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Volume 40, Number 6
August – October 2007

Sen. Enzi kicks off The Big Read at Wyoming Book Festival

Wyoming celebrated its kickoff of "The Big Read: Wyoming reads My Ántonia" with U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi at the Wyoming Book Festival on Saturday, Sept. 15. Enzi, wearing a festival volunteer t-shirt under his jacket, was on hand to introduce keynote speaker Robert Roripaugh and Willa Cather living history presenter Lynne Swanson in the Writing and Publishing tent on the Capitol lawn. Events are now going on in 14 counties around the state, with Goshen County Library now joining the project. For more information and a schedule of local events, visit www.wyomingbigread.org.

The first Wyoming Book Festival in Cheyenne Sept. 14-15 was a tremendous success with more than 60 authors doing readings and talks, teaching workshops, engaging in panel discussions, signing books and mingling with the crowds.

UW breaks ground for new library

Groundbreaking for the new addition to and renovation of University of Wyoming's William Robertson Coe Library was held Friday, Oct. 5. Guest speakers included UW President Tom Buchanan and head football coach Joe Glenn.

The five-story, 92,765-square-foot addition is scheduled to be completed in September 2009. Concurrently, the 188,656 square-feet of existing building will undergo renovation. The $49.9 million project was funded in 2005 by the Wyoming State Legislature. A highlight is the 3,220 square-foot computer commons located centrally on the main level near the entrance, adjacent to reference and information technology services, with 24-hour access to 150 computer terminals. The new facility will also have two electronic classrooms with 50 computer terminals combined.

"Today's information is packaged in a variety of formats including printed and electronic books, online journals, databases, and media such as recordings, music, and movies," said Maggie Farrell, dean of University Libraries. "The addition and renovation will bring together these formats to enable students to readily access information and incorporate it within their research and learning."

Laramie County Library holds grand opening

It took years of planning, months of building, weeks of moving, but the big day finally arrived: on Saturday, Sept. 8 the new Laramie County Library at 2200 Pioneer Ave. in Cheyenne opened its doors. The library was made possible through sixth-penny funds. In 2003, voters approved $26.9 million for the new, 100,000 square foot library, as well as a new bookmobile and improvements to the Pine Bluffs Branch Library. The Laramie County Library Foundation raised more than $1.6 million for additional improvements and amenities. The new environmentally-friendly library features expanded collections, self-check stations, an interactive literacy center for children, more meeting and study rooms, a 50-station computer center, a teen area and a coffee shop. Visit www.lclsonline.org for building pictures and additional information.

Wyoming Place Names Wiki makes its debut

The Wyoming State Library has just launched the Wyoming Place Names Wiki at http://wiki.wyomingplaces.org. Some of the most common reference questions received at WSL are about Wyoming place names: this wiki is a clearinghouse of that information. Over the summer WSL hired intern Curtis McCann who created the wiki structure and entered information from Works Progress Administration (WPA) files held by the Wyoming State Archives. The University of Wyoming has the extensive files of a former UW librarian who researched Wyoming place names, and UW library staff and students will contribute that information. The wiki software allows staff at both WSL and UW easy access to build this resource, which is still a work in progress. Have suggestions for the wiki? Submit them at http://wyomingplaces.org/form.php.

First county-wide library summit held at Fort Washakie

Forty Fremont County librarians met on Monday, August 6th at the Fort Washakie School/Community Library, for the first county-wide Library Summit. Representatives from school, public, and college libraries attended the day-long summit, sponsored by the Fremont County Library system and Fort Washakie School District No. 21.

State Outreach Librarian Christine Van Burgh demonstrated some of the latest research websites available through the Wyoming's free and comprehensive databases. Looking up family histories, auto repair schemata, academic subjects, maps, images, videos, downloading a host of books and media are all part of the modern library's world "Every resident of our state has access to these information tools, free of charge," Van Burgh said. "Wyomingites can pursue research and data even from their home or remote computers."

