September 2000


Web posted: 2:15 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000

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McMurry sisters give
to community foundation

  • Interest from $1 million will benefit Wyoming libraries. First deadline is Nov. 1.

With the recent establishment of the McMurry Library Endowment Fund in the Wyoming Community Foundation (WCF), Wyoming public and community college libraries are encouraged to apply for available monies. The first deadline for application is Nov. 1, 2000, with written notification of awards by March 15, 2001.

In June 2000, the three daughters of Neil McMurry donated $5 million to the WCF. Carol McMurry, the oldest of the three, is a librarian, and libraries are to benefit from the gift. One million is earmarked for libraries, and interest from the $1 million will be used for the grant awards.

Grant awards can be used for the continuing education of library staff: professional, paraprofessional and volunteer. This includes training seminars and support for substitute staff. For smaller libraries, the awards can be used to support a substitute staff member during a regular staff member’s vacation.

For library staff members seeking an advanced degree, awards can be used to pay for tuition and books with a maximum of $1,500 in support funds.

To improve patron access to library books and materials, awards could be used to purchase informational software and hardware.

Collection development might also benefit from the monies. Submission of collection analysis is required when requesting monies for collection development.

The WCF’s John Freeman said ensuring long-term financial stability is another area the grant monies could be used. Awards could be used to retain outside technical assistance for boards and staff in their planning endowment-building or for a publication on the need for and value of an endowment. However, he added, generally monies could not be used to support the endowment itself.

Support of projects involving several libraries is also encouraged. The support of "bricks and mortar" capital construction projects have the lowest priority, and distributions from the fund are meant to supplement -- not substitute for -- government support.

For an application form, or to obtain more information, call the Wyoming Community Foundation at 307/721-8300. Additional information is available at http://will.state.wy.us/slpub/mcmurry.html and http://www.wycf.org.

Future applications are due March 1, 2001 (for notification by June 15), July 2 (for notification by Oct. 15) and Nov. 1 (for notification by March 15, 2002).

WSL takes two steps
to bring MLS courses to Wyoming

Pursuing a master’s in Library Science (MLS) when the nearest accredited school is hundreds of miles away can be more than a little daunting.

The Wyoming State Library’s (WSL) Development Office has taken two steps recently to create more graduate-level educational opportunities for Wyoming librarians.

First, WSL sent out a Request for Information (RFI) to several graduate library programs in the western United States. The RFI invited these schools to bring part of their program to Wyoming for a summers-only program beginning in 2001 with a library management course.

Currently, Wyoming librarians often have to commute long distances to Denver or Salt Lake City. This proposal would ease the travel burden and also give these graduate schools the opportunity to bring motivated members of the Wyoming library community into their programs.

If several schools indicate interest in delivering a Wyoming program, a review process will select one graduate program.

In the second step, the WSL sent a letter to all American Library Association (ALA) accredited graduate library schools asking for common market status for Wyoming residents so that they could pay the in-state tuition rate instead of the higher out-of-state rates.

A letter from Lesley Boughton, Wyoming state librarian, explained that Wyoming’s librarians have rural diversity, resource sharing experiences and eagerness to succeed that could benefit the colleges offering MLS programs.

Common market status would lower the economic barriers for those in the Wyoming library community.

Updated ‘Thousands of Magazines’
brochures available

Updated brochures on Wyoming’s online databases are now available in quantity at no charge from the Wyoming State Library’s (WSL) Public Programs, Publications and Marketing (P3M) office.

The "Thousands of Magazines at the CLICK of a Mouse" brochures outline how to access and search the online databases.

Revisions reflect the availability of these electronic resources for all Wyoming residents, a licensing arrangement made possible through funding from the Wyoming State Legislature. SIRS was added to the brochure and Electric Library was dropped.

New brochures are printed in maroon ink on cream-colored stock. Librarians with supplies of the old brochure, printed in blue ink, are asked to destroy them.

All public and academic libraries and schools with grades from 4-12 should have received a starter supply.

Librarians may request as many brochures as they can distribute.

Brochures are available from the P3M office at 307/777-6338 or 307/777-5453 or 800/264-1281, press 1, then 6, svitti@state.wy.us or cvandy@state.wy.us.

The new brochure is also available as a PDF file at http://will.state.wy.us/slpub/dbase.pdf.

