Congratulations to Mary A. Hanson, MSL, AHIP, who was recently named Librarian of the Year by the Michigan Health Sciences Libraries Association. She also received a Lifetime Achievement award from the same group. Since the MHSLA was formed in 1978, Hanson has served in a variety of roles such as Treasurer, President, and Local Area Board Representative. She has served as Parliamentarian and Chair of the Bylaws Committee for nearly 25 years.
Hanson has served as the Librarian in the Health Sciences Library at Mercy Health for nearly 40 years, overseeing both the physical move of the library from Xavier Hall to the Wege Building in 1998 and also moving from a centralized, print-based resource to a dispersed, electronic model in the last ten years.
An excerpt from her nomination by a fellow member of the MHSLA reads: “Mary Hanson gets my vote for Librarian of the Year. She is a pillar of MHSLA, having served our organization in a variety of roles over the past decades. She’s a straight shooter who is focused on the mission, but not averse to having a little fun while the work gets done.
“Mary has long been a leader in our regional group, WMHSLA, and is currently our President. She often organizes and hosts our meetings. She makes our new members feel welcome and encourages them to get more involved with the group.
“Whenever we visit Mary at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, it’s clear she is a big personality on campus. Walking through the hallways, she’s greeted warmly by all manner of co-workers. They hold her in high regard.
“Mary is willing to learn the new-fangled tricks in order to provide service to her patrons. Her library is top-notch. Meetings and conferences are enlivened by Mary’s irrepressible sense of humor.
Mary will retire this year, and like all well-timed departures, she leaves us wanting more.”
Hanson is scheduled to retire on December 18. Please join the organization in wishing her well on Friday, December 18, from 2-4 on 5 Lacks.