Kathleen Casteel Blazar, MSLS

Title: Interim Director (Retired),  Health Science Librarian (Retired)
Company: Case Western Reserve University
Location: Novelty, Ohio, United States

Kathleen Casteel Blazar, MSLS, Retired Interim Director and Health Science Librarian at Case Western Reserve University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in library science.

Born with an inquisitive mind, Ms. Blazar always enjoyed organizing details and helping others. She never backed down from a challenge. After studying abroad in France, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in French from Pennsylvania State University. One year later, she earned a Master of Library Science from Case Western Reserve University. Later, in 1975, she earned a certification in academy health information profiles from the Medical Library Association. Her first professional position was that of an adjunct faculty member within the school of library science at Case Western Reserve University. As she gained more experience, Ms. Blazar gradually accepted roles of higher responsibility at the university. From 1980 until 1996, she acted as the collection development librarian in health science, which was followed up by her position as chair for the staff advisory council. From 1997 until 2008, she held the title of assistant director of health science. Prior to her retirement in 2018, Ms. Blazar was demonstrating excellence as the interim director and health science librarian.

Looking back to her decision to pursue health sciences, Ms. Blazar attributes her choice to her aunt, who was a nursing administrator. Though she initially wanted to be a language teacher because of her bilingual mother, Ms. Blazar’s knowledge of French and Italian ultimately gave her an outstanding platform on which to succeed as a librarian. Outside of her professional endeavors, she has found joy volunteering at her local public library.

In light of her myriad accomplishments, Ms. Blazar was presented with the Technology Improvement Award from the Network of the National Library of Medicine. She maintains affiliation with the Penn State Alumni Association. In her spare time, she enjoys crochet, knitting, reading, and gardening. She additionally is fascinated by motor vehicles. She is a member of the Porsche Club of America and the Corvette Club of America. As a testament to her professional success, Ms. Blazar is featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women.

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