A lasting gift

Image: Margaret Waugh seated behind the desk at The UQ Dentistry Library at Turbot Street, Brisbane in the 1950s when she first worked for UQ.

The legacy of University of Queensland’s first dentistry librarian, Margaret Waugh, continues through the financial gift she left to support the training and development of UQ Library staff.

UQ Library staff member Mary-Anne Marrington was the fifteenth staff member to receive the $500 Margaret Waugh Bursary in 2015. It was created by Alumni Friends of The University of Queensland Inc. from a bequest left by Ms Waugh.
Mary-Anne Marrington, the 2015 recipient of the Margaret Waugh Bursary.

University Librarian Bob Gerrity said that each year the bursary is presented to a staff member who demonstrates behaviour that supports the Library’s values of excellence, integrity and flexibility.

"Mary-Anne is an excellent recipient and she has done a fantastic job managing the team that runs UQ’s  online repository, UQ eSpace," Mr Gerrity said.  
"During Margaret Waugh’s time working for the Library she was passionate about staff development and was a member of the Library Staff Development Committee for several years. She made a valuable contribution during her 32 years working for the UQ Library and our staff today are still benefiting from her foresight and passion for professional development," he said.

Ms Marrington was very grateful to be chosen as the recipient and she is planning to use the bursary to attend training on leadership and project management.

"I thought immediately of all of my colleagues who have supported and encouraged me each day and silently thanked them for the privilege of knowing and working with them," Ms Marrington said.

"Thank-you to Margaret Waugh for her lifelong commitment to her profession and for her part in the advancement of the UQ Library."
Juliet O'Brien presenting Mary-Anne Marrington with the Margaret Waugh Bursary.
Honorary Secretary of Alumni Friends of The University of Queensland Inc. Juliet O’Brien presented Ms Marrington with her award at the UQ Library Staff Excellence Awards, held at the UQ Art Museum at the end of 2015.
Last updated:
26 February 2018