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Have People News at your library? Send it to Susan Mark at susan.mark@wyo.gov.

Dani Rasmussen has joined the Albany County Public Library as Assistant Library Director. Dani has worked as Library Director at the Garland Public Library in Garland, Utah. There she helped establish the library’s first teen programs including hosting a local ComicCon. Dani also has extensive customer service, human resources, and administrative experience from her time as the Executive Director of an assisted living facility.


Bailey Murray is now Albany County Public Library’s Technical Services Librarian. Bailey has worked at ACPL since 2009 and has been the Circulation Manager since 2014. She has also played a key role in growing ACPL’s manga and anime collections.


Patt Hilmer was nominated by the Washakie County Reading Council for her outstanding and consistent dedication to improving literacy opportunities for young people through her position as a library/media para-educator at East Side Elementary School and her active participation and leadership in the Council. “I honestly have to say I’m just the figure head of this award,” Patt said. “I have a wonderful support team in my fellow Reading Council Members.”

Sean Coyle joined Laramie County Library System as a Youth Services Librarian in November. Sean received his MS degree (Library and Information Science) from the University of Central Missouri and worked as a substitute teacher and reading instructor before moving to Cheyenne. Sean is looking forward to developing new youth programs and utilizing his skills to continually enhance the lives of patrons who use library services. Laramie County Library System is thrilled to welcome Sean to the organization and looks forward to all the talent he brings with him.


Abby Rowswell recently received an MLS degree with a concentration in Youth Services from Emporia State University. Since completing her degree program, she has begun her new position as a Youth Services Librarian at Laramie County Library System. Abby began working for Laramie County Library System in April 2015 after serving as a volunteer in the Peace Corps for two years. Abby loves all the different components of her job, including, “dreaming up new programs,” and interacting with the, “really great patrons who are committed to making a difference in their children’s lives.” Laramie County Library System is excited for Abby to continue making a difference in her new role as a Youth Services Librarian.

Goshen County Library Welcomes New Director



Goshen County Library Director Cristine Braddy
Cristine Braddy

Cristine Braddy was recently named the Director of Goshen County Library after serving as Interim Director since the beginning of January. As Director, she’ll supervise the library’s full and part-time staff, manage the budget, plan and conduct programming, and continue the library’s modernization process.

“I took the interim position because I thought it would be a fun adventure for a few months,” Cristine said. “I found myself invested in the people and the projects we were working on. There are many times I’ve thought, ‘If I ever change careers, it will be to be a librarian,’ and then this came around.”

Cristine spent her elementary school years in Goshen County and returned there with her family in 2011. Her previous work experience includes teaching classes for Eastern Wyoming College, directing programming and groups at SONrise Church, supervising students and managing grants for the University of Nebraska-Kearney, and working with at risk youth for the University of Wyoming.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wyoming and her Master’s Degree from Liberty University.

“My background is counseling and human services,” Cristine said, “and  the library is as much a human service organization as any I have worked with. The public policy issues are the same, the people are the same, the heart and mission are very similar.”

She’s passionate about reading, whether for entertainment or for lifelong learning. Over the years, she’s transitioned from purchasing and building her own personal library at home to becoming an advocate for library use. “I’m a believer in the role of the library as a hub for a community. I love how books open our eyes to the world around us and let us see the world through someone else’s eyes.”

One of Cristine’s goals is to reach equally into all age demographics through programming and facility improvements. “Goshen County is very community-oriented. The people of our county look out for each other and are always willing to pitch in.” As the library undergoes its face-lift and staff work to have a broader reach into the community, she hopes to get local residents on board as part of the process.

“I would love to see our library continue to grow as a place where our community, including children and youth, gathers to read and learn and grow,” she said. “I want to be a part of helping Goshen County develop a library that draws people in and gives them the world.”

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Have People News at your library? Send it to Susan Mark at susan.mark@wyo.gov.

