Dianne Ford

Coordinator of Serials and Government Documents
Carol Grotnes Belk Library 213
2550 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
dford@elon.edu (336) 278-6584

Professional Expertise

Academic Librarianship

Brief Biography

In Belk Library, I lead the electronic resources team as we manage our journals, databases, ebooks, and government documents. I use my background as a biologist to liaison with our biology, exercise science, environmental studies, public health, neuroscience, DPT, and PA departments, assisting students and faculty with research and scholarly resourses.  I build and evaluate our library resources for those departments, teach library research, and assist with external departmental reviews. I am enjoying building a largely electronic health science collection.

When not on campus, I can be found outdoors. I live and garden on a 25-acre farm in Saxapahaw, and spend most free time hiking national and state parks.  In our community,  I'm active in Fairness Alamance and in Burlington-Alamance Sister Cities, and I raise scholarship funds for Sister Cities by hosting house concerts in my home.


University of North Carolina at Greensboro, MLIS

North Carolina State University, Graduate Work, Cell Biology

Wake Forest University, BS, Biology

Employment History

2002 - present:  Coordinator of Serials and Goverment Documents,  Belk Library, Elon University.  Science Liaison Librarian.

1992 - 2002: Propagator, Gardener, Nursery Manager: Niche Gardens, Chapel Hill, NC.

1980 - 1992: Fiber Artist - hand-dyed fabrics, botanical wall quilts.

1970s: Cell Biologist, Research Triangle Institute, RTP, NC

Courses Taught

Research instruction for science classes in Belk Library, the Francis Center, and across campus.  I co-wrote and will co-teach during 2014-2015 a new winter term class "Great Structures of Europe."

Leadership Positions

Chair, Planning Team: Science Boot Camp Southeast for Librarians, 2014

Government Documents Section, North Carolina Library Association (Executive Board, 2004-2009)

Advisory Committee: State Library of NC, Government Publications

Book Selection Committee, 'All Alamance Reads”, 2004.  (first common-reading effort in Alamance Co, North Carolina)

Current Projects

My current projects include building a largely online health sciences collection, and evaluating usage data for our 35,000 campus academic journals. I led the planning team this year for the first Science Boot Camp SE, gathering 93 academic science librarians from 19 states for 3 days of advanced science immersion at NCSU.



"Providing Alumni Access to Electronic Resources." Dianne Ford & Nancy Gibbs.  Serials Review, v. 39: no.3, Sept 2013, p. 172-174.  Available online at: http://authors.elsevier.com/sd/article/S0098791313000944

 "North Carolina Serials Conference Report," NASIG Newsletter: Vol. 27: No. 3, Article 15. (2012)
Available at: http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/nasig/vol27/iss3/15

“Time Flies: Exploring the Future for Serialists – 2011 North Carolina Serials Conference Report”. NASIG Newsletter, May 2011, v. 26: no. 2, article 9.  Accessed 7/12/2011 at http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/nasig/vol26/iss2/9/

“New Tricks for Old Dogs: Serials Control and Access” - 2010 North Carolina Serials Conference Review.  NASIG Newsletter, v. 25:no 2, May 2010.  Accessed 7/12/2011 at http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/nasig/vol25/iss2/30/

Book Review: “Cow Across America”.  North Carolina Libraries, v. 68:no. 1 (2010).  Accessed 7/12/2011 at http://www.ncl.ecu.edu/index.php/NCL/issue/view/681

Book Review: “Trails of the Triangle”.  North Carolina Libraries, v. 66: no. 1 (2008).  Accessed 8/29/2011 at http://www.ncl.ecu.edu/index.php/NCL/article/viewFile/101/124 .  

“Opening Pandora’s Box: Managing the Chaos of Serials Resources” 2005 North Carolina Serials Conference Review. Serials Review, 31:1, 2005.

“Vital Skills for Serialists, Today and Tomorrow: The Twelfth North Carolina Serials Conference, A Review”.  Serials Review, 29:4, 2003



"Literature Searching in the Sciences”.  2005 Collegiate Academy of the N.C. Academy of Science (CANCAS) Undergraduate Research Workshop, Nov. 5, 2005, Elon University, Elon, NC

. 'The Invasive Exotic Plant Problem from a Nursery Grower's Perspective”.  Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council Annual Symposium, March 18, 2000, Chapel Hill, NC

Professional Activities

Leading the planning team for Science Boot Camp SE, a regional conference for science librarians in July 2014.

Committee Work: ACRL/STS College Science Librarian Discussion Group, beginning June 2012


American Library Association: Association of College and Research Libraries (Science and Technology Section).

North Carolina Library Association: Academic Libraries Section, Government Documents Section, Resources and Technical Services Section, Technology and Trends Section.

North American Serials Interest Group.

Service Activities

Service to the University:

  • Academic Council, Representing Staff with Faculty Rank (2009-2012)
  • Presidential Task Force on Shared Governance (2008-2010)
  • Mentor: Odyssey Scholarship Program (2008-2010)
  • Volunteer: Elon Academy (2008 – Current)
  • Non-Violence Studies Advisory Committee (2007–2010)
  • Lyceum Committee (2008-2009)
  • Presidential Task Force on Alcohol (2007)
  • High-Risk Drinking Committee (2005-2006)
  • Social Honor Code Committee (2005-2006)
  • Student Life Committee (2004-2006)
  • EBIC (Eating and Body Image Concerns) (2002-2005)

Service to the Community:

  • Burlington-Alamance Sister Cities: Executive Board (2009 – Current)
  • Tutoring ESL students at North Graham Elementary School (2005-2007)
  • “All Alamance Reads”: First Alamance County Common Reading, Chair, Book Selection Committee, 2004


Personal Information

I am married to O'Neal Jones, who designs and makes contemporary furniture.  We have two children: Emma Jones (formerly with the Isabella Cannon Center at Elon, now working with Credo Higher Ed Consulting; she is married to Christopher Eyl, graphic designer at Elon, and they have two beautiful children); and son Able Jones (jazz keyboard player, stonemason, and gardener).  Our farm in Saxapahaw is designated Certified Wildlife Habitat with the National Wildlife Federation; I maintain large native plant gardens there.


Growing things.


Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, Elon University, 2009

First Step Award, ALCTS section of American Library Association, 2003