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Release: Oct. 28, 2002
UIs Mary McInroy named Iowa Library Associations member
of the year
the Iowa Library Association (ILA) needs something done, chances are they
can turn to UI map librarian Mary McInroy to get it done.
Shes not just a member of the ILA, but an active participant
in serving professional organizations in any way she can, said Robin
Martin, head librarian at Central College in Pella and immediate past president
of the ILA. We turn to Mary for many things, and we know theyll
always be done right.
For her work with the ILA, McInroy received the organizations Member
of the Year Award earlier this month in Des Moines. The annual award, first
presented in 1989, recognizes ILA members who have served the organization
in an extraordinary capacity and given much of their time to helping it grow.
The ILA is a professional and advocacy organization with a membership of
librarians working in public, college, university, school and other libraries
Colleagues say McInroy is more than deserving of the award.
Shes a very enthusiastic and effective worker, she gets involved
in all kinds of things and she does them well, said Carolyn Kohler,
UI librarian and ILA member who wrote a letter to the ILA in support of McInroys
McInroy has worked in the documents section of the UI Library since 1971
and has overseen its maps collection for about seven years. Shes been
involved in numerous ILA committees since joining the group more than 20 years
ago and is also involved in several national library and information management
organizations. She is currently chair of the Map and Geography Roundtable
of the American Library Association. One of her most prestigious memberships
is the Cartographic Users Advisory Council, which monitors and advises government
agencies on providing access to information on maps.
Closest to her heart, though, is her work with the ILAs membership
committee, which she sees as one of her biggest challenges.
Its important work because its how we bring in new members,
and without new members, the organization doesnt grow, she said.
I have to think, why would someone join, why would someone working
as a one-person library staff in a small town spend his or her own money to
join the ILA? Its a challenge, and one that I havent fully
McInroy said she enjoys being involved in the ILA because its members work
in so many different settings, from large university research libraries down
to those small-town libraries with just a few thousand books and a one or
Ive always liked variety, and my work with the ILA has allowed
me to meet so many different types of people, she said.