Date of Interview
Founding University Librarian, SMU, 2005–2011
Ruth A Pagell served as SMU’s first University Librarian from June 2005 until February 2011. During her time at SMU she led the effort to create a 21st century academic library recognised for enabling university research and teaching. She oversaw the implementation of the digital library (PYXIS) and the institutional repository (InK), and the development of the oral history site. After leaving SMU in February 2011, she moved to Hawaii and is presently adjunct faculty, Library and Information Science Programme at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Her academic library career began in 1978 at Drexel University (USA). In 1981, she moved across the street to work at the Lippincott Library of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, rising to the rank of associate director. In 1994, she joined Emory University as executive director of the Goizueta Business Library. In 2005, in her final year at Emory, Ruth Pagell also acted as coordinator of Emory Libraries’ executive strategy group.
From 1988 to 1989, Ruth Pagell was seconded by the American Library Association and the then United States Information Agency to work at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Thailand, to raise awareness of new library possibilities for AIT and the Thai library community.
Ruth Pagell has published numerous articles on business research and library issues. With Michael Halperin, she published two editions of “International Business Information: How to Find It, How to Use It" (1994, 1997). She has taught graduate courses for Drexel's College of Information Studies, School of Library and Information Studies at Clark Atlanta University, The Wharton Evening School, and the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication & Information at Nanyang Technological University. She has taught short courses in business research around the world.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and psychology from Tufts University (USA) and a master in library science and MBA from Drexel University (USA).
Higher Education Administration
Audio Visual Source
Pagell, Ruth, "Conceptualising SMU : The People and Ideas behind the SMU Story, Oral History Interview with Ruth Pagell (Excerpt with Audio)" (2011). Oral History Collection. Paper 15.