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Volume 38, Number 6
September 2005

Helping libraries hurt by Katrina

Photo of Pass Christian Public Library in Harrison County, Mississippi

Many libraries were devastated or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Here's how to help:

The State Library of Louisiana (http://www.state.lib.la.us/) has posted status reports on affected libraries. Donations to help Louisiana public libraries devastated by hurricane Katrina, may be sent to its Louisiana Library Foundation. Make checks payable to: Louisiana Library Foundation, PO Box 2583, Baton Rouge, LA 70821

The Louisiana Library Association (LLA) Disaster Relief Fund is now accepting monetary donations to assist school, public, and academic library restoration efforts in Southeastern Louisiana. Please make checks payable to: LLA-Disaster Relief and mail to: Beverly Laughlin, Executive Director, LLA, 421 South 4th St., Eunice, LA 70535

The Texas Library Association is accepting online donations for libraries hurt by Katrina. Go to http://txla.org/temp/DisasterRelief.html to find out more about TxLA's efforts to help their neighboring states.

The American Library Association's Chapter Relations Office has established an "Adopt a Library" program to provide assistance to libraries damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Libraries interested in adopting a library may visit ALA's Chapter Relations Office Web site at http://www.ala.org/katrina/adopt and complete a participation form. Direct questions to Michael Dowling, director of ALA Chapter Relations Office at 312-280-3200 or mdowling@ala.org.

American Libraries has news coverage of library impacts at http://www.ala.org/alonline. The American Library Association maintains a list of Hurricane Katrina news and aid links at http://www.ala.org/ala/cro/katrina/katrina.htm

Former New Orleans resident and Gulf native author Janis Owens has created an organization to provide books for relief centers, libraries and schools hit by Hurricane Katrina. Visit Books for Folks at http://www.booksforfolks.org/ or contact Owens at mfolks@booksforfolks.org

For individuals wishing to contribute directly to general relief efforts, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides a list of agencies accepting donations at its Web site, http://www.fema.gov , under "how to help."

Are your library directory updates in?

The Wyoming State Library is working on the print 2005-2006 Wyoming Libraries Directory. You should have received a packet instructing you how to make your updates. If you have not done so, please send your updates so we can make this year's edition as accurate as possible. You may direct questions to Casey King, cking1@state.wy.us, 307-777-5453.

Wyoming public library budget outlook rosier

Most Wyoming public libraries are seeing increasing budgets for the 2005-2006 fiscal year (FY06), with the biggest gains seen in Big Horn, Carbon and Converse counties. Many parts of the state are seeing a better economic climate and increased assessed valuation, so revenues are up even as mill rates go down. For some libraries, the latest budget increases have allowed them to move forward with deferred projects or rebuild materials budgets that were cut in leaner times.

Nevertheless, some budgets are still flat and libraries are juggling limited resources within those constraints. Sheridan County Library System made a difficult decision to cut public services to raise pay and benefits for its employees. Niobrara County cut its materials budget to cover rising costs of fuel and insurance.

For a full wrap-up of FY06 county library budgets, click HERE.

Rulon Gardner

Rulon Gardner hawks his autobiography in Casper

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

World-renowned wrestler and Wyoming native Gardner recently released his autobiography, Never Stop Pushing. At Natrona County Public Library on September 8, he signed books and spoke about his childhood growing up in Afton, WY and experiences becoming the world's top Greco-Roman Wrestler. The event was sponsored by Ralph's Books and Cards. Between 80 and 90 people came to hear Gardner speak and to talk with him afterward.

A Wyoming native, he shot to fame after winning the Gold Medal at the 2000 Olympics by besting the undefeated Greco-Roman Wrestling favorite Alexander Karelin. In 2001, he was named World Champion for Greco-Roman Wrestling.

Updates on the WLA/MPLA conference

Erin Kinney, WLA Vice President

The post-conference, Copyright in the Digital Age with Dr. Lolly Gasaway, has been canceled.

Still looking for bloggers. Anyone who has an interest in sharing their notes and views is welcome. Contact Erin Kinney, 307-777-6332 or ekinne@state.wy.us, for more information.

