Born in Jos, Nigeria, I spent the first 18 years of my life as a missionary kid. I returned to the Texas for college, receiving a BA in Elementary Education from Dallas Baptist University. After teaching 4th grade ESL in Texas for 4 years, my Australian husband and I moved to Telluride in 2003. Starting out in seasonal jobs, we quickly put down roots by purchasing a home in Norwood. I first worked at the Telluride library for 1 year and then became the District/HS Librarian for the Norwood School District where I worked for 5 years. During which time, I earned my Masters Degree in Educational Media (School Librarianship) from UNC Greeley. I began working as the Library Director of the Norwood library in 2010. It has been an exciting and rewarding 6 years, during which time I have had the honor to serve the community in many ways including sitting on the boards of our Chamber of Commerce and the recently formed endowment fund, Lone Cone Legacy Trust. I also serve on the board of the Colorado Library Consortium, a state-wide agency providing continuing education, cooperative purchasing, regional consulting, and ILS management to libraries all over the state.
In the 6 years that I have worked as the Director of the Norwood library, I have participated in many training events put on by CRC including RPD in Ouray in 2013. I appreciate the quality and relevance of the programs, in general, but I found RPD to be all that and more! The opportunity to interact with regional colleagues and grantmakers creates an extremely rewarding experience. I am excited to get to be a part of the planning for the San Juan RPD in Montrose.
I would describe myself as a Transformational Leader. I seek to inspire my team to work towards a common vision. I communicate well and am not afraid to delegate. I take responsibility for the items that I have committed to complete and I get them done. I tend to be matter of fact, but not too direct. I try to be fair and see all sides to a situation before forming a decision, but I am decisive and want to get things done.
Rhonda Oliver is the Lone Cone Library inter library loan connection. Any item that patrons are unable to find in the AspenCat catalog she will gladly search and find in other libraries. It is delivered to the library and you are notified when it is ready for pickup. She has been working for the library since 2002 and enjoys the challenges that library science has as it evolves with constant changes in technology. Cataloging is her true passion, and she is always excited to see a new box of books come through the door. She also processes all donations to the library, so don’t hesitate to call the library to set up a time for drop off during business hours.
I have a very fond love for books and always have one, or my Kindle, in my hands. I feel like being in a library is where I belong. I am a Beta reader for my friend and author, Ann Charles. I was fortunate enough to do the teen summer reading program this year and will be continuing throughout the school year. I have a strong fondness of senior citizens and will be trying to get some programming to introduce to them as well. I am also available to help with any tech questions that I can, and if I don’t know the answer, I will try my hardest to find one to help you.