State Archives to Celebrate American Archives Month

October is American Archives Month, and the Wyoming State Archives is celebrating in style, with two workshops, and participation in two national campaigns to bring awareness of archivists and archival collections to the public:

#AskanArchivistDay 
October 5
askanarchivist_hires_2016Archivists around the country will take to Twitter to answer your questions about any and all things archives. This day-long event, sponsored by the Society of American Archivists offers the opportunity to connect directly on Twitter with archivists locally and around the country to ask questions, get information, or just satisfy your curiosity. Just tweet a question and include the hashtag #AskAnArchivist. It will be seen instantly by archivists who will be standing by to respond directly to you. You can also direct questions to Wyoming’s archives: the State Archives (@WyoArchives), American Heritage Center (@ahcwyo), and Buffalo Bill Center of the West (@centerofthewest).

Electronic Records Day
October 10
Sponsored by the Council of State Archivists (https://www.statearchivists.org/)
The purpose of Electronic Records Day is to raise community awareness of digital records, and of the need to manage and preserve them. On this day, the Wyoming State Archives will be posting on their blog about digital records in our care.

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Preserving is not Just  for Vegetables and Fruits – Preserving Your Family History Records
October 13 at 7 p.m.
Lecture at the Wyoming State Museum, 2301 Central Ave., Cheyenne
 You’ve done the family history research, collected all the documents, photos, stories, movies — now what? Don’t get caught up in the jam of preservation. Archivists from the will share recommended methods for handling and storing your treasures and will offer advice on digitizing your collections. Archivists from the Wyoming State Archives, including specialists in visual, paper, and digital materials, will be the presenters,=. Cindy Brown will speak on digitizing your records, Robin Everett on caring for papers and bound materials, and Suzi Taylor on preserving old photographs. This program is part of the Wyoming State Museum’s lecture series.

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Finding Your Wyoming Roots in the Archives
October 29 from 9 a.m. to noon
Workshop at the Wyoming State Archives, 2301 Central Ave., Cheyenne
State Archives staff members Suzi Taylor, Robin Everett, and Carl Hallberg will guide you through the search for your family in vital records, city directories, and school records. You will discover buried treasure about your family’s history in state records. After an introduction to the sources, attendees will be invited to spend an hour beginning their search in the Archives, using all the tips and tricks they have just learned. A second session later this year will cover court (including naturalization) and land records.

Buchholz Celebrates 40 years at the Park County Public Library

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Marge Buchholz

When Marjorie (Marge) Helgesen was hired as an assistant in the children’s department of the Park County Public Library in Cody in 1976, she had no idea she would continue to serve the people of Cody and Park County for 40 years. She’s now Marge Buchholz, and her years of service are being celebrated with a public reception in the Biblio Bistro of the Park County Public Library in Cody from 9 am to 4 pm on Tuesday, September 27.

She was promoted to circulation manager in 1978, then became manager of the Cody library in 2005. She’s seen many changes in her years with the library with the arrival of automation and other technologies. Vinyl records were replaced by audio cassettes, CDs, video tapes, DVDs, and most recently by downloadable audiobooks and e-books for patrons to enjoy on a computer or mobile device. One of the big changes Marge experienced came when she was involved in the project to create a new library for Cody in the former Marathon Oil Company building.

Often found at the main circulation desk to remain in touch with the community, Marge also reviews and orders many of the books and other materials added to the collection of the library. Assisted by the very generous Friends of the Cody Library, Marge has built an enviable collection of educational and informational CDs and DVDs that are well used by library patrons.

Marge said her work experience at the Cody library “is the most wonderful, relevant, interesting, happiest job experience I have had in my life.”

Unlocking Pop Culture to Improve Your Readers’ Advisory

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Librarians specialize in books, but some of the best readers’ advisory inspiration can be found beyond the printed page. Movies, music, TV, games, podcasts — pop culture permeates our lives. Start the right conversations and you can discover what your patrons love (and what they’d love to see in your library). Let NoveList Book Squad librarians Rebecca Honeycutt and Autumn Winters show you how fandom can drive deeper engagement at the library, supercharging your readers’ advisory, circulation, and programming.

Join NoveList and the Book Squad for this free webcast from 12-1 Mountain Time on Thursday, Sept. 29. Learn more and register.

Hack the Classroom with Microsoft on Sept. 24

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Online live event
Saturday, September 24, 2016
9-11 a.m. MST

The Hack is back! Join Microsoft for two hours of inspirational professional learning with Hack the Classroom, a live, online event designed to inspire and enable you to incorporate new ideas and tools into your classroom so your students can achieve more. The key is to start with just a few small steps.

By attending Hack the Classroom online event, you will:

  • Hear from inspiring speakers and thought leading educators
  • Learn from teachers by taking a glimpse into their classrooms to see how small changes, result in huge student impact
  • Engage, interact, and pose questions with speakers and other educators
  • Gain access to professional development resources and tools to get started

Register today to reserve your spot. Find details and agenda.

Twitter @Microsoft_EDU and share your thoughts using #HackTheClassroom.

Database of the Month Archived Webinar: CultureGrams

Every day many countries and cultures are in the news. Use CultureGrams to discover customs and lifestyles, gather background information, and get a perspective on daily life. Join Chris Van Burgh for a look at this resource that is great for kids and adults. Find in GoWYLD.net.

Can’t access YouTube? Find an alternate video link on our webinar archive page, along with links to many more recorded training videos.

Friends of Libraries Week to be Celebrated October 16-22

From the American Library Association

Friends of the Library groups and libraries across the country will be celebrating the 11th annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 16-22, 2016. Friends groups, library trustees and library staff can access a variety of online resources to help them celebrate. Materials available include promotional ideas, editable publicity materials, camera-ready bookmarks, ideas from past celebrations and much more.

In conjunction with National Friends of Libraries Week, two awards of $250 will be given to Friends of the Library groups for activities held during the celebration. Learn more and apply. Entries are due by Dec. 2, 2016.

20 Donor Thank You Ideas from CauseVox

Thank you cardEffective thank yous are key to an effective fundraising program. Gratitude keeps your library donors coming back. They want to know they are appreciated, and that their gifts make a difference.

CauseVox recently offered a list of 20 Unique Donor Thank You Ideas. Some might work better for you than others, but all are worth considering. Read the full post for details, but here’s the short list:

  1. Send them a handwritten note
  2. Thank them publicly in your newsletter or in a building display.
  3. Highlight them on social media
  4. Mention them in your annual report
  5. Explain where their donations went and the impact the donor had
  6. Send an immediate email confirmation
  7. Make a video thanking them
  8. Visit them personally.
  9. Use a tier-system of recognition
  10. Present them with a plaque
  11. Throw a donor appreciation party
  12. Hold a telephone thank-a-thon
  13. Give them a behind-the-scenes look at your library
  14. Partner with a local business for a donor discount
  15. Ask those who’ve benefited from donations to make them cards.
  16. Sing (literally) their praises! (Create and record a song.)
  17. Ask them if they want to volunteer at or advocate for your library.
  18. Be aware of milestones, such as weddings, engagements, and births.
  19. Acknowledge the anniversary of their first donation.
  20. Create a “donor spotlight” to highlight someone on your website or in your newsletter.

Do you have a unique way to thank donors, or are you planning one? Share it in the comments!