Natrona County Library Director Lisa Scroggins recently completed the Leadership Wyoming (LW) program, which culminated with the graduation on May 4 at the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper. LW is a challenging nine-month educational program that prides itself on its rigor and in providing participants insight to the industries, opportunities, challenges facing Wyoming, and the opportunity to create a network of leaders across the state. The program also promotes personal growth, and its participants build life-long bonds with their classmates. “I’m fortunate that I had the full support of my board, who saw the value in sponsoring me through this program.” Lisa said. “It was an intense learning experience, but totally worth the investment!”
After six years of service, Shannon Smith will be departing from the University of Wyoming Libraries. In her time at UW, Shannon has served in the capacity of Library Specialist with the Learning Resource Center. She will assume the role of Scholarly Communication Librarian with the Digital Initiatives department at Utah State University Libraries in August.
Jennifer Beckstead, Teen Librarian at the Natrona County Library, graduated from the Leadership Casper Class of 2019. The in-depth program provides participants with a better understanding of community issues, resources and services. provided in the Casper community. “The most memorable part of Leadership Casper has been the way our class has bonded from the very start,” Jenn said. “I’ve made connections and friendships with leaders from all around our community. Jenn has worked as the Teen Librarian at the Natrona County Library since August 2005. She was recently promoted to Youth Services Manager, beginning July 2019.
Associate Dean Lori Phillips is retiring from the University of Wyoming Libraries at the end of June after over 25 years at UW. She served as Associate Dean of Libraries since 2003, including a year as Interim Dean of Libraries. Over the years, she’s worked in a variety of roles, serving as a librarian, teacher, mentor, colleague, and administrator. In 2017 she was the recipient of UW’s Milstead Distinguished Librarianship Award.
Jim Honour retired from UW Libraries at the end of April. Jim served since 2008 as the Regional Medical Library Liaison for Wyoming as part of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. In his role, he worked closely with librarians and health professionals across Wyoming to provide information and outreach about the National Library of Medicine.
Shannon Smith was named to the 2019 Husky 100, a prestigious honor awarded to University of Washington graduates and undergraduates. Shannon is a graduate student pursuing her MLIS online while working as a library specialist at the University of Wyoming, and is the first MLIS Husky 100 recipient. She is also one of the first online students across all three University of Washington campuses to be recognized with this distinction.
Liz Palmer is Sublette County Library’s new Youth Services Specialist. Liz came from Albany County Public Library and loves to write poetry, make costumes, and enjoys reading YA sci-fi and graphic novels. She’s excited to meet and work with teens and kids in Sublette County. Liz replaces Ana Cuprill who said farewell to the library after 15 years of service.
This June, Vicki Riley will retire from the Sweetwater County Library System. She has been with the library system for 39 years. She began in public services at the Rock Springs Library and then transferred to youth services at the White Mountain Library. In 1992 she was promoted to be the Youth Services Manager at the White Mountain Library, a position she has held ever since. Vicki has loved her position at the library and will miss sharing her love of books and reading with the children of Rock Springs. She hopes to travel more and read more once she retires.
Megan Bratton, Natrona County Library’s newest Youth Services Specialist, recently moved to Wyoming from Denver, Colorado, where she lived for the last ten years. She’s a big fan of the mountains and arid climate of the west after growing up in humid North Carolina and going to college at the University of Georgia (go dawgs!). Before working at the library, Megan worked in tech and marketing. She also earned her MLS from the University of Denver, and she is very excited to finally be putting to use everything she learned in grad school. She is constantly impressed by the innovation happening in public libraries, and she’s ready to be part of piloting them into the future.
Teri Wiblemo is leaving the Riverton Branch Library to join the creative team at County 10 News. She worked as the Adult Lead Librarian for the library and was the marketing and public relations go-to person. “Teri and I have worked side-by-side for 10 years,” said Branch Library Manager Shari Haskins. “She gave us her most creative spirit and brought much-needed humor and super-positive energy. We will greatly miss her.” The Riverton Branch Library is part of Fremont County Library System.
After 22 years, Janet Maez is retiring from the Sweetwater County Library System. She began as a substitute librarian in 1995 performing duties for the bookmobile, outreach services, and circulation. She eventually transferred to a circulation position at the White Mountain Library. Several years ago she moved into Technical Services where she assists with processing, acquisitions, and cataloging. She has enjoyed working for the library system, thanks to the atmosphere and people. In retirement she looks forward to being in the mountains or a beach, relaxing with family and reading books. (Now she’ll finally be able to do what people think librarians do all day.)
