Philip Meany

Title: Retired Library Director
Location: Centralia, Washington, United States

Philip Meany, Retired Library Director, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in library science.

Coming from a family of readers, Mr. Meany grew up with a house full of books, allowing him to be well-read from a young age. During his undergraduate studies, he worked in a library and found solace in the environment and the work that came with librarianship. Upon receiving a Bachelor of Arts from St. Mary’s College in 1960, he was inspired to make a career as a librarian and went on to complete a Master Librarianship at the University of Washington in 1963. Mr. Meany commenced his career at Centralia College in Washington as an assistant librarian from 1963 to 1968, moving up to a media services and technical processes librarian from 1969 to 1988. Progressing in his abilities, he was promoted to library director in 1988, in which he served for a notable 13 years until beginning his retirement in 2002.

Looking back on his career trajectory, Mr. Meany recalls the most significant change to his work was when computers made their way into libraries nationwide. He was able to receive training on computer literacy, which allowed for more advanced research methods and new ways for students to learn. President of the Destination Centralia Marketing Association from 1999 to 2001, he credits much of his success to his mentors William McKaska and Brother Dennis Goodman. Outside of his professional career, Mr. Meany is an avid bicyclist and was the recipient of a Platinum Pedal from the Northwest Bicycle Federation in 1997. From 1990 to 1999, he was a member of the Washington State Bicycling Advisory Committee in Olympia, Washington, having served as chairman for a period of time. To attest to his legacy, Mr. Meany can also be found in the 56th through 63rd and 67th through 70th editions of Who’s Who in America and the 20th and 24th editions of Who’s Who in the World.

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