Wyoming Room Managing Librarian Judy Slack to retire

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — There are a few cherished people in this community who just *know *Sheridan County — they know our collective history, and they understand what makes us so Wyoming, what makes us unique. Judy Slack is one of those people. Slack, who was a Wyoming Room volunteer for two years before starting her position as Sheridan Fulmer Library Wyoming Room Managing Librarian five years ago, is retiring this month. "I have about 45 books I need to finish reading," Slack said today at a celebration in her honor, when asked what she plans for her retirement. Slack will also continue grant and volunteer work, and plans to enjoy time with her family and will welcome a new grandbaby soon. Kim Ostermyer and Barbara Osborne, both current employees in the Wyoming Room, will take over in Slack's retirement. "She has been amazing to work for," Ostermyer said. "She is mindful of her employees' strengths. She is very supportive of us as a staff, and she is good at putting people where they can succeed." Library Director Cameron Duff said when he began at the library shortly after Slack came on as the Wyoming Room Manager, he was "amazed at the efforts" she had completed. Slack's efforts over the past five years have contributed significantly to the preservation and digitizing of much of the area's richest history. "We definitely won't be able to replace her, and she has brought us up to that next level," Duff said. The collections in the Wyoming Room, he added, have taken decades to build. "Judy is an amazing person with an amazing mind," Osborne said. "We will never be able to replace her ... but we will have her on speed-dial." "I have such a great team, they are so well-trained," Slack said. "They will go on." The Wyoming Room is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and accepts volunteer help. The collections in the Wyoming Room include a Western History Section, Genealogy, special collections and more. #dally #news