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Volume 37, Number 6
July 2004

Legislators honored for support of library resources

On July 16, the State Legislature's Joint Labor, Health and Social Services Committee was honored with the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) 2004 Consumer Health Information Award for Wyoming. State Librarian Lesley Boughton presented the committee's award on the floor of the Legislature.

The Joint Committee, chaired by Sen. Charles Scott (Casper) and Rep. Doug Osborn (Buffalo) received this award for recommending the purchase of the Cochrane Library, an online collection of eight evidence-based medical databases, for the Wyoming Libraries Database (WYLD) system.

"Our Legislators have been supportive of funding for electronic resources through WYLD," said Lesley Boughton, "With their recommendation of the Cochrane Library, the Labor, Health and Social Services Committee has shown that they are looking forward and thinking about the types of resources that will improve health in Wyoming."

Wyoming is the first state to purchase the Cochrane Library for its residents; it is now accessible through WYLD libraries.

Expect Library Directory drafts soon

WSL hopes to put the 2004-2005 Libraries Directory in your hands at the Wyoming Library Association conference in October, so we need your help. Soon, you will receive a draft of your directory listing as it will appear in the print version. Please either:

Because of time constraints, school library listings will be sent to district offices instead of individual libraries.

PLEASE REMEMBER! If you get a NEW staff member, our office does NOT automatically know if we are supposed to delete an outgoing staff member! Let us know EXACTLY who to add and who to delete. This goes double for boards.

With your corrections, please indicate how many copies of the print directory you would like for your library. Yes, we know many of you did this exercise earlier this year, but we would appreciate it if you would resubmit your information so that everyone's is current. Please direct any questions to Susan Vittitow at 777-5915.

Librarians Rock the Vote in Riverton

On Sat. July 10 Fremont County Library System hosted Wyoming's first-ever Rock-the-Vote Concert in the City Park of Riverton. Six area bands performed at the evening event as part of MTV's voter registration drive, which has the goal of registering 20 new million voters for this upcoming election. The Fremont County Election Office was on hand at the concert to register new voters. Several political candidates joined the crowd, along with the Fremont County Democratic and Republican Party Chairs along with several political candidates.

Each band promoted the power of the vote. Audience members were of all ages, but most were from 18 to 20. There was even a mosh pit going on. The concert was a huge success with many people registering and gathering information. This type of event reinforces the image of public libraries staying current with the nation around them, and shows that libraries care about political participation.

"It was so awesome," said event organizer Shari Haskins from the Riverton Branch Library. "I have a newfound respect for heavy metal music, although I did not get in the mosh pit only because I was afraid I may have hurt someone -- yeah, right!"

Platte County goes fine-free

Library System Director Julie Henion has informed us that Platte County will no longer charge overdue fines on materials. Patrons will receive two overdue notices - the second will be a bill, with the option of paying it or returning the item (still fine-free).

For those who feel badly about returning materials late and want to do proper penance, there will be a "Guilt Gourd" at the checkout desk for free will donations.

Natrona County paints up, fires up new bookmobile

Natrona County Library has a snazzy new bookmobile, funded by One-Cent #12. The bookmobile has capacity for 4,000 items, allowing for an improved collection of current bestsellers, children's picture books, books on tape and newly released DVDs and videos. Funding for the colorful outside graphics was provided by the Friends of the Library. Natrona County's bookmobile will visit schools, neighborhoods, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other areas where a minimum of 10 patrons and 50 checkouts can be expected.

Virtual librarians set up shop in Fremont County

Fremont County Library System has set up a web-based "Ask A Librarian" reference service at http://www.fremontcountylibraries.org/askalibrarian.html. Submit a question on the online form, and a librarian will get back to you in a day or two with the answer.

McMurry grant expands Lincoln County video collection

Videos purchased with a $5,000 McMurry Library Endowment grant are beginning to hit the shelves of the Lincoln County Library System. A recent article in the Kemmerer Gazette featured titles purchased with the grant, including travel, history, science and nature and instructional videos. Lincoln County checks out videos, like books, at no cost to patrons.

Watch for Letters About Literature guidelines

Keep an eye out - guidelines for the 2005 Letters About Literature contest will be available late this summer.

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress in partnership with Target Stores invites readers in grades 4 through 12 to participate in this national reading-writing contest. To enter, young readers write a personal letter to an author, explaining how his or her work changed their view of the world or themselves. Young readers can select authors from any genre-fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic. Deadline for entries is December 4, 2004.

The Wyoming Center for the Book at the Wyoming State Library is the state coordinator for Letters About Literature. For more information, contact Susan Vittitow, 777-5915.

Around the State

Library jobs

Find new job postings as we get them on the Wyoming Library Job Postings board at http://will.state.wy.us/libraries/libjobs.html

No news is… not so good news!

Let us know what's happening at your library and we may use it in The Outrider! Email your news and pictures to Susan Vittitow at svitti@state.wy.us.

Register for VDX training by July 30

There's still time to register for the "Resource Sharing Tools for Interlibrary Loan" training planned for Aug. 5-6 at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne. Register by 8 a.m. July 30 at http://will.state.wy.us/training/ill/ More information is available from Trish Palluck at 777-5913.

