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Retirement Announcement: Mary Kay Geary

Please join me in extending best wishes to Mary Kay Geary, who retired from the Library on April 29 after 15 years of service.

 Kay came to the Transportation Library to do something she loved and was good at: reference assistance. Whether it was a massive research project for a Transportation Center faculty member, searching for unique data for a Kellogg student or helping two little old ladies from the South Side looking for information to fight the CTA, Kay performed outstanding work to satisfy the information needs of anyone who contacted TRAN.
Kay enjoyed providing instruction classes and was well regarded by police officers from across the nation who attended her BI class throughout the years. She was also a yearly invited lecturer to an environmental science class to present on the environmental impact statements collection and relished all opportunities to introduce graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, and the public to NUcat and the Transportation Article Database.
She was the principle curator for two exhibits: Choices: Alternative Cars, Alternative Fuels and Chicago, That Toddlin’Town: The History of Transportation in the City and  a significant contributor to the online exhibit O'Hare@50. As well as the project manager for the CARLI-funded digitization project Chicago Region Digital Transportation Collection.
Additionally, she was active within the national and regional transportation information communities serving in many capacities in the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Transportation Division and the Midwest Transportation Knowledge Network (MTKN.)
Finally, we thank Kay for her years of service and her unwavering support of the Transportation Library.
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