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Volume 40, Number 3
March/April 2007

Wyoming Library Association Presents Legislature With Award

Wyoming has a proud history of supporting its libraries throughout the state, and in March, the Wyoming Legislature received a special award for that dedication.

The Wyoming Legislature was recognized by the Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA) for their support of Wyoming libraries with the Legislative Leadership Award. The award honors the development and implementation of the Libraries Funding Amendment passed in 2006 that supports county, college, and the University of Wyoming libraries in purchasing collections.

The award was presented with a standing ovation in both houses, with Sen. Mike Massie (D-Albany) and Rep. Edward Buchanan (R-Goshen) sharing the acknowledgement with their colleagues on their respective floors.

PHOTO CAPTION: Spending time in the Capitol before the presentation before the Wyoming Legislature: Meghan Kelly, Librarian at Laramie County Community College; Brian Greene, Vice President of the Wyoming Library Association; Lesley Boughton, Wyoming State Librarian; Rep. Edward Buchanan (R-Goshen); Maggie Farrell, Dean of Libraries at the University of Wyoming; and Troy Rumpf, Manager of Community Relations at the Laramie County Library System.

State Library receives LSTA funds

The Wyoming State Library receives federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to support databases, continuing education and training, library science resources, and several centralized services for Wyoming libraries. WSL received $820,240 in LSTA funds for federal fiscal year 2007 (Oct. 1, 2006 to Sept 30, 2007). The State Library recently completed its LSTA evaluation for FY03 to FY07; it is available online at http://will.state.wy.us/admin/evaluation2007.pdf. A new five year plan for October 1, 2007 through September 20, 2012 will be submitted to IMLS by June 30.

Information Power workshop for school library media staff Aug. 13-14

The 2007 Information Power VII Summer Institute, "21st Century Librarians: '007 Agents of Change," will take place Aug. 13-14 in Jackson, Wyo. Sessions include Internet trends, social software and new technologies. One University of Wyoming graduate credit or PTSB CEU credit is available. For more information and to register, visit the Wyoming Library Association's web site at www.wyla.org.

September brings WLA conference, Wyoming Book Festival

Mark your calendars now and make plans to come to Cheyenne this September for two great events. The 2007 Wyoming Library Association conference will be held at Little American in Cheyenne from September 12-15. Visit the WLA web site, www.wyla.org for details. It will be held in conjunction with the first Wyoming Book Festival Sept. 14-15, an event that will bring more than 50 book authors to Cheyenne for two days of festivities celebrating reading and Wyoming's authors. For more information on the Wyoming Book Festival, visit www.wyomingbookfestival.org.

Buchmeier leaving WSL

Debbie Buchmeier has left the Wyoming State Library after 17 years to work for Cheyenne-based catalog retailer Sierra Trading Post. Buchmeier was a financial/statistical specialist at WSL, working with accounts payable, WYLD billings, barcodes, purchasing, contracts and public library statistics. At Sierra, she will be the new photo/proof coordinator, checking catalog colors before they go to the printer, and coordinating photo shoots and cover art.

With Debbie's departure, Deputy State Librarian Jerry Krois will be the contact for questions on public library statistic and the BiblioStat online statistic survey. Business Manager Joe French will field all other questions previously handled by Debbie.

"It's been great working primarily with numbers over the years," Debbie said, "but now I am looking forward to using the creative side of my brain and seeing what I can do with color. It's been a pleasure working with each of you. Thank you for being a part of my years at the state library."

Emily Sieger retiring

Emily Sieger, Wyoming State Library State Government Information Coordinator, is retiring effective May 1 to attend to family matters. Emily joined WSL in June 2002, and she has managed the state government information program. With her departure, questions about state documents may be sent to Venice Beske, vbeske@state.wy.us.

The official vacancy announcement for her position has been posted at https://statejobs.state.wy.us/JobSearchDetail.aspx?ID=11819.

Wyoming Library Association seeking nominees for board

The Wyoming Library Association is seeking nominees for Vice-President/President-Elect, Recording Secretary and MPLA Representative. To learn more about the requirements for each position, see the WLA By-Laws, http://www.wyla.org/Bylaws2005.pdf, or contact a nominating committee member: Erin Kinney, ekinne@state.wy.us; Shari Haskins, shaskins@fclsonline.org; or Katie Jones, kjones@courts.state.wy.us.

