Ruth & Jay Toor

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I have had a lot of help from people over the years as I went to graduate school, received my MLS, and began my career as a library media specialist.  Visiting professor Mary Ann Swanson at Rutgers, teaching a summer course shortly after I earned my MLS degree, insisted that it was our duty to join and become active in the American Library Association.  I did so and have reaped advantages and rewards ever since. I have worked on and chaired many committees of ALA, AASL and ALSC, been a member of ALA Council, and served as president of AASL.  Along the way I have made many life-long friends. I have always wanted to “give back” to others what was so generously offered to me.  My husband Jay and I have made a bequest to ALA so that others may be able to benefit as I did.

- Ruth Toor, Charter Member of the ALA Legacy Society

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