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Bonnie Stahla to be New Crook County Library Director



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Bonnie Stahla

Bonnie Stahla has been named the new Director of the Crook County Public Library. She will take the reins from longtime director Jill Mackey who is retiring July 1.

Bonnie has lived in Sundance since 1994. She was initially hired as the library’s Technical Services Librarian in May of 1999, but quickly moved into children’s services when that position opened up later the same year. In that role, she grew the outreach program to reach numerous daycares and home childcare providers, two preschools, and K-4 at the elementary school. For in-library events, she went beyond the existing storytimes to add several special events through the year: tea parties, maker days, and more. She also hosts elementary classes for events throughout the year. Of course, since it’s a small library she wears other hats touching all aspects of library services — children’s and YA collection development, answering phones, issuing cards, and giving library tours.

Her involvement in the wider library community includes coordinating Wyoming Reads in Crook County since its inception and serving on the Buckaroo Book Award committee for many years. Bonnie is a graduate of the Wyoming Library Leadership Institute.

Bonnie was attracted to the position because she thought it would be interesting and fun to become a larger part of the community, not just as the Youth Services Librarian. She felt she could bring her years of experience and knowledge of how the library worked to the position. She admits feeling a little torn about no longer being “Miss Bonnie” for the younger crowd.

“I’ve grown to love all the kids I’ve read to over the years,” she said.

She plans to build on Jill Mackey’s many years of leadership. “We have an awesome library system in Crook County and I want to continue to make it even better,” she said. “Jill has done an excellent job bringing all the libraries in our system together, and I want to continue that. Staff members from all locations meet once a month to share ideas, build friendships and relationships, and have fun! Now when you call on another library you really ‘know’ that person on the other line.”

As director, she wants to expand and grow relationships with other entities in the communities Crook County Public Library serves and get to know the patron base through each branch. She also has a great interest in expanding programs that serve all ages.

“I want to bring families into the libraries as a whole, not just reaching the kids for some things and the adults for other things,” Bonnie said. “Intergenerational programming — getting seniors and little ones involved together — is something I’ve wanted to try but never had the time in my other position.”

Wyoming State Archivist Sara Davis Receives Mark A. Greene Award



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Sara Davis, Wyoming State Archivist

From the Society of American Archivists

Sara Davis, State Archivist at the Wyoming State Archives in Cheyenne, is the 2022 recipient of the Mark A. Greene Emerging Leader Award from the Society of American Archivists (SAA). The award celebrates and encourages early-career archivists who have completed archival work of broad merit, demonstrated significant promise of leadership, and performed commendable service to the archives profession.

Since her initial position as an archives intern at the Frederick Law Olmstead National Historic Site to her current role at the Wyoming State Archives, Sara has been a strong advocate for archival collections, users, and colleagues. At the State Archives, she successfully applied for a National Historic Public Records Commission grant to support a traveling archivist program to build a network connecting the state’s numerous cultural institutions. She effectively uses her role as a spokesperson for “people’s history” for the state to preserve the voices of those not traditionally represented by the archives. For example, she established a community speakers’ bureau to communicate with members from underrepresented communities about the crucial role their records play in documenting Wyoming state history. With the institution’s recent acquisition of the Latin American Federation’s papers, these efforts are already bringing positive results.

Sara’s leadership is also evident in her previous work as a university archivist for the University of Wyoming at the American Heritage Center. Sara played an essential role in founding the institution’s Diversity Committee, as well as curating a digital and physical exhibit to commemorate Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming who was murdered in 1998. Within SAA, she has led continuing archival education efforts as an active member, vice chair, and then chair of the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Education Subcommittee, where she reviews curriculum to ensure courses meet the needs of a growing number of archivists seeking to learn more about digital archives.

As her nominator writes, Sara’s “rapid growth from consultant to state archivist demonstrates her increasing responsibility, proven track record, and potential in the profession.” One former mentor writes that they “[look] to her as a guide and role model where we were once in opposite roles. I have watched Davis become an expert at whatever she takes on while leading with compassion and grace. She is clearly dedicated to and passionate about her work as an archivist.” A former supervisor adds that “Davis creates programs from scratch, sees projects successfully to completion, and ensures that every product is of high quality.”

Established in 2011 and renamed in 2017, the award honors the memory of SAA Fellow and Past President Mark A. Greene, the director of the University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center from 2002 to 2015. He was Emeritus Director of the AHC at the time of his death in 2017.

Jill Mackey Retiring from Crook County Public Library



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Jill Mackey

After nearly 28 years at Crook County Public Library — the last 23 as Director — Jill Mackey is retiring on June 30.

Jill was initially hired by the library in Sundance in October, 1994, as a part-timer. That lasted only briefly until the Children’s Librarian moved on.

“I was asked if I wanted to give it a try,” she said. “I did and I loved it! I had no formal training, but all those years of raising kids, home day care, and Girl Scout leader stood me in good stead.”

