LEWISTON — Katherine J. Brunjes of Bethel, director of library services at Central Maine Medical Center, has been appointed to the Maine State Library Commission.

The commission is a 17-member board appointed by the governor to represent the state’s library community. The commission oversees the Maine State Library’s policies, procedures and operations, advises the state librarian, makes recommendations regarding the use of state and federal to support library services and establishes guidelines and policies for statewide library programs.

Outgoing Gov. John Baldacci named Brunjes to the commission in December. Her appointment filled an open at-large seat representing institutional libraries and collections, including hospital/medical libraries.

Brunjes was named medical library manager at CMMC in 1999 and was appointed director of library services in 2009. Prior to beginning her work at CMMC she worked for nearly 20 years in various capacities as the medical librarian at Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway.

She graduated from the University of Southern Maine in Portland, and earned her master’s degree in library and information sciences at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. She was an honors student at both universities.

She is certified by the Academy of Health Information Professionals.

In 2005 she was presented a certificate of achievement from the Maine Hospital Association. That same year the Maine Health Sciences Libraries and Information Consortium named her its Eleanor Cairns Distinguished Medical Librarian.

She is a member of, and has held leadership posts, with the Maine Health Science Libraries and Information Consortium, National Network of the National Library of Medicine – New England Region, Medical Library Association, North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries and Central Maine Library District.

She is also a member of the U.S. Equestrian Federation and is seated as the elected endurance athlete on its board of directors and competes in international equestrian events.

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