Kalin to receive Award for Administrative Excellence

University Park, Pa. -- Sally Kalin, associate dean for University Park Libraries, has been honored with the 2011 Award for Administrative Excellence.

The award, established in 1970, is given to a faculty or staff member whose performance methods and achievements exemplify the highest standards of administrative excellence.

Kalin, a member of the University Libraries faculty for 32 years, is recognized for her leadership in the development of technological resources as the key to the advancement of the Libraries and for instituting "a culture of service" benefiting faculty, students and staff.

One nominator describes her as a "key player in all aspects of library service, including front-line reference services, facilities improvements and the move into the digital age."

In 2005, she formed a marketing team to "develop a comprehensive marketing plan that enhances the visibility of the Libraries and promotes its contributions to research, teaching and learning and service at Penn State." She has spearheaded the design and development of the new Knowledge Commons in Central and West Pattee, which will provide an information and technology-rich environment for undergraduate students.

Kalin also is cited for development of the University Libraries' mentoring program, in which a mentor-mentee pair concept is used to help facilitate the professional growth and development of faculty. She was the 2005 recipient of the Rosemary Schraer Mentoring Award from Penn State's Commission for Women for her commitment to mentoring.

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Last Updated March 16, 2011