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Narissa Kennedy joined Laramie County Library System as the Adult Services Event Coordinator at the end of March. Narissa received her Master of Fine Arts from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania where she also worked in public relations and recruitment for the University’s Art Department. Narissa has experience working in libraries and is looking forward to providing innovative, unique, and memorable programs that enrich the lives of library patrons. Laramie County Library System is excited to welcome Narissa to the organization and looks forward to all the creative and diverse events she will plan for the library.

Mary Rhoads has retired after more than 30 years working at the Johnson County Library. Mary was the Children’s Librarian and Assistant Director. She’s been the face of Story Hour for as long as most can remember, and has taken great joy in presenting the program to multiple generations of the same families. Mary was a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Wyoming Library Association. She was instrumental in two awards which the Johnson County Library achieved — the WLA Outstanding Library Award for its expansion project, and the Milstead Award for its Book Buddies program.

Vickie Overcast is retiring after 42 years as the Librarian at Worland High School. She worked part-time with the English Language Learner (ELL) students for the past six years and coached volleyball and swimming for almost 30 years. She has been active in leadership roles in the Wyoming Education Association. She is an active member of the Worland Reading Council and the Washakie County Public Library Friends of the Library group.

Shannon Person, manager of the Circulation Help Desk in Coe Library, is the recipient of the University of Wyoming Libraries Outstanding Staff Award for her contributions in 2020.  The Outstanding Staff Award, funded by the McMurry-Spieles Excellence Fund, honors a UW Libraries staff member who has “demonstrated exceptional service to UW Libraries and made significant contributions to the university and/or the community.” Recipients of this award are chosen by a committee of their peers.

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Kailey Dvorak has joined the Hot Springs County Library team as their new Youth Services Librarian. Kailey is a native of Thermopolis. The library is excited to know she’ll bring her creative skills and energy to the job.

Harry Whitlock, a Library Specialist in the Research & Instruction Department with University of Wyoming Libraries was one of the many wildland firefighters called upon to battle the Mullen Fire in the Medicine Bow National Forest last year. Harry is a retired Army officer, Wyoming native, and volunteer firefighter and EMT. Read his account of his experience fighting this historic fire.

Dr. Judy Pasek was selected for the Best Professional Written Paper Award from the Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium for the second year in a row.  Her paper on “Trends in Bioengineering Granted Patents 2000 – 2019” was published in the April 2021 issue of the journal Biomedical Sciences Instrumentation.  The study assessed 20-year trends in intellectual property development worldwide for bioengineering and biomedical engineering inventions using publicly-available patent data. Dr. Pasek is the STEM Liaison Librarian at the University of Wyoming.

120 Years of Service at UW Libraries

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From front to back: Pam Reeves, Kay Hert, and Janet Woods.

This year recognizes the amazing accomplishment of three University of Wyoming Libraries employees who have each worked at UW for forty years. Collectively, they have contributed 120 years of service to the university.

Kay Hert
Kay started working in Coe Library during the fall of 1978 as a work-study student, shelving books in Circulation. She began working for the Administrative Office in the summer of 1979 and became a full-time benefitted staff member in September 1980. In 1992, she began job-hopping: Technical Services (two decades or so), Collection Development (five or six years), back to Technical Services (now known as Resource Discovery & Management) for a couple of years or so, and then in July 2020, she made it back to the Admin Office — where it all started some 40+ years ago.  And somewhere along the line, she became an accountant.

Pam Reeves
Pam started in 1980 as a part-time Booking Clerk, and then went on to become an Accounting Clerk and later, a Media Specialist in Audio Visual Services (AVS). In 1995, she was promoted to the Manager of Media Services (formerly AVS) until it was closed and then moved up to Circulation. Pam currently works at the Help Desk as the Library Assistant, Senior.

