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: 2014 Emerson Greenaway Award Recipient
Mary Ann List: 2014 Emerson Greenaway Award Recipient
On Monday, October 20, 2014, the New England Library Association
announced Mary Ann List
as the recipient of this year's Emerson Greenaway Award.
Mary Ann List
is the Emerson Greenaway Award recipient for 2014.
exemplifies all that the Greenaway Award means to New England librarians.
is the consummate professional.
A New Hampshire Library Trustee Association's New Hampshire Librarian of the Year, Mary Ann List has always been an advocate for intellectual freedom and strong library service at the local, state, and national levels.
As a dynamic library director for the Andover Town Library and the Portsmouth Public Library, Mary Ann encouraged professional and educational development for both staff and trustees.
developed strong budgets and defended them ably to municipal leaders and citizens.
Mary Ann just as ably mentored library staff, brainstormed new program ideas, and worked the circulation and research desks.
direction, patron and circulation numbers grew significantly, programming became more popular, frequent, and diverse, collections expanded, staff became better trained, and reference services became well-known for excellence.
led fearlessly through the technology revolution taking place in our libraries.
Mary Ann was a founder and the driving force in the Greater Manchester Integrated Library Cooperative System, Incorporated, the only consortium in New Hampshire at the time.
hard work and tireless service GMILCS
now has twelve members, public and academic, and services nearly a quarter of the state's population.
guidance, the City of Portsmouth built a new library, New Hampshire's first municipal building to receive the prestigious LEED certification, becoming a model for all subsequent library building projects in the state.
is an exemplary mentor.
has added polish and sophistication to our profession in how she
advice is sought, listened to and followed even if at times it was not what we wanted to hear.
has taught us to stand up for what is right and how to do it with dignity and grace.
is a natural born leader.
has charisma and vision and is just fun to be around.
Mary Ann's calm and steady guidance was key to getting NELA
through the very difficult years following the recent economic downturn that jeopardized the Association's future.
dedicated a tremendous amount of effort, energy and time to ensure that the organization she
left when her
term was completed, was a better, more stable and forward-looking one.
Mary Ann has the qualities that make her a "great librarian" and that was, after all, the original name of this award.
has had an impact on the libraries she
has worked in, surely, but beyond that she
has been a model of leadership in New Hampshire and New England.
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