Sean Kinder named Outstanding Academic Librarian by Kentucky Library Association

kinder_seanSean Kinder, WKU Associate Professor, was recognized with the Outstanding Academic Librarian Award by the Kentucky Library Association at their awards luncheon Thursday, September 29 in Louisville, Kentucky.

“I was extremely moved and very grateful for the nomination and honor,” said Kinder. “Knowing it came from my friends and colleagues in the library profession made it all the more meaningful, and I hope they know how thankful and appreciative I am of their support.”

Mr. Sean Kinder is an Associate Professor in the Department of Library Public Services at Western Kentucky University Libraries, where he has served as the Humanities/Social Sciences librarian since January of 2001. In addition to reference responsibilities, Mr. Kinder is the library’s liaison to the international students, the honor’s program, and is responsible for collection development and research instruction for modern languages, sociology, journalism & broadcasting, folk studies, anthropology, archaeology, pop culture, and other select departments. He chairs the committee for the Evelyn Thurman Young Readers Book Award which has honored authors and illustrators from across the globe who have completed Kentucky-related books for youth. Kinder is currently working on a book documenting the life of 1930s Hollywood celebrity Una Merkel.

kinder2“We were very excited to hear of Sean’s recent honor,” said Brian Coutts, Department Head for WKU Library Public Services, “He’s an outstanding librarian and the recognition is very well deserved.”

This is the sixth time in 16 years that a WKU Librarian has received the Outstanding Librarian of the Year recognition from the Kentucky Library Association. For more information about the Kentucky Library Association, go to


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