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Volume 39, Number 1
January 2006

New RSS Feeds from the State Library

The State Library is excited to announce two new RSS (Really Simple Syndication) Feeds: Wyoming State Library News and Sirsi Unicorn System News (from the WYLD Office).

Each feed will be regularly updated with breaking library and automated system news from around the state. These feeds are a great way to get and stay informed about library news and happenings between monthly issues of The Outrider.

The feeds are available at http://will.state.wy.us/feeds/news.html. To view the feeds you will need a feed reader like Bloglines (http://www.bloglines.com/), Google Reader (www.google.com/reader), or FeedReader (http://www.feedreader.com/).

For more information about RSS, visit the State Library's RSS FAQ: http://will.state.wy.us/feeds/RSSFAQ.pdf

Pine Bluffs Branch reopens after remodeling

Pine Bluffs branch grand reopening

And the crowd went wild! A newly remodeled Pine Bluffs Branch Library held its grand reopening on Jan. 12. The library was closed Nov. 24 to Dec. 26 for $34,000 in improvements that included new carpeting and handicap-accessible doors, fountain and restroom. It was the first significant remodeling since the branch opened in 1978. Funds came from a portion of a sixth penny sales tax approved by Laramie County voters in 2003. The bulk of the sixth-penny tax is going toward construction of a new Central Library in Cheyenne.

"Bring the World to Wyoming" at the 2006 Wyoming Library Association Legislative Reception

from Elaine Hayes, reception committee chair

When: Tuesday, February 28, 2005
Where: The Historic Plains Hotel Ballroom in Cheyenne
Time: Reception - 5:30-8:30 PM (Legislative Update by Tom Jones, WLA Lobbyist begins at 5:00 PM)

This year we are celebrating the 20th Annual Wyoming Library Association's (WLA) Legislative Reception in the Ballroom at the historic Plains Hotel in Cheyenne. This event offers a unique opportunity to meet new legislators and renew acquaintances with returning legislators. The legislators always rave about our homemade fare so start testing out your most prized potluck dishes to bring to the reception!

This year's reception theme will be "Bringing the World to Wyoming" to help kick off the statewide marketing campaign for Wyoming libraries of the same name. Bring publicity materials about your library's programs and events to place on a display table at the reception.

If you cannot attend the reception or cannot bring a dish, financial donations are welcome. Make checks payable to the Wyoming Library Association and mail to WLA, Box 1387, Cheyenne, WY 82003 or bring your donation to the reception and give to any reception committee member.

Please email the Reception Committee chair at ehayes@lclsonline.org to let the committee know what kind of dish you will be bringing, and if you need an electrical outlet for a hot dish. If you'd like to help on the day of the reception with set-up, food carry-in, clean-up or helping to staff the registration table please email Scott Kinney at skinney@lclsonline.org.

The Legislative Reception Committee has set aside a block of rooms at the Plains hotel for February 27-28. Rates are $59/night for regular rooms (2 queen beds) and $79/night for Parlor Suites. Call 307-638-3311 or toll free at 866-275-2022 to make a reservation. Be sure you mention that you are with the WLA.

Contact Elaine Hayes with any questions at ehayes@lclsonline.org.

2006 Legislative Reception Committee Members:

Kalabus retiring from WWCC

Western Wyoming Community College Hay Library director Bob Kalabus retired effective Jan. 1, 2006. Kalabus began at the library in 1983 in technical services and became the director in 1991. Carol Brown is currently serving as interim director. "He has been a great leader here at the college and in the Wyoming library community and will be sorely missed" Brown said.

Weston County names Bramwell as new director

Jane Bramwell started at Weston County Library as its director on Nov. 29. She comes to Wyoming from Salt Lake City, Utah, where she worked as a freelance genealogist. She has also worked as a public library director in small towns in Wisconsin and South Dakota.

Bramwell has a master's degree in library science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a second master's in history from the University of New Hampshire.

