Developing an interest in education and librarianship from a formative age, Margaretmary Andrea Mingin, EdD, was taught by her family to accomplish great things, build character, and contribute to society. Realizing that delving into the library services industry meant that she could play a significant role in the development of society, particularly in future generations of scholars, she pursued formal education and received a bachelor’s degree in 1964. Soon thereafter, she served as an elementary school teacher in Metuchen, NJ, for two years before acting as a medical librarian at Muhlenberg Hospital from 1978 to 1979. After a brief stint as an information specialist with the New Jersey Occupational Resource Center and Educational Resources Information Center, she subsequently served as a library media specialist at East Brunswick High School for four years and the head librarian at Columbia High School for an additional five years. From 1989 until her retirement in 2008, she was the director of educational media and technology at the School District of South Orange and Maplewood.
Dr. Mingin is a certified elementary school teacher, educational media specialist and school administrator in the state of New Jersey. Civically involved as well, she formerly served as president of the South Plainfield Public Library and trustee of the Maplewood Memorial Library, South Plainfield Public Library, and West Orange Public Library. Likewise, she is the past vice president of Friends of the West Orange Public Library.
In light of her prowess in information services and technology, Dr. Mingin has accrued numerous accolades. She is extremely proud of receiving awards in relation to her expertise in librarianship, including the McGraw Hill Countrywide State Award for Technology, which was awarded to her school district in 1993. Likewise, she was highlighted in the 15th and 25th editions of Who’s Who of American Women.
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