Sherri Angelovic has been named Youth Services Manager at the White Mountain Library. Sherri has worked for the Sweetwater County Library System for almost 20 years, beginning in Youth Services before moving to Circulation and most recently, Technical Services. Now back where she began, she’s excited to build on White Mountain’s strong history of childhood fun. “I hope to continue the great children’s programs we’ve always had here and make a fun and exciting place for kids of all ages to come, hang out and participate,” she said.
Travis Pollok, Wyoming State Library Legislative Librarian, recently celebrated his 5-year anniversary with the WSL. Travis is the State Library’s Wyoming Legislation database specialist, one of six resources in the Digital Collection Suite
Sunny Hobbs is newly appointed Youth Services Manager at the Rock Springs Library. Sunny worked at the La Barge Branch Library, part of the Lincoln County Library System. “I was doing the same basic job, but on a much smaller scale. Because the town is so small, I was on a first name basis with all of our patrons and this gave me the opportunity to learn not only how a library is run but how important a neighborhood library truly is to the community it serves.” She wants to move the library forward while still respecting its past. “I think Annie created a wonderful space for kids in our neighborhood, and I will do everything I can to keep that in place,” she added. “I look forward to trying some new things, and keeping some traditions in place, and really letting the kids themselves tell me what is working and what isn’t. Customizing the program to our kids is an exciting challenge that I look forward to.”
A longtime University of Wyoming faculty member who founded and directed a key outreach program for more than a decade has been named director of UW’s American Heritage Center (AHC).
Religious studies Professor Paul Flesher will lead UW’s repository of manuscripts collections, rare books and the university archives, which is among the largest nongovernmental archives in the nation. Flesher’s appointment was approved last week by the UW Board of Trustees.
Flesher has been a member of the UW faculty since 1993, when he founded the religious studies program. He managed it for 21 years, during which it became a department, grew its faculty and created a bachelor’s degree. He also established UW’s Saturday University program, which takes UW faculty members across the state to deliver lectures on a variety of topics, and directed it for 11 years.
“We’re delighted that Dr. Flesher, a national and international scholar, has agreed to direct the AHC, a core facility for the state and a hub for international understanding of the West,” Provost Kate Miller says. “Through his Saturday University work, he has established strong connections with museums and archives across Wyoming, and his commitment to serving the state fits nicely with the AHC’s mission.”
A historian of ancient religions — trained at Oxford University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Brown University — Flesher has published three books, edited or co-edited nine collected volumes of essays, and written more than 40 essays and book chapters.
Flesher has worked in archives in Israel, England and the United States. Drawing upon his background in computer programming, he currently leads a project building a searchable, digital archive of archaeological excavation records. He has extensive experience in editing, currently serving as editor-in-chief for a book series with E.J. Brill Publishers of Leiden, The Netherlands, as well as sitting on the boards of three journals.
For 21 years, the Wyoming native wrote a column — “Religion Today,” which discussed world religions — that was published in Wyoming newspapers and other media outlets.
“I see the job of administrator as a way to enhance teaching and create and renew opportunities that further what people can know about today’s world,” Flesher says. “The AHC is an incredible repository of knowledge, and I’m excited to help advance its work within the state and beyond.”
The AHC’s collections focus on Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain West and nationally on the topics of environment and conservation; the mining and petroleum industries; air and rail transportation; the performing arts (particularly radio, television, film, and popular music); journalism; U.S. military history; and book history.
On July 1, Katrina Brown officially took over as Director of the Casper College Goodstein Foundation Library. She came to Casper College from Sheridan College, where she was Director of the Mary Brown Kooi Library.
“I enjoy being a library director,” Katrina said. “It’s gratifying to help library staff identify, grow, and improve library services. And there’s always that challenge of balancing the needs and desires of different populations.”
She continued, “The Kooi Library is a great one. I appreciate all I learned working there. Although I’m moving on, I look forward to seeing it grow and change under its new director.”
Katrina has been active in the library community, and is currently on the Executive Board of the Wyoming Library Association as its Past President. She’s a 2011 graduate of the Wyoming Library Leadership Institute (WLLI). She holds associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in history and a Master of Library and Information Science. She was born and raised in California and moved to Wyoming in 2005.
“At Casper College, I’m taking over a library with a lot of strengths,” Katrina said. “The staff is incredible. They’ve kept the library running seamlessly and increased services such as their instruction sessions. The library is also fortunate to have such solid support from the college.”
