Ms. Diane E. Ruess
Associate Professor of Library Science, Emeritus
Ms. Diane E. Ruess has served the University of Alaska Fairbanks with distinction in teaching, research and public service from 1989 to 2012.
She has been committed to the delivery of information and library services for the University’s diverse clientele all across Alaska. She has taught the core curriculum class, library information and research, ever since coming to UAF, providing information literacy instruction for several hundred students. Her recognition of the growing role of technology in libraries was instrumental in a redesign of the curriculum and to the development of the class as a web-based course.
Ms. Ruess has ably provided subject-related library instruction in disciplines as wide-ranging as dental hygiene and psychology, and to audiences of all kinds, from high school students to University faculty.
Colleagues in the Library regard Ms. Ruess as a leader whose analytical and organizational abilities, communication skills, and calm demeanor have gained their respect and trust. She has led the Library through difficult transitions, serving as Interim Director and Deputy Director. She has given generously of her time in mentoring junior colleagues, not only in serving as a role model but also in guiding them through the University’s promotion and tenure process.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks expresses its deep appreciation to Ms. Diane E. Ruess for her extensive contributions to both the State of Alaska and the University.