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Director of Sarah Graham Kenan Library
Joined Saint Mary's in 2001
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M.L.S., Library Science, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University
B.A., Major Education and Minor Biology, Berry College

Diana Bertrand Williams, Director of Sarah Graham Kenan Library, joined the Saint Mary’s community in February 2001. She holds an M.L.S. in library science from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University and a B.A. in education with a minor in biology from Berry College. A native of Texas, Diana grew up in College Station, Texas; Reno, Nevada; and Rome, Georgia, where she graduated from Thornwood School, an all-girls high school which later merged with nearby Darlington School.

Like her parents and siblings, Diana chose education for her professional career. After teaching 5th grade for two years, she earned her M.L.S. and served as library media specialist at all levels in the public-school systems in Rome, Georgia; Albany, Georgia; and Omaha, Nebraska. She began working at independent schools in Omaha when she became librarian of Brownell-Talbot School’s new upper and middle school library, which she helped to design and develop.  She was later hired as medical librarian at Bergan Mercy Hospital in Omaha. When her husband, David, became head of school at military schools in Wisconsin and Georgia, Diana assumed full-time roles in both schools as first lady and volunteer school archivist. Through her active memberships in Junior Leagues in Georgia, Nebraska, and Wisconsin, she volunteered for charitable organizations, helped to improve communities, and promoted the development of women and the importance of education. The library director job at Saint Mary’s School brought her family to the Raleigh area in 2001. 

Diana and David have two children, Anne and Nathan - who grew up on boarding school campuses, as well as three grandchildren. In addition to thoroughly enjoying family, Diana’s interests include reading (especially nonfiction military history and biography, fiction suspense thrillers, and young adult fiction), landscape gardening, DIY fix-it projects, attending student performances and games, and staying abreast of new technology.

“The thrill of ‘the dig’ - helping students to research and unearth good information no matter how long it takes or how many routes need to be explored - is what I most enjoy about my library work.  Because of the quality and quantity of information in all formats, students must be taught efficient and effective ways to find and communicate pertinent, credible information.  A student’s reaction to her ‘Eureka!’ moment is what makes my work exciting and worthwhile. 

“I love working with students, my advisees, and my colleagues in a boarding school community where, as library director, I have the chance to get to know almost every student well. One of my goals is to support the visual and performing arts, and I try to attend all student concerts, performances, community dinners, speeches, games, and other school activities. Another goal, which began when my parents constantly hosted students and teachers from all continents in our home as I grew up, is to promote diversity and pay close attention to international and diverse students. My life mission has been to make a positive difference in the lives of students and in the success of the school. My wish is that each of our young women grow up to become compassionate, self-confident, independent adults who have purpose in their lives; have found success and weathered adversity; have been supported and have developed compassion, care, and respect for all; have a passion for life and a sense of humor; and who matter in this world.”