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Rebecca Chavez Named New Library Director at CWC



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Rebecca Chavez

Rebecca Chavez was recently named the new Library Director for Central Wyoming College, stepping up from a librarian position at CWC.

Rebecca completed her MLIS program through San Jose State University in 2021. During her graduate work at SJSU she focused on academic librarianship, emerging technologies, and information organization. She holds a BA and MA in art history from California State University, Chico, as well as a certificate in museum studies and a minor in communication design.

Before coming to CWC, Rebecca worked as a Visual Resource Curator in the Art & Art History Department at CSU, Chico, beginning in 2016. She was in charge of a specialized library housing over 3,000 items related to art, art education, art history, and interior architecture for the courses taught in her department. She worked with professors to develop the collection and coordinate class visits and tutorials, and with the students to help them enhance their research and writing skills.

Becoming a director was always a goal for Rebecca, but she didn’t think that it would happen this quickly.

“After the last CWC director quit on my first week on campus, I knew I had to step up to the plate and begin the director journey,” she said. “The CWC library has not been the top priority over the past few years and needed someone that would fight for it. It needed someone that would promote learning in a new way that hasn’t been seen on campus for many years. I knew that I could be that person. I have a lot to learn, but I’m up for the challenge.”

While she sees challenges ahead, she said the library has knowledgeable staff and a beautiful facility. Moving forward, she plans to build on those strengths and build links across the campus.

“There’s a lot to do here at CWC, but I’m making headway with faculty members and I’m hoping to develop relationships with them,” she said. “I want the faculty at CWC to see that the library should be used as a partner or helper to their courses. I want the college to see the library as an academic institute that doesn’t only check out books, but that has librarians who can help students learn research, writing, and editing skills.”

Rebecca also has plans to become more involved with the Wyoming library community. This year, she hopes to join the Wyoming Library Association mentoring program. She also wants to attend a few out of state conferences to bring back new understandings of libraries in the changing “post-COVID” world.

“I’ve enjoyed how close Wyoming libraries are,” she said. “Having a consortium of libraries allows for collaboration and a unique ability to learn from others who are having success or sometimes having shortcomings at differing tasks. We can really learn what works and how objectives or tasks can be tweaked from the others in the system.”

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Twyla Gaylord is retiring from Natrona County Library. Before working at the library, Twyla spent 11 years in the school district as a substitute teacher, with a particular interest in teaching music. She originally started in the Children’s Department part-time in November of 2002 and came on board full-time after only two years. Twyla has been involved in children’s programming, school visits, fostering the love of reading and literacy to thousands of children over the past two decades. A reception in her honor will be held in the Crawford Room at the library on Friday, December 16, from 2-4 p.m. Read more about Twyla on the NCL blog.


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Kathryn Senn joined the University of Wyoming Libraries as the Innovative and Immersive Technologies Librarian in October. She holds a Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin. At the University of Wyoming, she will be working to support curricula through the use of new technologies, such as virtual and augmented reality. She has previous experience working with students as a teaching assistant and in information literacy through the creation of a LibGuide on misinformation and disinformation for her undergraduate institution, Eastern Michigan University. Outside of work, Kathryn enjoys cooking, creative writing, playing video games, and finding socks with fun patterns on them.

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Alise Watson is the new Adult Services Specialist at Sublette County Library. Alise was born in West Virginia and raised in Montana before her family settled in Pinedale 20 years ago. She comes to the library with more than 15 years of experience in event planning for museums, historic spaces, and large-scale corporate events. Alise will manage and develop adult programs and outreach services at the Pinedale Library. “I hope to bring my zest for the arts, classic literature and poetry, and passion for supporting the mental health of my community with quality programming that touches often overlooked topics and individuals,” she said. Alise is mom to a 4-year-old and lists her guilty pleasures as true crime, nostalgic cookery, coffee, curated playlists, and dry humor.

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Judi Boyce is now Assistant Director of the Sublette County Libraries. Judi joined the Libraries in 2014 as a part-time library assistant and quickly moved into the role of Adult Services Specialist managing adult programs and events, outreach initiatives, and many behind-the-scenes duties. Judi recently completed a bachelor’s degree in library science from the University of Nebraska. She is a graduate of the Wyoming Library Leadership Institute, has served on the Wyoming Library Association Board for several years, and is the Wyoming Representative for the Mountain Plains Library Association.


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Steven Leafgreen joined Laramie County Library System as a member of its Board of Directors. Steven is the CEO of Western Vista Federal Credit Union and has served in key roles for several different community organizations including the Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce. He looks forward to helping the library continue to be a meaningful resource for the community while helping it continue to thrive and reach new levels of excellence.

