The Loyola / Notre Dame Library, which provides information services and resources to Loyola University in Maryland and the University of Notre Dame in Maryland, named Mary Catherine "Katy" O'Neill as director of the library. O'Neill, who was unanimously appointed by the library's board of trustees, will begin in office on October 1.
“With a strong focus on mission, a passion for working directly with a variety of library users, a significant consortium of experience, strong connectivity to our universities, and an attentive look at the ever-evolving library landscape, Katy is a proven leader. that it will continue to advance the Loyola / Notre Dame Library for the betterment of our excellent library staff and the two outstanding universities it serves, ”said Stuart A. Smith III, Chairman of the Library Board of Trustees.
O'Neill has served the library in many different roles since 2012, including as associate director of research and technology services since 2016. She brought previous library experience at the University of Maryland – Global Campus, the United States Naval Academy and the National Archives.
“Loyola's commitment to academic excellence, cura personalis, and service learning have always motivated me in my work at the Loyola / Notre Dame library, so I am excited about the opportunity to continue to support the success of the students in this new role as the next principal, ”said O'Neill.
O'Neill holds a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of Maryland and a Certificate in Library Leadership in the Digital Age from Harvard University. She has been active in the library community with a variety of publications and presentations, while also becoming an emerging leader in the Consortium of Maryland University System Libraries and Affiliated Institutions and the Maryland Library Association, among others.
“Katy brings extensive experience in library leadership and will serve our students and faculty as well as the new Loyola / Notre Dame library director,” said Cheryl Moore-Thomas, Ph.D., NCC, interim president and vice president of affairs. academics at Loyola. "We are excited about his joining this new role and leading the library into the future."
Early in his career, O'Neill held positions at firms such as Booz Allen Hamilton, Fannie Mae, and PepsiCo. He holds a BA in Human Resources and Organizational Development from Cornell University and an MBA with a minor in Finance from American University.