Don Kenney honored with emeritus status

BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 8, 2010 – Don Kenney, associate dean of administrative services for the University Libraries at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the “associate dean emeritus” title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members who are specially recommended to the board of visitors by Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board of visitors receive an emeritus certificate from the university.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1979, Kenney made significant contributions to the delivery of excellent services for library users through his work in the areas of instruction, collection management, reference, circulation, finance, facility management, and human resources.

In addition, he supported University Libraries, the university, and the library profession through extensive service on important user-focused units of the American Library Association such as Reference and User Services, Bibliographic Instruction, and Young Adult Library Services

Kenney has a strong record of scholarship with more than 50 publications and conference presentations. He was co-editor of the Journal of Youth Services in Libraries and column editor for The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents Review of the National Council of Teachers of English.

Kenney received his bachelor’s degree from Berea College, a master’s degree from the University of Virginia, and a Master of Library Science degree from Catholic University of America.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 225 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $496 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.