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Devin Hodgins has moved to Centennial Junior High School as the Certified Librarian. Prior to this position, he was at Crest Hill Elementary. “It has been my honor to be Crest Hill’s Librarian these past years,” he wrote on his blog. “I’ll do my best to continue supporting elementary libraries and their learning communities any way I can. But now, I aim to work within an entirely different library setting, with a perhaps-not-so-different group of learners, to inspire them and engage them and to make a positive impact for all community members and help them develop onwards.”


Alice Davidson has moved on from the Big Horn County Library. Her last day as the Basin Branch Manager was September 6. She wrote on Facebook that she is starting “a wonderful brand new job with a new group of great people.” She added, “Although I’m so happy and excited to start my new job, I’m sad to be leaving you all behind.”

 

 

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Katharine Teykl joined the University of Wyoming Libraries as the Digital Scholarship Librarian in July. She earned a dual Master of Library Science and Master of Arts in Musicology from Indiana University-Bloomington in 2022. Previously, she served as the graduate assistant for the HathiTrust Research Center and as a technical services assistant for the Latin American Music Center at the William & Gayle Cook Music Library. Outside of work, Katharine enjoys trying out vegan recipes, hiking, learning random facts about composers, and crossing movies and shows off of her watch list.


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Becka Evans is the new Branch Manager of the Little Snake River Valley Library, part of the Carbon County Library System. Prior to joining the library, she worked as an office assistant at the Little Snake River Museum in Savery and then as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician. Becka is a lifelong resident of Baggs and spent many of her middle and high school years hanging out at the library. She has a passion for helping people with mental illness and is working on ways that the local library can help people who experience it. She’s currently enrolled in the Casper College accounting program and hopes to earn a master’s in accounting and psychology in the future. Becka and her husband have a three-legged rescue cat and five fur monsters (dogs). She enjoys swimming, camping, reading, writing, and helping people any way she can.

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Francie Coe has joined the Park County Library team as their Senior Library Assistant for Outreach. This is a newly created position that will be in charge of countywide outreach and the new outreach mobile van they will be launching soon. Francie will help in delivering library service to the entire county and providing pop-up library visits for the community.


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Brittney Helm is the new Youth Services and Technology Specialist at Sublette County Library. A Wyoming native, Brittney said she is “looking forward to getting to know the community and continuing to create a community with the teens and tweens.” Brittney has 9-year-old twins and a 2-month-old-baby. She loves the outdoors and is eager to camp, hike, fish, and kayak all over Sublette County with her family. She’s also a lover of random trivia (the weirder the better). The library invites the community to stop in the Teen Room to meet Brittney.


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Jordan Meyerl was hired by the University of Wyoming American Heritage Center (AHC) as a part-time project archivist to build a network of records stewards from libraries, museums, and archives. This is a one-year collaborative project of the AHC, Wyoming State Archives, and Wyoming State Historical Records Advisory Board (WY SHRAB), funded by a grant from the National Historic Publications and Records Commission. Jordan has a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Arcadia University and a Master’s in history on the archives track from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is currently an Archives Cataloguer with Historic New England.

 

 

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Stephen Boss is the recipient of this year’s MPLA Innovator Award from the Mountain Plains Library Association. Stephen is an associate librarian at University of Wyoming Libraries and has been with the library since 2002. He played a pivotal role in establishing Studio Coe and One Button Studio in Coe Library. Currently, he co-leads the Wyoming Library to Business program and serves on the UW Libraries Diversity Council. Earlier this year, he received UW’s Agnes Milstead Distinguished Librarianship Award.


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Terri Cartwright is the new Technical Services Manager for the Lincoln County Library System. Terri is a longtime resident of Kemmerer and has worked with seniors and teens throughout her career. She loves hiking, quilting, and exploring Mexico, and is fanatic about the history of baseball and baseball stats! Of note, she makes amazing sugar cookies, but will not give out her secret recipe, and owns a restored Schwinn tandem bike that she prizes. Terri replaces Sheryl Alleman who retired on June 20 after almost 31 years with the Lincoln County Library System.

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Jenn Burton is shifting over to Children’s Services at the Sublette County Library. Jenn was hired in 2018 as the Director’s Assistant and Technology Manager. Throughout the years, she has filled in and supported other staff with processing, weeding, programming, managing volunteers, the annual Book Sale, Covid logistics, and a whole gaggle of random projects — a Jenn of all trades! She has been learning the art of grant writing and has successfully secured several for library programming and general operations support. Most recently, the library was awarded a grant to install a Story Stroll in a local park. Jenn has lived in Pinedale off and on for 15 years. When not reading, she can be found on her yoga mat, offering Ayurvedic bodywork, hiking, climbing, biking, or skiing with her trusty adventure dog Murry and her musician/professor husband.


