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 karen.kitchens@wyo.gov 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.

Fall 2016 School Library Interest Group Newsletter Out

Link to School Library Interest Group newsletter

Click the image or follow this link for the fall issue of the Wyoming Library Association School Library Interest Group newsletter. This edition is jam-packed with information pertaining to school librarians including a showcase of the Information Power Summer Institute that happened earlier this month and a section related to the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Embed a Cloud Library Bookshelf on Your Library’s Search Page

Cloud Library embedThe featured shelves in 3M Cloud Library are a quick way to find a great read. Now, your WYLD library can embed a featured shelf on your main search page.

To show a featured shelf on any web page, go to the Cloud Library web app and select ‘list view’ for any shelf.

  • Copy the URL in the address bar of the browser
  • Change the word ‘Featured’ in the URL to ‘EmbeddableTray’
  • Create an iFrame on any web page using the edited URL as the target

Example – New this month
This code will display the new books featured shelf below:
<iframe src=”https://ebook.yourcloudlibrary.com/library/wyominglibraries/EmbeddableTray/a44917189bfc42bd936adb0e49c57bca” width=”90%” height=”150″ style=”border:none;”> </iframe>

The Cloud Library will be rebranded in coming weeks as a Bibliotheca product, instead of 3M. We’ll have more information on the blog soon. In the meantime, you can download the new marketing kit.