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July/August 2000


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WSL announces major staff changes

Brian Greene has been named manager of the Wyoming Libraries Database (WYLD) program at the Wyoming State Library.
He takes the position vacated by Corky Walter’s retirement in July.
"While this is an exciting opportunity, I know I have some big shoes to fill with Corky’s departure," Greene said. "Her footprints are everywhere and her legacy is without doubt a great one."
Lesley Boughton, Wyoming state librarian, said Greene has strong skills in telecommunications issues and a good sense of the WYLD network and its services. Also, she believes he has the confidence of WYLD consortium member libraries.

The right skills

"Brian just brings the right skill set to WYLD," Boughton said. "We were so fortunate to have a person of his capability in-house."
Greene joined the state library in March 1992, as the WYLD circulation manager. In 1995, he moved into the Library Development Office (LDO), where he most recently worked with libraries on E-rate issues and as a state library liaison to several key groups. Greene earned his master’s of library science (MLS) at the University of South Florida in 1991 and has experience in all types of libraries, including academic, public, special and K-12. He was named Librarian of the Year at the Wyoming Library Association’s annual conference in 1999.

Service still top priority

Service will continue to be a top priority for the WYLD system.
"I’m lucky to be working with such talented and well-experienced professionals in the WYLD Office," Greene said. "I plan to continue the emphasis on customer service and hope we can reach even greater heights in this important aspect of our work."
Greene’s move is one of two major staff changes at WSL.

Chris Van Burgh, outreach librarian, has moved from Statewide Information Services (reference) to the Library Development Office.

Training and education

In her new role she will work with all types of libraries to develop a comprehensive plan for training and education.
"We’re trying to bring together all the possibilities and all the funding into one coordinated effort," Van Burgh said.
The goal is to increase training opportunities tailored to the needs of the Wyoming library community by using resources more effectively. The LDO office will also work to increase opportunities for Wyoming librarians to complete master’s of library science programs through distance education.

Training in the field

Van Burgh will continue to train librarians in the field; she hopes that more libraries will recognize the value of the intensive training that can be done through in-service days.
Before coming to the state library in 1998, Van Burgh worked for University of Wyoming (UW) Libraries for 18 years. Her UW experience included library outreach services, distance education and management of fee-based services. She has also worked at Casper College Library. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s in education from UW.


eBook technology downloads to Wyoming State Library

The Wyoming State Library (WSL) has begun a project of testing Rocket eBooks to learn more about the technology and about human response to the product.
WSL staff members are trying out the small, hand-held machines for readability, ease of use and availability of materials. One WSL staff member said the readability is better than that of a standard computer screen, and the ergonomics are fairly good.
With an ebook, "electronic book," the user downloads material to a portable reading device instead of purchasing a printed version. The machines are designed to allow users the ability to download and delete full books but not to edit, print, copy text or send the files to another device. Downloads are fast and easy and are available in three forms: public domain materials (includes books, papers, reports and ephemeral), individually purchased downloads and collection purchases.
Although book titles are still more common in print than in ebook format, as the technology progresses, some books may be available only in the newer, electronic format. For example, Stephen King recently released "Riding the Bullet," in electronic format only.
In a recent survey of library directors, two county libraries indicated that they were expecting to purchase or receive an ebook device in the near future, so the technology is still fairly new to Wyoming.
The state library plans to take ebooks and fact sheets to the Wyoming Library Association (WLA) conference in September and let librarians try them. Librarians have been asked if they would use ebook technologies if WSL purchased devices and/or electronic content. Ebooks present some questions in terms of service models.
"Are you prepared to give somebody a $270 piece of equipment to read a book?" Jerry Krois, deputy state librarian, said.
Also, there are still questions whether this technology will endure, be replaced because of evolving international standards or be transformed into a more useful device with telephone and Internet capabilities.
Questions concerning ebooks may be directed to WSL eBook Committee members: Krois, Brian Greene and Linn Rounds.
The Rocket eBooks can be accessed at http://www.rocket-ebook.com/enter/html.


