On Oct. 1, Matt Swift was named Wyoming State Law Librarian. Prior to his appointment, Swift served as Interim State Law Librarian since August.
Matt has lived in Wyoming over 30 years. Prior to joining the Wyoming State Law Library in 2013, Swift worked for the Laramie County Library System for more than eight years. He joined LCLS as a reference specialist in 2005 before becoming serials and acquisitions coordinator in 2007. While he worked at Laramie County he earned his Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Texas In July 2013, just prior to graduating, he joined the law library.
Swift had support for his MSLS through the SWIM program. SWIM was funded by an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant through the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, that the Wyoming State Library, in collaboration with three other state libraries, applied for and administered.
He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Wyoming and a two-year degree in secondary education from Laramie County Community College.
Swift said he was always drawn to reading, books, and literature. As an English major, he spent a lot of time in libraries, and he became interested library work. “I spent a lot of time in Coe, and in Ludden, and at the county library. The staff in all those libraries were really helpful. I always felt like they were genuinely interested in helping me find what I needed to find.”
The Wyoming State Law Library provides legal resources to the Wyoming judiciary, members of the Wyoming State Bar Association, the Wyoming legislature and the public. Right now, he is transitioning into his new role. “I’m looking forward to continuing what we’ve been doing We’ll keep adding new materials as needed and evaluating our collection make sure its relevant to the courts and to our patrons.”