Thursday, October 25, 2012

Mary McLaren Announces Retirement

After a quarter century as a UK librarian Mary McLaren will retire effective January 1, 2013.  Mary received her undergraduate degree from the College of Steubenville and a master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh.

Mary began her professional library career as a reference librarian at the West Virginia University Library.  She then became a librarian at Hazard Community College before becoming Library Director at Lees College in Jackson, Kentucky. 

In 1987 Mary became Head of Acquisitions for UK Libraries and worked in technical services until 2006 when she became Administrative Services Librarian and then Head of Facilities and Storage.  In October, 2011 Mary assumed a key role in helping UK Libraries meet its obligations to the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries’ (ASERL) Federal Documents initiative and our role as a Federal Depository Library.  She played a prominent role in the planning of the recent WPA Program featuring the Archivist of the United States and representatives from ASERL.

Mary’s dedication to her work and her willingness to step in wherever needed to improve UK Libraries has been greatly appreciated for the last 25 years and she will be missed.  We wish her a long and happy retirement.

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