WSL staff to participate in ‘Keeping Children Safe Online’ workshop

As the Internet grows, so do concerns over keeping children safe from chat rooms, predators who use the Internet, and Web sites not designed for the younger population.
"Keeping Children Save Online, The Internet and Sexual Exploitation of Children," will address such issues and how they are affecting Wyoming. Four Wyoming State Library (WSL) staff members will participate in the two-day workshop scheduled for Oct. 26 and 27 in Casper.
WSL will have a team consisting of Desiree Sallee, Chris Van Burgh and Kim Capron that will demonstrate filtering software on Thursday evening.
Lesley Boughton, Wyoming state librarian, will serve on Friday’s panel addressing the question, "What can we do to keep our children safe?" The panel’s goal is to discuss the future of the Internet in children’s lives and offer possible solutions.
"Libraries have a critical role in assuring broad public access to the incredible resources of the Internet. Librarians, too, are concerned for the safety of Wyoming’s children and are glad to participate in this important forum," Boughton said.
Conference hosts are: U.S. Attorney’s Office, Division of Criminal Investigations, WSL, Wyoming Children’s Action Alliance, Parent Education Network, Prevent Child Abuse Wyoming and Wyoming Community Foundation.


Teton County "Healthy Teens’ Forum" featured in YALSA

A Teton County Library program is featured in a publication of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).
The publication, Excellence in Library Services to Young Adults, outlines some of the nation’s top programs for young adults. Teton County’s "Community Support for Healthy Teens’ Forum" was presented as a good example of a successful intergenerational program.
In its third edition, Excellence in Library Services also features collaborative effort programs, education support, information services and reading support. The introduction offers information on how to reach out to young adults.
The book is available from YALSA.


Events

September October


Trustees’ Corner: Knowing the difference between "Policies" and "policies"

By Jerry Krois
Deputy State Librarian

What are the board "Policies" and what are your library’s "policies"? Policies (with a large "P") are those library board decisions and instructions that govern the management of the library. But policies (with a small "p") appear or evolve regularly within the practices of staff to address operations and services.
Let me test you.
These questions are posed not so much for your answer but for your discussion with the director on the definition of customer service that is maintained by staff. Even delegating decision-making to the director allows you to ask about the levels of customer service and operating rules because you, as trustees, represent the community values and are expected to ensure that customer service reflects the professionalism and goals of the institution.
An old customer concept is "the moment of truth."
This means that each time staff serves a customer, that service must be appropriate, helpful and respectful. If that interpersonal contact, whether a few seconds or several minutes, does not have those elements, then the customer loses respect for the institution; the moment of truth passed and support for the institution may never fully be regained.
For you as trustees, public support is essential for continued funding and growth.


Voyager - libraries can earn more interest on funds

Depending on the level of service required, libraries using Wyoming State Library’s Central Acquisitions Program can now earn more interest on their funds through the Voyager Program.
Voyager replaces the WIN program that was instituted in January 1998. Under WIN, acquisitions’ customers earned 3 percent on qualified funds with no limit on transactions against those funds.
Voyager offers a three-tiered structure:
Voyager was instituted to more fairly reflect cost associated with various services provided. Libraries that do their own ordering will still receive central acquisitions’ discount and support while earning a higher level of interest.
It is hoped that the trend toward libraries ordering their own materials will continue, as this will allow central acquisitions to serve more accounts.
For more information on the Central Acquisitions program, contact Jack Willmarth at 307/777-5917, 800/264-1281, press 1, then press 4, or jwillm@state.wy.us.


Book Stamp Act looks to lick lack of books for children

The extra pennies paid for a first-class stamp featuring the Book Stamp Act will help raise funds to promote reading and purchase books for Wyoming.
Modeled after the bipartisan Breast Cancer Research Stamp Act, 1997, the Book Stamp Act program funds will be distributed to state childcare agencies in all 50 states through Childcare and Development Block Grants.
"A love of books is the best gift a child can ever receive," Sen. Kay Hutchison said. Through the Breast Cancer Research Stamp Act, $12 million was raised for research.
"The success of the Breast Cancer Research Stamp can be repeated," Hutchison said. Hutchison and Sen. Ted Kennedy introduced the Book Stamp Act. Kennedy said that too many children today do not have books.
"The Book Stamp Act that Sen. Hutchison and I are introducing is a step to cure that problem," Kennedy said. "Our goal is to see that all children in this country have books of their own before they enter school."


