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University of Wyoming Assistant Librarian Bryan Tronstad received the Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA) Beginning Professional Award.
The award recognizes an MPLA member who has made a positive impact on the quality and role of library service within five years of receiving a master's degree. Recipients are acknowledged for their innovative programming and planning, use of resources, and special projects.
"Bryan is an exceptional colleague that is valued by the entire organization. His contributions are at a level far beyond what is expected of a librarian in the first five years of professional practice," says Lori Phillips, associate dean of the UW Libraries.
"He is doing an outstanding job," says Phillips. "His professional service is substantial for someone with his years of service and he has a reputation as someone you want on your committee."
William MacLean, professor in the Department of Psychology, says, "Bryan is a wonderful colleague and provides exemplary service. His personable demeanor and devotion to assigned responsibilities are greatly appreciated and the University of Wyoming is very fortunate to have him."
Tronstad received his undergraduate degree in animal science from Montana State University in Bozeman. He then received his M.L.S. in 2003 from the University of Alabama and in 2005 was hired by the University of Wyoming Libraries as a Science Reference Librarian. He has helped secure a grant from the Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning, instituted monthly discussion sessions for UW librarians to present research and projects, and has worked in reference, collection development and instruction.