said. "It's like one big cooperative team. We are so unique in that respect."

Legislative news

The Wyoming State Legislature passed two pieces of legislation dealing with library concerns during its 2005 session.

Senate File 144, sponsored by Sen. Wayne Johnson and Rep. Edward A. Buchanan dissolved the Wyoming State Library Board, effective July 1, 2005. It was signed on Feb. 25 and entered as Chapter 0142 in Session Law. The legislation was introduced at the request of the board, whose members felt their time would be better spent in other library organizations such as the Wyoming Library Association and the Resource Sharing Council.

"The State Library Board was all in favor and had suggested abolishing it," said Jack Mueller, former board chairman. "The reason for the board's existence changed when its duties were transferred to A&I in the early 1990s - for example, hiring and firing the state librarian and setting policy. There just wasn't that much reason for the board anymore." He added, "It's kind of unusual for a state agency to go out of business. In fact, a couple of legislators at the committee meeting said they couldn't remember when one said, 'do away with us.'"

In fact, the House of Representatives Minerals, Business and Economic Development Committee commended the board for its actions in a letter signed by Committee Chairman Thomas A. Lockhart: "It is with reluctance, but with deep respect that we acknowledge the State Library Board's willingness to dissolve. Please accept our gratitude for the years of work on behalf of Wyoming."

House Bill 316, introduced by Representatives Floyd Esquibel and Tom Walsh and Senator Tex Boggs, did three things, the most important of which is to expand patron privacy. Wyoming library patrons will now be entitled to privacy for all library transactions, not just circulation. This may include items such as emailed reference questions and access to electronic resources.

Previous statute had allowed only two official forms of names: "County Library of … County" or "Carnegie Public Library of … County." HB 316 allows each library to file with the Secretary of State under its preferred name, "Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library," for example. The bill also officially transferred responsibility for Session Laws from the State Librarian to the State Law Librarian. In practice, the State Law Librarian has performed those duties since 1969.

During the session the Wyoming Library Association held a successful legislative reception on Feb. 3, with many legislators and Gov. and Mrs. Dave Freudenthal in attendance.

Laramie County librarian earns national honor

Amy Shelley was recently awarded the 2005 Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)/Sagebrush Award for a Young Adult Reading or Literature Program for her literacy work at the Wyoming Latina Youth Conference. Shelley is the Youth and Outreach Services Manager for Laramie County Library System.

For the past two years, LCLS has provided books and bibliographies to all teens attending the Latina Youth Conference. Teens helped select the books, looking for the most appealing works and those that addressed pertinent issues in their lives, with an emphasis on Latino authors. This program creates a positive attitude towards reading and puts books into the hands and homes of at-risk teens.

The YALSA/Sagebrush Award provides $1,000 to support Shelley's attendance at the 2005 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago. She will also present a special program at the ALA annual conference in 2006.

Campbell County children's librarian Deb Bruse dies

Deb Bruse, children's librarian for Campbell County Public Library, passed away Friday, Feb. 11, 2005. Bruse was hired in 1984 in technical services. She served as the audiovisual librarian before becoming manager of the children's department. She was a past chair of the Wyoming Library Association Children's Section and served as a representative to the Summer Reading Consortia meetings. In Gillette she instigated the Scary Stories program for grade school students during Halloween season and the Rock 'n' Rhyme program for infants. She continued the traditional Fright Night events that bring hundreds of adults and children to the library for Halloween programs. Bruse was an active partner with other community groups like Even Start and the Reading Council. Funeral services were held Feb. 15. A memorial fund in her honor has been established with the Library Foundation Inc. c/o Campbell County Public Library, http://ccpls.org/html/foundation.html

Overseas volunteer finds books for South African library

Mary Gen Davies, an employee of the Laramie County Library System, recently spent two years in South Africa as a volunteer teacher through Jesuit Volunteers International. As part of her teaching responsibilities, she helped augment the Paxana Primary School library's sparse collection through the help of her connections in the United States. Marshak's House of Fantasy in Fort Collins, Colorado donated a collection of comic books and the Wyoming State Library sent a number of small, easy-to-read books for the students. Shown here, several students send a "thank you" to everyone who gave the library a boost. Their weekly library sessions included storytime and independent reading, which the students truly loved.

