Nominations Open for “I Love My Librarian” Award

I Love My Librarian Award 2015From the American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) asks library users to nominate librarians who have transformed lives and communities through education and lifelong learning for its 2015 I Love My Librarian Award. The award invites library users nationwide to recognize the public service of exceptional public, school, college, community college or university librarians. Library users can nominate their favorite librarians now through Sept. 28 by visiting

Each year since the award’s inception in 2008, the ALA selects up to 10 librarians from a pool of thousands of nominations. Award winners will each receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the I Love My Librarian Award ceremony and reception in New York City on Dec. 3, 2015, hosted by Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Each nominee must be a librarian with a master’s degree from a program accredited by the ALA in library and information studies or hold a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational program accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Nominees must be currently working in the United States in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or at an accredited K-12 school.

The I Love My Librarian Award is sponsored by Carnegie Corporation of New York. This year the ALA welcomes The New York Public Library as a co-sponsor. The ALA administers the award through the ALA’s Public Awareness Office, which promotes the value of libraries and librarians.

Lori Phillips Named Interim Dean of UW Libraries

From UW News

Lori Phillips

Lori Phillips

Lori Phillips has been named interim dean of University of Wyoming Libraries through June 30, 2016.

She has held various positions with the libraries since 1992, and has served as associate dean since 2003. She replaces Maggie Farrell, who accepted a position at Clemson University.

“Lori has provided solid leadership in the UW Libraries as associate dean,” says David Jones, UW vice president for academic affairs. “We are confident that she will continue to keep the libraries at the forefront of UW’s academic mission during the time that she serves as interim dean.”

At UW, Phillips has been responsible for personnel management and has overseen all operational areas of the UW Libraries. She has managed numerous key projects, including the Libraries Digital Collections and Scholarly Communication initiatives. She also worked closely with UW Information Technology to create and maintain student-centered learning spaces within Coe Library.

Phillips earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history at UW, and obtained a Master of Library and Information Science at the University of Arizona. She has numerous publications and presentations, and has served on many committees for the Association of College and Research Libraries.

New from WebJunction: Advocacy in Action


From the WebJunction Crossroads newsletter:

Advocacy in Action is designed to help you plan and execute a successful library awareness campaign in your local community. Based on the approach devised by OCLC and used by more than 1,800 public libraries through the Geek the Library program, the Advocacy in Action resources will help you showcase the vital role of the library in your community and educate the public about the critical funding issues libraries face.

The campaign is organized in five phases: Plan Your Campaign, Create Awareness, Generate Engagement, Encourage Action, and Sustain the Momentum. Apply each phase of the campaign sequentially so that it gains momentum and makes an impact.

On July 25, 1890

07_25WPPTThe “new town” of Iron City on the Burlington and Missouri Railroad was in the news in July 1890. Iron City, located on Iron Creek, was a railroad town that sprung up near Merino when the railroad was being built. Also called Iron Town and Irontown, it was absorbed by Merino later in 1890.

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Top Four Reasons Students Use Their College Library

Studying alone in the University of Wyoming Library

Students in Coe Library using the collaborative POD and in the Reading Room. Cara Heath (black top), Glenrock, WY

From Cengage, “To better understand college students’ study habits, we wanted to explore how, and why, they use their school’s library. So, in our Spring 2015 Student Engagement Insights survey, we asked: What do you do when you’re at your college library? Nearly 3,000 students responded. Here are their top four reasons for spending time there:

  1. Study alone
  2. Use the online databases
  3. Use reference materials
  4. Meet their study groups

Read the full story on the Cengage site

On July 24, 1890





On July 24, 1890, Chicago was chosen as the location for the World’s Columbian Expedition to be held in 1893. Congress established the World’s Columbian Commission which was to include two members from each state and territory.
the Wyoming State Library has a publication titled: “Report of the Wyoming World’s Fair Commission to the members of the Senate and House Committees, World’s Columbian Exposition.