WYOMING LIBRARY ASSOCIATION

Advisors & Ad Hoc Committees

Advisors are appointed by the WLA Executive Board and serve two-year terms, with half expiring each year.

Ad hoc committees are appointed by the president or advisors as needed to accomplish a specific task and serve until that task is completed. The chair of each ad hoc committee submits a report in writing to the president by a date specified by the president, who is responsible for summarizing and communicating these reports to the association membership.

Advisors (2021-2022)

Book Awards Advisor
Melissa Brumsted Snider, Munger Mountain Elementary School, (307) 734-2760

The advisor works with the three book award committees to create a successful awards program. The advisor appoints new members to the book award committees when needed.

Communications Advisor
Elizabeth Thorson, Laramie County Library System, (307) 773-7230

The advisor assists in disseminating information regarding WLA programs and activities, in developing and releasing library advocacy material, and in establishing an effective public "voice" for the association. The advisor reviews and edits all WLA graphical or published materials prior to dissemination to ensure the professional quality of all materials, and serves ex-officio on the Executive Board and the Conference Committee.

Constitution and Bylaws Advisor
Deborah McCarthy, University of Wyoming Coe Library, (307) 766-4228

The advisor makes recommendations for revisions to the constitution and bylaws.

Financial Auditing Advisor
vacant

The advisor audits the financial records of the association using the Agreed Upon Procedures check list for each fiscal year. The advisor presents a final report at the February meeting of the Executive Board and recommends a professional audit of the financial records of the association as needed (at least every five years).

Intellectual Freedom Advisor
Lisa Scroggins

The Intellectual Freedom Advisor is the ALA Councilor, and provides services to association members and all Wyoming libraries on questions of intellectual freedom. 

Nominations and Elections Advisors
Abby Beaver, Wyoming State Library, (307) 777-5913

The advisors form and chair an ad hoc committee for finding candidates for association offices and for conducting elections in accordance with the association’s bylaws.

Wyoming Library Leadership Institute Advisor
Elaine Hayes, Laramie County Library System, (307) 777-7232

The advisor coordinates all aspects of the Wyoming Library Leadership Institute and serves as a member of the Executive Board.  

Ad Hoc EDI (est. 2021)

In July 2020, then-President Abby Beaver created an ad hoc Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion committee to create an EDI statement for WLA and to recommend future activities related to EDI in Wyoming libraries. Volunteers met during fall 2020 and created an EDI statement that was adopted by the Executive Board in December 2020.

The committee will continue its work, including ensuring that resources and future activities are responsive to the needs of WLA members and updating the statement annually. They will also create and maintain information and resources pertaining to EDI initiatives on the WLA website, such as land acknowledgements, diversity audits, and policies that impact those affected by systemic racism and discrimination.

 For more information, contact committee chair Conrrado Saldivar.

EDI Statement

The Wyoming Library Association acknowledges that systemic racism and discrimination has harmed people in our communities, across our state, our country, and internationally. WLA commits to first looking inward and understanding how we got here and how we perpetuate these systems. With this knowledge, we will dismantle these structures and build equitable, diverse, and inclusive systems.

WLA recognizes its constituents' and members' deep connection to the land and natural environment, and how it intersects with culture, economy, and policy, in forms such as ranching, mineral extraction, national parks, public lands, tourism, recreation, spiritual inspiration, rural character, and other aspects. WLA acknowledges these lands were established and founded through the forced removal and continued oppression of Indigenous peoples and have historically excluded the presence and voices of marginalized identities. The nation’s history of settler colonialism and slavery, along with its capitalistic structures and beliefs in rugged individualism imposed on the land, serve as the foundations to Wyoming’s vast and textured human landscapes.

WLA commits to serve all members and constituents regardless of the many intersecting dominant and marginalized identities we occupy including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender identity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religion, ability, language, age, sex, national origin, and size. WLA will promote EDI through shifts in all aspects of library service: internal as well as public facing; individual as well as organizational; in a continual feedback loop with each layer informing the others. Transformations through day-to-day practices, long-range planning, hiring practices, space design, collection development, programs, etc., aim to include participation of people who have been historically left out of the decision-making process. We recognize that ongoing education and working consistently toward EDI is necessary to achieving our mission; this statement is the foundation of WLA’s commitment to the process.

