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Aug 14, 2018

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Jennifer Beckstead, Natrona County Library Teen Librarian, was awarded the Wyoming Library Association’s Nora Van Burgh Development Grant to attend the 2018 Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Symposium in Salt Lake City. There, she will learn about all aspects of teen librarianship. Jenn can’t wait to be reenergized by all she’ll learn and experience at the Young Adult Services Symposium, not to mention the numerous opportunities she’ll have for growth and innovation. She also looks forward to exploring new avenues for programming and partnerships. The 2018 YALSA Symposium theme is “Zeroing in: Focusing on Teen Needs.”

Janet Woods was named the University of Wyoming Staff Employee of the Second quarter. Janet is supervisor of library services in Technical Services, a position she has held for 35 years. She has been at UW for 39 years, holding three other positions before joining UW Libraries. Extensive knowledge of campus materials and resources, and extremely conscious of her office workflow and department efficiency are some of the qualities that resulted in her selection.


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Sandy Hight is the newest librarian to join Goshen County Library.

Michelle Green, from Oklahoma, is the new Learning and Engagement Librarian at the University of Wyoming’s Coe Library. She is focused on the information literacy of first-year learners, as well as advocacy for LGBTQ+ communities. She enjoys spending time with her two dogs, computer gaming, and reading. She came to UW from the University of New Mexico’s Health Sciences Library.

Samantha Cook has joined the University of Wyoming as the Instructional Design Librarian. Sammy’s undergraduate is in history from the University of Wyoming, and she is thrilled to be back in her home state after getting her master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on the disabled in libraries and archives, and western history.

Kristina Clement has joined the University of Wyoming Libraries as the Faculty Librarian for Student Success. Kristina comes to the UW Libraries from the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK), where she recently finished her Master’s of Information Science. As a part of the IMLS-funded Experience Assessment grant at UTK, Kristina developed a strong interest in library assessment, user experience, and strategic storytelling using assessment data, and is looking forward to using her skills at UW.

Lillianna Cervantes Joined the Technical Services Department in Coe Library in March as a Library Assistant, Sr.  Her duties include receiving all periodicals and serials and processing bindery. Lillianna is a Wyoming native from Powell. She attended Northwest College and worked in Hinckley Library for a year before transferring to the University of Wyoming. She worked in Access Services in Coe Library for three and half years as a student.


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