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Ann Deromedi retires
Ann Deromedi, Hot Springs County Library director, retired Nov. 30, 2001, as the longest serving director in that county. Deromedi has 22 years of directorship under her belt in a library career that spanned 27 years.
She began part-time work at the library in 1974 and was promoted to a full-time position in 1976 as the adult services librarian. She was appointed director in 1979.
Through correspondence classes from the University of Wyoming and Brigham Young University, Deromedi pursued an education in business management. “My education in librarianship has been on-the-job training and learning through continuing education classes sponsored by the Wyoming State Library,” she said.
The most significant change in the library while Deromedi was the director was the change to an electronic card catalog and the severe decline in revenues.
“It was extremely hard to become a computer technician while longing for the title of librarian,” she said. “Coping with the extra work caused by updating card information and converting 50,000 hard-bound books, and an astronomical number of magazines and periodicals, was difficult for our small staff.”
At that time, the library had one of its biggest budget cuts, which resulted in reduction of wages, shortened library hours and staff layoffs. But they pulled through, she said.
Deromedi had lots of goals as director; however, many went unfulfilled because of lack of funds. “I wanted to offer the residents of Hot Springs County updated information that would mean lots of weeding and lots of money for replacements,” she said. “I wanted the library to be the center of the community.”
She worked toward having her staff well informed and helpful to patrons, and the library a place “where an answer to any question on any subject could be found” using any medium.
Deromedi said she’ll have fond memories of the library, which began in her school years doing homework at the Carnegie Library. She said the library is a place where she feels at home, mostly due to the many long hours spent there.
Now that Deromedi is the patron, “I can truly say I loved the library, and I loved my job but it was time to go.”
Her retirement plans are to complete unfinished projects, do genealogy, travel and visit her children and grandchildren. She and her husband are also considering a mission for their church in a couple of years.
“At the present time I am so busy, I don’t know how I had time to work,” she said.
from 27-year library career
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