The Outrider - August 1997

A Publication of the Wyoming State Library

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Board approves LSTA grants, officers re-elected

Two officers on the Wyoming State Library Board were re-elected at the July meeting in Cheyenne. Helen Fitch will serve another two years as chair, and Al Harris will serve again as vice-chair. Fitch lives in Gillette and has served on the board since 199 4. Harris is from Green River and he has been a member of the board since 1995.

Also at the meeting, the board approved Library Services Technology Act (LSTA) Title II grants to the following libraries for the projects described below.

Grants in the amount of $1,550 for Ariel document delivery equipment were awarded to Laramie County Library System; Converse County Library, Glenrock Branch; Fremont County Library; Goshen County Library; and Weston County Library, Upton Branch. Each library will provide a $1,550 match in local funds for a project total of $3,100.

Awards for equipment to enable libraries connectivity to the WYLD network were given to Platte County Library, Guernsey Branch; Washakie County Library, Tensleep Branch; Johnson County Library, Kaycee Branch; and Fremont County Library, Dubois Branch.

Laramie County Library and Niobrara County Library will receive funding for Internet access computers.

The following libraries were awarded funding for WYLD public access computers: Crook County Library, Moorcroft Branch; Washakie County Library; Laramie County Library, Eastern Laramie County Branch; Laramie County Library; Big Horn County Library, Greybull Branch; and Big Horn County Library, Lovell Branch.

Fremont County Library was awarded $1,212 for a local cooperative technology project, which will link the Fremont County Pioneer Museum to the WYLD Network via dial up access to the Fremont County Library router. The library will train and support museum staff in online cataloging practices and protocols for conversion of several thousand historical resources added to the WYLD database. The funding will provide for a personal computer and pair of modems for dial up access. The museum will fund the two telephone lines and provide local funds.

Natrona County Library was approved for a "headquarters addition and remodeling" award of $27,500 for remodeling of the main floor circulation area.

A branch addition and remodeling grant of $62,138 was awarded to Sheridan County Library, Story Branch. The project involves the construction of a community multi-purpose room.

The balance of approximately $40,000 in Title II funds will be used for WYLD system improvements.

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Wyoming Federal Depository Consortium meets

The Wyoming Federal Depository Consortium, which includes representatives from the ten Wyoming Federal Depository libraries met in Cheyenne and Boulder on Aug. 7.

The main focus of the gathering was to review the requirements for a self-study. In the past Federal Depository Libraries were required to undergo a periodic inspection by the Government Printing Office (GPO) personnel, but now libraries are required to do their own inspections or "self studies." The group plans to complete their self studies in time to review them collectively at the WLA conference in mid-September.

During the two-day meeting, members of the consortium discussed resource sharing and cooperative collection development regarding not only federal government information, but also state and local information.

Ultimately, the consortium’s goal is to make government information more readily available to Wyoming libraries and their patrons.

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LSTA 5-year plan approved and online

The State Library’s Library Services Technology Act (LSTA) Five-Year Plan is online at:

The plan was approved by the Resource Sharing Council and the State Library Board of Directors and submitted to the Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS) in Washington, D.C.

State plans should be submitted to and approved by IMLS by Oct. 1, 1997.

Comments from the library community are encouraged and may be directed to Jerry Krois, deputy state librarian.

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WLA Annual Conference set for September

"Libraries: Local Touch-Global Reach," the Wyoming Library Association annual conference is planned for Sept. 24-27, 1997 at the Sheridan Holiday Inn in Sheridan.

A sampling of topics to be covered includes: Serving the off-campus student in your library, Using the Internet for reference and research; Certification for paraprofessionals; Website planning and Basic HTML; Techno stress in Wyoming libraries; Use of fo cus groups to write a plan for your library; Working with library volunteers; and library advocacy.

For further information, contact Mary Jayne Jordan, P.O. Box 1098, Sundance, WY 82729; 307/283-2349; email

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Don't forget community input when developing policies

By Jerry Krois, deputy state librarian

Policy development cannot be taken lightly or in isolation. A county library recently found out that an "Internet access on library terminals" policy was needed in order to coordinate branch and headquarters applications, citizen expectations, and staff concerns. The library board responded to the situation well by deciding to involve a wide representation of the board, staff, and community representatives. The addition of the third group is often overlooked when policy is developed.

Policy is often based on current and anticipated funding levels, facility or staffing limitations, and personal interests or biases. Adding other members of the community to such special teams can provide valuable perspectives on issues and build support for future challenges to the policy.

