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Shannon Reynolds is the new Adult Services Librarian at the Moorcroft Branch Library. She’s a Moorcroft native who’s lived on a family ranch most of her life. Shannon is married with two grown sons and several “granddogs.” She loves reading books and connecting with the community, and she’s settling into her new position and looking forward to programming and book club. “I feel very fortunate to be able to work locally with a great team at the public library,” she said. “Stop in and say hello!”


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Janice Grover-Roosa, Associate Librarian, Honors College and Libraries Education and Research Services, was one of 29 University of Wyoming instructors who were recipients of UW’s Promoting Intellectual Engagement (PIE) Award. The award is given to those who inspire excitement, inquiry, and autonomy in first-year courses. PIE Award recipients were nominated online by first- and second-year students.


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Konstanz Potts is the new Public Services Manager at the Rock Springs Library. Konstanz started at the library as a Public Services Librarian in 2019. She also previously worked at Hay Library at Western Wyoming Community College.


The Wyoming Library Association has announced three new members on its executive board. Darcy Acord, from Campbell County Public Library System has taken the position of Vice President, Angela Jordan from Teton County Library is now Member-at-Large, and Chelsie Troutman from Natrona County Library is Secretary-Treasurer.

 

 

Jennifer Markus has joined the Laramie County Community College Ludden Library as a Faculty Librarian. Jenn worked at East High School in Cheyenne for 14 years and brings a wealth of teaching experience to the college. She is excited to enter the world of academic librarianship and have the opportunity to work with adult learners.


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Jessica Otto, Wyoming State Library Digital Initiatives Specialist, has been appointed to the Wyoming Board of Geographic Names. At the WSL, Jessica’s duties include managing the Wyoming Places database. “I’m honored for this opportunity to further serve the people and history of the great state of Wyoming!” she said.


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Mindy Casto is the new Technology Coordinator for the Sweetwater County Library System. Mindy has a bachelor’s degree in technology and computer systems and a master’s degree in information technology. Mindy spent more than 20 years in the U.S. Air Force.


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Alan Vaughn is the new Public Services Manager at the Sweetwater County Library in Green River. Alan was previously the library’s Senior Outreach Librarian. He will soon receive his master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Missouri.

 

Stephen Boss Named Agnes Milstead Distinguished Librarian at UW



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Stephen Boss

From UW News

Stephen Boss, an associate librarian at University of Wyoming Libraries, is the recipient of UW’s 2022 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.

The award recognizes Boss for his professionalism, enthusiasm and dedication to UW Libraries and libraries around the state. He focuses on using librarianship, technology and his business background to help support librarians and entrepreneurs in their communities to expand the economy in Wyoming.

A librarian at UW since 2002, Boss has made many valuable contributions. He played a pivotal role in establishing Studio Coe and One Button Studio in Coe Library. Currently, he co-leads the Wyoming Library to Business program and serves on the UW Libraries Diversity Council.

Boss spent his recent sabbatical researching how libraries can support rural communities through outreach programs. He built three space-specific video production studios in Casper, Cheyenne and Gillette. He also launched several small-scale business stations in Buffalo, Cody, Evanston, Rawlins, Rock Springs and Worland.

Read more on UW News.

Maria Wenzel Named Carbon County Library System Director



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Maria Wenzel

Maria Wenzel was recently named Executive Director of the Carbon County Library System. Prior to taking the directorship, she was the library’s Rawlins Branch Manager for the last two years.

Maria holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture and PMP certification in project management. Prior to entering librarianship, she worked in the private sector. Most of her experience was managing people, budgets, and project, which is applicable in most industries and managerial positions.

“What captivated me since I started working here was serving our community through our libraries and adding value to our patrons’ lives through our services,” she said. “Continuing with that mission is what made me apply for the position.”

CCLS has a complex system of eight libraries, with several located in very small communities. Understanding the differences and needs of each to serve local residents, add value, and promote the libraries can be a challenge.

Nevertheless, her staff is up to the task. “We have a solid team that loves what they do, and that is definitely our biggest strength. Going above and beyond and being comfortable with wearing many hats has taken us a long way.”

She added, “My hope is to have a deep understanding of the changing times of our society and what that represents in our communities to be able to adapt to their needs and serve them in a purposeful way.”

Chris Murry Named Director of WWCC Hay Library



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Chris Murry

Chris Murry is the new Director of Library Services at Western Wyoming Community College’s Hay Library.

“With only a few years as a full-time librarian under my belt, I knew it would be a great challenge and responsibility to assume a managerial role,” Chris said. “I’ve been very happy since moving to Wyoming, and I’m glad to have such an amazing opportunity within the state.”

He comes to WWCC from Sheridan College, where he had been Public Services Librarian since the fall of 2019. Originally from the Washington DC area, Chris spent many years in Pittsburgh working as a philosophy adjunct and in book stores until he transitioned to librarianship. He earned his MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh in 2018.

