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From University of Wyoming Libraries

Over the summer, there were a number of new hires and appointments at the University of Wyoming Libraries.

Hilary Baribeau is the new Digital Scholarship Librarian. Hilary received her MLIS from the Pratt Institute where she received awards for Academic Excellence, Graduate Student Leadership, and the NYLA Dewey Scholarship Award. Hilary comes to the University of Wyoming by way of Maine where she was a Research Librarian and E-Resources Management Assistant at Bates College. Hilary works in the Digital Collections department and provides leadership and management for open scholarship, scholarly identities, and open educational resources. She also works with stakeholders throughout the University to identify and support digital platforms related to student and faculty scholarship.


Dr. Yolanda Hood joined the UW Libraries faculty as the Carol J. McMurry Distinguished Librarian for Academic. Dr. Hood arrived here from Prince Edward Island, Canada, but was born and raised in North Carolina. She has worked in libraries for 14 years and loves it because the students keep her young and on her toes. As the Carol J. McMurry Distinguished Librarian for Academic Excellence, she will work closely with students in the Honors College to help ensure their academic success here at the University of Wyoming.


Larry Schmidt is now the Chair of Research & Instruction. Larry joined the UW Libraries faculty in 2002 and has served as the science librarian, as head of the Geology Library, and as a research librarian in R&I. He holds an MLS from Emporia State University and an MS in Environmental Engineering from Montana State University. He has administered several grants related to digitization at UW and his research interests relate to digital herbaria and teaching research data management. As department chair, Larry plans and directs the daily work of Research & Instruction, including coordinating the instruction program and research help services, as well as supervising library faculty, staff and a graduate assistant.

Kaijsa Calkins was appointed as the Assistant Dean, Education & Research Services, in late August. She now leads a library division that includes Digital Collections, Special Collections, and Research & Instruction. Kaijsa joined the Reference department in 2006 as the English Reference Librarian. Most recently, she served as department chair of Research & Instruction. This past summer she attended the prestigious Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians.


Cass Kvenild was appointed Associate Dean of Libraries in July. Cass has worked at UW Libraries for 16 years, serving as the distance learning librarian, the head of the Learning Resource Center, and most recently, the assistant dean of Education & Research Services. In her role as associate dean, Cass oversees all operational activities of the UW Libraries, facilitates the work of the three large divisions of the Libraries, and provides oversight for the appointment and promotion of library faculty.


Shannon Sheridan has joined UW Libraries as the Data Management Librarian. Shannon’s most recent position was as a fellow in the National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship Program. She spent one year working and doing research at the NLM in Bethesda, Maryland and then spent the second year of the fellowship as a liaison librarian for Drexel University’s College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. Shannon works in the Digital Collections department and provides leadership and management for the UW data repository. She also consults with UW faculty and students on research data management, works to cultivate relationships with other departments on campus working with data, and aims to educate the UW community on a variety of data management skills.

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