County library director retires, 1993
Saturday, Dec. 11, 1993
County library director retires after 26 years
CUMBERLAND — Robert L. Neal, director of the Allegany County Library System for the past 26 years, will retire on January 1, 1994. During this period of time he was responsible for the layout and construction of the branch libraries in LaVale, South Cumberland and Westernport, three bookmobiles, renovation of the County Library on Washington Street in Cumberland, and increase in the system's book circulation from 352,878 to 635,788.
In addition to serving on numerous boards and committees, Mr. Neal held leadership positions on the national, state, regional and local levels. He is the leading consultant for construction of public library buildings for the state of Maryland, president of Western Maryland Public Libraries Advisory Board (a consortium of public library systems in Allegany, Garrett, and Washington Counties), was president of the Maryland Association of Public Library Administrators for two terms, and chairman of the Maryland Library Association's Legislative and Nominating Committees. He also helped plan and represented Western Maryland in the American Library Association's first White House Conference and Maryland Library Association's first Legislative Day in Annapolis.
Locally, Neal was chairman of the county's first Tax Differential Study Commission, coordinator for its Personnel System's Task Force, and chairman of the March of Dimes Reading Champions.
Neal received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Gettysburg College and Master of Science in Library Science from Drexel University. He is a naval combat veteran of World War II and was an industrial engineer for the Philadelphia Gas Works before graduating from Drexel.
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