TRENTON – Mary L. Chute, deputy director for Libraries at the Institute of Museum and Library Services, has been selected as the next New Jersey State Librarian and will begin a new chapter as leader of the New Jersey State Library in July.
Chute, a former state librarian of Delaware, was selected after a national search conducted by Thomas Edison State College and a search committee comprised of members of the New Jersey library community.
“Mary is a dynamic leader with expertise working on local, state and national levels,” said Dr. George A. Pruitt, president of Thomas Edison State College. “The search committee recognized that Mary’s extensive background will enable her to shape and communicate a compelling vision for New Jersey’s library community. We are thrilled to have her.”
During her 28-year career, Chute has worked in public libraries, state library administrative agencies and, for the past 10 years, with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the primary source of federal funding targeted at building the capacity of the nation’s libraries and museums. At the institute, she has served as a senior leader focused on program analysis and development, strategic planning, financial administration, national policy development and partnerships.
“The thing that energizes me the most is the collaborative role of this position and working with New Jersey’s extraordinary library community and other stake holders to help the state thrive,” said Chute.
Chute said she is honored to succeed Norma Blake, who is retiring as state librarian in July, and continue the excellent job Blake has done leveraging the strengths of New Jersey’s libraries to help the state maximize the latest technologies despite challenging economic conditions.
“Libraries are truly anchors in our communities that provide access to knowledge and lifelong learning through our collections, our services and our relationships with civic and business organizations,” said Chute. “Enhancing this incredible infrastructure and building on our collective strengths will enable libraries to improve the health of New Jersey and make the region stronger.”
Chute joined the Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington, D.C., in 2002 and served as acting director from July 2005 to March 2006. Prior to joining the institute, Chute served as director and state librarian of the Delaware Division of Libraries, where she promoted the extension and improvement of statewide library services through community outreach, library automation, new technologies and resource sharing. She has also consulted for the Maryland Division of Library Development and Services and served as director of the Lynnfield Library and Franklin Public Library, both in Massachusetts. Chute earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and earned a Master of Arts in Art History from Boston University and a Master of Library Sciences from Simmons College. She lives in Newark, Del., and plans to relocate to New Jersey.
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