GPO Publishes 2016 Edition of Keeping America Informed

keeping_america_informedThe GPO has published a revised edition of Keeping America Informed: The U.S. Government Publishing Office: A Legacy of Service to the Nation, 1861-2016. This edition describes GPO’s rich history and transformation over the past 155 years and the ways that GPO continually adapted over the years, starting with lead type and the “ink-on-paper” era during GPO’s first days in 1861, all the way up to GPO’s incorporation of electronic information technologies in the present day.

Learn more and download Keeping America Informed.

Donating to the Wyoming State Institution Libraries

GivingIsGoodWyoming is home to 13 state institution libraries that need your help. These libraries serve the elderly, troubled youth, incarcerated adults, and special populations that are deaf, hard of hearing, have one or more mental illnesses, or have a mental or physical handicap. They play an important part in the lives of many Wyoming residents — they provide one of the only places for education, recreation, and entertainment for this small, but important, segment of the population.

The institution libraries operate with limited collection funds, so they need your extra material, your gift books, your soon-to-be-sold-in-a-book-sale surplus titles, your just-replaced technology items that are in good condition and still work, and any other titles that will not fit on your shelves, but are too good to destroy.

Wait! Don’t  get rid of that … Giving is Good! is a resource guide containing profiles of the 13 state institution libraries. The guide lists the library material, technology equipment, and other recreational supplies that each institution library manager feels is most needed in their collection, the type/genre of items that are not needed or allowed in their collection, and contact information for each of the institution library managers, and an index of material needs (for easy giving).

It is important to contact the library manager first before sending any donations to make sure they can use your items. If you have any questions about giving items to the Wyoming state institution libraries, contact Thomas Ivie at the Wyoming State Library,, (307) 777-6330.

Idaho Library Association Offers Conference Discount to WLA Members


The Idaho Library Association conference will take place Oct. 5-7, 2016, In Idaho Falls. With the Wyoming Library Association not holding a conference this year, the ILA is extending its discounted member rate to WLA members. Register no later than September 20 for the full conference early bird rate of $190. Learn more on their conference website.

On this Date in Patent History: Resources

Telegraphic Transmitter patentOn August 26, 1791, John Fitch was awarded a U.S. Patent for the steamboat. The Library of Congress has same great resources here on the topic, as well as a page for younger students.

We did a quick search of Wyoming Inventors, one of the State Library’s six digital collections, and found a few patents on this date in history from the Equality State’s innovators:

The WSL is a Patent and Trademark Depository Library, offering resources such as Wyoming Inventors, Wyoming Trademarks, and help with patent and trademark questions. Contact Karen Kitchens at or (307) 777-7281 for assistance.

Happy 100th Birthday to the National Park Service

Gov. Stan Hathaway fishing in Grand Teton National Park. Photo from Wyoming State Archives.

Gov. Stan Hathaway fishing in Grand Teton National Park. Photo from Wyoming State Archives.

Today, August 25, 2016, marks the National Park Service’s centennial. To celebrate, you might check out the NPS site to explore places to go (especially in Wyoming), delve into Government Publishing Office resources, or even transcribe and tag National Archives Catalog digitized records.

Did you know there is a  Yellowstone Research Library? The collection consists of books, magazines, articles and pamphlets relating to the history, culture, geology, animals and plants of Yellowstone National Park. You can read more about it in the Spring 2006 Wyoming Library Roundup.

Hitting the road? We have a stack of Wyoming road maps you can pick up here at the Wyoming State Library at 2800 Central Ave. in Cheyenne, or you can download maps from Wyoming Tourism. For a little historical perspective, the WSL has digitized Wyoming road maps back to 1932 in our Wyoming State Publications digital collection.

Follow the conversation today over on Twitter, hashtag #NPS100, and go #FindYourPark.


ACRL Releases Value of Academic Libraries Statement


The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has released the  Value of Academic Libraries Statement articulating the various ways academic libraries provide direct and indirect value to institutions of higher education. According to the statement, academic libraries:

  • support recruitment, retention, and matriculation,
  • enhance student learning,
  • support faculty research and teaching, and
  • raise institutional visibility and contribute to the community.

Read the full statement and find poster templates for your library to use.

The Value of Academic Libraries Statement was approved by the ACRL Board of Directors on June 25, 2016.

Today in History: First U.S. Congressional Library Burns

Out of the ashes

From the Library of Congress

On the evening of August 24, 1814, during the second year of the War of 1812, British forces under orders from Rear Admiral George Cockburn and Major General Robert Ross set fire to the unfinished United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. The congressional library, then housed in the Capitol’s north wing, was destroyed. To “replace the devastations of British Vandalism,” former U.S. president Thomas Jefferson offered to sell his personal collection of books, the largest and most comprehensive in the United States at that time. With some reservations, Congress purchased his library for $23,950 in 1815.

Visit the online Library of Congress exhibit, Out of the Ashes: A New Library for Congress and the Nation to learn more about this historic event.