Contests looking for a few "Friends"

The sixth annual FOLUSA/HarperCollins Publishers Award will be given to a small public library friends group for outstanding community and volunteer involvement.
Entries may focus on one particular project concluded during the year ending in October 2000 or on the full scope of friends activities during that period. Friends groups of small public libraries, annual operating budget of less than $750,000, are eligible to enter. The prize is $10,000, which must be used for the purchase of books.
The McGraw-Hill Garden Design Contest will recognize a public library, school library or academic library friends group for innovative use of outdoor space for gardening and involvement of the community in the project. First prize is $1,500 and 10 McGraw-Hill landscape architecture books, second prize is $1,000, and third prize is $500.
The FOLUSA-Wiley Science Contest will reward creative programs in public libraries that help kids of ages 7 to 12 get excited about science.
The winning entries will reflect original ideas that have increased community involvement and sparked children’s interest in science.
First prize is $1,000, a trip to the 2001 American Library Association (ALA) midwinter conference in Washington, D.C., and a Janice VanCleave presentation at the library. Second prize is a set of 44 Janice VanCleave books. Third prize is 10 Janice VanCleave books.
For all three contests, the friends group entering must be a current member of FOLUSA in order to be eligible.
Each entry must include:
Name and address of the group; name and address of the library the group supports, name; address, and telephone number of the friends president; the group's statement of purpose or mission statement; a summary, two typewritten pages or less, of the activity being submitted for the award, and supporting materials, such as photographs and promotional materials, as needed.
All applications and supporting materials must be received by Friday, Nov. 17, 2000. Awards will be presented at the FOLUSA Annual Author Breakfast in Washington, D.C.
Send entries to:
No materials can be returned. All information received may be used in FOLUSA exhibits and publications.
For more information, interested people can visit the Web site at http://www.folusa.com/html/AlaAnnual.html.


ALA releases list of challenged books of the decade

The Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association (ALA) has published its list of the 100 most frequently challenged books of the decade.
Topping the list is "Scary Stories" (Series) by Alvin Schwartz, accused of "being too scary" and "unsuited to age group," followed by "Daddy’s Roommate" by Michael Willhoite, accused of "promoting homosexuality as a normal lifestyle." The rest of the 10 most frequently challenged books of the decade are: "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," Maya Angelou (3); "The Chocolate War," Robert Cormier (4); "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," Mark Twain (5); "Of Mice and Men," John Steinbeck (6); "Forever," Judy Blume (7); "Bridge to Terabithia," Katherine Paterson (8); "Heather Has Two Mommies," Leslea Newman (9); and "The Catcher in the Rye," J.D. Salinger (10).
The top-100 list was compiled from 5,718 challenges to library materials reported to or recorded by the Office for Intellectual Freedom from 1990 to 1999. Seventy-one percent of the challenges in this decade were to materials in schools or school libraries; another 26 percent were to materials in public libraries. Nearly 60 percent of challenges were brought by parents, 16 percent by library patrons and 10 percent by administrators.
In 1995, the number of reported challenges reached a high of 762 challenges, but by 1999 had declined to 472. This decline is likely due to an increased focus away from books to the Internet -- the newest medium in the library -- Beverley Becker, the office’s associate director, said.
The entire list of the top 100 challenged books of the last decade can be found at http://www.ala.org/alaorg/oif/top100bannedbooks.html.


Survey shows need for promotion, recognition of WYLD components

Some general conclusions can be drawn from the first reviews of the recently completed Wyoming Libraries Database (WYLD) Assessment said Marcia Wright, WYLD Network Governing Board chairwoman.
The most notable data for librarians shows the need for promotion and recognition of WYLD and its components.
Full analysis of the data will take some time, Wright said.
"There’s a tremendous amount of information there," reads the cover letter accompanying the final report from the University of Wyoming Department of Statistics.
Dr. Stephen Bieber, head of the department, coordinated the work of the department in formulating and distributing the survey to 3,000 Wyoming residents and tallying the results of the 33 percent that were returned.
Wright said that the survey results are important for the WYLD Governing Board to plan for future growth, and to improve the services users receive from WYLD libraries.
About half of the respondents said they never used WYLD. And while most WYLD users find it easy to use, few people use all the resources possible, such as NoveList, or email whole magazine articles to themselves, or use WYLDCATfrom their home computers.
Due to WYLD availability in schools, younger users are more likely to use WYLD more often and to use more of the WYLD features.
Because many of the statistics are reported by county, arrangements are being made for each county library to have access to the completed assessment report.


