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Sister Margaret Ruddy, OSF

Faculty - University Archivist


University Archives


(414) 410-4260


CH Clare Hall 001


Box 524


Sister Margaret Ruddy, OSF, is a member of the founding and sponsoring religious community of Cardinal Stritch University, the Sisters of St, Francis of Assisi. She came to Stritch after a number of years working as a Registered Occupational Therapist. On completing a Master of Library Science,  she began as a librarian in the Stritch Library. During her years in the Library she promoted programs in library instruction, especially for returning adult students. The non-traditional format for the programs for working, returning adults became very popular in many academic institutions. Libraries had to develop programs to address the library needs for this group.  Central Michigan University became a leader in this area and  began offering conferences where librarians could  share teaching  techniques and resources in working with returning adults. Sister Margaret was a presenter at these Off-Campus Library Service Conferences for over ten years.  She developed numerous guides on how to use and develop library skills. A number of the guides she developed were adopted by other institutions. Sister Margaret left the Library in 2009 to establish an Archive for the University.  The President at the time asked Sister Margaret to undertake this project to preserve the history and legacy of the University. Stritch's leadership in programs such as Reading and Special Education could not be lost.  In 2019, in recognition of her service to the University, the Archives was named the Sister Margaret Ruddy Archives. 


  • B.S., Mount Mary University
  • M.L.S., Univ of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Bibliographic Instruction
Research strategy techniques

Publications & Presentations

Professional articles
Presentations at Library Conferences

Why Stritch?

"Since its founding in 1937 the mission of Stritch has been and continues to be to promote a desire for lifelong learning and to life a live rooted in values in our students. Stritch has remained true to this mission in all its 83 years of existence. Stritch has always been known for a high caliber of education and excellent professional preparation. The programs offered at Stritch address the changing of needs of society. Stritch is small enough that faculty know students and care about their educational success. Many lifelong friendship are developed at Stritch. Students returning after years away from Stritch always comment on the "caring community" that they found at Stritch. People here know one another by name and they greet one another. That's the bottom line -- the people."

- Sister Margaret Ruddy, OSF