Penn Libraries

New Hires at the Penn Libraries

Ruth Sutton, Senior Director of Advancement


Ruth Sutton, Senior Director of Advancement

Ruth is responsible for overseeing development, communications and alumni relations for the Libraries. She directs the Libraries’ campaign to raise money for renovated facilities in the Biomedical and Fisher Fine Arts Libraries, enhanced collection endowments, innovative teaching and research initiatives, endowed librarianships, and community outreach. Ruth came to the Libraries from the International Relations Program of Penn’s Wharton School, where she made a significant impact in her region (Southeast Asia) and helped to develop an international strategy for Wharton. Ruth holds an LLB in Law from Newcastle University. She also attended Cass Business School at City University in London where she studied Charity Marketing and Fundraising. Before coming to Penn, she was Senior Major Gifts Officer at the London School of Economics.


Katherine Ahnberg, Student Engagement Librarian

Katherine provides ongoing design, implementation, and evaluation of Commons instructional offerings and student assistance services focusing on undergraduates. She also oversees the Hoesley Digital Literacy Fellows program, and serves as a liaison to partners around campus that are integral to the library’s core student services.


Katherine Ahnberg, Student Engagement Librarian

Before coming to Penn, Katherine served as the Undergraduate Success Librarian at the University of South Florida. At USF, Katherine held a faculty position and participated in campus engagement efforts as a Faculty Fellow. She also has much experience in leading and assessing library instruction, previously serving as the liaison to the Department of Women and Gender Studies and the Honors College. On the national level Katherine is an ACRL Immersion graduate, incoming chair for the ACRL-WGSS (Women and Gender Studies Section) Membership Committee, and serves on the Education Advisory Board of the Internet Shakespeare Editions at the University of Victoria. Katherine holds a Master of Library Science from Indiana University’s School of Informatics and Computing, a Graduate Certificate in Dramatic Literature from the University of California Santa Cruz, and a Dual Baccalaureate in European History and Theater Arts from UC Santa Cruz.


Girmay Misgna, Mapping & Geospacial Data Librarian

Girmay supports faculty and students who are engaging with spatial methods, bringing deep technical expertise in both GIS and platform development to that work.


Girmay Misgna, Mapping & Geospacial Data Librarian

Before coming to Penn Libraries, Girmay was a Researcher and GIS Lab Manager in the Environmental Resources and Policy Program at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He has master’s degrees in Geography from SIU Carbondale and in Applied Geology from Addis Ababa University.

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