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Mary Ann Mavrinac

Vice Provost & Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean Emeritus, University of Rochester Libraries


About me

Mary Ann Mavrinac was the vice provost and Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean of the University of Rochester Libraries, from June 2012 to January 2022.

From 2001 to 2012, Mavrinac was the chief librarian at the University of Toronto Mississauga, where she, with many people and many teams, led from vision to occupancy an award-winning academic library—the Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre.

Her interests and research focus on library as place, leadership, and mentoring—topics about which she is frequently invited to speak. Recent publications include “A Tale of Two Libraries,” “Libraries 2020,” and “Pay It Forward: Mentoring New Information Professionals.” She led the development of a 10-year facilities and master plan for the Rush Rhees Library aimed at stewarding this iconic space for years to come, including the launch of Evans Lam Square and the Barbara J. Burger iZone.

Mavrinac was the 2010 president of the Ontario Library Association. In 2014, she was honored with the Ontario College and University Library Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She was on the Board of the Association of Research Libraries and was elected President for 2017–2018.

Mavrinac holds a BA and BEd from the University of Toronto, an MLS from Western University, and an EdD in educational leadership for change from Fielding Graduate University.

Messages from the Dean

December 2021 Going, but never forgetting
November 2021 Thanks for the memories
October 2021 Why did I do this?
September 2021 All for one and one for all
August 2021 Many happy-ish returns
July 2021 Lessons from the pandemic
June 2021 When a dean writes
May 2021 Bittersweet Celebration
April 2021 A Conversation on COVID at the Library
March 2021 Managing our Digital Stacks
February 2021 Far from done
January 2021 Better and brighter in 2021
December 2020 In review: 2020
November 2020 Giving and thanks
October 2020 A beautiful day for a mentor
September 2020 A dean's week
August 2020 Reopened and ready
July 2020 Meliora's constant companion
June 2020 It's past time for change
May 2020 Count your blessings
May 2020 Message to the Class of 2020
April 2020 Staying home, moving forward
March 2020 A Meliora state of mind
February 2020 Key patrons, essential partners
January 2020 A look into 2020
August 2019 Welcome