As of January 1, Nicholle Gerharter takes on the management of the Cody Library in Park County, bringing many years of experience to her new position. Nicholle is a graduate of the Emporia State University Master of Library Science program. From 2003 through 2013, she served as Reference Librarian and Co-head of the Adult Services Department at Natrona County Public Library.
Following her move to Cody in 2016, Nicholle was the part-time Reference Librarian at the McCracken Research Library at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. She then worked as the Executive Assistant to the Park County Board of County Commissioners before joining the Cody library as a Reference Librarian.
“We’re incredibly fortunate to have someone of Nicholle’s caliber ready and willing to take on the management of the Park County Public Library, ” said Library Director Frances Clymer. “Time and time again, she’s proven her commitment to library services for all. We know she’ll chart a positive and dynamic course in the years ahead.”
Nicholle takes the position vacated by Marjorie Buchholz, who retired at the end of November after 43 years with the library. Marge was first hired in 1976 as a Library Assistant. In 1977 she was promoted to Assistant Children’s Librarian and then to the position of Adult Services Supervisor. She held that position until 2005 when she was promoted to serve as the Cody Library Manager.
Marge experienced the transition from a physical catalog with cards for authors, titles, and subjects, to the online catalog we now use. The electronic catalog has also seen changes over the years. The introduction of the Internet and the many ways to search for information presented new challenges for her and her co-workers as they adapted to the online world.
Not one to dwell on the past, when the outdated Cody library was closed and the library moved into the newly renovated lower level of the Park County Complex, Marge embraced the change with energy and new ideas. Throughout her career, she completed many library science courses, giving her a strong knowledge base to draw on for the development of programs and to enhance library services.
“Through it all, Marge maintained her sense of humor and her deep commitment to customer service,” Frances said. “For many she has been the face of the Cody library and she will be missed by many.”