She wants to continue to build on those strengths by continuing the growth in instruction programs and increasing student engagement.
“If you have any interest in leadership, attend WLLI,” she added. “It helped me believe I was a leader and could do the job.”
Conrrado Saldivar, Adult Services Specialist at Natrona County Library, was recently awarded a Spectrum Scholarship from the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services. His award was given based on his commitment to equity and inclusion, demonstrated community outreach, commitment to the library profession, and leadership potential. The scholarship provides assistance for graduate study expenses and a stipend to attend the Spectrum Leadership Institute and the ALA Annual conference in 2020.
He was one of 60 recipients nationwide. Since 1997, the ALA has awarded more than 1,100 Spectrum Scholarships.
Conrrado began working at the Natrona County Library in April 2015 as an Adult Services Specialist. He received a BA in Anthropology and a BA in Spanish from the University of Wyoming in 2013 and began working on his MLIS at the University of Washington iSchool in 2018. He is also currently a contributing writer for the Hack Library School blog and Co-president of the Student Chapter of the American Library Association at the University of Washington.
Natrona County Library has four staff in new positions. From left to right, we have Chelsie Troutman, Youth & Teen Services Specialist; Jennifer (Jenn) Beckstead, Youth Services Manager; Lorene Peterson, Youth & Teen Services Specialist; and Adilene (Adi) Rodriguez, Adult Services Specialist. The library posted on Facebook, “They are valuable members of our team, and we’re fortunate to have their skills, talents, and expertise at the library. We wish them the very best in their new roles and thank them for their continued dedication and service.”
Anne Parady (left) and Diane Roccabruna retired from the Sweetwater County Library System at the end of June. Anne worked for the system for 17 years, more than 10 of them as the Youth Services Manager. Diane worked in youth services for 20 years, primarily with teens. Anne and Diane have helped countless kids over their years with the library system. They helped make the library a great place to work and and a staple in the community.
In June, Jeff Collins, the Deputy Director of Public Service for the Laramie County Library System, graduated from Leadership Cheyenne’s 2019 class. The Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce’s year-long program aims to grow a network of leaders in Cheyenne, foster an understanding of the community, and build participants’ leadership skills. Jeff, who has worked at Laramie County Library System since 2016, says Leadership Cheyenne, “was a phenomenal experience,” and that he looks forward to finding ways to help Laramie County Library System continue to meet the needs of the community.
Jerry Jones, Youth Services Manager, is retiring in July after 30 years at Natrona County Library.She has been a key player, dedicated to providing excellent and innovative library services. Her rapport with children is caring and natural, and her personal enthusiasm is reflected in the students’ joy with the books she gives them. The core of Jerry’s success in connecting with the children of Natrona County is her natural ability to connect with children and desire to help provide the necessary tools to become successful learners. The Natrona County Library wishes Jerry much happiness as she writes the next chapter of her life.
DeChantel Galgoci has joined the Hot Springs County Library as Front Desk Librarian.
Steve Rzasa was recently named Director of the Johnson County Library, replacing Cynthia Twing, who retired after 20 years as Director and nearly 30 years at the library.
Steve was first hired by the library in 2008. His promotion to Director after his many years of working under Cynthia creates continuity of leadership at the library — part of why he applied. “I’ve adopted her philosophy of libraries being a community equalizer, a place that anyone should be able to use,” he said. “That’s something I want to continue. I was also intrigued by the challenge of shepherding the library into a new era, while maintaining all the things that make it great.”
Steve is a 2000 graduate of Boston University’s School of Communications with a bachelor’s degree in print journalism. He worked seven years for Courier Publications in Midcoast Maine, first as a reporter, then as the assistant editor at a weekly newspaper. He moved to Buffalo in August of 2007 to become editor of the Buffalo Bulletin before he was hired by the library.
He put his educational background to work right away when he came to the Johnson County Library, creating the library’s first newsletter. When he became the Technical Services Librarian a couple of years later, his duties expanded to include linking new books and technical troubleshooting with the public, in addition to publishing the newsletter, handling communications, issuing press releases, and managing social media. He was one of the first library employees in Wyoming to receive ALA Library Support Staff Certification.
