Member of the Week: Joan Ruelle

Joan RuelleJoan Ruelle is University Librarian at Hollins University in Roanoke, VA. Joan has been an ACRL member since 1997 and is your ACRL member of the week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: True-believer, hopeful.

2. What are you reading right now? The Toss of a Lemon by Padma Viswanathan and Hooking Up : Sex, Dating, and Relationships on Campus by Kathleen Bogle.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Professional, good people.

4. Why did you join ACRL? Initially, I felt it was a professional right-of-passage and responsibility to join ACRL, and over time I’ve come to deeply appreciate the community of colleagues as well as the professionalism and advocacy of the organization.  These are my people, and it’s great to have access to this network of talented, committed professionals who are eager and willing to share their expertise and efforts in service of librarianship and our patrons.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? The opportunity to regularly engage in the teachable moments of connecting patrons with the information they need and the privilege of working in an academic environment that actively values intellectual curiosity and creativity.

6. In your own words: I love what I do. I get to work in an interesting and interested environment, and my colleagues both locally and nationally are smart, engaged professionals who are deeply committed to helping people learn and create by connecting them with information. My only regret is that my annual suggestion letters have not yet convinced the game show Jeopardy! to hold a librarian tournament of champions.

Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Nominate a colleague? Contact Mary Jane Petrowski at for more information.


  1. As you can tell by her answers- Joan is the best! I am a grad student at Hollins and researching with her is both fun and informative. Way to go Joan!

  2. Joan is superbly informed on information search and manages her staff in a way that enables the functions of the university library to be well connected to her clientele in terms of both the technical and public service.

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