Yolanda Hood

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has selected Yolanda Hood, the Carol J. McMurry Distinguished Librarian for Academic Excellence at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, as the new editor of its quarterly, digital journal, Young Adult Library Services (YALS), to serve a one-year term through December 1, 2020. Yolanda has worked in libraries for over 14 years where her positions have involved working closely with teens and those that provide library services for teens. She is the co-creator, along with Kristine Shrauger, of the Diverse Families Database. She’ll work with the Editorial Advisory Board to set the tone and direction of the journal, as well as solicit and determine content.

Marquis Named State Archivist



Wyoming State Archivist Kathy Marquis

Kathy Marquis has been named as the new Wyoming State Archivist. She’ll lead the Wyoming State Archives after serving as Deputy for the past four years and Interim for the past six months.

Kathy received her undergraduate degree in history from the University of Michigan and holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Simmons College. She has worked in a variety of archival institutions and libraries, including the University of Michigan, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Minnesota Historical Society, and as Public Services Librarian at the Albany County Public Library in Laramie.

Her extensive experience in academic, government, and special subject repositories has largely been focused on public services:  providing direct service to those doing primary source research, managing reference and outreach departments, and conducting workshops across the country training archivists on how to run an archival reference program.

She’s been active in the Society of American Archivists, delivering papers on archival reference and outreach, and chairing committees on continuing education, annual conference structure, accessibility in archives, and the status of women in the profession. In 2015 she was named an SAA Distinguished Fellow. She is co-author, with the American Heritage Center’s Leslie Waggener, of Local History Reference Collections for Public Libraries, published by the American Library Association.

In her time as State Archivist, Kathy says she hopes to place a special focus on “shining a light on our amazing staff, fabulous collections, and the wide variety of services we offer the public and state and local government employees.  The key to getting information to people who can use it is to enhance the ‘discoverability’ of what we offer.  Don’t be surprised if you see me in the State Archives with a flashlight in my hand!”

She notes that one of the most important services offered by the State Archives is to help government staff manage their records, whether in paper or digital format.  “I’m excited to continue to get the word out about all the State Archives can do for staff who are drowning in records — or who can’t find the record they need at the right time. Call us!”

Gerharter is New Cody Library Manager



Nicholle Gerharter

As of January 1, Nicholle Gerharter takes on the management of the Cody Library in Park County, bringing many years of experience to her new position. Nicholle is a graduate of the Emporia State University Master of Library Science program. From 2003 through 2013, she served as Reference Librarian and Co-head of the Adult Services Department at Natrona County Public Library.

Following her move to Cody in 2016, Nicholle was the part-time Reference Librarian at the McCracken Research Library at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. She then worked as the Executive Assistant to the Park County Board of County Commissioners before joining the Cody library as a Reference Librarian.

“We’re incredibly fortunate to have someone of Nicholle’s caliber ready and willing to take on the management of the Park County Public Library, ” said Library Director Frances Clymer. “Time and time again, she’s proven her commitment to library services for all. We know she’ll chart a positive and dynamic course in the years ahead.”

Nicholle takes the position vacated by Marjorie Buchholz, who retired at the end of November after 43 years with the library. Marge was first hired in 1976 as a Library Assistant. In 1977 she was promoted to Assistant Children’s Librarian and then to the position of Adult Services Supervisor. She held that position until 2005 when she was promoted to serve as the Cody Library Manager.

Marjorie Buchholz

Marge experienced the transition from a physical catalog with cards for authors, titles, and subjects, to the online catalog we now use. The electronic catalog has also seen changes over the years. The introduction of the Internet and the many ways to search for information presented new challenges for her and her co-workers as they adapted to the online world.

Not one to dwell on the past, when the outdated Cody library was closed and the library moved into the newly renovated lower level of the Park County Complex, Marge embraced the change with energy and new ideas. Throughout her career, she completed many library science courses, giving her a strong knowledge base to draw on for the development of programs and to enhance library services.

“Through it all, Marge maintained her sense of humor and her deep commitment to customer service,” Frances said. “For many she has been the face of the Cody library and she will be missed by many.”

 

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Cheryl Goldenstein retired from University of Wyoming Libraries in November. Cheryl’s tenure with the Libraries began in 2001 when she was hired as the Education Liaison Librarian in Reference. She was later promoted to Chair of Research & Instruction (2014). In 2016, Cheryl decided to take a career turn and became the Head of Access Services. In 2018, she was promoted to Assistant Dean for User Services.


