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Volume 39, Number 5
June/July 2006

Wyoming State Library move nearly complete

The Wyoming State Library is on the move! During much of June and July, WSL staff have been packing and unpacking for the move to its new location at 516 S. Greeley Highway in Cheyenne (the former South Side Safeway building).

During the week of July 17, while offices are physically moved, some interruptions or delays may occur in phone and email communications. There will be no interruption of WYLD office services.

A few moving facts: in 16 ˝ days, 26 WSL employees unpacked and shelved 5,500 boxes of library materials - more than half a million books and documents!

The move will be completed by Aug. 1, and the State Library will once again be open for patrons. Stack access and public Internet access will be limited in the new building. Librarians visiting Cheyenne are always welcome to stop in and say hello at the new location at 516 S. Greeley Highway, between the drug store and the video store.

Two Wyoming libraries place in Swap & Shop "Best of Show"

Winners were recently announced for the 2006 Best of Show competition, sponsored by the Library Administration and Management Association /Public Relations and Marketing Section/Swap and Shop Committee. The awards recognize excellence in 11 different categories, including reading club materials, annual reports, newsletters and (new this year) web sites and home pages. Entries were separated into four ranges depending on library budget. The competition received more than 360 entries from all types of libraries. Judges looked at originality, design, format and effectiveness.

Among the top entries were three from Wyoming, all in the $2 to $6 million library budget category:

Additionally, Troy Rumpf of the Laramie County Library System in Cheyenne was this year's chair of the competition. Next year, he will be responsible for the entire Swap & Shop Committee with ALA. For more information about this event, contact Troy at (307) 635-1032 ext. 123 or at trumpf@lclsonline.org.

Boyd Broughton to head Sweetwater County Library System

The Sweetwater County Library System Board selected a new director at their meeting on June 19 to replace Paul Holland who is leaving the system to pursue a new career. Boyd Broughton, who has been the Head Librarian at the Rock Springs Library for the past 18 months, took over the reigns of the system on July 1. Broughton said he hopes to build on the successes of the Sweetwater County Library System as it begins this new era in its history.

He comes to Sweetwater County from his former post as Senior Librarian at the Denver Public Library, and prior to that he was the Adult Services Librarian at the Albany County Public Library in Laramie, Wyoming. Broughton has a Bachelor of Science in History and a Bachelor of Arts in English, both from the University of Wyoming, and received his Master of Library Science from Indiana University.

Running the "Last Great Race on Earth"

As part of the "Paws, Claws, Scales and Tales" summer reading program, musher Karen Land visited Natrona County libraries in June. Karen recounted her experiences of traveling more than 1,000 miles across frozen wilderness with a 16-dog sled in Alaska's Iditarod race. With her was one of the four-footed athletes who made the trip possible.

New rural library resource features Wilkinson

A reference to legendary Wyoming librarian Mable Wilkinson graces the front of, "A Small But Powerful Guide to Winning Big Support for your Rural Library," a new advocacy resource from the American Library Association (ALA) Committee on Rural, Native and Tribal Libraries. This tookit and other resources are available online at www.ala.org/rural. Wilkinson was a circuit-riding library field worker in southeast Wyoming in the early 1900s. Her report to ALA in 1916 of her adventures on horseback, Verily, There Is No Rest for a Librarian, was published in 1994 by High Plains Press and is available through many WYLD libraries.

UW Science Library closed for renovations

The University of Wyoming Science and Technology Library will be closed to the public until January 2007 for conversion of part of the library to compact shelving. Limited library services will remain available. There will be no public stack access, but materials will be made available to patrons and can be requested via a Web form at http://www-lib.uwyo.edu/services/retrieval.htm, by email at libcirc@uwyo.edu, or in person at William Robertson Coe Library. Current periodicals, theses and dissertations, the reference collection, and the majority of science library personnel permanently relocated to Coe Library in late spring.

Albany County Public Library Foundation holds first ever "Book Bash"

The Albany County Public Library Foundation raised more than $4,000 at the first-ever Book Bash @ the Park in Laramie's Washington Park on June 24. "The event was a great success," said Foundation Executive Director Paul Heimer. "We look forward to building on that success for next year's event and in the years to come." Approximately 200 people attended the party and enjoyed food, music by the Laramie Municipal Band, a storybook character costume parade, face painting, poetry readings, a rodeo roping activity for kids, a Fear Factor Food Contest for teens and a Friends of the Library used book sale. A raffle drawing for a Denver weekend getaway was also part of the festivities. Proceeds will be used by the foundation to support library collections, programming and general operations.

University of Wyoming Head of Reference Diana Shelton retires

This summer University Libraries said good-bye to Head of Reference Diana Shelton, who retired after 29 years of service to the university. Shelton moved to Laramie in 1976 where her first University Libraries job was as a clerk in the documents. In 1981, Shelton became head of the Science Reference Department, and in 1997, she became head of the Coe Reference Department in 1997. In 2002, Shelton received the Agnes Milstead Distinguished Librarian award, given to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the University Libraries. University Libraries has established a Diana Shelton Retirement Tree Fund which will help purchase a tree that will be planted on campus in honor of Diana's achievements and dedication to UW. Donations may be sent ATTN: the Diana Shelton Retirement Tree Fund, University of Wyoming Foundation, 1200 E. Ivinson Ave., Laramie, WY 82070 or may be made online at https://uwsecureweb.uwyo.edu/giveonline/step2.asp.

Information Power Institute Aug. 8-10

The Wyoming School Librarians Summer Information Power Institute will be held Aug. 8-10 in Casper in the University of Wyoming Outreach Building, room 150. UW Outreach credit and CEU credit available. Schedule and registration form are available in PDF from the Wyoming Library Association web site, http://www.wyla.org

Library card sign-up month tools

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Information Office has promotional tools in Spanish and English available online to promote The Smartest Card. Get It. Use It. @ your library theme for Library Card Sign-up Month, which begins September 1. All materials are available at www.ala.org/librarycardsignup.




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