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.”