Janet Woods
Janet started her work at the University of Wyoming with the American Heritage Center on June, 23, 1980. After working for nine months as an Archival Processer, she then moved to the Brinkerhoff Geology Library in 1981. After three years, she moved to her current position as Supervisor of Library Services in the Resource Discovery and Management (RDM) division.

Deb Kelly Retiring from NWC

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Deb Kelly

Unbeknownst to her at the time, Deb Kelly actually started her library career in 1972 at Northwest College (NWC) in Powell as a library student employee. After graduating from NWC in 1974, Deb transferred to Eastern Montana College in Billings and in 1977 earned her B.S. Ed. with a library endorsement. From 1979-81, Deb officially started her 41-year library career by working as a teacher and librarian in two Montana schools.

After a long career, Deb is retiring from the NWC Library on June 19. A drop-in reception in her honor will be held in the library on Wednesday, April 21, from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

In 1983, Deb was hired by NWC as a Library Technical Assistant-Processing. The library building was brand new with new, empty shelves for periodicals. That summer was busy organizing and shelving periodicals and rearranging the new and old book shelves. Deb worked in technical services, completing many of the tasks we still do today (interlibrary loans, processing, inventory), except she typed catalog cards and filed them in lovely myrtle wood library catalog drawers: The Library Catalog. Her working contract was 6 hours per day for 8 months per year.

In 1988, Deb moved to Meeteetse and became the children’s librarian at the Meeteetse Branch (and school) Library. She taught library skills to K-8th graders and provided up to three children’s story-times per week.  She ordered and processed books purchased with her school budget and attended regular book acquisition meetings to expend county funds. She also created bulletin boards displays, evaluated book reviews, shelved books, assisted patrons and students, and entered books into the new online catalog that would become WYLDCat.

In 1996, Deb came back home to Powell and returned to the NWC library as a night and weekend Library Assistant. After 2.5 semesters she was hired as a full-time (10 month) Library Assistant in charge of Interlibrary Loans, Serials, and Government Documents (FLDP program). Over time, this position was upgraded to Librarian status and Deb expanded her duties as a team member to manage serials digital access and provide evening reference services at the NWC Cody Outreach Center.  Deb still enjoys educating college students through displays and working with community members, faculty, staff, and students to locate and bring in interlibrary loans.

After retirement, Deb will start with spending more time with her husband, David, sleeping in, making jewelry and greeting cards (they are very awesome), and knitting.  The NWC library will make sure she is stocked up with interlibrary loans and a McNaughton book or two.

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Audie Cunningham departed the Fremont County Library System at the end of March after nine years with the library. She plans to pursue her art design business full time.

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Mabel Hinz had a much-delayed celebration of her retirement from the Weston County Library. Mabel worked at the library from 1971-1975 before returning to teaching kindergarten. She came back to the library as a circulation assistant in 1999 and worked until 2020. COVID delayed her retirement celebration until this month. It was a dual celebration, as the day also marked her 83rd birthday.


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  Larry Kiser retired on February 5 as a maintenance assistant at Laramie County Library System after over 24 years of dedicated service. Larry began working at the library in November of 1996 and was a key factor in the maintenance and upkeep of the library’s facilities. He also was the primary courier for the library branches and regularly took trips to Pine Bluffs and Burns to ensure that every branch of the library had what they needed when they needed it.


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Chelsie Troutman, a Youth/Teen Services Specialist at the Natrona County Library earned her Bachelor of Science in Education degree in December 2020 through an online program from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Chelsie majored in library science and minored in sociology. She received the Bill Nelson Scholarship and the UNO Advantage Scholarship in recognition of her hard work and dedication to completing the degree in just one year. Chelsie has been with the Natrona County Library for 8 years. She started in May 2012 in the Youth Services department, and became a Teen Services Specialist in the summer of 2019.

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Elizabeth Dill, Laramie County Community College Associate Dean, Library & Learning Commons was co-editor of the recently released Library Trends volume titled “OER and the Academic Library” (v. 69, no. 2, Fall 2020).



