Jacob Mickelsen is Carbon County’s New Library Director

Jacob Mickelsen

Jacob Mickelsen

Carbon County Library System welcomed Jacob Mickelsen as its new director on July 25. A Wyoming native, born in Casper and raised in Riverton, Jacob originally moved to Carbon County to take a position as the Saratoga Branch Manager. Most recently, he worked as the social services director at a local nursing home.

Before moving to Saratoga, he worked at the Riverton Branch Library, primarily in teen services. He credits the staff there, particularly Shari Haskins and Gloria Brodle, for encouraging him to work toward a career in librarianship. “They really inspired me to pursue this. I can thank both of them for getting me into the field that I have come to love.”

Jacob takes the helm during a difficult year for the library system, which is facing significant funding issues. “I really just want to maintain our services despite the budget cuts,” Jacob said. Those currently include seven branches in addition to the central library in Rawlins. “We have more individual libraries than any other county library. That’s really kind of special. In other systems, every little town doesn’t get its own library. So we get to be in tune with all our smaller communities.”

The library is about halfway through a series of town meetings that will help them get a firmer understanding of each community’s unique needs. “In one of them, the library might be important because of meeting space, in other it might be internet access, while people in another might be really into our programs.” Community input will also be gathered online.

He’s excited about the town meetings and also about the prospect of amping up teen services, particularly in the two largest libraries in Rawlins and Saratoga.

“I’ve been asked just today by patrons how to contact the local workforce office, for directions to Native American historical sites, and for advice on what video game to get a teen for his birthday. Where else but a library could a person have a day like that?”

Jacob attended Central Wyoming College, where he worked as a library circulation clerk, and is currently working on a bachelor’s in international affairs through the University of London. In his spare time, he is the head coach of the Saratoga High School speech and debate team (“Go Panthers!”) and enjoys the outdoors, specifically hiking and kayaking. He is the owner of two literary cats: Rudyard Kipling and H.P. Lovecat.

2 thoughts on “Jacob Mickelsen is Carbon County’s New Library Director

  1. Many years ago, I visited the branch library in Saratoga. There was a small oak desk there, in use as a computer desk. It had a brass plate saying it was the teacher’s desk from the Cow Creek School and giving the dates that it had been at the school. That, log cabin school was the first school where my grandmother (b. 1887) served as a teacher. She later taught in Kansas (where she was born and educated) and then in Oregon (where she married and raised her five children).

    Unfortunately, I did not get a picture of the desk or its brass plate. Is it possible that someone there would email me photos of the desk and plate?

    Whether your answer is yes or no, I do have a photograph of my grandmother with horse and buggy beside the school. It is from her photo album which she gave to my mother, who gave it to me. I would gladly email you a good scan of the photo along with my authorization to use and reproduce the photo in any way helpful to any entity of Wyoming State or its Local Governments. Carbon County schools might also wish to have it. Please send me an email address and I will send the scanned file. I can also provide my grandmother’s bio and family history if you like.

    I look forward to your reply.

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