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May 5, 2020

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Mary Cushing retired from Laramie County Library System on April 7. Mary worked as a Branch Specialist in the Pine Bluffs library for 22 years, running everything from adult book clubs to weekly storytimes where she created a model for working with local daycares and elementary schools. She acted as a mentor to other staff members and played a pivotal role in connecting the Pine Bluffs community to the library’s programs and resources, including the annual Summer Reading Celebration. Mary’s dedication to every patron who walked through the library’s doors was incredible and made an impact on the community. She will be deeply missed by the Laramie County Library System as she sets out on what is sure to be another fulfilling chapter of her life.

Chad Hutchens, an Associate Librarian and Head of Digital Collections at the University of Wyoming Libraries, is the recipient of UW’s 2020 Agnes Milstead Distinguished Librarianship Award. The award recognizes Hutchens for his leadership, collaboration, innovation and commitment to service to UW Libraries’ mission. He oversees the implementation and sharing of digital collections along with the management of multiple repositories. A librarian at UW since 2008, Hutchens has achieved several professional accomplishments, including adapting existing practices to incorporate innovative and unique ways of thinking; developing open source materials; improving metadata practices; and expanding the roles within Digital Collections to build a robust department.

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