May 20, 2022

Elon University: New Dean and University Librarian Aims to Expand Functionality of Belk Library

From The Pendulum (Elon University Student Newspaper):

The first week of class inspires the library with a new energy, but the new dean and university librarian envisions a library that reaches beyond the brick walls and delves into Elon University’s campus life.

“One thing we are emphasizing is outreach of the library throughout the campus community,” said Joan Ruelle, who assumed the position June 1.


“I think we are doing a good job with students who do come to the library, but how do we reach those for who that is not a habit right now?” she asked.

While serving as the university librarian at Hollins University in Roanoke, Va., Ruelle built a librarian program attractive to the student body, said Mary Wise, associate vice president of academic affairs and chairwoman of the selection committee, in a previous interview with The Pendulum. To increase the appeal of the library, Ruelle implemented a program titled Rock the Stacks, during which bands were invited to perform in the library.

Ruelle discusses the Rock the Stacks program in the video clip below.

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