Ruth Pagell

Adjunct Professor

Library & Information Science Program
Information & Computer Sciences Department
Hamilton Library
2550 McCarthy Mall
Honolulu, HI 96822
Curriculum Vitae


University of Hawaii Library and Information Science Program

LIS 601 Reference and Information Services (Fall 2013 – Present)
LIS 650 Library & Information Center Management (Spring 2014)
LIS 663 Basic Searching (Spring 2012-Fall 2013) Syllabus / Reading List
LIS 693 Business Librarianship (Summer 2011) Syllabus / Reading List and URLs

Other LIS Courses:

Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), Clark Atlanta Library
School (Atlanta) Drexel School of Information Studies (Philadelphia)
Basic Programming: University of Pennsylvania – Wharton School (Philadelphia)


University Librarian, Singapore Management University
Executive Director, Goizueta Business School Library
USIA/ALA fellow at Asian Institute of Technology (Bangkok)
Librarian at University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University


MBA, Marketing, Drexel University
M.S., Library and Information Science, Drexel University
M.A.T., University of Massachusetts
AB cum laude, Economics and Psychology, Jackson College of Tufts University

Current Research Interests

University Rankings and Bibliometrics
21st Century Academic Libraries
Digital Libraries in Asia
International Business Information

Selected Recent Publications and Presentations

For more, please see Curriculum Vitae

Pagell, Ruth A. (2014) Bibliometrics and University Research Rankings Demystified for Librarians in Chen, Chuanfu, & Larsen, Ronald (Eds.) Library and Information Sciences Trends and Research… (Wuhan, China, Springer) Chapter 10.

Pagell, Ruth A. (2013) EBSCO LIS Databases: Curb your Expectations. Online/Searcher, 37(4). 52-58. With Munoo, Rajen. Information Literacy For The Information Literate: A Model And Case Study From The Wuhan UNESCO Training The Trainers In Information Literacy Program. International Information & Library Review, V 42(2), 2010, 84-90 adapted from presentation, Wuhan University, October 2008.

Drowning in a Pool of Data or Sailing on the Sea of Knowledge. EBSCO Open Days, Singapore, May, 2010.

With Munoo, Rajen. First Steps in Becoming a Super Searcher, one-day workshop presented four times for Library Association of Singapore from 2008-2010. ICOLIS, University of Malaya, November, 2008;

University Research Rankings: From Page Counting to Academic Accountability Evaluation in Higher Education, 3(1), 71-101, (Taiwanese). Adapted from. From Bean Counting to Academic Accountability, CONCERT (Council on Core Electronic Resources in Taiwan, November 2008. (see version at SMU Repository: ( )

Li Ka Shing Library: A New Kind of Library, Building for the Future: National and Academic Libraries from around the Globe National and Academic Libraries from around the Globe, IFLA Buildings and Equipment Section, Hague, October 2007.

The More Things Change….The Past as a Signpost for the Future, College & Research Library News, 66 (January) 2005, 33-35.

Planning for Collections of the Future: Strategic Directions for Libraries in the Knowledge Based Society, 23rd Annual Seminar of Thai Academic Library Consortium, Mae Fah Luang University,Chiang Rai, Thailand, October, 2005.