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Mary White, Marlboro College Library Director,
Named “Librarian of the Year”

Marlboro, VT--Mary White, library director at Marlboro College, is the 2005 recipient of the Association of College and Research Libraries New England Chapter Librarian of the Year award. The purpose of this award is to recognize an outstanding member of ACRL/NEC who, “…exemplifies the essence of outstanding librarianship through a commitment to service, professionalism, and accomplishment in the areas of service, leadership or innovation.” The award includes a $500 gift.

During her five years as Library Director at Marlboro’s Rice-Aron Library, White has managed the $2.8 million library addition and renovation construction project and revived the librarians' coalition within Association of Vermont Independent Colleges (AVIC) in order to seek consortium grant awards and institute cooperative purchasing of electronic resources. In 2001, she increased service desk hours from 40 hours per week in to 70 hours without hiring additional staff; and reference questions increased 237% during this same period.

"Mary provides inspired leadership to a wonderful library staff; she fosters, to the extreme, the user-friendly orientation of the library,” says Jim Tober, dean of faculty. “Marlboro College is privileged to have such knowledgeable, efficient, resourceful and personable Library Director.”

White, a Brattleboro resident, is a member of the American Library Association (ALA) and Vermont Library Association (VLA), an elected Town Meeting representative for the town of Brattleboro, and is on the board of In-Sight Photography (Brattleboro, VT), a non-profit organization that offers photography courses to more than 900 students, ages 11 to 18. At Marlboro College, she is an elected representative to numerous committees including Standing Building Committee, Staff Task Force, and Lyceum Committee. White’s interests include reading (a wide variety of nonfiction, especially biographies), calligraphy and swimming.

White received her MLS from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and her B.S. from Castleton State College. Since 1980, she has been employed at a variety of public and academic libraries, primarily in technical services, reference, and administration.  She worked for ten years as Assistant Director & Coordinator of Automation at Robbins Library (Arlington, MA) where she was involved in their $6.8 million library expansion and renovation project. 

Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro is a Colleges That Change Lives college.

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