"I am loving the area around Newcastle, "Bramwell said, "and having received such a warm welcome, I know I going to enjoy living and working in Wyoming." Bramwell may be reached at jbramwell@will.state.wy.us

Former Wyomingite to take helm of BBHC library

Dr. Kurt Graham was hired recently to head the McCracken Research Library at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center (BBHC). Graham joined the BBHC on Jan. 3 as the Housel Curator of the McCracken Research Library (MRL) and the Assistant Director of the Cody Institute of Western American Studies (CIWAS).

"I've conducted research at a number of research libraries and archives in my work," stated Graham. "The really good ones have phenomenal staff members who are very service-oriented. These folks are willing to go 'above and beyond' the requests of patrons. I always found a library's archives to be a researcher's greatest treasure. With the McCracken Library, I can already see we're on the right track."

Raised in Big Horn County, Wyoming, Graham is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a BA in English as well as an MA in American Studies. He received his MA and PhD in History from Brown University at Providence, Rhode Island where his area of research was the role of lower federal courts in the early history of America. Most recently, Graham taught several American history classes as an Assistant Professor with California State University at San Bernardino.

Graham is enjoying his return to Wyoming: "I never thought I'd have the opportunity to do what I like most in a place I like best."

For more information on the BBHC, call 307/587-4771 or visit www.bbhc.org.

Wyoming libraries respond to Katrina need

Carla Howard, Elementary Library Media Coordinator for Natrona County School District, reports that 950 books and $1,000 have been collected for the Hurricane Katrina Project that will benefit Louisiana school libraries destroyed by the storm. This fund raising effort kicked off at the Wyoming Library Association/Mountain Plains Library Association (WLA/MPLA) fall conference, as part of the "Adopt a Library" program begun this fall by the American Library Association. Wyoming's donated books and funds will be split between two K-8 schools in Plaquemines Parish that will reopen in August. There were three elementary schools that were flooded, and they are combining them into two K-8 modular schools: Phoenix and Port Sulphur. Carla was told, "We can't thank you enough for helping the damaged libraries in our parish."

Because the schools won't open until August, there is still time to send additional funds and/or new books. Send donations to Carla Howard, Library Services Department, Natrona County School District, 539 Payne Avenue, Casper, WY 82609. For more information on the Hurricane Katrina project, contact Carla at 307-261-6866, carla_howard@ncsd.k12.wy.us.

In another "Adopt a Library" effort, Natrona County Public Library will raise funds throughout February to help New Orleans Public Library rebuild. In addition to donations, all fines collected during February will go to this cause. This money will be matched with grants from the NCPL Foundation and Friends of the Library. The Wyoming Medical Center Foundation will also donate a portion of their proceeds from their 2006 Mardi Thaw (tickets $20, may be purchased at the library).

New Orleans Public Library was founded in 1896. Prior to Hurricane Katrina, it circulated almost a million items annually. Of the library's 12 branches, the hurricane destroyed six buildings and severely damaged another two. In the past three months, NOPL has been able to open five branches for limited to use.

To donate, send checks payable to the Natrona County Public Library Foundation and indicate "New Orleans Public Library" in the memo field. For more information, call 237-4935 ext.128.

Wyoming Librarians attend Ghost Ranch

In October, four Wyoming librarians took part in the Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA) Leadership Institute at Ghost Ranch, north of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Debbie Iverson, Sheridan College Griffith Memorial Library Director, attended as a mentor. Ara Anderson, Campbell County Public Library System Reference Supervisor; Deborah McCarthy, University of Wyoming Libraries Head of Technical Services; and Dawn Rohan, WSL Intellectual Property Librarian were all participants.

Participation in the MPLA Leadership Institute is based upon a rigorous selection process that includes an evaluation of applications at both the state and regional levels. Participants develop a personal leadership development plan and are expected to report on their progress and to be responsible to one another for fulfilling their potential. For more information, the MPLA web site may be accessed at http://www.mpla.us/

Indian Paintbrush ballots due March 15

There has been a change of e-mail address for the Indian Paintbrush Award email address. Please send all questions and ballots to Mary Ellen Honsaker at mhonsaker@fremontcountylibraries.org Ballot deadline is March 15, 2006.