Chris said he has a great feeling for the future of the Hay Library. He quickly discovered it has a solid team of passionate librarians who love their library and its patrons. He sees WWCC as a strong institution with a close-knit and vibrant community.

He takes the position vacated by Janice Grover-Roosa, who now works for University of Wyoming Libraries. “Janice left a big shadow,” he said. “It will be a lot of work just to maintain her high standards.”

He sees enrollment and retention as a concern everywhere, so libraries must innovate in how they reach students with services. He plans to continue work begun at Sheridan with the Open Educational Resources workgroup. Wyoming, he said, is behind the curve on OER front. The group’s investigation showed that textbooks often cost Wyoming’s community college students thousands of dollars over the course of a degree.

He looks forward to his new role and what he can accomplish in it. “The most genuine education should challenge you in your soul,” he said, “but it’s worth it. That’s why I like this quote from an old German guy named Hegel: ‘Knowledge heals the wound it itself is.’”

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Jacque Strike has retired from the Sublette County Library after working more than 13 years at the Pinedale Library. Jacque is a graduate of the Wyoming Library Leadership Institute. She’s looking forward to spending a lot of time in the mountains and hopes to get more stamps in her passport. Erin Losik, will move over from the Big Piney Library to replace Jacque and will be responsible for audio-visual, interlibrary loan, and periodicals

 

 

Shelby Nivitanont is the new Head of Public Services at the George W. Hopper Law Library, located at the University of Wyoming. Shelby has Master of Library and Information Studies degree from the University of Oklahoma and over a decade of service in the United States Air Force.

 

Jeff Collins Accepts Library Director Position in Iowa



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Jeff Collins

Jeff Collins, Deputy Director of Public Service at Laramie County Library System since July 2016, has accepted the Library Director position at Davenport Public Library (Iowa) starting February 14, 2022.

During his time at Laramie County Library System, Jeff was an integral part of the organization. He spearheaded a team to create a universal training program for all new library employees. He participated on the administrative team and leadership team and led teams on strategic planning, summer reading, and library events, among others. Jeff helped with the process to eliminate fines on youth materials, assisted with implementing maker technologies, led teams that applied for and managed multiple grants, created new statistical spreadsheets and dashboards, and helped to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jeff served in the Laramie County community as a board member with the Laramie County Community Partnership and Raising Readers in Wyoming. Jeff was a graduate of Leadership Cheyenne, and was one of a handful of community leaders nominated to serve as an Honorary Commander at F.E. Warren Air Force Base.

Jeff was active in the library profession in Wyoming. He served on several WYLD committees and Wyoming Library Association committees, and he was elected as the Association’s President in 2020. He also participated in the Public Library Association’s Leadership Academy.

Jeff was a valuable asset to Laramie County Library System, and his innovation, work ethic, and leadership will be greatly missed. The organization wishes him the very best in his future endeavors and is confident that he will make an exceptional library director.

Lindsey Travis Named Sweetwater County Library System Director



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Lindsey Travis, Sweetwater County Library System Director

Lindsey Travis has been appointed as the new Library Director for the Sweetwater County Library System. She began her new duties on January 1.

Lindsey replaces Jason Grubb, who served as director for eight years. Grubb left his position at the library in November.

“We’re extremely happy to have Lindsey Travis continue her good work for the Sweetwater County Library,” said Library Board Treasurer Chris Propst. “Her obvious love for the library made her stand out in a competitive search for candidates, along with her writing, leadership and organizational abilities.”

Lindsey has worked for the library system since 2014, first serving as the Public Relations Specialist, then as a Library Manager, and most recently as Assistant Library Director. She has a master’s degree in library and information science from San Jose State University, and a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and political science from Illinois State University.

Prior to working at the library, Lindsey had a career in journalism. She was a News Editor at the Salt Lake Tribune and worked at a few newspapers in Illinois. She also worked at NOWCAP Services in Rock Springs coordinating a program that provided students with disabilities with information about work in the community.

“I love the Sweetwater County Library System and I’m truly honored to serve as the library’s director,” Lindsey said. “Our libraries are a valuable service to our community. As director, I plan to focus on outreach, innovation, and fulfilling the library’s mission of improving the quality of life in our communities.”

Along with working at the library, Lindsey is active in the Sweetwater County community. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the YWCA of Sweetwater County and has previously served on the Green River Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and the City Tree Board.

Lindsey lives in Green River with her husband, Scott, and their children, both of whom are attending college.

The Sweetwater County Library System is made up of the Sweetwater County Library in Green River; the White Mountain Library, Rock Springs Library, and Community Fine Arts Center in Rock Springs; and rural library branches in Granger, Reliance, Superior, Farson, Wamsutter, and Bairoil.

