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Library Director

City Of Portsmouth
1 Junkins Avenue
Portsmouth , New Hampshire 03801
United States


Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • bachelor's degree , English education
  • master's degree , library science
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Staff - Portsmouth Public Library, 24 April 2014 [cached]
Mary Ann List, Library Director
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A message from NELA's president, Mary Ann List:
Mary Ann List, NELA President
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Portsmouth Herald Local News: List eager to take helm, guide public library into the future, 14 June 2003 [cached]
Mary Ann List was introduced as the city library director on Thursday.She will be leaving her current job as library director at the Amherst Town Library, which she has held since 1986, and bring her 29 years of library experience to Portsmouth.
McCann described List as someone who knows a lot about where libraries are going in the future.
In 1995, List was named the New Hampshire Library Trustees Association Librarian of the Year.She holds a master's degree in library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor of arts in English education.She served as director for the New England Library Association from 1999 to 2001 and now serves as councilor for the State Library Council.
City Manager John Bohenko said List combines years of experience as a library director with the specific experience of having helped to lead two separate and significant library building projects.
List was selected from a pool of nearly 50 applicants.
Library Trustee Chair Phyllis Eldridge said all of the final candidates were qualified but List was the clear favorite.
List served as chairwoman of the Building Committee for the Bedford Public Library and was an integral part of the renovation and expansion of the Amherst Town Library.She said the transitional status of the library in Portsmouth is similar to those of both Bedford and Amherst.List said the things that attracted her to Portsmouth were the excellent reputation of the staff and the building of the new library.She said the new library shows her the city is ready to give themselves a better library service.
"I've always thought the Seacoast area was the real sweet spot," she said."So the area itself really attracted me."
List said some of the things she hopes to accomplish are the expansion of library space.She also wants to expand use of electronic resources.She also said the opportunity for expanding distribution is tremendous.
"Not only can we find it for them but we can push it to them," she said."It's an exciting time to be here."
List also said she wants to continue the strong, creative service the library serves to children."I have a great deal of respect for where the [the library] is now," she said."Everything I have heard about the staff is they are friendly and knowledgeable; people appreciate that."List said the controversy surrounding the site of the new library is not necessarily a bad thing; she thinks it will be something that will help the city in the end.
"Controversy can be two things," said List."It can be a dividing force or it can be an opportunity to look at everything as a whole."
List said she looks forward to working with the people who have already been working on the issue and "be part of the team."
Eldridge is optimistic the controversy will subside by the end of the month, when List starts.
New England Library Association - Committee Chairs, 10 Mar 2013 [cached]
Mary Ann List
Portsmouth Public Library 175 Parrott Avenue Portsmouth NH 03801 603-766-1710
New England Library Association - Membership Committee, 11 Aug 2012 [cached]
Please contact NELA President Mary Ann List if you are interested in this networking opportunity, an important position on the NELA Board of Directors.
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