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People News

Diane Trotter retired on February 1 after more than 40 years at the University of Wyoming Libraries. She has been Manager of Interlibrary Loan / Request It Services among many other contributions to UW.

Tasha Reeves, who has been a part of Fremont County Library – Lander for three years will be leaving the system in order to take a job at Lander Vision Center. She will be working as a Paraoptometric, work she was certified in before moving to Wyoming in 2015. Tasha worked in Adult Circulation at Lander. She ran their Murder Mystery Night for the last three years and directed and acted in their successful Melodrama this past Christmas. She is currently heading up the 2018 Wyoming Library Leadership Institute in Lander this July as a WLLI Alumni

Rachel Crocker joined Albany County Public Library as its Assistant Director. She will lead the library’s operations and administrative services. Previously, Rachel was working for a DC-based non-profit that was working to strengthen and modernize library systems in eight developing countries. Originally from Cheyenne and an alumna of the University of Wyoming, Rachel is excited to be home and serving communities in Wyoming.

Moore Named Director at Converse County Library

Cindy Moore

Cindy Moore has been named the new director of Converse County Library. She has been the Assistant Director since June of 2017. Outgoing Director Kirk Hissam is retiring, effective February 15, with Cindy moving into her new position the following day. “He left big shoes to fill,” she said.

Prior to coming to Converse County, Cindy worked in a junior high library in 1999. In 2003 she began in circulation at the White Mountain Library, moved into a reference position in the Green River Library and then to the Rock Springs Library where she was Head of Circulation and Reference for the Sweetwater County Library System. Beginning early in 2012, she was the Powell Branch Manager for Park County Library, and held her first directorship at Albany County Public Library from 2013-2016.

In October 2016, Converse County Library celebrated the opening of its incredible new main library in Douglas. “With this momentum we’ll be working on a remodel of the Glenrock Library building, bringing in more functionality and increasing the size with new construction in the basement. We’ll also continue the work of director Kirk Hissam and the board who started re-imagining our mission and service model.”

She added, “We have everything we need to work with: a positive staff, a supportive board and an awesome building.” She sees the library moving forward with “stellar services, innovative programming, terrific collections, ethical library practices, and sound fiscal management.”

Cindy shares her home life with one “cantankerous” husband and three dogs — one modest-sized Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and two enormous Leonbergers. Her daughter Kelly attends Cornell University, and her son Logan works for Soderberg Masonry.

Perkins Joins LCCC at the Albany County Campus

Seth Perkins

In January, Seth Perkins was hired by Laramie County Community College for its Albany County Campus. As the sole ACC Faculty Librarian he is responsible for the campus library, teaching courses, and managing campus tutoring services.

Perkins is a product of Wyoming’s higher education system. He grew up in Torrington and attended Eastern Wyoming College and later graduated from Casper College. He received his undergraduate degree in history from the University of Wyoming and his Master of Library and Information Science from San José State University.

Prior to taking the LCCC post, Perkins lived in the Fort Collins/Loveland area since 2010 with my his wife and three daughters (all three under the age of five!) For the past eight years he has worked in various capacities in education and librarianship, getting his feet wet at the Loveland Public Library working in their Technology and Innovation Department, and later in the Technical Services Department. Most recently, he was the Librarian and a General Education Instructor at CollegeAmerica Fort Collins, CO.

“The opportunity to come back to Wyoming and raise my family in Laramie was one that I could not pass up,” Seth said. “I plan to work toward building an innovative and engaging space for our academic community—a place for the interaction of knowledge, people, and technologies.”

He envisions offering and integrating library resources, more specifically emerging technologies, into various courses offered on campus, and through the library. “An example would be working towards acquiring and subsequently structuring a 3D printing program,” he said, and added, “It’s an exciting time to be a librarian.”

He loves his new environment. “The Laramie County Community College Albany County Campus is a wonderful community. It’s an atmosphere that feels like home and where everyone is family. It’s an amazing place for students to begin/continue their higher education journey.”

Stanfill Retires, Hohl Takes the Reins at Sublette County Library

Sid Stanfill and Sukey Hohl

From Sublette County Library

After seven years of service as the Executive Director of the Sublette County Libraries, Sid Stanfill is set to retire in March 2018.

The Sublette County Library Board of Directors is pleased to appoint Sukey Hohl as Executive Director effective March 26, 2018. Sukey has been involved in every aspect of the library’s operations over the past 20 years. She joined the library staff in 1997 as Technical Services Manager and has served as Associate Director since 2010. A member of the Wyoming Library Association (WLA) since 1997, she served as president in 2011. She received a Masters in Library Science from the University of California in Berkeley.

“I’m very excited to have this great opportunity” says Sukey. “We have two wonderful libraries here in Sublette County, a great staff and a very supportive library community. Working with Sid these last seven years has been very rewarding and I’m looking forward to what the future will bring as the role of the library continues to develop and change. We will always retain our commitment to excellent collections, programs, services and public spaces.”

