KDL Director Honored by Alma Mater

KDL Director Lance Werner was honored recently as the 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Wayne State University’s School of Library and Information Science.

Lance Werner, Sandy Yee, &  Stephen Bajjaly

KDL Director Lance Werner, center, with Sandy Yee, Dean of the Wayne State University Library System; and Stephen Bajjaly, Associate Dean.

The award, given annually since 1989, is presented to a graduate who has “made outstanding contributions to the library and information science field (and) recognizes those who have achieved distinction in the profession based on job performance, service, publications or other relevant professional activity.”

As one nominator described Werner, “[He] is a leader who truly embodies the mission of Wayne State University to excel in an increasingly complex and global society.”

Under Werner’s directorship, KDL earned Library Journal’s Star Library status three years in a row, was awarded the Excellence in Business award from the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and earned Library of Michigan Foundation’s Citation of Excellence for superior customer service, among other accolades.

A 2004 graduate of Wayne State, Werner has been director of KDL — the second largest library system in Michigan — since 2011. Previously, he was the director of the Capital Area District Library (Lansing, MI) and the Library Law Specialist at the Library of Michigan. During his tenure at KDL, he has helped the library grow the largest and most popular eBook and eAudiobook collection of any library in Michigan.

Werner currently serves on the State Bar Committee for Libraries, Legal Research and Legal Publication and is vice president of the Lakeland Library Cooperative Board of Trustees. He is also the immediate past president of the Michigan Library Association. Additionally, he serves on the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce Committee for Workforce and Education.


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Morgan J.

Morgan J. is a KDL communications assistant. She spends summers as a “hood ornament” of sorts while her husband captains their old, cedar-sided pontoon down the Flat River. In the wintertime she counts the days until she’ll have her toes in the water again.

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