Jessica Otto will soon be moving into the Library Development Office at the Wyoming State Library, filling the position vacated by Conrrado Saldivar. Among her new duties, she’ll take over the Public Library Survey and work with the State Institution libraries.
Jessica has been with the State Library since 2018, joining the staff as the Collections Technician. Currently, she’s the Digital Initiatives Specialist in Information Services, a position she was promoted to in 2021. She holds an associate’s degree in mass media: multimedia from Laramie County Community College, and a bachelor’s in English from the University of Wyoming. Since coming to the WSL, she’s taken many opportunities for professional development and is a graduate of the Wyoming Library Leadership Institute Class of 2020/2021.
She’s accomplished a great deal in her time as Digital Initiative Specialist. “I’m extremely proud of the work I’ve done with the State Publications Digital Collection, adding items — I wish I knew how many exactly, it’s hard to say! — to the collection, reorganizing folders and files for usability, as well as working with my colleagues to complete digitization projects, like scanning all the State Mine Inspector Annual Reports and updating the Places Digital Exhibits.” She also enjoyed all the state agency and board outreach she and State Publications Librarian Anne Kuipers completed. They met with state employees to promote available resources and advocate the importance of preserving Wyoming’s government publications.
“It’s always rewarding to introduce a state employee to a whole world of information that applies to their unique work,” she said. “I’ve grown a lot in my profession during my time in Information Services, and I’ve loved working on the state employee side of our mission.”
She has, however, long had an interest in statistics and data, so this position appealed to her when it opened. “I’m grateful for this opportunity to develop connections with the amazing Wyoming library community,” she said. “I look forward to joining LDO, working with real world data and statistics, and assisting our public and institution libraries in any way I can.”
“We’re excited to have Jessica join us in LDO,” said Brian Greene, Library Development Manager. “She brings exceptional skills and a great attitude to this position making her a wonderful fit for our team. Jessica will continue her eminent support for the Wyoming library community in new and plentiful ways.”