|Mary Piorun, PhD, has been appointed director of the Lamar Soutter Library.|
Mary Piorun, PhD, has been appointed director of the Lamar Soutter Library at UMass Medical School, according to Jean King, PhD, vice provost for biomedical research and professor of psychiatry.
Since joining UMMS in 1999, Dr. Piorun has served in a variety of roles managing every aspect of library services.
“She brings to the position a strong commitment to customer service and dedication to excellence,” Dr. King said.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from Assumption College and a Master of Science in library science from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She served in various positions in libraries in Maryland and Washington, D.C., including as the first systems librarian at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Rockville, Md., before returning to Massachusetts to take a position in the Lamar Soutter Library. She earned an MBA at Bentley University. While there, she received the W. Michael Hoffman Prize for Business Ethics from the Bentley University Center for Business Ethics. In January 2014, she completed a PhD in managerial leadership at Simmons College, studying and writing about transformational change.
In her role at the Lamar Soutter Library, she also served as the associate director for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region (NN/LM NER) 2013-2016, and most recently as the principal investigator for the five-year, $7 million program to promote the National Library of Medicine's programs and services throughout the New England region. She was selected for a National Library of Medicine/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries Leadership Fellow in 2006-2007. She is a frequent presenter at the Medical Library Association annual conference and other library-related organizations and has authored numerous articles on the changing roles of librarians.