Melanie Freese

Melanie Louise Freese

Associate Professor of Library Services | Hofstra University Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library

Melanie Freese is a librarian and educator who has spent more than 50 years making reference and curriculum materials accessible to students, teachers, and the community. She holds both a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Education in elementary education from Hofstra University, and began her career teaching at the elementary level in the late 1960s. Ms. Freese entered the information science field in 1972 as a circulation assistant at the Adelphi University Library, and in 1977, she completed her Master of Library Science at Long Island University Post. She remained at Adelphi University as an assistant social work and acquisitions librarian until 1984, when she joined the faculty at Hofstra University. Ms. Freese was the university’s senior catalog librarian until 1999, and served as assistant dean and chair of technical services from 1999 until 2001. She describes her role as an information specialist and mentor to others entering the field, and emphasizes the importance of real-world experience and discretion in cataloging materials. Outside her work for Hofstra University, Ms. Freese is active in her church community, and has helped establish libraries at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and the Wayside Home School for Girls.

Marquis Legacy Video

Ms. Freese, a distinguished library science expert, was honored in a legacy video.

Delta Sky Magazine

Ms. Freese’s Lifetime Achievement Award was recognized in Delta Sky Magazine.

Melanie Freese Delta Sky

Wall Street Journal

Ms. Freese’s Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award was announced in the Wall Street Journal.

Marquis Millennium Magazine

On page 42, Ms. Freese’s career history is highlighted in Millennium Magazine.

Marquis Radio

In her Marquis Radio interview, Ms. Freese shares her views on what it takes for a librarian to be successful.

Personal Website

Ms. Freese’s lifelong goal of inspiring students to learn and engage in their studies is highlighted on her website.

Worldwide Humanitarian

With a long list of civic engagements and professional affiliations, Ms. Freese has been recognized with a worldwide Humanitarian Award.

Insight Magazine

Ms. Freese spoke about the perception of libraries in the modern age and how her work is more important now than ever on page 8 of Insight Magazine. 

Ms. Freese’s career accomplishments, as well as her community involvement, are highlighted in the Spring 2021 Newsletter.

2021 Press Release

In her 2021 press release, Ms. Freese is honored as a distinguished biographee of Marquis Who’s Who.

Professional Women

Ms. Freese’s prowess and leadership within the library sciences field has resulted in inclusion among Professional Women.

2019 Press Release

In her 2019 press release, Ms. Freese receivied accolades for her excellence in librarianship.

Top Educators

With her work among some of the nation’s most renowned universities, Ms. Freese has been honored among Top Educators.



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