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Board Member

Local Address:  Portsmouth , New Hampshire , United States
Portsmouth Public Library

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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Mary Ann List Director,Portsmouth Library
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A message from NELA's president, Mary Ann List:
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City Clerk's Office - City of Portsmouth Election - Portsmouth Boards and Commissions Descriptions, 19 Nov 2015 [cached]
Board of Library Trustees adopts bylaws, rules and regulations for the conduct of its own business to determine objectives that will result in the continuing growth and improvement of Library services and establishes policies to attain these objectives. (9 members, 3-year terms) For further information please contact Library Director Mary Ann List at 766-1710.
Staff - Portsmouth Public Library, 24 April 2014 [cached]
Mary Ann List, Library Director
Portsmouth Herald Local News: New chapter for incoming librarian, 24 June 2003 [cached]
Mary Ann List.
List, from Amherst, begins her new job as the Portsmouth Public Library director on Monday.Her condominium in Amherst is on the market and she's looking to move to the city.
"I love the Seacoast area, I love Portsmouth.Part of the attraction was Portsmouth itself," said List Monday afternoon in the anteroom outside the City Hall Council Chamber.
List was disappointed to learn that Pridham was retiring from his post.But then she saw the job he's leaving behind as an opportunity for herself, especially now that Portsmouth is poised to build a new library.
"I just knew it was a job I wanted to apply for.I love to build.I love to see from the possibilities what can develop," she said.
She comes to Portsmouth with 29 years of experience in library science.Since 1986, she has worked as the director of the Amherst Town Library in Amherst, N.H.
A 1995 recipient of the N.H. Library Trustees Association's Librarian of the Year, List holds a master's degree in library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor's degree in English education.
List has experience in guiding a community through the project of building a new library.Previously, she had served as the chairman of the Building Committee for the Bedford Public Library and was involved in the renovation and expansion of the Amherst Town Library.
She welcomes the challenge of getting the controversial library project off the ground in Portsmouth.
Some in town have questioned whether the selected JFK Building on Parrott Avenue is the appropriate site for the facility because the building once served as the city's armory and as a result has historic significance.
List believes the community can balance its love of historic preservation with its need for a new library.
"I don't think that controversy is a problem, there.I really think it's something they can do," she said.
"Between the committee and library staff, we all ranked Mary Ann List as No. 1," said Dianna Fogarty, the city's human resources officer.
From 1999 to 2001, List served as the director for the New England Library Association and currently serves on the New Hampshire State Library Council.
List taught high school English before deciding to change careers to pursue life as a library director.She made the switch because she saw a uniquely personalized way to teach others one-on-one.
"Those things that hadn't worked for me as a teacher, I saw happening on an individual basis," she said.
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