(BALTIMORE, Md.) – The Loyola Notre Dame Library, which provides information services and resources to Notre Dame of Maryland University and Loyola University Maryland, named Mary Catherine “Katy” O’Neill as director. O’Neill, who was unanimously appointed by the library’s board of trustees, will begin in the role on Oct. 1.
“I am thrilled by the opportunity to continue to support student success in this new role as the next director,” O’Neill said. She has served the library in different roles since 2012, including as associate director of research and technology services since 2016. She brought previous library experience at the University of Maryland – Global Campus, the United States Naval Academy, and the National Archives. “Katy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in library leadership and has demonstrated her commitment to serving our students and faculty,” said Notre Dame Provost Sharon Slear, SSND.
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“We look forward to working with her as the Loyola Notre Dame Library director to advance Notre Dame’s mission to transform leaders to change the world.” O’Neill holds a Master of Library Science from the University of Maryland and a Certificate in Library Leadership in the Digital Age from Harvard University. She has been active in the library community with a variety of publications and presentations, while also becoming an emerging leader in the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions consortium of libraries and the Maryland Library Association, among others. “With a firm focus on mission, a passion for working directly with a range of library users, meaningful consortial experience, strong connectivity to our universities, and a watchful eye on the continually evolving library landscape, Katy is a proven leader who will continue to advance the Loyola Notre Dame Library for the betterment of our excellent library staff and the two outstanding universities that it serves,” said Stuart A. Smith III, president of the Library’s Board of Trustees. Earlier in her career, O’Neill held positions at firms including Booz Allen Hamilton, Fannie Mae and PepsiCo. She holds a Bachelor of Science in organizational development and human resources from Cornell University and an MBA with a concentration in finance from American University.
Established in 1895, Notre Dame of Maryland University (lisbdnet.comU) is a private, Catholic institution in Baltimore, Maryland, with the mission to educate leaders to transform the world. Notre Dame has been named one of the best “Regional Universities North” by U.S. News & World Report.