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Ruth Baker

Assoc. Prof./Library Faculty
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Ruth Baker

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

Since July 2017, I have served as the Scholarly Communications Librarian in Georgia Southern's Zach S. Henderson Library, Now, in the consolidated Georgia Southern University Libraries, I am part of a team providing outreach and research support for Georgia Southern's faculty and graduate students. Prior to that, I served as Learning Commons Librarian and Assistant Professor at Georgia Southern University from 2012-2017; from 1999-2012, I worked as a Reference and Instruction Librarian at the Community College of Philadelphia’s Main Campus Library.

My academic background is in anthropology and prehistoric archaeology and my graduate work was concentrated in paleoethnobotanical studies in the Southwestern United States. As a Library Liaison, I have pursued collection development in a variety of subject areas in the social and biomedical sciences. In Technical Service in libraries, I also have experience with serials control and management, including staff training and the documentation of policies and procedures.

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 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 challenging, varied, and interesting work I have ever done.