Ruth Barefoot is currently Library Director for Anacortes Public Library in Washington state and consulting on special projects when her schedule permits. She has worked for San José Public Library and other public and academic libraries. She received her Master of Library and Information Science degree at San José State University in 1987. She worked for San José Public Library System for more than 23 years, managing major initiatives, innovative services, library branches, and units. When she is not instructing for the SJSU School of Information, she provides professional speaking, consulting, and training workshops. She lives in Anacortes, Washington.