Long-Time Member Profile -- Mary Alice Peeling -- AALL Technical Services Special Interest Section (TS-SIS)

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TS-SIS Long-Time Member Profile:
Mary Alice Peeling

Photograph: Mary Alice Peeling.
Current Position
Head of Technical Services/CALR
Widener University School of Law Library
Wilmington, Deleware

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Place And Date Of Birth

June 20, 1954 West Chester, PA

Educational Background

  • AB 1976 Hood College, Frederick MD
  • MSLS 1978 Villanova University, Villanova, PA
  • JD 1991 Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, DE


Quilting, Antiques, Old Houses, Baskets.

Inspiration For Becoming A Law Librarian

I had wanted to work in a museum library but there was an opening at Widener Law School and I accepted the position. I’ve grown to love law libraries and hope to spend the rest of my career here. My inspiration and mentors have been our two long term directors – Richard Humphreys and Eileen Cooper.

Prior Positions/Employment

  • Law Library, Widener University School of Law, Delaware Campus
    • Head of Technical Services/CALR Librarian 1997-
    • Head of Technical Services 1991 - 1996
    • Serials Librarian/Systems Librarian1990-1991
    • Serials Librarian 1985 - 1990
    • Audiovisual Librarian 1984 - 1985
    • Cataloger 1982 – 1984
    • Catalog Assistant 1979 - 1982
  • Delaware Library Consortium, Wilmington, DE Cataloger, Part-time 1980-1987
  • 1979 Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA. Assistant Cataloger (temporary position)
  • 1977-1978 Archmere Academy, Claymont, DE Assistant to Librarian (part time)

'Crazy' Non-Professional Activity

Buying the 200 year old house that I grew up in has been both crazy and rewarding.

Life's Passion


Earliest Childhood Memory

This isn’t my earliest memory but certainly points to my future career as a librarian. Several years ago I found hand made library cards in the back of most of my childhood books. I had carefully created them when we played school.

Where In Five Years?

Still at Widener but probably in a different position with new challenges.


  • Admitted to practice: Pennsylvania 1991-
  • American Association of Law Libraries
  • American Bar Association
  • Greater Philadelphia Law Library Association
    • Member at Large 2005/2006
    • Past President 2000/2001
    • President 1999/2000
    • Vice President/President Elect 1998/1999
  • Delaware Library Association
  • Mid Atlantic Innovative Users Group
    • Past Chair 2005/200
    • Chair 2004/2005
    • Vice Chair 2003/2004
    • Planning Committee 1991
  • Northeast Regional Innovative Users Group Meeting