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Ruth Baker

Assoc. Prof./Library Faculty
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Library Liaison for Engineering, Sociology/Anthropology &
The Center for Teaching Excellence

Zach S. Henderson Library
Georgia Southern University
P.O. Box 8074
Statesboro, GA 30460

Zach S.Henderson Library 2210O

M-F 9:30 am-5:30 pm or by appointment
In August 2012, I accepted the position of Learning Commons Librarian and Assistant Professor at Georgia Southern University, in Statesboro, GA. Prior to that, I was a Reference and Instruction Librarian at the Community College of Philadelphia’s Main Campus Library for more than 10 years. In addition to teaching formal classes in information literacy and research methods, I have experience teaching a computer applications course (both in the traditional classroom and online) and a Freshman Orientation seminar. As a Department Liaison, I have pursued collection development in a variety of subject areas in the social and biomedical sciences. In Technical Services, I have a background in serials control and management, including staff training and the documentation of policies and procedures. Since July 2017, I have transition to the role of Scholarly Communications Librarian and Associate Professor in Zach S. Henderson Library.

As a library faculty member, my philosophy of teaching is based on two main objectives: 1) to help students gain the knowledge and skills they need to become passionate learners and critical thinkers; and 2) to help them establish a habit of lifelong learning.

I believe very strongly in the teaching role of academic librarians which ranges from point-of-use instruction in the library to formal classroom instruction. These settings offer us rich opportunities to work collaboratively with both students and discipline faculty and I think it is the most interesting, varied, and challenging work I have ever done.