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Ruth McGuire

Director of Library Services/Associate Professor
University of Northwestern-St. Paul; Berntsen Library

I've been a member of ACL for a long time and have always appreciated its leadership and the benefits of being a part of this organization. Most recently, I’ve been grateful for the creative ways ACL has adjusted and used technology throughout the pandemic to continue to serve its constituents. As higher education and culture continue to change, it remains important to provide members with opportunities to connect as we seek a "place" for like-minded fellowship, professional development, and networking. Though the definition of “place” has expanded, ACL’s leadership has embraced it and moved forward in thoughtful, helpful ways. I would enjoy participating with them in using my experience to serve ACL and its membership. In the position of Director-at-Large, I'd help new and long-time members continue making connections in the various “places” we find ourselves serving and engaging.


  • Masters of Library and Information Science, The University of Alabama, AL, 1996
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Alabama Huntsville, AL, 1992

Professional Positions:

  • Director of Library Services/Associate Professor, Berntsen Library, MN, 2005–Present
  • Serials Librarian/Associate Professor, Berntsen Library, 2005–2005
  • Serials Librarian/Assistant Professor, Berntsen Library,1998–2005
  • Technical Services Librarian, Redstone Scientific Information Center, AMCOM, Redstone Arsenal, AL, 1996–1998

State, regional, and national professional organizations activities:

Cooperating Libraries in Consortium (CLIC)

  • Board of Director, 2005–2021
  • Serials Working Group, 1999–2005


  • Association of Christian Librarians, 1998–Present
  • MN Council of Academic Library Directors, 2005–Present
  • Cooperating Libraries in Consortium, 1999–2021

ACL Activities

  • Conference Host Librarian (St. Paul, MN), 2010
  • FACL, Board Member, 2007–2009
  • Duplicate Exchange Service Coordinator, 2001–2006
  • Conference Presenter, 2000, 2017