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Janene Shreve is one of the newest members of the Powell Library staff. She recently moved to the area from the western side of the state and is settling into her new home. Along with shelving and helping patrons find their next favorite book, her responsibilities at the Powell Library include adult outreach and programming. With a background in event planning and a love of reading, she is very much enjoying her new role.

Michelle Humber Named New Sublette County Library Director



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Michelle Humber has taken the lead role at Sublette County Library as Director, effective July 1. For the past year, she has served as the library’s Assistant Director.

“I’ve been interested in leadership for some time now and am ready for this new challenge,” Michelle said. “I look forward to finding a good balance between serving the community in various ways, staying true to library ethics, and managing and encouraging an engaged and satisfied staff.”

Originally from Georgia, Michelle first visited Sublette County in 1997 with her parents when she was fifteen for a horseback trip with an outfitting service in the Wind River Mountains. “I fell in love with the area,” she said. During her summers in college, she worked for the same outfitter.

She graduated from Montana State University in 2005 with a bachelor’s in English and a high school English teaching certificate. Michelle moved to Sublette County permanently in April of 2009 when she began working for the library part-time.

“I was planning to try to find a job teaching English, but I fell in love with the library world and felt called to serve in it.” Later that year, she moved to full time employment as a library assistant where she assisted with children’s services, and handled overdues, tech maintenance and other behind-the-scenes duties. She took over children’s services in May of 2017 and became Assistant Director in 2021.

As she begins her directorship, she wants to continue the Sublette County Library legacy of making their libraries welcoming, community hubs. She also wants to look for new ways to better serve her community and support her staff.

“Our libraries are incredibly beautiful and inviting,” she said. “Our staff excels in customer service and collaboration. They’re kind, incredibly helpful, and hilarious, and I feel very fortunate to work with the people in our libraries.”

Bonnie Stahla to be New Crook County Library Director



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Bonnie Stahla has been named the new Director of the Crook County Public Library. She will take the reins from longtime director Jill Mackey who is retiring July 1.

Bonnie has lived in Sundance since 1994. She was initially hired as the library’s Technical Services Librarian in May of 1999, but quickly moved into children’s services when that position opened up later the same year. In that role, she grew the outreach program to reach numerous daycares and home childcare providers, two preschools, and K-4 at the elementary school. For in-library events, she went beyond the existing storytimes to add several special events through the year: tea parties, maker days, and more. She also hosts elementary classes for events throughout the year. Of course, since it’s a small library she wears other hats touching all aspects of library services — children’s and YA collection development, answering phones, issuing cards, and giving library tours.

Her involvement in the wider library community includes coordinating Wyoming Reads in Crook County since its inception and serving on the Buckaroo Book Award committee for many years. Bonnie is a graduate of the Wyoming Library Leadership Institute.

Bonnie was attracted to the position because she thought it would be interesting and fun to become a larger part of the community, not just as the Youth Services Librarian. She felt she could bring her years of experience and knowledge of how the library worked to the position. She admits feeling a little torn about no longer being “Miss Bonnie” for the younger crowd.

“I’ve grown to love all the kids I’ve read to over the years,” she said.

She plans to build on Jill Mackey’s many years of leadership. “We have an awesome library system in Crook County and I want to continue to make it even better,” she said. “Jill has done an excellent job bringing all the libraries in our system together, and I want to continue that. Staff members from all locations meet once a month to share ideas, build friendships and relationships, and have fun! Now when you call on another library you really ‘know’ that person on the other line.”

As director, she wants to expand and grow relationships with other entities in the communities Crook County Public Library serves and get to know the patron base through each branch. She also has a great interest in expanding programs that serve all ages.

“I want to bring families into the libraries as a whole, not just reaching the kids for some things and the adults for other things,” Bonnie said. “Intergenerational programming — getting seniors and little ones involved together — is something I’ve wanted to try but never had the time in my other position.”

Wyoming State Archivist Sara Davis Receives Mark A. Greene Award



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Sara Davis, Wyoming State Archivist

From the Society of American Archivists

Sara Davis, State Archivist at the Wyoming State Archives in Cheyenne, is the 2022 recipient of the Mark A. Greene Emerging Leader Award from the Society of American Archivists (SAA). The award celebrates and encourages early-career archivists who have completed archival work of broad merit, demonstrated significant promise of leadership, and performed commendable service to the archives profession.