Sponsored by the Wyoming Library Association and the Wyoming State Reading Council, the Indian Paintbrush Book Award provides the opportunity for Wyoming youth in grades 4-6 to select a favorite book and honor its author. Its purpose is to help Wyoming students in grades 4-6 become acquainted with the best contemporary authors, become aware of the qualities that make a good book, set a goal to read at least three good books and honor an author whose books Wyoming students have enjoyed.

For more information on the Indian Paintbrush Award, visit http://www.ccpls.org/html/indianp.html


Converse County Library is holding a "Why I Love My Library" poster, essay and poetry contest during the week of Valentine's Day, Feb. 12-18. Age categories range from primary school to adult. Entries must be received by Saturday, Feb. 18. Awards will be presented on Friday, Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. at the library, and entries will be displayed at the library.

Hot Springs County Library received a $27,000 community block grant to install handicap accessible sliding doors. Currently the entry doors are too heavy for many people with disabilities and the inside doors are too narrow to accommodate wheelchairs.

Laramie County Library System has had so much success with its Mother-Daughter Book Club that it is now starting a Parent-Child Book Club for parents and their sons, ages 8-12. The first session began Jan. 8 with The Phantom Tollbooth.

Laramie County Library Foundation is featuring motivational speaker and author Jamling Tenzing Norgay at a fund raising event on Monday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Cheyenne Civic Center. The event is sponsored by RBC Dain Rauscher. Tickets are available at the libraries or the Civic Center for only $15. Also in February, award-winning mystery writer C.J. Box will appear at the main library in Cheyenne at 2 p.m., Saturday the 18th. Visit the library's web site at http://www.lclsonline.org for news and events.

Natrona County Public Library is proud to announce the donation of over 2,500 items of nonperishable food to Joshua's Storehouse during Food for Fines, which was held December 5 through December 19. The library reported that "patrons were overwhelming with their generosity."

Cheyenne mystery writer C.J. Box will be in Evanston on Feb. 23 for a "One Book, One County" event at the Uinta County Library. Visit http://www.uintalibrary.org/cjbox.htm for more information.

Three libraries in the Sweetwater County Library System are serving as convenient drop-off spots for area food banks. Sweetwater County, Rock Springs and White Mountain libraries will all have receptacles for food, household goods and personal items throughout the year.

Sweetwater County Library Foundation recently launched an endowment effort, with the help of an anonymous donor who pledged to match the first $2,500 donated to the campaign in January.

Mark Anselmi recently donated a significant collection of books from his late uncle John Anselmi to Western Wyoming Community College Hay Library. The donation included 866 titles.


Brenda Hemberry, Children's Services Librarian at Converse County Library is retiring effective January 31, 2006.. Hemberry has worked 20 years with the library system.

Margaret Gallegos retired from Laramie County Library System after 38 years of continuous service. Margaret worked in the Technical Services Division.

Marcia Cheney recently joined Campbell County Public Library as their Children's Services Librarian. Marcia comes from Logan, Utah, and holds master's degrees in instructional technology and library science.

Maxine Yeager was selected to fill the Head of Youth Services position at Sweetwater County Library. In the library's Link newsletter, they wrote, "We feel very fortunate to have someone as passionate and dedicated as Maxine to head our youth services department." Maxine was equally as excited, if not more so. "I have been going around with a smile on my face and happy dancing feet!," she wrote. "It is a wish granted and a blessing come true for me, and yes, I am still on cloud 9. I love being a librarian. To me it is a passion, and I am very honored to be in this position."

Congratulations to Jennifer Messer! Jennifer graduated with a Master of Arts in Teaching with an emphasis in History from the University of Wyoming in December. Jennifer is assistant to the director at Sweetwater County Library System's Community Fine Arts Center.

At White Mountain Library, staff held a Dec. 8 graduation celebration for Michelle Maser who just earned her MLS from Emporia State University in Kansas.