Bonfire kicks off One Book celebration of Fahrenheit 451

It looked like the White Mountain Library was burning books! Instead, it was a pile of newspapers cut and stitched to look like books as part of Sweetwater County Library System's "One Book: One County" read of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. The community-wide read kicked off January 18, and Vicki Roth reported that the free 'pass-it-on" copies were a "hot" item as well.


Campbell County Public Library System in Gillette recently received the Youth Services Excellence Award from the Mountain Plains Library Association. The MPLA newsletter cites CCPL's recent remodeling of the children's space and its attentiveness to young patrons. For the full story, and a list of all winners, check out the organization's April newsletter at www.mpla.us/documents/newsletter/april2007.pdf.

Teton County Library's program to help minority students prepare for college received the "Jesse Vialpando Spirit and Service Award" March 30 at the University of Wyoming. The award, named for a university and community activist who died at an early age, recognizes individuals who work for social justice. The library's program focuses on helping students tap into library resources in a variety of ways, including researching scholarships, preparing admissions forms, understanding immigration requirements, working with parents and practicing test-taking skills. The library program also offers motivational activities, guidance and coaching.

Also from Teton County, the library will soon launch a five-year demonstration solar project by placing 40 solar panels on its roof this May or June as the first phase in a project to install up to 200 panels. In addition to generating renewable, clean energy, the project aims to shed light on Teton County's potential for solar power by collecting solar data and offering educational programs to the community.


Michaela Kaumo, head of circulation and reference at White Mountain Library, will retire from the Sweetwater County Library System May 31 after 25 years of service. Kaumo started at Rock Springs Library in 1982 and moved to White Mountain Li when it opened in 1987. Michaela was in Tech Services until 1989 when former Head Librarian Paula Koritnik hired her as a reference librarian in 1989. She became Head of Circulation/Reference in 1991. From the library sytem's Link newsletter: "We will certainly feel a void when she leaves. Good Luck, Michaela and from all of us - Enjoy your retirement!"

Also departing from Sweetwater County, Connie Thimm's last day at White Mountain Library was February 1. She will be working on her elementary education degree, a goal she has had for some time. Thimm said, "I will miss the library tremendously but my library card is current and I'll always be a promoter of the libraries. I very much enjoyed working with everyone."

Two Wyoming library workers were named as "Stars" as part of the American Library Association - Allied Professional Association's National Library Workers Day celebration April 17. Mikki Thomas from Gillette and Liz Gaines from Hulett were called out for their service. Read about them and about other library "Stars" across the country until June 30 at http://www.ala-apa.org/about/nlwdstars.html.


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. (Click on the title of each item to put it on hold or to order it through Interlibrary Loan). For questions, comments and suggestions, contact Jamie Markus. WSL Continuing Education Coordinator, (307) 777-5914, jmarku@state.wy.us. Recent additions include:

Blogging and RSS: A librarian's guide.
Sauers showcases interesting and useful blogs, shares insights from librarian bloggers, and offers step-by-step instructions for creating, publishing, and syndicating a blog using free Web-based services, software, RSS feeds, and aggregators.
Crash course in storytelling.
This basic guide by experienced storytellers provides all that is needed to encourage any novice storyteller to take the plunge. Lists of "never-fail" stories and simple techniques for managing an audience go a long way to dissolve the angst.
Creating a comprehensive information literacy plan: A how-to-do-it manual and CD-ROM for librarians.
This step-by-step guide is designed to show academic library managers, instructors, and staff how to create a synthesized information literacy plan.
Licensing in libraries: Practical and ethical aspects.
Experienced professionals present state-of-the-art information on licensing issues, including interlibrary loan contract management, end-user education, pricing models for electronic materials, copyright, etc.
Serials in libraries: Issues and practices.
Author Steve Black covers such traditional aspects of serials management as acquisition, evaluation, and authority control. He uses these and other functions to highlight changes in scholarly communication and, by extension, how these changes necessitate improvements in practice.