Since her initial position as an archives intern at the Frederick Law Olmstead National Historic Site to her current role at the Wyoming State Archives, Sara has been a strong advocate for archival collections, users, and colleagues. At the State Archives, she successfully applied for a National Historic Public Records Commission grant to support a traveling archivist program to build a network connecting the state’s numerous cultural institutions. She effectively uses her role as a spokesperson for “people’s history” for the state to preserve the voices of those not traditionally represented by the archives. For example, she established a community speakers’ bureau to communicate with members from underrepresented communities about the crucial role their records play in documenting Wyoming state history. With the institution’s recent acquisition of the Latin American Federation’s papers, these efforts are already bringing positive results.

Sara’s leadership is also evident in her previous work as a university archivist for the University of Wyoming at the American Heritage Center. Sara played an essential role in founding the institution’s Diversity Committee, as well as curating a digital and physical exhibit to commemorate Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming who was murdered in 1998. Within SAA, she has led continuing archival education efforts as an active member, vice chair, and then chair of the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Education Subcommittee, where she reviews curriculum to ensure courses meet the needs of a growing number of archivists seeking to learn more about digital archives.

As her nominator writes, Sara’s “rapid growth from consultant to state archivist demonstrates her increasing responsibility, proven track record, and potential in the profession.” One former mentor writes that they “[look] to her as a guide and role model where we were once in opposite roles. I have watched Davis become an expert at whatever she takes on while leading with compassion and grace. She is clearly dedicated to and passionate about her work as an archivist.” A former supervisor adds that “Davis creates programs from scratch, sees projects successfully to completion, and ensures that every product is of high quality.”

Established in 2011 and renamed in 2017, the award honors the memory of SAA Fellow and Past President Mark A. Greene, the director of the University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center from 2002 to 2015. He was Emeritus Director of the AHC at the time of his death in 2017.

Jill Mackey Retiring from Crook County Public Library



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Jill Mackey

After nearly 28 years at Crook County Public Library — the last 23 as Director — Jill Mackey is retiring on June 30.

Jill was initially hired by the library in Sundance in October, 1994, as a part-timer. That lasted only briefly until the Children’s Librarian moved on.

“I was asked if I wanted to give it a try,” she said. “I did and I loved it! I had no formal training, but all those years of raising kids, home day care, and Girl Scout leader stood me in good stead.”

Jill became director when Gaydell Collier retired in June of 1999. When she began, all staff were part time with no benefits, other than the Wyoming Retirement System. Now, staff at each of the three libraries have full-time employment with benefits, equivalent to other county employees.

Under her direction, all three libraries continue active and varied programming in their libraries, but are also now reaching out into their communities with storytimes and reading at elementary schools, preschools, day cares, the nursing home, and assisted care facilities. The library has a presence at community events with information tables, parade floats, and the book bike.

Another accomplishment she’s proud of this that the library was able to complete the Wyoming Library Endowment Challenge and establish a permanent endowment. “The return on that has enabled us to continue programs we wouldn’t have been able to due to budget cuts the last two years,” she said.

Bonnie Stahla has been selected as the library’s next director. Jill foresees that the library will “Continue to be welcoming to all, meeting the needs of all, and reaching out to serve communities.”

Now that she’s retiring, Jill plans to care for family members and conduct local history research. She will always retain her deep love of libraries.

“Books are my first and favorite memory of the library as a child,” she said. “However, libraries are not just about books — we provide so much more! I like to think of libraries as a living, breathing entity that seeks ways to serve its patrons and communities. It’s flexible to change, it’s accepting of all, it’s curious — a mirror image of our humanness at its best.”

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Orrin Koenig, a senior library assistant, is the recipient of the University of Wyoming Libraries Outstanding Staff Award for his contributions in 2021. The Outstanding Staff Award, funded by the McMurry-Spieles Excellence Fund, honors a UW Libraries staff member who has “demonstrated exceptional service to UW Libraries and made significant contributions to the university and/or the community.” Orrin has worked in UW Libraries’ User Services since 2019

 

 

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Mary Gillgannon  Laramie County Library System’s Fiction Collection Development Coordinator, retired at the end of April after a 32-year career with the library. Mary began working at the Central Ave. library in the spring of 1990 as a Circulation Desk Assistant. After ten years, she moved into a new position assisting with the library’s Fiction Collection Development. She took on additional responsibilities when she began her role as a Senior Circulation Assistant and in 2006 Mary was promoted to the Fiction Collection Development Coordinator. Read more about Mary on the LCLS  blog.