In her keynote address, State Librarian Lesley Boughton said, "Our legislators have provided more access through the Wyoming State Library than any other state in the nation. Now, our librarians need to stay on top of the technology that will help the public access what they need."

Converse County Library faces filtering controversy
From Karen Hopkins, Director

Converse County Library's policy of not filtering public use computers is still the subject of several Letters to the Editor in local newspapers during recent weeks. In response the Board of Trustees has established an Library Internet Policy Evaluation Committee. The committee's charge is "to consider, research, and discuss the Internet policy, library computer use by patrons, and other ways to ensure a safe environment for patrons of all ages while protecting basic privacy rights and access to information."

Members of the Douglas, Glenrock and county communities were invited to apply for a position on the committee, which met for the first time on Oct. 4. Deputy State Librarian Jerry Krois attended as a consultant/facilitator. Discussion centered on the library's role in the community, background relating to the original complaint, and the purpose of the committee.

In the meantime, the Douglas library has moved the computers in question to what was the reference alcove. Reference and video/DVD materials are now located in the center aisle of the library. This move necessitated rewiring and the purchase of additional computer workstations. Funds for these items will have to be transferred from other areas of the library 2007-08 budget.

Mabel Brown Day

Gov. Dave Freudenthal presents Mabel Brown with the proclamation declaring Sept. 19, 2007 to be "Mabel Brown Recognition Day" in the Capitol Rotunda. The long-time Wyoming historian was recognized for her decades of involvement in writing about and working to preserve the state's history.
Photo courtesy Governor's Office.

Wyoming State Library LSTA plan approved

Wyoming's Library Services and Technology Act 5 year plan was approved by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. This plan drives statewide projects, sub-grants and central services for October 1, 2007 through Sept. 30, 2012. A copy is online at http://will.state.wy.us/admin/LSTAPlan2008-12.pdf .

Spanish Language Outreach Workshop held

The Wyoming State Library conducted the Gates Foundation and WebJunction sponsored "Spanish Language Outreach Workshop" on Sept 12. Thirteen individuals for the county libraries attended. Margaret Thompson, Latino Services Supervisor at Teton County Library, assisted Jerry Krois in teaching the curriculum developed by WebJunction. Attendees will return to their libraries and develop an action plan for services to their Spanish speaking community.

Arch Coal Foundation kicks off 8th year of recognizing Wyoming teachers

For the eighth consecutive year, the Arch Coal Foundation will recognize 10 of the top classroom educators in Wyoming. Each teacher will each receive a $2,500 cash award. Nominations will be accepted until Jan. 11, 2008; earlier nominations will allow the teacher more time to complete the application. Nomination forms are available in schools and libraries throughout the state, in Taco John's and Loaf 'N Jug locations, and can be made online through the Wyoming Education Association site at www.wyoea.org and at www.archteacherawards.com. Arch Coal is one of the nation's largest coal producers and employs approximately 1,200 people in Wyoming.


Wyoming Library Association 2007 award winners announced

The Wyoming Library Association announced its award winners during its annual conference in Cheyenne Sept. 12-14. Congratulations go to:

No awards were made for the Trustee Citation, Andy Fisher Award, Georgia Shovlain Award or Milstead Award because there were no nominations in these categories. For more information about the Wyoming Library Association awards, visit www.wyla.org.

Willmarth to manage WSL Business Office

Jack Willmarth was promoted to Business Office Manager at the Wyoming State Library on August 6, 2007. He replaces Joe French, who retired in July. Willmarth has been with WSL for 17 years, working on the circulation desk for two and a half years and then the last 14-plus years in acquisitions. In addition to his new duties running the business office, managing state and federal funds and working with the Library Foundation and WYLD billings, he is still running the acquisitions program. Libraries needing assistance with patron and barcode items should now contact Jackie Tabor, 307-777-6331, jtabor@state.wy.us.

