Title: Associate Dean and Library Professor
Company: Kennesaw State University Library System
Location: Kennesaw, Georgia, United States
Dr. Linda Marie Golian-Lui, Associate Dean and Library Professor at Kennesaw State University Library System, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in library science.
Dr. Golian-Lui originally thought that she would be a journalist or a lawyer. She was offered a staff job while in college, and she needed the money, so she took it. During that time, she discovered that she loved working in libraries. She loved the environment and the interactions with people. After six months in her position, she knew what she wanted to do. She considers herself an academic librarian. She was encouraged while she was a student assistant to consider going into the profession and it was the encouragement by the other people in that department that helped her go in that direction. Dr. Golian-Lui received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Miami in 1986. From there, she earned a Master of Library Science from Florida State University in 1988. She then went to Florida Atlantic University, receiving an Education Specialist Degree in 1995 and a Doctor of Education in 1998. Continuing her education, Dr. Golian-Lui took postgraduate coursework at Florida Gulf Coast University from 1999 to 2002. She then received an Education Specialist Degree from Kennesaw State University in 2013.
Dr. Golian-Lui considers the highlight of her career to be when she was nominated by the Library Journal for the Movers and Shakers Award, which is a prestigious award in their field. She received it in the area of mentoring other librarians. Dr. Golian-Lui began her career as a library technology assistant at the University of Miami from 1981 to 1986. From there, she worked in the serials control library for the University of Miami Law School from 1986 to 1989. In 1990, she took on the role of serials department head at Florida Atlantic University until 1997. From 1997 to 2002, she worked in the university library at Florida Gulf Coast University and as an adjunct instructor for the College of Arts and Sciences from 1999 to 2002. In 2002, Dr. Golian-Lui became the library director for the University of Hawaii until 2012, when she took the position of associate dean at Kennesaw State University, where she remains to this day. As a testament to her success, Dr. Golian-Lui received the Nix-Jones Award for Substantial Contributions to the Library Profession from the Georgia Library Association and was named Women of the Year in 2005.
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