Education: Georgia State University, Higher Education, Ph.D., 1992; University of Denver, Library Science, M.A., 1972; University of Wales, International Relations, M.Sc.Econ., 1972; Grinnell College, History, B.A., 1968.
Present Position: University Librarian and Professor, Carol Grotnes Belk Library, Appalachian State University, 1992-present. Named Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor for Library and Informational Studies, 2000.
Previous Positions: Assistant University Librarian for Central Services, University of Arizona, 1986-1992; Head, Reference Department, Pullen Library, Georgia State University, 1980-1986; Senior Reference Librarian, Undergraduate Library, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1976-1980.
ALA Activities: ALA-AAP Joint Committee on Publishing, 1997-1999. ALA Council, 1990-1994. ACRL: ACRL Vice-President Elect 2000- ; ACRL: Board of Directors, 1994-1998; Planning Committee, 1993-1995; President's Program Planning Committee for 1991, Chair, 1989-1991; Instruction Section, Vice-Chair/Chair/Past-Chair, 1984-1987; Appointments and Nominations Committee, Chair, 1984-1985.
State and Regional Library Association Activities: SOLINET Board of Directors, 1994-1998, Secretary 1995-1996, Chair 1996-1997; Arizona State Library Association Conference Program Committee, 1990-1991.
Prizes, Medals, Citations: ACRL Instruction Section's Miriam Dudley
Instruction Librarian of the Year Award, 1999.
Rao Aluri and Mary Reichel. "Performance Evaluation: A Deadly Disease" Journal of Academic Librarianship, July 1994.
Mary Reichel and Mary Ann Ramey (eds.) Conceptional Frameworks for Bibliographic Education, 1987.
Abstract: Peer review is a core principle in faculty personnel systems, and inherent in this concept of peer review is the understanding that faculty work should be judged by disciplinary experts and colleagues, as well as by students and administrators. Successful peer review demands a level of responsibility, confidentiality, and professional judgment that is crucial to the legitimacy of the process. Discussion of peer review is particularly timely as a substantial percentage of library faculty will retire in the next five years and a new generation of colleagues will replace them. In this talk, Reichel will discuss key issues and questions in relation to peer review including preparation for peer review; peer review in teaching assessments; the impact of technology on peer review; and the credibility of the peer review process.