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Mary Jane Anderson, American library director, consultant.


Anderson, Mary Jane was born on January 23, 1935 in Des Moines. Daughter of William Kenneth and Margaret Louise (Snider) McPherson.


Bachelor in Education, University Florida, 1957. Master of Library Science, Florida State University, 1963.


Elementary school librarian, Dade County Schools, Miami, Florida, 1957-1961;children's/young adult librarian, Santa Fe Regional Library, Gainesville, Florida, 1961-1963;branch librarian, Jacksonville (Florida) Public Library, 1963-1964;chief of children's services, Jacksonville (Florida) Public Library, 1964-1966;head of circulation, Jacksonville (Florida) Public Library, 1966-1967;public library consultant, Florida State Library, Tallahassee, 1967-1970;director technical processing, St. Mary's College Maryland, St. Mary's City, 1970-1972;coordinator children's services, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, Maryland., 1972-1973;executive director young adult services division, American Library Association, Chicago, 1973-1975;executive director association for library service to children, American Library Association, Chicago, 1973-1982;president, Answers Unlimited, Inc., Deerfield, Illinois, 1982-1992;director, Wilmington (Illinois) Public Library., 1993-1997;director media services, Newark (Illinois) County School District, 1997-1998;director, Maud P. Palenske Public Library., St. Joseph, Michigan, since 1998. Instructor and consultant in field. Part-time faculty Northern Illinois U., 1985-1986, National College Education, Evanston, Illinois, 1989.

Head youth services Waukegan (Illinois)Public Library., 1988-1993. Member Executive Committee United States section International Board on Books for Young People, 1973-1982. Member of advisory board Reading Rainbow, television series, 1981-1984.

Member school board Avoca School District 37, 1985-1987. Member ALSC Newbery Medal Committee, 1991.


  • Other Work

    • Editor: Top of the News, 1971-1973, Florida State Library Newsletter, 1967-1970, Nor'Easter (North Suburban Library System Newsletter), 1984-1988. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Board directors Child Development Associates Consortium, 1975—1983, Coalition for Children and Youth, 1978—1980. Downtown redevelopment commission City of Wilmington, 1996—1998. Council member Episcopal Diocese Chicago Diocese, 1988—1994, standing committee, 1994—1997, deputy to general convention, 1997, Bishop's search committee, 1997—1998, province V representative, 1998—1999.

Member vestry St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, Morris, Illinois, 1996—1998. Active Episcopal Diocese West, Michigan, Diocesan consultant team, from 1999, alternate deputy to general convention, 2003. Deanery representative St. Paul's Episcopalian Church, St. Joseph, Michigan, 2000—2001, lay eucharistic minister, from 1999, member vestry, 2003—2005.

Member American Library Association (council 1992-2000, committee on organization 1999-1901), Rotary (secretary-treasurer 1994-1996, president 1996-1997), Wilmington C. of Chamber (board directors 1996-1997, secretary 1997), Caxton Club (Chicago), Beta Phi Mu, Sigma Kappa.


Married Charles Robert Anderson, October 21, 1965 (divorced October 24, 1989). 1 child, Mary Margaret.

William Kenneth McPherson

Margaret Louise (Snider) McPherson

Charles Robert Anderson

Mary Margaret Anderson