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June 2011

New Wyoming History website,, a new, searchable encyclopedia of

Wyoming history sponsored by the Wyoming State Historical Society, is now online in its early version. Currently the site includes ap-

proximately 75 articles on subjects such as Elwood Mead and Wyoming Water Law, the writing of the Wyo- ming Constitution, the train robber Bill Carlisle, construction of the Burlington Railroad, development of the gas fields on the Pinedale Anticline, the natural history of the Green River Valley, Buffalo Soldiers in Wyoming, histories of Sheridan and Cody, a biography of Episcopal missionary John Roberts, and much more. Long-term plans are for a formal site launch with substantial, statewide publicity when the site reaches 300 articles, probably in late 2012. Articles for the site are being written by paid professional writ-

ers with, in most cases, expertise already in the subjects. Some articles are also being writ- ten by interns at places such as the State Historic Preservation Office and in a few cases by UW students in Phil Roberts’ senior public his- tory seminar. Nearly every article is illustrated with high-quality histori- cal photographs. The Wyoming Historical Society

Bill Carlisle, right, and his captor Sheriff Rubie Rivera, on the steps of the Carbon County court- house in Rawlins, 1916. (Courtesy Carbon County Museum.)

Library Research Service takes a new look at public libraries and technology

In spring 2010, Colorado’s Library Research Service (LRS) repeated its observational study, first done in 2008, U.S. Public Libraries and the Use of Web Technologies, visiting nearly 700 library websites across the country to evalu- ate their web presences. The 2010 study identified new web technologies and tracked changes in what libraries are adopting, and also looked at the characteristics of those libraries. The 2010 study showed that libraries’ use of social media sites took off while adoption of earlier tools including blogs has slowed, and new options such as SMS reference have not yet had a chance to gain much traction. Most growth was concentrated in the largest libraries, where adoption of new technologies increased at a faster rate than in smaller libraries. More libraries seem to be experi- menting with new technologies, with the number of what LRS classifies as “Early Adopters” rising. Early Adopters reported greater increases in circulation and visits, even after adjusting for staffing and resources. However it is not

executive committee started work- ing on in March 2010. Since then, project director and WSHS member, Tom Rea has raised more than $50,000 for the project from both public and pri- vate funds. Rea says he hopes everyone will find the design appealing and the site easy to navigate. He welcomes comments, tips and thoughts on what not to miss in Wyoming’s past. You can email him at editor@

clear whether the new technologies are driving some of their success, or if their prior successes have allowed them to adopt and maintain new technologies more readily. See the results of both the 2008 and 2010 studies at www.lrs. org/public/webtech/.

Horizon Report for K-12 education-

al technologies released The New Media Consortium’s (NMC) Horizon Project looks at new and emerging technologies that are likely to have an impact on teaching, learning, research and creative expression. Just out from them is a report specifically on trends and emerging technologies for students in K-12. Key trends that emerged are that sense-making and the ability to evaluate information is paramount, and that digi- tal literacy is less about tools and more about thinking. On the near horizon (less than one year) for K-12 adop- tion are cloud computing and mobile technologies. Two to three years out, game-based learning and open content are likely to have an impact. Projected for four to five years is the adoption of learning analytics and personal learning environments. Read the full report at cations/horizon.

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