New Library Staff Profile: Michael Kahn

Michael Kahn–Librarian at BP 53

Where were you born? I was born in Brooklyn, New York and have lived there most of my life there.

Where else have you lived? As part of my yeshiva studies, I lived in Jerusalem, Israel and Lakewood, New Jersey.

What languages do you speak? While I am a native English speaker I also can converse in Yiddish and can read and understand Hebrew.

What fields have you studied and/or degrees have you earned? I have an MLS with a Certificate in Archives and Records Management from Queens College and am most interested in information literacy and Open Educational Resources. I have a BA in History with a concentration in American History and twenty-one credits in social studies education grades 7-12.  I am halfway through my Masters in Social Work and recently completed the necessary coursework for a New York State CASAC (Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor) from Cazenovia College. After high school, I pursued Judaic studies in yeshivas for many years.

What is the part of your job that you enjoy the most? Meeting all the wonderfully supportive and inspiring librarians and faculty. Getting to know the students and how I can serve them. Delivering library instruction and explaining the “informational power” of the library to all who will listen.

What do you think will be the most challenging part of your job? Outreach! There is a strong need to raise awareness of how librarians and libraries can help studies and people in general, especially in the Age of Google. This is not unique to any college or library. They used to say “If you build it they will come”. We’ve built the libraries. We still need to keep telling everyone what’s inside.

Your ideal vacation? I’d love to visit Israel again. I also love attending library conferences too, especially if they allow me to visit friends in the area where they are being held.

Any hobbies? Right now I am really into playing chess. I also like playing Sudoku. And of course, I like to read.

Tell us one thing about yourself that most of us probably don’t know.  I like to paint. The Boro Park campus has many beautiful paintings made by the students. I am thinking of hanging some of my own artwork in the library.


Contributed by Michael Kahn, Librarian, Boro Park (53rd Street)

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