Natrona County Library Director Finalists to Speak

There will be a public forum held Monday, November 23, 6-7:30 p.m. in the Natrona County Library’s Crawford Room. Each of the three finalists will give a short presentation on the relevancy of libraries and then sit as a panel to answer questions from the public. The finalists include: *Jason Jackson* was most recently Special Projects Officer, University Libraries, Miami University, Oxford, OH. For six years, as a member of the Dean’s Leadership Team, he was in charge of physical space and movable equipment management. Jason served as the owner representative in construction and site improvements projects including two major library rehabilitations, the Center for Digital Scholarship, and the Howe Center for Writing Excellence. Jason also participated in a development capacity working with select donors. Jason was also active working with displaced librarians after Hurricane Katrina. Before coming to libraries, Jason was sports director and news director. He received his Master’s in Library Science from Louisiana State University and his Bachelors in Journalism at CA Polytechnic State University. *Kate Mutch* is currently the Public Services Librarian, Natrona County Public Library, Casper, WY, managing and directing the day-to-day operations of the Library. She has been serving as Interim Director for the past few months. Kate is on the Wyoming Library Association (WLA) Legislative Committee, participated in Leadership Casper, and is active in the local Kiwanis Club. Kate has eighteen years of library experience. In addition to her work at Natrona County Public Library, Kate has seven years of Library Director experience and serves as a mentor and coach to potential new librarians. In 2005, the WLA selected Kate as Wyoming Librarian of the Year. She received her Master’s in Library Science and her Bachelors in Integrated Studies from Emporia (KS) State University. *Paul Paladino* is currently the Library Director, Montrose Regional Library District, Montrose, CO. Paul has twenty-three years’ experience as a Library Director. During his tenure at Montrose, Paul passed a successful levy increase (2004) and created the first Capital Facilities District in CO funding a new branch library. Montrose Regional Library District was a 2012 IMLS (Institute for Museum and Library Services) Medal Winner and won the 2014 CO Association of Libraries Project of the Year-delivering a library card to all first graders of the District. Paul has new library construction experience building a new Main Library and a new branch. Paul received his Master’s in Library Science from Indiana University and his Bachelors in International Studies from University of Dayton. #oilcity #news