Kristi Wallin has been selected as the new Laramie County Library Foundation Director. Born and raised in Wyoming, Kristi brings years of philanthropic expertise to the library. After beginning her career in Washington D.C. working for U.S. Senators Al Simpson and Malcolm Wallop, she returned home to Wyoming where she began working for the University of Wyoming Foundation. During her time at the university, she served as the Annual Fund Director and as a College Development Officer. Following nearly a dozen years at UW, she spent ten years serving as the state director for US Senator John Barrasso. Before coming to the Laramie County Library Foundation, she worked on Governor Mark Gordon’s campaign and 2019 inauguration.
Judy Armstrong, will retire in June after 21 years as the Sheridan County Public Library System’s Outreach Department/Homebound Services Manager. She also works part-time in the Wyoming Room. She’s been with the library since 1994, beginning as an intern, and working as clerk/shelver before moving into her current position. Her job took her outside library walls to meet the needs of countless elders and shut-ins in the Sheridan area. In 2016, she was the recipient of the Wyoming Library Association’s Outstanding Librarian award for her work with the Senior Outreach program. “My dream, as a child, was to be a librarian,” Judy said. “It doesn’t get any better than to have had one of those lifelong visions come true and to have had fun doing it!”
Jessica Cosgrove is the new Office Support Specialist at the Wyoming State Archives. Jessica will split her time between the reading room, providing reference to the public and working on guides and social media, and scanning state documents as part of the Archives’ State Imaging Center. Jessica received her Masters in Library and Information Science from Simmons College in 2017, and her B.A. in journalism from the University of Montana in 2011. Most recently, she has been working for Ancestry on a digitization project at the Montana Historical Society. Prior to that, she has worked at the Boston Museum of Science and she has held archival internships at the Salem National Historic Site, the Boston Globe, the Peabody Essex Museum Phillips Library, and several New England newspapers.
State Archivist Michael Strom is leaving Wyoming to work for the Library of Virginia as the State Archivist of Virginia and director of the Library’s Government Records Services Division. His last day at the Wyoming State Archives will be March 1.
“I’m excited about the new challenge and the opportunity to do some different things,” Michael said. “I’m also looking forward to being more closely associated with a library again, similar to my time working at universities.”
Michael has worked at the Wyoming State Archives for seven and a half years. Before coming to Cheyenne, he spent ten years in university archives, first at Yale University and then at Texas Christian University.
“The opportunity to lead an archives program is what drew me to this position and I’ll always be grateful for the chance to do so,” he said. “When I arrived in Cheyenne, I had no idea how different university archives and government archives are. My staff had a lot to teach me those first few years!”
During his time at the Wyoming State Archives, they’ve increased access to the collections and found more ways to use technology to provide that access. “I would say that establishing the digital archives is our biggest single accomplishment during my time here,” he said. “It’s a valuable service.”
The digital archives provides agencies with a way to manage, preserve, and access their electronic records. The system allows them to apply retention schedules, which means the records will be reviewed and, if appropriate, disposed of on time.
“We’ve recently opened this service up to county clerks, and it’s exciting to be expanding beyond state government,” Michael said. “It’s important to me that the State Archives be a resource to people around the state.”
He added, “Being Wyoming’s State Archivist has been an honor and this new opportunity wouldn’t have been possible without the experience I gained here. I’ll always be grateful for the chance to serve in this capacity.”
The Johnson County Library of 1999 would be unrecognizable to the building’s current patrons.
The building was almost 10,000 square feet smaller. Video cassettes were in vogue. The internet was dial-up. E-books could be found only in the pages of a science fiction novel.
But in both 1999 and 2019, the beating heart of the library has been the same: a friendly bibliophile who loves her community just as much as she loves books.
At the end of June, Cynthia Twing will step down after two decades as the library’s director.
“It just seemed like the right time,” Twing said. “My husband has been retired for five years, and I want to spend more of my time with him. And after the completion of the expansion project (in 2016), I feel like I have accomplished what I came here to do. It’s time for somebody else to have the adventure.”
Twing started working at the Johnson County Library in 1990 as a technical services and young adult librarian. She was appointed the library’s director in 1999. She also oversees the library’s Kaycee branch.
Twing said she has a lot to be proud of in her two decades of service — from being named Wyoming’s Librarian of the Year in 2008 to being the chairwoman of the Wyoming Library Association’s legislative committee in the mid-2000s.
But few accomplishments hold the same place in her heart as the library’s 2016 expansion, which added 10,000 square feet, an expanded children’s area, a teen room, and a local history room.
“Getting that done was really important and fulfilling for me,” Twing said.
