Michelle Humber has taken the lead role at Sublette County Library as Director, effective July 1. For the past year, she has served as the library’s Assistant Director.
“I’ve been interested in leadership for some time now and am ready for this new challenge,” Michelle said. “I look forward to finding a good balance between serving the community in various ways, staying true to library ethics, and managing and encouraging an engaged and satisfied staff.”
Originally from Georgia, Michelle first visited Sublette County in 1997 with her parents when she was fifteen for a horseback trip with an outfitting service in the Wind River Mountains. “I fell in love with the area,” she said. During her summers in college, she worked for the same outfitter.
She graduated from Montana State University in 2005 with a bachelor’s in English and a high school English teaching certificate. Michelle moved to Sublette County permanently in April of 2009 when she began working for the library part-time.
“I was planning to try to find a job teaching English, but I fell in love with the library world and felt called to serve in it.” Later that year, she moved to full time employment as a library assistant where she assisted with children’s services, and handled overdues, tech maintenance and other behind-the-scenes duties. She took over children’s services in May of 2017 and became Assistant Director in 2021.
As she begins her directorship, she wants to continue the Sublette County Library legacy of making their libraries welcoming, community hubs. She also wants to look for new ways to better serve her community and support her staff.
“Our libraries are incredibly beautiful and inviting,” she said. “Our staff excels in customer service and collaboration. They’re kind, incredibly helpful, and hilarious, and I feel very fortunate to work with the people in our libraries.”