It is with mixed emotions that we announce the retirement of Mary Mlynar Conroy on December 31, 2014.
Mary has been with OHIONET for more than 28 years of service, and her dedication to the profession and OHIONET members is a true inspiration for all of us.
Her contributions were integral to the early successes of OHIONET. Mary began her work with OHIONET as the coordinator of Ohio Public Information Online System (Ohio Pi/PINS), which included a directory of organizations, a legislative database, and a statistics database. As the landscape of library information services changed, Mary launched into the role of Member Services Coordinator, assisting OHIONET libraries with OCLC services and the first reference databases for libraries--in both CD-ROM and online formats--and was among the first consortia-based negotiators for these services on behalf of libraries.
Mary held other positions during her career at OHIONET, including Library Services and Technologies Coordinator and Electronic Resources Coordinator. She facilitated member interaction with various User Groups and Advisory Councils. Mary was likewise active with the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO), serving on the planning committee for their annual conference, and she has been a life-long member of the Special Library Association (SLA), and served as President and Treasurer of the Central Ohio chapter of the SLA, as well as maintaining membership in the American Library Association (ALA), Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Ohio Health Sciences Library Association (OHSLA), and ALAO.
Mary has been devoted in her career to the information needs of academic and special libraries, but she has also been a champion of cross-type library cooperation. She was among the leaders of the Ohio Council for Library and Information Services (OCLIS), a forerunner of many other cross-type collaborative groups within Ohio. We owe her a debt of gratitude for those efforts, in particular.
Mary will be keeping in touch via Twitter and Facebook, and she welcomes your continued conversation via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please join us in celebrating Mary's accomplishments and honoring the occasion of her retirement from OHIONET.