Swap & Share your best publicity and marketing materials on October 14 at 1:30. It's an opportunity to highlight your library, discuss promotional ideas, get ideas to "borrow" and network with peers. Send 25-50 copies with the entry form at http://www.wyla.org/2005conference/swap_and_share.pdf. Deadline Sept. 30. For more information, Troy Rumpf, 307-635-1032 xt. 123, trumpf@lclsonline.org.

MPLA Leadership Institute fellows are having a reunion dinner, Friday October 14th. More details coming. Contact Erin Kinney for more information.

This year we will have Vendor Bingo. Each attendee will receive a card that lists all of the exhibitors. Go around to each booth and get your card marked off. After you fill a card, write your name and contact information, and put it in for a drawing for great prizes.

We're looking for moderators for our talk tables. Topics include trustees, services to special populations, technology, public relations/marketing, virtual reference, and MPLA membership and PR. Contact Erin Kinney for more information.

Come see the New Members, New Leaders talk at 7 a.m. in the Lodge room Thursday, October 13th. Grab some breakfast from the buffet provided by the Friends of the Teton County Library and learn about WLA, MPLA, the Wyoming Library Leadership Institute, and the MPLA Leadership Institute at Ghost Ranch. Guaranteed to be fun! BYOB (breakfast, or boa).

For all the conference details, visit http://www.wyla.org/2005conference/

Library statistics collection process going online

The annual gathering of Wyoming library statistics is getting a little easier. The Wyoming State Library will now use the online Bibliostat Collect service from Informata.com to collect library data for use in-state and to send to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Bibliostat offers several advantages over the paper-based system used in prior years. Local libraries will enter data directly online, and will have access to their prior year's information for comparison. The system edit-checks on the spot, minimizing delays for double-checking and corrections. Information entered into Bibliostat can be exported into spreadsheet reports for analysis.

Bibliostat is expected to go live in Wyoming by October 1. Debbie Buchmeier, WSL Financial/Statistical Specialist, will provide all participating libraries with their user name and password. For more information, contact Buchmeier at 307-777-3513 or dbuchm@state.wy.us.

Navarro statue

Navarro Statue Raffle for Library Endowment

Natrona County Public Library Foundation is raffling a bronze miniature of Chris Navarro's "20% Chance of Flurries." It depicts a rancher with his head down against the wind, carrying a calf across his saddle, while his horse pulls through deep snow.

Raffle tickets are $5.00 each and available at the library's checkout desk. Tickets are available at the NCPL checkout or by mail from Bill Nelson, Director, NCPL, 307 E. 2nd St., Casper WY 82601. Make checks out to "NCPL Foundation." Tickets will also be available from Bill at the MPLA/WLA conference in October.

The drawing will be held at noon on Friday, November 4, 2005. Winner need not be present to win. Proceeds will build the Natrona County Library Foundation's endowment. For every $2 raised during the raffle, the McMurry Foundation will contribute $1 to the endowment building campaign.

Grantsmanship Center training coming to Cheyenne

The Wyoming Attorney General's Office Division of Victim Services is sponsoring a week-long grant writing workshop through The Grantsmanship Center at Laramie County Community College's Center for Conferences and Institutes in Cheyenne on November 14-18, 2005. The Grantsmanship Training Program is an intensive, "hands-on" workshop covering all aspects of researching grants, writing grant proposals, and negotiating with funding sources. It is designed for both novice and advanced grantseekers. Tuition is $825, and some partial scholarships are available. Registration is limited to 30. To register or to apply for a scholarship, contact The Grantsmanship Center directly at (800) 421-9512 or (213) 482-9860, or enroll online at http://www.tgci.com. For more information, please contact the Division of Victim Services at (307) 777-7200 or e-mail Linda Hawkins at lhawki@state.wy.us.

Letters About Literature calls for entries

The Wyoming Center for the Book invites student submissions to Letters About Literature (LAL), a national writing competition sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress in partnership with Target. To enter, young readers in grades 4-12 write a letter to an author, past or present, describing how that author's work somehow changed the student's view of the world or of himself/herself. There are three competition levels: Level 1, grades 4-6; Level 2, grades 7 and 8; and Level 3, grades 9-12. Top Wyoming letters will receive a cash prize and $50 Target GiftCard and will advance to national competition. All entries must be received by December 1, 2005. Guidelines and entry form are at http://will.state.wy.us/wcb/LAL2006.pdf . For more information, contact Susan Vittitow, Wyoming Center for the Book coordinator at 307-777-5915 or svitti@state.wy.us

Attention teachers! To receive a free copy in Adobe of the LAL teacher's guide, which includes lesson plans, blackline masters, and assessment checklists, contact the national project director at lettersaboutlit@epix.net.

