Mrs Ruth MacLean - Librarian
Ruth was born to missionary parents and she spent her early childhood in Turkey before their work moved to London amongst Turkish-speaking communities. She accompanied her parents on subsequent mission visits to Istanbul, Ephesus and Northern Cyprus, and much later to Bulgaria, where she spent part of one summer visiting villages of Turkish-speaking gypsies who had recently become Christians.
She was also involved as a young child in her family’s English language and Bible teaching radio programme which was broadcast to Turkey via Trans World Radio.
She gained a BA (Hons) degree in Education from Durham University, specialising in Theology and Linguistics. She then began work in Librarianship in a Medical Education Centre Library in Durham, followed by several years as Assistant Librarian in the Haddon Library, Faculty of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge University.
After a career break to marry and have a family, Ruth set up a Primary School Library in the Heritage School, Cambridge, and then took on a short-term Classification project back in the Haddon Library. She then took a Library Assistant post at the Social and Political Sciences Library, Cambridge University, based around reader services.
Ruth’s present role as Librarian in the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide brings together her skills and experience in Librarianship with her family background of missionary work.