Marie DeYoung (MLS’80) was a passionate leader in post-secondary library services and dedicated to supporting students by consistently going above and beyond. Her dedication to student success and her ability to bring people together helped inspire the establishment of the Marie DeYoung Bursary in her memory. This fund will support students who wish to embark on a career in library and information management studies, with an emphasis on helping those with financial need to access higher education.

Marie DeYoung, smiling, while posing for a photo in front of a bookcase.Marie grew up in a small town and was proud of her Acadian heritage. She moved away to pursue her academics, including her Master of Library Service in 1980 at Dalhousie. She completed her degree as a first-generation student and stayed in the education sector for most of her career. For 13 years she managed libraries at the Nova Scotia Department of Justice, then transitioned to post-secondary library services in 1998. Marie was the Director, Library Services and Online Learning, at Nova Scotia Community College, where she worked for the next decade before starting a new chapter as University Librarian at Saint Mary’s University in 2008. Marie was the recipient of the 2018 Saint Mary’s University Students’ Association Literary ‘M‘ Award, in recognition of her positive impact on the lives of students. A former President of the Canadian Library Association, in retirement she remained a dedicated member of several regional and national library associations.

It is clear that many characteristics of her loving personality should be a part of her lasting legacy. The establishment of this fund will inspire and encourage the next generation of students to follow in her footsteps. Marie was passionate about equitable access, supporting entry to the industry for new librarians, and knocking down barriers. This fund will undertake to do the same in her memory.

Passionate about her work

Marie was devoted to her work with students. She always went above and beyond to assist students in their development and help them achieve success. Her passion for supporting the community was always at the forefront.

Caring connector of people

Marie always brought people together. Whether it was a simple introduction or by planning social events, she never wanted anyone to feel left behind or out of the loop. Colleagues recall stories of her paying for staff meals out of pocket, and how acts like these were common with Marie.

Mentor to many

In addition to bringing people together, Marie kept strong professional relationships, and provided long-standing mentorship to many. Some notes left on social media, in her memory, detail her leadership style over the years…

  • “Marie was the epitome of professionalism, strategic thinking, kindness, and class… The library world has lost a great and inspiring leader.”
  • “She was professional, knowledgeable, supportive, and honest, but always kind and empathic. She had a great ability to make you feel comfortable.”
  • “I considered her one of the most influential librarians on my career.”

Marie was a favourite co-worker, a close friend to lean on, and a leader that many students and colleagues admired. She knew how to get the most out of every individual and find hidden potential. That is exactly what this fund hopes to achieve. Please consider contributing to this bursary.