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Tooey, Mary Joan (M.J.)

MLA Elected Offices and Committee Chair Appointments

  • Nominating Committee, chair, 2007
  • Task Force on Librarians without Borders®, member, 2006–2007
  • Vital Pathways Project, chair, 2005–2009
  • Scholarly Publishing Task Force, member, 2005–2007
  • President-elect, president, immediate past president, 2004–2007
  • National Program Committee, member, 1992; chair, 2004
  • MLA/PEW Internet & American Life Project Task Force, chair, 2001–2002
  • Board of Directors, member, 1998–2001
  • Chapter Council, 1994–1997, chair/chair-elect, 1997–2001; Chapter Centennial Work Group, chair, 1995–1998
  • Public Services Section: chair-elect/chair/past-chair, 1995–1997; secretary/treasurer, 1990–1992; Nominating Committee, chair, 1997–1998
  • White House Conference on Library and Information Science (WHCLIS) Task Force, member, 1991–1992
  • Mid-Atlantic Chapter (MAC), MLA: Strategic Planning Task Force, member, 2001–2002; Nominating Committee, member, 2000; Chapter Council, representative, 1994–1997; Local Arrangements Committee, cochair, 1996; Honors and Awards Committee, chair, 1992–1993; program chair/chair/immediate past chair, 1988–1991; MLA Nominating Committee, MAC nominee, 1992; Bylaws Committee, chair, 1990–1991; Professional Recognition and Awards, chair, 1991–1992

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, MLA, 2009
  • Academy of Health Information Professionals, Distinguished Member
  • Estelle Brodman Academic Medical Librarian of the Year, 1997
  • Librarian of the Year, MAC/MLA, 1996
  • Service Recognition Award, MAC/MLA, 1991
Other Awards
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Pittsburgh, School of Information Sciences, 2011
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Fraternity
  • Phi Delta Kappa Honorary Education Fraternity
  • Alpha Psi Omega Honorary Theater Fraternity

Other Accomplishments and Activities

  • Believes in bringing people, technology, and information together, while always maintaining a sense of humor
  • Southeastern/Atlantic Regional Medical Library Services contract with the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, principal investigator, 2011–2016
  • Information Resources Grants to Reduce Health Disparities, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, principal investigator,2011–2014
  • Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries: president-elect, president, past president, 2011–2014; Future Leadership Committee, board liaison, 2009–2012; Board of Directors, member, 2008–2011; Charting the Future Committee, chair, 2006–2009
  • Lyrasis: Board of Trustees, member, 2010–2013, vice chair, 2012–2013; Nominating Committee, chair, 2012
  • PALINET Board of Trustees, member, 2007–2009
  • New England Journal of Medicine Library Advisory Committee, member, 2007–2009
  • Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), Library Advisory Committee, member, 2004–
  • Maryland Association of Health Sciences Librarians: newsletter coeditor, 1988–1992; program chair/chair/immediate past chair, 1986–1989

Publications (5 representative)

Articles published in the Bulletin of the Medical Library Association or Journal of the Medical Library Association are available via PMC.

  • Tooey MJ. Renovated, repurposed, and still “one sweet library”: a case study on loss of space from the Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore. J Med Libr Assoc. 2010 Jan;98(1):40–3. DOI:
  • Tooey MJ. A pathway for hospital librarians: why is it vital? J Med Libr Assoc. 2009 Oct;97(4):268–72. DOI:
  • Tooey MJ, Mayo A. Handheld technologies in a clinical setting: state of the technology and resources. AACN Clin Issues Nurs Inform Found Nurs Prof. 2003 Aug;14(3):342–9.
  • Weise FO, Tooey MJ. Planning for health science library facilities. In: Forsman R, ed. Administration and management in health sciences libraries. Metuchen, NJ: Medical Library Association and Scarecrow Press; 2000. (Current Practice in Health Sciences Librarianship, vol. 8).
  • Tooey MJ. Planning an Internet curriculum [education and training]. Med Ref Serv Q. 1995;14(2):85–9.

Professional Positions

  • Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs, University of Maryland–Baltimore, 2009–
  • Executive Director, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland–Baltimore, 2004–
  • Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region, 2004–
  • Deputy Director with oversight of Computing and Technology Services Division, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland–Baltimore, 1999–2003
  • Associate Director for External Services and Development, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland–Baltimore, 1997–1999
  • Project Manager, new Health Sciences and Human Services Library building, University of Maryland–Baltimore, 1992–1999
  • Assistant Director for Information and Instructional Services, Health Sciences Library, University of Maryland–Baltimore, 1993–1996
  • Director, Reference and Information Management Services, Health Sciences Library, University of Maryland–Baltimore, 1992–1993
  • Assistant Director, Information Services, Health Sciences Library, University of Maryland–Baltimore, 1989–1992
  • Head, Information Management Education, Health Sciences Library, University of Maryland–Baltimore, 1986–1989
  • Clinical Reference Librarian, Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, MD, 1985–1986
  • Media/Reference Librarian, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA, 1982–1985
  • Public School Librarian, various school districts in the Greater Pittsburgh area, 1976–1982

MLA published statements about the fellow


  • MLS Information Science, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 1982
  • BS Education/Library Science, Clarion University of Pennsylvania–Clarion, 1976

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