Joan Ruelle

Dean and University Librarian
Carol Grotnes Belk Library 225B
2550 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244 (336) 278-6572


University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. Master of Arts in Library and Information Science. Elected to Beta Phi Mu, international scholastic honor society in library science

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Post-graduate work in the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature and the Center for Advanced Feminist Studies

Mankato State University, Mankato, Minnesota. Master of Science in Women’s Studies. (Thesis: A Foucaultian History of Feminist Sexuality)

University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota. Bachelor of Arts. English major, Peace Studies minor, summa cum laude

Employment History

Dean and University Librarian, Belk Library, 2012 — present.  Elon University, Elon, NC

University Librarian, Wyndham Robertson Library, 2003 — 2012.  Hollins University, Roanoke, Virginia

Coordinator, User Education, University Library, 2000 — 2003.  University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

Coordinator, User Services, Science & Engineering Libraries, 2000 — 2003.  University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

Librarian for User Services, Science & Engineering Libraries, 1997 — 1999.  University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia


Grantham, Nell [Joan D. Ruelle]. “The Patron Saint of Jello.” 60 Seconds to Shine: 221 One-Minute Monologues for Women. Hanover, NH: Smith and Kraus, 2006.

Grantham, Nell [Joan D. Ruelle]. “Take Back the Classroom.” New Monologues for Women by Women. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann Drama, 2004.

(Coauthored with Patricia Mileham and Susan Sykes Berry). (2001) Playing Well With Others: Ideas to Increase Your Campus Library Partnerships. Collection Management 26(3): 77-87.

Reflections on Teaching: Personal Essays on the Scholarship of Teaching, (Charlottesville, VA: Teaching Resource Center, Univ of Virginia, 1999), 108-110.

“Going to (the Engineering) School: Strategies for Integrating Library Instruction in the Engineering Curriculum.” Library User Education: Powerful Learning, Powerful Partnerships. (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2001), 90-95.


“Making the peer review process work for you” VLACRL regional program, 2009.

“Apples & Apples: Putting Teaching at the Core of the Librarian/Professor Connection” LOEX Conference, Discover, Connect, Engage: Creative Integration of Information Literacy, 2005.

“Teaching Portfolios for Librarians” ACRL online courses, 2007, 2008. (Co-taught with Judith Arnold and Beth Woodard).

“Teaching Portfolios for Librarians: Making a Difference in Learning” ACRL 11th National Conference, Learning to Make a Difference, 2003. (With Judith Arnold and Beth Woodard).

"Building Faculty FITness: Who Owns IT Skills Training at Your Institution?" LOEX Conference, Managing Instruction Programs in Academic Libraries, 2001.

“Collecting digital content: From practice to process.” Digital Library Federation Spring Forum 2001.
“Playing Well With Others: Ideas to Increase Your Campus Library Partnerships.” ACRL 10th National Conference, Crossing the Divide, 2001. (With Susan Sykes Berry and Patricia Mileham).

“Bibliographic Instruction in Sci-Tech Libraries, Best Practices” ACRL Science & Technology Section, ALA Annual Conference, Chicago, 2000.

“Living Between the Lines: the Secret Life of an American Illiterate.” (co-authored with Todd Ristau). Original play commissioned by Literacy Volunteers of Roanoke Valley, performed at Studio Roanoke, September 2010.

Professional Activities

Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians, Harvard University, August 2010
ACRL Presidential Task Force on Standards for Libraries in Higher Education, 2010 – 2011
Private colleges representative on the Resources for Users Committee of VIVA consortium, 2007 – 2012
ALA Training, Orientation & Leadership Development Committee, 2008 – 2010
ACRL National Conference Contributed Papers Sub-committee, 2007 – 2008
ACRL-CLS New Library Director Mentoring Program, mentee 2003-04 (matched with mentor Kate Hickey), mentor 2009-10
ARL New Measures Initiative, Working Group on Assessment of Learning Outcomes,
2001 — 2003
Policy Committee, Supporting Digital Scholarship, Mellon-funded Project, University of Virginia, 2000 — 2003
ACRL Immersion 99, Institute for Information Literacy, Track II, 1999


Distinguished Service Award, Hollins University, 2010
ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award (college category), awarded to Wyndham Robertson Library at Hollins University, 2009

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