A librarian for more than 30 years, Mary has worked in all types of libraries—school, special, public, academic, and state libraries.
She has done consulting and/or training all over the U.S. and in other countries including Greece, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Australia, New Zealand, and Finland.
Her published work includes numerous articles, book chapters, 4 monographs, and assorted other things on collection development, administration, continuing education, project management, conspectus and collection evaluation, policy writing, public relations, and customer service. Her current interests include reference and public services, technical services operations, leadership, communication in the workplace, and change in libraries.
She is currently the coordinator for the Mountain Plains Library Association’s Ghost Ranch Leadership Institute.
Since her retirement at Montana State University she continues to teach, when her schedule allows, as an adjunct faculty member in the school library media certification program both online and on campus in the College of Education.
She has served in elected and appointed positions of leadership in local, state, regional, and national library associations, including as president of the Montana Library Association.
She was awarded the Montana Library Association’s “Sheila Cates Librarian of the Year” award in 2001 and given a lifetime membership award to MLA in 2002.
Mary lives in Bozeman, when not on the road doing training and consulting or visiting her 6 children and their families scattered from Washington, D.C. to Juneau, Alaska. She shares her home with a loving husband, Dr. James Allard, a philosophy professor at Montana State University and their cat, Estelle.