"Even if all of them couldn't understand English, they loved to look at the books," Davies said. The Paxana Primary School serves about 430 students from grades K-7. The school is just outside the city of Polokwane in the Limpopo Province.

Proulx brings books to Wamsutter Branch Library

By Joni Harris, Rural Branch Librarian

While most of you were watching for the results of a groundhog last Feb.2, I was watching for the arrival of Pulitzer Prize winning author Annie Proulx. She drove all the way from her home in Centennial to deliver boxes of donated material. She read about Wamsutter Branch in an article in High Country News last fall and thought the start of a library here was a noble effort.

While visiting with her she told me of a short story "Wamsutter Wolf" that she had written for Paris Magazine. She had won an award for it and will pick it up in New York City. She said she would tell the publishers and editors and literary folk there about Wamsutter Library and will be asking for donations from them, both material and monetary. She will be passing out the name of our foundation and address.

Ms Proulx was also gracious enough to sign a copy of her newest book Bad Dirt: Wyoming Stories 2, dedicating it to Wamsutter Library, an oasis in the desert. She is doing research in this area and would like to speak to men and women that work in the Red Desert. Hopefully she will return soon, and as Paul Harvey would say, then I can report on the rest of the story!

(Editor's note: Read the full High Country News article, "When a Boom is a Bust" at http://www.hcn.org/servlets/hcn.Article?article_id=14984)

Governor presents Collier with Arts Award

Governor Dave Freudenthal presented Gaydell Collier with her Governor's Arts Award at a banquet held Feb. 4 in Cheyenne. Collier is a former director of Crook County Public Library, where she had also served on the board. She is a writer and editor, and a past-president of Wyoming Writers, Inc. Mike Shay from the Wyoming Arts Council described the scene in his WYOLITMAIL: "The Gaydell Collier Admiration Society from the Black Hills took up several banquet tables and greeted Gaydell's award announcement with loud whoops and yee-hahs." Collier was one of four recipients honored with a Governor's Arts Award this year. To read a wonderful essay by Collier that was recently published in the Christian Science Monitor, visit: http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/1229/p18s02-hfes.html

Credit Richard Collier


Interested in becoming a 21st Century School Librarian?

The Wyoming State Library is seeking individuals interested in exploring their future as 21st century school librarians! The 21st Century School Librarian Institute will be held June 20-23, 2005 in Casper for a select group of participants. You may want to apply if you are a:

The Institute, funded by WSL and Montana State University, will explore careers in school libraries, options for obtaining library media endorsement, issues and challenges in school libraries, and resources that are changing the role of librarians.

A select number of individuals will be chosen to attend the four day workshop presented by educators, library media specialists and professional librarians. Lodging, meals, and materials will be provided at no cost, with transportation costs the only responsibility of the attendees.

Application deadline is 5 p.m. April 30, 2005. Applications are available at http://will.state.wy.us/schoollibrarian.html. For more information, call Jerry Krois, Deputy State Librarian, at 307/777-6496.

UW school library media endorsement program reactivated

The University of Wyoming is reactivating its school library media endorsement program. The program will be a 24-credit hour endorsement program intended primarily as an add-on endorsement for teachers who hold elementary or secondary school certification. It may also be of interest to public library personnel who would like additional professional education. Courses will be held at the UW/Casper College Center or will be delivered from the Laramie campus using distance education technologies.

These courses will be offered during summer 2005:

A full program description will be available soon. For more information, contact

2005 MPLA Leadership Institute online application available

The Mountain Plains Leadership Institute this year will be held Sunday, October 23 to Friday, October 28 at Ghost Ranch north of Abiquiu, New Mexico. Institute Leader will be Maureen Sullivan, an organizational development consultant. Online application is due May 20 and may be found at http://www.usd.edu/mpla/leadership/

The Institute provides an opportunity for mid-career individuals with more than five and less than 20 years of post-MLS library experience to develop their leadership skills. The Institute is underwritten by founding partner EBSCO Information Services.

