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Volume 40, Number 5
June/July 2007

Wyoming State Library honored at John Cotton Dana Award ceremony

On June 25, the Wyoming State Library was honored at a special reception as one of seven winners nationally for the prestigious John Cotton Dana Public Relations Award. The award ceremony took place during the 2007 American Library Association (ALA) annual conference in Washington D.C.

WSL won for the statewide library marketing campaign, Wyoming Libraries: Bringing the World to Wyoming. The award is sponsored by the H.W. Wilson Company and the H.W. Wilson Foundation, Bronx, N.Y., with the Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

Wyoming's libraries were well represented at the awards ceremony. Pictured are Patty Myers, Maggie Farrell, Cynthia Twing, Maggie Scarlett, Lori Phillips, Frances Clymer, Lesley Boughton, Brian Greene, Trish Palluck and Tina Lackey. Also present, but not pictured were Rick Branham, SirsiDynix; Tom Gates, SirsiDynix; John Yokley, PTFS; Dan Quinn, PTFS; and Peggy Barber, Library Communications.

Wyoming Library Association conference in Cheyenne Sept. 12-14

The 2007 Wyoming Library Association (WLA) conference takes place in Cheyenne September 12-14 at the Little America Hotel. For the best deal on conference fees, get your registration in by the "early bird" deadline of August 22. All the details and how to register may be found on the WLA website. Key speakers will include Nancy Pearl; Lorcan Dempsey and Will Hobbs. The Authors' Reception will take place on Friday evening at the new Laramie County Library (as well as building tours).

"At this year's WLA conference, we will have more business time to focus on the who and what of the association, getting to know WLA leadership and opportunities available to you," said Brian Greene, vice president. "We are the future of WLA."

Come for WLA, stay for the Wyoming Book Festival on Sept. 15

Saturday, Sept. 15 promises to be exciting and fun-filled day for book lovers at the first Wyoming Book Festival in historic downtown Cheyenne! More than 70 prominent Wyoming poets and writers will be on. All events are free and open to the public. A special issue of the Wyoming Library Roundup magazine is soon to hit your mailbox with schedules, maps and author bios. More details are also available on the festival web site at www.wyomingbookfestival.org.

We are actively seeking volunteers from the Wyoming Library Community. To volunteer, visit our web site at www.wyomingbookfestival.org and fill out the volunteer application or contact Volunteer Coordinator Lesley Lipska at LLIPSK1@state.wy.us or bookfest@state.wy.us.

The Wyoming Book Festival is a project of the Wyoming Center for the Book and is made possible with support from Wyoming libraries and our sponsors. For more information on the festival, contact Susan Vittitow at svitti@state.wy.us or bookfest@state.wy.us.

One State, One Book: The Wyoming Big Read kicks off at the book festival

This fall, 13 of Wyoming's 23 county public library systems are taking part in the state's first Big Read of My Ántonia by Willa Cather. The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest. Wyoming's project is also supported in part by the Wyoming Community Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation and the Wyoming School-University Partnership. Sen. Mike Enzi and his wife, Diana, are serving as honorary co-chairs.

Wyoming's Big Read kicks off with several events at the Wyoming Book Festival on September 15, including a free giveaway of 1,000 books. From there, The Big Read moves out into community events for two months in 13 counties: Albany, Campbell, Converse, Fremont, Johnson, Laramie, Lincoln, Niobrara, Park, Sheridan, Sweetwater, Uinta and Weston. For more information, visit the Wyoming Big Read web site or contact Susan Vittitow, Wyoming Center for the Book Coordinator, at svitti@state.wy.us or 307-777-5915.

State Library submits LSTA plan

The State Library has submitted the Plan for use of Library Services and Technology Act federal funds to be received starting October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2012. The plan's goals address capacity building for learning and innovation, resource sharing and statewide library development. To view the 11-page document, find the link on the Wyoming State Library's main LSTA web page at http://will.state.wy.us/admin/lsta.html.

Search by subject in the WYLD databases

The WYLD databases at http://gowyld.net/ have a new feature that allows users to find resources by subject area. At the top of the page is a new dropdown menu labeled "FIND FULL TEXT RESOURCES IN..." This allows you and your users to find databases on the topic of their interest. There is also a browse by name, similar to the one used in the WULP. You will then be able to connect into that database from that screen. The URL for the new page is http://gowyld.net/. The old page will forward to it automatically. The State Library would like feedback on this new feature--what do you like, dislike, what would change, what might need fixing. Email Erin Kinney at erin.kinney@wyo.gov with any and all suggestions.

Send in your board member updates for the directory

It's that time of year when many of your library board and foundation board members step down, step up, re-up or change positions. We would like to keep our online Wyoming Libraries Directory up to date. If your board information has changed, please email your updates to svitti@state.wy.us.

French, Cloyd retire from Wyoming State Library

Two long-time Wyoming State Library employees are retiring this year: Joe French and Norma Cloyd. Both will have their last day at the state library on July 31, 2007. WSL hosted a reception for both Norma and Joe on that afternoon.

Joe's official retirement date from his duties as business office manager is August 1. He started with the state in May 1988 with the University of Wyoming, and came to work for the state library in August. Joe has been instrumental in making the Central Acquisition service the success that it is today and in supporting the WYLD Network's financial stability. Joe served as a consultant to numerous county libraries on financial planning and long range planning. He served as the registered agent for the Wyoming Libraries Foundation and served on the WYLD Network Fees Committee. With Joe's retirement, business office questions may be directed to Jack Willmarth, 307-777-5917, jwillm@state.wy.us.

