COLUMBIA — Thursday night is Marilyn McLeod's night. The librarian has put in 25 years of service for the Daniel Boone Regional Library, and Thursday she will receive the Missouri Library Association's Meritorious Achievement Award.
When she began as a public services librarian 25 years ago, McLeod received the association's Outstanding New Librarian Award. In June she retired, and she said she accepts this second award as a great honor for her career.
''What I loved as a librarian was to help people of the community,'' she said.
McLeod has lived in Columbia since 1979. In the 1990s, as the head of Reference and Information Services, she worked with the library to bring Internet services to the public. She managed the Columbia Online Information Network, which was also supported at that time by the city, MU and Columbia Public Schools. The network was the first in the state and one of the first in the country to offer public Internet services.
The Missouri Library Association rewards Missouri librarians every year who have promoted libraries in their communities.