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Strom to Depart Wyoming State Archives

Michael Strom, Wyoming State Archivist

State Archivist Michael Strom is leaving Wyoming to work for the Library of Virginia as the State Archivist of Virginia and director of the Library’s Government Records Services Division. His last day at the Wyoming State Archives will be March 1.

“I’m excited about the new challenge and the opportunity to do some different things,” Michael said. “I’m also looking forward to being more closely associated with a library again, similar to my time working at universities.”

Michael has worked at the Wyoming State Archives for seven and a half years. Before coming to Cheyenne, he spent ten years in university archives, first at Yale University and then at Texas Christian University.

“The opportunity to lead an archives program is what drew me to this position and I’ll always be grateful for the chance to do so,” he said. “When I arrived in Cheyenne, I had no idea how different university archives and government archives are. My staff had a lot to teach me those first few years!”

During his time at the Wyoming State Archives, they’ve increased access to the collections and found more ways to use technology to provide that access. “I would say that establishing the digital archives is our biggest single accomplishment during my time here,” he said. “It’s a valuable service.”

The digital archives provides agencies with a way to manage, preserve, and access their electronic records. The system allows them to apply retention schedules, which means the records will be reviewed and, if appropriate, disposed of on time.

“We’ve recently opened this service up to county clerks, and it’s exciting to be expanding beyond state government,” Michael said. “It’s important to me that the State Archives be a resource to people around the state.”

He added, “Being Wyoming’s State Archivist has been an honor and this new opportunity wouldn’t have been possible without the experience I gained here. I’ll always be grateful for the chance to serve in this capacity.”

Twing to Retire from Johnson County Library

Cynthia Twing with Johnson County Library’s
2017 Outstanding Library Award from the
Wyoming Library Association for the library’s
expansion project. Photo credit:
Buffalo Bulletin.

Reposted from the Buffalo Bulletin, with permission
By Stephen Dow,

The Johnson County Library of 1999 would be unrecognizable to the building’s current patrons.

The building was almost 10,000 square feet smaller. Video cassettes were in vogue. The internet was dial-up. E-books could be found only in the pages of a science fiction novel.

But in both 1999 and 2019, the beating heart of the library has been the same: a friendly bibliophile who loves her community just as much as she loves books.

At the end of June, Cynthia Twing will step down after two decades as the library’s director.

“It just seemed like the right time,” Twing said. “My husband has been retired for five years, and I want to spend more of my time with him. And after the completion of the expansion project (in 2016), I feel like I have accomplished what I came here to do. It’s time for somebody else to have the adventure.”

Twing started working at the Johnson County Library in 1990 as a technical services and young adult librarian. She was appointed the library’s director in 1999. She also oversees the library’s Kaycee branch.

Twing said she has a lot to be proud of in her two decades of service — from being named Wyoming’s Librarian of the Year in 2008 to being the chairwoman of the Wyoming Library Association’s legislative committee in the mid-2000s.

At the grand opening of Johnson County Library’s 2016 expansion (L to R): Library Director Cynthia Twing and Board Chair Kathy Urruty at the podium. Seated are principal architect Dan Odasz, Johnson County Commissioner Jim Hicks, and Buffalo Mayor Mike Johnson.

But few accomplishments hold the same place in her heart as the library’s 2016 expansion, which added 10,000 square feet, an expanded children’s area, a teen room, and a local history room.

“Getting that done was really important and fulfilling for me,” Twing said.

The children’s storybook wall, painted by local
artist Lisa Norman, was part of the expansion.

In 2014, the Johnson County commissioners pledged $1 million toward the expansion project, and the library board proposed a 1 percent — or sixth-penny — tax that would pay for the other $3.7 million needed for the project. The proposal was that local sales tax would be increased by 1 percent and would continue at that rate until the $3.7 million was collected.

The library faced an uphill battle in passing the tax because voters had been asked to tax themselves for capital improvement projects twice in the past decade and both of those projects had fallen far short of the votes needed to pass them.

On general election night, Twing had a pleasant surprise. The 1 percent tax passed. Approximately 53 percent of voters – or 1,758 people – voted in favor of the tax.  Construction started in spring 2015, and the new library opened to the public in summer 2016.

Twing said that her years of work on the project were well worth the effort.

“It’s been really fulfilling to see what this building means to the community and to see everyone embrace it,” Twing said. “It’s quite a legacy.”

Twing will retire in June. Starting this month, the library board will begin searching for a new director. The board will consider candidates both in and outside of Johnson County, Twing said.

People News

Rebecca Schuh has accepted a directorship at the Lyons Regional Library District in Lyons Colorado and will be leaving her position as Reference Services Librarian at Campbell County Public Library System on March 8. Rebecca began her career at CCPLS in 2008 in the Youth Services Department and went on to become the Circulation Manager in 2011 and the Reference Librarian in 2015 Rebecca served from 2014-15 as the Wyoming Library Association President and was a graduate of Wyoming Library Leadership Institute in 2011.

Melissa (Missy) Haderlie is the new Star Valley Branch Manager for Lincoln County Library System. She’s an Angelo State University (Texas) alum who is working on her MLS online via Texas Woman’s University. Melissa comes to Wyoming from Provo, Utah, but has lived all over the east coast and southeast. Her motto is “See a need, fill a need.” (Robots, 2005) and she is excited to put it into action at the Star Valley Branch Library.

Megan Fox has been promoted to the Assistant Manager of Youth and Outreach Services at the Laramie County Library System. Along with her new responsibilities, Megan will maintain her position as a youth librarian and continue to develop, expand, and improve the Library’s youth collection. Megan began working for the Laramie County Library System in 2008, and earned her Master of Science in Library Science from Clarion University in 2013. Megan was spurred to become a librarian when she met a fellow military spouse who had been one for years, and says that she, “always loved reading and I realized that being a librarian aligned with what I liked and was interested in.” As she continued her coursework, Megan found a passion for youth services, and has been excelling as a youth librarian ever since. Megan is excited to keep working hands-on with local families through storytimes.

David Kruger has been selected for the inaugural cohort of University of Wyoming faculty fellows for the Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research’s (WIHR) new Humanities Research Group for his project, “William ‘Mil’ Batten: The Impact of an Innovator on American Commerce and Society.” David is the Agriculture and Business Librarian at UW Libraries. Despite his significant contributions to American retail in the 20th century, William “Mil” Batten remains a relatively unknown historical figure. David’s project will explore Batten’s transformative impact on American commerce and society, with the end-goal being a full length biography of Batten’s life and work.

Also selected for the WHIR cohort is Chad Hutchens, Head of Digital Collections at UW Libraries for his proejct, “Using Photogrammetry and Reflectance Transformation Imagery to Document and Preserve Petroglyphs from Site 48BH92.” Working with the UW Archaeological Repository, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Chad will use two relatively new 3D imaging techniques, Reflectance Transformation Imagery and Photogrammetry, to digitally reconstruct nine Native American petroglyph sandstone fragments that were dynamited from a cliff-face near Greybull in 1962 and subsequently lost in museum storage.  The resulting 2 ½ D and 3D models will be accessible through the UW Libraries Digital Repository and will allow for a new assessment on their condition, new research, interactive exhibits, as well as full-scale 3D printed models of the petroglyphs.

People News

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.

Teton County Library Hires New Director

Dawn Jenkin

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.”

People News

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.


People News

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.

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.’”