A farewell gathering for exiting director Sid Stanfill will be held on Friday, March 16 from 4:30 to 6:00 pm. All friends, coworkers and well-wishers are welcome to drop by.

Nancy Miller, New NWC Director

Nancy Miller

In November 2017, Nancy Miller was named the new director of the Northwest College John Taggart Hinckley Library. We invited her to share a little bit about herself for the blog.

I grew up in western Oregon, but finished my last year of high school in Casper when my father was transferred to Wyoming. I finished two years at Casper College in biology and transferred to Oregon State University where I received a B.S. in Zoology. After working several summers for the Wyoming Game and Fish and Bureau of Land Management, my husband and I settled near Pinedale. Looking for a part-time job while raising children, I applied at the Sublette County Public Library where, a blessing, Daphne Platts hired me to work a couple of evenings per week.

Discovering the library world is more than reading books, I started my new career. After nine years and working up through library page/technician to library assistant/bookkeeper, we moved to Powell in 1997 where there was an opening for a Library Assistant at Northwest College library. When the University of Missouri–Columbia, in partnership with the Wyoming State Library, brought the first online/in person hybrid program MLIS program to Wyoming (and the surrounding states), I enrolled and completed my MLIS in 2005. After 20 years with Northwest College library and with the retirement of Susan Richards, I was appointed Interim Library Director and then hired as the Library Director in November 2017.

At Northwest College, the library director is a working librarian. In addition to administrative duties and library and NWC advocacy, the director also works as a team member to teach library instruction and help with or fill-in other duties where needed—reference desk, cataloging, archives, etc. This allows the director to provide the most important function of an academic library: interact with and teach students.

Like medical treatments of the past, we are currently in a new age of “quack” and tabloid information easily pushed to us through the Internet. Preserving traditional services, we also must reach our library users online and teach them a new level of information literacy where discerning credible information is extremely important and our biggest challenge. Two top priorities are to keep providing quality online information resources that are easy to access and use and to continue our goal to embed library instruction (face to face and video) into every academic program at all levels: fundamental, freshman, sophomore, and capstone/research. Sharing resources and ideas by creating more working partnerships and collaborations between Park County, community colleges and the University of Wyoming libraries over the next few years will only strengthen all of our library services.

Recently, I was given this quote (in part) written by Thich Nhat Hanh that reminds me to focus on our students:

When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce.  You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. [If] we know how to care for them [lettuce, family, students], they will grow well. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.

I stand by the door, it is a new semester and the students are arriving. It is an exciting time to be a librarian.

People News

Sue Christenson is marking her last day at Park County Library on January 31, 2018. She was hired to work with Marge Buchholz in 1986. She served as the Adult Services Assistant for a year and then went to work as the assistant in the children’s department in Cody in 1987. She worked with children until she accepted the Cody Audio-Visual Assistant position in 2006. After 32 years with the library she is now planning to travel, spend time with children, grandchildren, family and friends and take a well-deserved rest.

Laramie County Library System’s Bobby Phillipps was promoted in January from Circulation Assistant to Audio-Visual Coordinator. Starting with the library in 2004 as a shelver, Phillipps has long appreciated the library’s audio and visual collections and the work it takes to keep them fresh and relevant. In his new position he will coordinate the extensive in-house collection of nearly 30,000 audio-visual titles for adults, including movie and television DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks and video games. A professional musician, Phillipps sees his experience playing cover songs at local venues as great preparation for understanding the broad and varied interests of the library’s patrons. He says his love for music, movies and pop culture was fed by the library and vice versa.

Katherine Loader joined Laramie County Library System as its first Early Literacy Librarian in mid-December.  She will lead the library’s new First Steps Initiative funded by the Laramie County Library Foundation. Loader was previously the Tech Librarian, serving patrons of all ages, at the Anythink Libraries in Thornton, Colorado. She received her Masters in Library Science degree from Emporia State University. Loader’s work at several libraries in the Denver metro gave her experience working for and with a variety of underserved populations. Loader has also taught English literacy to young children in South Korea and worked as a preschool assistant. ” It’s definitely a privilege to be at this spot in the initiative where we’re really at the beginning,” she said.

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Jessica Mustard has been chosen as the new Elk Mountain Branch Manager. Jessica was born and raised in Wyoming. She is not only an avid reader, she is also an avid fisherman and photographer. She enjoys being out in the wilderness as much as possible. The Elk Mountain Branch is part of Carbon County Library System.

Justin Whisenant is the new manager of Hanna Branch Library. Justin is a husband and father of three children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Spatial Science and Forestry from Texas A&M University and has previously worked in GIS, mapping, and surveying. When not at the library, he runs a woodworking business and a tree/orchard care service out of his home. When a rare day of freedom makes it onto his schedule, you’ll find him in the mountains wetting a line.

