Rosemont College is pleased to announce that executive director of library services Catherine Fennell is the recipient of the 2012 Mary A. Grant Award. Given by the Catholic Library Association (CLA), the award recognizes outstanding volunteer work for the organization by one of its members. A past CLA president, Fennell continues to serve now as chair of the Academic Libraries, Archives, and Library Education Section.
Fennell came to Rosemont in 1977 as the coordinator of circulation for Gertrude Kistler Memorial Library. She left briefly to earn a master’s degree in library science at Drexel University, and returned in September 1984 as the part-time evening reference/circulation librarian. She became the full-time systems librarian in 1996, then director of the library in 1998.
In addition to her work at Rosemont, Fennell is the vice president/president elect of the Tri-State College Library Cooperative, and a board member and secretary for the Lower Providence Public Library Board. She has taught courses on children’s and young adult literature, and is a reviewer for The Catholic Library World.
On being recognized, she said, “To receive the Mary Grant Award is an unexpected honor. I try to assist the Catholic Library Association as much as possible because it is an organization that truly emanates the heart of librarianship – service to others.”
The award, named for past CLA president Mary A. Grant, was first given in 1996. It will be presented to Cathy Fennell at the association’s annual convention, to be held in Boston in April 2012.