Jill became director when Gaydell Collier retired in June of 1999. When she began, all staff were part time with no benefits, other than the Wyoming Retirement System. Now, staff at each of the three libraries have full-time employment with benefits, equivalent to other county employees.

Under her direction, all three libraries continue active and varied programming in their libraries, but are also now reaching out into their communities with storytimes and reading at elementary schools, preschools, day cares, the nursing home, and assisted care facilities. The library has a presence at community events with information tables, parade floats, and the book bike.

Another accomplishment she’s proud of this that the library was able to complete the Wyoming Library Endowment Challenge and establish a permanent endowment. “The return on that has enabled us to continue programs we wouldn’t have been able to due to budget cuts the last two years,” she said.

Bonnie Stahla has been selected as the library’s next director. Jill foresees that the library will “Continue to be welcoming to all, meeting the needs of all, and reaching out to serve communities.”

Now that she’s retiring, Jill plans to care for family members and conduct local history research. She will always retain her deep love of libraries.

“Books are my first and favorite memory of the library as a child,” she said. “However, libraries are not just about books — we provide so much more! I like to think of libraries as a living, breathing entity that seeks ways to serve its patrons and communities. It’s flexible to change, it’s accepting of all, it’s curious — a mirror image of our humanness at its best.”

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Orrin Koenig, a senior library assistant, is the recipient of the University of Wyoming Libraries Outstanding Staff Award for his contributions in 2021. 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.” Orrin has worked in UW Libraries’ User Services since 2019

 

 

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Mary Gillgannon  Laramie County Library System’s Fiction Collection Development Coordinator, retired at the end of April after a 32-year career with the library. Mary began working at the Central Ave. library in the spring of 1990 as a Circulation Desk Assistant. After ten years, she moved into a new position assisting with the library’s Fiction Collection Development. She took on additional responsibilities when she began her role as a Senior Circulation Assistant and in 2006 Mary was promoted to the Fiction Collection Development Coordinator. Read more about Mary on the LCLS  blog.

 

Sukey Hohl Retiring from Sublette County Library



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Sukey Hohl

After four years as Director of the Sublette County Library, Sukey Hohl is retiring on June 30. Michelle Humber, currently the Assistant Director, has been named as her successor.

Sukey has been with the library nearly 25 years. She began as the Technical Services Manager and moved up to Assistant Director before taking on the top role. During her time in Sublette County, she’s served on numerous WYLD and Wyoming Library Association committees, led WLA as its President in 2010, and attended the American Library Association conference most years.

Sukey was originally from California. “I got my MLS from UC Berkeley in the dark ages, pre-internet 1978,” she said. “MARC was just the gleam in someone’s eye then.” Prior to moving to Wyoming, she worked for the California State Library, the Richmond Public Library, the Stanislaus County Library, and the Provo City Library.  She took a 14-year break from libraries to work in outdoor recreation for The Outdoor Adventure Program in Idaho and for the National Outdoor Leadership School in Lander, Wyoming.

“The accomplishments I’m most proud of are getting funding for the Big Piney Library remodel, which is nearing completion, doing more with less money, especially our services to our seniors at both libraries, and the development of our awesome staff,” Sukey said. “Michelle Humber will be a great new director and I look forward to seeing how the libraries respond to new challenges.”

Sukey definitely has plans for retirement, as she recently celebrated the birth of her first grandchild. “I’m very much looking forward to being an active and involved grandma.”

Staci Green is New Central Wyoming College Library Director



PortraitStaci Green has been named the new Director of Library/Academic Resource Center at the Central Wyoming College Library. Her first day at the library was May 2.

Staci is originally from Fort Collins, Colorado. She came to Wyoming from Dickinson State University in Dickinson, North Dakota, where she was Head of Library Operations for seven years. Prior to earning her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she worked in the legal field as a legal assistant for many years. While in Dickinson, she enjoyed working in a small academic library and helping students.

“I was interested in the position at CWC library because of the size of the institution, the population it serves and its location,” Staci said. She was also interested in moving closer to Fort Collins and the Rocky Mountains.

“The CWC Library is a comfortable and inclusive library,” she said. “The existing library staff care about our students and are supportive of faculty and staff needs.”

Staci sees other strengths: “We have an exceptional array of online databases and electronic resources available online 24/7 — e-books, articles, streaming video, and more.” She cited the many ways the library serves students and faculty, including individual and group study spaces; printing, scanning, and photocopying services; reference and help services; testing services; and Canvas expertise. Not to mention the big windows that look out onto a courtyard with views of the Wind River Mountains.

She’s looking forward to promoting the high quality and credible electronic and physical resources available to faculty, students, staff, and community members through the CWC library.

“CWC Librarians can help students navigate the complex information world by offering library and information literacy instruction services and reference help,” she said. “I’m also interested in addressing the issue of high textbook costs for students by supporting OER initiatives and leveraging existing library resources.”

Asked if there was anything she wanted to add, Staci simply quoted S.R. Ranganathan: “The library is a growing organism.”

 

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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.’”