Wyoming residents given access
to online databases

  • Thanks to Legislature funding

This summer, the online databases provided through the Wyoming State Library (WSL) became available to every resident of Wyoming.

These databases had been licensed initially for Wyoming Libraries Database (WYLD) libraries and their patrons.

Now, thanks to $240,000 in funding from the Wyoming State Legislature for the biennium, the state’s 480,000 residents may access these resources.

"It’s basically 25 cents a person a year," explained Lesley Boughton, Wyoming state librarian. "It’s cheaper than a candy bar."

That 25 cents allows each resident to search EBSCO, Wilson Web and SIRS Researcher for full-text articles from periodicals, academic journals and newspapers, consult the Britannica Online Encyclopedia and Novelist.

The databases are still password protected. However, Wyoming users can call their local libraries for user names and passwords.

The Internet makes these types of resources possible. Wyoming, with every school connected to the Internet, can now use these databases to enhance education for students in K-12.

"We recognize that the most heavy additional use will come from the school and that’s wonderful," Boughton said.

Previously, students could use the databases through their local libraries, but they could not access the resources from school computers due to the licensing arrangement. Now, Boughton said, "Every child in every school has the same access."

The online databases enhance the efforts of Wyoming librarians during the past 15 years to work collaboratively and share resources across the state.

Users who experience any glitches in service should contact the WYLD office immediately at 800/264-1281, press 1, then option 2, then press 1 for the help desk, and explain the problems.

For example, some school users received error messages that they had too many user sessions on EBSCO. The licensing agreement calls for unlimited access, so they should not have received those messages. There is often no way to recreate the technical problems if they are not reported immediately.

Space still available for United States
Census 2000 data workshop in Cheyenne

Census information offers a wealth of demographic information; the challenge is learning how to use it.

With that in mind, the U.S. Census Bureau sponsored three workshops in Wyoming to teach local government, librarians and the business community how to use the data that will be available from United States Census 2000.

Two workshops have already been held, but space is still available in the third, scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 2, in Cheyenne at the Hitching Post. There is no charge to attend, but pre-registration is required.

The first workshop was held Sept. 21 in Casper in conjunction with the Wyoming Small Business Development Center’s Certified Business Counselor training.

The second was slated for Oct. 6 in Cody in conjunction with the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce’s October Fridays.

For more information on the Census data workshop, contact Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library outreach librarian, at 307/777-3642, 800/264-1281, press 1, option 3, or cvanbu@state.wy.us.

Those interested may also contact Jim White at the U.S. Census Bureau office in Denver at 303/231-5029.

Library Leadership Institute
to identify potential leaders

Members of the Wyoming library community are often called upon to take leadership roles in many local and statewide efforts.

With that in mind, the Education and Leadership subcommittee of the Resource Sharing Council is developing the Library Leadership Institute, a program to identify potential leaders and provide them with introductory training on key components of leadership.

Dependent on funding, the program will begin in summer, 2001.

The institute is a tool for nurturing both degreed and non-degreed individuals in leadership to serve the Wyoming Library Association (WLA) and various committees or projects that affect local library, multi-county or statewide interests. It is not a training ground for future library directors nor a refresher on library administration.

First-year institute curriculum is expected to include self-assessment, leadership as an attitude, understanding change, team building, motivation and negotiation.

The subcommittee will select participants based on willingness and potential to make future commitments to library activism.

Selection will attempt to provide geographic representation and include paraprofessionals, non-degreed librarians, trustees and other appropriate supporters of libraries.

The subcommittee wants to minimize costs to participants, so no potential applicant excludes himself or herself based on library or personal finances.

An official announcement of the program will be issued in January with applications and nominations made available at that time.

Education and Leadership subcommittee members are Frances Clymer of Buffalo Bill Historical Center; Keith Cottam, University of Wyoming Libraries; and Crys Stratton, Laramie County Community College Library. WSL staff members Jerry Krois and Bobbi Thorpe serve as liaisons to the subcommittee.

Wamsutter library becoming a reality

For the town of Wamsutter, the library is coming to town.

It may only be an old, unskirted trailer, but it will eventually hold 8,000 books. And the library’s bank account may only have a little more than $600, but if one Wamsutter resident has her way donations will keep coming in.

