AMERICUS (March 14, 2013)—Ru Story-Huffman, interim dean of the James Earl Carter Library at Georgia Southwestern State University, was officially named dean today. Prior to her role as interim dean, Story-Huffman served as reference librarian and government information coordinator at the Carter Library. She succeeds Vera Weisskopf who retired in March 2012.
“I am excited to be named dean of the James Earl Carter Library at GSW,” Story-Huffman said. “It is a wonderful time to be a librarian and faculty member at GSW, and I look forward to the future.”
“Dean Story-Huffman brings a unique perspective to the position in that she is trained both in the traditional methods of librarianship and the new technology,” said GSW President Kendall Blanchard, Ph.D. “She understands the way in which university libraries are changing, and I am confident she will keep our library out in front of that change. We are pleased that she has accepted the position.”
Story-Huffman has been on the faculty at GSW since 2007. Before that, she served as the public services librarian at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky. for 12 years. She has also worked as assistant director at Pine Forest Regional Library in Richton, Miss.
“Dean Story-Huffman has broad experience working with all aspects of library administration and collections development,” said Brian Adler, Ph.D., vice president for Academic Affairs. “She also has a unique sensitivity to the wonderful special collections that our library houses, including the Third World Studies holdings, the POW oral histories, and the Carter memorabilia. I look forward to working with her for many years to come.”
During her career Story-Huffman has had numerous books, journal articles, columns and reviews published in areas such as information literacy, library instruction, instructional technology, and online learning. In 2010, she was named the GSW Professor of the Year, which is sponsored by the GSW National Alumni Association and selected by peers based on excellence in teaching during the previous academic year.
A native of Iowa, Story-Huffman earned a Bachelor of Arts in English literature at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Iowa. She holds a Master of Library Science in library and information management from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kan. and a Master of Education in instructional technology from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro.
Her husband, Charles Huffman, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at GSW and is the chair of the Psychology and Sociology Department. They have three children and reside in Americus.
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ABOUT THE JAMES EARL CARTER LIBRARY: The library is named after the father of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and is GSW’s resource center. It contains displays chronicling the life of the Carters. The library also has ample group and individual study space along with two computer labs.