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Melanie L. Freese

Title: Associate Professor of Library Services
Company: Hofstra University
Location: North Baldwin, New York, United States

Melanie L. Freese, Associate Professor of Library Services at Hofstra University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of librarianship.

As a student, Ms. Freese attended Hofstra University, where she earned a Bachelor of Education in elementary education in 1967 and went on to earn a Master of Education in elementary education in 1969. She became a certified teacher from nursery to sixth grade in the state of New York and worked as an elementary school teacher in Roosevelt and Massapequa until 1971. She started working for the Swirbul Library at Adelphi University, serving in various capacities, including assistant to social work librarian, assistant to acquisitions librarian and biographical searcher, and circulation assistant, before her departure in 1983.

In 1977, Ms. Freese earned a Master of Library and Informational Science from Long Island University Post. Upon leaving the Swirbul Library at Adelphi, she became a senior catalog librarian at Hofstra University in 1984, where she worked until 1999. From 1999 to 2001, she served as assistant dean and chairwoman of technical services for the Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library at Hofstra. Ms. Freese is a certified public librarian, and a member of the International Honor Society in Education and the American Library Association.

Over the course of her career, Ms. Freese has served in a variety of civic positions in addition to her professional pursuits. In 1984, she began serving as a member of the Nassau County Library Association, where she remained until 2005, and was additionally a member of the Professional Women of Nassau County from 1984 to 2008. In 1985, she took on a role with the board of advisers for Business and Professional Women of Nassau County Inc., and served as president for 20 years, from 1990 to 2010.

Ms. Freese has been recognized for her excellence with myriad awards, including being named Woman of the Year by Business and Professional Women of Nassau County Inc. in 1994. She received a Twentieth Century Award for Achievement from the International Biographical Centre, and a Distinguished Service Award from St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Ms. Freese has also authored multiple published works, including “Missing Links: Smart Barcodes and Inventory Analysis at Hofstra University’s Axinn Library” and “Charles Leonard Woolley, 1880-1960” in 1989, as well as “Fostering Communication and Understanding at Hofstra University’s Axinn Library” in 2002. Her experience, expertise, and success as a librarian solidify Ms. Freese’s status as a top professional in the fields of librarianship and higher education.

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