SLIS alumna Mimi Lee hired by New Jersey State Library as an Adult, Urban & Diversity Specialist

Mimi Lee
Mimi Lee

Florida State University School of Library & Information Studies (FSU SLIS) alumna, Mimi Lee, started at the New Jersey State Library (NJSL) this June as an Adult, Urban & Diversity Specialist.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Japanese Language and Literature at Dankook University in South Korea.  Lee furthered her education by completing her Master’s Degree in Library & Information Studies at FSU SLIS.

Lee said, “I have been always proud of being a FSU graduate.  Academic training provided by the school was excellent, and the professors were all very personable.  Dr. Kathy Burnett and Dean Robbins, the late Dr. Chatman, Dr. Latham were my teachers and mentors who provided me with skills necessary to enter the profession.  I can’t thank SLIS enough to help me become who I am today.”

Lee was born and raised in Seoul, Korea.  Before moving to the U.S., she spent several years traveling and studying in Canada, Japan and the Philippines.  It was during this time she began interacting with citizens of the world and became interested in issues on inequality of opportunity, diversity and culture.

Lee began her professional career at the Queens Library’s New Americans Program managing coping skills workshops for Queen’s immigrants in languages other than English.  She followed up on her passion designing and providing library services for multicultural and multilingual populations at the Bergen County Cooperative Library Services as the Outreach Services Coordinator.  Lee has experience in an academic setting working at the SUNY-Stony Brook’s Melville Library managing the library’s East Asian Collection.

Prior to starting her new role, Lee worked for the Atlantic City Free Public Library as the Head of Technical Services and the Outreach and Events Coordinator creating and managing the library’s successful ESL/Civics program, multicultural “International Night” concert series held on the Atlantic City boardwalk and the outreach project known as “Atlantic City Library-To-Go.”

Lee’s prior training and experience will assist in her new position as the Adult, Urban & Diversity Specialist at NJSL.  She is “committed to assisting New Jersey libraries to provide quality library services that respond to the diverse needs of their communities.”

Read the full story about Lee published in the New Jersey State Library News Column on June 19: