Keith Kuhn


School of Library and Information Science Distinguished Alumni Award (2008)
Indiana University Bloomington
B.A., M.L.S.


Keith Kuhn served on the SLIS Alumni Board for many years, and even established a scholarship to help students. In addition to his work with SLIS, Kuhn was the Library Services Director of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton Library from 2000 to his death in 2008. He first joined the library in 1979 as the adult assistant in the Institutions/Books-By-Mail Department and later promoted to interim supervisor in the department the following year. In 1986, Kuhn became the head of the library department and later led the circulation services department in 1993. He next rose to the position of Deputy Librarian-Main in 1996.

Kuhn served on numerous professional boards and committees, including the ProQuest Advisory Board and the Macmillan/Scribner's Advisory Board and as the Immediate Past President of the Indiana University SLIS Alumni Board. In addition, he served as President of the W.J. Williams YMCA Advisory board and on the Board of the YMCA of Cincinnati. Kuhn received a B.A. from IUPUI, and a M.L.S. from the Indiana University. He was a member of Beta Phi Mu, Chi Chapter. Kuhn was also a co-founder of the Cincinnati USA Books by the Banks Festival, and was the 2007 recipient of the American Library Association's Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children.