Norma has been employed by the State of Wyoming for nearly 35 years and has been with WSL for 16. Most recently, she is working as a library development specialist in the library development office. "The state library staff is great, and they truly care about the services they provide to the public and library community," Cloyd said. "I have enjoyed working with them." Questions usually directed to Norma should go to Jamie Markus, Chris Van Burgh or Jerry Krois.

Rohan selected to be Patent and Trademark Depository Library Program Fellow

Dawn Rohan, Intellectual Property Librarian at the Wyoming State Library, has been chosen to be the 22nd Fellow at the Patent and Trademark Depository Library Program. She will be working at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, VA for the next year starting in early September. WSL reference librarians will continue to answer patent, trademark, and copyright questions during her absence. Public patent and trademark programs and search classes will resume when Dawn returns.

WSL summer intern coordinating book festival volunteers

In May, Lesley Lipska joined the Wyoming State Library staff as a summer intern in the Publications and Marketing office to coordinate Wyoming Book Festival volunteers and many other aspects of the festival. Lesley will graduate from the University of Wyoming in December, majoring in journalism with an emphasis in public relations. She lives in Pine Bluffs. Lesley is also filling in wherever and whenever needed, including writing the author features for this summer's Wyoming Library Roundup magazine.

"This has been a wonderful opportunity for me. I have loved talking with many of Wyoming's wonderful writers and learned so much from Tina Lackey and Susan Vittitow. It has been a great summer," Lipska said. To contact Lesley about volunteering, email her at llipsk1@state.wy.us or bookfest@state.wy.us, or fill out the volunteer application on the Wyoming Book Festival web site.

Laramie County Library System to close for move to new building

The Laramie County Library System's main library in Cheyenne is closing in its current location on July 31 to move to its new building at 2200 Pioneer Ave. The new library will have its grand opening on Saturday, September 8. For building updates and photos, check out http://www.lclsonline.org/building/.

UW to break ground for new library

The University of Wyoming is scheduled to break ground for its new Information Library and Learning Center (IL2C) in September 2007. The ground breaking follows the reopening of the renovated Library Annex in August. The library expansion and renovation project will be completed in 2010.

Grant to support Wind River Tribal College library

The Arapahoe Tribe of the Wind River Reservation in Fort Washakie received a $6,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to support the Wind River Tribal College library. Nationally, the IMLS awarded $1.3 million for 229 grants to strengthen library service for 237 Native America tribal communities and Alaska Native villages. The Arapahoe Tribe received a $5,000 basic grant for general operations, core library services, and technology-oriented library services, and an additional $1000 education/assessment supplement allows librarians to attend state and national conferences, workshops and continuing education opportunities, as well as to conduct on-site assessments.

Uinta County Library System's Worthen wins ALA Best in Show award

The American Library Association announced the winner of the American Library Association's Best of Show for libraries with budgets under $500,000 in the Adult and Family Reading Materials category to Suzi Worthen, Branch Supervisor of the Lyman Branch of the Uinta County Library System. Worthen submitted her book discussion brochure, "Around the World in 11 Books and 5 Movies," created for the Lyman Book Discussion Group and Read. The brochure was displayed at the Swap and Shop booth at the ALA's annual conference in Washington, D.C. in June. Uinta County Library System Director Dale Collum attended the conference and accepted the award for Worthen.

Former WWCC library director Bob Kalabus dies

Robert Lee Kalabus, former Western Wyoming Community College library director, died in Cheyenne on July 9 from complications associated with cancer. He was 51. Bob Kalabus began at WWCC in 1983 in technical services and became director in 1991. He retired from the college effective Jan. 1, 2006. Services were held July 12 at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel of the Chimes in Cheyenne. Friends may make memorial contributions to Western Wyoming Community College, 2500 College Drive, Rock Springs WY 82902. Sympathy cards can be sent to his wife, Pun Ok Kalabus at 1412 Cobblestone Court, Cheyenne, 82009.

Around the state

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Want news about new resources, grants and awards, upcoming events, job openings and other tidbits of interest? Get it right away on your desktop with the State Library's Wyoming State Library News webpage and RSS feed: http://will.state.wy.us/feeds/CurrentNews.html. It's is a continually updated list of library news from around the state as well as information of interest to Wyoming librarians. New to RSS? Check out the RSS FAQ at http://will.state.wy.us/feeds/RSSFAQ.pdf

Training opportunities

New web sites for libraries

Grant opportunities

Libraries are invited to apply for the $5,000 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant, which will be awarded to a single library for the best public awareness campaign incorporating the 2008 National Library Week theme, "Join the circle of knowledge @ your library." Application deadline is October 1, 2007. Visit the Campaign for America's Libraries at www.ala.org/@yourlibrary for details. For more information, contact the ALA Public Information Office, 800-545-2433, ext. 2148, mmcfarlane@ala.org.

Other resources

Personel-ly Speaking

New Library Science publications

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. Recent additions include:

For more details and many more new library science resources, visit http://will.state.wy.us/ldo/newpubs.html. Send questions comments and suggestions to Jamie Markus, WSL Continuing Education Coordinator, jmarku@state.wy.us or 307-777-5914

Job Openings

Librarian 3, Wyoming State Library, Cheyenne - http://will.state.wy.us/libraries/wsl_ldo.html

Find additional links to library jobs at http://will.state.wy.us/libraries/libjobs.html