Stetson University

Susan Ryan

Dean of the duPont-Ball Library and Digital Learning Resources

Susan Ryan holds the first endowed dean position at Stetson - the Betty Drees Johnson Dean of the duPont-Ball Library and Digital Learning Resources. Ryan leads and administers a staff of eight librarians and 15 support staff. She is responsible for library strategic planning, budgets, development, and marketing. Ryan collaborates with other units on campus on issues of emerging and learning technologies. She is the curator of several high-profile special collections. Ryan has published numerous articles on library-related issues, and has authored a book on government information policy. Ryan is the only librarian to win the annual Stetson University Hand Award for Research. She also won the premier annual national government information research award, the Catharine J. Reynolds Award for Excellence in the Field of Government Information. Ryan has served as a referee for three journals, has been a consulting editor and a series editor for a commercial publisher, and a column editor for the Journal of Government Information. Ryan has held a number of regional and state library leadership positions. In 1997, Ryan won the Bernard Fry Award for Best Article of the Year from Government Information Quarterly. Her book, Downloading Democracy: Government Information in an Electronic Age, was featured in W.S Hein's recommended purchase list distributed to law libraries and others in the legal profession.


  • M.L.S., University of California, Los Angeles, 1989
  • M.S., international relations, Florida State University, 1982
  • B.S., government, Florida State University, 1981

Research Interests

  • Government information policy (three of her articles have appeared in Journal of Government Information, now merged into Government Information Quarterly)
  • Website administration
  • Reference services
  • Library history


  • "'An Idea Likely Too Big': John B. Stetson University's Pursuit of an Academic Carnegie Library in the Early Twentieth Century," Library and Information History 29, no. 1 (March 2013): 38-58.
  • "Measuring Referrals: The Use of Paraprofessionals at the Reference Desk,"€ The Journal of Academic Librarianship 36, no. 4 (2010): 279-286. Co-authored with Debbi Dinkins. Chosen for inclusion in the 2010 Reference Research Review, an annual bibliography that annotates articles of importance to the practice of reference services.
  • "Reference Transaction Analysis: The Cost-Effectiveness of Staffing a Traditional Reference Desk," The Journal of Academic Librarianship 34, no. 5 (September 2008): 389-399. "No Rubbish: A 125th Anniversary History of the Stetson University Libraries," 2009
  • "€œLibrary Web Site Administration: A Strategic Planning Model for the Smaller Academic Library," The Journal of Academic Librarianship 29, no. 4 (July 2003): 207-218.
  • "€œSquare Peg in a Round Hole: Electronic Information in the Federal Depository Library Program."€ Journal of Government Information 24, no. 5 (1997): 361-375.
  • "Downloading Democracy: Government Information in an Electronic Age," Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 1995. Reviewed in: Journal of Government Information 24, no. 1 (January/February 1997):77-79.
  • "Designing and Implementing a Faculty Internet Workshop: A Collaborative Effort of Academic Computing and the University Library." Research Strategies 14, no. 4 (Fall 1996): 234-245.
  • "Using dBASE in the Academic Library: A Service Perspective." Proceedings of the 3rd Annual Federal Depository Library Conference, April 20-22, 1994 and Regional Federal Depository Seminar, April 23, 1994, Arlington, VA, 65-70. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1994.
  • "Using dBASE With Depository CD-ROMs" in Government CD-ROMs: A Practical Guide to Searching Electronic Documents Databases, 45-84. Westport, CT: Mecklermedia, 1994.
  • "Uncle Sam Online: Government Information on the Internet," Communication Education 43, no. 2 (April 1994): 151-158.


Faculty Expert

  • Library and information issues

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