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Aug 17, 2021

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Michelle Humber has been promoted to Assistant Director of the Sublette County Libraries. During her 11 years serving as Youth Services Specialist at the Pinedale Library, she has worked tirelessly to foster childhood literacy and to bring quality programming to Sublette County, and has nurtured collaborative partnerships with area preschools, the school district, Sublette BOCES, and countless local businesses. From the Baby and Me early literacy program to STEM based MakerSpace to Virtual Storytime, Michelle always has fresh ideas to serve the community and a cheerful passion for elevating library services by inspiring lifelong learning.

Karri Savage has recently joined the Washakie County Library. She and her (newly retired) husband, Gary, moved from Moncks Corner, South Carolina to Ten Sleep in April. Karri was a former middle school science teacher, attendance clerk registrar, and coached a gardening and engineering team at St. Stephen Middle School in St. Stephen, South Carolina. Her engineering team focused on bridge building, mechanical engineering ,and robotics. She and her students became award winners in the trebuchet competitions. Karri brings to the team much enthusiasm and happily works in both Ten Sleep and Worland libraries.

Chris Mullen holding books, standing by library shelves

Chris Mullen has joined the Natrona County Library Board and will serve as Treasurer. Chris is a petroleum geologist with over 33 years of industry experience. Though new to the current board, he previously served two terms on the Natrona County Library Board from 2003 to 2009, during which he was elected president by his peers four times. Chris was even voted the Wyoming Library Association Trustee of the Year in 2009! He’s lived in Casper for over 16 years, and is passionate about setting up the library for future successes.

Susan Parkins, Senior Outreach Specialist at Laramie County Library System, has been announced as the winner of the Association of Bookmobile & Outreach Services (ABOS) 2021 John Philip Excellence in Outreach Award, the organization’s most prestigious honor. The award, sponsored by the ABOS and Farber Specialty Vehicles, is given to an individual in recognition of their outstanding contributions and prominent leadership. Susan has been a member of ABOS since 2001 and is a past president of the organization.. She also served on the Tech and Conference Planning committees, chaired the Long Range Planning, Continuing Education, and Advocacy committees.. The Laramie County community has benefited greatly from Susan’s dedication to providing library services for everyone and anyone who needs them. Not only has Susan improved outreach services in Laramie County, but through her time with ABOS she has also worked to improve outreach services on a national level.

Hanz Olson has joined the Goodstein Foundation Library at Casper College as of July 1. He is serving as a reference and instruction librarian and archivist for the Western History Center. A Casper native, Hanz earned his MLIS from the iSchool at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May of 2019, completing coursework in both the librarianship and archives tracks. He held a position at the Wisconsin Historical Society and worked in numerous libraries on the UW-Madison campus during his two years in the program. He also gained considerable experience offering library instruction. Upon graduating, he served as Learning Resources Librarian and Archivist at Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia for two years. He is thrilled to be back in Casper and to have this opportunity to join the Goodstein Foundation Library team.

Vickie Cawthra holding book, standing by library shelves

Vickie Cawthra has joined the Natrona County Library Board as a Member-at-Large. Vickie is a retired educator with an extensive background in education, adult literacy, and library services. For the past five years, she served as both Co-Director and tutor for a program for second language learners called Ingles, which is offered in partnership with the Natrona County Library. Throughout Vickie’s career, she has managed staff, created budgets, designed facilities, developed programs, written grants, and worked with everyone from babies to seniors. She has also previously served on the Natrona County Library Board, and is excited to be back.

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