Rhea Joyce Rubin

Rhea Joyce Rubin retired on December 31, 2012 after 38 years as a librarian, with the last 22 years as an independent library consultant. Her consultancy specialized in extending library services to non-traditional users including people with disabilities, adult new readers, and residents of correctional or mental health institutions, as well as planning and evaluation, cultural programming and outcome measurement. She has provided training or consulting in 44 states, trained over 10,000 librarians and paraprofessionals, and is the author of 13 books, two of which received the ALA Shaw Award for Library Literature.

Active in ALA since 1974, she centered most of her activities in ASCLA. After serving on ALA Council, she served on the ASCLA Board twice and chaired numerous ASCLA committees, notably the Accessibility Assembly and the Bibliotherapy Committee, which she chaired repeatedly. Recipient of the ASCLA Exceptional Service Award in 1993 and the ASCLA Service Award in 2006, she is most proud of her role in editing and shepherding the ALA policy on Serving People with Disabilities to passage by ALA Council in 2001.


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