Martha Catt, retired director of the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library, will be recognized by the Indiana Library Federation on Nov. 16 at the ILF’s annual convention in Indianapolis. This award honors a librarian who has rendered outstanding service to Indiana libraries or media centers for 15 years or more.
“Martha has a long and distinguished career, beginning with service in both the school library and public library systems in Anderson and eventually settling into a dynamic leadership position in Zionsville,” said Susan Akers, executive director of ILF.
Martha worked from the late 70s to the mid 80s at the Area Library Services Authority in the eastern part of Indiana, then for two years at Indiana State Library in a public relations/marketing position where she developed a successful publicity campaign for libraries as well as a statewide summer reading campaign. For the last 10 years, she served as director of the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library, retiring in May of this year.
Martha helped move the library from a small house to a modern public building, overseeing the design of the facility and embracing technology, as well as working with others on county projects. The Hussey-Mayfield library is now one of the more progressive and active libraries in the state. Beginning with a staff of less than 10 in 1990, the library employs 48 people who are committed to sharing Catt’s vision for excellent service and lifelong learning.
The Indiana Library Federation is a membership-driven organization which promotes all libraries in Indiana and fosters the professional growth of its members which include librarians, library staff, library administrators and trustees.