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Cathy Summerall retired in December from her job as part-time bookkeeper at the Sublette County Library. Cathy served the Libraries for 10 years, keeping things running smoothly behind the scenes while performing “other duties as assigned,” such as her role as Mrs. Claus! Cathy hopes to spend the winters with family in Orange Beach, Alabama and do more summer hiking and fishing in Sublette County.


Sue Hollingshead has retired as Laramie County Library System’s Information Technology Division Manager after a 24 year long career with the library. Sue began working at the organization in 1996 as a Network Specialist, moving on to become a Network Administrator before being promoted as the library’s first IT Division Manager. She served on many of the library’s internal committees, as well as the Laramie County Community College Business and Computer Science Advisory Committee and the Wyoming Library Leadership Committee. Sue played a crucial role in growing the library’s network from a single, small server into the intricate and advanced system that it is today.


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Carey Hartmann, County Librarian and Executive Director of Laramie County Library System, recently celebrated her 40th anniversary with the organization. In November of 1980, Carey began her career with the library’s Children’s Division. She moved on to work as an Audiovisual Specialist and Division Head in Distribution Services, as Manager of Circulation, and as Assistant County Librarian until being appointed County Librarian in August of 2015. Carey holds a Master of Library Science degree from University of Arizona and has served on multiple committees within the library community, including as an American Library Association counselor, as President of the Wyoming Library Association, as WYLD Users Council President, and as Committee Chair for the Wyoming Library Association’s Legislative Committee where she advocated for the Wyoming Libraries Endowment program.

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Kathy Kallas has retired after 31 years with the Uinta County Library. Kathy joined the library in 1989, working at the front desk and in circulation. For the last 29 years she has been head of the circulation department. She’s worked for six different library directors over the years and began at the library when they still used physical card catalogs. In an interview with the Uinta County Herald she said of the statewide WYLD system, “If our local library doesn’t have a requested book, we can get it from another library in the state. It is like we are one big library family.” She’s excited about retirement and plans to continue her love of bicycling, spend time with her seven grandchildren, and learn to work with llama wool.

Dill is New Director at LCCC Ludden Library

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Elizabeth Dill, Associate Dean for the Ludden Library and Learning Commons at Laramie County Community College.

This fall, Elizabeth Dill joined Laramie County Community College as the Associate Dean for the Ludden Library and Learning Commons.

“I was eager to work in a leadership role at a community college,” Elizabeth said. “I think the mission and vision and values of community colleges are extraordinary. I mean, we educate the first responders in this country. What a privilege it is to be involved in shaping their futures.”

Elizabeth is originally from Athens, Georgia. She came to LCCC from Troy University in Dothan, Alabama, where she was the Director of Library Services. Prior to that, she was the campus librarian at the Art Institute of Tucson in Tucson, Arizona.

As she takes on her new role, the entire LCCC Ludden Library team is embarking on strategic planning and are excited about the process of charting their future.

Thanks to Elizabeth’s efforts, the library is about to add a mini-makerspace from the University of Wyoming’s Innovation Wyrkshop. She recently won a grant award of $35,000 in equipment and expenses for what they plan to call the Golden Eagle Wyrkshop. She hopes to develop that space into a well-used site that promotes active learning for students, faculty, and members of the community.

Next year, she has two major publications coming out. She and Mary Ann Cullen co-edited a special journal issue of Library Trends called “OER (Open Educational Resources) and the Academic Library.” The two are also currently editing a book for ACRL Press on OER-enabled pedagogy and information literacy. Both are expected in 2021.

When asked what strengths she sees at the Ludden Library, “Without a doubt, it’s the faculty librarians and staff. They’re exceptionally intelligent and so caring of the students and faculty. It’s a real honor to work with all of them.”

Not to mention, the library itself is “really gorgeous” after its major renovation, completed in 2019. “We’re very privileged to work in such a beautiful library. Please come visit us!”