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December 2001
Volume 33,
Number 12


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Proposals for new integrated library system arrive
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Iverson begins term as MPLA president
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Meece, former librarian, dies
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Libraries directory survey out in January
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Wyoming Facts with Statewide Information Serivces
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Proposals for new integrated library system arrive

  • Come July of 2002, there will be a new integrated library system (ILS) in the state.

Responses to the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the new system have been delivered to the Wyoming State Library (WSL), and evaluators have been busy reading and scrutinizing each response.

The System Assessment Team (SAT) evaluators include Lesley Boughton, WSL state librarian; Lynnette Anderson, Casper College Library; Tony Goymerac, Teton County Library; Scott Kinney, Laramie County Library System; Crystal Stratton, Laramie County Community College; Marcia Wright, Campbell County Public Library; and the Wyoming Libraries Database (WYLD) Office.

Seven vendors responded to the RFP: CARL Corp.; Endeavor; Epixtech; Ex Libris, Inc.; Gaylord Information Systems; Innovative Interfaces; and Sirsi Corp.

The vendors attended the Wyoming Library Association (WLA) conference in September in Cody where each demonstrated their latest system.

Qualified responses will be evaluated on a point scale based on many criteria including system functions, sub-systems functionality, training, vendor qualifications and cost analysis.

Boughton said the final vendor ranking would be based on RFP responses, demonstrations, feedback from the Wyoming library community and customer references. The team of evaluators is looking for the best value.

Training for the new system will be aggressive and will begin after April 2002. Chris Van Burgh, WSL outreach librarian, will serve as the training coordinator and additional training teams will be formed.

“The training will be a huge effort,” Boughton said.

System training will be delivered on-site in every county in a 12-week span and will include both a system overview for all staff and specialized training for specific functions. Media training such as Web-based and CD Rom to accompany site training will be developed, she added.

“The new system will provide efficient library operations, system management and richer access to resources for all clientele,” she said.

The timeline to be “live” on the new system is July 1, 2002, when the new biennium begins.

More information and a timeline on the process can be found at

Questions or comments may be directed to Boughton at 800/264-1281, then option 1, 307/777-5911 or

Iverson begins term as MPLA president

  • SHERIDAN — Debbie Iverson, library director at Sheridan College, has taken the seat as the president of the Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA).

Iverson has already served one year as vice president of the 12-state regional library association and will serve an additional year beyond this year as past president of this 800 member group.

Iverson assumed her responsibilities at the end of the annual conference, which was held in Phoenix, Ariz. MPLA rotates through its 12 member states holding conferences jointly with state associations.

As president, Iverson will spend time conducting the business of the organization, as well as on the implementation, of MPLA’s five-year long-range plan. The chief focus of the long-range plan is the education and continuing education of librarians, the recruitment of new people to the field, and the migration of activities as an association onto a technical platform, which will make work more efficient and effective and accessible.

Iverson has been a member of MPLA for more than 20 years and looks forward to the opportunity now available to her to serve the organization.

“Mountain Plains Library Association is just the right mix of geographic accessibility and programming sophistication for me and for many who belong to this association,” she said.

“We’re a large enough group to be able to bring in national-level speakers but a small enough group, so we can frequently know each other by first name.”

The MPLA Website is at

Meece, former librarian, dies

  • Mary Louise (McFarland) Meece, 85, died Nov. 24, 2001, in Longmont, Colo.

At age 50, Meece earned a master’s degree in library science. She was then a librarian at Dean Morgan High School and Natrona County District before retiring in 1985.

That same year, she received the first International Reading Association’s Casper Reading Council Literacy Award.

Memorials may be made to the Deacon’s Fund of First Presbyterian Church, 1820 15th St., Boulder, Colo. 80302.

Libraries directory survey out in January

  • Librarians should watch their mailboxes in January for the 2002 Wyoming Libraries Directory survey.

Every year, the Wyoming State Library (WSL) updates and prints the directory, which will be available in the spring. The directory contains information for all types of libraries in the state and includes library contact information, key staff, hours and other information for librarians.

WSL asks librarians to complete the survey,so the directory information is current. The survey form also provides the opportunity to order free copies of the print directory.

The State Library also maintains an online directory that is updated continuously throughout the year. The online directory is at Questions may be directed to Courtney Herceg, 800/264-1281 (continue 1, then 6), 307/777-5453 or

Wyoming Facts with Statewide Information Services

  • Each issue, the Wyoming State Library Statewide Information Services (SIS) staff answers frequently asked Wyoming-related questions from all over the world.

Wyoming FARQ 4: Where can I find the words or music to the Wyoming state song?

A: The Wyoming State Library has both the sheet music and a cassette recording of the state song.

Judge Charles E. Winter of Encampment composed a poem titled “Wyoming” during the summer of 1903. Earl Clemens, editor of the Grand Encampment Herald, wrote the first score for the song. This version of the song was introduced to the Wyoming Industrial Convention in Sheridan and won recognition as the “state song.”

Professor George Edwin Knapp, a director of the music department at the University of Wyoming, found copies of the poem “Wyoming,” and in his spare time, composed a melody for the words. This version of the song was introduced at a Wyoming State Teachers’ meeting, and the musical arrangement was published in the State Course of Study.

The Knapp version of the song was officially designated as the state song by the 33rd Wyoming Legislature in 1955. It is Wyoming Statute 8-3-108.

The cassette recording of the song held at the State Library has vocal and piano by John Coe, 1999. WyDocs Media CM 7.2:12 (cassette), Oversize ML 3795.W8 W784, (sheet music). Contact SIS from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 307/777-6333, Fax 307/777-5920 or

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