The development of this Internet policy required two meetings. The first was to establish understanding of the issue as a countywide issue, define the process, and bring 15 people of various interest and backgrounds onto a level field.

The second meeting, with homework prior to reconvening, built the policy based on the recognized vision and mission of the library system. And when consensus was declared the members offered the library board a policy which will serve well and be a model policy for other county libraries.

Library boards should consider community involvement in developing policy which affects the public. Such team projects offer a broad range of ideas and recommendations, and generate community understanding of the complexity of library operations and services. The results may not come as fast but when consensus is reached all participants know that the issues have been addressed and resolved.

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CE summit in review

The Continuing Education Summit convened in Douglas July 24-25 to identify responsibilities and develop a coordinated approach for education and training and to bring together representatives of the various organizations that provide these opportunities to individuals in the Wyoming library community.

Representatives from Wyoming Library Association (WLA), Wyoming State Library, University of Wyoming, BCR, Department of Administration and Information (A&I) and other libraries statewide attended the summit.

A pre-summit survey was sent out and tabulated results showed that many members of Wyoming’s library community are educated and experienced; that course credit is important to them; they rely heavily on the State Library for information about training and education; and they desire training opportunities that are either in their own towns or close by.

During the brainstorming session, participants identified the most important issues for them in response to the question: "What training issues are critical to your employees and associates?"

The State Library will work with the established priorities and recommendations to guide planning and budgeting for educational opportunities in the future.

The summit was coordinated by Judy Yeo from the State Library.

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Censorship luncheon series feeds the mind

Approximately 100 people packed their lunches and satisfied their appetite for discussion at a three-part luncheon series on censorship, sponsored by the Wyoming Center for the Book in Cheyenne.

Three speakers, Charles Levendosky, Chuck Thompson and David Wolff, shared their views on censorship with the three audiences.

The series was inspired by a traveling exhibit, "Bonfire of Liberties," which was on display in Cheyenne for three months. The Montana State Library is the next stop for the censorship exhibit, sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the Texas Center for the book.

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Wyoming readers show confidence in library books

Information is available to Wyoming residents through many different sources, however, not all sources have the same credibility. A study conducted by the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service in 1996 reports that 73 percent of respondents felt library books were by far the most credible source of information when compared to a variety of other information resources.

Below library books, with a confidence level of between 44 and 52 percent, were education and professional sources, the lone private sector mass media, and local radio.

Respondents showed the least confidence in sources related to advertising and online computer services. While online services are being touted as the information source of the future, respondents showed little confidence in this tool. However, over half of all respondents (55 percent) were not familiar with online services. As awareness and usage increases, perception of the service is likely to change.

Results of the 1996 Wyoming Information Sources Study: (percent extremely confident in source)

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Personnel-ly Speaking

Congratulations to Linn Rounds, manager of the Public Programs, Publications and Marketing Office at the State Library. She was elected president of the National Federation of Press Women. Linn was sworn in at a ceremony in St. Paul, Minn. on June 21, 1997 and will serve as president of the national organization for two years.

Kudos to Debbie Buchmeier, business office queen, who was promoted to Tech Sergeant in the Air Force Guard. She also serves as the manager of the immunization clinic of the 302nd Airlift Wing in Colorado Springs.

Two Wyoming State Library employees were recently selected as Employees of the Month for the Department of A&I. Judy Yeo and Sheila Russell were selected for the months of July and August respectively. Both work in the Public Programs, Publications and Marketing Office. This is the first time employees from the same division and section have been nominated and selected for the award two months in a row.

Janet Williams, cataloger, recently spoke to the Albany County Genealogical Society about using the Quaker (Society of Friends) records when researching genealogies. Janet has worked as a professional genealogy reference librarian at the Fred J. Reynolds Historical Genealogy Department of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Welcome Cecilia (Cec) Moats, the new part-time contract employee in the Public Programs, Publications and Marketing Office. Before moving to Cheyenne with her family, Cec worked for the Wyoming Press Association in Laramie for six years, most recen tly as executive assistant.

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Meister bids farewell

Library Director Alice Meister will miss Wyoming’s "strong library community" when she moves on to her new job in Bozeman, Mont.

Except for a year’s leave of absence when she helped to start a school library in South Africa, Meister has been the director of the Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library for 16 years. Her last day is Sept. 27.

She will be the new director, beginning Oct. 1, of the Bozeman Public Library. Her responsibilities will include "building the programs, which need to grow as Bozeman grows," she said.

