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Carrie Lucas is leaving the Laramie County Library System. Carrie started part-time work at LCLS in October 2007. She was a Wyoming SWIM scholarship recipient in 2010 and graduated from University of North Texas in August 2012 with a Master of Library and Information Science and graduate certificates in Youth Services and Advanced Management. Carrie became the Assistant Manager, Youth & Outreach Services and Children’s Librarian in a full-time capacity in June 2011. She developed LCLS early literacy mascots, ELSIE and EDDIE, and because of her work and vision, LCLS opened the Early Literacy Center on the 2nd floor of the Cheyenne Library in April 2013. Carrie was named a Mover and Shaker in 2015 by Library Journal. Carrie’s impact on children and caregivers in the Laramie County Community is immeasurable and LCLS is fortunate to have had her vision and drive improving library services for over ten years.

Sandy Barstow recently retired after 30 years at the University of Wyoming Libraries. Originally hired in 1988 as Head of Acquisitions, she also served as Assistant Dean, and most recently, Head of Collection Development. She’ll be missed for her wry sense of humor and her good negotiating skills with vendors.

Landreth New Director of Lincoln County Library

Richard Landreth

Richard Landreth joined Lincoln County Library System as its Director and Kemmerer Library Manager in mid-August. He came to Kemmerer after 24 years with Campbell County schools in northeast Wyoming where he was the librarian for Westwood and Rozet libraries. While in Gillette he also served as librarian for Conestoga and 4J. Previously he has worked as a mathematics teacher in Liberal, Kansas, and Tuba City, Arizona.

“Lincoln County Library System has an excellent reputation, which was definitely a draw,” Richard said. “When I saw they were looking for someone to join their organization, I knew immediately it was the place for me. I’m happy to say I was right — I’ve found a supportive library board, dedicated staff, and amazing communities all in a beautiful part of the state to live.”

Richard received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and holds a Master of Library Science from Emporia State University. He strongly believes in giving back to his profession as an active member of Wyoming Library Association. He is a Past President of WLA and has served the organization in a variety of other volunteer positions. He’s also taken the opportunity to put on workshops at the annual conference and share his knowledge.

Being raised on a farm/ranch in the panhandle of Western Nebraska with 6 siblings has given Richard a love for the rural way of life. When not working or reading he enjoys many outdoor activities including hiking, fishing, skiing and generally exploring nature.

“I’m excited!“ he added. “Between the board, the staff, and the communities, I couldn’t ask for a better place. This library system has accomplished a lot for the people in Lincoln County, and we’ll just keep building on that.”

Casper College Bids Goodbye to Matthies

Brad Matthies

Casper College Goodstein Foundation Library is saying goodbye to Director Brad Matthies. Brad has accepted a position as Associate Dean of the Foley Library at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. His last day at Casper College is September 28.

Brad has been in academic libraries for 17 years total. For the last six, he’s been at Casper College where he updated library services and spaces, doubling patron gate count over a five-year period. (Not to mention, he caught a lot of Wyoming trout.)

“There are too many Wyoming librarians for me to thank individually,” Brad said of his time in Wyoming. “I’ll definitely miss working with many of you — especially those of you who are in higher education, the WYLD organization, and at the State Library. Wyoming has a great group of public and academic librarians that support each other on a level that I haven’t seen elsewhere.”

The willingness among Wyoming librarians to collaborate even across differing library missions is a service ethic he plans to take with him on his new library adventure.

“I’ll always have a soft spot for Wyoming libraries,” he added, “so if you’re ever in Washington State, don’t hesitate to look me up!”

People News

Lorene Peterson has joined the Natrona County Library. Lorene comes to the library with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with an ESL endorsement and three years of teaching experience. She’s loved libraries since she was a little girl and sees them as magical places where people can not only read, but also attend programs, receive help with research, meet other community members, and enhance their education in many ways. She loves to help people and is excited to join team.

Gretchen Brasington retired from the Sweetwater County Library System in June. Gretchen worked 24 years for the library system primarily as the Reference Librarian at the Rock Springs Library. Gretchen’s smile, kind words, and superior library skills and services will definitely be missed by her coworkers and patrons. Enjoy retirement!

Adilene Rodriguez has joined the Natrona County Library. Adi moved recently from her home state of New Jersey to Casper after obtaining her bachelor’s degree in communication from Kean University. During her four years at college, she worked at her local library where she grew accustomed to the unique work environment. She feels right at home in local libraries and is excited to transition into a new community.

Barbara Kendall, the Sweetwater County Library System Business Manager retired in May, after 10 years of dedicated service. Barbara has provided expert financial guidance and support through the years and will be missed. We wish her all the best in this next chapter in her life.

