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Portsmouth Herald

111 New Hampshire Ave.

Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

United States

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New England Library Association


Amherst Town Library



Members LLC

Holy Rosary Credit Union

New Hampshire State Library Council

Chairman of the Building Committee
Bedford Public Library

State Library Council


McIntosh College

bachelor's degree

English education

master's degree

library science

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Wednesday's workshop will feature Mary Ann List, the director of the Portsmouth Public Library. Her presentation, called "Getting to Yes," deals with library customer service and stresses a more positive approach to rules implementation.

Mary Ann List: 2014 Emerson Greenaway Award Recipient [cached]

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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. Mary Ann exemplifies all that the Greenaway Award means to New England librarians. She 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. She 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. Under her 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. She 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. With her hard work and tireless service GMILCS now has twelve members, public and academic, and services nearly a quarter of the state's population.
Under her 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.
Mary Ann is an exemplary mentor. She has added polish and sophistication to our profession in how she comports herself. Her advice is sought, listened to and followed even if at times it was not what we wanted to hear. She has taught us to stand up for what is right and how to do it with dignity and grace. She is a natural born leader. She 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. She 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. She 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.
Filed Under: NELA 2014, NewsTagged With: Emerson Greenaway, Mary Ann List

WSCA 106.FM Portsmouth, NH Community Radio | Portsmouth At Large :: Coming soon [cached]

Despite the Internet, libraries continue to see more traffic than ever. Here in Maine and New Hampshire, our libraries have kept pace with technology. Our libraries are also committed to keeping books on the shelves, not in the bonfires. I’m very excited that we’ve been able to pull together a library show on both the local and state level.  We will be welcoming Maine State Librarian, Linda Lord; New Hampshire State Librarian, Michael York; Robert Waldman, Director of the York Library; and last but certainly not least Mary Ann List, Director of the Portsmouth Library to our studio this  morning.Â

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2007: Mary Ann List, Director, Portsmouth Public Library

GMILCS, Inc. [cached]

By: Mary Ann List, Spring 2003

She is currently the director of the Portsmouth Public Library.

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