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Volume 39, Number 6
August/September 2006

Governor visits libraries to distribute checks.

governor visits Albany County Library

Governor Freudenthal is visiting many of the public libraries to distribute the checks from the appropriation from the last legislative session. Above, Governor Freudenthal is with Susan Simpson, Albany County Library director and Senator Mike Massie, in a check receiving ceremony on August 10 in Laramie.

Wyoming State Library has landed

The Wyoming State Library in Cheyenne reopened August 14 after moving from its old location just south of the State Capitol to its new home at 516 South Greeley Highway (formerly the Safeway store.) The library is open to state employees and researchers; stack access is limited to staff. For reference or interlibrary loan services, call 307-777-6333 or e-mail refdesk@state.wy.us. To take a tour of the new location, contact Venice Beske, WSL Statewide Information Services Manager, at 307-777-7982 or vbeske@state.wy.us.

The Wyoming State Library staff on one of their last days in the old building. See all the relocation pictures at http://www.flickr.com/photos/60162543@N00/sets/72057594130316675/.

State Law Library starts packing

Katie Jones at the Wyoming State Law Library would like to remind everyone that although WSL has moved, the Law Library is still located in the Supreme Court Building at 2301 Capitol Ave., pending their move.

The Law Library started packing the week of Sept. 11 for its move across the street into the Hathaway Building. They will no longer interlibrary loan items until they reopen in early November. The library will close October 1. They will still provide reference assistance; contact http://library.courts.state.wy.us, library@courts.state.wy.us or 307-777-7509 with reference questions.

More information about the move, including any changes, will be online at http://library.courts.state.wy.us and on the Law Library Letter blog at http://wyolawlibrary.blogspot.com/. For more information on the resources that will remain available during the Law Library move, visit http://www.courts.state.wy.us/LawLibrary/plan.aspx.

The Wyoming State Law Library also has a new web site address:

Summer Reading ends on a green note

Wright branch librarian Jan Stout dyed her hair green after the town's teens rose to the challenge of reading 50,000 pages over the summer. Public libraries around the state have reported another successful year of summer reading programs.

Wyoming Authors Wiki launched

The Wyoming Authors Wiki at http://wiki.wyomingauthors.org is a new online resource for information on the state's books and authors. More than 700 authors are currently listed, and the site grows daily. It was developed by staff at the Wyoming State Library as a Wyoming Center for the Book project.

What makes the wiki different from an ordinary web site is that its users can add or edit information, much like the well-known Wikipedia web site. Authors, publicists, readers, students, historians and others with information about Wyoming literature may register with the Authors Wiki to contribute. Contributor registration process takes only a few minutes, and assistance is available.

There will be a hands-on demonstration of the wiki at the Equality State Book Festival in Casper on Saturday, Oct. 21. Visit the Wyoming Center for the Book booth in the Nicolaysen Art Museum between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to try it. For more information, contact Susan Vittitow at 307-777-5915 or svitti@state.wy.us.

UW intern makes Authors Wiki a success

Jill Armetta

The Wyoming Authors Wiki became a reality over the summer thanks to the hard work of Jill Armetta, a graduate student in English at the University of Wyoming. The State Library hired Jill as a summer intern to do the extensive research and data entry needed to begin building the Wyoming Authors Wiki.

"Just by researching authors and the titles of their books, I have learned volumes about the people who formed Wyoming's history and culture," Armetta said, "but the truly interesting information will come from the people who will contribute to the wiki who have personal ties to or who have researched the state's writers."

WYLD launches eAudiobook program

Wyoming library patrons now have access to more than 1,200 downloadable eAudiobook titles through the WYLD Network.

The Wyoming State Library has contracted with Netlibrary/Recorded Books to provide downloads of the latest eAudiobook best-sellers, book club favorites, award-winning authors, the Pimsleur language series, literary classics and the CEV Holy Bible. Thirty new titles are added each month and all are unabridged.

Titles are always available, with no limits on how many users may download a title at a time. Users may download up to 10 titles and use the files for 21 days. Renewals are also unlimited. eAudiobooks can be played on any desktop, laptop or portable device supporting Microsoft Windows Media Player v9 and above, Musicmatch Jukebox v8.2 and above, or Nullsoft Winamp v5 and above.