Staff Development Tidbit - Weeding

If a library is a "fragrant garden for the mind', then every once in awhile you have to get in there and weed. It is the only way to keep a garden and a library healthy! Weeding is one of the best tools for aiding in collection management. Items that are worn, out of date, or no longer appropriate to patron's interests need to be discarded to make space for more valuable items. Weeding helps keep the collection appealing and easier for patrons and staff to use. Oddly enough, patrons will handle materials with a little more care because there is an overall feeling that the collection is valued. For staff, weeding provides valuable feedback about collection strengths and weaknesses. Most importantly, a well weeded collection removes the illusion that the library has a well-rounded, well-stocked collection!

Weeding can be overwhelming. Like any project, weeding is easier to accomplish if the work is broken up into manageable chunks and attacked on a continuous basis. If you are looking for a systematic method of weeding your collection, join the "Weed of the Month" Club! Sponsored by SUNLINK, Weed of the Month Club is a free site http://www.sunlink.ucf.edu/weed/ featuring general weeding guidelines, a monthly topic, and a really fun link called "Things we have dug up while weeding!" The monthly topic includes a rationale for weeding this subject, suggests Dewey numbers to check, and lists specific criteria for weeding this topic. An archive of monthly topics is available. The site is fun, informative and will help get you and keep you on a good weeding schedule.

New Library Science Resources

Great new titles have been added to the collection. Remember, the stacks are closed so if you would like to take a look at any of these, just drop Jill Rourke an email at jrourk@state.wy.us or call 307-777-5914

Collaborative collection development: a practical guide for your library
by James Burgett, James. 'Features the Wyoming Federal Depository Library Consortium [p. 106]"
Weaving a library Web: a guide to developing children's websites
by Helene Blowers. "Nice guide to developing web pages that appeal to children and young adults."
Excellence in Library Services to Young Adults / Renee Vaillancourt McGarth, ed. Award-winning programs from around the country, including Laramie County Library System's "Home Pages" home school book club [p. 43]
Maxwell's handbook for AACR2 : explaining and illustrating the Anglo-American cataloguing rules through the 2003 update
by Robert Maxwell. A valuable update from a cataloging authority, this volume is especially helpful when working with non-print materials.

Training opportunities

Information Power V begins Tuesday, August 10 in Casper. Jan Segerstrom will present this four day course geared toward school media specialists. For information and registration click to http://wyla.org/infopower/IP_V_Agenda.shtml

Ralph Buchan, a representative from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Technical Support Team will be conducting two seminars on sustainability in August. The seminars are intended for Librarians and Technical Support Staff and are designed to ease the transition from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation support of the granted computers to local support. Seminars will cover topics related to the granted computers running Windows 2000 or XP. Seminars will be in Lander, Tuesday, August 10 and Douglas, Thursday, August 12. For more information, click to http://will.state.wy.us/training/gates.html

The State Library will host a quarterly orientation on Wednesday, August 11, 2004 starting at 8:30 a.m. for interested staff of all types of Wyoming libraries. The orientation lasts one half-day and consists of presentations by the Central Acquisitions and Business, Publications and Marketing, Information Services, Administration, Library Development, and WYLD teams. Each library sending participants is responsible for all costs associated with travel, lodging and meals for the staff attending. You can also reserve seats with Norma Cloyd at 1-800/264-1281, 1 to continue, then 5 (ncloyd@state.wy.us) or click on the ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM

Have a great idea for training? Looking for a speaker to do regional or in-house training? Heard a speaker you would love to share with others in the state? Contact Jill Rourke at the Library Development Office, 307-777-5914 or jrourk@state.wy.us

Don't forget the Wyoming State Libraries Planning Calendar! This is a great tool for directors and library staff to look ahead and plan continuing education. Click to http://will.state.wy.us:5630/wyldco

Grants, programs, etc.

Application deadline for LSTA continuing education grants [up to $1000 per year] and Carol McMurry Library Endowment grants [up to $1500 per year] are coming up fast! These grants help defray costs of continuing education for library staff around the state. This includes the cost of college courses, conferences, workshops, institutes, workshops, etc. For more information and applications, click to:
LSTA http://will.state.wy.us/training/indivgrant.html
McMurry http://will.state.wy.us/mcmurry/indivgrants.html
Application deadline for fall events is July 30.

SBC Communications foundation is offering technology and community growth grants. Deadline is August 13th. Take a look at http://www.sbc.com/foundation for additional information. Need help? Contact the Library Development Office for assistance.

ALA has teamed with the National Library of Medicine to bring a touring exhibit "Changing the face of medicine: celebrating America's women physicians" to libraries across the country. For more information on the exhibit and application forms, click to http://www.nlm.nih.gov/changingthefaceofmedicine/ and then on "visit". Deadline is Sept 1.

On Saturday, Sept 11 people around the country will gather at public places - many of them libraries - to discuss issues and ideas as part of the annual September Project. Academic, public, school and institution libraries throughout North America are participating. If you would like to take a small part in this national effort, click to http://www.theseptemberproject.org

Grant Writing and Fundraising Information Resources for Libraries http://www.wnylrc.org/Librtalk/Grants.htm#Programs has a great set of links for grants and grant writing information. Don't forget to scroll the entire page!

Looking for other grant opportunities? Don't forget the Foundation Center collections on-site at Campbell County Library, Teton County Library, Sheridan-Fulmer County Library, Casper College and Laramie County Community College. Be sure to call ahead and make an appointment to use these valuable resources!