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127 Millennium - A Marquis Who’s Who Magazine M ary K. Spore Alhadef graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Science in 1965. During the 1960s, only the School of Education and the School of Nursing accepted female students, and so Ms. Spore Alhadef chose to pursue education. During her undergraduate studies, she worked in college libraries and realized how much she enjoyed the work. She later received a Master of Library Science from Peabody College, completing her degree in 11 months. For more than 40 years, Ms. Spore Alhadef worked at the Redwood City Public Library until her retirement in 2019. Beginning in 2006, she served as a general reference, local history and archives librarian, and from 1978 to 2006, she was an audiovisual librarian. From 1968 to 1977, Ms. Spore Alhadef worked as a librarian at the Graduate Theological Union Library, St. Patrick’s Seminary and theWeston College School of Theology. Additionally, she was an assistant to the director of libraries at Boston College from 1966 to 1968. Ms. Spore Alhadef calls Father Connelly, who was the director of libraries at Boston College, one of her greatest influences and career supporters. He wrote Ms. Spore Alhadef’s recommendations for graduate school and even offered her a job for when she graduated. Outside of her successes in library science, a highlight of Ms. Spore Alhadef’s career was being asked to take over the Weston College Library. Ms. Spore Alhadef helped move the library’s collection to Cambridge, Massachusetts, from the countryside, and she was proud to have held such an important position of leadership. Currently, Ms. Spore Alhadef is a board member for archives and local history and sits on the archives committee for the Redwood City Public Library. She was a member of the American Theological Library Association from 1969 to 2009. Ms. Spore-Alhadef’s advice to future librarians is to get an excellent undergraduate degree and to always keep reading and learning. Technology may change and advance, but history does not and it is important to tell it to future generations. MARY K. SPORE ALHADEF LIBRARIAN (RETIRED) Redwood City Public Library Palo Alto, CA EDUCATION Millennium Magazine Featured Listee