Americas Regional Council
Dean of the Library, Indiana University, Kokomo
Polly D. Boruff-Jones, MLS, MPA, is Dean of the Library at Indiana University Kokomo. Her professional and research interests are in the areas of media literacy and information literacy, open educational resources, assessment in higher education, and organizational leadership. Throughout her academic library career, Polly has focused on engaging with students to understand their approach to research and information gathering and to ensure they have the information literacy skills they need to be successful in their academic and career pursuits. Recently, she has been working with the information literacy librarian and the directors of the speech and writing programs on her campus to assess mastery of information literacy learning outcomes in the general education curriculum. With an interest in mitigating the challenges of the high school to college transition, Polly especially enjoys working with students who are new to the college experience and she has taught freshman seminar courses at three universities. To further support student success, Polly serves on the team responsible for developing an open educational resources plan for Indiana University. Her current research projects include leading AASCU’s Digital Polarization Initiative on her campus and working with a campus team to explore the role that biases play in the spread of inaccurate information. The goal of these two projects is to prepare college students to recognize instances of misinformation and disinformation, to incorporate fact-checking strategies into their daily consumption of information and to improve their own information environment.
Lorely Ambriz worked for almost 10 years (2005-2014) as the Alliances Development and Knowledge Management Specialist for the Pan American Health Organization/ Regional Office of the World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) U.S. - Mexico Border Office. As of January 2014, she started as a full-time tenured track faculty librarian for El Paso Community College where she is the Head Librarian of a dual mission library academic and public, the Northwest Campus Library and the Jenna Welch Community Library. Simultaneously, Lorely serves remotely as an adjunct faculty for the Arizona State University / Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation and its WHO Collaborating Centre to Advance the Policy on Research for Health. At PAHO/WHO, she was responsible for the coordination of the Knowledge Management and Communication Center and the U.S.-Mexico Border Virtual Health Library (Border VHL); these are initiatives related to information dissemination, communication technologies, multimedia and mass media campaigns development and research promotion border wide. The Border VHL initiative was recognized in a supplement of The Lancet: Infectious Diseases in 2006 as the “first collaborative effort to make border health information available worldwide.” Provided guidance to technical staff and external partners to promote research and knowledge generation, this included co-producing two special issues of the PAHO Regional Journal ( Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública – Pan American Journal of Public Health ) on border related issues: in September 2010 Diabetes along the U.S.-Mexico Border and in May 2012 Health and Human Security. In 2007, she was profiled in the special edition of the Library Journal: Movers & Shakers; due to her outstanding achievements and commitment to the information sciences profession. The Library Journal noted her as one of 50 librarians making a difference. In 2017, she was recognized as the Librarian of the Year by the Border Regional Library Association (BRLA). 2018 Bronze Winner by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations for producing one of the best Annual Reports in Higher Education. Lorely started serving as an OCLC alternate delegate for the Americas in 2017 and currently serving as a delegate and as part of the ARC Executive Committee.
Term end date: 30 June 2022
Indiana University, Kokomo
KA 233, 2300 S. Washington Street
Kokomo, Indiana 46904-9003