December 2020

Ad Hoc Intellectual Freedom (est. 2021)

Chair Lisa Scroggins
Natrona County Library
(307) 237-4935 ext. 115


WLA President Jeff Collins formed an ad hoc Intellectual Freedom Committee in December 2021. The committee's mandate is to work on providing support for Wyoming libraries and library workers. This support may take several forms, including:

  • Providing a list of Best Practices to ensure good policy and procedures are in place in advance of any censorship challenges;
  • Developing a Toolkit to assist libraries facing censorship challenges;
  • Training opportunities, such as an intellectual freedom "training" PowerPoint, for library employees, school superintendents, and others to understand the importance of Intellectual Freedom;
  • A Marketing and Advocacy Campaign, in partnership with EveryLibrary, to improve the funding future for libraries and image of libraries, librarians, and library workers in Wyoming; and
  • Lists and contact information of library supporters willing to support libraries and Wyoming residents' rights under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution to read, view, listen to, and disseminate constitutionally protected ideas.

The committee has the full backing of the WLA Executive Board.

Ad Hoc Membership (est. 2021)

Chair Elizabeth Thorson

Laramie County Library System

(307) 773-7230


Samantha Griffis
Gillette College Elizabeth Kerns Daly Library
(307) 681-6220

Johanna Tuttle
Campbell County Public Library System
(307) 682-3223


EDI Resources

Diverse Book Finder​
Libraries: School and Public
Target Audience: Youth Services
Collection analysis tool for picture books.

Diversity and Diversity Audits
Libraries: All
Target Audience: Collection Development
A brief overview on diversity audits, and particularly useful if you weren’t able to attend “Building Diverse Collections” presented by Eva Dahlgren (Teton County Library) and Sarah Mailloux (Casper College Goodstein Foundation Library) at the 2021 WLA Conference.

Finding Diverse Books Without a Hashtag
Libraries: All
Target Audience: Collection Development
Tips on how to find diverse books now that We Need Diverse Books has dropped the #OwnVoices hashtag​.

I’m Your Neighbor Books
Libraries: School, Public
Target Audience: Youth Services
Various projects that welcome New Arrival and New American communities.

Inclusive Metadata & Conscious Editing Resources
Libraries: All
Target Audience: Cataloging/Tech Services
Extensive list of resources "related to conscious editing and anti-oppressive metadata practices."

National Archives Black Wall Street: 100 Years Since the Tulsa Race Massacre
Libraries: All
Target Audience: All
Featured document display from the National Archives Museum collections in memory of the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre.

Project Enable
Libraries: School, Public
Target Audience: All
Free training to help meet library and information needs of PreK-grade 12 students with disabilities. Also includes a database of over 1,000 resources.

Project READY: Reimagining Equity & Access for Diverse Youth
Libraries: School and Public
Target Audience: Youth Services
Series of free, online professional development modules for school and public youth services librarians, library administrators, and others interested in improving their knowledge about race and racism, racial equity, and culturally sustaining pedagogy.

Spanish for Librarians
Libraries: All
Target Audience: Public-facing positions
Published in 2002, basic Spanish grammar and phrases for library staff. (Note: REFORMA's Translations Committee is actively updating this resource.)

Storytelling for Justice: How Libraries and Archives Hold History to Account
Libraries: All
Target Audience: All
Learn about the power and potential of these memory institutions to confront race, policing, and mass incarceration, to foster equity of access and participation, and to educate and train the next generation of librarians, archivists, and activists.

WebJunction's Spanish Language Outreach Program
Libraries: All
Target Audience: Collection Development, Public-facing Positions, Outreach
Various resources for starting outreach to Spanish speaking populations. (Note: most resources are from 2012, but still provide beneficial starting points.)

Why Use Inclusive Language
Libraries: All
Target Audience: All
Short, but important article about why we should be using inclusive language. Inclusive language acknowledges diversity, conveys respect to all people, is sensitive to differences, and promotes equal opportunities.

Wyoming Arts Council’s Arts Access Project Grant
Libraries: Rural, All
Target Audience: All
Up to $750 in funding for “arts projects led by and/or primarily serving BIPOC communities” or organizations meeting other criteria.

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