Retired Duneland Schools Superintendent Dr. Dirk Baer will be honored with
the Sena Kautz (Media Center Service) Merit Award by the Indiana Library
This award honors and recognizes a non-librarian professional in the
education field for his or her exceptional contributions which strengthen
library services in a school, community, or across the state.
First as principal at Chesterton High School, then as assistant
superintendent, now recently retired superintendent, Dr. Baer worked
tirelessly as an advocate for quality education and library service for
students in the Duneland School Corporation. He communicated to the school
board, the community at-large and others about the relevance and
contributions of school libraries and certified librarians.
Dr. Baer was instrumental in working on a referendum which increased funding
for education in the Duneland School Corporation, and he advocated to fund
licensed school librarians even when severe budget cuts were on the table.
In large part, Dr. Baer is to thank for the school library at Duneland
receiving the highest score when the AdvancEd accreditation team came to
Chesterton for the school’s accreditation review.
Coincidentally, this award was named to honor Ms. Sena Kautz, who was a
school librarian for the Duneland School Corporation, several years ago.
For information about tickets to the banquet, contact Susan Akers, executive
director of the ILF, at 317-257-2040, ext. 101.
The Indiana Library Federation is a membership-driven organization which
promotes all libraries in Indiana and fosters the professional growth of its
members which include librarians, library staff, library administrators and