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Fern Stringham retired from the Western Wyoming Community College Hay Library after 32 years of “joyful, and admirable service to our library, students, staff, public, and library plants.” Her last day at the library was August 28. Her coworkers wrote on Facebook, “Fern, you are one of the most authentic people we’ve ever known, and it’s been our privilege to have worked alongside you. Congratulations on your well-deserved retirement.”
Derrick Mason is an educator, creative, motivator, and entrepreneur bringing over 15 years of library experience to his role as Innovative Media and Learning Spaces Librarian at the University of Wyoming Libraries. His tenure in librarianship has awarded him the opportunity to work with diverse populations ranging from working class neighborhoods to affluent suburban communities. He has engaged in educational programs with at-risk urban youth and tech-curious senior citizens. When not tinkering with his latest gadget, Derrick enjoys photography, cross country road trips, genealogy, pro wrestling, and cheering on the Cleveland Browns.
EvaLyn Flores, Laramie County Library System Early Literacy Outreach Specialist, was selected as a recipient of the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS) Rising Star Award. She started her job June 2018 and is responsible for developing and implementing the library’s First Steps: Literacy Begins at Home program. The award recognizes the achievements of those new to library outreach, who display a passion for the bookmobile and outreach profession, both at work and through volunteer or association activities. Rising Star Award Candidates must have worked in this field for five years or less. ABOS announced this and other new awards this year in honor of their 15th anniversary.
Larissa Stalcup joined Campbell County Public Library System in August as their Administrative Services Manager. Larissa and her husband Tyler are Gillette natives who moved back to Gillette from Grinnell, Iowa two years ago when they purchased a local business. In Iowa, Larissa was art director at Grinnell College for eight years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications, communication arts, and marketing and a minor in commercial art from Black Hills State University. Larissa spends most of her non-work days camping and hiking with her husband and two boys, Turner and Tucker.
Paula Martin has joined the University of Wyoming Libraries faculty as the new Assistant Dean, User Services. A native of Missouri, Paula holds a Master of Library and Information Science Degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Truman State University. She started her library career working in architecture and engineering libraries before switching to academic libraries. She’s worked in reference, instruction, circulation, electronic resources management, and most recently as the Director of Holman Library at McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois. She has also taught in the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Stacia Berry joined Laramie County Library System as a member of its Board of Directors. She is an attorney who serves as the Deputy Director of the Wyoming Department of Agriculture. She looks forward to contributing to the success of Laramie County Library System and ensuring that everyone in the community can continue to access its wonderful services.