Also graduating in December was Susan Vittitow. Susan earned a Master of Science in Library Science degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Susan is a publications specialist/Wyoming Center for the Book coordinator at the Wyoming State Library. For her capstone project, she conducted a survey of school librarians that was announced in the October Outrider. The final report on the project has been posted (for now) at http://suvittit.home.bresnan.net/SchoolLibsSurvey.pdf


Glenrock author and octogenarian John "Ace" Bonar, has a new book out called Our Solder Speaks: A True View of World War II. A biography of his experience in that war, the book is 60 pages long and sells for $10 plus $2 postage. For more information or to purchase, contact tTrudy Martinez at the Glenrock Branch Library tmartinez@will.state.wy.us

Walter Jones, former Uinta County Librarian has published a book, Derricks and Determination, an oilfield history of Wyoming's southwest corner. Copies are available for $9.95 + $1.90 shipping from the author: Walter Jones, 412 12th Ave., Salt Lake City UT 84103, 801/363-1331, walter.jones@library.utah.edu


OCLC releases report

A new OCLC report available through the Wyoming State Library's professional development collection shows that "Books" is the library brand, and information consumers like to self-serve. These and other findings are presented in Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources, a report issued December 6, 2005, by OCLC. The report is based on surveys of information users across six countries, and is a follow-up to the 2003 OCLC Environmental Scan: Pattern Recognition, a report that describes issues and trends that impact OCLC and libraries. Copies of the report are available at http://www.oclc.org/reports/2005perceptions.htm or through WYLDCat at http://wyld.state.wy.us/uhtbin/isbn-search/1556533640

New Database Quick Guides are now available

Due to the recent upgrade of WYLDCat, the State Library's WYLDCat and WYLDCat for Academic Libraries Quick Guides have been updated:

New books at the Wyoming State Library

Visit the New Library Science Publications at the Wyoming State Library Webpage 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:

For a full list of new items, visit http://will.state.wy.us/ldo/newpubs.html.

A subject-organized PDF of recent New Publications is available at http://will.state.wy.us/ldo/NewPublications.pdf.


Library science courses through New Mexico State University

The Library Science Program at Doņa Ana Branch Community College in Las Cruces (a branch of New Mexico State University) is offering several 3 credit courses, only 8 weeks long, starting in March. All courses are offered online.

Courses beginning in March include:

For further information, visit http://dabcc-www.nmsu.edu/bis/libtec/ or contact: Susan Pinkerton, 505-527-7567or spinkert@nmsu.edu.

College of DuPage teleconferences

The next College of DuPage Teleconference, "Always a River, Sometimes a Library: Rick Anderson Reexamines Library Practice and Patron Service," is Friday, Feb. 3 from 10-11:30 a.m. To register, complete BCR's online form at http://www.bcr.org/training/teleconferences/register.html. For details concerning the programs, see the College of DuPage Web site, http://www.dupagepress.com/COD/index.php?id=183. For more information, contact Jamie Markus, WSL Outreach Librarian, jmarku@state.wy.us, 307/777-5914

Three additional teleconferences will be broadcast this spring:

Free Online Training Offered by BCR

The WYLD Regional Council and Wyoming State Library are pleased to announce a number of BCR workshops delivered via WebLive, a virtual interactive classroom connecting participants at their computers to BCR staff in Aurora, CO. There is no fee to take one or more workshops since the LSTA Grant to the WYLD Regions is underwriting the costs. No travel is required by you or the instructors.

The following courses will each be offered three times this Spring:

The programs are free to all Wyoming Librarians. Class size is limited to 25 participants - so sign up early. For more information on the programs or to learn how to sign up, visit http://will.state.wy.us/ldo/other/BCRWebLiveagenda.doc or contact your WYLD Region Representative.