Committee focuses on statewide marketing of libraries

Representatives from Wyoming libraries met in Cheyenne June 20 and 21 to discuss statewide marketing of Wyoming libraries, and recommendations from the meeting were presented to the Resource Sharing Council in August.
An overview of marketing principles presented by Sue Walters Clarke began the session, and then the group discussed what segments of the population needed to be reached, and techniques to reach the goals set by the committee. It was suggested that a formal survey, telephone interviews or focus groups be used.
Possible sources for funding the research were also discussed.
In addition to the survey, an information packet for all libraries would be produced. It would contain such information as: What is WYLD? What is the Wyoming State Library? What are shared databases? What does the library do for the community? The proposed packets would also include print, audio and video materials. The committee also will suggest production of a Wyoming-based video, CD-ROM or other technology that will improve the image of libraries.
The production of staff training aids -- video, CD-ROM and desktop teleconferencing -- on various topics was also discussed.
Those who attended the marketing meeting were Shari Haskins, Gen Schlekeway, Vickie Hoff, Troy Rumpf, Diana Oedekoven, Vickie Roth, Joe French, Linn Rounds, Candice VanDyke and Susan Vittitow.
Also serving on the committee but unable to attend were Patty Myers, Michelle Havenga, Kathy Carlson and Joyce Dunkelberger.
The committee is expected to meet again this fall via video conferencing.


Two Wyoming librarians attend at Leadership Institute at Snowbird

Examining one’s weaknesses does not always top a list of “Things to Do.” However, that’s just what two Wyoming librarians were recently challenged to do while attending the Library Leadership Institute at Snowbird.
Betsy Bernfeld, Teton County Library director, and Amy Shelley, Laramie County Library Children’s Services manager, attended the five-day leadership training conference. Both were nominated to attend the institute by Lesley Boughton, Wyoming state librarian.
"I felt like I learned so much," Bernfeld said. "There were some very powerful moments."
Through a variety of informal and structured activities, the institute helps participants to identify their personal leadership style, explore alternative styles for effective leadership, experiment with leadership skills and techniques, and interact with a select group of leaders in the library world.
Shelley said in addition to examining her strengths and weaknesses, she also had the opportunity to listen to leaders in the library community.
"It helped me to realize what I’ll be able to do as a leader in an organization," she said.
As Bernfeld pointed out, the training is intense and at times there were "some painful moments, but it brought about growth."
Bernfeld and Shelley encourage other librarians to apply for the training.


Around the State


Personnel-ly Speaking


Boughton elected BCR vice president

The Bibliographical Center for Research (BCR) Board of Trustees has elected Lesley Boughton, Wyoming state librarian, as its new vice president for the July 2000-June 2001 fiscal year.
She is also a member of BCR’s new executive committee, along with Frances Clymer of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, McCracken Research Library.
Sandra Barstow, University of Wyoming Libraries, is also a newly elected BCR board member.
The new board members, officers and the executive committee took office July 1, the first day of BCR’s new fiscal year.
The first board meeting of the new year is scheduled for Sept. 29.


National Book Week aims to fuel the mind

Theme reflects the nourishment that children get from a healthy, balanced diet of reading

You never know where you’ll end up if you have the right books on your plate.
This year’s theme, "Fuel Your Mind," for the 81st observance of The Children’s Book Council’s National Children’s Book Week, reflects the nourishment that children get from a healthy, balanced diet of reading.
National Children’s Book Week is from Nov. 13 to 19.
Since 1919, educators, librarians, booksellers, and families have celebrated during the week before Thanksgiving. Librarians are encouraged to visit the CBC Web site, http://www.cbcbooks.org/pubs/aboutbw.htm, for ways to celebrate.
The Children’s Book Council is a nonprofit trade association that promotes the use and enjoyment of children’s trade books and related literacy materials for young people, and is the official sponsor of Young People’s Poetry Week and National Children’s Book Week.
The Council’s membership is made up of U.S. publishers and packagers of trade books for children and young adults, and producers of related literacy materials.
For more information, interested persons can contact joanncbc@aol.com, or for a catalog contact jessicacbc@aol.com.


