SILS Alumna Kari Kozak Receives Librarian’s Award for Excellence

May 27, 2015

Kari Kozak (MSLS ’07), alumna of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science, received the 2014 Arthur Benton University Librarian’s Award for Excellence. The award is given biennially to a University of Iowa Libraries’ professional staff member who has demonstrated outstanding commitment and/or leadership in furthering the mission of the libraries in providing service to the university community. The honor includes a $1,500 award that may be used to support professional development and research or taken as a cash award.

Kozak, who is head of the University of Iowa’s Lichtenberger Engineering Library, was nominated by Keri Hornbuckle, associate dean for academic programs in the College of
Engineering, who noted that Kozak “introduced new electronic texts on engineering standards and codes – and taught us how to use them. This innovation changed the way some engineering projects are assigned. Now we know our students have full access to this information, and so the faculty now require students use them in their design projects.”

Professor David G. Wilder said Kozak’s “secret is that she actively solicits and acts on ideas for improvement of the library. She has made the library an attractive multidimensional center of inquiry and understanding, not only facilitating users’ abilities to understand the latest search systems, but also creating excitement with events like “Pi - day” (3-14) and facilities such as collections of videos of classical engineering principles (Junk Yard Wars) and the touch-and-feel aspect of engineering with a tool library.”

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