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Join us to celebrate Ruth Dukelow!

You are invited to a celebration in honor of Ruth Dukelow’s Retirement. The CLIC Board is hosting a reception in Ruth’s honor in the MELSA Meeting Room, 1619 Dayton Avenue, Suite 320, St. Paul, MN, on Thursday, June 27th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. (Remarks at 2:00 p.m.).

We look forward to seeing you there and celebrating Ruth’s 48 years of service to libraries!

1971-77 During high school and college, Ruth worked at Citizens Library in Washington, PA, doing ILL, serials check-in, circulation desk duties, and shelving.

1977-79 During graduate school at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., Ruth worked as a Graduate Library Pre-Professional at Mullen Library in reference.

1980-82 While at law school at Duke University, Ruth was a work-study reference librarian at the law school library.

1982-84 As an associate attorney at the Loomis Law Firm in Lansing, MI, Ruth worked in oil and gas law and had charge of the law firm library.

1985-95 Ruth was the legal specialist in the Library Development Division of the Library of Michigan. During her tenure at the state library, she helped libraries and boards with legal issues and taught workshops throughout the state. In 1987, she received the MLA Loleta Fyan Award. Her major accomplishment was to assist in drafting Michigan’s revised District Library Law and to work with many public libraries to re-establish as autonomous district libraries with taxing authority. Her book, The Library Copyright Guide, was published in 1992.

1995-2012 Ruth was the Associate Director at Michigan Library Consortium/Midwest Collaborative for Library Services. Her responsibilities included oversight of the licensing department, OCLC services, the training and professional development program, MeL databases training and promotion, the Evergreen shared ILS, and marketing. She assisted libraries with copyright questions and presented at workshops and conferences on licensing, copyright, and other legal issues. She also moonlighted as a reference librarian at the Michigan State University College of Law. In 2009, she received the Librarian of the Year Award from the Michigan Library Association.

2012-2019 For the past seven years, Ruth has been the Executive Director of CLIC. During her tenure, Ruth worked with the CLIC Board, Maureen Fitzgerald, Steve Waage, and the CLIC community to achieve many milestones together: selection, licensing, implementation, and promotion of a shared library management system; presentation of many successful professional development events; purchasing of shared collections; improved communication to members through regular postings on clic-announce and committee lists, setting up a CLIC Facebook page, and migration to a newly-designed website; continuation of CLIC’s successful delivery system; publication of CLIC’s Value brochure; and collaborative work on statewide projects with Minitex.

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