GVSU Library Scholars Program Faculty Mentor: Mary Ruge

GVSU Library Scholars Program Faculty Mentor: Mary Ruge


250 Mary Idema Pew Library
(616) 331-9145
[email protected]


Mary has been in libraries for over ten years, both public and academic. She is interested in access and inclusion in libraries, as well as how people interact with the library in general. She is also interested in comics scholarship.

Scholarly or Creative Product Idea (available summer 2023):

Homelessness and libraries, specifically public libraries drawing on my experience and connections to the public libraries in the Grand Rapids area. Partnering with KDL or GRPL, a student can research this issue from a number of different vantage points, including how library policies affect individuals experiencing homelessness, how these individuals access basic library services (if they are able to), or how the library could become a more effective resource for those experiencing homelessness. Some possible products could include a report that can be shared with stakeholder institutions including GRPL, KDL, and GVSU Libraries, a video (in the form of an explainer video, an animated video, documentary style, or other form), or an infographic (which can be a strictly digital object or can exist in digital and/or print form).

Mary Ruge

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