The library’s greatest strength, he says, is the staff . “We’re also blessed to have our expanded library, which has opened up opportunities for new programming and more room for people to simply relax in the library.”
With the completion of the library expansion three years ago, Steve says the next thing on the agenda is a new strategic plan. “For so long the goal was to expand the Johnson County Library,” he said. “That goal’s been achieved, so we now need to be mindful of what our next target should be.”
As the library moves forward, Steve said customer service will be an emphasis. “The focus should always be on the patron. We’re always on the lookout for new opportunities to serve the public and new things we can offer.”
Michelle Boule has been named Director of Library Services at Sheridan College’s Mary Brown Kooi Library.
“I’ve worked in and for all different kinds of libraries and I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to put some of that knowledge to work,” she said. “While I can be a great follower and cheerleader, I like being in the front of the pack and being a change agent. What better way to do that than as a director?”
Michelle has been a librarian at the college since August 2017. Prior to coming to Sheridan, she served as a Social Sciences Librarian at the University of Houston Libraries as the Ethnic Studies liaison and was an active member of the Instruction Team. She has a B.A. in English with minors in Women’s Studies and Anthropology from Texas A&M and a Master’s in Library Science from Texas Woman’s University.
“I wanted to find a profession that would let me be as geeky as I wanted and read more than is probably healthy,” she said. “I think I made a wise choice.”
Michelle has been involved nationally with the American Library Association, serving in the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) within that organization. In 2008, she was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker for her work in online learning environments and technology training, including being part of a team that created a free, grassroots course for librarians to learn about social software and libraries. She speaks and writes nationally about technology, education, publishing, and libraries. Michelle has written a book on group learning and training called Mob Rule Learning: camps, unconferences, and trashing the talking head. In the Fall, Michelle will be an adjunct at the University of Nebraska Omaha teaching Digital Citizenship.
She sees the Sheridan College Library “as a welcoming space where students can come to study or relax. The faculty, staff, and community already see us as a positive force in our community. I’d like to build on that by reaching outside our walls to do some new things while expanding our services to the campus.”
Michelle is also active in the writing and publishing community. She writes a historical fantasy series and is the chair of a group called Romance Sparks Joy which promotes romance by underrepresented authors. In her spare time, she is an officer in the BigHorn Homebrew Club and enjoys reading with a view of the mountains in front of her.
Natrona County Library Director Lisa Scroggins recently completed the Leadership Wyoming (LW) program, which culminated with the graduation on May 4 at the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper. LW is a challenging nine-month educational program that prides itself on its rigor and in providing participants insight to the industries, opportunities, challenges facing Wyoming, and the opportunity to create a network of leaders across the state. The program also promotes personal growth, and its participants build life-long bonds with their classmates. “I’m fortunate that I had the full support of my board, who saw the value in sponsoring me through this program.” Lisa said. “It was an intense learning experience, but totally worth the investment!”
After six years of service, Shannon Smith will be departing from the University of Wyoming Libraries. In her time at UW, Shannon has served in the capacity of Library Specialist with the Learning Resource Center. She will assume the role of Scholarly Communication Librarian with the Digital Initiatives department at Utah State University Libraries in August.
Jennifer Beckstead, Teen Librarian at the Natrona County Library, graduated from the Leadership Casper Class of 2019. The in-depth program provides participants with a better understanding of community issues, resources and services. provided in the Casper community. “The most memorable part of Leadership Casper has been the way our class has bonded from the very start,” Jenn said. “I’ve made connections and friendships with leaders from all around our community. Jenn has worked as the Teen Librarian at the Natrona County Library since August 2005. She was recently promoted to Youth Services Manager, beginning July 2019.
Associate Dean Lori Phillips is retiring from the University of Wyoming Libraries at the end of June after over 25 years at UW. She served as Associate Dean of Libraries since 2003, including a year as Interim Dean of Libraries. Over the years, she’s worked in a variety of roles, serving as a librarian, teacher, mentor, colleague, and administrator. In 2017 she was the recipient of UW’s Milstead Distinguished Librarianship Award.
Jim Honour retired from UW Libraries at the end of April. Jim served since 2008 as the Regional Medical Library Liaison for Wyoming as part of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. In his role, he worked closely with librarians and health professionals across Wyoming to provide information and outreach about the National Library of Medicine.
