Amy Long joined the Sheridan County Public Library System on August 9 as its new Director. Amy comes from Douglas County Libraries in Colorado where she has worked since 2004, most recently as Manager of Materials Handling since 2021, overseeing five supervisors and 70 materials handlers.
Like many in the library profession, she began as a volunteer. In 2004, she graduated with a BA in English writing from the University of Colorado at Denver and began volunteering with the Estes Park Library. That experience convinced her to pursue an MLS. The same year, she began working at Douglas County Libraries as a Library Assistant II in circulation while simultaneously beginning her online MLS program through Southern Connecticut State University. In 2006, she became a Technology Support Specialist, and was promoted to supervisor in 2008. She later served stints as Patron Services Department Head (Castle Pines) and Branch Manager (Parker). She was part of the building project designing three new locations in Parker, Castle Pines and Lone Tree. She has also been a community leader, serving as Conference Chair in 2014 for the Colorado Association of Libraries.
“I’m excited to be here,” Amy said. “I’m passionately committed to the role of the library in the community and as a driver for promoting literacy and access to information. I knew I was looking for a library system in a tight knit community that could offer a friendly environment for my family. Sheridan, Wyoming fit the bill! It’s a great community and library system with so much to offer.”
Amy and her husband had been looking for a way to relocate from the busy metropolitan Denver area for a different way of life and to be closer to his family. To them, Sheridan was a beautiful and desirable place to live and work. “In the last few weeks, I’ve been struck by the genuinely kind and helpful people we’ve met throughout Sheridan. The libraries have such heart and community support. It’s always a little bit of magic when you see how a well-run library can become knit into the fabric of the community, and I’m grateful for the chance to be a part of that.”
As the new Director, she’s looking forward to getting to know the people who work for and support the library — staff, volunteers, Board, Friends, and Foundation, as well as each branch and their respective communities.
“I hope to be able to understand the needs of the library, the community, and the many people involved and see how I can help to create a bright future for the library. And I hope to live and work in Sheridan for many years to come. I’m grateful to be here! I love it already.”