The trailer was once the office for Amoco Oil and was donated. Other donations range from land for the library to four computers, printers, Internet service and carpeting. BP Amoco also donated $5,000 for construction cost, the town of Wamsutter donated $1,000 and Union Pacific donated $500.

Spearheading this drive is Colleen Eifealdt. She rounded up the 8,000 books and has found replacements for the donated trees that died during the summer because of the hot, dry summer.

She and her husband, Judd, also talked the manager of the Parkway Plaza Hotel in Casper into donating new carpet.

Circulating a flier through the town that has a population of 681, she is asking residents to host garage sales, bingo games and book sales. She is also in need of weekend volunteers.

She has taken the lead in collecting recipes from residents and found a publisher to put together a "Wamsutter and Red Desert Cookbook" to help with fund-raising. Next on the "To Do List" is construction to include the renovations to bathroom, interior walls removed, phone and computer lines installed, and painting -- inside and out.

Students from the Colorado School of Mines have volunteered to catalog books.

New director settles into Uinta County

Dale Collum is the new director of Uinta County Library.

Most recently from the Pierce County Library in Tacoma, he is a Florida State University (FSU) graduate.

Collum also has experience as head of Reference Services at Palm Beach Library System (Boca Raton Branch) and as head of Extension Services at Montgomery City/County Library in Alabama. Collum and his wife, Gail Haberland, both had an interest in Wyoming and "the western mystique."

His wife is also a librarian and FSU graduate. She is currently working at Bear River Books.

Collum said he was surprised how large the Uinta library, collection and services are. The couple was also surprised at how "close the library community in Wyoming is."

Attending the recent Wyoming Library Association (WLA) meeting, Collum said a lot of people already knew who he was.

Many library budgets hold steady
or gain ground, but funding pay
increases still difficult

Wyoming libraries this year balanced the need for books on the shelf with the need to pay the people to put the books on the shelf. Most budgets remained consistent or increased slightly, with pay increases for many library staff members.

  • Albany County Public Library took a 10 percent cut in their mill levy revenue last year, but gained back some of that for FY01 with a 5 percent increase.

    Susan Simpson, library director, said that the $102,655 they spent from the library's trust fund, Friends group and individual donations made a tremendous difference.

    Hourly staff will receive $1 an hour increase during this fiscal year and salaried staff received a 5 percent increase. The library's turnover was 56 percent last year, the highest Simpson had ever seen

  • Big Horn County Library director Sandra Munger reported a $42,000 raise in the budget that will go to roof repair, pay raises and the book budget.

  • Campbell County Public Library will develop its Books-on-CD collection more aggressively and adjust salaries, based on recommendations from a pay study done in the spring of 2000.

    The county will transfer money to the library budget at the end of the year to pay for the salary adjustments. Campbell County Library also received $20,000 from One Percent Sales Tax funds that went to the purchase of youth books, materials and programs.

  • Carbon County Library System had hoped to reinstate the open hours they had during FY98-99, but did not receive enough of an increase to do so.

    The library budget was up $23,000 to $256,662. Staff received a 5 percent raise, and the book budget was trimmed by $268.

    Mill levy support, lowest in the state last year at 0.77, was 0.762 for FY01. Vicki Hitchcock, library director, plans to seek grants to buy additional books.

  • Converse County Library's budget was cut about $10,000 from their initial request, primarily in materials and furniture/equipment. The materials budget was still higher than last year's, but not as much as Karen Hopkins, director, had hoped.

    They will either wait until the next budget cycle to purchase additional computer upgrades and replacements or ask their foundation to do fund-raising. The budget included a 19.4 percent pay adjustment so all hourly employees received a substantial raise July 1, the first major pay adjustment for nearly a decade.

  • In Crook County, commissioners were generous with the library this year but expect next year to be leaner, said Jill Mackey, library director.

    Crook County Public Library was able to add one hour aweek and to hire a part-time employee for five hours per week at Moorcroft Branch Library.

    The county commission created a "Capital Construction Reserve" for unanticipated revenues, looking ahead to library expansion and renovation in the next few years.

  • Fremont County Library System held steady with no significant operational changes as a result of its budget.

    Ada Howard, director, said employees should receive raises comparable to those of other county employees. The library was able to restore some "wiggle room" in some critically tight line items, but Howard reported the book line item is still inadequate.

  • Goshen County has consistently allocated 1.7 mills to the public library for the last three years.

