Conrrado Saldivar is leaving the Wyoming State Library to rejoin the Natrona County Library. On April 3, he’ll begin his new position as the Tech Services Manager. In addition to Tech Services, he’ll also manage the Creation Station makerspace. Conrrado came to the WSL from Natrona County in December 2021 as the Outreach and Development Librarian. Prior to that, he was an Adult Services Librarian at NCL, where he had worked since 2015.
“As much as I enjoyed working at the State Library and getting to know the staff here, the opportunity to gain management skills and get back to working directly with the public was too enticing,” he said. “I also missed the family, friends, and community I had in Casper.”
As the Outreach and Development Librarian at WSL, Conrrado worked with county libraries to collect data for the Public Libraries Survey, worked with the institution libraries, and was one of two coordinators for the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant through the Institute of Museum and Library Services. In addition, he has been serving as President of the Wyoming Library Association.
“I think I learned so much here, my head leaked,” he said. “Being Outreach and Development Librarian helped me get a better understanding of everything that goes on in the Wyoming library community. Working on the Public Libraries Survey, I now understand how the work done at the local level is reflected across the state and nationally. Every number counts and shows that libraries are all innovating to meet the needs of their communities. I also enjoyed seeing how much goes into the LSTA grants, both in developing projects and reporting back to IMLS.”
Conrrado looks forward to managing the Tech Services and Creation Station teams. He said the Tech Services Department has a strong crew of three experienced individuals already, and he wants to highlight their strengths as they handle the behind-the-scenes work of a library. The two interns he hired two years ago are still there, and have officially joined the NCL staff as library aides.
“Their success reflects the community’s continued interest in using STEAM equipment in a free and accessible location and the interns’ dedication to learning the equipment and using that knowledge to teach others,” he said. “I’m looking forward to working with them and also getting my hands on technology again and creating makerspace programs for the public.”
“Conrrado has been a great asset to us at the State Library during his time here,” said Wyoming State Librarian Jamie Markus. “His skills, dedication, and humor have all been a welcome addition to our team. Although we’ll miss him, we wish him the greatest success at Natrona County Library.”