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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.

People News

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.

People News

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.”

UW People News

From University of Wyoming Libraries

Over the summer, there were a number of new hires and appointments at the University of Wyoming Libraries.

Hilary Baribeau is the new Digital Scholarship Librarian. Hilary received her MLIS from the Pratt Institute where she received awards for Academic Excellence, Graduate Student Leadership, and the NYLA Dewey Scholarship Award. Hilary comes to the University of Wyoming by way of Maine where she was a Research Librarian and E-Resources Management Assistant at Bates College. Hilary works in the Digital Collections department and provides leadership and management for open scholarship, scholarly identities, and open educational resources. She also works with stakeholders throughout the University to identify and support digital platforms related to student and faculty scholarship.

Dr. Yolanda Hood joined the UW Libraries faculty as the Carol J. McMurry Distinguished Librarian for Academic. Dr. Hood arrived here from Prince Edward Island, Canada, but was born and raised in North Carolina. She has worked in libraries for 14 years and loves it because the students keep her young and on her toes. As the Carol J. McMurry Distinguished Librarian for Academic Excellence, she will work closely with students in the Honors College to help ensure their academic success here at the University of Wyoming.

Larry Schmidt is now the Chair of Research & Instruction. Larry joined the UW Libraries faculty in 2002 and has served as the science librarian, as head of the Geology Library, and as a research librarian in R&I. He holds an MLS from Emporia State University and an MS in Environmental Engineering from Montana State University. He has administered several grants related to digitization at UW and his research interests relate to digital herbaria and teaching research data management. As department chair, Larry plans and directs the daily work of Research & Instruction, including coordinating the instruction program and research help services, as well as supervising library faculty, staff and a graduate assistant.

Kaijsa Calkins was appointed as the Assistant Dean, Education & Research Services, in late August. She now leads a library division that includes Digital Collections, Special Collections, and Research & Instruction. Kaijsa joined the Reference department in 2006 as the English Reference Librarian. Most recently, she served as department chair of Research & Instruction. This past summer she attended the prestigious Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians.

Cass Kvenild was appointed Associate Dean of Libraries in July. Cass has worked at UW Libraries for 16 years, serving as the distance learning librarian, the head of the Learning Resource Center, and most recently, the assistant dean of Education & Research Services. In her role as associate dean, Cass oversees all operational activities of the UW Libraries, facilitates the work of the three large divisions of the Libraries, and provides oversight for the appointment and promotion of library faculty.

Shannon Sheridan has joined UW Libraries as the Data Management Librarian. Shannon’s most recent position was as a fellow in the National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship Program. She spent one year working and doing research at the NLM in Bethesda, Maryland and then spent the second year of the fellowship as a liaison librarian for Drexel University’s College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. Shannon works in the Digital Collections department and provides leadership and management for the UW data repository. She also consults with UW faculty and students on research data management, works to cultivate relationships with other departments on campus working with data, and aims to educate the UW community on a variety of data management skills.

Crocker Named Director of Albany County Public Library

Rachel Crocker

The Albany County Public Library Board of Directors has named Rachel Crocker as ACPL’s new library director. Crocker previously held the role of assistant library director, and she served as interim library director since May. Rachel joined the ACPL staff in January 2018.

“Rachel has impressed me the last 18 months as an assistant and interim director,” ACPL Board Chairman, Scott Shoop, said. “She has the intelligence, leadership, and management skills to be very successful in this position.”

Rachel has ample strategic planning and visioning experience, as well as sound knowledge of the three branches of Albany County Public Library and of the Albany County community. She’s taken a lead on budget preparation and library operations during her time at ACPL. Her financial and organizational management skillset are an asset to the library.

“Working with the staff over the last 18 months to serve our community has been such a pleasure, and I’m thrilled to take on this new role,” Rachel said. “I look forward to working with the staff, board, and community to continue the library’s great work and to create a vision for how we can best serve and adapt to the growth and changes in Albany County.”

Rachel graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming and a master’s degree from Denver University. She formerly worked for Kansas State University teaching library instruction classes, doing community outreach, and conducting reference.

She also worked at IREX, an international education nonprofit, facilitating discussion and leading planning to assist public libraries in eight countries. Rachel’s skills helped libraries to develop initiatives that matched community needs. She worked primarily in the Philippines and Nigeria for the project.