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Volume 38, Number 7
October 2005

Albany County Librarian Named New York Times Librarian of the Year

The New York Times has just named Susan M. Simpson, the County Librarian for the Albany County Public Library system, as one of its Librarians of the Year. Simpson will receive her award in November at a ceremony in New York City. She will be one of just 50 librarians to receive this award nationwide. The Times received more than 1,200 nominations.

"I am thrilled and honored to have even been nominated for this award," Simpson said.

The nomination was submitted by John Burman, President of the Albany County Public Library Foundation. He wrote, "There are numerous ways in which Ms. Simpson makes the library a better place. First and foremost is the fact that she has dedicated over 20 years of her life to the Albany County Public Library and its patrons. In fact, patrons are Ms. Simpson's top priority. Not only does she care and deal effectively about "big picture" issues such as funding, staffing, and materials procurement; she also makes a point of dealing effectively with everyday issues." To quote one of the staff people at the library, "Ms. Simpson is the library to all of us in the county."

Wyoming Library Association updates

For those who could not make it to or who missed a program at the recent joint Wyoming Library Association/Mountain Plains Library Association conference, most of the conference was webcast and is available at http://www.tclib.org/mpla/ and the archive should be available today. Also, many WLA and MPLA members blogged their experiences at http://mplawla2005.blogspot.com/ .

The 2006 conference is in Gillette September 27 - 30 at the Camplex. Ara Anderson is the new vice president, and she is in charge of programming for the 2006 conference. WLA is in need of a site for the 2007 conference. For more information on hosting, contact Erin Kinney, WLA President at ekinne@state.wy.us, 307-777-6332.

WLA award recipients were honored at the conference banquet on Oct. 13. Recipients included:

In honor of Deb Bruse, children's librarians act out "How I became a pirate," a children's book, at WLA in Jackson.

Work in a Wyoming school library? Take the survey!

As part of her graduate work, Susan Vittitow is conducting a survey of school librarians in Wyoming. This easy, online survey takes 5-10 minutes to complete and answers will be kept confidential. Complete it, and your name will be entered in a drawing for some fine books, including an autographed copy of Karen Fisher's debut novel from Random House, A Sudden Country. You may have already received an email inviting you to participate. If you work in a school library and did NOT get the email, go to this link to take it: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=90091459894 Please complete the survey only once! Direct any questions to Susan Vittitow at the Wyoming State Library, svitti@state.wy.us, 307-777-5915. Thanks for your participation!

Disaster preparedness for libraries

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina WebJunction has assembled a collection of resources to help your library prepare for and respond to disasters. Visit http://webjunction.org/do/DisplayContent?id=11514

Connect Wyoming's recent newsletter offered a number of publications links for disaster preparedness:

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Wyoming Office of Homeland Security

Visit the Connect Wyoming web site at http://wind.uwyo.edu/connect/

ALA created an Adopt a Library program to assist Gulf region libraries to recover and rebuild. Many Wyoming schools and libraries across our state wish to participate. Wyoming's "Katrina Project" was promoted at the joint Wyoming Library Association/Mountain Plains Library Association Conference Oct. 12 - 15, 2005. Projected dates for this project are through December 15. Send books or donations in the mail to: Library Services Department, Pineview/WSD, 539 Payne Avenue, Casper, WY 82609. Questions? Contact Carla Howard, 307-261-6866, carla_howard@ncsd.k12.wy.us

Kids can join Rulon Gardner's book club

Teachers and students are invited to adopt Rulon Gardner's autobiography, Never Stop Pushing into their curriculum, purchase the book at a reduced price, give students access to Rulon's personal email address for questions they have while reading, and have Rulon participate in a conference call with the class for a book club discussion once reading is complete. Gardner is an Afton, Wyoming, native who rocketed to fame by winning an Olympic Gold Medal in Greco-Roman wrestling in one of the greatest sports upsets in history. All-Inclusive Book Club Cost per Book: $10 plus shipping and handling. For more information on "Rulon's Book Club," contact Danielle Marquis, 303-674-1290, DanielleMarquis@marquisathlets.com.

Watch your mailboxes for an interview with Rulon Gardner in the fall 2005 Wyoming Library Roundup http://will.state.wy.us/roundup/


Database Quick Guides

The State Library is proud to announce the availability of downloadable Quick Guides to the following online databases:

New books at the Wyoming State Library

Visit the New Library Science Publications at the Wyoming State Library web page at http://will.state.wy.us/ldo/newpubs.html to view an annotated list of new items added to the State Library's Professional Collection. All items are available through Interlibrary Loan.

This month's additions include:

101+ great ideas for libraries and friends.
Provides 100+ examples and case studies of simple fund-raising and marketing ideas for library friends groups. Includes sample forms and marketing materials.

Continuing professional development: A guide for information professionals.
Contains information on how to examine your library skills and create a plan for professional development (in terms of career planning and advancement).