    Isabel Hoy, library director, reported that the new budget, totaling $194,863, provides $50 a month pay increases for each employee along with a materials budget of $30,600. The board was also able to establish cash reserve of $14,643.

  • Hot Springs County Library saw an increase in its budget this year. While funds are still tight, the library was able to provide the first pay raise in 10 years to its employees and budget for $10,503 in books.

    The part-time employee also had a slight increase in hours. sJohnson County's valuation increased 12 percent from increased oil prices, coal bed methane drilling and new home construction, increasing the amount of money available for the library.

  • Johnson County Library employees received raises from 3 to 7 percent, the library will now pay for both employer and employee contributions to Wyoming State Retirement, and the materials budget increased $3,000 over last year.

  • Laramie County Library System plans to add a half-time network assistant and a full-time person to do outreach.

    Merit and cost-of-living pay increases are planned. Money has been budgeted for completion of Burns Branch Library and for roof work.

  • Lincoln County Library System cut its materials budget this year from $95,000 to $38,500 to raise the base salary 25 cents to $6.25 and give needed raises to longtime staff members in key positions.

    With this cut, no money is budgeted for audios, videos or reference; book budgets were cut for both adult and juvenile materials; and bookmobile purchases took a severe cut. Mary Lynn Corbett, director, reported that last year, the county commission came up with $32,000 in additional funds, bringing the budget to $592,635.

    This year, the library requested $712,000, with the bulk of the increase going to salaries, but received a final budget of $589,382.

  • Natrona County Public Library System has reduced its public service hours from 60 to 50 and has begun the process to remove the Patent Trademark Depository Library.

    The library is also renegotiating the contract to continue service to the Town of Mills.

    Bill Nelson, library director, is investigating alternatives to address the library's long-term funding requirements.

  • Niobrara County Library took a significant cut in its mill levy support and in its overall budget, down to $54,990.72 from $64,162.49 last year.

    Deb Sturman, director, expressed concern, explaining that valuation increased and the county maintained or increased all other budgets except for the fair board. Library and fair supporters packed a meeting of the county commission to oppose the decrease.

    The library will cut staffing and the book budget, if necessary, beginning in December.

    On a brighter note, the library received an anonymous $5,000 donation to be used to match individual donations. It also received a boost from the Lusk Town Council, who passed a resolution giving the library free municipal utilities and $250 per month support to provide Internet and computer access to Lusk residents.

  • Park County Library staff received a 3 percent raise on base pay; no changes were made to hours or materials funding.

    A public survey, conducted by a task force, showed that library patrons wanted more, not fewer, services. This task force, the idea of former Cody reference librarian Mary Robinson, was credited with a huge impact on the library's budget.

  • Platte County Library's mill levy was down, but it received public thanks from the county commission after completing the year with cash left in the budget.

    No major operational changes are planned. Employees received a 5 percent pay increase, and $6,000 is budgeted for shelving purchases. sSheridan County Fulmer Public Library anticipates increasing salaries and adding part-time technology coordinator and program coordinator positions. The library's foundation will work to raise funds for HVAC and parking lot upgrades.

    "We are very pleased with the support the library continues to receive from our county commissioners," said Cathy Butler, director. Funding provided will enable the library to address programming and service needs identified in the community needs assessment conducted last year.

  • Sublette County Library staff will receive slight raises, but the library will not add retirement benefits.

    The cash reserve was increased from $45,000 to $90,000, and the library added $12,000 for preliminary study and plans for an addition to Big Piney Branch Library. The total budget is $490,294.

  • Sweetwater County Library System received the same appropriation as last year, which was insufficient to implement the next step of a pay plan for library employees or to bring Wamsutter on as the sixth rural branch library.

    The library board has cut various line items and eliminated the capital expenditures budget in an effort to save enough money for the pay plan.

  • Teton County Library received a $291,239 increase in mill levy support for FY01.

    The library system plans to expand its hours at Alta Branch Library, add 4.5 FTEs, establish a new computer center and add health benefits for permanent part-time staff scheduled at least 20 hours a week.

  • Uinta County Library reported that they will be able to operate normally under their budget, but they are always looking at alternative funding sources.

  • Washakie County Library will receive $5,000 more in mill levy support for 2000-2001, for a total of $81,000. The library's budget is $191,100.

