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Rosenbloom, Mary

Mary
Rosenbloom
Year Inducted: 
2002
Mary Rosenbloom
Highlights: 
  • KU External Relations Librarian and Interim Music and Dance Librarian for the Gorton Music and Dance Library
  • Training Coordinator for the Research Libraries Information Network (RLIN)
  • Assistant to the Deputy Director for the Stanford University Libraries
  • Chair of Lawrence Civic Choir 25th Anniversary and Publicity Committees
  • Mary McCorison Rosenbloom Fund was created in her name to recognize library staff and provide resources to students
Biography: 

Mary McCorison Rosenbloom, University of Kansas Librarian, was “possessed of a glowing mind and sparkling spirit.”  Although her life ended much too soon, her legacy remains one of an excellent librarian and a “lovely human being.”

She received her MA in Library Science from Simmons College after graduating from Oberlin College with undergraduate degrees in English and Music (Voice).  During her post-graduate work, she served on the staff of the Harvard College Library and the editorial office of the Bibliography of American Literature.  Her first librarian positions included Training Coordinator for the Research Libraries Information Network (RLIN) and the Assistant to the Deputy Director for the Stanford University Libraries.

Mrs. Rosenbloom arrived at the University of Kansas in 1999 full of energy and enthusiasm, as always.  She first worked for 8 years as a Reference Librarian and Bibliographer.  She then became the External Relations Librarian.  This position required her to create and organize public relations for the libraries, coordinate the KU Friends of the Library program, and serve as editor of the library newsletter Currents.  She cared passionately about students, and did her best to serve them.  In 2001, due to her strong background in music, she was also named the Interim Music and Dance Librarian for the Gorton Music and Dance Library.  As one colleague described, “She seemed not to shrink from anything.”

Known for her intelligence, curiosity, sense of humor, honesty, conviction, and drive, Mrs. Rosenbloom was also very involved in the community.  A member of the Lawrence Civic Choir, she volunteered to be the Chair of their 25th Anniversary Committee and their Publicity Committee.  She additionally was a “tireless advocate” of Unicef’s annual trick-or-treat fundraiser.  “She wasn’t apart from other people, she was a part of people,” explained another colleague. 

Mary died at the age of 43 from a brain aneurysm suffered at the end of a Lawrence Civic Choir performance in which she was participating on May 2, 2001.  She left behind three sons aged 7-10 and her husband, Josh, an instructor in Economics at the university of Kansas.  Her death was deeply mourned by the library, KU, and Lawrence communities.  The Mary McCorison Rosenbloom Fund was created in consultation with Joshua to honor the memory of their beloved colleague and friend.  The fund benefits two programs in line with her character.  On alternating years, recognition and reward will go to a library faculty staff member for quality teaching or support the purchase of special equipment for the instruction program, or it will be used by the Libraries to address a practical, visible need for improving its service to faculty and students, in remembrance of her “can-do” spirit.


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