Hennen's public library planner: A manual and CD-ROM.
Contains step-by-step instructions for all types of library planning: administration, collection development, staffing, facilities, etc. Includes adaptable forms and checklists on a companion CD-ROM.

Measuring for results: The dimensions of public library effectiveness.
Describes the importance of measuring library effectiveness. Contains detailed descriptions and instructions of several types of library assessments.

The Neal-Schuman directory of public library job descriptions.
Contains 250+ real job descriptions for 150+ public library job titles. All descriptions are included on the companion CD-ROM.

Teamwork basics [videorecording] / Library Video Network.
The 15-minute video reviews basic teamwork components and how they can be applied in today's libraries. It also illustrates teamwork by showing the workings of a cross-departmental team. Among the teamwork concepts covered are: Basic team components, Rotating team membership, The role of a team facilitator, and Agenda maintenance.
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For a full list of new items or to download a PDF of recent New Publications, visit http://will.state.wy.us/ldo/newpubs.html.

FREE College of DuPage Teleconferences

Don't forget that all Wyoming Libraries (Public, Academic, School, Special, and Institutional) can participate in the College of DuPage Teleconferences for free!

Register online for the satellite downlink and/or webcast by completing BCR's online registration form: http://www.bcr.org/training/teleconferences/register.html. The downlink site-license terms also are on BCR's Web site: http://www.bcr.org/training/teleconferences/terms.html.

Broadcasts run noon-1:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Libraries, the Universe and Everything

Library Challenges & Opportunities 2006

Questions? Contact BCR's Sharon Hoffhines at shoffhin@bcr.org.

Take a look at the future

Eric Childress of OCLC fame has prepared a PowerPoint called: "Pattern Recognition for Technical Services: Interpreting the OCLC Environmental Scan". It was presented at the 2005 Ohio Library Council Annual Conference & Exposition, October 6, 2005, Columbus, Ohio. (1.6MB, 44 slides). http://www.oclc.org/research/presentations/childress/20051006-olc.ppt



Mabel E Brown with Troy Rumpf
  • The Wyoming Media Professionals, the local affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women, donated the DVD set, Wyoming Voices, a three-part Wyoming history documentary, to the Laramie County Library System collection in honor of local historian Mabel E. Brown at a presentation Oct. 21, 2005, in the Pioneer Room at the Laramie County Library in Cheyenne. Brown, 91, is featured in all 3 DVDs. Among her accomplishments in her 60+ year career, Brown published the history magazine Bits and Pieces from 1964 to 1987. It kept alive many of the stories about old Wyoming and is now an invaluable resource for research in many aspects of Wyoming history.

  • The stories and music of the Basque people who settled in the Buffalo area will be presented by Wyoming Poet Laureate David Romvedt Nov. 1 at the Laramie County Community College Library's "An Evening of Diversity: The Basque Sheepherders of Wyoming." His free presentation "Accordions, Xistus and Sheep," will begin at 7 p.m. in the Union Pacific Centennial Room of the LCCC Center for Conferences and Institutes.

  • Sweetwater County Library System will no longer use an "alternating closing schedule" for Rock Springs Library, White Mountain Library and Community Fine Arts Center. All three branches are now open for five hours in the afternoon Friday and Saturday.

  • Chicken Scratch Muse, Teton County Library Alta Branch's annual art and writing workshop, will explore and create altered books - books creatively recycled into works of art - on November 5 and 12. For more information, contact the Alta Branch at 307-353-2505. To learn more about altered books, visit the International Society of Altered Book Artists web site at http://www.alteredbookartists.com

  • Teton County Library is hosting the traveling exhibit, "Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend," through December 2. Teton County Library is one of only 40 libraries in the United States selected to host the traveling exhibition; most recently it made a stop at the Powell Branch Library. For more information on "Elizabeth I" events, visit the library's web site at http://www.TCLib.org



    Young Adult Specialist Position, Natrona County Public Library, Casper, WY
    Minimum salary $27,000 DOE and qualifications. BA or BS minimum desired. Priority given to letters of interest and resumes received by November 11, 2005.
    Send to: Natrona County Public Library, Attn: Business Manager, 307 East Second Street, Casper, WY 82601

    Librarian, Reference/Electronic Resources, Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, WY
    Ten-month faculty position. Qualifications: Master's degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited institution; demonstrated teaching ability including instruction in use of online databases; demonstrated implementation or integration of current information literacy theory and practices; excellent oral, written, presentation and interpersonal communication skills; strong teamwork and group skills; and knowledge of established and emerging instructional methods and technologies required. Salary DOE.
    Closing date November 3, 2005. Starting Date: on or about January 9, 2006
    Submit letter of application indicating how education and experience relate to responsibilities and qualifications, current resume, Application for Employment form to: Human Resources Office, Laramie County Community College, 1400 East College Drive, Cheyenne, WY 82007. EEO