Kris Klute has joined the Converse County Library as the Douglas Branch Manager.  She has an MLS from the University of Illinois and years of varied library experience, as well as non-profit experience, and she is very happy to immerse herself in this new adventure.


Kathy Smith has stepped into a new role at Natrona County Library as a Circulation Specialist, which means you can find her smiling face at the front desk. Kathy, a former social worker, started working at NCL in May of this year as a shelver.


Kaylee Bloom has joined Natrona County Library’s reference team. Kaylee is a student at Casper College by day, and the Library’s newest addition to Adult Services by evening and weekend. She has previous library experience from her time working at the Platte County Public Library in Wheatland.


Coralie (Lee) Crumrine has joined the circulation team at Natrona County Library. She’s a former freelance writer and transcriber with a background in computer programming. When she isn’t shelving books, you might be able to sweet talk her into helping you with a troublesome computer or digital device.


Sheri Salazar is Natrona County Library’s newest Maintenance team member. She might be new on staff, but she isn’t actually a new face at the library, because she and her family have been active NCL patrons for years.

Megan Bratton is now the Marketing and Public Relations Manager at Natrona County Library. Megan, a recent transplant to Casper, has worked at the library since March of this year, first as a Children’s Librarian in the Youth Services department. Bratton has her Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Denver, and has a professional background in marketing, branding, communications, and website production.


Tawnya Plumb, University of Wyoming College of Law associate librarian, was the recipient of a 2019 Faculty Engagement Fellowship award for her project, “Access to Justice: Legal Research on the Road.” Tawnya says many individuals find legal research intimidating, and she adds that librarians wish they knew more about legal research. Librarians often field requests from low-income Wyoming citizens with legal issues. Fellows receive a stipend of $10,000 and up to $2,000 to support outreach programs and travel expenses.


Lisa Arthursen has joined Natrona County Library’s children’s department. Lisa had just completed her Master of English (Medieval & Renaissance Literature) degree at the University College Cork in Ireland prior to starting at NCL. Before that, she worked for the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services.


Jana Adams is another new face in the Children’s library at Natrona County Library. Jana is a former Special Education teacher for the Natrona County School District.


Linann McDonald has joined the circulation team at Natrona County Library. When Linann is not at the library, she works at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). She previously served as a volunteer with NCL pulling holds.

 

Marci Mock Has Passed Away



It is with great sadness that we share the news that Marci Ann Mock passed away on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at the age of 54. Marci, a former WYLD President, worked for over 28 years for the Sheridan County Public Library System in a variety of roles including Circulation Services Manager and Collection Development Manager. She was very active in helping with the Friends Auction each year for over 25 years.

Marci was an intelligent, creative, artistic, and funny person. Outside of work, she was an avid painter and recently began metal work through welding classes. She fought a hard battle after being diagnosed with a brain tumor in early August. Marci will be greatly missed by the Wyoming library community.

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Chris Murry has joined the Sheridan College Library team as the Public Services Librarian. He comes from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and brings community college and public library experience as well as subject expertise in philosophy and music.


Rob Dickerson joined Laramie County Library System as a member of their Board of Directors. He is a CPA at RLR, LLP in Cheyenne and a graduate of the University of Wyoming. He is a lifelong reader who is looking forward to learning more about Laramie County Library System’s operations and contributing to its success.


Will Dinneen joined Laramie County Library System as a member of their Board of Directors. He is the Communications and Policy Director for the Secretary of State’s Office. He is excited to help the library continue to reach a diverse demographic and maintain its welcoming atmosphere.

Lauren Gamblin took over as Rawlins Branch Manager in October, after spending the last several months as a library assistant. Lauren is originally from California, but has deep ties to Carbon County and Wyoming. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys long hikes in the surrounding mountains with her dog Luna.


Elizabeth Dillow joined Laramie County Library System as a member of their Board of Directors. She is a local business owner, graphic designer, photographer, and writer who wants to continue helping the library continue to be a pillar of the community. She looks forward to continue helping Laramie County Library System evolve and grow.

