Get Outside the Lines September 13-19, 2015

OTL-LOGOOutside the Lines is a weeklong celebration from September 13-19 demonstrating the creativity and innovation happening in libraries. Whether your organization is large or small, a school library or a public library, you can participate by hosting at least one event or campaign that:

  1. Gets people thinking – and talking – about libraries in a different way
  2. Showcases the library out in the community as well as in the library
  3. Highlights how your library is relevant to people’s lives
  4. Represents your local community
  5. Is active versus passive – gets people engaged
  6. Is extraordinary and unexpected
  7. Most importantly, is fun!

Learn more and sign up at

AASL Offers School Library Promotion Toolkit

From the American Library Association

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The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released a new member-created resource to help school librarians promote the ways their programs transform teaching and learning. Available on the AASL website or as a PDF download, the tool offers strategies, practical tips and key messages school librarians can implement immediately.

The Web-based resource contains sections on how school librarians can promote their library by becoming a leader in their school, building strategic partnerships to create advocates and planning purposeful and varied communications. Sections make implementation easy by providing users with practical suggestions, a look at what helps and what hinders promotion, key messages and success stories from the field.

Learn more at

Library Card Sign-Up Month Kicks Off Today

PEANUTS_WEB_PSA_851x315September is Library Card Sign-up Month: a time to remind parents and children that a library card is the most important school supply of all.

This year, Snoopy, from the Peanuts comic strip, is the Honorary Chair for Library Card Sign-Up Month. This world-famous beagle has been known as The Flying Ace, The Masked Marvel, Man’s Best Friend, and the Literary Ace, among other personas; this fall he makes his star turn when he comes to the big screen in The Peanuts Movie from 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios.

Libraries provide innovative services and access to a wide variety of tools, both high-tech and low-tech, to empower their communities. A wealth of activities for the entire family awaits, so encourage your patrons to see what’s happening at your library during Library Card Sign-up Month.

Learn more from the American Library Association or at

WSL Recruiting for New School Library Consultant Position

official-logo-200For the first time, the Wyoming State Library has created a staff position specifically geared toward the needs of school libraries, teacher-librarians, and other school library employees.

“We want to support the staff in our school libraries,” said Jamie Markus, Interim Wyoming State Librarian. “They play a vital role – they’re teaching the information literacy skills our students need. Hiring a school library consultant will enable us to provide these employees with resources and guidance they can use.”

This new professional librarian position will be the first point of contact at the Wyoming State Library for school library employees who have questions or need to consult an expert. This person will create, manage, and deliver training and act as a liaison to educational entities, government agencies, library organizations, and other stakeholders.

“Research has shown that a strong school library program improves student achievement and that staffing is a key component behind a quality program,” Markus said. “We’re excited to take this step to support those members of the Wyoming library community who work in the schools.”

School Library Consultant Job Description:

This professional librarian position will create, manage, and deliver training on WSL services and other resources available to school library employees, and will serve as a consultant on a wide variety of school library topics. The ideal candidate will be well-versed in the unique requirements, functions, and needs of school libraries, and self-assured in their role as a liaison to educational entities, government agencies, library organizations, and other stakeholders. This position will also manage collection development of WSL’s library science materials, provide service desk support, and respond to reference questions from state agencies, libraries, and the general public.

For more information, see the full job description on the State of Wyoming Human Resources website at:

NMC Releases 2015 Horizon Report, Library Edition

2015-nmc-horizon-report-library-ENFrom the New Media Consortium website:

“What is on the five-year horizon for academic and research libraries? The NMC Horizon Report: 2015 Library Edition examines key trends, significant challenges, and important developments in technology for their impact on academic and research libraries worldwide.”

Learn more and download the report at

Three Free Webinars from United for Libraries

United for Libraries (Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations) offers recorded webinars/webcasts that you can access 24/7 from the comfort of your own home, work, or the library. Currently, they are offering three free recorded webinars at

  • Responding to a Budget Crisis (50 minutes)
    Learn how to develop a campaign for your library in a budget crisis from a group that fought for an additional $3.8 million for their library system. Find out how to work with the media, get publicity, find creative ways to campaign, and more.
  • Anatomy of a Successful Library Campaign: Real World Tips for Getting the Funding You Need (1 hour, 4 minutes)
    Libby Post of Communication Services and Doreen Hannon, executive director of the Salem-South Lyon (Mich.) District Library, who discusses the library’s successful millage campaign using the Citizens-Save-Libraries Power Guide for Successful Advocacy
  • How to Start a Friends Group (46 minutes)
    United for Libraries Executive Director Sally Gardner Reed with a free webinar on how to start a Friends of the Library group.

On February 1, 2009, Friends of Libraries U.S.A. (FOLUSA) and the Association for Library Trustees and Advocates (ALTA) joined forces to become an expanded division of ALA known as the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, now United for Libraries. United for Libraries is a national network of enthusiastic library supporters who believe in the importance of libraries as the social and intellectual centers of communities and campuses.

Basic Library Training from Idaho Commission for Libraries

able-iconThe Idaho Commission for Libraries offers online courses in librarianship at no cost. The free, online Alternative Basic Library Education (ABLE) Program provides basic library knowledge and skills for staff members who have no formal education in library science.

sable-iconThe free, online Supplemental Alternative Basic Library Education (SABLE) program provides additional resources in library knowledge and skills for staff members who have no formal education in library science. This program is a supplement to the ABLE courses.