  • Weston County Library's mill levy support was similar to last year's, but increases in insurance and other costs are tightening the budget.

    The library's budget is $189,605.85, more than $11,000 short of its request of $200,979.25.

    Carma Shoop, director, said the library will apply for grants to make up for computer replacement dollars that were cut and either reduce hours or approach the county commission for more money to cover the rest of the shortfall.

    County Library budgets at a glance

    County FY00 mills Mill revenue FY01 mills Mill revenue Other Revenue
    Albany 1.79

    1.78 $372,355 $47,473
    Big Horn
    $42,000 budget increase

    Campbell 1.065
    0.996 $1,661,839 $43,025
    Carbon 0.77 $233,356 0.762 $256,622
    Converse 1.104 $301,040 0.890 $288,775 $19,450
    Crook 2.599 $201,713.25 2.632 $183,791.02
    Fremont 1.8 $501,551 1.589 $560,606
    Goshen 1.7
    1.7 $132,353 $48,900
    Hot Springs

    1 $86,658 $9,369
    Johnson 2.744 $192,055 2.646 $207,000 $24,000 (approx)
    Laramie 2
    2 $884,722 $1,280,637.66
    Lincoln 1.121 $475,000 1.2 $525,000 $64,382
    Natrona 1.25
    1.25 $554,002 $191,070
    Niobrara 1.7181 $47,593 1.25 $38,578
    Park 1.62
    1.62 $505,655.33 $191,575
    Platte >2
    1.759 $195,865 $10,000
    Sheridan 2.887
    3.0081 $436,455 $270,996
    Sublette .9224
    0.8333 $396,500
    Sweetwater 2.02
    1.91 $2,149,173 $254,450
    Teton 2.924
    2.988 $1,506,323 $536,000

    1 $452,733 $41,836
    Washakie .981 $76,000 0.931 $81,000 $110,100

    1.910 $116,857


  • Workshop to address grantwriting

"How to Write Grant Proposals," a three-day workshop for those interested in writing grants will be held from Oct. 17 to 19 at the Gillette Campbell County Airport Meeting Room.

Each participant will write a grant proposal. Cost is $75; more information is available at 307/682-7283, Fax, 307/687-6325.

  • WWRCDAC, Jackson to host
    grant-writing workshop
  • Western Wyoming Resource Conservation and Development Area Council is offering a grant-writing workshop in Jackson Nov. 13 to 16.

    Barbara C. Bader, PhD, and Steven Carr, M.S.W. of Community Systems in Bozeman will team-teach "Get that Grant: Grant Writing from Conception to Completion.' Enrollment is limited to 30 participants and registration cost is $625.

    More information is available from Kirk Heaton; he can be reached at 307/382-3982 or by Fax at 307/362-3651.

  • Censorship exhibit copies
    available from coalition
  • The Long Island Coalition Against Censorship has developed a new edition of Censorship in Schools and Libraries exhibit, with quality copies of 28 11" x 14" illustrations and accompanying text outlining history and incidents of censorship.

    These may be readily displayed in the library on poster boards and retained as a reference source.

    The cost, including mailing charges, is $35. Email orders may be sent to dep1820@juno.com and purchase orders can be sent to LICAC, P.O. Box 296, Pt. Washington, N.Y. 11050.

  • Verizon Foundation focuses grants in six areas
  • The newly created Verizon Foundation will focus grants in six areas -- literacy, the digital divide, women in economic development, people with disabilities, education, and scholarships and community development.

    The Verizon Foundation Web site at http://www.verizon.com/foundation includes grant guidelines, an online grant eligibility quiz and a technology needs All grant requests must be submitted online.

  • WHRN merges offices
  • Wyoming Health Resources Network Inc. (WHRN) has merged its offices, moving its Casper office to its Cheyenne location.

    WHRN accepts grant proposals for community health education.

    More information is available from Emily Quarterman 307/635-2930, 800/456-9386, Fax, 307/635-2599, 1920 Evans, Cheyenne, Wyo. 82001, emquart@whrn.org.

  • Captioned Media offers loans of videos
  • The Captioned Media Program makes free loans of open-captioned videos to deaf and hard of hearing people and those serving them.

    The program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, includes prepaid return labels. More than 4,000 educational and general-interest titles are available. Lesson guides accompany educational videos. To borrow videos, complete an application form online at http://www.cfv.org.

