NLS Operations Alert


No. 20-72


DATE         :   November 9, 2020

TO             :   Network Libraries

FROM        :   Karen Keninger, Director

SUBJECT  :   New Patron and Network Engagement Division chief



I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Santangelo as chief of NLS’s new Patron and Network Engagement Division. His first day of work is today, Monday, November 9.


Mr. Santangelo comes to NLS from the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon, where he was chief librarian and archivist since 2012, the year before it opened. The library houses thousands of books, journals, manuscripts, and artifacts related to our first president’s life and legacy. Before that, Mr. Santangelo was the associate museum librarian who oversaw the Onassis Library for Hellenic and Roman Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, where he worked for eleven years.


A native of Marcellus, New York, Mr. Santangelo received a Masters of Library Science degree from Rutgers University. He also has a Masters in Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York.


The Patron and Network Engagement Division was created as part of the NLS reorganization that took effect last month. It includes the Reference, Patron Engagement, Network Services, and Music sections, as well as the Bureau of Engraving and Printing Currency Reader program.


In recommending Mr. Santangelo for this position, Deputy Director Jason Yasner noted his management and supervisory experience, his familiarity with acquisitions and budgeting, and his success in creating strong networks of libraries, librarians, research constituents, and donors.


You will have a chance to get to know Mr. Santangelo better during the NLS virtual national conference, December 1–3. In the meantime, you can reach him by email at [log in to unmask] and by phone at 202-707-0441.


For more information contact:

Karen Keninger


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