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Emily Ruth Mobley, American library director, educator, retired dean.


Mobley, Emily Ruth was born on October 1, 1942 in Valdosta, Georgia, United States. Daughter of Emmett and Ruth (Johnson) Mobley.


Bachelor of Arts in Education, University Michigan, 1964. Master of Arts in Library. Science, University Michigan, 1967.

Postgraduate, University Michigan, 1976.


Teacher, Ecorse (Michigan) Public Schools, 1964-1965;administrative trainee, Chrysler Corporation, Highland Park, Michigan, 1965-1966;engineering library, Chrysler Corporation, Highland Park, Michigan, 1966-1969;library II, Wayne State University, Detroit, 1969-1972;library III, Wayne State University, Detroit, 1972-1975;staff assistant, General Motors Research laboratories Library., Warren, Michigan, 1976-1978;supervisor reader services, General Motors Research laboratories Library., Warren, Michigan, 1978-1981;library director, GMI Engineering & Management Institute, Flint, Michigan, 1982-1986;associate director for public services & collection development, associate professor library science, Purdue University Libraries, West Lafayette, Indiana, 1986-1989;acting director libraries, associate professor library science, Purdue University Libraries, West Lafayette, Indiana, 1989;dean libraries, professor library science, Purdue University Libraries, West Lafayette, Indiana, since 1989;Esther Ellis Norton Distinguished Professor Library. Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, since 1997. Adjunct lecturer University of Michigan School Library.

Science, Ann Arbor, 1974-1975, 83-86. Grants reader Library. of Michigan, 1980-1981. Project director Mideastern Michigan Region Library.

Cooperation, 1984-1986. Consultant Library. Cooperative of Macomb, 1985-1986, Clark-Atlanta U., 1990-1991. Search committee for new director of library Smithsonian Institution, 1988.

Member General Motors Public Affairs Subcommittee on Introducing Minorities to Engineering. Presenter in field.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Special Libraries at Work, 1984. Member editorial board Reference Services Review, 1989-2004, Infomanage, 1993-1997.


Member corporation visiting committee for libraries Massachusetts Institute of Technology, since 1990, Carnegie-Mellon U., since 1998. Member Indiana Statewide Library. Automation Task Force, 1989-1990.

Member state technical strategy subcommittee on information technical and telecommunications Indiana Corporation forSci. & Technology, 1989; member of national advising committee Library. of Congress, 1988. Trustee Library. of Michigan, 1983-1986, vice president, 1986, long range plan committee, 1979-1982, task force on document access and delivery, 1977-1979.

Information project member Republican National Convention, 1980. Board directors Small Farms Association, Southfield, Michigan, Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, Young Women’s Christian Association. Member American Library Association (commission on accreditation, subcommittee to review 1972, standards for accreditation 1988-1989, OLOS minority internship committee 1988-1989, nominating committee 1992-1993, member county resolutions committee 1993-1997), Association College &Research Libraries (task force on library school curriculum 1988-1989, commission on professional education 1990-1992), Library.

Administration & Management Association, Association Research Libraries (board directors 1990-1993), Special Libraries Association (president 1987-1988, fellow 1991, committee member), Alpha Kappa Alpha, Phi Kappa Phi, Iron Key.


Emmett Mobley

Ruth (Johnson) Mobley