Title: Librarian Emeritus
Company: University of California, Riverside
Location: Riverside, California, United States
Ruth Jackson, Librarian at the University of California, Riverside, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in library management.
Dr. Jackson has excelled as an educator, librarian, and library director in a career of over 50 years. She initially obtained a Bachelor of Science in business, Hampton Institute, now Hampton University, Virginia, in 1960 and followed with a Master of Library Science from Atlanta University in 1965. She later continued her education with a Doctor of Philosophy in library and information science from Indiana University Bloomington in 1976. With Virginia State University, Petersburg, she provided superior education as assistant education librarian, head of the reference department, assistant and later associate professor, and interim department chair from 1965 to 1979.
From 1984 to 1988, Dr. Jackson thrived as assistant director of libraries, head of public services, and director of library personnel with the University of North Florida, Jacksonville. She thereupon served as dean of university libraries, editor of University Press, and assistant to provost librarian outreach programs with West Virginia University, Morgantown, from 1988 to 2002, during which time she also served as dean of university libraries and professor with Wichita State University, Kansas.
Dr. Jackson subsequently flourished as a librarian at the University of California Riverside, (UCR) from 2002 to 2014, serving thence as Librarian Emeritus. In 2005, she established the Tuskegee Airmen Archive at UCR, as part of a national effort to collect and preserve documents and artifacts relating to the group of mainly Black military pilots and airmen who fought in World War II, forming the 332d Expeditionary Operations Group and the 477th Bombardment Group of the United States Army Air Forces. The group Tuskegee Airmen Inc. awarded Dr. Jackson with a 2014 Presidential Recognition Award.
Besides helping to establish the Airmen’s archive at UCR, Dr. Jackson considers her most notable accomplishment UCR’s receiving the designation of the World’s Best Science Fiction Collection in a public research university. As a result of having the collections, the University of California, Riverside was able to establish the first university degree in science fiction studies in the United States.
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