Meister said she will miss everyone and appreciates "all the help I received professionally and personally."

Another exciting event in Meister’s life is her marriage to George Baskin from Livingston, Mont., on Aug. 23 at Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone.

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WYLD things . . .

Through a contract with Marcive, over 100,000 federal documents dating back to 1976 were loaded into the Wyoming Libraries Database (WYLD). As new documents are issued, records and Wyoming holdings are also being loaded for all of Wyoming’s selective depo sitories. Libraries have already noted increased use of those resources as a result of their visibility in the database.

The WYLD Products Committee recently voted to continue licensing of the IAC periodical databases: Business Index, Health Reference Library, and the Magazine Index. In late August, some access to backfiles of older magazines will also be given to each WYLD library. This access is part of the State Library’s current license with IAC.

De-duping is underway! A continuing problem with many electronic library catalogs, including WYLD, is the occurrence of duplicate records for the same materials, which is very confusing to patrons. Using specially written software by DRA, the WYLD office is undergoing a duplicate-detection and cleanup project this summer and fall. Although duplicate records tend to be a nuisance from time to time, a recent report revealed the duplicate record rate is less than four percent of the 745,000 bibliographic records.

Libraries added to WYLD this past spring and summer include Greybull, Upton, Moorcroft and LaBarge. Cokeville is next in line.

The WYLD Governing Board recently approved a State Library proposal to allow public libraries to add another Public Netscape terminal (in addition to the one each library is currently allowed) at a cost to the requesting library of $300 a year per termina l. The plan and fee is set as an interim measure until future telecommunications costs can be measured and until the network moves to the WEB-based PAC interface.

During recent strategic planning sessions, the WYLD Governing Board developed goals which focus on the needs of patrons. Recommended actions in the areas of technology, training, human resources, funding, membership, marketing, and assessment will all be designed according to end user needs.

The WYLD status phone line is now in place via the State Library’s 800 number. The status report is updated on Mondays, Fridays and any time there is a problem with the system. If the status line does not give the information needed during downtime or for other emergencies during non-business hours, WYLD libraries may contact on-call WYLD staff through a pager. The service has the phone number of the previous cell phone (630-3034) and will enable WYLD staff to return the page within five minutes. This combination of new services was implemented to help the WYLD office respond more efficiently when problems occur with the over 50 libraries now connected to WYLD.

The State Library continues recruitment efforts to fill the two vacant WYLD positions left by Rod Miller and Ivan Hoopman. Combined with the recommendation of users to delay introduction of any more new services (allowing all WYLD users an opportunity to lessen their "techno stress") and the kind consideration of WYLD libraries during this short staffing, current WYLD staffers Marc Stratton, Bobbi Thorpe and Trish Palluck have kept the system running throughout the summer.

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Around the State

Teton County Library will celebrate the move into its new building with an Open House Sept. 6, 1997. Festivities begin with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony and speakers from around the state to honor the first new library built in Wyoming in the last ten years. Also featured will be music by "The Pride of Jackson Hole Band," who played at the Presidential Inauguration, and "The Jackson Hole Community Band," as well as other activities for both adults and children throughout the day.

The Natrona County Public Library was closed July 4-13 to move the reference and non-fiction collections to the second floor of the library. The second floor was formerly used as the children’s library, which is now housed in a basement wing built two years ago. Workers have been wiring the first and second floor of the library to meet increasing computer needs and have painted the second floor. Once completed, the second floor will have 15 computers available for patrons to search for books available in the county library and throughout the state’s library system, according to library Director Lesley Boughton.

Circulation Librarian Zoe Kalber was surprised with a going-away party by Sweetwater County Library staff June 24. She and her husband have moved to Big Piney.

The University of Wyoming’s participation in OCLC’s FirstSearch database search product, made available through its membership in the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries, is being funded for the third year. The source of these funds to the Alli ance is UW’s participation in the UnCover Corporation’s table of contents indexing project. Last year participating libraries performed almost 1,000,000 searches. The first year’s cost savings was approximately $100,000, and during the second year approxi mately $246,000 was saved based on the standard OCLC cost of 58 cents per search.

The Sweetwater County Library Board has appointed Julie Farr to the new joint position of White Mountain Head Librarian/Head of Technical Services. Farr has been temporarily filling both positions since the first of April. On May 1 she officially began her new role on a regular basis.

