Carmen Clayton, Records and Data Management Analyst at the Wyoming State Archives, received her M.A. in American Studies from the University of Wyoming in August. Her masters paper, “Squaw and Princess,” examines how the pejorative stereotypes of “squaw” and “Indian princess” manifest themselves in web search images.
Rykki Neale is the new Children’s Librarian at the La Barge Library. Rykki grew up in Shoshoni, Wyoming. She has a B.S. in Creative Writing from Weber State University and worked for several years for the Technical Services department of Weber School District, helping K-12 teachers and staff use technology. Rykki’s husband, Coulter Neale, is the choir teacher in Big Piney, and this is their fifth year living in La Barge. They have two children, Rhiannon and Ezekiel. Rykki maintains a family blog called Flutter in the Breeze and enjoys spending time with her family.
Sharon Mikesell is retiring after 28 years in the Laramie County Library System. She started as a substitute in the two branch libraries, where she would later work 13 years as the Assistant Branch Manager. Over the years, she’s also worked for LCLS in reference and technical services. She was active in the Wyoming Library Association and represented Wyoming with the Collaborative Summer Library Program. She is especially proud to have earned her MLS from Texas Women’s University three years ago. “I’m a walking example of the old adage, ‘you are never too old,'” she said. “After 25 years, I could truly say ‘I am a librarian.'” She and her husband plan to do a bit of traveling and then to serve a mission for their church in about a year. Also on the agenda: taking quilting classes, working on her family history, playing her piano, reading and spending a lot of time with her family.
Tamara Lehner has moved to the Glenrock Branch Library where she is working in circulation and adult programming. She has a degree in theatre, and worked at the University of Wyoming for 23 years before returning to her hometown to help out aging parents. Tamara worked at Converse County Library’s main library in Douglas for a year before transferring to Glenrock where she lives. She loves her work—being a librarian was a childhood dream.
Reese Ruiz is leaving the Laramie County Library System, where she has been the Manager of Community and Media Relations. She has accepted a position with the City of Cheyenne, Parks and Recreation Division, as a Marketing Coordinator. Her last day will be October 13. After that, you can drop in at her new office at the Cheyenne Civic Center to say hello. The library wishes her well on her new endeavor.