Ruth Connell
Ruth Connell

Hear Name:

Professor of Library Science & Director of Systems
Christopher Center, Room 262
(219) 464-5360
E-mail: Ruth.Connell (at)

Professor Connell leads the library's web site team, coordinates digitization projects, conducts database maintenance and negotiations, manages the integrated library system's public interface, and oversees the Interlibrary Loan Department. In addition, she is the library liaison (includes collection development and teaching library research skills classes) to business, economics, mathematics & statistics, computing & information science, information technology, and international commerce & policy (ICP)..

Publications and Presentations

Ruth S. Connell, Lisa Wallis and David Comeaux. "The Impact of COVID-19 on the Use of Academic Library Resources.Information Technology & Libraries (2021), forthcoming.

Ruth S. Connell, “Promotion & Tenure Procedures: A Study of U.S. Academic Libraries.” Library Leadership & Management 34, no. 4 (2018).

Mark Robison and Ruth Sara Connell, "Harnessing Yik Yak for Good: A Study of Students' Anonymous Library Feedback." The Journal of Web Librarianship 11, no. 1 (online 2016, print 2017).

Ruth Sara Connell and Tschera Harkness Connell, "Teaching Patrons to Fish: The Educational Value of Cancelling Requests for Locally Available Materials." Journal Of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve 24, no. 5 (2014): 147-165. 

Ruth Sara Connell, "Content Management Systems: Trends in Academic Libraries." Information Technology & Libraries 32, no. 2 (2013): 42-55.

Ruth Sara Connell, "Maternity and Paternity Policies Available to Academic Librarians." College & Research Libraries 74, no. 3 (2013): 262-271.

Ethics in a Digital World: Using Policies to Guide Professional and Personal Presence in Social Networking Spaces, ALA's Committee on Professional Ethics: Invited panelist, American Library Association Annual Conference, 2010.

Ruth Sara Connell, "The Consolidation of Two Campus Interlibrary Loan Units Into One: A Partnership Between Law and Main Campus." Journal Of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve 20, no. 1 (2010): 5-18. 

Ruth Sara Connell, "Academic Libraries, Facebook and MySpace, and Student Outreach: A Survey of Student Opinion." Portal: Libraries & The Academy 9, no. 1 (2009): 25-36.

Ruth Sara Connell, "Survey of Web Developers in Academic Libraries." Journal Of Academic Librarianship 34, no. 2 (2008): 121-129.

Robert D. Vega and Ruth S. Connell, "Librarians' Attitudes Toward Conferences: A Study." College & Research Libraries 68, no. 6 (2007): 503-515.

Ruth S. Connell, "ACRL in Washington, D.C.: ACRL programs at the ALA Annual Conference.  Embracing Change." College & Research Libraries News 68, no. 8 (2007): 485-486.

Ruth Connell, Review of “Digital history: A guide to gathering, preserving, and presenting the past on the Web.”  First Monday 12, no. 8 (2007).

Ruth S. Connell and Karen L. Janke, "Turnaround Time Between ILLiad's Odyssey and Ariel Delivery Methods: A Comparison." Journal Of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve 16, no. 3 (2006): 41-55.

Ruth Sara Connell and Patricia J. Mileham, "Student Assistant Training in a Small Academic Library." Public Services Quarterly 2, no. 2/3 (2006): 69-83.

Poster Presentation: Training Students for Reference Service, American Library Association Conference, June 2005.

Trisha Mileham and Ruth Connell, "Enhanced Staff Development Programs: Strengthening the Personal through Collegial Reflection." Reflective Teaching: A Bridge to Learning: Proceedings: 31st Annual LOEX National Conference. Ann Arbor, MI: Pierian Press, 2004. 93-97.

Presentation: Enhanced Staff Development Programs: Strengthening the Personal through Collegial Reflection, (with Trisha Mileham) LOEX National Conference, May 2003.

Presentation: Give Your Users the Globe (QuestionPoint), (with Judy Tribble and Carolyn Strickland). Indiana Library Federation Annual Conference, April 2003.

Presentation: Learning Together: the Synergy of Faculty-Student-Librarian Collaboration in the Creation of Web-Based Tutorials, (with Cheryl Malone and Sue Searing). Association of College and Research Libraries National Conference, Denver. March 2001.

Professional Memberships and Activities:

American Library Association
-- ACRL Division, College Libraries and University Libraries Sections

Journal of Web Librarianship, Editorial Board

VU Campus Involvement (selected list):

Faculty Senate representative
University Council Chair
Budget Review Committee


M.S. (LIS), University of Illinois
B.A. Muskingum College (Math & English)