Campbell County Public Library instituted a volunteer program in July that allows people to help in the counties most popular institution. The volunteers won’t take away jobs, butthey will help with some work so the staff can help those who use the library, said Library Director Marcia Wright. Wright said the "Helping Hands" program was a goal set by the library about 18 months ago. Greg Carlson, president of the library board, said, "We see it as a way to enhance the services that we deliver to t he public and to involve people in our library."

Nancy Gwinn, a Sheridan native, has been appointed director of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, a 17-branch system with more than one million volumes and facilities in the Republic of Panama, New York City and Washington. Gwinn, who began her new position July 20, succeeds retiring director Barbara J. Smith. She was named Smithsonian’s assistant irector for collections management in 1984 after having worked at the Library of Congress, the Council on Library Resources and the Research Libraries Group. Gwinn is the author of "The Smithsonian Institution Libraries: A Foot in Three Camps," a widely-quoted history. She has served on advisory committees of the Association of Research Libraries and the American Library Association and as president of the District of Columbia Library Association and the Library of Congress’ Professional Association.

Cody’s Wal-Mart recently donated $467 to Park County Library’s children’s librarian Colleen Williams and Charlene Paben, director. The store also had plans for another fundraiser to add to the amount given to the library’s Dial-A-Story Program.

The Wyoming Artists Association has 15 pieces of visual art on display during August and September in the atrium of the Campbell County Public Library. The association is a state-wide organization made up of professional and amateur artists, which promotes local interest in the visual arts. The annually changing exhibit is chosen at the spring convention each year by nationally recognized jurors. The works are then provided to the University of Wyoming Art Museum for touring to the communities of W yoming. The exhibition is part of the University of Wyoming Cultural Outreach Program which is made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts through the Wyoming Council on the Arts and the Friends of the University of Wyoming Art Museum, Inc.

The new issue of Sage Script, the Sheridan College literary magazine, is now available. The cost is $5 and may be ordered from: Judy Pradere, Sheridan College, P.O. Box 1500, Sheridan, WY 82801-1500; 307/674-6446, ext. 6194;

The Laramie County Library closed its doors Aug. 17-Sept. 7 to conduct the first inventory since the early 1980s on the 190,000- plus volume collection. The inventory allowed for cleanup of the WYLD CAT database and will determine how many and which items are missing.

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Resources available

The Wyoming State Archives is offering schools, libraries and individuals an opportunity to buy Wyoming Blue Books at a discounted price.

The first four volumes of the Wyoming Blue Book features biographies, reminiscences, documents, facts, figures, maps and photographs and a running chronology of state history. The fifth volume is a complete guide to all the permanent public records in the Wyoming State Archives. Orders may be placed through the Wyoming Department of Commerce, Attention: Sherri Gregory-Schreiner, 6101 Yellowstone Rd., Cheyenne, WY 82002 or email

An information packet prepared at the American Library Association by Roads to Learning, the Public Library’s Learning Disabilities Initiative is now available. The packet contains a definition sheet, a 12-page bibliography for adults and children, and a sampler of information from learning disabilities organizations, most notably coupons for free materials. The most popular piece is "Internet Resources on Learning Disabilities and Related topics," two full pages of Web addresses, listservs, and go phers. A limited supply of packets is available to public libraries upon request. Email or phone your requests to Cheryl Malden or 1-800-545-2433 ext. 4399.

Rock Springs Library would like to share their issues of Better Buys for Business with the rest of the library community. This publication serves as a consumer guide on all types of business equipment such as fax machines, phone systems, copiers, printers, etc. Although the publication is cataloged as "reference" material, it is available for interlibrary loan. If you have any questions about the publication, call Rock Springs Library at 307/352-6667.

Take note of these revisions for the Wyoming Libraries Directory

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Grantsmanship workshop coming to Cheyenne

The Old West Museum in Cheyenne will be the site of a five-day grantsmanship training program on Oct. 6 - 10.

The program, put on by the Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif., will take participants step-by-step through all stages of planning programs, locating funding sources, and writing grant proposals.

Instructors will show how to locate grant support from foundations, corporations, and government funding sources. It also covers the latest developments in online grant information systems and the Internet.

The core of the training is the hands-on work that will be done developing proposal elements pertaining to participants’ own programs. At the same time, participants will gain insight into what proposal reviewers are looking for as they become a reviewer, evaluating the proposals of other participants.

The five-day workshop costs $595. Free follow-up services include review and critique of grant proposals for one year after the training and access to the complete and up-to-date Grantsmanship Center database.

For more information call Christine Pappas in Cheyenne at 307/778-7287.

