Carson City, NV - September 08, 2016
Jeff Kintop, Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records Administrator is proud to announce Tammy Westergard as the new Library and Development Services Assistant Administrator. In her position, using in-depth collections and Nevada materials, Tammy will oversee the components of the State Library that act as the information service center for all functions of State government. In addition, she will direct work that provides instrumental services to community libraries helping to ensure they remain vigilant, vital and an integral part of the communities they serve.
“I am honored to be part of this well respected team and look forward to building relationships with state agencies, organizations, and citizens to showcase our strengths and embrace opportunities in a rapidly changing world where access to trusted information is not as easy as it seems,” says Tammy Westergard. “In this role, the ability to engage partners to know from them how library services can better meet the needs of all Nevadans is the inspiration behind this work, and working that plan will be so gratifying.”
“I am thrilled to have Tammy on our management team,” said Kintop. “She comes to us with outstanding credentials, experience and positive energy. She will be a tremendous asset to the library community and the Nevadans we serve. Please help welcome her to her new position.”
Under Tammy’s leadership, staff focus on State agency research requests relying on the Division’s robust public administration, business, census, human resources, taxation, and Nevada resources. They also provide support to public and other institutional libraries through grant programs that provide books, library materials, a statewide database licensing program, literacy services for the blind and physically handicapped and more. Professional development of Nevada librarians rely on Library Support and Development Services to monitor, maintain and regulate continuing education standards and certifications, as well as public library operational standards and trustee training. The priorities of the Nevada State Council on Libraries and Literacy, to ensure citizen guidance of Nevada library services, are also guided through the Library and Development Services group.
Although a Carson City native, before accepting her position with the State Library, Tammy was the Library District Director for the 15-branch Jackson County Library District, in Jackson County, Oregon. While in that position, the Library Journal in March 2016 awarded Tammy the Mover and Shaker Award because of her commitment to the profession, as someone considered an effective agent of change, and for pioneering work in Nevada that demonstrated public libraries as an essential onramp for workforce development in advanced manufacturing. This work was accomplished with partnerships between the Carson City Library and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.
Before moving to Oregon Tammy was both Deputy Director and Interim Director at the Carson City Library from June 2010 to May 2015. And prior to her work in libraries, she worked for the Carson City Office of Business Development, 2007 – 2010, as Deputy Manager.
Tammy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communications from the University of Nevada, Reno. In addition, she has a Graduate Academic Certificate in Advanced Management, a Master of Library Science from the University of North Texas and is a member by invitation of Beta Phi Mu, the international library and information studies honor society.
To learn more about the services provided by Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records, visit their website: http://nsla.nv.gov/