People News

Karen Madigan is leaving Goshen County Library after over two years working there to return to Cheyenne to be with her family. Karen has been a librarian most of her life and has also worked at Albany County Public Library, Sweetwater County Library System, and Jessup Elementary. At Goshen County, she was responsible for materials processing, statistics, the monthly newsletter, and thrice-yearly book sales. “I’ll miss processing a lot, and I will truly miss my coworkers and our patrons.” She plans to spend the summer babysitting grandkids before hoping to get back to work in the fall.

Megan Cockett is joining Goshen County Library for a summer internship. Megan graduated high school in May. She plans to major in English when she heads off to college and wants to go on to earn her MLS.

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Nicholle Gerharter has joined Park County Library, Cody, as a Reference and Interlibrary Loan Librarian. In 2012, Nicholle was the Wyoming Library Association’s Librarian of the Year when she was employed by the Natrona County Library. More recently, she worked at the McCracken Library, part of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and for the Park County Commissioners. She says she’s glad to be back in a library, serving the people of Park County.

Conrrado Saldivar, Adult Services Specialist at Natrona County Library, will begin working toward his MLIS this fall through the University of Washington’s online program. He was awarded a Dean’s Fellowship to cover tuition. He will also graduate from the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Casper program at the end of May.

At Campbell County Public Library System, Marcy Robison has been promoted to the Youth Services Coordinator in the Teen Room. She takes the position that Rachael Yates vacated in March. Annette Falkman has been hired as a Youth Services specialist in the Teen Room. Darcy Acord had a small article (bibliography) published in the Winter 2017 issue of Children & Libraries, the journal of the Association of Library Service for Children.

Rachel Gattermeyer recently joined the American Heritage Center as a Digital Archivist. She holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Science, with a concentration in Data Curation, from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. After receiving her degree, she worked as a Digital Archivist at a small religious archive for the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in Cincinnati, Ohio. In her position, Rachel plans to increase the accessibility of the AHC’s born-digital collections, identify new directions for digital preservation, and work with other departments at the University to share the Center’s broad range of materials.

David Kruger, a librarian in the University of Wyoming Libraries, is the recipient of UW’s 2018 Agnes Milstead Distinguished Librarianship Award. The late Agnes Milstead, a former professor of education and library science at UW, established the annual award in 1993 to recognize significant contributions to UW Libraries in scholarship, program development, teaching, fundraising and professional achievements. Kruger has worked in a variety of roles in UW Libraries. He served as head of the Science Library before its collections and personnel were merged into Coe Library. He was special projects librarian for the UW Libraries administrative office during the renovation of the Library Annex and Coe Library. Currently, he is the liaison librarian for the UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.


Four Selected for MPLA Leadership Institute

Four people from the Wyoming library community have been chosen for the 2018 Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA) Leadership Institute that will take place April 29 through May 4. MPLA is a 12-state association of librarians, library paraprofessionals and friends of libraries. Its purpose is to promote the development of librarians and libraries by providing significant educational and networking opportunities.

Cynthia Hughes, University of Wyoming, Laramie
Cynthia is a Metadata Librarian at the University of Wyoming. She is a member of the Wyoming Library Association and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, where she serves on the Marketing & Membership Committee. Her first job out of library school was working within a community (Beecher, IL) that had just formed a public library. She also worked as a cataloger at a small academic library in North Carolina. She earned her master’s degree in library science at the University of Illinois and her Bachelor of Arts at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Kate Mutch, Natrona County Library, Casper
Kate is the Assistant Director of the Natrona County Library. She began as a volunteer in a small library (service population 2,500) in Colorado in 1995 and later became the director of that library. In 1999, she moved on to a director’s job in Andover, Kansas, where she began pursing her MLS degree from Emporia State University. She received her degree in 2003 and returned to the West to work for he Natrona County Public Library She has served on the Wyoming Library Association (WLA) Awards committee and is currently serving on the WYLD (ILS) Governing Board, the WLA Legislative Committee, the WYLD shared purchasing committee, and as chair of the WYLD training committee. In an unofficial capacity she’s been the “wrangler” of all things Overdrive for a Wyoming consortia.

Sarah E. North, Casper College Goodstein Foundation Library, Casper
Sarah is the Assistant Library Director at Casper College where she oversees Public Services, designs information literacy instruction, guides assessment projects, develops outreach events, and organizes employee community-building efforts. She received her MLIS from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec and is working toward an Ed.S in Higher Education Administration at Fort Hays State University. Her passions include serving community college students, developing collective efficacy within a team, and collaborative board games.

Ruth Troyanek, Albany County Public Library, Laramie
Ruth is the Director of the Albany County Public Library. She’s worked at ACPL since 2003 in several different roles. She was the Youth Services Librarian for six years before becoming Director in June of 2017. Ruth earned her MLS from the University of Iowa. In her free time she enjoys biking, running and camping with her family.


Parkins to Head Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services

As we celebrate National Bookmobile Day, we’d like to celebrate Susan Parkins, Laramie County Library System Senior Outreach Specialist. Often spotted behind the wheel of the LCLS bookmobile, Susan is a leader at the national level as Vice President/President-Elect for the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS).

