Library Director / Chief Executive Officer
Orange County Library System
Mary Anne Hodel has been Director/CEO of the Orange County Library System since January 2002. Under her leadership, the system has won numerous awards, including 2011 American Library Association Library of the Future Award, the ALA Office of Information Technology Policy Cutting Edge Award for 2011, 2012 and 2013, and the 2010 Florida Library of the Year, as well as numerous Downtown Development Golden Bricks. OCLS is a recognized leader in technology, and was the first public library in the nation to incorporate audio, video, photography, simulation, graphic arts, and maker faire instruction and labs into library serive at the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation and Creativity. The library's app, "Shake it." was the first from a public library to be on the Apple iphone store. OCLS's EPOCH, Orlando Memory, roving reference, virtual library, mystery shopper, MAYL (Materials Access to Your Library), and customer satisfaction programs have been presented and copied nationally. During her time at OCLS, funds raised through grants, fund raising events and donations have totaled over $5,700,000.
Hodel has spent her entire career working in libraries: Director of the Ann Arbor District Library, named 1997 National Library of Year by Library Journal; Chief of the State Library Resource Center at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland; Project Manager for the Law Library at Georgetown University; libraries in Germany and the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Hodel is a current member of ALA Council and past Treasurer of the Florida Library Association. She served eight years as a Board Member on the Florida Humanities Council. Hodel earned an MLS from Catholic University of America and a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is the mother of two grown children and enjoys playing with her two grandsons.
Sunday, June 26
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM