SWKLS Staff

Administration

Holly Mercer
Director

Holly brings a variety of experiences and a love of libraries, especially rural libraries, to the SWKLS Director position. She started working in a library putting away books as a teenager and has worked in every library position, including as a Service Coordinator for the Mid-Michigan Library League, Director of the East Central Arkansas Regional Library System, and Director of the Lynnfield Public Library in Massachusetts.

Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, and a Master of Science in Library Science degree. Currently, she is a student in the Master of Leadership and Organizational Studies program at the University of Southern Maine.

Holly enjoys spending time outdoors with her family exploring national and state parks, crafting, and reading.

hmercer@swkls.org

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Tandy Ritchhart
Business Manager

Tandy  started with the Dodge City Public Library/Southwest Kansas Library System in 1986, while attending Dodge City Community College, as a combined Front Desk Clerk for DCPL and Communications Assistant for SWKLS.  After working the combined job for 1 year, she went part-time solely with SWKLS as the Communications Assistant/Office Assistant until July of 2017. In July 2017, she took over the job of the Office Manager which is the job she currently holds. 

She was born and raised in the Dodge City, KS.  In 1986, she married the love of her life, Kevin, and they have one daughter, Krista, who will graduate from high school in 2020. In her spare time, Tandy keeps busy with the DCHS band, in which Krista is in Color Guard and plays Clarinet.  She is very involved with Church activities, enjoys traveling with family in their camper and enjoys going to sporting events – go Chiefs and Royals!!! 

tritchhart@swkls.org or swkls@swkls.org

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Library Services & Consulting
Collection & Resources

Richard Brookman
Consultant/CE Coordinator

Richard received his undergraduate degree is in History/Pre-Law minor.  In 1999, he graduated from the University of Oklahoma with his Masters of Library and Information Studies.  

He did not enjoy reading until he was introduced to comic books.  Since then he has been reading consistently. Comic books and Japanese manga and anime are his specialty, presenting at a variety of venues.

In his free time, he started the ComicPop Library podcast in 2011 and it is still going strong.  The podcast reviews books, comic books/manga, animation, movies, music, gaming cards, and has done several interviews.

Richard is here to help If you need assistance finding laws and/or regulations related to the library community along with questions over Talking Books, continuing education and/or other library related issues.

rbrookman@swkls.org

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Patti Cummins
ILL and Reference Librarian

Patti first started in libraries in 1975.  She worked as a student in the reference department of the library at Fort Hays State.  The summer after she received her bachelors (1976), Patti worked full time for the college library and was in charge of the reference department for the summer, as the librarian first went on vacation and then ended up having an emergency surgery.  She received her MLS in 1977 from Emporia State University. She worked in Peru, NE and then worked part-time at the library in Hiawatha, KS, eventually becoming Assistant Director. Patti accepted this job in 1983 and has worked for the System for 36 years.  Patti will be ending her library career and retiring September 30, 2019. She is looking forward to spending more time with her four grandchildren.

Patti works with Interlibrary Loan, Cataloging, Reference and Verso questions.

 pcummins@swkls.org or ill@swkls.org

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Technology

Steve Andrews
System Administrator

Steve's interest in technology began at an early age shortly after obtaining a healthy respect for electricity by way of probing an outlet with a butter knife. He has worked with computers and related technology in a variety of fields including healthcare and hospitality since the early 1990's. As a student of philosophy, he has often pondered the question of whether or not a dial-up modem would make noise in a forest with nobody around to hear it. Steve has been a SWKLS staff member since 2007.

Steve has many hobbies including astronomy, model trains, and playing guitar.
#didyoutryturningitoffandbackonagain?

sandrews@swkls.org

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Janelle Mercer
Technology Trainer

Janelle grew up in Lakin, Kansas.  She spent a lot of time in libraries growing up and worked in her high school library as well as the Kansas Wesleyan University Library as she was studying to get her Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems. Prior to working at the Southwest Kansas Library System, she worked at the Finney County Public Library in Garden City as their computer technician where she discovered her love of training.  Janelle earned a Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology from Emporia State University in 2015. Janelle has worked at SWKLS since 2006.  In her spare time, Janelle likes to bake, laugh, read, and spend time with her dogs and husband.

Contact Janelle for website, software, email, social media, eContent issues or questions and other technology related questions.  

 jmercer@swkls.org or jjarboe@swkls.org

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Bernardo Gamboa
Technology Services Assistant

Bernardo is a bilingual Californian born and raised, with a heavy interest in technology, gaming, puzzles, reading and more. Having graduated from DC3 with an Associate in Applied Sciences in December of 2018, was afforded the opportunity of full time employment just prior to the end of his internship. Bernardo has since been learning and utilizing powershell, bash, php, virtualization, and 3D slicing software. In the scope of his work as Technology Services Assistant he mainly work with assisting deal with printers both regular and 3D, SAM, upgrades and more.

bgamboa@swkls.org

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