For more information, visit the web site or contact Mary Bushing, Leadership Institute Coordinator, at marying@msn.com.

Library trustee development workshop planned, newsletter available

A training workshop for library trustees has been planned for March 12 in Buffalo. Presenter is Jim Connor, ALTA representative. Agenda will include history of Wyoming county libraries, board roles, governing policies, library laws, board-director relationship, open meetings, advocacy and state and federal roles in local libraries. For more information, contact Cynthia Twing, Johnson County Library Director, at 307/684-5546 or ctwing@will.state.wy.us

Also for trustees: the Wyoming State Library is now publishing a brief newsletter on news, events and policy issues just for library board members. The first Wyoming Library Boards News to Use was distributed in January through the county library directors. WSL plans to post the publication on its web site soon. For more information on News to Use, contact Jerry Krois, Deputy State Librarian, at 307/777-6496 or jkrois@state.wy.us.


Indian Paintbrush ballots due March 15

Votes for this year's Indian Paintbrush Book Award and suggested nominations for next year are due by March 15. Instructions and ballot forms are available at http://wyla.org/paintbrush/2004packet.doc. More information is available at the Indian Paintbrush site at http://wyla.org/paintbrush/

April is National Poetry Month

Wyoming one of ALA's "Many Voices"

Two Wyoming books have been included in the ALA's "Many Voices, One Nation" annotated list. The list represents the uniqueness, diversity and/or heritage of participating states, regions or ethnic groups. The Wyoming Library Association selected The Virginian by Owen Wister and When Esther Morris Headed West: Women, Wyoming, and the Right to Vote by Connie N. Woodridge for "Many Voices, One Nation." See the complete list at: http://www.ala.org/ala/ourassociation/governanceb/executiveboard/breycasiano/bookselections.htm.


Albany County goes fine-free

Albany County Public Library went fine free on the first of March, waiving old fines and discontinuing overdue charges. The library will also purge old conversion fines and fines from previous automation systems. Library Director Susan Simpson said the move will help them make their database more accurate and flatten their circulation map in SIRSI. "Studies have shown that libraries that don't charge fines have a better return rate than libraries that do," Simpson said. "We expect that to happen at Albany County." The library board will assess the new policy's effects on returns in one year.

Fremont County gets "One Book" grant

The Fremont County Library System, in partnership with Central Wyoming College and Sky People Higher Education at the Wind River Tribal College, was awarded a grant from the Wyoming Council for the Humanities to fund a One County, One Book project that will be held mid-March through April. The community is reading Killing Raven by Margaret Coel, a murder mystery set on the Wind River Indian Reservation, Through generous community support the library has been able to purchase nearly 1,400 copies of the book that will be available to the public free of charge. Coel will attend give presentations at three community events from April 28-30 to cap off the program.

Natrona County Public Library surveys community, opens tech center

Natrona County Public Library is conducting a statistically valid survey of 400 randomly selected county residents in March to assess satisfaction with library services and to identify ways to better serve the community.

"Data from the survey will provide the Library Board with vital information on citizen satisfaction in a variety of areas," said Bill Nelson, Library Director. "The results will provide information that can be used in daily management decisions, in prioritizing future budgets and providing better library service to the people of Natrona County."

The 2005 Survey began the first week of March. A final report of the survey findings is scheduled to be presented to the Natrona County Public Library board in early April.

Also in Natrona County, the Tech Center is up and running with 16 new computers equipped with Internet, MS Office Suite, readable/writable CD drives and USB ports for flash drives. The Telus system manages time reservations and print jobs. NCPL is also working on adding a number of computers with Internet access throughout the library including in the Children's Department and the also newly opened Teen Zone.

If you knew Dewey, like we knew Dewey…

Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library has begun a ten-month series of programs and workshops titled "Do You Know Your Dewey?" February programs and displays featured the 100s, including books on modern western philosophy, dreams and paranormal phenomena. One highlight of the 100s was featured speaker Kevin Bennage presenting "Ghost Hunting: The Science Behind the Search" on Feb. 24. Bennage is a member of the International Ghost Hunters Society and a paranormal investigator in Wyoming.

