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As student success librarian for first-year programs, Ingrid Ruffin implements library instruction and academic engagement programs to help first-year students learn the tools of scholarship while adjusting to college life. Ultimately, her job is to further the university’s Vol Vision goal of retaining and graduating a larger percentage of the undergraduate student body.
Ingrid is always on the lookout for non-traditional teaching opportunities. During her term as diversity librarian resident at the UT Libraries, from 2012 to 2014, she started a program that takes library services directly to the students. Library Take Out offers research assistance and library instruction sessions, on-site, at campus residence halls. As coordinator for DeStress For Success, Ingrid organizes activities for students to promote wellness during finals.
She worked with the Libraries’ coordinator of community learning services and diversity programs to launch the Libraries’ first annual Big Orange STEM Symposium, a colloquium for high schools students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics career fields.
As liaison to First-Year Studies and the Student Success Center, Ingrid collaborates with university partners to provide research consultations, information literacy instruction, and programming for first year students. Ingrid is also part of the undergraduate instruction team and teaches general education library instruction sessions.
Ingrid is an Air Force veteran and serves on UT’s Veterans Resource Team and the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans. She emceed Knoxville’s National Day of Remembrance on Veterans Day, 2014.
Ingrid also is an accomplished artist. To see samples of her work, stop by the chalkboard-style window outside the Hodges Library POD Market. Most of the drawings illustrating our announcements are Ingrid’s work.
Ingrid holds a bachelor’s degree in English, as well as master’s degrees in English and in library and information studies, from the University of North Carolina Greensboro.