Mary Ochs Appointed New Director of Mann Library

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Mary Ochs Appointed New Director of Mann Library

ITHACA, N.Y. (April 15, 2009) – Cornell University Library is pleased to announce that Mary Ochs is the new director of the Albert R. Mann Library. Ochs has served as interim director since October 2008, when she replaced newly appointed Associate University Librarian Janet McCue.

“Mary’s strong ties to the teaching and research mission of Cornell and involvement with some of the most innovative initiatives on the information frontier make her uniquely qualified for meeting the tough challenges currently confronting higher education in New York State,” said Anne R. Kenney, Carl A. Kroch University Librarian.

During her long career at Cornell University Library, Ochs has left her mark on collection development, instruction, reference, interlibrary loan and international initiatives. She has an extensive track record in grant writing and project management, including awards received from the Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

“I am delighted that Mary Ochs has been named Director of Mann Library,” said Susan A. Henry, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of Agriculture and Life Sciences. “With her extensive, 20-plus year career as a librarian, I know she will be a wonderful director and continue the tradition of excellence that has set Mann Library apart as one of the world's premiere agriculture and biosciences research libraries.”

“I have interacted with Mary on a number of issues and am extremely pleased to see Mary follow Janet McCue. I am confident that Mann Library will continue to thrive under Mary's leadership,” added Alan Mathios, Rebecca Q. and James C. Morgan Dean of the College of Human Ecology.

Ochs graduated from Syracuse University in 1982 with her master’s degree in library science and earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell in 1979.

Mann Library, a New York State land-grant library, supports the instruction, research and extension programs of Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Human Ecology. Mann’s print and digital collections cover a wide range of cross-cutting basic and applied sciences.

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