Ellen Barrow is an Assistant Professor and Academic Librarian at Georgia State University Perimeter College Library, Clarkston Campus. She began her career at DeKalb College in 1996 working as the Circulation Librarian. In 2001 she served as Serials Librarian responsible for acquisition and management of the periodicals collection, as well as supervising a small staff and serving as an Instruction and Reference Librarian at Clarkston Campus Library. In 1997, DeKalb College became Georgia Perimeter College, Ellen continued serving as Serials Librarian and in 2012 addtion she began serving as Collection Development Coordinator for Clarkston Campus. Ellen has overseen the transition of the serials collection from a paper and microfilm based collection to e-journals, and on-line subscription access through GALILEO and other such sources. In addition to her primary role she has also served an Interim Instruction Librarian in the Fall of 2015. In 2016, the institution once again changed names is now part of the Georgia State University family. Ellen has served the same institution for 20 years, during many rapid and transitional changes and will continue to serve Georgia State University Perimeter College Library as an Assistant Professor and Academic Librarian.
Ellen Barrow has a B.A in Anthropology from the University of South Dakota at Vermillion, South Dakota and a Master of Library Science from Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas. She has completed additional graduate coursework in Humanities at California State University- Dominguez Hills.
Ellen’s first professional position after graduating with her M.L.S. degree from Emporia State University, Ellen was as Director of the Williamsburg County Library System in Kingstree , South Carolina, a small rural library system during her time there, she wrote LSCH/federal grants for library materials for children and young adults. Her main project a writing a grant proposal with the help of the South Carolina State Library for a new main library building and a new branch library. The building proposal plan was completed and following her tenure there both buildings were constructed and are now serving the community. Following her tenure as a public library director in 1995, Ellen started her career at DeKalb College as a part-time librarian at the Rockdale Campus in a completely book free library. Students used computers for access to GALILEO and the book catalog. Rockdale was to later to become the Newton Campus. She taught library instruction in classrooms with no computer access except for those in the small one room library on site. This was a challenging but rewarding role Ellen has found that the skills and experiences from her role as a Public Library Director to Assistant Professor and Academic Librarian translate very well from working on committees, to learning new technologies, to assisting students from every walk of life has been rewarding. She is contributes regularly to the library’s social media outlets such as Facebook and the Blog. In addition to her routine duties as Collection Development Coordinator, Ellen is currently on two consolidation task forces and one committee. She is serving on Georgia State University Perimeter College Strategic Planning Content Task Force, the Collection Development Committee and the Springshare Consolidation Task force all part of the consolidation work of the academic librarians to ensure students, faculty and staff receive the best possible library services at Georgia State University Perimeter College now and in the future.