Maureen Bentz '00
Director of the Vernon and Doris Bishop Library
Office Location: Bishop Library
After two decades of working in public libraries and academic libraries, Maureen became the director of Bishop Library in 2021. As an LVC alum, her connection to the LVC’s library goes much deeper than “just a job.” While a student at LVC studying for her bachelor’s in English, Bishop was her refuge, her safe space. Today, she wants to ensure that all students who enter the library have that same experience, while also providing the means for the next generation to gain the skills and expertise needed to navigate information. Maureen enjoys “working in libraries because of the variety of projects. I love being involved in instruction, research, marketing, management, space planning, resource selection… All these areas impact student success in different ways.”
She is proudest of her involvement in the Lebanon County Library Association, of which she is an organizer. Building on her background in public, community, and academic libraries, she coordinates this group which was established to increase communication and spark collaboration in the county’s libraries. Her goal is to collaborate on information literacy, ensuring students are entering adulthood with the ability to research and find reliable information. With limited funding, she feels it is vital our school and community libraries focus on what’s important to the community.
Maureen holds membership in the American Library Association, the Pennsylvania Library Association, the Delaware Valley Chapter of Association of College & Research Libraries, and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference.
Her favorite books are Roddy Doyle’s “The Commitments” and Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” When not in the library, you can find her enjoying time with her family, gardening, cooking, traveling, going to concerts, or enjoying a plate eggplant rollatini at her favorite Italian restaurant.