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APRIL 2001Volume 3 Number 2

Mary Engels
"Outstanding Librarian for 2001"
Connecticut Library Association Award

Sharon Brettschneider, Director of Library Development and Mary Engels, Director of Middletown Library Service Center
Sharon Brettschneider, Director of Library Development and Mary Engels, Director of Middletown Library Service Center

Mary Engels, Director of the Middletown Library Service Center at the Connecticut State Library, has been named "Outstanding Librarian for 2001" by the Connecticut Library Association (CLA). She was recognized at the Awards Luncheon during the CLA Annual Conference for her many contributions to libraries in Connecticut.

At the Middletown Library Service Center, Mary assists many librarians with collections, consulting, and professional reference and does so with good humor and professionalism. She has been called a "librarian's librarian". After many years in state service, she is absolutely in tune with the practical needs of libraries. Mary has developed training programs on personnel policy, long range planning, and managing for excellence and many will remember her excellent series of workshops on weeding, filing, reference. Every week librarians benefit from the training held at the Technology Training Lab that Mary designed to meet their growing need for technology education.

She co-chaired the very successful 2000 CLA Annual Conference and works with Patricia LaTerza of North Haven Public Library on the 2001 Publicity Committee. Together they designed a comprehensive collection of state library photographs that is on exhibit at the Connecticut Legislative Office Building during National Library Month. In addition, Mary chaired the subcommittee for the Award for Excellence in Public Library Service, organizing the application process, recruiting out-of-state judges, and facilitating the selection process.

Mary is also responsible for the development of the Friends of Connecticut Libraries. She provides administrative support for the organization, helps public libraries start Friends groups and assists with the Friends program at the CLA conference and is an encouraging and constant friend to the Friends.

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