In 2014, the Johnson County commissioners pledged $1 million toward the expansion project, and the library board proposed a 1 percent — or sixth-penny — tax that would pay for the other $3.7 million needed for the project. The proposal was that local sales tax would be increased by 1 percent and would continue at that rate until the $3.7 million was collected.
The library faced an uphill battle in passing the tax because voters had been asked to tax themselves for capital improvement projects twice in the past decade and both of those projects had fallen far short of the votes needed to pass them.
On general election night, Twing had a pleasant surprise. The 1 percent tax passed. Approximately 53 percent of voters – or 1,758 people – voted in favor of the tax. Construction started in spring 2015, and the new library opened to the public in summer 2016.
Twing said that her years of work on the project were well worth the effort.
“It’s been really fulfilling to see what this building means to the community and to see everyone embrace it,” Twing said. “It’s quite a legacy.”
Twing will retire in June. Starting this month, the library board will begin searching for a new director. The board will consider candidates both in and outside of Johnson County, Twing said.
|Rebecca Schuh has accepted a directorship at the Lyons Regional Library District in Lyons Colorado and will be leaving her position as Reference Services Librarian at Campbell County Public Library System on March 8. Rebecca began her career at CCPLS in 2008 in the Youth Services Department and went on to become the Circulation Manager in 2011 and the Reference Librarian in 2015 Rebecca served from 2014-15 as the Wyoming Library Association President and was a graduate of Wyoming Library Leadership Institute in 2011.|
Melissa (Missy) Haderlie is the new Star Valley Branch Manager for Lincoln County Library System. She’s an Angelo State University (Texas) alum who is working on her MLS online via Texas Woman’s University. Melissa comes to Wyoming from Provo, Utah, but has lived all over the east coast and southeast. Her motto is “See a need, fill a need.” (Robots, 2005) and she is excited to put it into action at the Star Valley Branch Library.
David Kruger has been selected for the inaugural cohort of University of Wyoming faculty fellows for the Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research’s (WIHR) new Humanities Research Group for his project, “William ‘Mil’ Batten: The Impact of an Innovator on American Commerce and Society.” David is the Agriculture and Business Librarian at UW Libraries. Despite his significant contributions to American retail in the 20th century, William “Mil” Batten remains a relatively unknown historical figure. David’s project will explore Batten’s transformative impact on American commerce and society, with the end-goal being a full length biography of Batten’s life and work.
Also selected for the WHIR cohort is Chad Hutchens, Head of Digital Collections at UW Libraries for his proejct, “Using Photogrammetry and Reflectance Transformation Imagery to Document and Preserve Petroglyphs from Site 48BH92.” Working with the UW Archaeological Repository, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Chad will use two relatively new 3D imaging techniques, Reflectance Transformation Imagery and Photogrammetry, to digitally reconstruct nine Native American petroglyph sandstone fragments that were dynamited from a cliff-face near Greybull in 1962 and subsequently lost in museum storage. The resulting 2 ½ D and 3D models will be accessible through the UW Libraries Digital Repository and will allow for a new assessment on their condition, new research, interactive exhibits, as well as full-scale 3D printed models of the petroglyphs.
After almost 26 years at the LaBarge Branch Library, long-time manager Marika Thayer retired on December 31, 2018. When she started, the library was just an old house on a lot. She very much enjoyed watching the beautiful new library being built. She is looking forward to having more time to look for new books to read. The Lincoln County Library will miss her greatly and they wish her wonderful literary adventures and exciting reading opportunities.
Following a national search, Teton County’s Library Board has announced that Dawn Jenkin will take the helm as the next Director of Library Services in February of 2019. Dawn brings experience working in academic, school, and public libraries as well as years in corporate information services and consulting.
She will move to Jackson from Amsterdam where she has been consulting on organizational structure and strategy for the last year. From 2013 to 2017, Dawn was the Director at Clark Public Library in Clark, New Jersey, population 16,000, and between 2012 and 2013, she served as the Interim Director at Orange Public Library in Orange, New Jersey, population 30,000. Dawn oversaw a staff of 15 at Clark Public Library and as a consultant has helped improve communication and culture for teams comprised of as many as thirty-five people.
In addition to more than a decade of experience within libraries in various roles, Dawn also served as President of a consortium of 20 Library Directors in the Libraries of Union County Consortium (LUCC).
From a young age, Dawn used libraries to connect with the larger world and credits them with leading her to become a first-generation college student. In her application she shared, “Growing up in upstate New York, our nearest grocery store was an hour away from my home. Rural life has great rewards and plentiful challenges. On our bi-weekly visits ‘to town,’ our local library served as my intellectual lifeline.”