People News

Aaron Volner, Young Adult Librarian at White Mountain Library, has published his first book, Chronicles of the Roc Rider. You can read a great article about both book and author on Sweetwater NOW.

Monica Owens recently joined the team at Albany County Library as the Youth Services Librarian. She received her MLIS from the University of Denver.  She has worked in libraries in California and Colorado since 2002 and has a passion for youth, outreach and technology.  She is looking forward to getting involved with the Wyoming Library community.

There’s a Wyoming Archivist for That!

Originally published on the ArchivesAWARE! blog of the Society of American Archivists An interview by Rachel Seale, Outreach Archivist at Iowa State University with Anne L. Foster, Archivist at Yellowstone National Park. Reposted with permission.

Anne L. Foster

Anne L. Foster has served as Yellowstone National Park’s Archivist since 2010. Prior to that, she was the University Archivist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Traveling Archivist for the Montana Historical Society, NHPRC Fellow in Archival Administration at Fort Lewis College in Colorado, and Assistant Archivist at the Sharlot Hall Museum in Arizona. She is a Certified Archivist (CA), Digital Archives Specialist (DAS), and holds an Masters in Library Science (MLS) from the University of Maryland.

RS: How did you get your gig?

AF: As an undergraduate history student at nearby Montana State University in my hometown of Bozeman, Montana, I used to see flyers advertising an internship in the archives at Yellowstone. While I couldn’t take advantage of the program at the time (I was working three other jobs to pay for school), the fact that archives was a potential career for a history major and that someplace I loved like Yellowstone had one stuck with me. For the next fifteen years, through graduate school and several other archives jobs, I would periodically check and see Yellowstone was hiring. And then, on one random check—they were! I’d just been tenured and promoted at my academic repository, but finally, my dream job was available. All those other jobs were probably a good thing, though, because they gave the skill set needed to step in as the first professional archivist in Yellowstone and tackle one of the largest backlogs in the National Park Service.

RS: Tell us about your organization.

AF: The Archives is part of Yellowstone’s Heritage & Research Center (HRC), which also houses the Park’s museum collection, herbarium, and research library. The HRC is part of the Yellowstone Center for Resources, which is tasked with managing all those things that make Yellowstone so special like the thermal features, wolves and bears, and the scientific research that guides management decisions. While we are part of the National Park Service, we are very fortunate to also have Yellowstone Forever, our philanthropic and educational partner. Yellowstone Forever actually started life in the 1930s as the Yellowstone Museum and Library Association, so our collections have long been a key part of their efforts. Most people think of Yellowstone as the place for geysers and wildlife—and we are–but the Archives is the place where we document those special features and our efforts to preserve them, which to me is something special.

RS: Describe your collections.

AF: Like many archives in the U.S., we are both an institutional repository and a collecting institution. Our institutional records are government records and we are subject to federal records laws and guidelines. There are actually two types of records within the government collection: resource management records and administrative/historical records. All national parks keep resource management records. Parks are created to manage a resource or resources and as long as that resource exists, we need to keep records pertaining to those resources to help inform future management decisions (these records are considered “permanently active” as long as the resource is active). Unlike other national parks, however, we also retain our permanent administrative and historical records like Superintendent’s correspondence, planning documents, partnership agreements and other records that don’t pertain quite so directly to resources. For other parks, those records are sent to the National Archives. Yellowstone is fortunate to be one of the few Affiliated Archives of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). This means that the records become part of NARA’s collection, but so long as we meet their standards for preservation, security, and access, we can keep them in our location. This makes it easier for our researchers, both staff and the public, to access our history in one place.

Our third category of collection is our donated or manuscript collections. These materials range from Park visitors’ photo albums, diaries, and scrapbooks through the research of scholars and scientists who donate their data for future comparative or longevity studies to records of businesses who have operated in the Park over its nearly 150 years. In fact, our Yellowstone Park Company (YPC) records, the main Park concessioner for the first 100 years, is our most accessed collection because it includes payroll records. The YPC hired hundreds of college kids every summer and, apparently, that summer was so memorable that the employees would spend the rest of their lives talking about their summer in Yellowstone. Now, we’re getting those employees’ kids and grandkids coming in to find out what Grandma or Grandpa really did in Yellowstone.

RS: What are some challenges unique to your collections?

AF: People love Yellowstone, so much so that there isn’t much about the Park that they aren’t interested in. This makes archival appraisal a bit challenging—the most routine things truly have the potential for historical value. Our NARA-approved NPS records schedule, for example, classifies most supply records as temporary. Of course it does—why would one need records for equipment once that item is used up or sold? But, we get queries regularly from people who have purchased former Park vehicles (buses, boats, snowmobiles) and want to know all about their item, down to paint formulas and the names of Rangers who drove them; it’s frustrating not to be able to answer their questions. At the same time, we can’t possibly keep everything. So, it comes down to a rigorous and often detailed appraisal process.

