Huntington, Ind.—Bob Kaehr, director of library services, will be retiring from Huntington University on May 31 after 34 years of service to the institution.
“Bob is the kind of Renaissance man who embodies the ideals of a liberal arts education. His work life reflects both broad interests and deep understanding,” Huntington University President G. Blair Dowden said. “I am very grateful for his long and distinguished service to Huntington University.”
Kaehr was instrumental in the transition of the library from the Loew Alumni Library (currently the Administrative Annex) to the RichLyn Library in 1986. He has also strived to keep the library up-to-date with the latest resources and technologies during his tenure.
Throughout his career, Kaehr also taught research methods to classes and individuals, library research for the EXCEL Adult Degree Program, and on occasion, English. Kaehr also taught many of the classes for the university’s library science minor, which is no longer offered on campus, and nearly all of his students were placed into library positions after graduation.
Kaehr also served as president of Tri-ALSA, a multi-county library consortium, and has written numerous professional and popular periodical articles.
In retirement, Kaehr, a native of Bluffton, Ind., plans to do some part-time lecturing and work in the university’s United Brethren Historical Center, but most of all, he plans to keep busy with meaningful activities, spend time with his wife, do volunteer work and, as he says, “enjoy life.”
“There are no words that can express my gratitude to the administration, staff, faculty, library staff, maintenance, computer services and others except to say, ‘Thanks. These last 34 years have been an interesting and profitable trip,’” he said.