NKU Honors Librarian Sara Crawford with Trailblazer Award in Ashland

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Wednesday – Nov. 5, 2014

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Sara Crawford will receive the Northern Kentucky University Trailblazer Award for Leadership in Library Informatics Nov. 6 at the Ashland Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Ashland at 5:30 p.m. as part of the 2014 #RoadToNKU Commonwealth Tour.

Sara is a resident of Russell, Kentucky, and is a student in NKU’s library informatics program. She works as a library assistant at the Ashland Community and Technical College. Sara was a student worker at the library before completing an associate of arts degree last May.

“Books and the written word have always been a passion of mine and libraries brought me hours of comfort and joy when I was younger,” Sara said. “I knew I needed my Master of Library Science to advance in the field, but I had no clue what I wanted to receive my bachelor’s in.

“I was really excited to learn that NKU offered the library informatics program. It’s a wonderful opportunity to acquire the technical skills needed and really familiarize myself with the field before starting on a graduate degree. For instance, the library I work in is a federal depository, so the government documents class I plan on taking in the spring will serve me well.”

The support Sara has received at NKU has already served her well.

“I didn’t know what to expect during my first semester at NKU as an online transfer student, but I have had such a pleasant experience so far,” Sara said. “Everyone has been so supportive throughout the journey and my teachers are wonderful.”

Sara’s dream job is to work at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, in some capacity.

“But there are so many exciting possibilities, I can’t make up my mind at the moment,” she said.

Sara will join four area mathematics teachers who will also be honored with the NKU Trailblazer Award for persistence in making a difference in the mathematics skills of our children.

“The Trailblazer Award is recognition of those citizens throughout the state who are changing lives through new and innovative education programs,” NKU President Geoffrey S. Mearns said.  “With improved math skills and added library capacity, Kentucky's children will be better prepared to meet the demands of this century.”

The event is open to the public and will include an opportunity for high school students and adults interested in completing their degree to meet with university admissions representatives.  

The #RoadToNKU is a tour of community engagement activities throughout the Commonwealth. This trip to Ashland is the sixth of eight stops through Dec. 4.

Find out more about the College of Informatics at http://informatics.nku.edu/.

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