As Wyoming’s land-grant institution, UW is committed to providing not only higher
education to all Wyoming citizens but also research that addresses critical issues
facing our state and communities, as well as engaging in outreach activities to provide
resources and disseminate knowledge.
The land-grant mission emphasizes the importance of education, research, and service
to the community – focusing on the practical needs and challenges facing our communities.
The land grant mission is essential to our state’s history and future.
As part of the institution, UW Libraries is vital in supporting the land-grant mission
and our state. We take pride in supporting the institution and the state in many ways.
The libraries provide access to various resources, including books, journals, databases,
and archives, that support research in various disciplines. This research helps to
address critical issues facing the state, such as energy development, water management
and economic development.
A few of the ways we support research and development include the following:
UW Libraries works with the Wyoming State Library to support the Wyoming Library to Business (L2B) network. Check out a story on the project from UW Libraries’ Information Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Librarian
and L2B Project Engineer Stephen Boss.
As part of the Wyoming Innovation Partnership, UW Libraries supports the Wyoming DataHub – a central stop for accessing data, tools, and training for educators and students,
entrepreneurs and industry leaders, and all Wyoming citizens. Last summer, it awarded grants to support innovative data-sharing projects at UW.
This past fall, UW Libraries appointed the Wyoming State Librarian and State Archivist as adjunct faculty. The appointments are intended to help foster communication, widen access to resources
and strengthen partnerships with the state government.
UW Libraries also purchases several databases available statewide to any citizen with
a library card. Any database with a Steamboat logo on the GoWYLD website signifies that they are funded by UW Libraries. These include business resources, health resources and more. In addition to supporting research, UW Libraries play an essential role
in promoting literacy and lifelong learning in the state. The libraries provide access
to educational resources for people of all ages. We also offer programs and services,
such as research assistance, that help promote learning and intellectual curiosity
in the community.
A few of the ways we support literacy and lifelong learning in the state include:
Another vital role of UW Libraries is to support the state’s cultural heritage. The
libraries collect and preserve extensive collections of materials related to Wyoming’s
history, culture, and natural resources. These collections are valuable resources
for researchers, but they also help to preserve and promote the state's cultural heritage
for future generations.
A few of the ways we support preserving our state’s heritage and history include:
Another recent UW and local library partnership includes making blood pressure kits
available to all county library systems. The Wyoming Center for Aging (WyCOA) at UW, the Wyoming Department of Health’s Chronic Disease Prevention Program, and
the library systems at Carbon County, Crook County, and Campbell County are all partnering to bring self-measured blood pressure monitoring kits available
for checkout at local libraries. The kits will soon be available for checkout in all
23 county library systems.
UW Libraries is a key component of the university's land-grant mission and its commitment
to serving the people of Wyoming. By supporting research and scholarship, promoting
literacy and lifelong learning and preserving the state's cultural heritage, the libraries
play a critical role in advancing the state's economic, social and cultural well-being.
As an organization, we continue to seek opportunities to collaborate with organizations
across the state and expand access to knowledge and resources.