HEMPSTEAD, NY, December 20, 2017 — Melanie L. Freese, MLS, Associate Professor of Library Services at the Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library of Hofstra University, has been recognized by Worldwide Branding for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in library services.
Throughout her career, Ms. Freese has garnered a reputation of distinction and prominence for her outstanding achievements, earning a number of awards and accolades. These have included a Top Female Executive Award, the title of Professional of the Year in Library Services, a Lifetime Achievement Award, and a VIP honor. She was also featured in a newsletter for her exceptional efforts in the library sciences.
Ms. Freese has 43 years of professional experience in her field, having nurtured her growing skill set for the past 31 years spent as Associate Professor of Library Services at the Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library of Hofstra University, as well as the assistant chair of technical services. Her areas of expertise include children's literature and education material classification, and she is responsible for cataloging a variety of materials for the curriculum materials center, and consulting on the management of CMC materials. Prior to joining Hofstra University, Ms. Freese served as the Assistant Dean and Chairwoman of Technical Services at the Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library of Hofstra University from 1999 to 2001. She was also the Assistant to the Social Work Librarian and the Assistant to the Acquisitions Librarian and Biographical Searcher, and a Reserve Librarian and Circulation Assistant at the Swirbul Library of Adelphi University in Garden City, NY from 1972 to 1983. She served as an Elementary School Teacher from 1967 to 1971, as well.
Ms. Freese has presented numerous training workshops on various aspects of cataloging and classification to faculty and staff in both technical and public services. She also reviews materials for “Libraries Alive,” a publication of the National Church Library Association. Ms. Freese authored a chapter titled “Smart Barcodes and Inventory Analysis,” which appeared in the ninth volume of Library and Archival Security in 1989, and in the 66th volume of PNLA Quarterly.
Libraries and librarians are still needed in this 21st century technological world. Librarians are information specialists who can help users navigate the ever-expanding informational universe. Google can never replace libraries or librarians. Librarians, as trained information specialists, can provide patrons with search strategies and tools to successfully complete research and find what they are looking for effectively and efficiently. Libraries are increasingly becoming digital repositories for information. Libraries are becoming more virtual as they become increasingly digitized. As long as people read and seek information there will be a need for libraries, librarians and especially books, either traditional books or electronic.
Ms. Freese sees herself as an educator as well as an information specialist. She shares her knowledge gained over a 40-year career with others in her field and also the students she interacts with. Currently she is mentoring a younger colleague who is learning to catalog materials for the Music Library at Hofstra University. She sees mentoring as a vital part of any profession. Library schools teach the theoretical principles of librarianship, but she can give the pragmatic and practical applications beyond the theoretical that are so necessary for the librarian in the field.
Ms. Freese attributes her success to her education and work ethic. She became involved in her profession after gaining experience as a support staff member at an academic library. When asked about the highlight of her career, Ms. Freese proudly recalls establishing a library for the residents of the Wayside Home School for Girls in 1993.
Ms. Freese received a Master of Library Science from the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, and she holds a Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Hofstra University, and a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with a Minor in History from Hofstra University. She is a Certified Public Librarian, and a Certified Teacher of Newborn to Sixth Grade Children through the State of New York. She is a Former President of the Board of Advisers of the Nassau County Business and Professional Women's Association, a member of the Online Audiovisual Catalogers association, the Nassau County Library Association, the American Library Association and Kappa Delta Pi, and she was named Beta Phi Mu Woman of the Year by Business and Professional Women of Nassau County, Inc. in 1994. She also received the Twentieth Century Award for Achievement as granted by the International Biographical Center in Cambridge, England, a Distinguished Service Award, as granted by St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Baldwin, NY, and an International Order of Merit, as granted by the International Biographical Center in Cambridge, England. She is a Sunday School Teacher, Librarian and Lector at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Baldwin, and a Story Teller Leader for a Vacation Bible School. She is also affiliated with Baldwin Life Stitches.
Worldwide Branding has added Melanie Freese to their distinguished Registry of Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs. While inclusion in Worldwide Branding is an honor, only small selections of members in each discipline are endorsed and promoted as leaders in their professional fields.
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