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People News

Trudy Martinez retired from the Glenrock Branch Library at the end of September after 28 years as their Technical Services/Circulation Manager. Her coworkers are happy for her, but will miss her!

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Teton County Library Names Interim Director

Sid Stanfill

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.


Maginnis Retiring from Teton County Library

Valerie Maginnis

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.’”

People News

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

Jennifer Beckstead, Natrona County Library Teen Librarian, was awarded the Wyoming Library Association’s Nora Van Burgh Development Grant to attend the 2018 Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Symposium in Salt Lake City. There, she will learn about all aspects of teen librarianship. Jenn can’t wait to be reenergized by all she’ll learn and experience at the Young Adult Services Symposium, not to mention the numerous opportunities she’ll have for growth and innovation. She also looks forward to exploring new avenues for programming and partnerships. The 2018 YALSA Symposium theme is “Zeroing in: Focusing on Teen Needs.”

Janet Woods was named the University of Wyoming Staff Employee of the Second quarter. Janet is supervisor of library services in Technical Services, a position she has held for 35 years. She has been at UW for 39 years, holding three other positions before joining UW Libraries. Extensive knowledge of campus materials and resources, and extremely conscious of her office workflow and department efficiency are some of the qualities that resulted in her selection.

Sandy Hight is the newest librarian to join Goshen County Library.

Michelle Green, from Oklahoma, is the new Learning and Engagement Librarian at the University of Wyoming’s Coe Library. She is focused on the information literacy of first-year learners, as well as advocacy for LGBTQ+ communities. She enjoys spending time with her two dogs, computer gaming, and reading. She came to UW from the University of New Mexico’s Health Sciences Library.

Samantha Cook has joined the University of Wyoming as the Instructional Design Librarian. Sammy’s undergraduate is in history from the University of Wyoming, and she is thrilled to be back in her home state after getting her master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on the disabled in libraries and archives, and western history.

Kristina Clement has joined the University of Wyoming Libraries as the Faculty Librarian for Student Success. Kristina comes to the UW Libraries from the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK), where she recently finished her Master’s of Information Science. As a part of the IMLS-funded Experience Assessment grant at UTK, Kristina developed a strong interest in library assessment, user experience, and strategic storytelling using assessment data, and is looking forward to using her skills at UW.

Lillianna Cervantes Joined the Technical Services Department in Coe Library in March as a Library Assistant, Sr.  Her duties include receiving all periodicals and serials and processing bindery. Lillianna is a Wyoming native from Powell. She attended Northwest College and worked in Hinckley Library for a year before transferring to the University of Wyoming. She worked in Access Services in Coe Library for three and half years as a student.

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.

People News

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.