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News Briefs

Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda French Gates have announced the formation of the Gates Library Foundation, a nonprofit organization that will expand the work of the Libraries Online project launched by Microsoft with the American Library Association in December 1995. The foundation will provide $400 million in cash and software to public libraries in low-income communities to support Internet access and to provide support and training for librarians and library staff throughout the U.S. and Canada.

"This is an enormous gift to our nation’s libraries," said Elizabeth Martinez, executive director of the American Library Association. "It means that potentially every child and adult will have access to global information online at public libraries across America." For more information, see the foundation’s Website at

Like radio, movies and TV before it, the Internet has raised concerns about its possible negative impact on children. To help address these concerns, the American Library Association (ALA) has launched a new campaign to help parents help their children be "webwise" in connection with the Supreme Court ruling striking down the Communica-tions Decency Act.

The ALA has published advice for parents titled The Librarian’s Guide to Cyberspace for Parents and Kids. The guide includes a selection of "50 Great Sites for Kids" recommended by children’s librarians. The brochure and Web sites can be found on ALA’s Web site at

The collection of "great sites" will be updated and expanded on an ongoing basis with titles reviewed and recommended by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Up to 50 copies of The Librarian’s Guide to Cyberspace brochure are available free from the ALA Public Information Office by calling 800-545-2433, ext. 5044/5041 or e-mail: Quantities of 50 can be purchased for $25. The brochure can be downloaded for printing at - reflecting the latest orders mentioned above.

What needs to be done in the states - a guide for implementing universal service at the state level.

The technology assessment and the technology plan: - information from the order on what information libraries will need to include in their technology plans and assessments in order to be eligible for discounts.

State telecom programs and policies: - this page has been updated to show which states have already adopted universal service programs, which states are expected to do so, and which states have coalitions of library and education groups working with the public utilities commission or public service commission on the implementation of universal service.

The Federal Communications Commission has released "Frequently Asked Questions on Universal Service and the Snowe-Rockefeller Amendment."

The document responds to 40 questions asked on the libraries and schools portion of the Universal Service Order that was adopted on May 7, 1997.

The FAQ is available online from the FCC Universal Service page at

According to today’s Edtech-Alert News, the U.S. Department of Education has published an online draft of its Strategic Plan, 1998-2002. The plan will provide direction for the departments operations, through its goals and objectives.

The entire plan is available at Feedback is welcome and must be submitted by Tuesday, July 22, 1997. Suggestions and comments can be submitted by e-mail to

BCR’s Ellen Fox, PhD, has been promoted and will manage the Bibliographical Center for Research’s (BCR) new Research & Development project. Fox is responsible for investigating and initiating new services for BCR and its member libraries.

She will evaluate promising existing software and hardware products that that conform to national standards and then develop practical new products and services for the library community. These new products and services will be tested in BCR member libraries. Those that prove practical will be adopted as ongoing BCR services. Fox joined BCR in November 1996 as an Internet trainer and assistant in administering BCR’s Internet server and World Wide Web site.

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Wyoming libraries receive diabetes materials through cooperative program

Many residents throughout the state will have updated diabetes information available at 25 libraries statewide thanks to a new cooperative program of the Wyoming Department of Health Diabetes Program and the Wyoming State Library.

Kaetz Beartusk, diabetes program manager at the Department of Health, is directing the project to supplement current diabetes materials with new additional materials. Participating libraries will also have the opportunity for a traveling display and a two-hour program for the general public which will be scheduled this fall.

The Wyoming State Library’s (WSL) Public Programs, Publications and Marketing Office coordinated the effort, which involves ordering materials and providing cataloging records for these items by WSL’s Acquisitions and Technical Services Section. Some of the funds for the project are from the Centers for Disease Control.

Approximately 23,000 Wyoming residents are estimated to have diabetes and the direct and indirect costs of the disease in the state exceed $142 million annually.

Participating libraries include Campbell County Public Library, Park County Library, Weston County Library, Northwest College, Central Wyoming College Library, Hot Springs County Library, Teton County Library, Johnson County Library, Converse County Library, Goshen County Library, Laramie County Community College Library, Niobrara County Library, Western Wyoming Community College, Washakie County Library, Albany County Library, Eastern Laramie County Library, Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library, Platte County Public Library, Glenrock Branch Library, Casper College Library, Fremont County Library, Laramie County Library System, Griffith Memorial Library at Sheridan College, Natrona County Public Library, and Sweetwater County Library.

For more information call Kaetz Beartusk at the Department of Health, 307/777-3579.

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