WYOMING LIBRARY ASSOCIATION



Announcements & Updates

VOTING FOR 2020 WYOMING BOOK AWARDS

Voting for the 2020 Wyoming Book Awards now extended to May 1, 2020.

MPLA Scholarship support available – deadline nearing!

Last call to apply for scholarship funds for the Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA) Leadership Institute! If you are a Wyoming library worker who’s been accepted into MPLA, financial assistance is available.

The Wyoming Library Association Awards/Grants Committee has funds available through the Debbie Iverson MPLA Scholarship to support your participation. The fund was established in 2008 by Debbie Iverson, when she retired from Sheridan College.

Deadline is MARCH 15.

To be eligible for scholarship funds for this purpose, an applicant must be accepted into the MPLA Leadership Institute, and show verification of acceptance into the program, to the WLA Awards/Grants Committee.

Questions? Contact Anna Street, WLA Awards/Grants Committee Chair, at anna@ccpls.org.

WLLI APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED

The email address to which all Wyoming Library Leadership Institute applications should be returned was incorrect on the original application form. The correct email address should be wyllinstitute@gmail.com. Please submit your completed applications, or your recommendations for an applicant, to that address.

Due to that error, as well as a low number of applications so far, the deadline has been extended to March 15, 2020. Please consider applying or encouraging others to apply. 


2020 WLA AWARDS OPEN FOR NOMINATIONS

The Wyoming Library Association’s Awards/Grants Committee is accepting nominations for Outstanding Hero/Heroine, Outstanding Librarian, and Outstanding Library. If you know a person or a group deserving recognition for what they have done in and for a Wyoming library, this is the time to nominate them for those achievements. Award nominations are due by May 31, 2020.

Nora Van Burgh Development Grants are also available for continuing education. Applications are due by June 15, 2020.

An awards reception will be held at the WLA 2020 Conference, as well as visits to acknowledge and celebrate at the home libraries of the recipients.

And don’t forget the Mountain Plains Library Association Debbie Iverson MPLA Scholarship. If you applied to the MPLA leadership institute by December 15 and are accepted, please contact this committee for scholarship funds to cover most, if not all, of the fee for the institute.

If you have any questions about the awards, grants, or scholarships available through WLA, contact committee chair Anna Street.

EXECUTIVE SECRETARY UPDATE

After 30 excellent years of service, Laura Grott has resigned her position as Wyoming Library Association's Executive Secretary. We greatly appreciate her many years of help and dedication to our association. We would like to wish her well in her future endeavors.

Beginning January 2, 2020, the Wyoming Library Association will enter into a one-year management contract with Amigos Library Services, a not-for-profit membership-based organization dedicated to serving libraries. Amigos brings to our association a wealth of experience managing library-related organizations. They provide support to the Missouri Library Association, the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services, and many other associations. During this transition, we will no longer be using the association’s P. O. Box or phone number.

More information on this transition and how WLA will handle membership renewals, interest group meeting planning, the 2020 conference, etc. will be provided in the coming months.

If you have any questions, please contact Abby Beaver at wylibraryassociation@gmail.com.

VOTING NOW OPEN FOR 2020 WYOMING BOOK AWARDS

Welcome to the 2020 Wyoming Book Award season! Check out the list of nominees for all three book awards! There are some great reads on the list this year! For information, packets, labels, and history of the awards, visit Wyoming Book Awards

The book award committees have made a few changes this year in hopes of getting more participation. The changes involve extending the dates for both voting and nominations.

  • Voting for the 2020 Wyoming Book Awards opens October 1, 2019 and closes May 1, 2020.
  • Nominations for the 2021 Wyoming Book Awards open October 1, 2019 and close March 15, 2020. 

Also, thank you for helping to spread the word about the Wyoming Book Awards. Encourage your friends and colleagues to participate in the program. The Wyoming Book Awards are sponsored by the Wyoming Library Association and the Wyoming State Literacy Association, so there should be all sorts of sharing happening.

Enjoy these great reads! If you have questions, concerns, or comments about the Wyoming Book Awards, please contact any of the book award co-chairs.

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