 

Becky Lorenz Has Passed Away



With sadness, we share the news of the passing of Becky Lorenz. Becky gave 37 years of service to the Eastern Wyoming College Library, and in her retirement she was recently a member of the Goshen County Library Board.  Memorials may be made to the Lingle Fire Department and Ambulance.

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Megan Benfield joined the Central Wyoming College Library/Academic Resource Center on September 3 as Librarian – Resource Management. She graduated in 2017 from Adams State University with a BA in anthropology (dual emphasis in cultural anthropology and archaeology) and a minor in history. She will complete her Master’s in Library and Information Science with a concentration in archives administration in December from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Megan is originally from Colorado Springs and just moved here from the Seattle metro area. Her hobbies mostly include spending time with her puppy and cake decorating.


Rhonda Everman is departing the Goshen County Library on October 25. She is an interlibrary loan specialist who has been working for the library for three-and-a-half years. “I’ve very much enjoyed getting to know the wonderful patrons I order items for, and also all the great staff members here,” Rhonda said


Karen Kitchens celebrated her 10-year anniversary with the Wyoming State Library. Karen is the WSL’s State Publications Librarian.


The Glenrock Branch Library is thrilled to announce that Jennifer Kofoed, formerly the Circulation Manager at the Douglas Library, has been hired as the new Branch Manager. Jenni brings her knowledge base of a degree in Education with an Endorsement in Library Science as well as years of working in libraries, from her hometown base of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to the college library at Chadron State, to several years’ experience in Converse County Library in Douglas. In addition, in the past several months, they’ve increased their circulation team with the hire of Erin Wolfley (recovering cake-decorator), Cherish Nelson (information technology extraordinaire), and the newest addition, Brenda Huck. Also on staff since August is Young Adult Librarian Jenn Butler, who has relocated from Chadron, where she received her degree in Library Science, and worked at the Reta E. King Library at Chadron State College.


Lisa Evans has joined the staff of the Converse County Library as a Circulation Clerk. She’s lived in Douglas about 5 years and has been with the library for about 4 months “I love it!,” Lisa say. “I love everything about our library — the books, the people I work with, and our patrons.”

Barbara Wolter has retired from the Wyoming State Archives after almost 20 years. She began in 1999 as a senior microfilm technician, when the State Archives filmed not only all the state’s newspapers, but records from state and local government agencies. Five years ago, the Archives’ State Imaging Center ended its microfilming operation and became a digitization lab, and Barb learned a whole new technology for her work. In her years of service, she has transferred literally millions of paper documents onto film and digital format, and from film to digital form. Quite a legacy! Congratulations, Barb, and best wishes for the future.


Valencia Sherman is Carbon County Library System’s new Acquisitions Services Manager. Valencia was the Rawlins Library Manager for two-and-a-half years. She replaces Naomi Manley, who moved to California.


Leslie Tribble (left), Technical Services Manager at Park County Library in Cody is usually off adventuring somewhere in the area when she’s not at the library. After writing several articles on regional hiking for the local outdoor gear shop, she decided to put all that information to good use and published her Adventure Guide to Cody this past summer. The book gives readers a brief overview of the natural and human history of the region and provides information on where to hike, bike, kayak, and bird watch all within a short drive from downtown. Garrett Randolph (right), Assistant Children’s Librarian at Park County Library, is a singer-songwriter and musician. On August 30, 2019, Garrett released his debut full-length album titled “Badlands: Concerning Postcards and Portraits of the American Dream.” This album is a collection of 15 original songs Randolph started crafting in 2016. Garrett was raised in Cody and is known for his narrative storytelling and poetic lyrics.


Lindsay Hineman is now the Children’s Librarian at Converse County Library. Lindsay has lived in Douglas many years and worked as a daycare and preschool teacher for 10 years, then as a special education paraprofessional for eight. “Being the children’s librarian and programs manager has let me go back to my roots of working with young children and getting to watch their minds grow and shape into who they will become as teenagers and young adult,” Lindsay said. “I’m very excited to be a part of this amazing library family and can’t wait to see what the future has in store for me.”