Users create an account on the Netlibrary site once they have been authenticated. Authentication is automatic within library buildings, but users will have to login to the WYLD proxy server to create an account from home. The eAudiobooks link is now available on the list of WYLD databases at http://gowyld.net/. More information about the eAudiobooks program is available at http://will.state.wy.us/wyld/econtent/ or by contacting Desiree Saunders, dsaund@state.wy.us, 307-777-6258

UW purchases statewide Sanborn Maps access

The University of Wyoming Libraries is providing statewide digital access to the Wyoming Sanborn Maps database from ProQuest. WYLD libraries will have access to all of the Wyoming maps in addition, UW will have access to the national maps.

Sanborn maps were produced from 1867-1970; more than 660,000 maps chart the growth of more than 12,000 American towns and cities. They are used heavily by history researchers and genealogists.

UW will purchase the digital maps thanks to funds from the libraries funding amendment passed by the State Legislature in 2006. Ongoing annual fees will be paid through the UW annual budget. "We are doing this as the legislation encourages us to work cooperatively on state needs," Maggie Farrell, Dean of Libraries, said. "And this is a great opportunity to advance access to valuable historical information that will benefit all of Wyoming."

For access, go to http://gowyld.net/.

HeinOnline legal database available through public libraries

As of August, participating Wyoming public libraries now have access to HeinOnline, a database for legal research. HeinOnline has a large number of law journals and full-text articles that provide the history, current position and actual language of the law on many subjects.

The Law Journal Library is a good place to start searching for those who don't know much about the particular area of law. In addition to the Law Library and journals, other materials in HeinOnline include:

HeinOnline is available in participating public libraries for in-library use only at http://heinonline.org/HOL/Welcome.

Wyoming Newspaper Project update

The Wyoming State Library has selected ArchivalWare digital archiving software from PTFS (Progressive Technology Federal Systems, Inc) for the Wyoming Newspaper Project (http://wyonewspapers.org). ArchivalWare will support powerful, flexible searching - concept, Boolean and pattern - of both the full-text images and the accompanying metadata. PTFS is partnering with SirsiDynix, who will market the software as SirsiDynix Spectrum. SirsiDynix provides the integrated library system used by WYLD, the Wyoming Libraries Database.

Laramie, Teton counties place in "L.PeRCy" Awards

Laramie County Library System and Teton County Library were both honored in the Library Public Relations Council's 2006 "L. PeRCy" Awards for outstanding publicity materials. In this national, juried competition, public relations materials are evaluated for innovation and effectiveness. Both were judged in the Division I category for libraries with small budgets. Laramie County won for best annual report, and Teton County received an honorable mention for its web page. More on the 2006 L.PeRCy Awards at http://www.libprcouncil.org/awards.html#2006award.

Letters About Literature

The Wyoming Center for the Book invites young readers in grades 4-12 to submit their entries to Letters About Literature (LAL), a national writing contest sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress in partnership with Target, are now being accepted. To enter, students 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. Guidelines, entry forms and teacher resources are available on the Wyoming Center for the Book web site at http://will.state.wy.us/wcb/letters.html or by contacting Susan Vittitow at 307-777-5915 or svitti@state.wy.us. All entries must be received by December 8, 2006




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New Library Science Publications at WSL

Visit the New Library Science Publications at http://will.state.wy.us/ldo/newpubs.html, for an annotated list of new items added to the Wyoming State Library's Professional Collection. Click on the title of each item to put it on hold or to order it through Interlibrary Loan. A subject-organized PDF of recent New Publications is available at http://will.state.wy.us/ldo/NewPublications.pdf. Send questions, comments and suggestions to Jamie Markus, WSL Continuing Education Coordinator, jmarku@state.wy.us, 307-777-5914.

This month's additions include:





Volunteer librarians
Yellowstone Research Library, Gardiner MT
The National Park Service is looking for library volunteers. NPS is seeking current and retired librarians to complete project work in the Yellowstone Research Library at the Heritage & Research Center in Gardiner, Montana during the Fall and Winter months. Housing provided. For information, contact Carol Shively at (307) 344-2663 or carol_shively@nps.gov.

Assistant Librarian/Coordinator of Testing Services
Central Wyoming College, Riverton
Central Wyoming College in Riverton is seeking qualified applicants for an Assistant Librarian/Coordinator of Testing Services. Position is open until filled with application review to begin October 5, 2006, and preferred starting date is November 1, 2006. Required qualifications: bachelor's degree in library science or related field, three years related experience and certification or ability to obtain certification to proctor tests. Preferred qualifications: MLS and experience in higher education. Salary $35,018 - $39,395 plus benefits. Full position announcement & application on CWC web site at http://www.cwc.edu/, or contact 307-855-2266 or mcwchr@cwc.edu.
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