Joanna Howard was named the new manager of the LaBarge Branch Library this month. Joanna has worked as a substitute in the library for the past three years and has participated in storytime events with her children as well. She’s currently planning adult programming, including some centered on the local area and history. Her mission is to continue having the LaBarge Branch Library as a pillar of the community, where patrons come enjoy visiting with each other while finding information resources and searching for recreational reading.
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.
Sid Stanfill will serve as Interim Director of Library Services for Teton County Library, beginning October 15. Stanfill retired earlier in 2018 after seven years as Director of Sublette County Libraries. With many years of public library experience in the Rocky Mountain region and having served as President of the Wyoming Library Association in 2017, the Library Board selected Stanfill to guide the library during this transition.
“The Teton County Library has always been recognized as an outstanding library with strong community support. I’m looking forward to working with the staff and board to continue to provide excellent services, resources and programs during the transition,” said Sid.
The Teton County Library Board initiated a national search for the Director of Library Services position on October 3 with the retirement of Library Director Valerie Maginnis. The Director of Library Services application period closes on October 26 at 4:00 p.m. The library has provided an informational brochure about the library and the job position.
Valerie Maginnis, Director of Teton County Library, has announced her retirement after almost three years at TCL. She plans to move to Boise, Idaho, after her last day at the library on October 13.
“My time at Teton County has been very fulfilling,” Valerie said. “The community’s appreciation and support of the library is delightful. They’ve embraced our new programs, enhanced popular collections, and welcoming space.”
Valerie worked in libraries for 40 years, the past 21 in directorship positions. Her career has taken her to jobs in Idaho, Arizona, Nevada, California, Colorado, and Wyoming. Prior to becoming the Director of Library Services for Teton County Library, she was the Lincoln County Library System Director in Kemmerer. She was also the Library and Arts Director for the City of Boulder and the Library and Cultural Arts Director for the City of Mission Viejo, California.
After retiring from the Boulder Public Library, she took some time off and moved to the U.S. Virgin Islands. “My time there was wonderful, but I missed libraries and the opportunity to serve the community. As luck would have it, the great state of Wyoming called at just the right time!”
Under her tenure, she sees great significance in the library’ strategic plan, implemented in 2017. The plan guides, informs and inspires the library to design and deliver programs, services, and collections that are needed, wanted and responsive to the community. She said she is proud of TCL staff accomplishments, including the Family Place Library designation; signature literary programming, such as “A Night at Hogworts”; structured after-school offerings; additional hours of service in both Jackson and Alta; and a strong commitment to responsive customer service.
“I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to work for the Teton County Library Board and the residents of Teton County,” she added. “The Teton County Library truly is ‘your essential place to thrive in a changing world.’”
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.
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 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!”