"I am learning many new things," Willmarth said. "I feel like a salmon swimming upstream. I'll eventually reach my goal - I just hope the bear doesn't eat me before I get there."

Vittitow to join Library Development Office

Susan Vittitow has taken a new position at the Wyoming State Library as a Librarian in the Library Development Office. Among her duties, she will serve as the liaison to the Federal State Cooperative System for the national collection of public library data. She will also introduce a data collection system for high school libraries to better understand the trends and conditions of secondary school libraries. Vittitow has been working in the publications and marketing office since April 2004, writing stories for the Wyoming Library Roundup and helping to organize the state's first Wyoming Book Festival and its first Big Read project. She earned her MSLS from Clarion University in December 2005 through an online program that emphasized small and rural libraries. Questions about the Wyoming Center for the Book and other publications and marketing office projects may be directed to Tina Lackey, 307-777-6338, tlacke@state.wy.us.


John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award competition open for 2008

Competition is open now for the 2008 John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award contest, sponsored by the H. W. Wilson Company, the H. W. Wilson Foundation and the Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Deadline for entries is December 6. Details, tips, evaluation guidelines, downloadable entry forms, entry checklists and examples of previous winning entries are available online at www.hwwilson.com/jcdawards/nw_jcd.htm. For more information, visit www.ala.org/lama and click on navigation item "Awards," or contact Fred Reuland, LAMA marketing specialist, at 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611; phone 1-800-545-2433 x5032; e-mail freuland@ala.org; fax:(312)280-2169.

Two grant training programs coming to Wyoming

The Grantsmanship Center's signature Grantsmanship Training Program is coming to Cheyenne Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2007, hosted by the Wyoming Community Action Partnership. It is a comprehensive, hands-on workshop that covers the whole grant development process, from researching funding sources to writing and reviewing grant proposals. Class size is limited to 30 participants. To register or for more information, visit http://www.tgci.com/gtptraining.shtml or call The Grantsmanship Center's Registrar at (800) 421-9512.

The Grant Institute's Grants 101: Professional Grant Proposal Writing Workshop will be held at the University of Wyoming, December 3 - 5 . It is an intensive and detailed introduction to the process, structure, and skill of professional proposal writing. Grants 101 consists of three courses that will be completed during the three-day workshop.
1. Fundamentals of Program Planning
2. Professional Grant Writing
3. Grant Research
For more information call (888) 824 - 4424 or visit The Grant Institute at www.thegrantinstitute.com.


College of DuPage teleconferences available

The new season of the College of DuPage's library teleconferences will begin in October. The first program is scheduled for Friday, October 26. This years programs include:

Wyoming libraries and librarians can participate in these teleconferences at no cost by one of three ways:

1. Downlink the satellite broadcast of the programs to either be shown at your library at the time of the live program or to be taped for later viewing. Register at the BCR web site: http://bcr.org/training/teleconferences/register.html.
2. View the teleconference webcast from your computer either at the time of the live program or at a time convenient to your schedule. The programs are archived and available on request at no charge to Wyoming libraries for 60 days. Register at the BCR web site: http://bcr.org/training/teleconferences/register.html.
3. Request a taped copy of the programs from Wyoming State Library (through WYLDCat). It usually takes 2-3 weeks for us to have them available for ILL.

More information about the programs are available at http://bcr.org/training/teleconferences/. Questions? Contact Jamie Markus, jmarku@state.wy.us, 307-777-5914


Visit the New Library Science Publications at the Wyoming State Library webpage, http://will.state.wy.us/ldo/newpubs.html, to view an annotated list of new items added to the State Library's Professional Collection. This month's additions include:

Send questions, comments, or suggestions to Jamie Markus, WSL Continuing Education Coordinator, jmarku@state.wy.us, 307-777-5914.



For Wyoming library job announcements and links to local and regional job boards, visit http://will.state.wy.us/libraries/libjobs.html