1998 Cairns Award Winner
PATRICIA KAHN, MLS
ELEANOR C. CAIRNS DISTINGUISHED HSLIC LIBRARIAN AWARD RECIPIENT,
Patricia Kahn, MLS, Director of the Penobscot Medical Center
Health Science Library is the 1998 recipient of the Eleanor C.
Cairns Distinguished HSLIC Librarian Award. Patricia, known as
Patty to all her colleagues and friends, has held numerous positions
on the HSLIC Executive Board, including Chair. Regionally, Patty
is Chair-Elect of the North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries
(NAHSL) and Chair of the 1999 NAHSL Conference (to be held in
.As a HSLIC member (and while Chair), Patty advocated increased
resource sharing in Maine, especially with expanded DOCLINE participation
(electronic interlibrary loan). Besides her PenBay librarian duties, HSLIC
and NAHSL responsibilities, Patty teaches computer classes at PenBay (Windows
95) and has authored an article with her husband, Dr. Richard Kahn, "The
Medical Repository." This was published in the prestigious New England
Journal of Medicine, December 1997. Patty also presented a poster session
at the 100th Medical Library Association Conference (1998) based on the
article she and her husband published.
As a one-person librarian, Patty serves as a model, mentor and friend
to her colleagues. She has inspired others to pursue a graduate librarian
degree. Patty has also developed a bridge between the medical library
and her local public library by serving on it Board of Trustees.
Patty Kahn accomplishes her many librarian roles with grace and humor.
She is a friend, a professional, and effective leader, and respected among
her peers. Patty Kahn is most deserving of the 1998 Cairns Award. Congratulations,