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.
Ms. Freese, a distinguished library science expert, was honored in a legacy video.
Ms. Freese’s Lifetime Achievement Award was recognized in Delta Sky Magazine.
Ms. Freese’s career accomplishments, as well as her community involvement, are highlighted in the Spring 2021 Newsletter.
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