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College of Arts and Sciences|Diamond Jubilee -- 75th Anniversary

Susan M. Simpson

Bachelor of Arts - 1970 - English Education

Master of Arts - 1973 - English

"Finding out, and helping others find out, is central to my life," says Susan Simpson, who daily demonstrates her commitment to promoting literacy and education as Director of the Albany County Public Library. With volunteers and employees, she works to bring the library's services to the public. In the face of challenging economic times, she's been effective in achieving this goal.

She taught English at UW for seven years before seeking a master's degree in library science at Columbia University. While there, she received the Wheeler Outstanding Student Award. Since graduating from Columbia in 1981, she has worked with the public library, and served as assistant director for several years before becoming director. She is a member of the Mountain Plains Library Association, the American Library Association and the Wyoming Library Association, and was president of the last in 1989-90. In 1990, she was named Wyoming's Librarian of the Year. Simpson is active in the Jane Austen Society, and in Soroptimists. She coordinates the Laramie Reading for the Blind group. The Arts and Sciences Building looms large in her memories: "On the auditorium stage was my first Shakespeare play, my first ballet; in the classrooms, new perspectives, practice in new skills; in the offices, teachers; in the halls, intense conversations and idle chat, shared cigarettes, and bottles of pop. My education included the exhilaration of new ideas, of excellent teachers, and the boredom of a dreary grind on cloudy winter days. In history, philosophy, sociology, literature, composition, statistics, drawing, and French, I learned there are many ways to view the world, and that I could discover those viewpoints through classes, teachers, books, and friends. The excitement of a new idea, the 'Ah ha!', never fails. It's an ongoing gift."

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