29 September 2019

Crest Hill Celebration

I am astonished and honoured at how Crest Hill students and staff helped celebrate my Outstanding Librarian of 2019 from the Wyoming Library Association.

I'll never be able to hear "O, My Darling Clementine" in the same way for the rest of my days.

Here's a link to the story:
Oil City News Article
My 2nd Grade Twins

09 August 2019

2019 WLA Outstanding Librarian

I am honoured to be recognized as 2019 Outstanding Librarian 
by the Wyoming Library Association.

24 July 2019

Rocket Builders Celebrating Apollo

This Summer, of course, marks the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11.

To commemorate the mission, let's bookend today's anniversary of perhaps the most vital part of the mission--returning safely to Earth--with last week's anniversary of the initial launch.

On July 16th, the Natrona County Public Library, in conjunction with the Casper Planetarium, hosted children on the lawn to build their own rockets to celebrate the launch of Apollo 11.

While there, my children and my niece were interviewed on the news!
My son and daughter on the evening news...alongside their cousin with the evil stare!

Here's a photograph of the rockets they built:

They really zoom!

22 July 2019

Wyoming Library Leadership Institute - 2019

This year's Wyoming Library Leadership Institute focused on the future of the Institute: how to ensure its services keep progressing and how to strengthen its impact on communities throughout Wyoming and beyond.

Past Graduates collaborated on fortifying the Institute's mission, vision, and organizational structure, its communication strategies, its regional networking capabilities, and its prospects for funding.

As a team, we established a firm foundation for carrying such vital work forward, in order to make certain the Institute continues to help librarians all across Wyoming lead their communities toward excellence.

It wasn't two days of constant work, of course. We had the chance to meet up with old acquaintances and meet new friends from Institutes across the years. Also, Jep Enck of Enck Resources facilitated some intriguing discussions, helping attendees examine their leadership acumen and strategize methods for sharpening their skill sets as leaders in all sorts of situations. 

Our collated collection of librarians also had the opportunity--after enjoying dinner at Pizza Carrello--to take a walking tour of downtown Gillette and learn some of its fascinating history from Mary Kelley of the Campbell County Historical Society, topping off the evening with ice cream and ghost stories!

Our appreciation to Campbell County Public Library for hosting, also to La Quinta of Gillette for putting up us out-of-towners.

Special thanks to Johanna Tuttle for all her hard work in coordinating this year's Institute!

And as always, thanks to Chris Van Burgh for her inspiring dedication to the Institute and to Wyoming's Libraries and Librarians!

Photograph courtesy of Chris Van Burgh
(And taken by a gracious employee of the Campbell County Library whose name I did not quite catch...
but later found out was Kevin Kauffman.)

30 June 2019

Share and ShareAlike

My wife and I attended a workshop this past week in Cody, initiated by the Wyoming Department of Education. Its main focus was getting educators together to collaborate in the creation and curation of Open Educational Resources, particularly resources specific to Wyoming.

Teachers and students, stakeholders and community members have now the opportunity to create, share, remix, customize, improve, and renew all manner of resources in the educational setting, from supplemental materials such as books, worksheets, and other multimedia items, to lesson plans, to whole units, and even to entire curriculum maps. It's Pinterest meets Teachers Pay Teachers, except all resources are open and free, in addition to being reliably collected and curated by leaders in the field of education.

It proved to be quite an engaging workshop, and we are excited to become involved in such a promising initiative for teaching and learning.

Here are links for more information:

Open Range - Wyoming's OERs

Open Range Wyoming - Wyoming Department of Education

However, because of the openness of such resources, the workshop we attended thoroughly investigated proper licensing and attribution procedures along with a helpful look at accessibility. Now, I have studied copyright and fair use principles, and I have taught them to students. But the workshop truly helped to clarify a few points as well as to provide a few resources that will help me in practice and in instruction.
Even here on this blog, I've provided links to open resources--usually photographs that I've used--but I've employed mere lazy linking rather providing ideal attribution. No more. I aim to practicce what I preach. From here on, I'll be sure to do my best at including right and proper attributions on my resources.

Here's a prime example:

How to give attribution

Here is a photo. Following it are some examples of how people might attribute it.
This is an ideal attribution
Creative Commons 10th Birthday Celebration San Francisco” by tvol is licensed under CC BY 2.0

For more information, visit this set of links to the Creative Commons:

About the Licenses

Share Your Work

Use and Remix

Search the Creative Commons


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23 May 2019

Winter Ethereal - Arch / Matheos

This is not a review; it's a recommendation:

Winter Ethereal by Arch / Matheos

Get the album and listen to it.

Here's the link:

All I can say about the music on Winter Ethereal is it's so powerful that ever since it was released, wide swathes of the country--including here in Wyoming--have been experiencing an otherworldly resurgence of Winter. 
Ice, frost, snow. Wind wailing cold and hollow. Grey clouds hanging as a heavy veil all over the horizon. 
The Seasons seem to be spiraling away. (I was mowing in the snow the other day. Mowing in the snow!) 
Indeed, the rebirth of the world has arisen this year still cast in the far-falling shadow of the season past, the season of loss, of being lost, of wandering onwards, of seeking and finding the way beyond--which, incidentally, are just a few of the themes flowing throughout the music.
Spring will blossom. That promise will always be fulfilled. But as memories are forever tethered to music, and music together with memories, I will forever remember first hearing Winter Ethereal during these cold, ghostly days this spring. How wondrous the prospects are of listening to it across other seasons yet to be.

Anyhow, again, I do not intend to describe here my impressions regarding this new music nor even praise the laudable musicians, along with all the others involved. I'm still too astonished.

Rather, allow me to direct folks to the words of Mark Cubbedge, a photographer and writer based out of Florida. (Also a genuinely nice fellow and talented artist whom I was honoured to meet a few years ago at Prog Power in Atlanta.) I can't say much more.
Maximum Metal Reviews - Mark Cubbedge

I will, nevertheless, write a word of thanks to John Arch and Jim Matheos for sharing their music. Once more, my thanks, in every measure, for every measure.

28 April 2019

Young Authors - Again

Here they are once more: our Young Authors. 
Both won first place at the district level and both received honourable mentions at the state level.

O, if only I were half the writer they are...