Lisa Ruth to Lead Library Human Resources

July 24, 2018
Lisa Ruth

Lisa Ruth will direct human resources at the University Libraries, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The University Libraries is pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa Ruth as director of library human resources, effective July 23, 2018.

In this senior administrative position, Ruth will direct a comprehensive human resources program for the Library’s more than 300 employees and 350 student employees. She will formulate vision and strategy to recruit, retain, develop and support staff members and she will cultivate a high-performing organization by helping to foster a diverse and inclusive environment that values integrity, teamwork and problem-solving.

“Lisa brings an abundance of energy, creativity and commitment to this position, along with a unique combination of experience and passion for the work of human resources,” said Elaine Westbrooks, vice provost for University Libraries and University librarian.

Ruth holds an M.S.L.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While a graduate student, she was an Association of Research Libraries Leadership Fellow. Her B.A. with honors in philosophy and American studies is also from Carolina, where she was selected as a Pogue Scholar.

Ruth holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She served as deputy editor-in-chief of the Harvard BlackLetter Law Journal (now the Harvard Journal on Racial and Ethnic Justice) and as secretary of the Harvard Black Law Students Association.

Since 2008, Ruth has held the position of associate head for recruiting in the human resources department at the North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries in Raleigh. In 2012, her responsibilities increased to encompass visitor relations in preparation for the opening of the James B. Hunt Jr. Library.

Ruth was a Library Fellow at NCSU from 2006 until 2008, and subsequently coordinated the program. She has held graduate assistant positions at the law libraries of both Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Contact Ruth through the Library’s administrative offices at (919) 962-1301.

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