ABOS’s mission is to “support and encourage government officials, library administrators, trustees and staff in the provision of quality bookmobile and outreach services to meet diverse community information and programming needs.” The organization provides a forum for discussion of activities, programs, challenges, and successes in the field of outreach services.

Susan started her library career in May 1989, starting as a circulation assistant for two years. She then moved into children’s services and was a storyteller and worked on programs for 10 years. In 2001 she became the Outreach Specialist, responsible for the bookmobile and homebound services as well as still working in the main library in children’s services. She received her ALA LSSC (Library Support Staff Certification) in 2014 and was a 2004 recipient, along with Judy Norris, of the Wyoming Library Association’s Milstead Award.

What I love about my job is having the opportunity to take library services outside of library walls to those who do not have access, for whatever reason, to a brick and mortar building.

The bookmobile visits 11 schools throughout Cheyenne, Albin and Carpenter and six community stops during the year. Summertime ramps up the activity with extra stops, including free school lunch sites. Outreach Librarian Melanie Hornbeck Esp takes it to some of the local daycare centers as part of her daycare outreach program. The bookmobile can be spotted at community events including Superday, Safe Kids Day, Back to school events, and Family Literacy nights.

Homebound services are also a big part of her job. Susan visits individuals in their own homes and at nursing homes, retirement centers, assisted living centers, and an adult day facility. She visits each location once a month with a rotating collection of library materials. While she doesn’t do any specific programming at these stops, she’s assisted with book clubs and checked out the library’s memory kits to staff at these facilities.

Susan Parkins has been an advocate for outreach services in Wyoming through activities including discussion roundtables and presentations at the Wyoming Library Association’s annual conference. “I’m hoping that I can be proactive in getting the interest going again for a support group for outreach in our state,” she said.

Each year, usually in the fall, ABOS holds a conference to provide training and networking opportunities.  It advocates and promotes library outreach services and is affiliated with ALA ODLOS (American Library Association Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach services). Susan chairs the long-range planning committee, and is hoping to see the 2019 ABOS conference come to this area.

People News

Jes Renz has been named the new Assistant Director at Converse County Library. She has been serving as the library’s business manager. Her background is in human resources, personnel management and finance, and she is a journalist with the Wyoming Air National Guard. “I’m excited for my new role with the Converse County Library,” she said. “My time here has been amazing and I’m ready to get more involved with our staff and programming. Together we will do great things!”

Cindy Kellogg was honored with the University of Wyoming Unsung Hero Award at the Staff Recognition Day ceremony on March 28, 2018. This award honors UW staff members who are deserving of recognition for outstanding duties performed. As a library specialist in the UW Libraries digital collections office, Cindy supervises student workers in scanning digital projects and responds to questions from students and faculty. Her commitment to customer service and her positive attitude inspired several nomination letters and the ongoing respect of her colleagues. A UW Libraries employee for 25 years, Cindy previously worked in the Coe Library Research & Instruction Department and in the Science Library. She began working at the University of Wyoming as a student in 1977. In the photo, Cindy is with UW President Laurie Nichols.

Terri Perry is joining Converse County Library as the Children Services Manager in Douglas. Previously, she was a Senior District Executive for seven years with the Boy Scouts of America in Michigan. Her bachelor’s degree is in elementary education from Central Michigan University, and she has led children’s programming in several venues. Terri has two sons, one beautiful granddaughter, and has never lived in Wyoming before! She looks forward to offering diverse experiences, learning, and programming to the Douglas community, especially regarding summer reading.

Heidi Hobson is the new Teen Lead Librarian at the Riverton Branch Library, part of Fremont County Library System. Heidi is from the Denver area, and worked at Jefferson County Public Library as well as spending two years as a reading interventionist and one as a math interventionist in low income schools. She says she is happily settling into a little log cabin in Riverton and aspires to become both a YA author and a “Crazy Cat Lady.”

Fremont County Library System also has two new employees at the Lander Library. Ami Vincent is Library Assistant II in Adult Services and Heather Walker is a Library Aide.

Davis Named AHC University Archivist

From the American Heritage Center blog

Sara Davis

The American Heritage Center has appointed Sara Davis as the new university archivist. The university archivist serves as a liaison between the AHC and University of Wyoming departments, faculty, staff, and student organizations to assist in records retention schedules, which are critical in terms of the legal value of records as evidence and the reliability of information, as well as collecting materials that help document UW. The AHC is the University of Wyoming’s official archival repository.

Davis holds an Associate of Arts in music from Laramie County Community College and two degrees from the University of Wyoming (Bachelor of Arts in humanities and fine arts and Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in psychology). Additionally, she has a Master of Science in library science with a concentration in archives management from Simmons College and a digital archives specialist certificate from the Society of American Archivists.

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