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Library Director

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


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  • bachelor's degree , English education
  • master's degree , library science
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Mary Ann List, Library Director
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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.
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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.
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