Trudi Bellardo Hahn Receives Drexel University Award


June 13, 2007

The Drexel University Alumni Association's Honors and Awards Committee selected Trudi Bellardo Hahn, Ph.D '84, as the 2007 recipient of the Service to Profession Award. The award was presented by iSchool Dean David E. Fenske at the Alumni Association Awards ceremony held on Saturday, May 5, 2007 in conjunction with the University's alumni weekend. 

The award is conferred upon graduates who have earned recognition for their professional achievements or have contributed to advancements within their chosen field.

Hahn received her Ph.D from Drexel University's College of Information Science and Technology in 1984. She also holds a master's in library science and a bachelor's in linguistics from the University of Kentucky. 

Currently a visiting professor at the University of Maryland's College of Information Studies, Hahn has served as the executive director of the U.S. 
National Commission of Libraries and Information Science from April 2005 to June 2006, and as the Commission's interim executive director since November 2004. Prior to joining the Commission, she was manager of Library User Education Services and adjunct professor at the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. She previously held positions as training specialist with the Maryland State Department of Education, director of professional development for the Special Libraries Association, associate professor at Catholic University of America and assistant professor at the University of Kentucky. 

Hahn is and has been a member of numerous organizations and boards including the Association of College & Research Libraries; Council of Scientific Society Presidents; Association for Library and Information Science Education; and Library Orientation and Education Exchange. She served as past president of the Association of Information Science & Technology (ASIST) and currently serves on the advisory boards of the Bulletin of Association for Information Science & Technology and the Information Science History Project. In 2006, ASIST recognized her with the Watson Davis Award for her continuous dedicated service to the membership through active participation in and support of ASIS&T programs, chapters, SIGs, committees, and publications. She has served as a consultant to various government organizations.

A recipient of numerous awards and honors, Hahn was named 2002 fellow of the University of Maryland Academy for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, awarded the 1998 Association for Information Science Special Interest Group's Publication of the Year for "Proceedings of the
1998 Conference on the History and Heritage of Science Information Systems" and named 1984 ASIS Doctoral Forum winner. 

Hahn has authored numerous papers, presentations, co-authored four books, and written a book in the areas of information literacy, user needs, education for the information profession and history of information technology. Her latest book, History of Online Information Services, 1963-1976, published in 2003 and co-authored with Charles P. Bourne, won the ASIST Information Science Book of the Year.