Nancy McDaniel retired at the end of May after 27 years as the children’s specialist at Sublette County Library. One patron said, “Nancy quickly learned my children’s names and always had a smile, making us feel welcome and happy to be at the library.” Speaking of happy, she’s joined in this photo by Evie, daughter of co-worker Michelle Humber. A reception for Nancy was held at the library on May 31.
Sheryll Hampton, technical services and inter-library loan specialist, is saying farewell to the Sheridan College Kooi library and Wyoming. In July, she will be the Collection Management Services Librarian at her alma mater, Northwest Nazarene University. Sheryll worked at the college for four years and earned her MLIS from San Jose State University in 2015.
Jessica Anders has joined Eastern Wyoming College as the Library Technician. Jessica is a recent graduate of the University of Wyoming.
Patience Engavo has been named the Fort Washakie School/Community Library Student of the Year. The honor goes to a unique child who shows resolve, commitment to literacy, and a notable work ethic. Patience is a special needs student who worked as a “sorter and arranger” of easy books. She demonstrated a cheerful attitude, helping several days each week, and improved her independent skills. Patience is a great help to the library staff.
Kathy Bjornestad has been elected to the executive board of Wyoming Writers, Inc., a statewide writers’ organization. Kathy Bjornestad is the Library Media Specialist at Sundance Elementary and is a former secondary English teacher. She has been a member of Wyoming Writers since 1990 and is also an active member of Bear Lodge Writers and Black Hills Fiction Writers.
Susan Mark has been elected President of WyoPoets, a statewide poetry organization. She works as a Publication Specialist at the Wyoming State Library.
Library Media Specialist Lori Clark-Erickson will retire this summer after 15 years with the Teton County School District. Among many projects for Jackson Hole High School in recent years, Lori helped students with in-depth research for National History Day, mentored National Honor Society students, and helped coordinate and run the Model UN. She was a teacher for a total of 22 years, and has impacted thousands of student lives. Lori has served on many state committees and been a dedicated member of Wyoming Library Association and the School Library Interest Group. She will seek out new professional challenges after retirement, and also hopes find time to garden, rock climb, bike, ski, sew, and knit.
Tiffany Russell, the Acquisitions and Resources Manager for the Carbon County Library System, and formerly Saratoga Library Branch Manager, departed at the end of May. Tiffany was with the CCLS for almost two years after starting her career in Colorado. She’ll be moving to Jackson with her family.
Naomi Manley, formerly a Library Assistant at the Rawlins Library, is taking over the Acquisitions and Resources Manager position at Carbon County Library System. Naomi lives in the Platte Valley, and enjoys spending long afternoons at the lake with her well-read giant schnauzer, Jasper.
David Kruger, University of Wyoming Agricultural Research and Instruction Librarian, recently saw his J.C. Penney: The Man, the Store, and American Agriculture published by University of Oklahoma Press. The book was released in hardback and e-book formats on May 25, 2017.
Donnie Claunch, Library Specialist – Day Circulation at the Goodstein Foundation Library, was named Employee of the Month for March 2017 by the Casper College Staff Alliance.
Libby Ngo was named Employee of the Month for April 2017 by the Casper College Staff Alliance. Ngo is an Acquisitions & Cataloging Library Specialist and has worked for the college’s Goodstein Foundation Library since 1998.