Digitization courses available online

The Illinois Digitization Institute is offering more on-line digitization courses in 2006 The first course will be from Feb. 27 to March 17. Topics will include digitization costs/benefits, designing and evaluating digitization projects, planning issues, metadata standards and creation, materials and equipment selection, best practices and basic skills., The course will run Mon. to Fri. each week, with the online portion taking approximately 2-3 hours per day. Registration $300 per person. Deadline Feb. 15; no refunds after Feb. 24. For more information or to register, visit: http://images.library.uiuc.edu/projects/IDI/ Questions? Contact Amy Maroso, maroso@uiuc.edu or 217-244-4946.

Registration closes Feb. 17 for copyright workshop

Join the Center for Intellectual Property for a lively, asynchronous online workshop, "Copyright and Academic Culture," Feb 20-March 3: http://www.umuc.edu/cip/ipa/workshops.html#copyright Early registration $125, closes Feb. 3. Regular registration $150, closes Feb. 17. Register at https://nighthawk.umuc.edu/CIPReg.nsf/Application?OpenForm For more information, call 240-582-2965 or visit http://www.umuc.edu/cip/ipa


The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) recently released a new report on U.S. adult literacy, "A First Look at the Literacy of America's Adults in the 21st Century." The study found that 41 million Americans have below basic literacy skills. The full report is available online at http://nces.ed.gov/naal.

Western Writers of America has announced its annual youth fiction, non-fiction and poetry writing contest for students in grades 4-12. All work must be Western in theme, drawing upon settings, characters, events, customs, or traditions of the American West, either historical or contemporary. Deadline is March 24, 2006. For more information, contact John Nesbitt, jnesbitt@ewc.wy.edu 307/532-8292.

"Sunshine Week: Your Right to Know" will be celebrated March 12-18, 2006 to raise awareness of the importance of open government. A satellite panel discussion will take place on March 13. More information at http://www.openthegovernment.org/article/subarchive/85 Last day to register online is March 6. For other American Library Association Sunshine Week events visit http://www.ala.org/ala/washoff/washevents/events.htm

A new report from Library Systems and Services (LSSI) and a group of libraries and library consortia - collectively known as the Plural Funding Project - proposes a new, diversified model for public library funding. The report, "Saving America's Libraries: Changing the Model for Library Funds Development" is available free of charge to everyone in the library profession; to request a copy, contact Steve Coffman at stevec@lssi.com or 800-638-8725 x265. Additional information on plural funding concepts and strategies may be found at http://www.pluralfunding.org.

BookLetters offers an electronic newsletter that alerts patrons to the latest book news and connects back to library web sites and resources. Take a look at BookLetters at http://www.bookletters.com/ This "Pearl of Wisdom" comes from the Marketing Treasures newsletter at http://www.chrisolson.com/marketingtreasures/ Marketing Treasures is designed to provide information professionals with marketing tips and ideas.

The Denver Public Library sells images from its extensive Western history photograph collection as prints and also on clothing, mouse pads, jewelry boxes and other fun gift items. Peruse the gallery and the gift shop at http://www.photoswest.org


Director of Library Services, Western Wyoming Community College, Rock Springs

Western Wyoming Community College is now accepting applications for the Director of Library Services. This is a 12-month per year position. The primary responsibility of the Director of Library Services is to supervise and coordinate the overall direction of the Hay Library including planning and development, staff supervision, procurement of books, periodicals and electronic databases and resources. The incumbent must exercise strong leadership, supervisory, and technical skills that balance the needs for both electronic, virtual resources for distance education and for books, periodicals, and other physical resources that create an appropriate learning environment for our on-campus students. A Masters of Science degree in Library Science or equivalent is required Five years of position related experience which has provided the skills and abilities necessary to succeed in this position is also required. Closing date for receipt of completed WWCC application forms is Friday, February 24, 2006. A completed WWCC application form, letter of application, resume and academic transcripts must be included in the application packet. A detailed position description and WWCC application form may be obtained from the WWCC website: http://www.wwcc.wy.edu/hum_res/employment.htm or by contacting the Human Resources Office, Western Wyoming Community College, P.O. Box 428, Rock Springs, Wyoming 82902-0428, cwilder@wwcc.wy.edu, 307/382-1610, TDD 307/382-1821. WWCC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.