Monthly Archives: January 2013

Job Postings: Powell Branch Library, Branch Manager/Librarian

Powell Branch Manager/Librarian

The Park County Library System, headquartered in Cody, Wyoming, is looking for an energetic and forward-thinking, full-time professional to manage the library system’s Powell Branch Library.  Required qualifications include a MLS degree and three years library experience; previous supervisory experience and the proven ability to direct the activities of others, while maintaining outstanding customer relations; knowledge of reference and reader’s advisory tools, bibliographic sources, cataloging and classification systems; excellent verbal and written, organizational and statistical reporting skills. Must be familiar with Library 2.0 practices and maintain and expand the library’s presence online through the use of social media. The Branch Manager must be able to meet deadlines, follow and interpret Policies and Procedures and effectively work within the community. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, oversight of circulation, adult services, youth and children’s services, programming, community outreach, networking within the community, presentations, fundraising, etc… In addition, the Branch Manager will work with staff to build on existing knowledge of library practices, library technology, and to promote the excellent customer service the library is known for. Working with county library staff, branch staff and the community, the Branch Librarian will continue to develop the library’s collections in all areas Experience Required: ·         Education: MLS or MLIS required ·         Managerial Experience: 3 years ·         Library Experience: 3 years Experience Preferred: ·         Managerial: 5 years ·         Professional Experience: 5 years ·         Library Experience: 5 years ·         Building Project Experience (strongly preferred) ·         Grant Writing Experience ·         Fundraising and Project Management Experience Benefits: Retirement; Health Insurance; Sick Leave; Vacation Leave Direct Questions to: You can read a full job description [PDF] at or contact Joanne Patterson at 307-527-1882 or email Community: The City of Powell (2010 pop. 6314) is located in the scenic Big Horn Basin 80 miles west of the Big Horn Mountains and 75 miles east of Yellowstone National Park. It is the home of Northwest College an accredited two year institution of higher education. The community’s economy is diverse, with an active business, industrial, educational, and agricultural/ranching base. Powell was designated an All America City in 1994. Its high desert climate is surprisingly mild in winter with temperatures often running 25 degrees warmer than Chicago. Annual precipitation is about 5.83 inches per year. Irrigated farmland contrasts with native sagebrush and desert vegetation. Summers are warm with temperatures ranging from the 80’s to 100’s. There are many opportunities for community involvement, outdoor recreation and leisure activities.

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Gaydell M Collier (June 28, 1935 – January 18, 2013)

Gaydell CollierGaydell M Collier, of Sundance, Wyoming passed away January 18, 2013 at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Gaydell Hara Maier was born to Jean and Harry Maier on June 28, 1935 in Garden City, New York. Brother Gary joined the family two years later. Gaydell often spoke with great affection about her parents, brother, and grandparents, saying she had the best of childhoods. “I grew up surrounded by books, fascinated by stories, especially of horses and dogs-and dreaming of Wyoming. Although I grew up on the east coast, I always knew my home was in Wyoming.”

While attending the University of Wyoming, Gaydell met Roy Hugh Collier and they married in New York on December 27, 1955. They soon came to live in the Cowboy State. To that union were born four children; Sam Patrick, Frank Robert, Jenny Gaydell, and Seda Jane.

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Wyoming School Library Survey released today

survey imageThe 2012-13 Wyoming School Library Survey was released today. Data collection will be open through March 15, 2013. The School Library Survey collects data on collections, budgets and other measures that reflect the status of library media centers in the state. Prior years’ data may be found at All library main contacts in public schools should have received an email this morning with their unique survey link. Library media specialists with more than one school will have received an email for each school.
If you oversee a Wyoming public school library and did not receive your link, or if you have questions about the survey, please contact Susan Mark at or 307-777-5915. More information on the schools survey is available at

Library budgets and Wyoming

The most recent Library Journal survey showed library budgets improving slightly. In Wyoming, preliminary data from the most recent Wyoming public library annual reports show that operating revenue increased by 0.50% while operating expenditures increased 3.7%. Finalized Wyoming data will be posted at when it becomes available. To see how libraries fared nationally in LJ‘s survey, visit: