The Outstanding College Service Award exists to honor and recognize full-time, tenure or tenure-line faculty who have demonstrated excellence in service to Illinois State University at any level (the Library, the University, and Local, State, National or International Professional Organizations). By honoring such individuals, the University demonstrates its commitment to service as an activity essential to its mission and to its governance, provides incentive for faculty members to pursue activities that enhance the quality of their service, and emphasizes the importance of outstanding service.
Chad Kahl, associate professor and subject specialist librarian for Criminal Justice, Law, Military Science and Politics and Government, is the recipient of Milner Library’s 2012 Outstanding Service Award. During his eight years at Milner Library, Kahl has demonstrated an exemplary level of conscientious service to the Library, the University, and to the profession.
Kahl has risen rapidly in leadership responsibility both in the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section and Law and Political Science Section (LPSS). He is currently serving as chair of LPSS. He previously served as chair of the section’s Program Planning Committee and Publications committee, webmaster, and member of the Publications Committee, Library Instruction Committee and Membership Committee. In the Instruction Section, Kahl has served as secretary, archivist, and member of the Education Committee. He participated as a member of two Instruction Section task forces charged with leveraging the future of library instruction. Due to the quality of his earlier service, Kahl was appointed to the Advisory Council for the American Library Association Center for Public Life.
In the Library, Kahl chaired the Library Faculty Council and has served on the Faculty Research and Development Committee, the Department Faculty Status Committee, and multiple subcommittees of the Dean’s Technology Advisory Committee. Kahl has served on multiple search committees both in the Library and on campus. As a member of the Educating Illinois Task Force he contributed to the revision of the University’s guiding document. As a member of the Political Engagement Project’s Coordinating Council and chair for the last two years, Kahl has been a key participant in the group that was awarded the first Political Engagement Program of Excellence Award, sponsored by the New York Times and the National American Democracy Project. Related to this, he co-chaired an excellent campus program and exhibit in Milner Library called “Thoughts on Democracy: Reinterpreting Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms.” Kahl’s record of service and leadership is outstanding at all levels.