Mary Kay Johnsen is retiring in June after 38 years as CMU's special collections librarian. Johnsen joined CMU in 1982 from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where she worked as a paraprofessional for six years and "did everything the librarians did — exhibits, cataloguing and working with students." Among the special items she acquired for CMU Libraries are the first edition copy of "Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus" and the Shakespeare First Folio. Johnsen said her greatest achievements at CMU are the 100 Posner Center exhibits she curated, from tabletop exhibits up to full cases and travelling exhibits. Johnsen earned master's degrees in library science from Catholic University Library School, art history from the University of Pittsburgh, and public management from Heinz College.
The School of Design wishes Mary Kay nothing but the best as she transitions to the next exciting chapter of her life and we can't thank her enough for her help and her years of service.