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July/August 2001
Volume 33
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Backbone of libraries
Administration, Library Development offices train and educate library staffs

  • Editorís note: This is the third of a six part series on the Wyoming State Library.

Administration and library development are the ties that bind Wyoming state library staff while serving as the compass that gives direction to all Wyoming libraries.

The administration office provides leadership, support and direction in developing and implementing activities to all types of libraries. It administers Wyoming State Library programs that are offered to state agencies, librarians in the state, library trustees and residents. The office also oversees the day-to-day operation of the State Library and coordinates programs administered through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds.

The library development office supports librarians and trustees with continuing education and professional development activities. The office manages a variety of LSTA grants and projects to improve knowledge, skills and abilities of staffs statewide, provides training in use of the licensed databases, and consults librarians and trustees on a wide range of issues from foundations to planning.


The Administration and Library Development consists of four people: Lesley Boughton, Jerry Krois, Chris Van Burgh and Norma Cloyd.

Boughton is Wyomingís state librarian. She has held that position for 2 Ĺ years.

Boughton is responsible for the administration of the agency, which includes developing a budget and controlling expenditures; supervising the work of the employees; and adopting policies and projects to meet statutory requirements. Her most important responsibility involves extension and development of library services throughout the state.

She has a bachelor of arts degree in American History from Connecticut College and a masterís degree in library science from Southern Connecticut State University.

She is a member of Beta Phi Mu and the International Library Honor Society. She is a past president of Wyoming Library Association and received an outstanding service award that organization.

Boughton is currently treasurer of the Western Council of State Librarians and a member of the BCR board.

Before coming to the State Library, she was director at Platte, Carbon and Natrona County Libraries. She was also the first chair of what is now known as the WYLD network.

Krois is the deputy state librarian. He has been with the State Library for 23 years.

Krois began his career at the State Library as a reference librarian. He then moved on to manage the WYLD system (before it was called WYLD) and then to library development officer.

Kroisí duties include advising librarians; assisting in the development of statewide projects, especially in professional development; and overseeing the federal LSTA program.

Among his duties, Krois likes to make a librarian laugh once in a while.

Currently, Krois is the president of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Agencies (ASCLA), a 1,000-member division of the American Library Association.

Krois has a masterís degree in librarianship and information management from the University of Denver and has graduate hours in public administration, and a bachelorís degree from Regis University in Denver.

He is a past president of WLA and received a Distinguished Service award from WLA in 1994.

Van Burgh is the outreach librarian in the library development office.

She has been at the State Library for 3 Ĺ years, and has worked for the state for 20 years.

She began at the State Library in Statewide Information Services working with training, reference and Web pages. Before coming to the State Library, she worked at the University of Wyoming libraries for 17 years.

Van Burghís responsibilities are in training and education. She conducts training sessions around the state for school, public, academic and special library staff. Sessions include WYLD CAT, the electronic databases, Internet as a reference tool and train the trainer.

Her day ranges from answering reference or database questions to responding to inquiries on the various grants available. She also works on Web pages, prepares training materials, reviews library science books or helps coordinate WSL-sponsored functions.

Van Burgh has a bachelorís degree in elementary education with certification for pre-school through high school, and a masterís of science degree in education from the University of Wyoming with emphasis in library science, instructional technology and adult education.

Van Burgh is involved in WLA and has been elected to serve as chair of the academic/special library section and twice as recording secretary for the executive board. She has also served on various committees.

Cloyd is the executive assistant in the administration office. She has been with the State Library for 10 years.

Cloyd has been with the state for 28 years. She has worked at the four other agencies.

She provides support for the state librarian, library development, library board, Wyoming Center for the Book, managers and staff; and prepares contracts.

Cloyd has an associateís degree in business from Wichita State University, is working towards her bachelorís in business administration through the University of Colorado and is studying to take the Certified Professional Secretary exam at Aims College.

She is the vice president of the Colorado-Wyoming-Montana Division of the International Association of Administrative Professionals and vice president of the Laureate Beta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. She is the Star Award Coordinator for the Department of Administration and Information.

Administration and Library Development office contacts:

  • Lesley Boughton, 307/777-7283,;

  • Jerry Krois, 307/777-6496,;

  • Norma Cloyd, 307/777-7283,;

  • Chris Van Burgh, 307/777-3642,

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