Changing Cultures: Collaboration, Social Networking and New Technologies
Join other librarians from Colorado and the West May 31-June 1 at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel at the Changing Cultures Summit to explore what Web 2.0 technologies and new generations of staff and users mean for libraries. While the focus of the Summit is on academic libraries, participants from any type library with an interest in these topics are welcome. Registration is just $85, and the Sheraton Denver West Hotel is offering special room rates. Find information on the program, register, and reserve your hotel room at http://clicweb.org/calc2007/

Small Business Start @ your library deadline May 10
Every year, more than 500,000 entrepreneurs start new businesses in the United States. But how and where to they get the resources and support it takes to succeed? The answer is @ your library. From now until May 10, Woman's Day magazine is collecting stories on how its readers have used the library to start their small businesses. Women aged 18 and over may submit their stories in 700 words or less to womansday@ala.org. Visit the Campaign for America's Library site at http://www.ala.org/ala/pio/campaign/campaignamericas.htm and click on the Small Businesses Start @your library button to download publicity materials.

Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar
The 29t Annual Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar will be held August 5-10, 2007 at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. Please visit http://www.bookseminars.com for this year's program and schedule. Questions may be directed to Kathy Lindeman, Local Coordinator, (719) 473-6634 KathyL@bookseminars.com

Geological Survey launches electronic newsletter
The first issue of Benchmark, the quarterly electronic newsletter of the Wyoming State Geological Survey, is available for viewing or download at http://www.wsgs.uwyo.edu/newsletter/. Addressing issues related to coalbed natural gas, impacts of energy development, clean coal technology, and water quality, the newsletter highlights cooperative efforts between the Wyoming State Geological Survey and other state agencies. For questions or more information about the newsletter or the Wyoming State Geological Survey, contact Meg Ewald, Editor, at (307)766-2286, ext. 231 or mewald@uwyo.edu.

Grant writing training
The Grant Institute's Grants 101: Professional Grant Proposal Writing Workshop will be held at the Auraria Higher Education Center, May 9 - 11, 2007. All participants will receive certification in professional grant writing from the Institute. For more information call (888) 824 - 4424 or visit The Grant Institute website at www.thegrantinstitute.com.


View all job opportunities, details and links at http://will.state.wy.us/libraries/libjobs.html.

Library Media Specialist
Cheyenne Central High School, Cheyenne, WY

Central High School is in southeast Wyoming, and has approximately 1250 students 10-12 right now (going to 9-12 in near future). Position listed on Laramie County School District #1 website http://www.laramie1.k12.wy.us.. Central High School Library Media Center is a WYLD Consortium member.

Administrative Specialist 3
Wyoming State Penitentiary, Rawlins, WY
Supplies inmates with reading and legal materials per WDOC policy and procedures; hires and supervises inmate librarians for each pod as well as an inmate librarian to assist in the library; researches inmate legal requests and provides appropriate materials in a timely manner; keeps book carts well supplied with reading materials and fills special requests; conducts contraband checks on all books and carts prior to being placed in the units; maintains inventory of library books. For more information or to apply online go to http://statejobs.state.wy.us/JobSearchDetail.aspx?ID=11828 or submit a State of Wyoming Employment Application to the Human Resource Division, Emerson Building, 2001 Capitol Avenue, Cheyenne, WY 82002-0060, Phone: (307)777-7188, Fax: (307)777-6562, along with transcripts of any relevant course work. EOE. ADA.

State Publications Program Coordinator [Librarian 2]
Statewide Information Services, Wyoming State Library, Cheyenne, WY

Under general supervision, manage the state publications depository program consisting of print, digital and audio-visual resources collected from state government; establish a digitization program to capture born digital resources and to convert existing paper documents to digital documents; develop and maintain working relationships with personnel in state government to ensure appropriate documents are submitted to the depository; develop value added information about the collection and services through social software, presentations, webliographies and communications; respond to complex inquiries and requests for information from state employees, elected officials, residents and researchers; coordinate with other divisional staff the work tasks of cataloging, storage and related actions for the depository; regularly monitor emerging technologies to anticipate new document formats and impact on program efforts.

For more information or to apply online go to https://statejobs.state.wy.us/JobSearchDetail.aspx?ID=11819 or submit a State of Wyoming Employment Application to the Human Resource Division, Emerson Building, 2001 Capitol Avenue, Cheyenne, WY 82002-0060, Phone: (307)777-7188, Fax: (307)777-6562, along with transcripts of any relevant course work. EOE. ADA.

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