No stranger to small towns or the benefits and challenges facing resort communities, Dawn has innovative ideas about juggling the library needs of both local and visiting patrons. In New Jersey, she resided in seasonal shore communities and helped to guide their development and growth through civic participation and community engagement.
Library Board Chair Carol Peck said, “We are 110% behind Dawn and look forward to welcoming her to our community and seeing her leadership continue to make Teton County Library an essential place to thrive in a changing world.”
“The Teton County Library has a stellar reputation, and plays such an important role in the community,” Dawn said. “First and foremost, I believe it’s my job to ensure that we continue to provide excellent service and resources to Teton County, and I know that this will involve a lot of listening and learning at the beginning. I’m committed to working with the current staff to build a foundation of trust and collaboration to create a great environment. In addition, no one knows the needs of the patrons and the community better than the staff and the Board, and I intend to learn from them and empower them to make sure the Library remains a critical resource and welcoming place for everyone.”
Elizabeth Albin is the new Wright Branch Library (WBL) Branch Services Manager effective in early December. Elizabeth is a life-long resident of Campbell County and a 16-year employee of Campbell County Public Library System. She began her library career as a WBL teen volunteer in 2001 and went on to work as a library page during high school. In 2009, she was hired as a generalist for both WBL and Campbell County Public Library (CCPL) in Gillette. In 2012, she moved to Gillette to work as a part-time CCPL Circulation Specialist. In 2014, she became a full-time Reference Specialist.
Elizabeth loves the library and the impact libraries have on their communities. She is very excited to have the opportunity to work at the Wright Branch Library again. The library staff and community hold a special place in her heart.
Former Wright Branch Library Branch Services Manager Mandy Quarders is moving with her family back to her home state of Wisconsin. Quarders has worked at WBL since 2006 and served as manager since 2008.
EvaLyn Flores joined the Laramie County Library System at the end of June as an Early Literacy Outreach Specialist. She will play a key role in the library’s new First Steps Initiative which is being funded by the Laramie County Library Foundation. Before joining the Laramie County Library System, EvaLyn worked as a Family Engagement Professional at Head Start of Laramie County. One of EvaLyn’s favorite parts of working at the Laramie County Library is, “being able to be a part of a great initiative and having the opportunity to shape and build it for the future.” EvaLyn is passionate about working with children and helping them learn to read. As an outreach specialist, EvaLyn loves having the opportunity to assist families in fostering the same positive learning environment in their own homes that is found here at the library.
Campbell County Public Library has named Becky Prelle (left) as Youth Services Coordinator for the CCPL Children’s Department. Prelle replaces Janet Tharp (right) who retired after 26 years at CCPL, the last ten in the coordinator position.
Prelle’s CCPL career started in 2001 as a part-time Youth Services Specialist; in 2004 she moved to full time in that position. During her 16 years at CCPL, she has enjoyed presenting and planning children’s story time programs, oral storytelling, school age program planning, dressing in crazy costumes to engage her young audiences, and so much more. She is passionate about early literacy and the importance of the public library in our community.
Away from the library, Prelle loves to fish, hike, camp with her family and friends, travel with her husband on spur of the moment trips, and spend time with her three daughters and new son in law.
Kasey Storey joined the Laramie County Library System in September as the new Communications Coordinator. Before joining the library, Kasey completed her Master of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies at Dartmouth College. Kasey grew up in Cheyenne and is thrilled to have the opportunity to work at the same library system where she spent her time reading and learning as a child. So far, her favorite part of working at the Laramie County Library System has been, “seeing the breadth and diversity of the services and programs we offer and being able to share with the Cheyenne community all the wonderful things we do here at the library.”
Angie Wolff is approaching her one-year anniversary as a Laramie County Library System employee. Angie began working as a Reference Librarian on January 15, 2018. Angie received her MLIS Degree from San Jose State after graduating from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. Angie has found that her “biggest successes come from working with individuals and being able to help them find the information they are looking for.” She says that she loves interacting with all the patrons, and that she has learned something new every day since she started working at the Laramie County Library System.
Tamsen Hert, Head of the Emmet D. Chisum Special Collections at the University of Wyoming, received a Topham and Susan Redd Butler Off-Campus Faculty Awards from the Charles Redd Center at Brigham Young University to continue her research on the history of lodging in Yellowstone National Park. This provided research support to visit repositories beyond BYU with pertinent collections.
The Riverton Branch Library’s Teri Wiblemo (at left in photo), Library Assistant/Programming, celebrated her ten-year anniversary with the library recently. Shari Haskins (on the right), Library Manager/Adult Services, will celebrate her 20th anniversary in January. And the library welcomed Scott Barlow as its new maintenance person. Riverton Branch Library is part of Fremont County Library System.