Shannon Smith was named to the 2019 Husky 100, a prestigious honor awarded to University of Washington graduates and undergraduates. Shannon is a graduate student pursuing her MLIS online while working as a library specialist at the University of Wyoming, and is the first MLIS Husky 100 recipient. She is also one of the first online students across all three University of Washington campuses to be recognized with this distinction.
Liz Palmer is Sublette County Library’s new Youth Services Specialist. Liz came from Albany County Public Library and loves to write poetry, make costumes, and enjoys reading YA sci-fi and graphic novels. She’s excited to meet and work with teens and kids in Sublette County. Liz replaces Ana Cuprill who said farewell to the library after 15 years of service.
This June, Vicki Riley will retire from the Sweetwater County Library System. She has been with the library system for 39 years. She began in public services at the Rock Springs Library and then transferred to youth services at the White Mountain Library. In 1992 she was promoted to be the Youth Services Manager at the White Mountain Library, a position she has held ever since. Vicki has loved her position at the library and will miss sharing her love of books and reading with the children of Rock Springs. She hopes to travel more and read more once she retires.
Megan Bratton, Natrona County Library’s newest Youth Services Specialist, recently moved to Wyoming from Denver, Colorado, where she lived for the last ten years. She’s a big fan of the mountains and arid climate of the west after growing up in humid North Carolina and going to college at the University of Georgia (go dawgs!). Before working at the library, Megan worked in tech and marketing. She also earned her MLS from the University of Denver, and she is very excited to finally be putting to use everything she learned in grad school. She is constantly impressed by the innovation happening in public libraries, and she’s ready to be part of piloting them into the future.
Teri Wiblemo is leaving the Riverton Branch Library to join the creative team at County 10 News. She worked as the Adult Lead Librarian for the library and was the marketing and public relations go-to person. “Teri and I have worked side-by-side for 10 years,” said Branch Library Manager Shari Haskins. “She gave us her most creative spirit and brought much-needed humor and super-positive energy. We will greatly miss her.” The Riverton Branch Library is part of Fremont County Library System.
After 22 years, Janet Maez is retiring from the Sweetwater County Library System. She began as a substitute librarian in 1995 performing duties for the bookmobile, outreach services, and circulation. She eventually transferred to a circulation position at the White Mountain Library. Several years ago she moved into Technical Services where she assists with processing, acquisitions, and cataloging. She has enjoyed working for the library system, thanks to the atmosphere and people. In retirement she looks forward to being in the mountains or a beach, relaxing with family and reading books. (Now she’ll finally be able to do what people think librarians do all day.)
Kristi Wallin has been selected as the new Laramie County Library Foundation Director. Born and raised in Wyoming, Kristi brings years of philanthropic expertise to the library. After beginning her career in Washington D.C. working for U.S. Senators Al Simpson and Malcolm Wallop, she returned home to Wyoming where she began working for the University of Wyoming Foundation. During her time at the university, she served as the Annual Fund Director and as a College Development Officer. Following nearly a dozen years at UW, she spent ten years serving as the state director for US Senator John Barrasso. Before coming to the Laramie County Library Foundation, she worked on Governor Mark Gordon’s campaign and 2019 inauguration.
Judy Armstrong, will retire in June after 21 years as the Sheridan County Public Library System’s Outreach Department/Homebound Services Manager. She also works part-time in the Wyoming Room. She’s been with the library since 1994, beginning as an intern, and working as clerk/shelver before moving into her current position. Her job took her outside library walls to meet the needs of countless elders and shut-ins in the Sheridan area. In 2016, she was the recipient of the Wyoming Library Association’s Outstanding Librarian award for her work with the Senior Outreach program. “My dream, as a child, was to be a librarian,” Judy said. “It doesn’t get any better than to have had one of those lifelong visions come true and to have had fun doing it!”
Jessica Cosgrove is the new Office Support Specialist at the Wyoming State Archives. Jessica will split her time between the reading room, providing reference to the public and working on guides and social media, and scanning state documents as part of the Archives’ State Imaging Center. Jessica received her Masters in Library and Information Science from Simmons College in 2017, and her B.A. in journalism from the University of Montana in 2011. Most recently, she has been working for Ancestry on a digitization project at the Montana Historical Society. Prior to that, she has worked at the Boston Museum of Science and she has held archival internships at the Salem National Historic Site, the Boston Globe, the Peabody Essex Museum Phillips Library, and several New England newspapers.