On December 22, the Library bid farewell to faculty member Jon Ritterbush. Last fall, Jon accepted a librarian position at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. His new position will focus on systems and technology.
Jon joined the Regent Library faculty in August 2006, moving to Virginia Beach with his wife and two sons from Chattanooga, Tennessee. At Regent, Jon served as a reference librarian, liaison to the School of Communications and the Arts, newsletter editor, and member of the Web team which redesigned the Library’s website.
Although only at Regent for 2½ years, Jon made many contributions, particularly in Web-based production and services that will benefit the University for years to come. Some of his accomplishments include overseeing the conversion of the Library newsletter to a blog format, introducing social bookmarking websites, such as Del.icio.us, as research tools, and playing a leading role in the redesign of our Website. Jon also regularly wrote articles for the Library newsletter, explaining new developments in information technology in a way comprehensible for the not-so-technically inclined.
More than for his professional accomplishments, however, Jon will be remembered for his unfailing friendliness, modesty, and Christian witness and comportment. The Library faculty and staff pray God’s protection and blessings for Jon and his family as they begin their new life in Nebraska.