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Mary Biddle

Reading Room Supervisor

Mary Biddle

Contact & Office Hours

Monday to Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Neilson 306


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B.A., East Asian Studies, Harvard University

Society of American Archivists Certificate in Arrangement and Description (2019)

Master of Library and Information Sciences (expected 2025)

Mary manages the day to day operations of the Special Collections Reading Room on the second floor of Young Library. Her duties cover the spectrum of Public Services and she collaborates closely with a Special Collections staff dedicated to continuous improvement of the research experience.

Mary is a native of Western Massachusetts who returned to the area after living abroad in Japan and spending 15 years in New York City. While in Japan, she had the unusual opportunity of playing trumpet with the Hachioji Philharmonic Orchestra during the funeral procession for Emperor Hirohito in 1989. In New York, Mary's job as a television production manager took her to four Olympics and two soccer World Cups (one men's and one women's). Mary and her husband, Scott, have two children who share their love of outdoor activities from camping and kayaking to badminton and bocce. Based in Northampton since 2005, Mary and Scott live in a deep-energy-retrofit home and commute to Smith by bike in all but the nastiest weather.


Special Collections Public Services Group, Special Collections Access for All Working Group, Web Content Team

Professional Affliations

Society of American Archivists, SAA Committee on Research, Data, and Assessment (2019-2021), American Library Association, Association of College and Research Libraries, Reference & User Services Association.