Wyoming State Historical Society announces book winners

The Wyoming State Historical Society held its 52nd annual meeting September 9-11 in Casper and announced the following book winners in its publications categories:


new library in Hulett

New Hulett library on the move

Hulett's new library was plopped down on the lot September 6. Crook County Library Director Jill Mackey said they're setting up utilities, painting the interior, installing a nice front door and putting in parking, sidewalk and landscaping. No firm date for opening yet.

Mills library reopens

The Bob Goff Memorial Library in Mills reopened in September after a 1,400 square foot expansion. The library had been temporarily moved to the town fire hall during construction. The library has been a branch of Natrona County Public Library since 1998.

Powell Branch temporary home to a queen

In August and September, Powell Branch Library hosted "Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend," a traveling exhibit organized by the Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs. The exhibit was celebrated with music, crafts, food, theater and a Renaissance Fair on August 27. The exhibit is a collection of images reproduced from rare manuscripts, maps, letters and artifacts from the Newberry Library's collection and other private collections.

Sheridan gets rare, signed Harry Potter

Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library was one of 49 lucky libraries in the nation to win a copy of the recently released Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince signed by author J.K. Rowling. A representative from Scholastic, the U.S. publisher of this book, officially delivered and unveiled the signed book to the library in August. More than 9,000 public libraries nationwide, including the SCFPL, entered the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Public Library Sweepstakes for a chance to win the first author signed copy. Due to the overwhelming response to the sweepstakes, Scholastic announced 49 additional prizes. Author J.K. Rowling graciously agreed to sign 49 bookplates to be placed inside special library-bound editions of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and presented to one public library sweepstakes participant from each of the other 49 United States.

Sweetwater launches One Book, One County reading discussion

Sweetwater County Library System is one of the sponsors of a One Book, One County program on James Galvin's Fencing the Sky. One Book programs encourage reading especially by adults, discussion, and community building. Among many discussions and programs, the highlight will be James Galvin's appearances at a variety of community events on Oct. 28-29. Multiple copies of Fencing the Sky are available for checkout at Sweetwater County's public libraries.



Soaring to Excellence to begin

The Soaring to Excellence series begins again in November. The list is at http://www.dupagepress.com/COD/index.php?id=11 The state libraries in the BCR network each pay some money so all library workers in our states can view these via satellite or the web. The Wyoming State Library also receives a video tape of each program that is added to WYLDCAT and can be borrowed ILL for convenient viewing. For more information, contact Jerry Krois, Deputy State Librarian, 307-777-6496, jkrois@state.wy.us.

NEW materials at the Wyoming State Library

Visit the New Library Science Publications at the Wyoming State Library webpage (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:

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.

Nominations Sought for Library Journal's Award for the Best Small Library in America

Note from Jamie Markus: Although I am new to the Wyoming Library Community, I already know that we have the best Small Libraries in America! Please take the time to read about this award and think about who you could nominate. Self nominations are acceptable. Let me know if you have any questions.

The deadline is approaching for the second annual Best Small Library in America Award cosponsored by Library Journal and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The award honors the public library that most profoundly demonstrates outstanding service to populations of 25,000 or less. Key factors include:

The winning library will receive a $10,000 cash award, a feature story in the February 1, 2006, Library Journal, membership and conference costs for two library representatives to attend the Public Library Association Biannual Conference in 2006, and a gala reception at the conference.

For criteria, eligibility requirements and submission instructions, visit http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA606273.html Nomination deadline: Nov. 1, 2005. Questions may be directed to Rebecca Miller at miller@reedbusiness.com or by phone at 646-746-6725.



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. 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 desirable. Willingness to reside in Meeteetse is a distinct plus. Salary $30,000 to $34,000 DOE plus benefits. Submit cover letter, resume, and references to Cheryl Wright, Park County Library, 1057 Sheridan Avenue, Cody, WY 82414 or cwright@will.state.wy.us. Preference given to applications received before October 1, 2005. Full job description at http://will.state.wy.us/park/