Libraries coordinator for distance and online services to retire
Kate Adams, professor in the University Libraries and coordinator for services to distance and online students, is retiring after 33 years at UNL. A retirement reception is 1:30 to 3 p.m. Oct. 9 in 305 Love Library South. Cards can be sent to UNL Libraries, Love Library 220, 4100. Send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adams, who retires with emeritus status, is particularly proud of her work with distance students and connecting them with online library services.
“In 1990, I was one of four librarians charged with developing a program to deliver library services to distance education students," Adams said. "From the moment we gave the dean our recommendations, I was the coordinator for those services."
Adams started in December 1979 at UNL as the technical services librarian for the Law Library. From 1988 to 2003, she served as chair for general services of the University Libraries. Adams has also been a subject librarian for several social science departments, currently Communication Studies and Special Education and Communication Disorders. Adams was promoted to associate professor in 1987 and to full professor in 2000. She served as faculty vice-chair and chair from 1998 to 2000. Honors earned include the Nebraska Library Association/New Members Round Table Mentor of the Year Award in 2000, the Library Staff Excellence Award in 1999, and the Outstanding Science Librarian (Team) Award from Nebraska Chapter of Sigma Xi in 1999.
Her research stems from her work to develop library services for distance programs. Adams has co-presented at seven national Off-Campus Library Services Conferences and has also co-authored several articles on that topic. On the national and state level, Adams has participated for many years in the ALA Association of College and Research Libraries and the Nebraska Library Association.
Adams’ plans for retirement include, relaxing, traveling, and visiting family.