Medical Library Director, Kenny Marone retired on May 1, 2014 after 36 years of service. Susan Gibbons, University Librarian, expressed it best in her January 17, 2014 email to the entire Library staff:
In recent years, Kenny has held two vital positions at YUL. She is Director of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library at Yale University, which has balance modern innovation with the stewardship of one of the most important history of medicine and science collection in the world. Under Kenny’s leadership the Medical Library has become a campus-wide leader embracing technology, change, innovation, and creative staff participation. Her goal has always been to make the Medical Library indispensable to faculty, students, and staff.
Kenny is also Associate University Librarian for Research Support and Collections with oversight of CSSSI and the science libraries, Art Library, Divinity Library, Music Library, International Collections & Research Support, and Humanities Collections & Research Support, as well as Collection Development. In her AUL role she has worked to ensure that access to YUL’s services and resources is seamless for faculty and students and fostered collaboration across all of YUL’s libraries.
Kenny’s professional life has coincided with a period of rapid technology transfer in how information is received, organized and disseminated. During her tenure at Yale, the Medical Library has been a leader in the migration from print to electronic. She has led and worked on a variety of committees within YUL, the Yale School of Medicine, and at the university level. Recently, her excellent leadership was keenly felt in the creation of the Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI) which combined the former Science Library, the Social Science Library and the StatLab.
As an active library professional, Kenny has worked with local, regional and national professional organizations. She has published extensively in the areas of technology and user interfaces and has demonstrated a keen interest in the role of the librarian in the future. Kenny has served as a formal and informal mentor to dozens of librarians thus ensuring that her passion for patron-focused library services will be a key part of her enduring legacy on the profession.
Please join me in expressing best wishes to Kenny in her next adventure, which will undoubtedly be shared with a dog or two!