    More information is available from Captioned Media Program, National Association of the Deaf, 1447 E. Main St., Spartanburg, S.C. 29307; 800/237-6213; TTY, 800/538-5636, or info@cfv.org.

  • ALA Econo-Clad Award
    to honor development of program
  • The American Library Association’s (ALA) Econo-Clad Award is designed to honor a member of the Young Adult Library Services Association who has developed an outstanding reading or literature program for young adults.

    The award, made possible through an annual grant from the Econo-Clad Book Company, provides a grant of $1,000 to support the winning member’s attendance at the ALA’s annual conference.

    All or part of the program must have taken place between Dec. 1, 1999, and Nov. 30, 2000, and the applicant must work directly with young adults and be a member of the Young Adult Library Services Association.

    The ALA has details and application information available on its Web site at http://www.ala.org/yalsa/awards/econoclad.html.

  • Laubach Literacy seeks grant applications
  • Laubach Literacy is seeking grant applications for its National Book Scholarship Fund (NBSF), which distributes books and other educational material to qualified adult literacy and education programs.

    For more information, or to apply for a National Book Scholarship Fund grant, contact Mara Roberts, project administrator, The National Book Scholarship Fund, Laubach Literacy, P.O. Box 131, 1320 Jamesville Ave., Syracuse, N.Y. 13210, 315/422-9121, or mroberts@laubach.org.

    For additional grant information, visit the NBSF Web site at http://www.laubach.org /NBSF/indexnbs.html.

    The grant application will also be available online from Sept. 1 to Nov. 30, 2000. Grant applications will be accepted until Dec. 7, 2000.

    State museum to hold annual book sale

    The Wyoming State Museum’s annual book sale will be held from Oct. 3 to 31. The store is open Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Every book is on sale at 20 to 25 percent off, and the authors have signed some books.

    For more information, interested people can call 307/777-5320.

    WYLD Things

    • Wyoming Libraries Database (WYLD) Manager Brian Greene’s preferred email address is bgreen@state.wy.us. He may be reached at 307/777-6339 or 800/264-1281, press 1, option 2. His other number, 307/777-3634, has the voice mail responding on the first ring.
    • The McCracken Research Library at Buffalo Bill Historical Center has become a live Web2 library as of August 21. Kim Capron and Bobbi Thorpe recently delivered required training there.

    • The WYLD office has ordered a new server to replace an older model, which has been unacceptably slow in responding to Web2 searching demands.

    • WYLD staff has had visits with three Integrated Library System (ILS) companies. This allowed staff to get acquainted with some of the newest ILS technologies in the marketplace. Links from library Welcome screens to the University of Wyoming (UW) Catalog have been updated to reflect the change in the UW Libraries’ System. All links now say "Ferret, UW Catalog" rather than "UW Catalog Plus' and point to http://ferret.coalliance.org.

    • The WYLD office added more RAM to the server that houses the Wyoming Union List of Periodicals (WULP), the Wyoming Libraries Directory, the Discard List and the New Items lists to keep that machine’s response time at an acceptable level.

    • More than 30 users attended a demonstration of the Web2 service and external databases in Sheridan. Presenters were Chris Van Burgh and Desiree Sallee. Attendees from public, branch, school and academic libraries were present

    • WYLD staff continues to work with the K-12 library community to check its access to the external databases. at 307/777-6258 or dsallee@wyld.state.wy.us with any technical problems with these databases.

    • The WYLD office has decided to discontinue the WYLD Status Line. In the event of a major system problem, they will place recorded messages on the Help Desk Line. This will allow staff to focus on the problem at hand. If a WYLD staffer has a free hand he or she will answer the Help Desk Line. Otherwise callers will get a recorded message updating them on the situation. Please contact Brian Greene if there are concerns with dropping the status line.

    • There has been a renewed interest by some patrons in the use of the older text-based browser Lynx on Ferret. The local phone numbers used to access Ferret will not be available much longer. The state will cease paying for those lines because of little use and high costs. The toll-free 1-800 number will stay connected for a while longer. No cut-off date has been set.

