Meet the Commissioner: Debe Averill

Deb Averill

Deb Averill

Debe Averill was born in Connecticut many, many years ago. Hint: she was volunteering in her high school library when the assassination of President Kennedy was announced. After majoring in Sociology at Colby College, she spent a couple of years on the west coast and then returned to the University of Maine for a Masters in Library Science.

Her major mentor was Frances Hartgen who started the Special Collections Division at Fogler and who truly understood the concept of service. From 1974 to 1982, she was Director of the Orono Public Library. After a short parenthood hiatus, she returned to the library world as Medical Librarian and then Director of Education at Bangor Mental Health Institute. She was
Librarian at John Bapst High School for one semester and then became K-5 Library Coordinator for the Bangor School Department in 1989. In 1991 she moved to Bangor High School and has not yet graduated.

Over the years she has been involved in the SACCE courses as Committee member, chair and instructor. She chaired the Intellectual Freedom Committee during the time of the 365 Days controversy. In her spare time she teaches Italian cooking, searches for valuable antiques in unlikely places, sails Penobscot Bay and waits for grandchildren.