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Polly Boruff-Jones Profile

Library Faculty Profile


Ms. Boruff-Jones joined Indiana University Kokomo, as Dean of the Library, in September 2013. Her professional and research interests are in the areas of organizational leadership, personnel development and assessment in academic libraries. Above all else, Ms. Boruff-Jones is an educator committed to supporting students and ensuring they have the information literacy and research skills they need to be successful in college and in life.

"In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists." -- Eric Hoffer, American moral and social philosopher


Master of Public Affairs, Nonprofit Management, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, Indianapolis


Master of Library Science, School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University, Bloomington


Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and Environmental Studies (double major), College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington

Awards & Grants

Rita Allen Foundation Misinformation Solutions Grant.  Proposal title:  Mind over Chatter, 2018 


Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council Grant.  Proposal title:  Information Literacy Online Toolkit, 2018


Indiana Humanities One State / One Story:  Frankenstein Grant, 2017


Indiana University Kokomo Grant-in-Aid of Faculty Research Award, 2015


IUPUI University College 21 Club, 2009


Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2009


Minde Browning Professional Development Grant, Indianapolis Foundation, Library Partners, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2009

Leadership Development

Introduction to Critical Information Literacy:  Promoting Social Justice through Librarianship, American Libraries Association eCourse, April 10, 2017-May 15, 2017


Bryn Mawr College Summer Institute, Higher Education Resource Services (HERS), Bryn Mawr, PA, July 11–23, 2016 (competitive selection)


Management Development Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA, June 14-26, 2008 (competitive selection)


IU LeaD Seminars, Indiana University, Indianapolis and Bloomington, six seminar series, February 22, 2007–October 12, 2007 (competitive selection)


Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians, Harvard Graduate School of Education/ACRL, Cambridge, MA, August 7-12, 2005 (competitive selection)


Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Institute for Information Literacy, Immersion Institute 2001, Plattsburgh, NY, August 3-8, 2001 (competitive selection)


Global Certificate Program, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, Winter 1998/Spring 1999, certificate awarded March 1999

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