LCLS luncheon at WLA to focus on Arthur’s Adventure program

A free luncheon hosted by Amy Shelley, Children’s Services manager at the Laramie County Library System (LCLS), during the Wyoming Library Association conference will focus on the Arthur’s Library Adventure program.
Shelley said booklets covering the program, which LCLS hosted last year, have been distributed throughout the state, and she encourages other Wyoming librarians to reproduce the program in their libraries or as an outreach program to local schools.
The luncheon will be held Friday, Sept. 22, and the program will be covered in depth. LCLS received the Arthur’s Library Adventure Grant and the program was implemented during fall 1999.
The goal of the program is to bring an outreach program to under-served sectors -- namely low-income children enrolled in Head Start and Title I programs.
Partners in the project were The Wyoming Center for the Book, Wyoming Public Television and LCLS.
For more information about the program or the luncheon, interested people can contact Shelley at 307/634-3561, option 4, or ashelley@larm.lib.wy.us.


Paben retires after 34 years; looks for other doors to open

From shelving books as a general page to Park County Library director, Charlene Paben has many memories of her 34-year career in Wyoming libraries. And now, she is retiring.
Along the way she has seen the Cody library go from a "nice, little job for housewives" to a professional position. She has also rebuilt a library and pursued educational opportunities.
"I’m at a time in my life when one door has closed," she told the Cody Enterprise, "and there are probably several doors out there with exciting things behind them."
In 1966, she was a recent high school graduate and an avid reader. In her first library job, as an assistant, she shelved books, designed bulletin boards and led story hours. She moved up to waiting on customers and was eventually named branch librarian. Following her 12 years in Powell, Paben moved to Cody and the position of library director.


Graham resigns as Sheridan County Wyoming Room director

Helen Graham has resigned as Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library’s (SCFPL) Wyoming Room director, effective Aug. 31.
Graham joined SCFPL on June 11, 1969. She assisted during the library’s move from the Carnegie building on Loucks to its present location on Alger in 1974, participated in the 1984 expansion and was a central figure in establishing the Wyoming Room and planning its expansion. She oversaw the acquisition of Wyoming Room resources and helped patrons with research in her capacity as Wyoming Room director.
"We have been fortunate at the library to reap the benefits of Helen’s knowledge and dedication for more than 31 years," Cathy Butler, SCFPL director, said.
Graham was honored with a retirement on Aug. 30 at SCFPL.
Karen Woinoski has been selected to assume the duties of Wyoming Room librarian. She began working in the Wyoming Room when it first opened in 1984.


Gregory-Mason leaves Unita County director’s position to pursue doctorate

Ieleen "Lee" Gregory-Mason, Uinta County Library’s director, resigned from her position effective mid-July.
She is leaving the library field to pursue a doctorate at Bowling Green State University. During that time, she will also work as the continuing education coordinator for NORWELD Regional Library District in Ohio.
Jerry Liechty, business operations manager, has been named as the interim director. Gregory-Mason said Liechty has worked closely with the library’s directors during the last 15 years.
"I’m confident that she’ll do an outstanding job," Gregory-Mason said.
Uinta County Library is recruiting for a new director at this time. The position will be open until filled.


McMurrys donate $5 million; libraries to benefit

Wyoming libraries are just one of many that will benefit from a $5 million donation to the Wyoming Community Foundation by three daughters of a Casper oilman.
The three daughters of Neil McMurry announced the donation in June just a week after Neil and Doris McMurry donated $5 million to the Casper College Foundation.
In addition to libraries, the donation will also benefit women, children, health and human services, the arts, and biology students at the University of Wyoming.
Carol McMurry, who is the oldest of the three, is a librarian.


Big Horn County Library awarded $5,000 grant

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded Big Horn County Library (BHCL)a $5,000 grant for conservation and training.
Sandra Munger, library director, said the funds will pay for someone to evaluate Big Horn’s small collections and their storage and to make recommendations for changes.
The grant will also help fund a conservation workshop. The library has put up a $1,000 match from its budget to complete the project.
The library also has received a Community Development Block Grant. It will pay for most of the renovations that are focusing on opening up the mezzanine and bring areas of the library into compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act.


Carnegie gives $1 million for small, rural libraries

The Carnegie Corp. of New York has awarded a $1 million grant to the National Endowment for the Humanities, which will benefit some 800 small and rural libraries across the country.
The competition will award 50 volumes in the Library of America series. In addition to the volumes, the grant will also provide related training to library staff. Guidelines will be posted at http://www.neh.gov. Information is also on the Carnegie site at http://www.carnegie.org.


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