UMSI alum is New Jersey Librarian of the Year

UMSI alumna Leslie Kahn (AMLS ’72) received the New Jersey Library Association’s 2013 Librarian of the Year award at the association’s annual conference in Atlantic City on August 23. The award was created to recognize exemplary achievement by a New Jersey librarian who has made a significant contribution at any level of librarianship. The Librarian of the Year serves as a role model, enhancing the image of librarianship and advancing the positive visibility of libraries to the community. 

Kahn is the head of reference services at the Newark Public Library and a part-time librarian at the Plainfield campus of Union County College. She also serves as the project director for grant-funded computer classes in the Newark Public Library’s technology training center and coordinates the contract with the New Jersey State Library to provide supplementary reference assistance to all libraries throughout the state.

A firm believer in utilizing evolving reference and information technology programs that are uniquely valuable to all citizens in a democracy, Kahn encourages everyone to take advantage of all the services available in modern libraries.

“When I first entered the field, librarians helped people to find sources of information; now, we more actively locate information itself for our people communicating with us in person and by telephone, text, email and social media,” Kahn said.  “We are happy to empower the public with guidelines to finding whatever they need or want, and we are also glad to do the searching for them.” 

Posted on thursday, August 29, 2013