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
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
..."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