Debora Soulé to Receive Governor’s Arts Award



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Deborah Soulé

When Governor Mark Gordon announced the recipients of the Wyoming Arts Council’s 2021 Governor’s Arts Awards, long-time Sweetwater County Library System employee Debora Soulé was among them.

Debora has been the Director of the library system’s Community Fine Arts Center (CFAC) for nearly 22 years. The CFAC offers a permanent collection and changing displays of fine art as well as a year round schedule of performing arts programs.  It’s maintained by a partnership between the Sweetwater County Library System, Sweetwater School District #1 and the City of Rock Springs.

“No one is more deserving of this award than Debora,” said Lindsey Travis, Sweetwater County Library System Director. “She has an unmatched passion for the arts — we are lucky to have her as part of our team.”

Debora was nominated by Chad Banks and received nine letters of support for the award. The Rock Springs Rocket Miner reported that she was nominated for “her length of commitment to the arts, outstanding contribution or impact, breadth of support, involvement in special initiatives supporting the arts, artistic excellence/level of standards.”

Established in 1982, the Governor’s Arts Awards winners are selected based on their substantial contributions made in Wyoming that exemplify a long-term commitment to the arts, with special consideration given to nominees whose arts service is statewide.

Debora and the other Arts Award recipients will be honored at a dinner and awards ceremony on February 4 in Cheyenne. For additional information contact Brittany Howell at brittany.howell@wyo.gov or 307-214-2701.

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Jeff Collins is leaving the Laramie County Library System to become the Director of the Davenport (Iowa) Public Library in Iowa.  Jeff has been the Deputy Director of Public Service at LCLS since 2016. This year he was President of the Wyoming Library Association.


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Scott Tombroek is a native to the state of Wyoming and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wyoming in 2018. He has worked for the Converse County Library system for over one year and is currently enrolled in a graduate program in Library and Information Science from Emporia State University. Scott enjoys reading, writing fiction, and petting his 18 pound cat. When not trapped in his own head, Scott can often be found working at the Glenrock Library.

 

 

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Pam Smith, Park County Library Circulation Manager, is retiring after 13 years with the library. The library posted on Facebook, “ For 13 years Pam has been the face of the library, greeting patrons with a cheery hello and helping them find the materials they need. Pam is looking forward to sleeping in, traveling and spending more time with friends. She will be sorely missed by the staff, but we know the front desk will be in good hands as Roseanne Spiering takes the reins after Pam’s retirement.”


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Sandra Mudd is a circulation clerk at Converse County Library in Douglas who is working on her MLIS through Emporia State University’s online program. Her area of focus is youth services, although she’s also interested in archives. Sandra has an associate’s degree in communications and a bachelor’s in journalism. She has been with the library for just over two years. Born and raised in Wyoming, she’s studying for her degree because she can’t imagine being anything other than a librarian. “It truly is the best job to have and I’m grateful for this opportunity,” Sandra said. Someday, she hopes to be able to travel, but until then, she’ll settle for going on adventures within the pages of a good book.

 

Jacob Mickelsen Leaving Carbon County Library



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Jacob Mickelsen

Jacob Mickelsen, Executive Director of the Carbon County Library System is leaving Wyoming for Colorado to become Loveland Public Library’s new Operations and Customer Service Manager. His last day with the library will be January 3.

“My time as director proved to be as rewarding as it was challenging,” Jacob said. “Now that we have a beautiful new facility in Rawlins and are on a stable financial and administrative footing, it was time for me to look for something new.”

Jacob is a Wyoming native, born in Casper and raised in Riverton, where he began his library career at the Riverton Branch Library. He moved to Carbon County to take a position as the Saratoga Branch Manager before becoming director in 2016. He took the helm during a difficult year for the library system when it was facing significant funding issues and struggling to maintain its seven branches.

“I’m most proud of the team we have and the way all of us have been able to work together to continue to provide quality, accessible, and up to date library services even in our rather rural part of the world,” he said. “Things were tough for a while, and still are in many ways, but as always, people are our strongest asset, and I am immeasurably proud of the people I have worked with.”

Jacob was active in the state’s library community and is currently on the Wyoming Library Association Executive Board as Past President. He served as President the 2019-2020 year.

“I will forever be grateful to the Wyoming library community,” he said. “From the folks at the state library and our larger systems to those in counties with just a few thousand people in them, if you pick up the phone they are not just willing but happy to help.

“I think we really have something special here, and it is thanks to all of you that we have it. Keep up the good work, fight the good fight, and remember that what we do matters. Also don’t forget to take care of yourselves. We can’t serve our patrons the way we should if we aren’t looking after ourselves.”

He added, “I’ll miss you all, but you probably haven’t seen the end of me. I may wind up back in the state someday. In the meantime, if you’ve ever passing through Loveland, stop by the library and say hello!”