Friday, October 30, 2015

Countries and Cultures

Curious about different Cultures and Countries?

Check out a few of the resources to explore countries and cultures--Culturegrams, Mango Languages, Research In Context, Kid InfoBits and Britannica Library.
In CultureGrams you will find information on the history, population, general attitudes, family, government, and Life as a Kid.  There are also recipes for each country.

Research In Context lets you browse topics under Cultures or search a country to see biographies, images, magazine articles, and more.
In Kid InfoBits, appropriate for grades K-5,  check out Social Studies or Geography.  Kid s can find magazines, books and pictures.

In Britannica, you can Compare Countries or search a country to see images and video, and read about economy, cultural life, and history.

For more, take a look at the tutorial/webinar, and the research guide,
Contact Chris Van Burgh,, if you have any questions.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Webinars and Research Guides

A new webinar was added to the list of archived database tutorials. Here you will find videos on specific databases or subject areas.  Upcoming webinars are announced on the WY State Library training calendar,

In addition to these webinars, research guides have been created to help you navigate the many wonderful databases and other resources listed on  You will see a tab on the right side of individual subject pages that says, "more help on this topic," or click on Research Guides & Tutorials under More.  ( Guides include Health & Medicine, History, Research Guide to Sources for Countries and Cultures, Primary Sources in GoWYLD, Summer Reading, and much, much more!

Check it out!

For more information, please contact me.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Talk Like a Pirate Day!

September 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day. Don't forget that you can brush up on your Pirate using Mango Languages.

Go to and select Mango.  You do not need to create a login to look around, just click on Guest Access.  Pirate is under the All Languages tab. While you are there, check out some of the other languages. You'll find Spanish and Spanish for Librarians, as well as Medical Spanish.  There are Religious and Scholarly (Biblical Hebrew, Ancient Greek) languages.  Blow me Down, 71 languages in all!

Friday, September 11, 2015

GoWYLD Database Updates - Fall 2015

The WYLD Shared Purchases Committee is excited to announce that we are in the process of contracting with EBSCO to provide access to MyHeritage, a robust genealogy database that will be available for home users to complement the in-library access to Ancestry Library.  MyHeritage will replace HeritageQuest which will no longer be available through GoWYLD after October 1, 2015.  Preview access to MyHeritage will be available the week of September 21st.

Find out more about MyHeritage Public Library Edition at

In other news, the State Library will discontinue access to 360 Search as of October 1.  The A to Z title list (360 Core) will still be available to research title coverage in multiple databases, but the multi-database search service has seen diminished use over time and most databases' native interfaces provide better searching and user features than 360 Search.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

GoWYLD services restored

Access to all services through the portal has been restored.  Users can once again access the 3M Cloud Library and other databases as before. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Planned Outage Update - Friday, August 28, 2015

UPDATED (8/27/2015) - Outage Notice for Friday, August 28, 2015

Due to scheduled maintenance, the following services on GoWYLD are expected to be unavailable during a window of 6 hours from 6:00 p.m. on Friday, August 28th until 12:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 29th, 2015:

1. The GoWYLD site will not be available.
   *No users will be able to authenticate for remote/home use of databases, such as article databases, encyclopedias, language learning, test preparation, etc.
   *Users with apps that access Gale, EBSCO, Mango should still have access from their devices
2. eBooks (Cloud Library, Freading)
  *Users who have already checked out and downloaded ebooks will still be able to read them, but will not be able to log in to check out new items from either the Cloud or Freading.
  *Users will not be able to place holds on items in the Cloud or return books early.

3. eAudiobooks (OneClickdigital)
  *Users will NOT be able to create new accounts
  *Users who access OneClick through an app will not be affected by this outage

4. Zinio Digital Magazines
   *Users will NOT be able to create new accounts
   *Users with existing accounts will not be affected by this outage.
5. WYLDCAT may not be available. 
  *Users may have limited access to WYLDCAT, but will find response time to be very slow and item availability will not be accurate.
  *Items can not be renewed
  *ILL requests can not be made

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Support notice for WMA format in OneClick Digital

OneClickDigital technical support has informed users that since Microsoft will no longer be supporting the WMA file format after July 13th, users who employ the Media Manager or manual methods to download and transfer content to devices will no longer be able to do so with any files that are only available in the WMA format.  We are in the process of identifying just how many titles this effects in our collection.  It is important to understand that those who use the apps to listen to digital content or who stream content from the website are NOT effected by this change.

OneClick's announcement is below:
As of July 13, 2015, Microsoft will no longer be supporting DRM (digital rights management) for WMA files for eAudio. This is a technical issue that will have an impact on some of your OneClickdigital users. Anyone that currently downloads encrypted WMA titles using the OneClickdigital Media Manger or downloads encrypted eAudio manually (as Zip files) will no longer be able to do so as of July 13th.

We've taken steps to make sure that users are aware of this, and we will be changing our website and the Media Manager to ensure that your patrons are aware of this new limitation. Please note, although this issue affects all WMA files, only patrons who utilize the Media Manager will be impacted by the change.

All eAudio titles in your library's collection, including the previously indicated WMA files, will continue to be available through streaming on the OneClickdigital site and for downloading through all versions of the OneClickdigital app. Again, this impact of the Microsoft refusal to support encrypted WMA files will only impact the patrons who are attempting to download with the Media Manager or through manual transfer.