Converse County Library celebrates centennial

The Converse County Library in Douglas celebrated its 100th anniversary Saturday, March 5. Guest author C.J. Box presented a program and signed books. Other activities included free fines, giveaways, and refreshments. Congratulations on a great century of library service!

Film festivals abound

Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library invites movie buffs to stop by for the current film festival, "Screen Cuisine: Food in Film." Sublette County Library is showing movies every Saturday night in March for its annual film festival: "Ray," "Maria, Full of Grace," "Vanity Fair" and "Fanny and Alexander." Popcorn, soda, JuJubes and Junior Mints will be served.

LCLS is "Up in the Air"

Laramie County Library System welcomes Peter Davison, an amazing performance poet, on March 14. Davison's one-man show, "Up in the Air," unleashes everything from a rhythmic mix of poetry, juggling and drumming, to a soft-shoe dance with harmonica playing and lasso twirling. Read more about Davison at http://poetofmotion.com/

Authors in the libraries

Personnel-ly Speaking


Grants Catalogs available

The 2005 Catalog of Wyoming State Grant Programs is now available at no cost from the Wyoming State Library. The catalog has been updated with grants for municipalities, businesses, nonprofit groups and individuals. For more information or to order a catalog, contact WSL's Publications and Marketing office at 307/777-5453 or email cking1@state.wy.us.

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:

"Art of the Books" library fund raising project in the works for Wyoming

Annette Chaudet, editor and publisher at Pronghorn Press, is offering libraries the opportunity to take part in a new "Art of the Books" fundraising project. Inspiration for the project came from the many events featuring large, artist-embellished fiberglass animals that have been displayed throughout the country such as "Cows on Parade" in Chicago and "Where the Buffalo Roam" in Casper.

"Art of the Books" is the same premise but scaled down for easier management and lower sponsorship costs. It's based on a fiberglass book form approximately 20 inches by 30 inches that libraries can purchase and have local artists decorate. Completed books may be auctioned to benefit participating libraries. Chaudet also plans to offer a low-cost instructional book to walk local fund-raisers through the process step by step.

"Art of the Books" is scheduled for the summer of 2006. Planning has already begun so that interested libraries can sign on by fall 2005. For more information, contact Chaudet at 307/765-2979 or pronghorn@tctwest.net. A web site on the project is under construction at http://www.artofthebooks.com and will be up sometime in March.

Grant Opportunities

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. Application and details 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. Application and details 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

Natrona County Public Library, Paid Summer Intern

Location: Casper WY

Description: Temporary position for eight to twelve weeks during June-August.

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree, enrollment in an MLS program or recent graduate.

Stipend: $10/hr PLUS housing.

Application: Send letter of interest, resume and unofficial copy of MLS transcript to Natrona County Public Library, Attn: Business Manager, 307 East Second Street, Casper, WY 82601. Priority given to applications received by March 15.

Details at http://will.state.wy.us/libraries/natrintern.html

Wyoming State Law Library, Electronic Services Librarian

Location: Cheyenne WY

Description: Assist in administering and maintaining electronic resources and systems in the library, act as liaison to other agencies, maintain staff and public PC software and hardware, and maintain the web page and Internet-based resources. Also participate in traditional reference service.

Qualifications: ALA-accredited MLS and two years professional experience, or equivalent of education and job-related experience required. Strong research, computer skills, service and communication skills preferred.

Salary Range: $38,000-49,000

Application: Deadline: March 15, 2005. To apply send Wyoming State Government application form, cover letter, resume, and three professional references to: Ms. Kathy Carlson, Wyoming State Law Librarian, Supreme Court Building, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002. Application form available at: http://personnel.state.wy.us/stjobs/forms/online.htm. Return it directly to Ms. Carlson rather than to the address on the form. Direct questions to: Kathy Carlson, 307/777-7509, kcarls@state.wy.us. EOE

Other job listings

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