    Around the State

    • Big Piney Public Library threw an 'End of Summer Reading Water Party" to celebrate the end of the season. Children who spent the summer in reading programs took one day at the library to play in the swimming pool, sprinklers and water slide.
    • Bondurant Club held a cowboy poetry night in August to raise funds to save the community’s library.
    • Save Outdoor Sculpture! (SOS!) awarded Campbell County Public Library a 2000 SOS! Assessment Award.
    • The money will be used to hire Marianne Marti of Russle Marti Conservation Service to conduct an on-site condition assessment, recommend treatment and maintenance and estimate costs of treatment for the library’s outdoor sculpture, "Campbell County Crossroads" by Carl Jensen.

      Campbell County and Wright agreed to a partnership to build a new library in the town.
    • The Wright Branch Library is currently housed in the Latigo Hills Mall. The new library is expected to ease space problems in the current location.
    • Laramie County Community College has honored Mary Coffin, reference librarian, with the "Teaching Excellence Faculty Achievement Award."
    • Coffin’s selection was the first for a non-classroom faculty member at LCCC. The award was given for excellence in teaching, support to faculty, availability to students, committee participation, professional development and contributions to college goals.

    • Niobrara County Public Library has benefited from a National Library of Medicine grant awarded to the Rapid City, S.D., Regional Hospital’s Health Sciences Library.
    • Niobrara County Library staff will receive training and support in accessing quality health information on the Internet.

      Niobrara County Library Foundation received an anonymous donation of $5,000 to be used to match individual donations.

    • Platte County Public Library Foundation earned $2,000 from Baxter Black’s fund-raising appearance in Wheatland. The money will benefit the children’s section of the library system.
    • Weston County Library received a donation of $1,000 from the children of Katherine Townsend. Townsend family members said their mother inspired their love of reading and of the library.

    Center for the Book sponsors
    2 contests for students

    Encourage children to write and draw.

    They can enter two national contests sponsored in this state by the Wyoming Center for the Book at the Wyoming State Library.

    Both contests offer cash prizes; neither has an entrance fee.

    Students from kindergarten through 12th grade can enter the River of Words poetry and art contest on the theme of "Watersheds."

    Through the River of Words contest, students are invited to learn more about their natural environment and express what they have learned through art or poetry.

    Contest deadline is Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001.

    More information on River of Words is available on the Internet at http://www.riverofwords.org, or by contacting Susan Vittitow at the Center for the Book, 307/777-6338, svitti@state.wy.us.

    River of Words state-level sponsors are the Wyoming Center for the Book, The Nature Conservancy - Wyoming Chapter and the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality

    Letters About Literature invites every student from 4th through 12th grades to write a letter to a favorite author explaining how his or her book changed the student’s life. The contest consists of two levels.

    Level I is for students in grades 4-7, and Level II is for all students in grades 8-12.

    Cash prizes will be awarded to the first-, second-, and third-place state winners in each category.

    The top two letters will then compete for $500 at the national level.

    Contest deadline is Friday, Dec. 1, 2000.

    More information on Letters About Literature is available on the Web at http://will.state.wy.us/slpub/cenbook /activities.html or by contacting Candy VanDyke at the Wyoming Center for the Book at 307/777-5453, cvandy@state.wy.us.

    Ferret: Powerful, electronic library search
    engine launched at the University of Wyoming

    A new, integrated library system called Ferret is now in place at the University of Wyoming (UW).

    "This is a powerful electronic search engine that connects users instantly with the world of information," said Keith Cottam, director of UW Libraries.

    He said items appear in the database as soon as they are received and cataloged, allowing immediate access for patrons.

    With Ferret, users are able to access the library’s collection, determine the circulating status of materials, identify holdings of journal issues and connect directly to Web sites linked to library records.

    Users can also access their unique patron file, determine items checked out, due dates, holds or recalls, and renew materials online.

    University of Wyoming Libraries, the American Heritage Center, UW Law Library and Colorado School of Mines cooperated in establishing Ferret.

    Developed by Endeavor Information Systems Inc., the system is used by the Library of Congress and many other major research libraries.

    The UW community was involved in choosing a new name for the system.

    The winning entry, Ferret, was chosen for its connection to Wyoming wildlife and for the dictionary definition of the word, which is to bring to light by searching.

    Future developments will include the ability to overlay local holdings on Z39.50 compliant commercial databases, allowing users to know if the item is part of the local collection; and the implementation of Image Server, which will allow graphical images to be linked within a bibliographic record.

    View Ferret at http://www.uwyo.edu and click on Libraries/Ferret Catalog.