Mary came to librarianship through a love of teaching. After graduating with a Master’s in Library Science (MLS) from Indiana University Bloomington in 2005, the next 10 years took her to libraries across the country: a small liberal arts college, a top-20 research institution, a world-renowned business school, and finally, Boston’s only public research university, coordinating library teaching programs. During this journey, Mary discovered a love of technology and completed a second master’s in Educational Technology Leadership from the George Washington University in 2012. This intentional intersection of libraries and technology helped Mary make technology and learning design a hallmark of her library instruction programs: developing online tutorials and modules to enhance her libraries’ instructional services, working with her IT department to integrate a classroom set of iPads and mobile apps for their library instruction classroom, and implementing best practices in instructional design and assessment.
After 10 years in the library classroom, Mary transitioned into the role of Engagement and Advancement Librarian at UMass Boston, the role she currently holds. This transition has allowed Mary to support her library’s programmatic growth through a more strategic lens. As a member of the library’s leadership team, Mary and her colleagues seek collaborative solutions to problems both large and small, which includes working cross-departmentally within the library and liaising effectively with departments across campus. Mary would bring this critical lens, desire for collaboration and consensus-building, and her deep foundation in teaching, learning, and technology, to the NERCOMP Board of Trustees.
Mary moved to the Boston area in 2012 and quickly found a professional home with NERCOMP, first attending the rich and varied local professional development offerings. Over the years, Mary’s participation in NERCOMP has expanded: first as a member of the NERCOMP Annual Conference Program Committee, then as the track chair for the Libraries and Scholarship track of the Program Committee, and this year as the Vice-Chair of the Program Committee, working closely with the committee chair to ensure the success of the NERCOMP Annual Conference 2020. Next year, Mary is honored to step into the role of Program Committee Chair and will be responsible for planning the NERCOMP Annual Conference for 2021. Mary has also participated in Idea Generating Day and has, since 2017, chaired the Digital Libraries Community of Practice. She hopes to be able to help as many people as possible find the learning opportunities and supportive community she has found within NERCOMP.
Mary serves on the editorial board for the peer reviewed journal Internet Reference Services Quarterly. She also serves in multiple leadership roles within the American Library Association, including chair of the Library Leadership and Management Association’s Mentoring Committee.