Meet the three contenders for the Natrona County Public Library Position

(Casper, Wyo.) — The Natrona County Library has unveiled the three finalist candidates for library director: - Linda Gens Lyshol, Director of the Ketchikan Public Library in Ketchikan, Alaska - Lisa Scroggins, Director of the Claud H. Gilmer Memorial Library in Rocksprings, Texas - Thomas Vose, Director of Palmdale City Library in Palmdale, California. All of the candidates possess a master's degree in library science. The salary range for the position is between $85,000 and $99,800, depending on experience and qualifications. The search committee has scheduled tours and in-person candidate interviews for Lyshol and Scroggins on Wednesday, February 24 and Thursday, February 25 and Vose on Monday, February 29. The library will hold two public gatherings where the community can meet the candidates and ask them questions. Lyshol and Scroggins will speak with the public at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24 while Vose will meet with the public at 12 p.m. on Monday, February 29. The search committee plans on making an offer to one of them early March. They hope to have a new director in place by early April. *Linda Gens Lyshol* ​ Navy brat, U.S. Air Force veteran, sister, widow, mother, wife, and dog owner, Linda Gens Lyshol’s library experience is as diverse as her life story. Born in Japan, she was one of seven children of a career U.S. Navy officer. She’s also lived in many places throughout the United States and Saudi Arabia before settling in Alaska five years ago. Now, the Director in Ketchikan — a rainforest island community, accessible only by boat or plane — Lyshol has her Master’s degree in Library Science and is nearing completion of her Master’s in Public Administration. Currently, she is one of the administrators of the First City Libraries Consortium, comprising the collections in the public schools, the local University of Alaska Southeast campus library, and the Ketchikan Public Library. Lyshol started at Ketchikan Public Library in 2011 and oversaw the construction and move of the City’s new Library from a combined library/museum building (40+ years old). Previously, she directed the Guthrie (OK) Public Library after working as a library consultant for the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and as a librarian for the Metropolitan Library System, Oklahoma City, OK. In addition to being a Library Director, Lyshol has experience as a children’s librarian, traveling librarian, adult services librarian, troubleshooter, policy writer, and library legal watchdog. She and her husband, Mike have four grown children between them (a son and daughter each) and four dogs (two Alaskan Huskies and two mutts). In her leisure time, when she isn’t walking and playing with the dogs or enjoying Mike’s culinary prowess, she crochets and — of course — reads fiction. *Lisa Scroggins* ​ A former classroom educator and school district business manager, Lisa Scroggins earned her Master’s in Information and Library Sciences from the University of North Texas. In 2008, she was hired as the library director at the Claud H. Gilmer Memorial Library (GML) where she put those years of leadership and budgeting experience to good use, and where she continues to serve today. Her passion for programming, grant writing and library advocacy serve as a common thread in her leadership. During her tenure as library director, Scroggins has served on several Texas State Library and Archives Commission advisory committees. She currently serves on their Community Engagement and Advisory Committee, and was one of two librarians called upon to represent the state in a multi-state volunteer initiative led by the California State Library. In 2015 she was one of 24 Texas librarians selected as a TALL Texan, an elite group of Texas Library Association leaders, and she is currently a member of the Tocker Foundation Grant Advisory Board. In 2013 Scroggins was one of 40 informal educators nationwide selected by NASA to attend the launch of MAVEN at Cape Canaveral to promote STEM programs, and she was the 2011 Alamo Area Library System’s Librarian of the Year. In 2012-2013, while also serving as the full-time library director, Scroggins was asked by the local school district to also serve as the Assistant Principal. When coupled with her experience as a business manager, this opportunity enriched both her leadership and budgeting expertise. Married and the mother of two children, one of whom is an elementary student, Scroggins looks forward to making Wyoming their new home. *Thomas Vose* ​ Thomas Vose is the Director of the Palmdale City Library, located in the high desert north of Los Angeles, a position he has held since 2013. He holds an M.A. in history from UC Riverside, as well as an MLIS from UCLA (2006), and was a Eureka! Leadership Institute 2009 fellow. An active member of the ALA’s Games and Gaming Round Table, he is a strong supporter of gaming in its various forms in the Library. As the Director of the Palmdale Library, Vose has significantly restructured the collection and internal arrangement of the Library, creating new seating areas, allocating space for the Friends of the Library, purchasing furniture and restructuring areas to ensure ADA compliance. Other projects include the Library Techmobile, a converted commuter vehicle, that has been modified to provide Library services at outreach opportunities, and, at the Perris Library, Vose spearheaded a multi-branch outreach effort at the Southern California Fair, where the Riverside County Library System set up a booth creating Library cards and advertising services and events. This booth enabled RCLS to reach an audience of thousands, many of whom were completely unfamiliar with the Library and its services in the modern age. He is also interested in microlibraries, embedded librarianship and other innovative outreach models. In addition, he is an active member of the SCLC (Southern California Library Cooperative) Executive Committee and a proponent of increased overall unification of library systems. Photos: h.t NCPL/Pitchengine Communities #oilcity #news