We can have some unique preservation challenges as well. Some of our most interesting records are logbooks–bound books used to record eruption data, visitor comments, or deep thoughts about wilderness. But, many of the logbooks are kept in less than optimal locations during creation—backcountry cabins, rock cairns on top of mountains, or next to erupting geysers. By the time they are filled and transferred to the archives they can be nibbled, rained upon, or even somewhat eaten away by the acidity of geyser spray. During the 1988 fires, the Park’s historian actually flew with a fire crew in a helicopter to several backcountry cabins in order to rescue the logbooks (fortunately, all of the historic cabins were saved). Today, we have a more regular transfer of the logs to help cut down on damage and make use of digital duplication in cases where the damage is significant or potentially harmful to other items.

RS: What is the favorite part of your job?

AF: The location; it is magical to go to work in Wonderland and even more extraordinary to be the keeper of the documentary record for the world’s first national park. That feeling is shared by my coworkers as well as our visitors and researchers—it makes for a lot of enthusiasm and interest in the Park’s history. Every day is different and that makes for interesting and challenging work. There’s a huge amount of variety to my day: the types of records, the archival functions, and the research questions are as varied as Yellowstone’s landscape.

Collins Selected for PLA Leadership Academy

Jeff Collins

Jeff Collins is one of 28 exceptional individuals selected nationwide to be a Public Library Association Leadership Fellow. Jeff is Deputy Director, Public Service, at Laramie County Library System in Cheyenne.

As a Fellow, Jeff will attend the PLA’s 2017 Leadership Academy, taking place December 4-8, 2017, in Chicago, Illinois. Themed “Navigating Change — Building Community,” the PLA Leadership Academy is designed to help empower public librarians as community leaders and agents of change. The content focuses on developing the skills needed to work with municipal officials to enhance the library’s role in the community and improve the effectiveness of library activities and programs.

Jeff joined LCLS in July, 2016. In his position, he is responsible for the four public service divisions in the library: Reference/Collection, Computer Center/Cataloging, Youth/Outreach, and Circulation/Branch Services. Prior to moving to Wyoming he was director of two libraries in Arizona and worked for the Connecticut State Library.

People News

Carmen Clayton, Records and Data Management Analyst at the Wyoming State Archives, received her M.A. in American Studies from the University of Wyoming in August. Her masters paper, “Squaw and Princess,” examines how the pejorative stereotypes of “squaw” and “Indian princess” manifest themselves in web search images.

Rykki Neale is the new Children’s Librarian at the La Barge Library. Rykki grew up in Shoshoni, Wyoming. She has a B.S. in Creative Writing from Weber State University and worked for several years for the Technical Services department of Weber School District, helping K-12 teachers and staff use technology. Rykki’s husband, Coulter Neale, is the choir teacher in Big Piney, and this is their fifth year living in La Barge. They have two children, Rhiannon and Ezekiel. Rykki maintains a family blog called Flutter in the Breeze and enjoys spending time with her family.

Sarah Marino is the newest librarian to join the Yellowstone Research Library. Sarah received her MLS from Suny University at Buffalo and did her undergraduate work at Missouri State University. She interned at the library during the summer of 2015

Sharon Mikesell is retiring after 28 years in the Laramie County Library System. She started as a substitute in the two branch libraries, where she would later work 13 years as the Assistant Branch Manager. Over the years, she’s also worked for LCLS in reference and technical services. She was active in the Wyoming Library Association and represented Wyoming with the Collaborative Summer Library Program.  She is especially proud to have earned her MLS from Texas Women’s University three years ago. “I’m a walking example of the old adage, ‘you are never too old,'” she said. “After 25 years, I could truly say ‘I am a librarian.'” She and her husband plan to do a bit of traveling and then to serve a mission for their church in about a year. Also on the agenda: taking quilting classes, working on her family history, playing her piano, reading and spending a lot of time with her family.

Tamara Lehner has moved to the Glenrock Branch Library where she is working in circulation and adult programming. She has a degree in theatre, and worked at the University of Wyoming for 23 years before returning to her hometown to help out aging parents. Tamara worked at Converse County Library’s main library in Douglas for a year before transferring to Glenrock where she lives. She loves her work—being a librarian was a childhood dream.

Reese Ruiz is leaving the Laramie County Library System, where she has been the Manager of Community and Media Relations. She has accepted a position with the City of Cheyenne, Parks and Recreation Division, as a Marketing Coordinator. Her last day will be October 13. After that, you can drop in at her new office at the Cheyenne Civic Center to say hello. The library wishes her well on her new endeavor.