Donor profile: Hannelore Rader

Hannelore Rader has had a distinguished forty five year career as an academic librarian, most recently serving as the Dean of The University of Louisville Libraries, where she oversaw the management of five libraries. She has three degrees from the University of Michigan: a BA in Russian and Spanish, an MLS from UMSI and an MA in German Literature. She received her EdD in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University in 1978.

An immigrant from the former East Germany, Rader loved Ann Arbor and the social scene on the University of Michigan campus.

Hannelore says she was inspired to give back to UMSI because of her “exceptional learning experience and the excellence of the professors.” All of her gifts have been to help support the further development of the school and to educate more librarians.  Her UMSI education has had a major impact on her throughout her long career, and she has encouraged many others to follow her footsteps to attend UMSI, she says.

She has worked in various library centered positions at the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, The Washington, D.C.  Public Library, The University of Wisconsin and Cleveland State University. “As someone who has represented librarians all over the world at meetings and events I can tell you that I loved my career.”

Since recently retiring, Hannelore is beginning to work on a book about her life experiences.

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